Make Money With Constant Content: A Step by Step Guide to Success
Writing for Constant Content
Constant Content can be a great resource for people who are trying to write online. However, it can be a little hard to get going and experience real success. Some Constant Content writers really get up and fly, while others have a hard time really making much money. This hub is designed to help walk beginners to write--and succeed--at Constant Content.
Writing for Constant Content
Constant Content is a site that lets people write, display, and sell articles. It can work extremely well as a source of supplementary income, and some people can even make a decent living writing for Constant Content.
Once authors sign up with Constant Content, they are allowed to submit articles to the website. These articles go through a rigorous grammatical review process. Once the articles have been accepted, they will be listed for sale on the Constant Content website, where they can be seen and purchased by interested clients looking for web content.
Constant Content writers also have the opportunity to make money by referring other authors and by filling client requests. This hub will describe how to do that a little later on.
More In-Depth Information About Signing Up for Constant Content
- How to Sign Up for Constant Content: A Step by Step Guide
This hub walks you through signing up for Constant Content from start to finish.
Step 1-Sign up with Constant Content
The first step is to simply sign up with Constant Content. This is very easy. Simply clicking on the following link will take you to the signup page.
From here, click on the button that says "Want To Write For Us? Click Here." This will bring up the author registration form. Note that you will need a Paypal account in order to register with Constant Content. This is because Constant Content handles all payments through Paypal. If you don't already have a Paypal account, just visit paypal.com. Setting up an account is easy and free.
On the form, click "Yes" on the box that says "Subscribe to Public Mailing List." This will help you out in the long run.
Filling out the form will take you to a grammar quiz. Constant Content requires all its authors to take this quiz so that they can weed out authors who don't have the requisite grammatical skills to succeed on their site. Take the time you need to get the answers right.
Once you've done this, congratulations! You're Constant Content's newest author!
Step 2-Get Started Writing for Constant Content
Once you're into the Constant Content system, knowing what to do and how to do it can be a little disorienting. One of the biggest mistakes that beginning Constant Content writers make is just not starting. They either get so intimidated by the system or so concerned with writing the perfect first article that they never write at all. And if you don't write, Constant Content can't pay you.
So, jump in and get started writing your first article. Make sure you take the time to look over the Constant Content Writer Guidelines. The Quickstart Guidelines tells you the basics of what you need to know. Put a bookmark on the Extended Guidelines so that you can refer back to it as you start writing. As you get more experience with Constant Content's requirements, you won't need to refer to these quite as much, but when you first get started, you'll want to look through the guidelines whenever you have a question.
Try to write your first article about something that interests you and that you already know something about. This way, you'll be able to focus on the quality of your writing instead of on learning new things. In future Constant Content articles you'll be able to branch out, but it'll probably be easier on you if you start simple.
Make sure your article contains an introduction and a conclusion. As you write, avoid using the first-person ("I," "me," etc.), because Constant Content does not allow first-person narratives. Try for an easy, but professional tone.
Constant Content doesn't have stringent length requirements like a lot of other sites, so you can feel free to make your article just about as short or long as you want. Shoot for somewhere between 300 and 1000 words on your first article. Write your article in your favorite word processor, although you should note that Constant Content does not accept .odt files, so you'll need to convert your file to a .doc if you use Open Office.
Step 3-Prepare Your Constant Content Article for Submission
Once you've got your first Constant Content article written, pat yourself on the back and give yourself a little break. Come back again a few hours later and look at the article again. Read through it out loud to help yourself catch any grammatical and spelling errors. Constant Content will reject articles for even small flaws, so do your best to catch everything and make it perfect. Also, check the article against Constant Content's Writer Guidelines to make sure it fits. Check your font. Constant Content only accepts articles which are in 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman.
If you haven't already done so, come up with a good title for your article. The title should say what your article is about in a simple, but interesting way. Also, you'll need to write a short summary of your article. The summary and the title are what will first be visible on Constant Content when prospective customers see your article, so make them good. According to Constant Content, your summary should be at least three sentences (or thirty words) long.
When you're all done with your article, run it through a plagiarism detector like DupliChecker or Plagiarisma. Constant Content runs all articles through a stringent anti-plagiarism detector, which can result in a person being accused of plagiarism simply because he or she happened to write the same sentence as another person. Because plagiarism can result in the immediate disabling of your Constant Content account, you want to be very careful.
Step 4-Submit your Constant Content Article
Now that you have your article proof-read and your title and summary ready, you're ready to submit your article. The Constant Content submission process takes a little bit of getting used to at first, but it quickly becomes second-nature.
When signed in on Constant Content, click on "Submit Article." Then, simply fill out the form. Copy and paste your summary from the .doc file you wrote your article in. Then, copy a portion (at least one third) of your article and paste it into the "Content Excerpt" section. Input the word count, and enter a couple of keywords.
One unique thing about Constant Content is that it allows you to set the prices for your work. If you don't know how much you want to sell your article for, Constant Content provides an estimated price sheet to give authors an idea of what prices are common. The link to this is just above the submission form. As you set your prices, remember that Constant Content takes 35% of your fee, leaving you with 65%.
You'll notice that Constant Content allows authors to sell a variety of different levels of rights, ranging from usage to full rights. Usage rights allows a customer to use your article, but you are still allowed to sell the article to additional customers. Unique rights guarantees that you will not sell or use this article yourself. Full rights transfers all rights to the customer, meaning that the customer can make changes to the article and can even claim to be its author. You can make any or all of these rights available for your Constant Content article.
Feel free to visit the Constant Contant FAQs and the Author Tutorial if you have any questions. You can access these from your Constant Content account by clicking on the "Help" button.
Step 5-Wait for Constant Content to Review Your Article
Once you've submitted your article, you need to wait for Constant Content to review the article. You can continue to write new articles during this time if you'd like, but I wouldn't submit any more until you've gotten your first one back. If you get too many rejections during your first period at Constant Content, you run the risk of having your account terminated. Waiting to submit further articles until your first has been reviewed can help you to avoid repeated rejections.
An email from Constant Content should show up sometime in the next couple days. Constant Content typically reviews articles very quickly. In my experience, I usually hear back about my articles within 24 hours of having submitted it.
The email will either inform you that your article has been accepted, or that it has been rejected. If your article was accepted, congratulations! You have just published your first article at Constant Content!
If your article was rejected, don't feel bad. A lot of people have their first article rejected, whether through a misunderstanding of Constant Content's rules or through a grammatical oversight. Simply fix the problem, and resubmit the article. This time, Constant Content should accept your article.
Step 6-Keep Writing and Submitting Constant Content Articles
Now that you've written one Constant Content article, write another. Keep submitting articles until you feel like you really have a handle on what Constant Content's rules are. The more articles you have out there, the more likely it is that someone will buy them.
If you already have worked as an article writer, you have a fabulous opportunity to reuse some of your old work. As long as your previous agreements allow for it, you can submit your old articles to Constant Content so they can be sold all over again. You may need to tweak these old articles to make them fit with Constant Content's requirements, but this can still save you a lot of work.
Be aware, however, that if you have previously used an article elsewhere, you can only sell usage rights on Constant Content. Also, make sure that you only reuse articles that appear under your name (or the same pen name that you use at Constant Content). Otherwise, Constant Content may assume that you are plagiarizing the work.
How to Submit an Article for a Constant Content Request
Step 6-Answer Requests at Constant Content
Once you feel fairly comfortable with the rules and guidelines at Constant Content, you're ready to start answering requests. This is where a lot of the real money on Constant Content can be found. When you answer a request, your chances of someone buying your article soon goes up immensely.
To answer a request, click on the requested content tab, and read through the requested articles. Select one and write an article according to its specifications. Then, submit it to Constant Content as you would usually do, but making certain to select "Public Request" in the "Is This For A Request?" box. Then, select the appropriate request from the list. Once your article is accepted, Constant Content will automatically submit the article to the customer. If they don't choose to buy it, the article will be made available for other customers to purchase.
The more quickly you can return a quality article to a request at Constant Content, the greater your chances are of making a sale. Because public requests can be filled by any author working for Constant Content, the faster you respond, the more likely you are to be chosen. This is why it is helpful to sign up for the email updates. However, just because it's been a few days or weeks doesn't mean that you can't respond to a request. Many people who put up requests on Constant Content are looking for more than one article.
If you should happen to see a request that fits an article you have already written for Constant Content, simply click on the ""Send Message/Attach Article" button on the "Requested Content" page. Then, write a short message and select the article you'd like the customer to consider.
Although answering a public request does not guarantee that your article will be purchased, it makes the chances much, much greater. In my first two months at Constant Content, I sold 21 articles. Of these, 20 were for requests, and only one was not.
When you answer requests, you also get a chance to make yourself stand out from the crowd. If you write enough quality articles for a customer's requests, he or she may contact you for a private request. Private requests are directed solely at you, so there's no competition from other writers anymore.
Step 7-Set Goals for Your Constant Content Writing
Everything in life becomes more productive when we make concrete goals and strive to achieve them. Writing for Constant Content is no different. If you really want to make money writing for Constant Content, you need a plan of attack. This goal can vary depending on your circumstances, but you should have a goal.
You could have a goal of writing a certain number of articles each day. People who are merely writing in their spare time might try to write a single article each day. People who are trying to really support themselves through their writing may want to try to write four or more.
People who are really gung ho could set a goal of answering every public request. If you can keep this up and keep from getting disappointed (not every one of your articles will sell), this can be a way to make serious money. I once earned nearly $400 in a week just by answering requests, and I only answered a fraction of the requests that were available on Constant Content.
As you follow your goal, try to keep it fun. Make Constant Content writing a challenge or a game to you. If you enjoy it, you're far more likely to stick to it and really achieve things.
How to Add the Constant Content Widget
Step 8-Use the Constant Content Widget
You can increase the traffic to your Constant Content articles by adding the Constant Content widget to your website or blog. This will advertise some of your Constant Content articles on your website, and it will help to boost your sales. Also, it's very simple to add. The following video will walk you through how to add the widget to your blog.
Step 9-Refer Other Authors to Constant Content
Every author who signs up with Constant Content is assigned a unique referral url. For example, mine is http://www.constant-content.com/?aref=49519. When new writers sign up using that url, the author gets a bonus.
When you refer a new author to Constant Content, you get 5% of their sales, taken from Constant Content's commission, not from the writer's. Referring authors can be a great way to increase your passive income, and it is a true win-win situation. Other people get the chance to make money writing for Constant Content, and you get a bonus. What could be better?
Further Links for Constant Content Success
- How to Get Your Articles Accepted at Constant Content
Are you struggling with getting your articles accepted? This article outlines some of the common mistakes new writers at Constant Content, and it explains how to avoid these problems.
- Article Rights at Constant Content: Usage, Unique, and Full Rights Explained
This hub discusses each of the different types of rights that you can sell on Constant Content, and it helps authors to decide which rights options will help them most with their goals.