Who Needs a List?

Hi everyone, I’m back after another month’s absence from my own blog and my last post Writing for Who Exactly?. This long absence is pretty awful but also tells its own story. I’m busy with all the stuff I do online and that means doing the rounds to all my blogs takes longer. So posts are naturally fewer and farther between.

Well, now you know, so let’s not waste any more time in trying to explain what doesn’t really need explaining! So what’s this post all about? Who needs a list? What kind of a list is he talking about?

I’m talking about what Internet Marketer’s call “The List” which is a list of harvested names and email addresses taken from opt-in forms that offer a free giveaway of some kind. Every good Internet Marketer is busy building his or her own list. The List is what we will eventually sell stuff to, as such marketers who have been around a long time do on a regular basis. It makes them a lot of money because they use their List as milking cows, to be bled dry on a regular basis by being sold yet another crappy eBook that is going to show them how to get rich quick on the Internet.

Well, its a system that is taught to all good Internet Marketers with the catchphrase “The money is in the list”.

What’s crap about it is that its true. When you’ve built up a big enough list of names and email addresses, you can pitch all kinds of new products to them and this being a numbers game, the more numbers you have to pitch to, the more sales you’re going to make.

I don’t like this idea.

I subscribed to it myself when I didn’t know any better and started building my own list. But I don’t like it when some smarmy git emails me with this or that latest must have product and practically rams it down my throat, all because I made the mistake of opting in to their free this or that. Stuff that just teaches you to build your own list and hawk your own crap to them.

I really don’t like this idea.

I took down my opt-in form from my blogs a while ago, as I never actually sold anything to my List. So that list is no more. Dissolved, disassembled and departed. There are many more honest ways to make money online that work just as well and don’t entail trying to rip anyone off or sell anyone crap they don’t need. Stuff that I talk about in my money oriented blogs and websites, so I don’t need to talk about them here.

Who needs a List?

Not me, mate!

Terry Didcott

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