Blog Owner’s Note: I met Kevin Casey through the comments on this very blog, and I was very impressed with his knowledge of a very tricky site – Constant Content. I nudged him about a guest post to help my readers navigate this sometimes confusing but potentially profitable venue, and he was kind enough to agree. Below is his guest post, and for a more advanced look into his tips and tricks, I highly recommend his e-book, which you’ll find linked at the bottom of the post.
Getting paid to write articles for Constant Content – 5 things you need to know before you jump in
By Kevin Casey
Do you love writing, but hate marketing yourself? Do you want to get paid to write, but won’t lower yourself to write for 2 cents a word at typical content mill sites? Then Constant Content could be the answer. Like every freelance writing option, it has its advantages and drawbacks, of course. If your grammar is better than average and you can churn out a steady volume of articles in the 450-800 word range, Constant Content can be a convenient way to make extra money when your other writing gigs slow down. I sold close to $2000 worth of articles during my first two months on the site, writing about 17 hours per week. I sold over 80% of the articles I wrote. There are some writers, however, who seem to struggle on CC. If you’re one of these writers (or someone who wants to try writing for CC for the first time), these proven tips will help increase your profits on Constant Content:
1. Read the site’s guidelines before you submit your first article –
This is absolutely crucial. Go to CC’s forum, look for the ‘Questions and Answers’ section and find a page called ‘Must-read Resources – New Authors Start here’. Here you’ll find the Quick Writer Guidelines, Extended Writer Guidelines and a ‘How to Succeed on Constant Content’ article. These tips will tell you what to expect from the site, and what is expected of you as a writer.
2. Don’t worry about the editors at Constant Content –
Every article you submit to CC is reviewed by on-site editors. If it’s approved, it goes up for sale on the site. If it’s rejected (for spelling, grammar or other reasons), the editors will tell you what needs fixing so you can resubmit the article. If you have heard about the strictness of CC’s editors and wonder if you’ll make it on this site, there’s only one way to find out – give it a try. If English is not your first language, you might struggle. If having other people critique your writing skills irritates you, you may want to find a different site. But if you’re a decent writer who can write engagingly on a range of subjects, you should be okay. After all, you and the editors are after the same goal – to keep the quality of articles high.
3. Proofread like it’s the most important thing in the world, because on this site, it is –
Many article rejections occur because of sloppy proofreading. I use the MS Word spell check, and sometimes I’ll use a site called Pro Writing Aid to scan my article for grammar blunders, word repetition, etc. Do not rely solely on online checks to detect errors, however. You should proofread each article twice while it’s in MS Word, and a third time in the CC submission box, before you hit that ‘Submit’ button. If there is an extra space between words, for example, you’ll get an automatic rejection. Diligent proofreading is the best way to prevent rejections on Constant Content.
4. Writer Pools and Public Requests offer the most consistent income –
To be eligible to write for Writer Pool requests on CC, you must have at least 10 articles approved on the site, and an approval rate of 60% or more. You may then be invited to participate in these projects. Writer Pool requests often involve 5 or 10 articles at a time; you then ‘claim’ the block of articles you want to write. I pocketed $325 in 3 days with one of these. Public Requests are a bit different – they go out to all CC writers, and the customer then buys the submitted article (or articles) they like best. Once you’ve been on the site a while, you may even receive a Private Request from a client who wants your writing skills exclusively for their website. That’s where the big money is, because you can negotiate a premium cost for top shelf content.
5. If there is a ‘secret’ to succeeding on Constant Content, it’s sheer volume –
Constant Content’s statistics show that about 70% of all approved articles will sell at some point. It’s also interesting to note that if you submit 5 articles, you have a 97% chance of selling at least one. What does this mean in practical terms? It means you need to keep writing and build up a healthy volume of articles on this site. It’s simple mathematics, really: a writer with 170 articles sitting on Constant Content is far more likely to make money this month than one who has only 8 articles for sale. If you can churn out a nice collection of quality articles, a kind of semi-residual income comes into effect. I always like getting an email from CC that says “Congratulations! Your Article Sold!”, but it’s even nicer when it relates to an article I wrote months before and completely forgot about.
You won’t become a millionaire on Constant Content, but a decent writer can definitely make money there. If you’re after some extra part-time writing income, Constant Content is certainly an option worth considering.
Kevin Casey is the author of The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Making Money on Constant-Content.com