My Eight Hours of Hell in a Content Farm

BieberStacie Adams writes on the Nervous Breakdown:

I was a copy writer for about eight hours this week. I was employed by a content farm. I would produce weekly blogs for clients at about $15 a pop. After I established myself as a viable content farmer I would be given larger assignments, at $50 to $75 per piece. You can see where this is going. My first assignment was sort of a test run, to see if I was up to it. I had to produce roughly 300 hundred words on hair extensions. Hair. Extensions. … Here’s how that turned out:

Most famous celebrity haircuts for men

The Bieber – I propose we start calling this one ‘The Skywalker’ because that’s really how it all started. Want yourself a Bieber? Just swear off hair cuts for about six months or so. Every man has had a Bieber, whether intentional or not.

The Clooney – Why is George Clooney famous again? Because of that one hair cut in the 90s, a period in time when we really seemed to care about fictional character’s hairstyles (see also The Aniston). Consider that Clooney hasn’t had a bona fide success since, then behold the power of stylish hair. It can even garner you cultural relevance when none should be afforded.

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  • chachi

    dis-info? wtf? with this…

  • chachi

    dis-info? wtf? with this…

  • Anonymous

    At least this was amusing. I didn’t see a single mention of “sexual hypnosis” and thats a good thing.

  • Redacted

    At least this was amusing. I didn’t see a single mention of “sexual hypnosis” and thats a good thing.

  • feint_ruled

    Well, that was disappointing. I had visions of people chained to desks in a sweat-shop being commanded to write article after article on any given subject within a strict time limit. And that may indeed be the case but the author of this blog post didn’t even pass the hiring test!

  • feint_ruled

    Well, that was disappointing. I had visions of people chained to desks in a sweat-shop being commanded to write article after article on any given subject within a strict time limit. And that may indeed be the case but the author of this blog post didn’t even pass the hiring test!

  • Rex Vestri

    Stacie Adams should have her Disinfo account canceled. What is this shit?

  • Rex Vestri

    Stacie Adams should have her Disinfo account canceled. What is this shit?

  • justagirl

    if it isn’t “disturbed genius” just shave it off.  

  • justagirl

    if it isn’t “disturbed genius” just shave it off.  

  • Apis104

    If it took you 8 hours to write that you shouldn’t be a writer. 

    • Tio Holtzman

      Drinking can slow things down…

    • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

      Hey, you sound just like my editor. Give me your address, I’ll send you an autographed copy of my impending novel, just don’t mind that ticking sound when it arrives.

  • Apis104

    If it took you 8 hours to write that you shouldn’t be a writer. 

  • Apis104

    If it took you 8 hours to write that you shouldn’t be a writer. 

  • Apis104

    If it took you 8 hours to write that you shouldn’t be a writer. 

  • Tio Holtzman

    Drinking can slow things down…

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    The article is a window into how for profit web content is generated…which is a little interesting at least as a note to the rest of us who just ignore advert-flatulence and consider it to be a pox on our metaphorical house. I had no idea how that crap came into being…so I consider myself illuminated on the subject.

    That said, for those offended by the subject appearing here…freedom and user recommended/generated content is a two edged sword…either its freedom for all or freedom only for a few…and disinfo, even when it drops the weird, trite or grotesque before us, is far far freer than most sites ever dare to be. I’ll happily suffer a few boring articles in exchange for a site where the unexpected can be found.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    The article is a window into how for profit web content is generated…which is a little interesting at least as a note to the rest of us who just ignore advert-flatulence and consider it to be a pox on our metaphorical house. I had no idea how that crap came into being…so I consider myself illuminated on the subject.

    That said, for those offended by the subject appearing here…freedom and user recommended/generated content is a two edged sword…either its freedom for all or freedom only for a few…and disinfo, even when it drops the weird, trite or grotesque before us, is far far freer than most sites ever dare to be. I’ll happily suffer a few boring articles in exchange for a site where the unexpected can be found.

  • http://thefirstchurchofmutterhals.blogspot.com/ mutterhals

    Hey, you sound just like my editor. Give me your address, I’ll send you an autographed copy of my impending novel, just don’t mind that ticking sound when it arrives.

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