Do You Write for Constant Content?

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Constant Content: What, Why, and How

Constant Content is an online marketplace for freelance writers. In order to become a writer for CC, you need to take a short quiz (super-easy, especially if English is your first language). After you're accepted, you set up a profile and get to work writing and submitting material. Any details are explained on the Constant Content help page.

The attraction for freelance writers is that Constant Content provides a place where potential clients are looking for work. And compared to mental sweatshops like Textbroker, you stand to make a quite a bit more money.

You set the price for your work. If it's purchased, your take is 65 percent.

For example, say you write a 500 word article and decide to charge seven cents per word, which is pretty average. The article would be posted at $35 for full rights, so if it sells you'll make $22.75.

That's not bad compared to content mills that have you tapping away for fractions of a penny per word.

How to Find Requests and Submit Articles On CC

Public Pool, General Catalog, Writer Pool

Once you've been accepted and set up your account, you have a couple of options.

  • Look for requested content in the Public Pool. Peruse over these subjects to see if you want to write on subjects like car insurance, public relations, or makeup (to name a few).
  • Post a unique article you've written on your own for the General Catalog. If you have a niche, you might want to start filling your portfolio with articles based on your favorite subject matter. When you submit your article to CC, you will have the option of choosing whether this article is intended for a specific request or not. Be sure to submit something you've never published online.

After submitting about 10 articles or so, you may apply for the Writer Pool. If a customer posts her request in the writer's pool, you can claim it for yourself. There are different types of writing in the Writer Pool for which you may be qualified to write, including blog posts, white papers, and e-book writing.

Most of the time, you won't find anything available in the Writer Pool. Once a good request is made (read: good money for an easy-to-research subject) it's swept up right away by other writers.

Writing for Constant Content

The "Didn't Make the Cut" Blues

Most customers submit requests to the Public Pool.

This way, they get their pick from about a million articles(ok, maybe a slight exaggeration). Everyone who doesn't get picked gets his article transferred to the General Pool where anyone can buy it.

A big problem with the Public Pool is that most requesters are vague as to what they want. They just throw any old bait out there and hope to catch a 12-pound bass. Is that big for a bass? I don't even know. You get what I'm trying to say here, though.

They get their pick from a large number of submissions while a bunch of writers lose time (which is money) writing articles for nothing.

Sometimes I've been excited about what I wrote, thinking that the client was going to love it only to have it tossed into the General Pool.

What a bummer.

Be prepared for this to happen. I see great articles in the General Pool now and then that I know were written for particular requests.

You're supposed to be happy with the consolation prize: your article goes into the General Pool. But usually the requested subjects don't sell. For instance, I wrote an article on budget New Year's Eve celebrations with kids. It wasn't picked up by the requester, and guess what? it's still sitting there.

Maybe next year.

Licenses: Usage, Unique, Full Rights

Choose from several license options: usage, unique, or full rights.

  • Usage means that a customer can post your article on her site and give you credit (not a byline, so this isn't a way to promote your blog or other online writing). The article stays in the General Pool after it's purchased for use so that others may buy it.
  • A unique license allows a customer to purchase your article for his site alone. It won't stay in the General Pool. You still get credit as the author when the article is posted or printed, and they're not allowed to change the article in any way.
  • A full rights license gives the customer the flexibility to change the article as she sees fit. She may also take credit for the work. The benefit to you is that this license draws the greatest price, and this is the preferred license among most clients.

Generally speaking, you can't charge very much for usage because others may use it, which diminishes the article's value. After one usage license is purchased it becomes the only option for that article. No one will be able to purchase unique rights or full rights because it's already been used.

You will find that usage isn't a big seller, and once someone purchases usage rights on an article that's usually the end of it. You might sell two downloads for one article, but that's not the norm. Clients generally don't want an article that already exists online.

If you spend a lot of time on an article, be mindful of the price you set for usage rights. For instance, if you write a 500 word article and set the usage price for $12, you're only going to get $7.80 for it. You might sell it again, but it is highly unlikely. This isn't a good return on investment of a couple hours' time.

Pricing Strategy

Personally, I set all three licenses at the same rate. For example, if I write a 500-word article and I set the full rights to $45, I set the usage and unique prices to $45 as well. I'm sure other writers don't agree with that, but I want to get the most that I can out of an article. Getting five dollars for a usage license for my work is depressing.

Depending on how much I put into an article, I generally set the price to about seven to nine cents per word. An editor advised me to raise my prices and charge 10 cents per word or higher. When I did, my sales dropped.

You probably don't want to spend time writing an article that will bring you seven or eight dollars. I see people saying that they can crank out articles in 15 minutes or so. That's not me. If you can, then setting a bunch of articles out for cheap usage rights may be profitable for you.

Unique rights articles aren't popular with CC clients. Writers ask for more money because they can't make any more on that title, but customers can't change it in any way or get credit for it. They usually opt for full rights.

You can make your best money by offering full rights. I've written 185 articles for Constant Content; of those, 105 were full rights licenses. You can't write a byline anyway, so there's no use in getting attached to your darlings.

Also keep in mind that when you submit a new article, you may check the box at the bottom of the submission page that says, "Check this to allow customers to make offers on this article". If someone wants to make an offer on your work that's been sitting there a while, you might just take it.

How About You?

Have You Written for Constant Content?

  • Yes, and I love it!
  • Yes, and I hate it!
  • Yes. Meh.
  • No. Not interested.
  • No, but I'll consider giving it a shot.
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Can You Make Money on Constant Content?

It took me about two months to finally start making sales on CC. I had been writing online for only a few months when I began submitting articles, so I was definitely green. Like a dark, forest green. Not like the sage green I am right now.

Sales became more frequent after the first person bought usage rights to one of my articles. I had several regulars soon after.

I finally got to the point where I was making close to $500 a month. Now, I still wrote for my own blogs and other writing sites while taking care of my little one, so someone with fewer responsibilities would probably be able to do better.

All told, I made a little over $3,000 from CC in 2012.

But it wasn't a reliable source of income. There's a lot of frustration in writing something you think clients will like, only to watch it sit in the General Catalog without attracting much interest. I have hours of work sitting in there that will probably never generate any income.

You win some, you lose some. That's the name of the game.

Time is Your Most Precious Investment: Use it Wisely

This is the trade-off: you slowly make a little bit of money on content sites like HP on an article that might make you $20 on CC, but you never know. It may not sell, it may not.

An article that you have parked on Constant Content could be gaining seniority on HP or your blog. This is something you always need to keep in the back of your mind.

{This month, I haven't written for CC because I decided to focus on my blogs and get more in the swing of things on HP and Squidoo. That's another issue: while you're working your fingertips off getting material up on Constant Content, you're taking time away from your own blogs and other work that builds your online reputation. Remember, you're not getting credit for your CC work--not anything that the Google gods notice, anyway.}

Successful Writers Never Stop Learning

Like Stephen King said,

"If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that."

I regularly read books on how to be a better writer, and each one has provided a bit of helpful advice. If you want to succeed or advance your online writing career, never stop learning!

You Win Some, You Lose Some

When you post an article on CC, it's best to include as much of the article as you can for potential clients to read. After all, they're are more comfortable knowing what they're buying.

You're not required to post the entire thing, only one-third of the article. Constant Content posts it in a form that cannot physically be copied-and-pasted. Unfortunately, if someone wants your work badly enough, they'll take the time to type the thing out.

Ballsy? Yes, but it happens.

Case in point: my husband is a World of Warcraft fanatic. We write articles together now and then. We submitted one that sold for 70 bucks. Yay!

A couple of weeks later, I get an e-mail from a Constant Content editor saying that the client found our article on another website. Someone with a gaming site plagiarized it by typing it out word for word.

The client demanded a refund. They got it.

I went into the next month at NEGATIVE $45. Not so yay. And there was nothing I could do about it.

Some might say that because of this, you shouldn't post entire articles. But in my opinion I would have lost many of my sales if the clients hadn't been able to read my articles in their entirety.

Celeste Stewart's Guide to Writing for Constant Content

The Times They Are A Changin'

Please don't get discouraged if you're not an overnight sensation.

Reading about the great success stories like Celeste Stewart can make you question your abilities. In case you haven't heard, Celeste is the face of CC. She made a few hundred her first month on Constant Conten, and now her income is in the thousands each month.

Keep in mind that she started six or seven years ago, and since then online writing has become much more competitive. Many of the veteran writers have thousands of documents listed in their profiles, tons of exposure, and regular clients collected over the years.

This is more complicated today. Not to say that you can't have the same success, it's just that the ballroom is crowded, making the tango much more challenging.

Be Self-Sufficient

You have to be able to figure things out and work on your own if you want to write for CC.

There's not a whole lot of support; few questions are answered by the editors using e-mail, and the forum is a virtual ghost town (except for spammers).

If this wouldn't work for you, perhaps you should find another outlet for your writing and spare yourself the frustration.

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Haters Gonna Hate

I've seen many complaints from writers saying that the editors are too strict or they don't like how rejections are worded.

You're not going to last long writing for clients if you have a thin skin.

Roll with the punches and deal with it. Sorry to be so blunt, but if you plan to stick with online writing you need to handle rejection and nit-pickiness.

If you follow the Constant Content guidelines and listen to the editors' instructions and corrections, you will eventually reap the rewards. Don't argue about what you think is correct grammar or spelling. Don't make extra work for yourself--they're under no obligation to take your submissions, so why make life more difficult?

While others complain about how long it takes for editors to check in their work, my articles are often accepted within a few hours. This benefit didn't happen overnight; I paid attention to the guidelines while checking and double-checking my work.

Is Constant Content a Good Fit for You?

This freelance writing site definitely has its pros and cons, but it's worth checking out. If you have some work that hasn't been published online, try posting it on Constant Content. You never know--it may be just what someone else is looking for.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences! 28 comments

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Good information Liz! I writer for a content company but there is no bidding. I'm given assignments weekly and the price is set. I've been with them two years now and it is a sweet situation. I could have more content work if I wanted it but I don't want it. :) I can only do SEO writing like this for three hours per day and then I start going nutso, and that is not a good thing.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Thanks, Bill. With CC, there's no bidding. You just write for one of the requests and cross your fingers hoping maybe the client will pick your article and buy it. You can also write for the general catalog and keep your fingers crossed hoping that someone will stumble upon your work and like it. There's a lot of finger-crossing involved.

I love writing what I love writing, and I hate writing everything else. I think this is reflected in my work; I have gone SEO-nutso a few times myself! I'm still trying to figure it all out, how to write and make some money without selling my mental health.


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LKMore01 3 years ago

Excellent, informative, detailed. Thank you for sharing. Most relatable feature of this HUB, is making the choice not to simply write an article in fifteen minutes. Good writing takes time and effort .You've proven that with this HUB, Radcliff. Voted up.


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Sharicey 3 years ago from Rhode Island

Great hub! Really informative and interesting. I haven't heard of CC but then again I haven't considered looking into other ways to freelance write since I barely have time to write for Hubpages. However, I like the fact that there is real feedback on CC. I might try it to just to see what its like and to get some real feedback even if it is harsh. Thanks for the great article.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Thank you so much, LKMore! I can't be a speed-writer. I don't have it in me . . . sometimes I wish I did!


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Thank you, Sharicey. It does help to get you on track for writing for clients. Finding the time to write when you have a lot going on is tricky, but if you put a little time in when you can it sure adds up over time.


Vickiw 3 years ago

This is a really great and informative Hub. I have thought about doing this for a while, but so far have not. Now, I am really thinking, and it helps so much to hear of your experiences. Thank you for this encouragement.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

No problem, Vicki! There's not much to it, really. If you have any questions, you can email me: ifcavemombakedcookies [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks for your comment :)


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Liz, I learn a lot from billybuc and you. Now that I've read this article, I'm like, Whoohoo! She made 3 grand last year from CC! You definitely have me interested. I see their emails in my inbox and keep deleting them. It's time I quit being an idiot. Given your many responsibilities, chief of which is being a parent, I'm amazed at your prolific output. You're awesome, my friend! Thanks for sharing...and, even more, for inspiring!

Aloha!

Joe


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Prolific? LOL! Joe, you're too kind. I did really well selling nutrition articles for a while (I'm unconventional in my views, so I had a loyal client base). It fizzled out after a while, and nutrition articles don't sell well anymore. Now I'm writing more practical (read: boring) stuff, and I'm getting back on track. It's tough because I'll spend hours writing articles that just sit there. Then I'll sell a few and get excited. It's a roller coaster ride. If I've inspired you, though, then it's all worth it! You've inspired me to get my eBay muscle back into shape, and I'm very thankful for that. Aloha, my friend!

Liz


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Hey, Liz! Right now, I'm on the down slope of the eBay roller coaster ride, which happens just about the same time each year. I tell myself to hang in there--been there, done that sort of thing--and use the time to list more and write more. By the way, my wife, adult son and daughter, and I (first time for me; second time for them) will be headed to your state--Orlando, I believe, is the specific city, but I'm not sure--to have some fun at Disney World in either late August or early September. This may be our last vacation trip together as a foursome, so we're really looking forward to it. And, yes, while there, I'm going to do my best to check out the local Starbucks for a mug or two that I can bring back as well as write a couple of hubs. Good times in my senior years! : ) Aloha, Liz!


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Starbucks? I thought you were from Starbucks Country up there! You'll have a great time--we're a couple of hours away from Orlando, unfortunately. And yes, we just gotta hold on during the dry spells. That's the name of the game, isn't it? :)


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Great informational hub. I am going to check this out.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Thank you, wetnosedogs!


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Stacie L 3 years ago

I have investigated constant content and didn't think I would get work due to the amount of work posted. After reading this, I may try to see. This was well written and informative.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Thanks, Stacie! It's really hit or miss with CC. Last month, I was able to make a little over $500. I don't know about this month. That's one of the things that stinks about it--you can't count on a regular income. I'm a little soured right now because a regular client who submits requests to the writer pool is getting stingy. He wanted each writer to commit to writing chunks of five articles over this past weekend. He has raised his word count from 500 to 700, but won't increase what he's willing to pay. There are more issues with this situation, but I'll spare you the details! I think it's worth giving it a go to see if you like it. The articles aren't published until they're bought (or plagiarized LOL), so you can always use them elsewhere if it doesn't work out.


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada

Radcliff, I am a member there, and have sold three articles. I do find their titles are interesting, too. I have never got a direct request from a client, and it sounds like that is where the money is. Thanks for sharing!


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Thanks for your comment, Prairieprincess. I could be wrong, but I think most of the writers who have regular private requests are those who have been there for years. Of course, Celeste Stewart writes only for private requests, for the most part. The rest of us are usually tossing work in there blindly, but we get a bite now and then.


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Fiona Jean Mckay 3 years ago from South Africa

I tend to think that if you crank an article out in 15 minutes, it is not likely to be easily accepted on Constant Content so it is worthwhile to charge a bit more. I've sold everything I've ever written there except for 1 article - sometimes within a few days, sometimes within a few months. I do think it's worthwhile writing for them as long as you have another source of income as well.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

I agree, Fiona. I do love seeing that SOLD subject in my email! Thanks for your comment.


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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, and Interesting. I have a friend who is starting to write for Constant Content, and I have been thinking of giving it a try. Thanks for sharing your experience. Your article helps me to know what I would be getting into.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Thanks, B! Writing for Constant Content has its ups and downs. I had a few old articles sell this month, so I'll be getting almost a hundred bucks in my PayPal account on the first of next month. Old articles selling is obviously one of the "ups", when you write and write and write and those articles just sit there, that's definitely one of the "downs"!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is very interesting. I like reading about other writing sites to see what else is out there. I like to diversify, and try new things out.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day!

~ Kathryn


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

Thank you, Kathryn! It's always good to try new outlets for your writing.

Have a great rest of the weekend!


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

I have been wanting more ways to make money writing. Thanks for information about this site.


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Radcliff 3 years ago from Hudson, FL Author

It's good to try out different avenues, Cygnet. Thanks for your comment!


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cygnetbrown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

You are welcome!


Johnb368 2 years ago

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