I’ve been putting off creating a Constant-Content review post for a couple of reasons. For one, anyone who spends much time exploring Constant-Content.com and its forum will see that I’m a big fan. After all, I’ve sold thousands of writing projects there. So, to me it seems obvious: my Constant-Content review is going to be glowing.
Another reason is that there are plenty of Constant-Content reviews out there, good and bad. You’re going to have a range that goes from the writers who love the site and want to share the good news (and perhaps their Constant-Content referral links) to the disgruntled who are upset that their articles didn’t pass the editorial process. What can I possibly add to the conversation?
Well, let’s see. Here’s my Constant-Content review. I hope you find it useful.
While selling articles for a fair price online is definitely the main selling point, Constant-Content is powered by real people – and that’s what I like the best. From the customers who need help with their writing projects to the CC staff, management, and editor who make it all come together to the active writing community of fellow writers who willingly help their “competitors” out, you’ll find a unique network where you can pursue your writing dreams. David Kool, Constant-Content’s manager, is awesome as are Jeff Richards in Technical Support and Ed, the editor. These are real people working hard behind the scenes to make Constant-Content an online writing site unlike any others.
Constant-Content Review: Writing Standards
I’d like to say that writing for Constant-Content is easy, but it’s not. You will need to pay attention to the details. With strict editorial standards and an even stricter suspension policy (yes, we’re talking lifetime bans), it’s crucial that your writing skills are top-notch. I have mixed feelings about the suspension policy. I understand it, but I also know that our skills do evolve. A lifetime ban for a few poorly written articles is a bit harsh in my opinion. I don’t think Constant-Content makes its decisions lightly and I do believe that there’s some leeway there, but if you plan on submitting articles to the site, make sure that you’re skilled in the basics of English composition. If English is your second language, you may have a tough time succeeding on this site.
That said, Constant-Content isn’t that difficult for writers with strong Web writing skills. I say “Web writing skills” because Constant-Content is primarily a marketplace for Web content. If you’re a journalist, print magazine writer, or academic writer, you may need to brush up on writing for Web audiences. Definitely read the guidelines and follow them, even down to the font that you choose.
It’s important to understand that Constant-Content accepts articles on speculation. Others have described it as a “consignment shop” for writers which is a decent explanation. Whether you’re writing an article about a topic of interest to you or submitting an article to one of Constant-Content’s public requests, there’s no guarantee that the article will sell right away, or ever. I’ve had a good response with my submissions and have a decent sales ratio. Constant-Content’s manager shared some statistics in the forum a while back which revealed that about 70 percent of submitted articles sell. That seems about right in my experience. Articles don’t necessarily sell right away, but given time, many find homes.
Where Constant-Content really shines is in its versatility. If you’re interested in residual income, you’ll like the idea of selling your articles for usage rights. These articles can be sold over and over and over and over. You get the point. If you’re interested in immediate income, you might try writing articles for the public requests where customers want specific articles on specific topics. If you’re in it for the long haul, you can build a portfolio and a reputation on the site, eventually establishing long term relationships with customers who request you, and you alone, to write articles for them.
Constant-Content Prices and Fees
Writers set their own prices on Constant-Content, though you’ll need to be aware of the market and the going rates. I’ve sold articles anywhere from ten dollars to hundreds of dollars. I’ve even sold projects for several thousand dollars (those were for larger projects issued on a private request basis and not the norm).
Any Constant-Content review would be remiss if it didn’t discuss the fees. Constant-Content does not charge a fee to join or submit articles. However, when your article sells, Constant-Content receives 35 percent as its commission. That’s a big number, isn’t it? If you sell an article for $100, you’ll get $65. Know this going in and it’s not so difficult to accept. Since you know about the percentage, price your articles accordingly and it’s fine. For example, if you need to make $65 for a given article, you know that you need to charge $100 for it. Do the math before you set your prices and understand that you’ll get 65% when the article sells. Try not to think about that extra money being “yours” in the first place and you’ll eventually find the right price point that is fair to you, the customer, and Constant-Content (the company that found that customer for you).
Anyhow, that’s my Constant-Content review. I love the site and I love its people. I also love that I’m able to write and sell articles online on a regular basis. It’s not easy but it’s fulfilling.
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