Although no longer popular today, Content Farms were a business venture where one can make money by utilizing quantity over quality, and tricking search algorithms to gain more traffic to the sites ads.
For instance, I once wrote for a site called Triond. This site allowed you to write pretty much whatever you wanted, any type of article or poetry you desired, and they promised to pay you X amount of money for X amount of views. The quality of the article did not matter, so long as the article existed.
The basics went like this: If you had a site that had 50,000 articles on it, but each article was seen 100 times, that’s 5 million views! Those views and impressions were noted on these ad-filled sites that often took forever to load, and the potential clicks as well earned the site owners a fair amount of cash. Of that, you were paid about 1 dollar per 1000 views, regardless of ad clicks or ad revenue.
Because of this, you were encouraged to write several articles a day, which had the potential to earn you X dollars a month, I think the most I ever earned from that site was 5$ a month, despite having 200 articles written on it. They also encouraged everyone to view everyone else’s articles, thus increasing views even more.
This was very big in the late 2000’s, until Google and other search engines got so many complants of poorly made articles all over the search results that they punished sites for having poor SEO and that were considered Content farms by removing them from their database. I stopped using these sites long before the site crashed, so I don’t know too much more about them then that.
I am explaining this because I want to help future writers: Don’t sell yourself short. While it is OK to accept lower wages in the beginning while you are building up your writing career, never settle for writing for several hours a day just to be paid with some pocket money at the end of the month. Try to get at least 1 cent per word starting out, and then increase it as time goes on.
Don’t do what I did.
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