Constant Content Review: A Writer’s Perspective
Constant Content is a site where freelance writers and content-searching people meet. CC is one of the best paying content sites, as you can set your own prices. A 500-word article can be sold for $50 (which means that after CC’s 35% cut, you’ll receive $32.5). On Textbroker you could get as little as $3 for the same length.
On CC, you can earn in three main ways: by submitting articles to your catalogue, responding to requests, or being a part of a pool of writers. Constant Content only accepts writers with impeccable grammar.
Constant Content: Pros and Cons
Set your own prices
Long review process
Write on almost any subject
Editorial feedback is sometimes vague
Learn to write concisely and correctly
Uncertainty if your work will sell
Opportunities to land long-term writing gigs
You need to put in lots of work before seeing any sales
Strict grammar rules
Many ways to sell articles
Can get banned for serious offences
How to Apply
In order to qualify, all applicants have to prove their skills by writing a short piece on a given subject. Before taking the test, familiarise yourself with CC’s writing guidelines—especially the rules for using commas and semicolons.
The CC website states that 80% of applicants are rejected every month. But don’t get discouraged! The test isn’t timed, so you can run your piece through Grammarly or have a friend proofread it. Error-free applications with the right tone (informative and impersonal but not too formal) and structure will be accepted.
Unfortunately, CC doesn’t send out emails notifying of rejection. If you don’t get a reply within seven days, try logging in to CC, using the email address and password you provided when registering. A notification should pop up, which will tell you if your application got rejected or is still under review.
How Do You Sell Your Articles?
There are three main ways to sell articles:
- Catalogue submissions
- Writers’ pools
Catalogue submissions account for the majority of revenue for most writers. They also give you the freedom to write on almost any subject.
Your catalogue is a portfolio of work from which clients can buy pre-written content. Each article has a short summary (written by you) and a long summary (an extract from the article itself).
After writing an article, click the ‘Submit Content’ button. In the submission form, you’ll need to put in the title, category, short summary, price, the body of the article, and relevant keywords.
The short summary should describe your article in no fewer than three sentences. Short summaries are crucial for catching the customer’s attention.
The long summary is generated automatically. It comprises at least a third of the article, although you can adjust it to include more.
Keywords are important in customers’ searches on the site. Put in keywords that reflect the content and could be used to search for this topic.
At the bottom of the submission form, you’ll also find two options—‘Best Offer’ and ‘Discount Offer’. The first one enables the client to negotiate a lower price. The second one enables CC to offer discounts of up to 25% on content that sits on the site for more than six months. You don’t have to choose either of these options, but they do increase your chances of selling an article that could not sell otherwise.
After you’ve submitted the article, it is put in the queue for editors to review. The review process is quite long these days; it can take up to seven days. If your article is accepted, it will be available for customers to purchase.
If your article is rejected, you will receive suggestions to correct it and resubmit. These instructions can be general or specific. Editors sometimes tell you exactly what’s wrong and how to fix it, and sometimes they say something along the lines “Read for comma use.”
Only in rare cases do the editors ask you not to resubmit the article. This means that the article is substandard or violates the site’s rules.
Remember that failing to follow the editors’ instructions repeatedly can get you banned from the site.
Public and Private Requests
Apart from buying pre-written content, customers can request content produced specifically for them.
Public requests are available to all writers. You can see them on your dashboard under the ‘Requested Content’ button. They can be either calls for articles or for writers.
In case of calls for articles, customers state short instructions as to the article’s topic, tone, length, deadline, and price range.
If you like the call, you can write a new article or choose an existing one from your catalogue. Submitting articles for a request takes you to the same submission form as catalogue submissions. The only difference is that you have to indicate the request you’re responding to.
The review process for requests is quicker and less demanding. Sometimes articles are submitted automatically to the customer.
If your article isn’t selected by the customer, it is placed in your catalogue.
Public requests are the quickest way to sell something on CC, but there are only a couple of them at a time. I respond to public requests only if anything catches my attention and has a decent price range.
Customers can also request writers, which could land you a long-term writing gig. You’ll have to demonstrate your expertise in a particular subject to be considered for the job.
If someone likes your work, they can request articles by contacting you directly. Typically, you can demand higher prices for private requests.
Writers’ pools are still a mystery to me. I gather from the forums that they focus experts on a particular subject. These experts are vetted thoroughly by the CC staff and can claim exclusive jobs.
But I have yet to find the application button.
CC is known for its strict quality guidelines. That’s what enables them to set higher prices than the competition.
If you break the quality rules persistently and show no signs of improvement, you could get banned from the site.
But people hold some misconceptions about bans on CC and get discouraged from submitting articles. Only SERIOUS and PERSISTENT violators get banned. Failure to implement the editors’ feedback repeatedly, plagiarizing, or submitting articles in barely readable English are serious offences. Misplaced commas here and there are not. If CC banned everyone who made a punctuation mistake, they wouldn’t be much of a business.
If you familiarise yourself with basic grammar rules, implement the editors’ revisions, and proofread your articles thoroughly, you are on the safe side. I always edit my CC articles twice and run them through Grammarly. CC has a crash course on grammar, which is a must-read.
Sometimes, the editors point out stylistic mistakes in your articles. Some people complain about it, but I think it’s improved my writing. In particular, I learned to cut the waffle—the end product is about 10% less than the first draft.
First-person narration is frowned upon on Constant Content. You can’t include any personal experience unless instructed otherwise by the customer.
What to Write About on Constant Content
In theory, you can write on any subject on CC. But not everything will sell.
Articles such as The First Word of my Daughter Mimi or The Oldest Oak Tree in Hawk Inlet will probably never sell. That said, articles in all CC categories sell provided they are not too obscure or personal. The hottest topics include online business, marketing, and finances.
Before you write an article, think if there’s a website or a business that would want to buy it.
CC lists recently sold articles, their prices, and date of purchase under the ‘Writing Ideas’ section. Use it in case of writer’s block to get some inspiration. The section will also give you an idea of what sells at the moment.
Constant Content generally isn’t a place for scientific pieces. Customers want articles for their blogs and online businesses. Aim for informative articles presented in an easily-digestible manner. If you are an expert, explain the topic so that a layman can understand it.
Examples of My Successful Articles
"How to Build Quality Backlinks That Won’t Result in a Penalty"
"10 Vegetables That Are Easy to Grow in Your Garden"
"How to Take Care of Yourself If Your Loved One is Depressed"
"When You Should Suspect That Your Child is Bullied at School"
How to Price Your Articles?
Fixing the right price is tricky. Price your articles too high and nobody will buy them. Price them too low and writing on CC is not worth the effort. Low prices can harm all CC writers by starting a race to the bottom.
CC takes a 35% cut on every article for editing services, marketing, and hosting the website. This means that if you price an article at $50, you will get $32.5.
Prices vary across subjects. Business, finances, marketing, law, and more specialist subjects charge more. Entertainment and other general subjects charge less.
When you are just starting out, it’s better to price on the lower end to avoid disappointment. I suggest you start at $0.06-0.08 per word and adjust the price after the first few sales. You can also tinker with the price after the article is accepted. Lowering the prices of articles that have been in your catalogue for more than six months is a good idea.
In my opinion, about $0.09-0.10 is a fair rate for the job you’re doing. You can demand even more if you offer specialist advice. Experiment with your price bracket to find the sweet spot.
Can You Get Rich Quickly?
It’s rather unlikely. CC is a good source of part-time income but the vast majority of writers don’t rely on it as the sole source of income.
You reap from CC what you put in. You can make regular sales only after a few weeks or months of work. The key is consistency. Set yourself a goal and stick to it. Three, five, ten articles per week—the more you write, the more you sell. It takes some weight to get the machine going, but once it starts, it’s hard to stop.
The CC website states that 70% of pre-written content sells within the first three months.
What is your success rate on Constant Content?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2017 Virginia Matteo