Associated Content Versus Constant Content: Battle Of The Lowballers!

HubPages is still where this writer hangs his hat.


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So this all started when I looked at my dismal Amazon and Adsense earnings which, combinedly rang in around $3.50 for around 1400 views on my articles here on HubPages. As fellow writers here have advised me, search HubPages for information, and I did, there is a ton to be gleaned.

I ran into this great Hub article by Tatjana-Mihaela:

Dark Secrets Of Amazon.Com

Where she revealed how she proved that Amazon only pays out on about %5 of purchases through any venue including HubPages. Reading down the comments section I noticed a resounding referral for a content site called Constant Content. I think Amazon better reevaluate their approach, or they might lose a lot of HubPages content, starting with mine.

Associated Content and Constant Content battle it out on the blogosphere...

These are what's at stake: well, for writers anyway, the websites' seem to be raking in the big bucks.
These are what's at stake: well, for writers anyway, the websites' seem to be raking in the big bucks.

HubPages is still where this writer hangs his hat.


So I did what any modern day computer saturated writer does, researched via the blogosphere via Google search. I did some reading at Constant Contents regular site, which boasts payments that the writer sets for selling various types of rights to their articles. I could feel the temptation setting in, I went to my secret spot and dug out my old dusty page of passwords and usernames, would I jump ship! Philander away from my dear HubPage friends already?

Well like I mentioned, I went further exploring the deep, dark and oft grammatically bizarre world of the blogosphere and stumbled upon a major debate Constant Content versus Associated Content, both advocates touting the phrase, "Content is King". After reading you realize if content is king then we writers are the keyboard peasants, but that's another matter.

After reading one blog for a bit, I realized some people were advocating Associated Content heavily. So I began to read their website, thinking wow this one's great too. The crinkly password page trembled in my hand, dare I sign on to either, or both?

I've heard that it's good to diversify as a writer, to find more than one venue. Ideally to have your own blog, which is this writer's plan anyway. In the battle of Associated Content versus Constant Content, Associated Content supposedly will pay $3-5 per article plus $1.50 per 1000 views. These numbers are relevant to my way of thinking if you look at the value I've come across thus far. Both sites supposedly edit more, won't allow single person point of view, etc. But even that measure of discernment has come into question as I read the blogs.

I will post the links to both blogs here, both are hosted by two engaging writers so they're worth checking out. What's more, you get to see all the ping-pong action between the two advocates.

What I gathered though, from reading both, was that in the battle of Associated Content versus Constant Content, HubPages still comes out smellin' like a rose! That's because, although both Associated Content and Constant Content pay a little more upfront, neither of them allows you any residual from Adsense or other affiliates. It sounds like they both offer some sort of cash flow residuals, but what I got from all the bickering, was that both sites have questionable results in paying out those residuals. But don't take this writers word for it, check it out yourself. One last caveat, despite the title of this article, it seems to me some writers are doing well with Constant Content and Associated Content, so I don't want to condemn them! I'm just trying to raise a yellow flag here.

Meanwhile, I'm still pondering diversifying my venues. I've heard of some fellow Hub writers enjoying their work on e-How, which I've always liked the ring of because it sounds like a cowboy wrangling and branding subject matter: EEEEhow!!! Come on little doggies! Meanwhile, it's more articles on HubPages for yours' truly!!!


Updates!

March1, 2010

Well after a little disappointment from rejection due to my own syntax and grammar errors I put off Constant Content for awhile! But lo and behold I woke up this morning to find that one of my stories, written a few weeks ago, was purchased! I made over $50 !!! Not bad! Looks like I'll be taking my own advice and taking a second look at Constant Content!

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Comments 29 comments

7 years ago

Hi buddy, thanks for that link. Read your post. Enchanting.


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Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks L, i.e. Lenin right? I enjoyed your blog as well, hope all goes well for you, and thanks for the food for thought!


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radjfreak327 7 years ago from USA/Costa Rica

Love your sense of humor!

Thanks for this article. I vote for Constant Content...my opinion.

Thanks anyway!


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Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks radjfreak327! Constant Content seems to have a little better reputation of the two. Associated Content seems to have a slicker looking website. Thanks for the compliment, it's encouraging.


scheng1 7 years ago

Constant-Content requires perfect English. I know of one writer whose work was rejected by CC due to a missing "comma"


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

This was well done Ben. Good Hub. Thanks for the links, I think I will check them out.


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Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

scheng1: Thanks for the contribution! I heard the same about Constant_Content, that is probably the best thing they have going for them. The question with them, and with any content site, is there lack of disclosure of financials. I just think a little goes a long way. If not fully, it would gain a lot of confidence for the writers if they had a tangible idea of where the money was going.

Duchess: Thanks, I hope my research helps you in your search. So much good advice here on hubpages too!


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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

I have to check these out. I agree that the only thing I would worry about id teh AdSense sharing, but I'll look into it.

Consider this bookmarked and stumbled upon.


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Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Rebecca! Let me know if you find out more, I know you're a research master!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

Another interesting and thought provoking article, Ben. Thanks.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks RedElf, I try, I do what I can to dig in! Now I hope I can make enough money so that I can sneak away and winter camp again this year!


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Interesting Hub - I wander the biosphere myself but I am most comfortable here (and Ehow). Thanks.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks for the compliment suziecat7, do you own your own blog or do you write for all other sites?

I appreciate the compliment!

Ben


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I've been scanning the HubPage blogs and forums looking for an edge as well, and so far I've stuck with what I'm doing here at HubPages. The artist in me is still trying to tinker with how I make a Hub look within the confines of the capsules, but that comes slowly. As does, of course, any type of financial compensation for what I do here.

Despite my struggles, many of which come from being challenged by technical instructions any normal person can easily decipher, I remain a Hubber. Hubby? HubPage guy? Hubbo?

Whatever.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Hey Mike, thanks for spending so much time on my articles.

I've tried reddit.com and xomba.com but so far no spark like hubpages. I'm too fickle about trying to decide between either constant or associated content. I guess ultimately I want to get back to owning my own site. I used to own a website for about two years with only my art on it! No adsense! Just images! Cost me I think 6$/mos! To Yahoo. Oh brother. Now of course, when I've finally learned how to make a little bit from it, I can't afford my own damn site!

I keep getting the sinking feeling I'm not doing something quite right when I read or troll as you said, about other hubinskis making $10, $100 or $1000 in a month! And I have written more hubs already than them! I'm hoping time will tell, and soon I'll get my own site again, to compliment my work here on hubpages.


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Niteriter 6 years ago from Canada

Ahoy, my fellow keyboard peasant!

Avast there, you quivering blob of landlubbing treachery! If you as much as WHISPER the thought of leaving HubPages again, I'll slit your Google ID and make you watch as all that $3.50 of your Adsense earnings pour into my treasure chest.

And I'll sing loudly with my remaining Hubber friends, "A bottle o' rum on a dead man's chest!" Arrrrrr!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Niteriter how did I miss the follow up on your comment? Yo ho ho and a bottle a rum! Arrrg matey I best be tellin' ya I needs to find multiple revenue streams er my Wench'll twist my eyepatch off!!!


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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Great hub. Lots to ponder about. Have tried and been rejected by Constant Content. Sold a few articles at AC about 2 years ago, and yesterday sent one again. Ehow is beginning to make a few bucks after 30 articles. Nothing here at HP yet, but it's my favorite place.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

I know what you mean FGual, but I have to admit, it was exciting to get the email from Constant Content that I just sold a story that I had basically forgotten about, using the $ this week for groceries, the timing was impeccable! Haha. I love HubPages too, I haven't reached a payout yet, but I sure am trying. I'd say give CC another chance, I was disheartened by rejection there too, but looking back I see the mistakes they wanted corrected! Nostrovia!


JadeDragon@innovativepassiveincome.com 6 years ago

I blog a lot about the wonders of Constant Content. I can't even believe the two sites are compared. If you get an article rejected it is for grammar errors or easily corrected format issues. No writer should be afraid of the very professional Constant Content site.

It is not even remotely like the Associated Content Scam Site. They just screwed a heck of a lot of authors.

http://www.innovativepassiveincome.com/associated-...


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thank you JadeDragon for the resounding accolade for Constant Content, I have found that to be true as well. When I first looked into both sites months ago, I found a lot of bloggers describing both poorly, so I wasn't sure what to make of it. I hope you were able to check out the follow up blog/article/hub I wrote:

http://hubpages.com/literature/If-Content-Only-Had...

Thanks for the wise comment!

Ben


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ptosis 6 years ago from Arizona

I've been on Ac.com for quite sometime, but the 'tude there when they suffer week long 'glitches' made me look at other places. And so Here I am! A newbie to hubpages...


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Good for you ptosis, I've heard (read on the internet) quite a few of the similar complaints about Associated for awhile, Constant Content has paid me well for at least one article so far, I've just got so many irons in the fire I haven't been able to do much writing for them. Best of luck and welcome to Hubpages!

Ben


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Steph0596 6 years ago from Ontario

Hi Ben, I enjoyed your article. I too have joined constant content and have made over $100, but like you said, they are picky with grammar. So although I have a few articles on there, Hubpages is where its at!


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jeweljo 6 years ago from Chicago

Interesting comparison review. I'm new on HubPages, but I've written for both Associated Content and Constant Content (under my pen name).

I like Constant Content's business model a lot. You can earn more selling your articles there. But it's true, they're *extremely* picky about typos and will kick-back articles for tiny things. They can be a pain to deal with, waiting for an article approval -- only to find it's been rejected for you to fix some nit.

For those who're freelance writing to make money online (vs. for name exposure or portfolio building), it's worth it to proofread better and submit many quality articles to Constant Content.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Hey Steph! Thanks for the kind words, I've been away for a bit, but I plan on giving Constant Content another shot in a few weeks.

Cheers!

Ben


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

jeweljo! Thanks for the addition here, and I agree with you wholeheartedly! Constant Content is tough about what they're looking for, but they do pay. I am hoping to give it another go soon, thanks for the affirmation and welcome to hubpages!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ben


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chinemeremz 6 years ago

Hi ben, like Jadedragon said associated content is real weed and scum, submitted quite a good number of professional and well written articles, yet I'm yet to make one red cent. But at Constant I've made no submissions but I've made some few cents from leads and referrals, cos I reviewed the site on one of my writing blogs and voila! Some nice fellas signed up via my referral link, and feel so great about that.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

So it seems like I hear more complaints about Associated and then some chinemeremz, thanks for sharing your experience. I don't think I've made a dime from referrals, but it's been awhile since I've been there.

Ben

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