Content Mills

ContentGather Review: Legit or Scam

ContentGather is a website that you can join to sell your content in the marketplace or search on the site for content to write for a client. The site is a combination of a content mill and a content sales site. You can write up different content and add the content in the marketplace for sale. If a person buys the content that you are offering, you’ll be relinquishing the right to the content upon the sale. When you join the site, you can write blog posts, product reviews, press releases and more to add to the marketplace for sale. Furthermore, there are many freelance writers who go to the site so they can sell the content that was rejected by another client. This is a good site to recycle your content on and try to recover some money for the time you spent writing this content. Furthermore, you can apply for and write custom jobs for clients.

How Does it Work?

  1. The site requires that you are 18 years of age or older before you can join.
  2. Part of the requirements is that you are an English speaker. You don’t need to live in an English speaking country, however, you do need the writing skill of an English speaking person.
  3. They are looking for people who have a very strong grasp of the English language to join the site.
  4. Before you join the site, you’ll need a PayPal account. The site only pays you through PayPal so it is best to have an account before you join. If you don’t already have a PayPal account, it is easy to create a free account with PayPal.
  5. If you’re a freelance writer, you can go to the website and create your account.
  6. Once the account has been created, you’ll need to create your profile. The site has an extensive profile that they require you to fill in. The profile will allow prospects to see who you are and give them an idea about your writing skill and background as a freelance writer.
  7. In order to get started on the site, you must start to add articles to the marketplace for sale. This gives the site a baseline so they can measure your talents as a writer.
  8. If you don’t add any articles to the marketplace to sell, you won’t have the opportunity to search for custom jobs on the site.

How To Submit Your Articles To Sell:

  1. The articles you submit to the site must be 250 to 1500 words only.
  2. You’ll upload the articles to the site
  3. The staff will review your article and either approve the article or reject the article. If the article is rejected, it will be returned to you. At this time you won’t be able to make any revision to the article and resubmit the article to the site.
  4. You can always resubmit a different article to the site for approval.
  5. However, a few articles that are returned will require you to edit these articles and make changes. Only those articles that are returned for editing can be resubmitted to the site.
  6. Once the article is accepted and placed in the marketplace for sale, it can’t be submitted to another website that sells articles. The article must exclusively be sold on the site and not on another website.
  7. If you have placed one of your articles on another website for sale, you can’t submit this article to the site for consideration.
  8. The site wants to be the only one who is selling this article.

How To Earn Money:

  1. You can submit articles that you’ve written to the site for approval. The articles must be original content and cannot be found anywhere else online, the site won’t accept any articles that contain plagiarism. If you try to submit such articles to the site for approval, the articles will be removed and your account will be banned.
  2. Once your article is approved it is placed in the marketplace under the appropriate subject. Anyone can now go to the site and search in the marketplace. If a person is interested in your article they can purchase the article from you.
  3. You can also apply for custom jobs on the site. A person will post a custom job for the content they are looking for. You’ll need to read the details of the job and see if this applies to you.
  4. If you qualify for the job, you’ll need to claim the job from the custom job board and fulfill the job.
  5. The job is uploaded to the site once it has been completed.
  6. The client will review the work you’ve done and either pay you for the job or ask you to make revisions to the job.
  7. Once the client accepts the job and the job has been paid, your account will receive the credit.

Advanced Payment Process:

  1. If you are a Silver member on the site it is possible to receive an advanced payment for your articles.
  2. Silver members just need to submit their articles to the site for approval.
  3. When the article has been approved and placed in the marketplace for sale, you’ll be paid upfront for your work.
  4. The Silver member doesn’t need to wait until the article has been sold before they are paid.
  5. You are given a percent of the total price your article will sell for in the marketplace. Below is a chart of how much the site will give you when the article is placed in the marketplace for sale. Once the article has been sold, you’ll receive the rest of your payment.
    1. Silver Member receives a 5% advancement on their payment and can have a maximum of 20 articles.
    2. Gold Members will receive a 7% advanced payment on the article they’ve listed in the marketplace. The Gold member can have up to 25 articles.
    3. Platinum Member receives a 10% advanced payment for the article they list in the marketplace. The Platinum member can have a maximum of 30 articles.
  6. If you submit more than the maximum number of advanced payment articles to the marketplace for sale, you won’t receive an advanced payment for these articles. You’ll need to wait until the article has been sold before you receive any money.

Rating and Writer Level:

  1. The site gives you a rating based on your content rating and your approval rating. Furthermore, the site will use your transaction completed and the age of your account to determine your overall rating on the site.
  2. Content Rating: This is based on all the articles you’ve placed in the marketplace and the custom articles that have been completed. This is a total overall average based on the staff rating of your work and the rating that you received from the client when the custom article is completed.
  3. Approval Rate: This is determined by the number of approved articles, versus the number of rejected articles that you submitted to the company for the marketplace. Furthermore, is your work on the custom jobs this rating is also taken into consideration. If a customer rejects your work this brings down your approval rate.
  4. Transaction Rating: This is based on the number of completed transaction you have in your account. The number of articles sold in the marketplace and the number of accepted and paid custom job articles you’ve done.

How Are You Paid?

  1. The amount of money you earn on the site will depend on your level as a content writer. Furthermore, this will also depend on the job you’re working on.
  2. The site will pay $0.02 to $0.12 per word.
  3. When one of your articles is sold in the marketplace, you’ll receive your asking price, minus a 20% commission the site takes.
  4. This is the same for all custom jobs you work on. The site will recover a 20% commission from you before you are paid.
  5. You will need a $5 balance in your account before you can request a payment from the site.
  6. The site takes 24-hours to process your payment.
  7. The money is sent to your PayPal account.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate site, you can join as a freelance writer. You have two options for earning money from the site. You can sell your pre-written articles in the marketplace or you can work on custom jobs and earn money from the client. The site is looking for native Englis speaking writers who live in the United States, Canada or in the UK. You must be 18-years of age or older to join the site. This is a great opportunity for a new freelance writer to earn money writing content for different clients or selling their work in the marketplace. Just keep in mind that you won’t earn any money from the site unless one of your articles is sold or you take a custom job.

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Content Sales

DotWriter Review: Legit or Scam

DotWriter is a content marketplace for freelance writers or anyone looking to buy content for their website or blog. The site claims they offer high-quality articles from talented writers online. If you are a freelance writer it is easy to join the site and sell your content online. As a new member of the site, it is necessary to prove yourself before you can start charging more money for each article you post on the site. The site has 3 different levels for writers, beginning writers on the site will fall under the standard writer category, you can easily move up to the premium category the more you write and sell on the site. The final category that you can move up to is the gold category. In this category, you are paid $0.07 for each word written in your article.

How Does it Work?

  1. You’ll need to register and join the site.
  2. Once you’re a member of the site you can start to submit your articles to the site.
  3. There are a number of categories you can choose from to write the articles you want to sell on this site.
  4. Each article you submit to the site must be approved by the Writer’s Pool before it can be sold in the marketplace.
  5. This ensures the quality of the articles the site is selling.
  6. When you first join the site, you’ll be a standard writer and will earn $0.03 or each written word in your article.
  7. The more you write and submit to the site will improve your chances of moving up to the higher levels on the site.
  8. The articles you write should be top quality articles that are current and supply great information for people who are looking to buy content for their website or blog.
  9. If you are an excellent contributor to the site and sell your articles, you’ll have the chance to move up to the next level. The Premium level pays you $0.05 or each word written in your article.
  10. Each time the writer’s pool has to verify your article that is posted on the site for sale. If you continue to perform well on the site, you’ll move up to the final level. The gold level will earn you $0.07 per word that is written in your article.

What Are The Writer’s Levels?

  1. Standard: The standard writer’s level has less than 10 approved articles posted on the site and has an approval rating below 50%.
  2. Premium: The premium level has 10 to 25 approved articles for sale on the site and has an approval rate of over 50%.
  3. Gold: The gold level has more than 25 approved articles on the site for sale and has an approval rate of over 75%.

How Much Can You Earn?

  1. The articles are sold on the site based on your word count and your writer’s level.
  2. If you are a standard writer, your article will be sold for $0.03 per word. They will calculate how many words your article is and post the price for your article on the site.
  3. The higher level writers have the option of selling their article for a bit less than their word count. If you write an article that has 1000 words and you are a second level writer, the article will sell for $0.05 per word. However, if you feel this is a bit high and people won’t purchase your article for the price the site has indicated, you have the option of lowering the price for your article.
  4. The site has a custom order that writers can apply for and do the job. The custom orders are displayed on the site.
  5. If you want to write a custom order, you must have at least 1 approved articles on the site to do this. However, if the order indicates that only premium or gold members can apply for the custom order, this means that a standard writer can’t do this job.

How Do They Pay?

  1. If your article has been sold in the marketplace, you’ll receive the funds in your account.
  2. If you have worked on a custom job and the job was accepted and paid, you’ll receive a payment notification in your account.
  3. Once your account has a $10 balance, you can request payment from the site.
  4. The site sends you your money through PayPal. You’ll need a PayPal account in order to be paid by the site.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate company and it is possible for freelance writers to join the site and sell their content. Furthermore, the site does offer custom order and it is possible to earn money writing for other blog sites or websites. Like all content marketplaces, online the work you submit for sale will be moderated before it is placed on the site. Once your article has been sold, you’ll receive the credit in your account. The site has 3 different levels of writers and your level will depend on how many approved articles you have placed on the site. If you are new to working online and would like to earn a few dollars as a freelance writer this is a good site to check out and join.

Content Sales

Teachers Pay Teachers Review – Legit or Scam

Teachers Pay Teachers is a website designed for teachers to buy or sell their lesson plans. On the site, you can offer your videos, PDF files, flash cards or any other form of digital media for sale on the site. The site is open to all educators worldwide and publishers of educational material. It is easy to upload and offer different lesson plans for teachers to use in their classroom. Furthermore, you’ll earn money for your time and efforts and help other educators with the material you’ve uploaded on the site.

How Does it Work?

  1. In order to buy or sell lesson plans on the site, you’ll need to create an account as a buyer or a seller.
  2. Only a seller can upload and sell their documents on the site.
  3. The site offers you a free or paid membership. With a free membership, you’ll earn less of a commission on the sales of your material.
  4. The premium membership is a yearly membership and will be automatically paid each year through your PayPal account. You can cancel this membership at any time through your PayPal account.

Is The Site Free to Join?

  1. The site is free to join. You can easily create a membership on the site for free.
  2. However, the site does offer a Premium membership. This is a yearly fee of $59.95 and is set for automatic renewal with your PayPal account. Many people who sell their educational plans on the site will choose a premium membership so they earn more money when selling their documents.
  3. The website also has a Publisher Membership and invites publisher to market and sell their educational resources on the site.

What Can You Sell?

  1. You can create and upload resources to the site. The resources need to be listed under the appropriate grade level. For example, if you’ve created a resource to be used for 2nd-grade  teachers, you’ll need to indicate this is for  2nd-grade teachers.
  2. If your resources can be used with multiple grades, you’ll need to indicate this in your description of your resources.
  3. It is possible to create and upload video or audio files to the site. However, you should compress these files to make it easier to upload and download the file. With the free membership, you are limited to files no more than 200MB. As a premium member, you can upload files no larger than 1GB.
  4. Each seller on the site has a store they will use to list their documents, video or audio files on. In the store, you can also create bundles to sell to other teachers.
  5. The company offers an advertising program that will help you to promote your resources from your store. If you choose to use the advertising program, your items are placed in a high-profile, high-traffic location on the site. This is a paid service and the fees for advertising with the company will be deducted from your monthly earning before you’re paid.
  6. If you don’t have sufficient earning in your account for advertising, you can purchase advertising with your credit card.

How Much Can You Earn?

  1. You’ll earn 55% of your asking price for any item sold on the site. You’ll also need to pay a $0.30 transaction fee for each item sold.
  2. However, if you upgrade your account to a Premium Seller account, you’ll earn 80% of your asking price for any item sold on the site. The site will also charge you a $0.15 transaction fee on any order that is less than $3.
  3. The site also offers a special limited access self-service TpT Publisher Membership. This membership is for companies that produce educational material and wish to sell it to teachers on this site. If you create a Publisher Membership, you spit the sale of your document with the company.
  4. Keep in mind most resources sell on the site for $2.00 to $3.50. However, some bundles will sell for a much higher fee and some package can sell for $30 or higher. You’ll need to determine how much you want to ask for your resources.
  5. Some professional teachers will offer free resources to other teachers. This gives the other teachers a chance to review your resources. This also helps you to gain more sales for your paid resources.

How to Report Your Income:

  1. If the site requires you to submit a W-9 for tax purposes, they will send you an email with the necessary instructions.
  2. The site will issue you a 1099-K if you’ve earned more than $20,000 selling your educational material online.
  3. The company will report your total gross sales and expenses on the 1099-K. This isn’t your table income and you may be able to deduct certain expenses from your gross sales when you file your taxes.

How Are You Paid?

  1. The company works with PayPal and Dwolla for US only members.
  2. You’ll receive payment for the previous month sales on or before the 21st of the following month.
  3. If you’ve earned more than $10,000 in sales the previous month, the company is required to send your payment in two installments.

Conclusion:

This is a legitimate website for teachers and published to sell their educational resources on. The site does take a commission and processing fee for each sale you make on the site. As a free member, you’ll earn 55% of your asking price, minus $0.30 processing fees. The fees are rather high on the site, but many teachers make a decent amount of money selling their resources online.

If you’d like to earn a higher rate for the sale of your resources it is advised to register as a Premium member and pay the membership fees for the year. This way you’ll earn 80% of each resource sold on the site, instead of 55%. Furthermore, you’ll only be charged a $0.15 processing fee for any item you’ve sold that is under $3.00.

Many teachers create special lesson plans and material to sell on this site. According to a few teachers, they can make more each month selling their resources than teaching a class. This is a great opportunity for educators to earn an extra income creating and selling educational resources on Teacher Pay Teachers.