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Constant Content Analysis
On August 7th, 2015, I wrote about my first impressions regarding a website called Constant Content. Constant Content is a website where people can post freelance articles they have written for customers to buy. You can read that review now. Since then, I have written 28 articles and developed a much deeper understanding of how the website works. Hopefully, my knowledge can help you decide if you would like to join the authors there.
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How Constant-Content Works
Authors are able to upload their articles, providing short summaries, and keywords for each one. They set their prices in USD. The site reviews each article within 3-8 days, and either sends it back with suggestions for what should be changed or puts it onto the storefront. Companies can browse the storefront and buy articles. You are paid 65% of the sale price at the end of the month.
Constant-Content makes sure articles that are submitted are high quality. This means that if they find a mistake in your article, they will return it. Based on turnaround times for my articles, they seem to match articles with editors who know that subject. You are able to dispute changes you don't feel make sense by putting a note in a "review comments" section. Sometimes, editors are inconsistent about what they will let through. This is annoying, but resubmitting seems to fix the problem.
In my last article, I said I estimated that six out of my thirteen articles would eventually be purchased. As of now, I have sold five articles. All but one were sold in the public catalog.
One of the requested articles I had written was never purchased. Another was not purchased by the requester, but a competitor bought it a few days later. I have written one other article since then, and it was purchased right away. From what I've seen, requested articles are more likely to be purchased by the requester.
Public Requests are a way for people to order content that they want. This comes with some interesting perks for them. Their articles tend to be reviewed faster, and they get more personalized options. Rules set out in a public request trump rules in the Writer's Guidelines. For example, a public request could allow users to have links in their article or use the first person. One article I submitted to the catalog after its related public request had closed was rejected due to not being the kind of content Constant Content wished to sell. If I had submitted it to the request, it might have gotten through without any problems.
There are some requests that end up in the wrong category, requests written in illegible English, and requests that don't have as much information as they should. However, not every public request goes onto the website. I have seen a few public requests be removed, though I'm not sure why they were removed. As the requests were part of a long series, it might be that the requests were redundant.
Constant Content has a set of forums that provide helpful information for anyone that wants to look. Unfortunately, there's a flaw in the forums that makes them less helpful than they could be. Each post must be reviewed by a moderator before it can be published, and reviews take multiple days. This makes having a reasonably-timed conversation almost impossible. I understand they want to prevent spam, but there are other was of doing that. Even loosening the review requirements to speed up wait times for posts could help, as posts are often short.
Constant Content's Commitment to Quality
We understand that original content is the driving force behind all successful SEO efforts. For that reason, all of the articles we sell are hand-edited by our professional editors and subject to authentication using the Internet's premiere plagiarism prevention tool, Copyscape.
Is It Worth It?
Overall, I'd say Constant Content is a valuable freelance writing website. While their communication skills leave much to be desired, they are committed to quality content. Regular submissions increase the odds of something selling, and most public requests are decent. I will continue to write for Constant Content. As my skills and number of articles increase, I should be able to make a fair amount of money.