Writing in the Heat

My last post was all about writing and making use of Constant Content for Writers, as a source of income online. This one takes a turn for the worse as the heat is turned up here in southern Spain, making the process of getting much work done a difficult one.

We are of course now in the hottest month of the year, but the last weeks have been particularly hot. In fact the met people are calling this one of the hottest summers on record so far! Global warming, it seems has returned with a vengeance, at least in this corner of the world!

With the hot Saharan wind (el terral) making going outdoors seem like standing in a hairdryer and pushing daytime temperatures up to around 40ºc its no wonder most construction ceases this month and people stay indoors either sitting in the dark bemoaning “que calor, que calor” or collapsing in front of the aircon unit devoid of the energy to get up again!

I don’t have aircon in my place here on the Costa del Sol, but thankfully it is shaded well enough on the sunny side by a large jasmine plant I planted 4 years ago and strategically placed toldos (blinds) to keep the temperature down below 27ºc, which is still comfortable. Well, comfortable or not, it’s still hot enough to make a good writer feel less like writing and more like going down to the pool with a cold beer or several!

Well, we all know how much that would accomplish, none of it having anything remotely to do with getting any work done.

So I sit here and carry on regardless, keeping my chin up and fingers moving in an effort to at least justify spending these hours in front of this computer building websites and making the most of my own blog host. Which, incidentally for those to whom it may matter a jot, is powered by an AMD Athlon processor which runs at about 42ºC, the heat from which is pumped relentlessly out of the rear of the box housing it into the room where I’m working and trying to keep from overheating! Bad choice when I built this thing – I should have gone for a cooler running Intel chip. But of course it was something I didn’t find out about until after I’d built it, so moot point really!

So back to this heated writing ramble which is not really going anywhere apart from informing the rest of the world that Malaga is actually as hot, if not hotter than most of the traditionally sun scorched cities in the interior of Spain, the inhabitants of which tend to flock to these shores in their millions this month to escape from the heat of their homes. Only this year, they’re literally jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire as it doesn’t look like the wily Africans are going to turn off their northward facing wind machines (its all a conspiracy, didn’t you know…) anytime soon.

I can see our communal pool from the window I keep catching myself blankly staring out of and the few people that are there look like they’re really enjoying themselves. Now where did I leave those cold beers…

Terry Didcott

Constant Content for Writers

After my last post Working Through The Night, which seems like ages ago (because it was!), I’d like to highlight the virtues of a really great additional source of income for anyone who is interested in writing. That’s a site called Constant Content.

Constant Content are an article/content brokerage website similar to the popular Associated Content (AC), with the big difference in that they accept work from authors worldwide, whereas AC only accepts authors from the US.

Another point that stands out is that the potential earnings from Constant Content are far in excess of AC, mainly as the method of selling the articles is rather different.

With AC, they accept your article and pay you for it – usually around $5-$7 per 500 word article although that increases the longer you are a member and the more articles you submit (and get accepted) to around $10 an article. These articles then become the property of AC which they sell on to website owners with “usage” rights, meaning they can resell the article again and again so it is not unique. I think we all know what my own thoughts are on duplicate content, so I won’t repeat myself here.

Constant Content are different in that when you submit an article you can specify how you want it to be sold – either usage (cheapest), unique or full rights (most expensive).

Now this is so important toi know: Most buyers come to Constant Content looking to buy full rights articles, meaning they become sole owners of the work and can put their name on it, which is why its the most popular form. It is also guaranteed original and unique content, which adds to its appeal.

For a full rights 500 word article the usual charge is around $40, of which the author gets 65% ($26), the rest is taken in commission by Constant Content.

The other difference is that Constant Content don’t pay you for your article right away, it sits in your portfolio and waits for a buyer. That’s the downside and a major reason why so many potentially great authors drop out, mainly through impatience at having to wait for their article to be sold.

Once an article is sold, you get paid (by Constant Content, not the buyer). The more articles you have in your portfolio, the more you’ll sell. Your portfolio builds up over time and provides authors with a constant flow of income as long as you keep submitting articles to keep it growing. As you get known by the regular buyers and if they like your work, you could get asked to do private work which I know several of the authors there do which can be very lucrative.

For my part, I’d rather earn $26 for a 500 word article whatever the subject may be, such as technology and gadgets, pets, health, celebrity news, music, arts, or whatever and wait a while for it, than get $5-7 straight away. I use Constant Content as another stream of income for those times when I’m between freelance writing projects.

If you feel like having a go at this, I’ll be blatant and give you my affiliate link:

Constant Content

I’ll be honest with you and tell you I make 5% from the earnings of each new author that signs up with my link, although it makes no difference to your earnings either way. You could ignore my link and go it yourself and that 5% will go direct into the pockets of Constant Content’s management instead of mine. So hey, don’t be selfish!

If its something you fancy doing, I thoroughly recommend Constant Content over AC if you want to make more for your work and don’t mind being patient. It brings me in an average of $100 a month for very little work on my part – I try to submit 4-5 articles a month. I know I could increase that a lot if I had the time to write more.

Of course, if you need cash fast and don’t mine being paid less than a third of what you’re work is worth, go for AC by all means. Ok, that was a low swipe, but the truth often hurts!

Should you opt for Constant Content, I’ll give you a timely tip:

Keep submitting quality work. You probably won’t sell anything right away. I didn’t sell my first article for over a month, but I kept at it. I’m a tenacious and persistent bugger, submitting work regularly and once my first article sold, others soon followed.

Constant Content publish a list of requested content on the site and also email you with new requests from buyers, so it helps if you write on the subjects they are asking for. Even if they don’t buy yours, it gives you a good chance of selling it to someone else and its a good gauge as what’s hot amongst buyers.

Good luck with your articles!

Terry Didcott

Site Building

Ok, that last Happy Easter post wasn’t one of my best literary masterpieces, but it shows that life for freedom writers can be fun too! The post previous to that was Freedom Writers Block, which delved into the problems all writers face at one time or another.

Now back to the serious stuff.

I don’t get much of a chance to write in any of my blogs as regularly as I’d like, simply due to the fact that I now have so many of the bloody things and they are all screaming for attention all the time! Freedom writers have to strike a balance between the more important ones, like this one and the less important ones. All the while, I’m busy creating new websites to expand my online presence and occupy more and more niches in order to make money – which of course is the prime directive when you spend as much time online as I do!

This blog isn’t exactly one of my big money makers, by the way – its more a place to hold all the parts of my growing online empire together and to limber up my literary voice from time to time just to make sure all the joints are supple and the mechanics are well oiled!

So what’s with all the site building, you might ask?

Well, sitting still with a few sites might be fine for some people, but for me – I just can’t stand still or I’ll stagnate. Building ever more websites is something I enjoy doing as part of the creation process. It also ensures that I keep up to date with what’s making money online and what’s not; what I should be working on and what can be left to stew in its own juices for a while with minimal maintenance.

This isn’t going to be one of my freedom writers “How to make money online” primer posts, as I think most of that has already been said by other infinitely more qualified people than me – I just follow the advice and teachings of the “real” online money makers and pass on what I learn as well as anything that I figure out for myself that is valid. You’ve probably already met some of these quiet (except maybe Vic) unassuming yet potent money making forces for good, like Griz, Court and Vic – between them you’ll gain just about all the information you’ll ever need to know in order to make money online successfully.

I would throw in a timely warning to avoid the self styled A-listers, who will spin you a good yarn about how they make money online and then thrust their hand out in readiness to take your money for the privilege of learning how they do it – by taking money off people like you. If you believe what they tell you that blogging will make you money, you are already lost!

However, I’m not even going to try to convince anyone that they ought to fall in behind this person or that blogger, or that guru or not. I’m not a guru nor am I a particularly selfless mentor, so it’s not for me to tell you who you should follow – but I will tell you this:

There are many sheep but few shepherds.

Aim to be a shepherd, the pay and conditions are better!

I’ll leave you with that though until next time…

Terry Didcott