Content mills might offer you low-cost writing solutions; that doesn't make them a valuable alternative to writing the content yourself. Here are three thoughts on content mills.





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Written by tiroberts
1491 days ago

I actually used to work for a contact me when I first got it started with making money online and I agree with a lot of the things that you mentioned in your article



Written by lyceum
1495 days ago

David: Thanks for your advice! You have provided great help regarding this topic!



Written by davidlowbridge
1495 days ago

Martin. There is a list of Content Mills available (a Google search will reveal some lists). The problem is that these sites are often pro-content mills. Warning other businesses to use them is also tough. Some small businesses might hire expensive agencies to complete the work but I know that some agencies use content mills to complete client work.



Written by davidlowbridge
1495 days ago

Martin: If you ever think about hiring an agency about your content, then always ensure you:

1. Speak to the person doing the writing. In my opinion, for the best results you want a specified writer assigned to you. This keep content consistent and builds a stronger relationship between you and them. It also helps with the art of mimicing your brand's voice.

2. That you know where that writer is based and you can speak to them at any time (within reason i.e. working hours of course) via phone (or Skype). If you can't do this, then question why.

3. Ask the agency about turnaround times on amendments. For changes, I would expect 48 hours. With agencies using content mills, sometimes you might find 4 or 5 days (or longer). Depends on the content mill process.

4. Ask about lead times. A proper writing company will give you at least a week or two to read your content. But some agencies using content mills or some content mills, will only give you two days (regardless of whether it is a weekend or not.)

Hope that helps.



Written by lyceum
1495 days ago

David: Thanks for your input. I will put this into consideration. I am all for creating my own content! ;)



Written by best4businesses
1496 days ago

Liked your article very much. These days it is foolish to try and save money with low-quality content. The web is all content - so crappy content makes your site crappy. I tell my clients it is better to have three well-written and researched articles than 30 pieces of "spun" computer generated writings. PS loved the windmill photo and joke :)



Written by davidlowbridge
1496 days ago

Thanks for your reply. You are right. More is not better, the top content is always well researched and carefully written.



Written by davidlowbridge
1497 days ago

Hi Martin, yes these sites are still around and many small businesses use them. While their cost is good, quality is not. This leads to businesses worsening their reputation and damaging their chances of online success.



Written by lyceum
1495 days ago

David: Have you seen a list of these kind of sites, so you could avoid them, and warn others about their "services"?



Written by lyceum
1497 days ago

David: I haven't heard about the term, content mill. How common do you think this type of content creation is nowadays?



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