How to Make Money Writing for Constant Content
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Can you really make money writing online? Yes, indeed! You won’t get rich, and you certainly won’t “get rich quick,” but you can add significantly to your income by becoming an online freelance writer. I’ve done it, and if you’re a decent writer, you can do it, too. There are plenty of online writing sites and writing jobs from which to choose.
I began my freelance writing career on Helium. I’ve written two articles about how I earned $1,000 per month writing there. To read them, click the article links found below this hub. I’ve also made money writing for online magazines, and I’m still a regular contributor for Horseman magazine. I wanted to expand my horizons, so to speak, so I checked out Constant Content.
Constant Content differs somewhat from Helium and Hubpages. For one thing, their editors are very strict about grammar and mechanics. If there’s even one mistake – even a tiny typo – the article will be rejected. After three rejections, you’re out. They're serious about their writing jobs!
For my first CC article, I answered a request from a customer. I think it was about painting techniques. Anyway, I wrote the article, submitted it, and waited for my acceptance email. I didn’t get one. Instead, I got a rejection email. I was sure the article was grammatically correct, but I re-read it…several times. I still couldn’t find any mistakes, so I read the rejection email more closely and discovered the problem was with formatting. It wasn’t in 12-point font.
After changing the font, I re-submitted the article, and it was accepted. It was purchased the next day! Since then, I’ve sold numerous articles on the site. In fact, I just sold one for $200.
Once you join Constant Content, you’ll receive emails every time a customer requests articles. You can then go to the site and submit an article for consideration. If your article is purchased, you get 65% of the purchase price, and CC retains 35%. They pay once a month, through Paypal.
One thing I like about CC is that you name your own price for your articles. You can either offer the article for usage, unique usage, or full rights. For usage, you retain the rights to the article and can sell it over and over. For unique usage, you can’t re-sell the article, but the buy can’t make any changes to the article or claim it as his own. If you sell an article for full rights, the purchaser can do whatever he wants with the article.
Another thing I like about CC is that there’s less competition for articles there. At Helium, for example, there might be as many as 100 other authors vying for the same title on Marketplace. At CC, it seems that there are only a handful of writers competing for the same sale. Of course, since CC has stricter standards, the competition might be a bit stiffer, even though it’s fewer in number.
I also like the fact that you don’t have to copy and paste articles to Constant Content. You just add the link from your documents. You can’t do this with Helium or with Hubpages. I just find it more convenient to do it this way.
In addition to articles, you can also market your videos and pictures on Constant Content.
Something I don’t like about CC is their editorial policy. I don’t mind the strict rules, but from what others have said, they don’t give you any specifics in your rejection emails if you’ve made grammatical errors. They just say that the article doesn’t meet their standards. I’ve read forum posts where writers were scratching their heads trying to find the mistakes in their articles. Luckily, this hasn’t happened to me…yet.
I also had to get used to giving up 35% of my sale money to them. Helium charges only 20%, and that’s taken off the top. In other words, when Helium advertizes an article for $100, you get the whole amount if your article sells. They take their cut before pricing the article. I didn’t realize CC was different until I sold my first article for $100 and received only $65. Live and learn. Keep this in mind when you’re pricing your articles on Constant Content.
When you submit an article to CC, you write a short summary of the article on the submission page. Don’t make any mistakes there, either. I made a typo once in a summary and had to re-do the entire process. Another note: NEVER write in first person, even when explaining what the article is about in the summary section. If a publisher specifically asks for a first-person account, email CC explaining why your submitted article is in first person.
You can write on CC without answering requests. They have a wide range of topics on which to write, and often, an article will be picked up by a publisher that way.
I strongly recommend Constant Content to writers with a good handle on writing skills. It’s free to join, so you have nothing to lose. Just be sure to proofread your articles before submitting, and make sure they’re in the correct font. Read the submission guides carefully before submitting. The web address is www.constant-content.com.
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