Do you need content for your website, blog or social media page, like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn but don’t have a huge content budget? When you find yourself in this situation, you may be tempted to order cheap content from the lowest-priced freelancer you can find either via a content mill or on places like Fivrr. The truth is that when you order extremely cheap content, you get what you pay for, and you could spend more time editing it than it would have taken you to research and write the article yourself. You could also end up hiring a second freelancer who offers content revision services that are designed to rewrite cheap content mill content.

What You Can Expect When You Order Cheap Content

For full disclosure purposes, I will tell you that this content was purchased specifically for this article with directions that told the freelancer to not fix any mistakes. That’s not to say I haven’t received content this bad. I have. In fact, I have one sitting in my documents folder that I need to completely rewrite before I can use it, and I paid much more than $7 for it. I would have used that article for this article, but the topic wasn’t preferable.

The total article cost of the below article was $7. Of that $7, the author received about $3 for their efforts. This could mean that this freelancer received less than minimum wage for their efforts, which is currently $7.25 in the United States, according to the US Department of Labor. (The site I used gives the option to tip the author, which I used, so let’s not think that I paid this freelancer $3. It was more than that.)

In order for this freelancer to make minimum wage, which we all know isn’t a livable wage, they would have to do three of these articles an hour. That gives them 20 minutes to research and write it. If this freelancer needs $15 an hour in order to pay their bills, it would mean that they need to research and write five articles an hour. That gives them 12 minutes to research, write, format and edit this article. It virtually guarantees that whoever receives the content will get content they cannot post without performing extensive revisions. By the way, if you expect this $3 freelancer to revise this, you’re out of luck. They don’t have the time to write your article twice. It’s just going to get thrown back into the queue for someone else.

An Example of Cheap Content


Waterproofing your home is beneficial for winter

Weatherproofing your home for the winter is a very beneficial idea I can help save so much money and have other benefits that can help you in life. I’m going to share with you a few reasons why weatherproof in your home is very cost-efficient and good for health.

Water damage can be very costly for repairs for basements and flooding so that’s why weatherproofing is it beneficial for the future to prevent anything that will give you extra expenses.

One of the main reasons that weatherproofing is very important is because of health purposes. It is very important to have a healthy environment and prevent mold and dampness from surfacing in your home so with weatherproofing there won’t be any health issues like asthma or hay fever.

The cooling and heating cost will be lowered because humidity causes leaks in your home. Saving money is one of the main reasons why weatherproofing you’re home can I help you in the future.

Eventually you may want to sell your home so thinking of weatherproofing is a great idea because the value of your home will increase. Waterproofing during the winter is a very good idea and saving money will give you opportunities to use the money you save to take a trip or invest in a business.

Waterproofing helps your home with longevity. Your house will last a long time and become a very useful investment if you choose to do so. Protecting your roof from heat , light, wind, rain and snow will save you money and time.

In conclusion, waterproofing your house is the best solution of you would like to preserve for years. There are many reasons why this will be a positive service to complete and the best thing is waterproofing jobs is very simple to do less time consuming because repairing the roof would take more time and money.


Understanding What’s Wrong with the Above Content

There’s very little of the above article that’s salvageable. The entire thing is pretty much crap from the title down, but let’s take a deeper look at this and really dive into why this content can’t and shouldn’t be used as it is.


Additional Things Wrong with This Content

It’s important to note that all the red highlighting simply indicates the technical problems with the article. This includes spelling, grammar, punctuation, missing words and spacing problems. There’s much more wrong with this article than the technical aspects.

  1. There are no headers. This article is not skimmable.

  2. The word beneficial was used so many times that you’d thing I’d ordered it as an SEO keyword.

  3. There are a lot of unclear sentences and redundant phrases.

  4. It really doesn’t tell you anything. This article is mostly fluff.

  5. Some of it is completely inaccurate. Humidity does not cause leaks. It can damage your drywall, lead to a mold infestation and harm your wood surfaces, but directly contribute to a leak?  That's a little far-fetched. (We may have a debate though, if you live near the ocean. Salt water is hell on everything.)

  6. None of the information is verified, and the reader doesn’t know why the points in the article are true.

  7. This article doesn’t sound like it comes from an authoritative source.

Why would anyone post this on their website or social media account?

To be blunt, because they don’t give a rat’s ass what’s on their website or how valuable it is to readers. All they care about is getting new content as fast as possible and as cheaply as possible in order to keep their website and social media feeds flowing. The truth is that content like this won’t help you. If anything, your visitors and potential customers will avoid you like the plague because you’re obviously not knowledgeable in your own industry, and even if you convince them that you are, this quality of content could be indicative of the quality of services your customers receive.

What High-Quality Content from an Experienced, Professional Freelancer Looks Like

Whenever possible, you want to hire experienced, professional freelancers for all your website and social media content needs. These freelancers have more experience, and they’d probably written several articles in your industry. If your freelancer hasn’t written anything on your industry or on the topic, they’re going to be more willing to research your article in order to make it as accurate as possible. This means that you will perform less editing once you receive your content, and you may actually be able to use it as is.


Reasons to Weatherproof Your Home

Are you concerned that you’re paying too much for your winter heating and summer cooling bills? If you are, you should know that weatherproofing your home can save you as much as 50 percent on your heating and cooling bills with the average homeowner saving about 10 to 15 percent. Not to mention, you will feel more comfortable and be less likely to experience hot and cold rooms in your home.

1. You’ll Eliminate Drafts

Weatherproofing your home helps eliminate drafts around doors and windows, which are the primary areas where homes leak climate-controlled air and allow the outside air into the home. Long-lasting solutions to sealing air leaks include caulking around doors and windows and replacing your current single pane windows with energy-efficient double or triple-paned windows. If you're looking for a temporary solution, especially to keep out cold air in the winter, you can buy special plastic to put over your windows and insulated door sweeps.

2. You and Your Family Members Will Be More Comfortable

When you seal air leaks by taking steps to weatherproof your home, you will be more comfortable while you are at home. This is because you won’t have as many hot and cold areas in your home, and you won’t have to worry about sitting next to that drafty window to watch your favorite TV shows.

3. You Will Save Money on Your Heating and Cooling Costs

By eliminating drafts in your home, you could save as much as 50 percent on your home heating and cooling costs. This is because less heated or cooled air will escape your home, and your home will not allow as much outside air inside.

4. Most Weatherproofing Can be Accomplished as a DIY Project

Most weatherproofing can be accomplished as a DIY project. This means that you do not have to hire any professionals. Weatherproofing that can be done by the homeowner include installing shrink-wrap plastic around windows and patio doors. Each window and patio door window sealing kit comes with clear plastic and double-sided tape. You will cut the plastic to fit your window or patio door. After putting up the double-sided tape, you will stick the plastic to the tape. Lastly, you will use a hairdryer to shrink the plastic until it is smooth. If you don’t want to stick tape to your walls or window frames, you can purchase insulated curtains and hang them.

Door sweeps are another item you can do yourself. A door sweep fits along the bottom edge of your exterior doors and helps prevent cool air from leaking into your home via the bottom edge of the door. Door sweeps can be made from cloth and foam, or they can be constructed from aluminum or plastic. Just make sure to measure your door first so that you get the size you need. 

Most homeowners are also fully capable of caulking their own windows and doors. This involves using an outdoor or indoor caulk that is the same color as your door and window frames. You will apply the caulk to the outer edge of the frame and siding or brick if you are sealing the exterior of your home. If you are sealing your windows from the inside, you will apply the caulk to the seam between the edge of the window frame and the window’s casing.

5. Weatherproofing that Should Be Accomplished by a Professional

If you have a little extra money, you may want to hire a professional to add insulation to your walls and insulation in your attic. The new spray foam can be installed in existing exterior doors with minimal damage to your drywall. Installing new attic insulation can stop heated and cooled air from exiting your home through the roof. It also prevents hot and cold air from entering your home through the roof and attic via convection. You can also clean and insulate your HVAC air ducts, which helps prevent heated and cooled air from escaping via the aluminum or steel air ducts.

To learn more about our weatherproofing services at X company in X city, give us a call today.


It goes without saying, when you pay a little more for your content, you can expect much better results. The above corrected content can cost anywhere from $70 to $250, depending on the experience of your professional independent freelancer and whether or not you need any special formatting or have any special requirements for your content.


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