In comments in response to
How to Make Content Mills Pay You in More Ways Than Once altcharm asked:
I realize this is an old post. I am a novice thinking about getting started with content mills to get my feet wet. I realize they don’t pay much and I hope this isn’t a silly question, but is it possible to write an article for one content mill and submit it to others I am writing for? For instance, if I am writing an article on gardening and the topic for my other content mill(s) happens to be the same topic, could I submit the same article or do I need to reinvent the wheel each time?
The short form answer is no. Even content mills usually require that each article you submit be original. (Check each site’s terms and conditions.)
Putting the same article in two or more places creates duplicate content which search engines, particularly Google, frown on. I think every site wants original articles. There are programs like Copyscape that help site owners be sure they aren’t getting stolen or duplicate content.
Same topic, different article
That doesn’t mean you couldn’t write about growing roses for both sites – but the articles would need to be substantially different from each other. For example, one might be about getting rid of aphids and another about how to avoid aphids in the first place. Both are about roses and aphids, but the articles are different.
Gardening can be a great niche. So can growing roses. If you think about it you’d never really run out of topics in either.
What Bill was suggesting was to take any article that’s rejected by Demand Media and put it on AC, which is now, I guess, Yahoo Contributor Network. The hope is that you might get enough clicks on it to be paid something. I can’t find specific payment info on YCN – so I can’t say if this would work or not.
Demand pays $15 and I would guess if you can get $15 from Demand you can get at least that much from other sources.
Resources for more pay
The ebook, or self-study course How To Break Free From Low-Paying Writing Gigs by Samar Owais at The Writing Base will show you how to move up from content mills.
At least half of success in freelance writing is in the marketing of yourself and your writing. That’s why there’s a whole marketing category here.
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