Work at home jobs for moms don’t get much better than writing and selling website content at Constant Content (C-C). No, Constant-Content.com is not an actual employer, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t good money to be made on the site. If you are a freelance writer or thinking of becoming one, you owe it to yourself to continue reading.
We’ve already discussed how freelance writing is one of the best work at home jobs for moms who are serious about making legitimate money online. Easy to break into without paying a dime, writing website content is literally a career you can begin today. We routinely post freelance writing leads in our work from home job listings and we’ve even offered a few tips on how to start a career as a freelance writer for those who may not know where to begin. This is because we know that, with a fair amount of writing skill and a drive to succeed, writing website content is one of the most lucrative work from home careers we can introduce you to.
Outside of operating your own site, Constant Content is among the creme de la creme of freelance writing sites. For sure, it is the best third-party site allowing freelance writers to sell website content such as articles, reviews and blog posts.
When freelancers initially hear about Constant Content, they scour the web for feedback about the company. Due diligence is important, after all, and time is money in a freelancer’s world, so there’s no room to waste either one. With this in mind, however, freelancers should also know that there are more than a few misconceptions floating around about the company.
A few of these misconceptions include:
Misconception: Website content doesn’t sell on Constant Content.
Truth: Website content is definitely moving at Constant Content. Anyone able to access the Recently Sold Content area of the site is able to see the last 20 sales that have taken place on the site on any given day. Bear in mind, the system only displays the last 20…there are generally a lot more. Also, depending upon when the transaction closes, it may or may not be recorded on the recently sold list (it’s not uncommon for an article to sell on a particular day, but not actually clear payment for a few days more and, by the time it does clear, it has been topped by more recently sold articles and so it’s never seen on the list of the top 20 sold).
In fact, last year, a fairly detailed analysis of the site revealed that 70% of all content at C-C sells. The reason why this misconception persists, we suspect, is because website content can take a while to sell at Constant Content. Those who are used to the wham bamness of being told what to write, writing what they are told to write and being paid whatever the client is offering are sometimes turned off by the Constant Content process of being able to write what you want, setting the rate that you want and…waiting for a sale. Some make the mistake of comparing Constant Content to these other sites and, when the expectation of fast money isn’t met, they end up giving up too quickly because Constant Content doesn’t work in the same way. Admittedly, Constant Content takes more time, but, admittedly, it’s worth it.
Also, posting one or two articles and waiting for a sale doesn’t work too well at Constant Content either. Often authors do exactly this and then complain that C-C just didn’t work for them. Well, to be successful at Constant Content an author must write frequently, build up a healthy content portfolio and allow time for sales to begin (doing this for at least three months is advised if you want to create steady sales). While a sale may happen immediately (and for some it does), one sale isn’t enough to support an author and so this advice serves to help Constant Content authors learn how to work up a decent income on the site.
Simply put, the more website content you submit to Constant Content, the more you sell.
Misconception: Constant Content authors are only allowed 3 mistakes or errors before they are fired.
Truth: Constant Content does have a 3 strikes rule, BUT authors who consistently submit quality website content needn’t obsess about it. The rule is a bit arbitrary in that it exists solely as a way to weed authors out who may have slipped through the initial hiring process, but are not truly a good fit for Constant Content for the long haul. Figuring this out can take time and so the 3 strikes rule stands as a sort of back up for when this truth becomes obvious. Authors who take great care in submitting their best unique website content, who implement the advice given by an editor on any articles returned for editing and who play by the rules needn’t worry too strongly about this. Take care to avoid mistakes or strikes, yes, but stress about them, no.
Misconception: Authors at Constant Content set their rates higher than what buyers are willing to pay.
Truth: There are really 2 types of customers: Those looking for cheap website content to help them turn a quick buck and those looking for quality website content to help them maintain a lasting business. The latter expects to pay more than $5-$10 for website content and understands the value of what they are receiving in return. These are the buyers that frequent Constant Content. The fact that 70% of all content on Constant Content sells is proof that there is a market for quality website content that is NOT sold at discounted prices. (Also, while most of what is sold is website content, Constant Content buyers also visit the site to purchase content for print use. Print content is often expected to cost more.)
As you can see, there’s more to what you may have heard about Constant Content. It really is a great work from home opportunity and one that we encourage you to explore. If you’re thinking about applying at Constant-Content, here’s a further rundown on what you can expect:
Applying at Constant Content
Constant Content is known to have very high editorial standards. Many writers find this to be rather intimidating, particularly after working for sites offering website content at discount prices and which pay writers roughly the equivalent of a venti latte for a 500 word document. Some of these sites give the appearance of having high hiring standards, but after viewing the work that some produce, most will agree that this is not always the case. We won’t name names, but if you’ve worked for one of these sites, you already know that it’s more about the bottom line than in it is about offering top-quality website content (and it’s even less about hiring and paying good writers what they’re truly worth).
To be welcomed as a Constant Content author, however, a writer must have impeccable writing, editing, grammar and spelling skills. Of course, everyone puts her or his best samples forward when applying for work, but Constant Content actually requires writers to also take a brief skills assessment. They’re serious.
How Constant Content Works
After applying and being accepted into the Constant Content family of authors, writers are allowed to write on pretty much any non-fiction topic of their choosing. Of course, the usual rules apply in that the site will not accept articles encouraging illegal activity, pornography, obvious promotional material, etc. They will, however, accept website content on a wide variety of subjects ranging from home gardening and relationship topics to more sophisticated medical articles, finance articles and everything in between.
Another of the fine perks of being a Constant-Content author is having access to client requests for website content, also known as public requests. Requests are made available for authors to review and authors who have already had at least one article accepted by Constant Content are then able to either submit new articles for client requests or notify a client of an existing article that fits his request. Of course, there are several authors competing for each request and there is no guarantee on which one(s) will be accepted, but submitting for private requests is a good way to make money on Constant Content.
Submitting for public requests is also a good way to find private clients who may then begin to request certain authors to write for private requests. Some of the highest paid Constant Content authors have risen through the ranks in precisely this way. Many end up writing for private requests the majority of the time they are on the site.
Submitting for private requests is also a good way to build a portfolio. Submissions that aren’t purchased by the requesting client automatically go into the author’s public portfolio where other customers may view and purchase it. While a rejected public request for website content may not sell right away, most do sell eventually.
Approval and Rejection
Articles uploaded to the site must be approved before they are available for public viewing. It doesn’t matter how long an author’s been with the site, how many articles she’s sold or how finely tuned her skills are, each and every single article goes through the same review process. It is not unusual for even the most seasoned authors to occasionally have an article rejected for technical errors such as formatting issues, or for having grammatical or spelling errors. To avoid this, Constant Content authors should carefully proofread articles before submitting and as soon as work is deemed suitable for submission…proofread it again!
When submitting unique website content, authors also have full control over their rates, as well as the rights that they’re willing to sell along with the article. Constant Content authors can agree to offer customers full rights, unique rights or usage rights. The rights offered are described as follows:
Full Rights ~ Usually priced to cost more, full rights are the equivalent of ghostwriting for a client. The purchasing buyer outright owns the website content and can make whatever changes she chooses to make. She can even post her name as the article’s author! Website content sold for full rights is only sold once.
Unique Rights ~ Unique rights are usually more moderately priced. With these, the buyer is not allowed to make changes to the article and the author receives a byline. However, unique rights are only sold once and the article is then removed from the author’s list of content for sale.
Usage Rights ~ Website content offered for usage rights on Constant Content is usually priced lower than the other two options. Usage rights allow the author a byline, the article remains in the author’s library of content for sale and can be sold repeatedly. (NOTE: The author can also sell or post website content sold for usage rights elsewhere, which adds to an article’s overall profit potential.)
Most Constant Content authors offer three separate prices according to the different rights being offered, while some will only offer one or two of these options. Authors can also offer customers the opportunity to make an offer on articles if they feel the price is too high. Constant Content authors are not, however, bound to accept an offer.
What’s in it for Constant Content?
Whichever price is set, authors should be aware that Constant Content receives 35% of the sale price. Therefore, authors are encouraged to set their prices a bit higher in order to pocket what they believe their work is worth after paying Constant Content their cut for advertising and facilitating the sales transaction (no more chasing clients down for payment here…Constant Content handles the entire transaction). Some feel that the 35% cut is too high, but considering that Constant Content is a PR5 site with regular traffic flow and a good reputation, most authors are more than happy to pay the site to bring customers and authors together.
Payments for Constant Content sales are made via PayPal either monthly or twice per month, whichever the author chooses. Usually, payments arrive on the 1st and the 15th of the month unless one of those dates falls on a weekend or a holiday (Constant Content also observes Canadian holidays). PayPal fees are never deducted and payments over $500 can even be transferred via bank wire.
Finding Success on Constant Content
The most successful authors at Constant Content are the ones who write quality website content well and often. Throughout the blogosphere, there are discouraging posts complaining of a lack of Constant Content sales or slow sales that don’t produce enough income to make the site worth an author’s time. Usually these complaints are lodged by individuals who submitted a 1 or 2 articles and expected them to sell within 30 days of submission. Constant Content, however, takes time, effort and patience. It is not a site for overnight website content sales, nor is it a site that will immediately change a writer’s life. It is a site where a writer can build a steady income and where one can build a healthy stream of private clientele.
If you or someone you know is interested in selling website content, do give Constant Content a worthy try by APPLYING HERE.
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