If you’re a freelance writer, or are currently working a full-time job, wanting to get paid as a writer on a part-time basis, then signing up to a website like Crowd Content would be worth considering.
Crowd Content is a content mill website, that pays freelance writers to create content in a variety of areas for clients who are under resourced or simply too busy to do it themselves.
Before you fill out your application with Crowd Content, it is of interest to understand that whilst they might be a content mill in the broad sense of the word, they do provide work for writers that other content mills don’t, like creating social media Facebook posts, Tweets, Metadata, and Product Descriptions.
I mention this, because those tasks, usually don’t take a lot of time or effort to compose, so it’s something you can do while working a full-time job, with a view of transitioning into freelance writing full-time.
The process to sign up is fairly intuitive, simply, click on the “Sign Up” link at the very top right hand corner of their website, then click on the “Worker” icon, then click on the “Create My Account” green button. From there, it’s a case of following the sign up process, and filling out the forms.
When your application gets approved you will have access to a wide variety of writing jobs that is of interest to you. And, note : you can get paid two times a week, if you have enough funds in your account. This is great for freelance writers as it allows you to have almost instant access to your funds.
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What is Crowd Content?
As mentioned before, Crowd Content is a content mills that provides content for busy website and social media account owners. It is a platform that you submit writing assignments to freelance writers who fulfill their clients brief and deliver fast content turnaround.
Founded by CEO Clayton Lainsbury, he wanted to make the content creation process easier for both website owners and freelance writers.
They have over 2000 professional writers with over 99.7% content orders accepted, which means that your odds of getting paid for work is pretty damn high.
Who uses Crowd Content?
Like other content mills I have reviewed, there are two users of Crowd Content.
The first being the website or social media account owner who is too busy to create content themselves and the second are the freelance writers of Crowd Content, who want to make money providing writing services for clients.
This review is focused on how writers can make money with Crowd Content.
How It Works
Unlike other content mills, there’s no big qualifying hoops to jump through in order to pick up writing jobs. So, no grammar, spelling or writing tests – nope, only, as mentioned earlier, filling out an application and sending it in for approval.
After you’ve sent it in, you will receive an email from the company approving your application, and once that’s done, you can start looking for writing assignments to complete.
I know – pretty simple, huh.
Well, not quite.
The majority of writing assignments don’t require a test, however, there is a Special Formats section that you have to apply to and be accepted. This section includes the following, Facebook posts, Tweets, Metadata and Product Descriptions.
The test appears to be pretty simple though, and all that’s required, is for you to write an example of you fulfilling a brief, in anyone of these areas.
For example, if you were to apply to write Facebook posts, then you would send in the title, subhead, call to action and a url of a relevant article. You would also do something similar for a Tweet and Product Description.
Once completed, you send it in, and then they determine whether you can write in this area.
How To Find Writing Assignments
Your access to orders depend on a few factors, but, by far the most important is your quality level. The higher your Quality level the more writing assignments you will have access to see.
You are shown high level information on each order including the title, category, the Quality level that was placed on it and maximum potential earnings if you complete the order.
It’s important to carefully read the instructions on an order before claiming it, to ensure you have the appropriate skills and knowledge to complete the clients brief.
If you do decide to claim an order, it becomes your responsibility to meet the clients deadlines.
Things To Keep in Mind
With every content mill I have reviewed to date, all – if not most, have a system they adopt to help enforce, or promote, a set of working or writing behaviors, that is in alignment with their core values, mission statement or brand.
Crowd Content is no different in this respect.
Whilst the entry barrier to write for Crowd Content is low, they do have a “system” in place that harps back to their core values of 1) Create High Quality Content, 2) Deliver Fast Turn Around times, and lastly 3) Be Extremely Reliable.
I’m guessing that they believe customers will be happy and keep coming back if these requirements are met, and I tend to agree.
The 3 Strikes System
It sort of speaks for itself really.
Just like baseball, if you accumulate 3 strikes on your account, then you’re out. Your account will be locked and you won’t be able to make money as a writer for Crowd Content.
Pretty simple I guess, but what constitutes a strike, and can you get a strike removed, or are you forever walking on egg shells?
The three-strike system works like this:
- If you perform a violation, you receive a strike on your writer account and your claim limit is reduced.
- If you complete 5 orders in a row without a strike, all strikes on your account are removed.
- If, at any time, you reach 3 strikes, your writer account will be closed and you will not be able to sign in again.
What Is a Violation?
There are only three violations that can get you a strike. They are listed below.
- Dropping an order after the 30 minute Drop Window
- Letting a deadline expire before submitting the completed content to the client
- Letting a revision deadline expire before submitting the revised content to the client
What Is My Claim Limit?
Your Claim Limit tells you how many orders you can have “In Progress” at one time. This number will increase as you complete orders and avoid strikes.
The current Claim Limit schedule is as follows:
- New Writers: 1 order
- Complete 5 consecutive orders without a strike: 3 orders
- Complete 10 consecutive orders without a strike: 4 orders
- Complete 15 consecutive orders without a strike: 5 orders
Remember, this only applies to your “In Progress” orders. “Submitted” orders do not count towards your Claim Limit.
You can learn more about there process in Crowd Content writers guide.
How Do You Make Money With Crowd Content
Obviously, this depends on the the number of words you’ve written and how much you can charge per word. As described above, the charge out rate for content differs, depending if you are writing an article, blog post, product description, etc.
To get paid with Crowd Content you will first need to have a Paypal account setup. If you don’t already have an account, it is very simple to get one created, and best of all it is free to setup.
Crowd Content pays out twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday, so long as your account has $10, or more in the balance. This is a little higher than some of the other content mills I have reviewed in the past, but, still, it is a very low threshold to reach in order for you to redeem your funds.
What Are Others Saying About Crowd Content?
In researching Crowd Content, I happened to come across a few comments on Reddit and Glassdoor that might offer a little insight into what it’s like to work with them.
Obviously, take these comments with a grain of salt, as there could be a number of reasons why some folk are having more success with them than others. But, suffice it to say that you should do your own research into whether Crowd Content is a good fit for you.
From Reddit :
So I’m trying to use crowd content, but I barely see anything? I passed their marketplace test. Nothing In the marketplace. Just some Casting calls for automotive, Best Buy, and care… not too interested in those, am I missing something?
And another said …
Yeah, it’s quiet. I keep the site open and grab jobs as they come up, but I certainly wouldn’t rely on it as a main source of income.
From Glassdoor :
The project managers are friendly, concise and easy to work with. I’ve always been able to ask for clarification on my assignments when it’s needed and I usually get a reply to my questions very promptly — even on weekends. I started writing on Crowd Content nearly a year ago and was hoping to write a couple of small projects each week to make some pocket cash (mostly to fund my makeup buying habit). After a few months, I began earning enough to supplement my husband’s income considerably and now, I’m earning a full-time income and have consistent access to multiple projects. It’s incredible to be able to work from home on my own schedule (provided I comply with the deadlines of the assignments I choose to work on) and spend time with my kids when I want to. And on top of that, the financial freedom we now have thanks to this company is unbelievable. I’m not rich by any means, but we’ve gone from a single-income family to a dual-income family without me having to work outside of the home, and that’s a serious game changer!
And a negative comment from the same person.
The first couple of months are slow. I think I earned $15 or less my first few weeks on the platform and less than $100 a week for a while following that. The key is sticking it out though, once you’re through the rough patch it’s smooth sailing (most of the time). Pay rates are a little low compared to what most freelance writers charge (but that being said, it’s fair for the work we’re completing).
What I Liked about Crowd Content
- You can get paid for writing smaller pieces of content.
- You can get paid twice a week, which is better than most content mills.
- Little to no spelling, grammar or writing tests to get started.
- The threshold for redeeming your funds are low.
What I Didn’t Like about Crowd Content
- Access to complete orders are determined largely by your Quality level, which is at the lowest when you first get started. This means that you don’t get full access to high paying orders in the marketplace until you’ve completed a number of orders.
Do I Recommend Crowd Content?
Crowd Content is definitely a legit website for freelance writers to make money completing writing assignments. The fact that they have a low threshold of $10, and that you can have access to these funds twice a week scores some major brownie points with me.
The sign up and application process is also a bonus in that you don’t have to pass grammar or writing tests like some other content mills.
The fact that you can complete small content assignments is also a bonus if you are time poor and are looking to complete a number of consecutive orders at one time.
So as far as content mills are concerned, I feel that Crowd Content could be a good option, and worth the time and effort to at least check them out. But, just be sure to go in with the right expectations, knowing that it might be a little slow in the beginning.