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:
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!