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few pieces for Constant-Content.
Is Constant-Content Good or Bad?
I think that's up to you. I've used them and will continue to do so occasionally because it's nice to get an email every now and then saying you've sold something you forgot about.
Most of the pieces uploaded to Constant-Content, from what I've learned over the last two years of my membership there, are used for web content. That means it's quick, clean and easy to write if web content is your thing.
I'm not endorsing Constant-Content, but I do know that a lot of writers like to hear the voice of experience when it comes to places like this. No one can tell you whether an outlet is right for you - you have to decide that yourself after you're armed with the facts.
- allows users to set the price for their work
- takes 1/3 of the selling price of an author's work (only if it sells)
- issues submission calls when a buyer is looking for something in particular
- makes no guarantees that you'll sell anything
- can be used as an active or passive income source
- doesn't care what an article is about (I think - but illegal and adult content might not be acceptable) as long as it's nonfiction
When you've written a piece, use the upload tool to submit it to Constant-Content.
Write a quick, two or three sentence pitch for your article. Something like, "This easy-to-read instructional article teaches readers..." should do.
Copy and paste 1/3 of your article into the summary box. This gives potential buyers a sample of your writing and allows them to compare yours to many others.
Submit the piece by clicking the box at the bottom of the page.
What Happens After Constant-Content Submission?
Constant-Content editors read it, check it for grammatical/spelling errors and make sure you're sticking to their guidelines.
Once an editor has accepted it (from my recollection, it's generally done within one to three days), it goes live on the site. Buyers can find it while browsing and purchase it from there.
When someone purchases your content, you'll get an email notification and your account will be credited.
Remember, they take 1/3 of your asking price... so price accordingly.
You can sell content at Constant-Content under any of three licenses: usage, unique and full rights. You may price each one differently.
Selling something with a usage license allows multiple buyers to snag your article. They aren't allowed to remove your byline or make any changes.
Selling something with a unique license allows only one buyer to purchase your article. They aren't allowed to remove your byline or make any changes.
Selling something with a full rights license allows only one buyer to purchase your article. They can remove your byline and make any changes they wish.
I haven't taken this advice from myself in a long while, but I'm considering doing it again. Quick, 300-word pieces written for Constant-Content in one of their frequently searched categories tend to sell easily... so if you've got 20 minutes to crank out some simple content, you might be able to make some fast cash.
Price your work competitively, though. Don't put a 300-word how-to type article up for $10. First of all, that's a ridiculously low rate; second, you're only going to walk away with six bucks when it sells.
I will never, ever, ever recommend that you put so much emphasis on one writing outlet that you neglect others. Private clients is - and always has been - where it's at in this business. However, little side projects never hurt anyone.
Do you use Constant-Content? What's your take on it?
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