Constant Content is one of the best places to sell your writing and make some relatively easy money. Why not try it?
The appeal of writing anything in anyplace and making some cash is obvious. Imagine lying on the beach in Goa, suddenly being hit by waft of inspiration for an article, doodling down the idea on your Smartphone while supping on a mango juice, then selling it later that day.
That is entirely possible with Constant Content. In fact I've done that many times on numerous holidays. I've written a fair few while not on holiday, too. In fact while on my fortnight in India, I managed to write several pieces for Constant Content (mostly on the beach) funding several nights out from it.
If you like to write about anything, and enjoy being subject to the sudden winds of inspiration (drifting across the Indian Ocean or otherwise) then this is certainly a writing platform for you to investigate. Here are a few facts and things to consider about writing for money with Constant Content.
What Can You Write About?
You can write about anything with Constant Content. I say anything but there are acceptable bounds of propriety. They don't want opinion pieces or first person accounts for instance, but apart from that, you can pretty much write about anything in terms of topics that someone somewhere will be willing to buy.
If you're on holiday and want to earn a bit of extra cash, you could write a travel piece about the place you're staying as a starting point. I've written about subjects as varied as travel to the delights of solitude to methods for preventing burst pipes in winter. If you find yourself suddenly inspired by an idea for an article, you can jot it down, tighten it up and proofread it, then submit it and make some cash.
I tend to write my ideas on my smartphone while I'm out and about, then either email them to myself to work on on my laptop or link it through Google Keep, then once I've revised it to a reasonable standard, I'll submit it. On occasion I've submitted straight from my phone. Anyway, more on submissions later. First, a little about how Constant Content works.
How to Join
To join Constant Content you simply send in a writing sample on a topic of your choice where it is read for accuracy. Constant Content are very strict when it comes to grammar and style. My first piece came back to me several times before I got it right and I very nearly gave up. I'm glad I persisted.
These days articles tend to go through without any revision requests at all. Apart from writing for money, writing for CC will tighten up your writing style which is a skill that travels.
Another great thing about CC is that their team offers support to get your article's grammar, punctuation and style absolutely right. Some writers who have attempted to break into Constant Content don't like how particular they are when it comes to accuracy and so give up. It's far better to take their constructive criticism, adjust your writing style, and improve as a writer. The fact they are so strict about what they allow on their platform means they can sell your work at a premium and writers can make a lot more than they would on a content mill. That brings us to . . .
How Payment Works
I mentioned that CC pays much better than, for example, Textbroker and other content mills. Constant Content is not a content mill but does contain client requests. Constant Content allows you to set your own price. They have a minimum of $7 to prevent anyone from flooding the system with extremely cheap work and ruining it for everyone. Most articles go for between $40 and $100.
The manual supplied to writers suggests that writers charge around 10 cents per word. As you can imagine, that lifts it high out of the reach of the content mills. Since their standards are high and their proofreading rigorous, clients know they are buying quality if they choose CC.
Bear in mind when you set your price, Constant Content will expect their cut. Their cut is rather high at 35 percent, but since they have a reputation as the place to go to buy quality content, I feel that's OK. You can set your account to pay monthly or fortnightly via PayPal once you've reached the minimum threshold of $5.
Do They Sell?
In my experience the answer is yes, or it's probably more realistic to say around 80 percent of what is on their sells. Some articles sell very quickly. I wrote a piece the other day, put it on the platform for $70 and it sold in 2 days. Usually you have to wait a while longer. Sometimes you will have to wait months for a piece to go.
If you're using Constant Content in this way, and just want to write about anything as the inspiration strikes, then you will usually have to wait for your piece to sell, and Constant Content, therefore, isn't the place to make money fast. A lot of the time it feels like an investment. The secret is obviously volume.
If you accept that 80 percent of your stuff will go eventually, the more you have in your CC catalogue, the more of a return you can expect. As long as you're not desperate for cash immediately, you can view it as money in the bank.
Constant Content has a requests feature which allows clients to request work. You can then apply by submitting an article or explaining your credentials in the in-house text box.
This is a good way to establish regular clients and many CC users have used this method. I'm yet to try it as I've tended to opt for the writing articles on anything method while under inspiration. But I will certainly give it a try and report back.
Improve Your Chances
Constant Content has a neat feature called Writing Ideas where you can see recent sales and perhaps more importantly see a list of recent searches. This will give you a good starting point when trying to think of a topic to write about. Just try to come up with a unique angle and you can be sure of a market for your article.
If it doesn't sell right away, don't be disheartened, just get on with writing another article. Chances are your article will sell later so there's no need to fret. It's best to opt for articles without a sell-by date. While writing about the 2017 solar eclipse seems like a good idea, writing something about solar eclipses in a more general sense will make it easier to sell if it doesn't go before the big celestial event. It's always the best policy to write evergreen.
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