Constant Content

Date Fri, August 24 2012
Constant Content

Constant Content

I’ve written about pretty much every site I’ve used to make a little bit of money here on Reviews by Cole. Constant Content is one of the last sites on this list, and I figured I’d write a review when a friend asked about it. CC works differently from sites like Text Broker or Writer Access. You don’t pick titles from a pool, and the editors on Constant Content read every submission before the client does. Because of this, CC is more frustrating. When you’re selling directly to clients or editors only exist to give you feedback after-the-fact, rates of approval are much higher. In general, approval rates are lower on Constant Content, and that approval takes much longer. Text Broker is definitely better for quick money, right now.

Constant Content doesn’t require an approval process like TB or WA. You’re not rated on a scale, and there’s no price-per-word setup. Instead, you can look through the Requested Content pool, and find articles that you think you can write. The pool is varied by topic and requirements.  For example, I frequently work with a client who wants “technology articles,” so what I write is completely up to me, as long as it qualifies under the umbrella term. On the other hand, some requests include a specific title, source or other requirement.

I feel like I am more directly competing with writers on Constant Content, because multiple people might be vying for the same title, and you won’t know if you’re accepted until after you submit the article, editors accept it, and the buyer sees it. Unfortunately, you can see the problem in this: you might not get paid at all for your writing. If you absolutely have to make money for all the time you spend writing, it might not be worth your time.

On the other hand, I’ve frequently taken articles rejected at other places and put them up for sale on Constant Content. Some of them eventually sold; although, not all do. You can never tell if your article will sell, sadly. The other thing I’ve noticed, is that prices fluctuate quite a bit. The buyers definitely use the competitive nature of CC to bring down overall pay rates, which is a shame. The editors recommend prices that are decent, but the buyers never actually pay that much. This is probably the second most important factor that demotivates me from using Constant Content more frequently. I can usually get a better, and confirmed, rate per word at other sites.

This is even more frustrating when you consider that CC takes 35% of your price. I prefer writing for websites that show me my final price, while deducting any fees automatically. TextBroker shows me how much I will make after they take out their fees. It’s not my responsibility to pay for website fees, which is how it feels on Constant Content. However, if you sell usage, instead of full, rights, you have the ability to re-sell your articles multiple times.

However, it’s the editors that really get me. While on some sites, like DS, the editors send copy back if you have error or need to clarify, the editors usually just tell you “this has errors.” You can sometimes re-submit, after poring through your articles, but they’re pretty finicky. They’re not consistent, though. Sometimes they tell me where the errors are, and other times they reject the article outright. This frustration is the main reason why I don’t write more frequently for Constant Content, and I think other writers feel the same.

However, I never lose content, because you have to write it in your own processing software and upload it to the site. On DS, WriterAccess and TextBroker, you use a form in your browser. I can save at all of those sites, but I more frequently lose content with those setups.

Finally, Constant Content is a very limited marketplace. It’s only intended for content written in second or third-person, so you can’t use personal accounts or anything that sounds like a blog entry, essentially. This confuses me, because that’s the majority of the content that I write on TB and WA. It makes me think that this is one of the reasons Constant Content is so infrequently used. Buyers obviously want the type of content that the site doesn’t accept.

I’ve made some money from Constant Content, but it’s been a hassle. I tend to forget about it for weeks at a time, until one my long-forgotten articles has been sold by a passing stranger. If you have some content that you’ve already written, or if you have some extra time and aren’t adverse to the editing process, you could benefit from Constant Content, too.

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