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My Year as a Content Farm Writer

The major pros and cons of writing "SEO bait"

By Amanda Layman Low - June 18, 2013
You don't have to go far to find criticism of employers like Demand Studios, Contently and Associated Content. These "content farms" employ massive numbers of writers to generate cheap content primed to appear at the top of search engine results. They're notorious for paying their writers next to nothing, having strict deadlines and offering very little autonomy. But if this is true, why do people write for them? I know exactly why. I wrote for Demand Media Studios for one year ending in 2011. Here's what it was like:

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