I sold an article on Constant Content the day after joining

Why I've been putting off joining Constant Content

I'd been playing with the idea of joining Constant Content for some time.  What was putting me off joining Constant Content was the various reviews of the site that I was reading all over the Internet.  Many of them said that the article submission rules were very strict, and that most first timers on Constant Content have their first article returned for revision.

Other information that was troubling me was that it sounded like if a writer submitted three articles in a row that Constant Content returned for revision, you could be denied from trying to submit any more articles to Constant Content.

I was also busy with too many other projects to give it a bash.

I'm still busy with other projects, but decided to find the time to join Constant Content, to see if it would work for me. 

What is Constant Content?

Constant Content is a site where freelance writers can upload their articles and offer them for sale!  Writers can set any price for their articles, as long as it's not less than $7.  Constant Content keeps 35% of the price you set, so remember this when setting your price.

Writers also get to say how they're selling their articles:  usage rights, unique rights, or full rights.

For full rights, writers are giving up everything, but can charge more. Once the article is sold, it can no longer be sold to anyone else, and is removed from the site. The article must also not already be appearing anywhere else online.

Usage rights are fun:  The article can be sold over and over again.  It can even already appear on the Internet, but be careful with this - when signing up at Constant Content, use a username you already use elsewhere online, or, to me, the best is to use your real name, if you are already doing so everywhere online.  When uploading an article to Constant Content, end it off with "by yourname" and if Constant Content checks for duplicate copies of the article online, there won't be a problem as long as they can see that another duplicate article already online also displays the same name beneath, above or next to it.  This tells them that the article you're submitting - although already online - is your own original article.

You cannot submit a usage only article to Constant Content if it's an article you've already sold to somebody who may have used their own name on it when they published it. (if you sold it as a ghostwriter.)

Waiting for your articles to be sold on Constant Content is not the only way you can earn from your writing efforts there.  Buyers or people looking for articles may request writers to write articles on a variety of topics.

 

What I did

I spent about four hours going through the Constant Content site so that I would be familiar with the site, before I joined it. After joining the site, I went through it a bit more before submitting my first article. After having read that it was difficult to get a first article accepted without it first being sent back for revision, and that three requested revisions in a row was not good (I don't know how true that is) I was worried about making any mistakes.

I had also heard that it takes 5 to 7 days to hear if an article is accepted.

I submitted two articles. They were both accepted within just a few hours. This was on Wednesday evening (18 August 2010) and on Thursday evening I made my first sale! The one article sold for $17 - usage rights only, so I can sell it again and again. I get about $11 from that $17 sale, and it will be paid into my PayPal account at the end of this month.

Both those first two articles are already online at Factoidz - where they are earning me a residual income from pageviews. On Factoidz they have my name next to them, and are unique articles - I only submit orignal articles to Factoidz, as per their guidelines and TOS.

I make sure that articles I submit to Constant Content end in "by Teresa Schultz" to help prevent any authenticity problems.

On Thursday I also submitted two more articles to Constant Content (also ones already on Factoidz) but have yet to hear if they are accepted or not. Knowing it can take 5 to 7 days, I'm not too worried yet.

 

Tips

Somewhere on the site it says that one should include up to one third - or two thirds - of the article, when submitting one, for buyers to view.  I can't even remember if it was one third or two thirds, because I also saw somewhere on the site that one should include about three quarters of the article - and that's the rule I'm sticking with as I've seen that articles can be rejected if the summary is too short.

Do take the time to go through the site before submitting your first article - this will help you avoid getting your first article rejected, and may even help speed up the time it takes to make your first sale.  It seems to have helped me.

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If you've found my information helpful, and are planning on joining either of the sites, please use my referral links.

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Comments 35 comments

kukuruyuk profile image

kukuruyuk 6 years ago

I just know what about Constant Article. Your information help my spirit to try write and write again :) Thanks


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks for the comment kukuruyuk - just keep writing - good luck!


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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA

Teresa, I'm happy to hear you found a great way to sell your articles. I may sign-up and I will use your referral link if I do.


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Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

Thanks for the helpful information, I have joined Constant Content but must admit I got disheartened when my first article was rejected. I will try again now that I have read your hub but only after following your advice!


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Barbara - thanks for the comment and good luck if you join!


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Alison - well, I just had my first one rejected too, a few hours ago - and it CAN be disheartening - but they gave great advice about how to improve it before I resubmit it, and although there was one thing I disagree on, everything else makes perfect sense, and I realise I should have "seen" those errors! So, perhaps by being a member of Constant Content, I'll even learn to improve my writing. So of the two I submitted after the first two were accepted so quickly, one was accepted after about 3 days, and the other returned for revision. I'm not unhappy yet :)


Celeste Stewart 6 years ago

Congrats on the speedy sale! Constant-Content can be addicting but in a good way. You're right about those rejection notes - they are excellent learning opportunities.

As far as the three strikes rule goes, that's not a hard and fast rule. The editors use their discretion. Minor mistakes, especially with an honest attempt to correct them and improve, won't accumulate and eventually count against you. The writers who need to worry are the ones lacking basic English composition skills or those who don't understand the ethics of copying and pasting someone else's work.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Celeste - thanks for the comment and encouragement. It's also good to hear that I shouldn't worry about the three strikes rule too much.


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idreesfarooq 6 years ago from fiverr dot com/idreesfarooq

Thanks Teresa, Your writing is wornderful.I am looking forward for Constant content.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks idreesfarooq :)


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

You are a fast lady, to be able to do the things you do. I can barely keep up with reading new hubs published!

When I want to expand ( or when I have the time-lol) I will come and follow the link. Thanx for telling us about it.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@equealla - lol, I'm not so fast - took me two days to notice your comment here! Thanks for the comment :)


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Ashton13 6 years ago

thanks Teresa I have a couple of spare articles lying around on my computer which I can possibly put up on this site. Great Hub !


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Ashton13 6 years ago

forgot to follow will do that now!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Well it would be a bad idea to sell full rights wouldn't it? I will check it out though. Thx!

Polly


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

The only places I have anything now is on hubpages and they don't allow you to put it anywhere else and leave it here..any ideas on that? I did have things at abc but took them off, I don't like that place and there is no money as here, well for me anyway. Any suggestions? I am real close to having my own site up with all my best stuff, just waiting to get a few more things wrapped up for copyright. No Idea what I will do there but my husband is doing it and I love it. Have pictures, songs, the stories or poems and I think it will be pretty good size for a starting site. Wonder why I hadn't seen you in awhile. Good luck!


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@Ashton - thanks for the comment and good luck on Constant Content if you join them!


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Polly - yeah I've been busy with my own sites and some freelance work. I earn more from Adsense on my own sites than I do here, so far, anyway - it took a while to get there though. I'm not familiar with abc and why do you not earn money here at HubPages? I see you don't use Adsense - do you not want to use Adsense?

Are you wanting to earn from your writing efforts directly from your site and from wherever you publish online? Your own site is a good way to go - will be interested in visiting it when its done, so be sure to let me know.

In August 2010 I earned $80 from my online income efforts - but this is spending only about a quarter of my working time trying to do it. I have to use quicker money making methods in the meantime - like freelance writing and web design, but do hope to one day be able to devote more time to article writing - whether it's for my own sites, or on other sites - or a bit of both.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I got on Adsense here when i first got here and after months I only had a dime and I tell you I have many hubs, right off and have worked my butt off, so I just took it off and since I do appreciate the help writing has been for me and friends here I give them a hub here and there. I really don't know what to do but I have three books, on children's one I had here and many really liked it not just for kids and grandkids but themselves, I guess I hope to be discovered...lol


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Polly - you are already discovered in a way - all your friends on HubPages love you. I think that in particular with you that if you start trying to write for search engines instead of simply because you love writing, you may end up not enjoying writing so much and your hubs may not be as enjoyable as they are now. So, if your aim to earn a lot of money from your writing one day, I think starting your own site for your writing, and sticking to writing the way you always do, will pay off one day.


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seanorjohn 6 years ago

Voted this up and useful.First time I have heard of constant article. Will give it a try. Thanks Teresa.


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PaulGoodman67 5 years ago from Florida USA

Constant Content looks very, very interesting, Teresa and I'm grateful to you for bringing it to my attention. I intend to try it out soon! :-)


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@Paul I hope you do try it out soon, and I'm glad you found my info helpful.


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Jade89 5 years ago from Johannesburg - South Africa

Thanks for the great article Teresa. I'm new on both mentioned sites but looking forward to attempting sales on constant content. Just extremely nervous :).

Thanks for the advice!


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@Jade89 - thanks. Nervous is good, it generally means you read a lot of info before attempting anything, which, in turn, means less chance of error. Good luck!


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SuccessfromHome 5 years ago from Bedford, Ohio

Thanks Teresa! I signed up with Constant Content under your link. You're great and I appreciate your hubs.


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@SuccessfromHome - thanks for the comment and for using my Constant Content referral link! I'm pleased you appreciate my hubs. Welcome to HubPages, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it here. Good luck with Constant Content.


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shafmasta 5 years ago

Goodness me, did I have a first article rejected...yes! I had submitted 3-4 articles and they were all rejected! argh!!!! so annoying! I am always keen to sell articles for usage rights only and earn some quick cash. I left CC for over a year and just went back to the site today. I submitted 2 articles about 15 minutes ago and am waiting for the result :S.

Although,this time my writing has improved and hope they will accept. They aren't to blame and I agree that my writing a year ago was awful. I have seen it myself! Thanks for your review. I am hoping I too would get some sales coming in soon. Unfortunately, you cannot sell your article for less than $7! I was hoping to sell mine for $0.10-$1 each. This would be affordable for many users out there and so the potential of getting a sale was high. $7 could be a little discouraging for some. :(


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi shafmasta

It's good to hear that your writing has improved, and good luck with your attempts at Constant Content. Regards that $7 minimum for selling articles on Constant Content: Constant Content has a good reputation for high quality articles, so if a potential buyer lands on the site and sees some articles selling for less than $7 that buyer may assume that the quality is not good. People who want to purchase good quality articles are prepared to pay more for them. If a writer sets his or her article prices quite low, it's either saying that is the only price the site allows writers to set their price as, or the writer knows that the quality of his or her article is not good, or the writer has little confidence in his or her ability to write good articles, or the writer does not mind spending a lot of time on something he or she is going to sell for very little. If you're quite happy to sell articles at very low prices, I suggest you try getting some writing work at oDesk or GetaFreelancer or selling some articles on Helium. Good luck with your writing and selling articles, and thanks for the comment.


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, Mark. I am still struggling along, but do certainly hope to have many successes in the future :)


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Wow, I didn't know Constant Content paid so well. Hmmm. Maybe I will have to look at! Thank you. Voted up and useful.


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StephSev108 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thank you! This is very helpful.


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JimTxMiller 3 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

Thanks, Teresa! I used Constant Contact on a daily basis when I was managing social media for a local NPO, but I had no clue Constant Content existed. I used your referral link to join and will be orienting myself this coming week.


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Teresa Schultz 3 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ JimTxMiller - thanks for using my referral link - and good luck with Constant Content. I actually haven't used it in a while, and your comment here is a reminder to myself to write some more articles for Constant Content - I'm thinking of perhaps writing some that I'll sell once-off, since I can ask considerably more for those than I can ask for usage-only ones. Yes, I can't sell the once-off ones over and over again, but once in a while it may be worth addings some of these, just for the extra m0ney. If they don't sell after a while, I can always drop the price and change them to usage only, and sell them again and again - it's just that sales of my usage only ones have been a bit quiet for quite a while now, so I'm ready to try selling some for full rights now, I think. Good to hear that you will be orienting yourself with the site first - it's always best to first spend time getting used to a site before diving right in and making mistakes. First getting used to a site and studying everything about a site can save a lot of disappointment - and time - in the long run.


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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

Thanks for this great review. I have been debating about signing up for this site. I think I will at least give it a try and see how it goes!

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