Constant Content is discerning in their selection of writers.
Long story short, and sadly to tell you the truth, I didn’t get any jobs. I was not accepted into their crew of writers and no reason was given for the rejection. I'd still like to write a review of Constant Content from the perspective of a potential freelance writer though, because rejection is going to be a part of your life if you plan on making a living writing online.
I think the reasons had to do with the site’s focus. “We have a pool of over 100,000 screened expert freelance writers with knowledge on any niche,” the site advertises to businesses looking for content. That, and the site’s inventory of stories is already full.
Thus, my conclusion was that I’m late to the game and that my expertise — writing and real estate – is not what they need.
Needless to say, it can be tough being a freelance writer.
Getting Started with Constant Content
The opening page of Constant Content is geared to the buyer of content. Scrolling all the way down the opening page you find the first hints of writing jobs. And the picture there shows a writer in a shabby T-shirt looking cool with an old cell phone, coffee, and yard sale desk. Interpret this as you will.
A “writer registration” button led me to the sign-up page. Getting the login information was simple and did not require information like my phone number and address. This was followed by a short grammar test (I think I got everything right) and a page to submit a 250-word unique writing sample. It was simple enough, but a touch time consuming. I’d say the grammar test took about a minute and the writing sample about a half hour at most.
Four days later I got a response…
How does Constant Content Work?
I didn’t land a gig with Constant Content, so I snooped around to get a feel for what they have to offer and the type of writer that works there (writing jobs can be hard to come by) . The site is like a grocery store for blogs. The have thousands of canned blogs on a multitude of subjects ranging from real estate to finance to arts and entertainment. In fact, there are 25 different categories.
Each of the articles has a price tag, like any product in a grocery store. Site visitors can cherry-pick from articles based on their subject requirements and bingo, a unique blog. For established writers, this would seem like a good place to go to sell your wares. Writers accepted to Constant Content have a space for their blogs, and a price tag. Five hundred-word blogs range from $30 to $60. So you can expect better income than other sites if you find success.
This concept works well if there were customers shopping in this online grocery store. However…
I looked under the real estate heading, my interest, and noticed an area labeled “download.” This would tell me the general interest of articles such as, “10 Ways to Make Your Real Estate Photos Pop” – which is a good basic title for an industry blog. It had zero downloads. None of the other 20 blogs on the page were downloaded. In fact, there were no downloads in the first 10 pages of lists.
I looked in other areas of the content store and had better luck finding downloads in the insurance and movie/TV sections, although these were rare. One author, who wrote titles such as “Five Life Lessons from Star Wars,” has more than a 100 articles on Constant Content. She got paid 76 times, which is successful from what I’ve seen. In addition, the writer has her own three-paragraph biography and thumbnail picture.
According to other reviewers of the Constant Content, when a writer submits content it can be purchased for:
- Usage rights, in which the article is published as is. Content can be sold multiple times and this form or rights can be a great way to get decent income.
- Unique rights, in which an article is purchased only once before disappearing from the Constant Content lists.
- Full Rights, in which the content buyer purchases the content outright and can make changes if they want.
The reviewer also said there are different price points for these rights categories and Constant Content take 35 percent of the cut. For the best ideas on pricing compare the size of your work and price with others content. This will give authors a good idea of what to charge.
Landing Jobs at Constant Content
I landed no jobs. Try TextBroker for a more plentiful job market.
Getting Paid at Constant Content
And I didn’t get paid.
Pros and Cons of Constant Content
Here are a few pros and cons that have come to mind in this in this review:
- The site has a professional feel.
- The pay seems better than most for those who find success, assuming they are accepted to Constant Content.
- Good place for newer writers to get title and story ideas.
- The search engine is robust.
- Simple to sign on, but not simple to become an accepted writer with Constant Content.
- Writer success is driven mostly by the success of the site. With that in mind, there are signs the site is not a very active marketplace.
- Chances of getting a writing gig there are limited.
Recommendations for Freelance Writers
My recommendation is to make sure your expertise is front and center if applying for Constant Content. That’s what the site wants according to the pages visible to the public. Also, the site has thousands of pages of canned content, ready to go at a price. Based on what I could gather from other reviewers and from the site itself, writer receives a varying amount, but mostly above average, of income for successful articles.
But, success may be hard to come by…
There are not a lot of people shopping for content at Constant Content. This is based on the number of downloads from the sight that I saw, which is by no means a scientific inquiry. Of the 25 different subject classification, I only looked at a couple of them.
My recommendations is to see what type of content sells most often. If a writer is an expert in that content category than by all means go for it. With that in mind, it’s clear Constant Content is interested in experienced writers. This site is not a place for those new to freelance writing, unless you can write with expertise about a certain subject.
There are more lucrative sites out there for the majority of writers. Stick to sites like Upworthy or Peopleperhour for better writing opportunities.
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