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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.
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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.
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.