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“Word whore” or cog?

I’m trying to come to peace with the term “content mill.” It always sounds so negative.

Mainly, I don’t care. The people who insult Demand Studios writers often don’t tell the whole story. They talk about the “pathetic pay” which, in my experience, is $40-$80 an hour. What’s so pathetic about that, considering I have no commute time, I invent my own hours and schedule and I don’t even have to get dressed?

As a long-time advocate of self-employment, the idea of being a factory cog has always been unattractive to me, and that’s what the term “content mill” implies.

However, I see other writers embracing it, which is probably a better idea.

actually uses it in the title of her “how to write online and make money” eBook, called “Writing for Content Mills.”

So am I the only one who has an aversion to the negative connotation behind the term “content mill?”

Is it just me?

I can dissect the phrase. Mills grind wheat into flour.

So we must be the wheat, right?

Or perhaps we’re the farmer that delivers the wheat. There’s no shame in that, right? Maybe we ARE the wheat?

Not that that’s a bad thing. I hate analogies.

The simple fact is, words are free.

But I sell them. And it pays the bills. So why does it matter what it’s called?

If anything, perhaps an ugly name will scare away other applicants.

Perhaps we can call them “Article Pimps” which would, of course make us all word whores.

Maybe that’s not such a good idea. Although I do most of my work lying in bed with my laptop.

One thing is for sure, I know I’m making more than a fiction bookwriter. Author Jamie Lee Hansen. For a $7 book, the government gets 57 cents and the author gets 56 cents.

Wow.

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Inspired by ‘s report

My goal is to make a fortune every month through residual income and passive income.

Clearly, I have a long way to go.

Residual income comes from articles written in the past.

Each month I devote 4-6 hours of my time, writing articles for revenue-sharing sites that will generate residual income forever.

Each month, the income grows while the time commitment stays the same.

Year 1 (no goal)

December 2007 – $3.45

January 2008 – $10.96

February 2008 – $13.99

March 2008 – $17.18

April 2008 – $30.44

May 2008 – $27.18

June 2008 – $26.54

July 2008 – $59.09

August 2008 – $154.50

September 2008 – $132.12

October 2008 – $135.64

November 2008 – $210.16

December 2008 – $160.69

Year 2 (goal $500/mo)

January 2009 – $221.11

February 2009 – $228.69

March 2009 – $380.01

April 2009 – $629.06

May 2009 – $617.81

June 2009 – $629.81

July 2009 – $743.13

August 2009 – $912.39

September 2009 – $975.01

October 2009 – $891.81

November 2009 – $901.88

December 2009 – $642.81

Year 3 goal ($1,000/mo)

January 2010 – $857.34

February 2010 – $696.96

March 2010 – $770.60

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