8 Tips to Help You Succeed on Constant Content

If you’ve been following my blog for long or have read many of my posts, you probably know by now that I’m a huge fan of Constant Content. I know there are people who will tell you that sites like this are only a small step above content mills or that they aren’t worth your time, but having worked for just about every online outlet there is, I can tell you that from what I’ve experienced that’s hokum. The ability to write about essentially anything you want, have it reviewed by editors (who often give you really great feedback you can use to better your writing as a whole), and have it placed in a catalog where people can buy it is one of the best opportunities for writers. Why? Because you can practice your writing, get better, write about whatever you want, and have the chance to make money – way more money than a content mill will ever pay you. And you set the price. To me, that’s pretty awesome. I’ve had rough weeks or months where I could have used extra cash and an article I wrote a month or three earlier sold – it’s great. πŸ™‚Β 

But – like anything – there are some things I’ve learned in my time on Constant Content, and for those who are interested in giving them a go – or those who are on there wondering how to sell more – I thought I’d share my top eight tips for success on Constant Content.Β 

It’s a Numbers Game

The number one thing you want to keep in mind is that it’s a numbers game. The more you write – the more you’ll sell. Over the 11 or so months I’ve been on Constant Content, I can tell you that I have pretty consistently sold 50% of what I’ve added to the catalog, and most people I’ve read report similar statistics. Someone’s saying “And?” Think about it. If you’re probably going to sell 50% of what you post, the more you post, the more you’ll sell. If you have $1,000 worth of content up for sale, over time you’ll probably see $500 within the year. But if you have $5,000 of content available for sale, you’ll probably see $2,500. Case in point? Have double what you’d like to see in the next 6 months or so up for sale. And remember – you only see 65% of the posted price, so price accordingly.Β 

Write Consistently

I know that when you’re trying to earn a living as a freelance writer, writing content that isn’t guaranteed to sell seems like a real gamble – and to some, a waste of time. But you’re guaranteed to not make a penny off the articles you don’t write. Right? So write consistently for Constant Content. Even if it’s one article a week to start with. Why? Because it takes about a week (usually) for your articles to be approved (or have revisions requested) by the editors and posted in the catalog. If you continually post items, you’ll always have a steady stream of your articles being uploaded to the catalog. If you don’t write consistently, it takes a few weeks to get the ball rolling again income wise. Ask me how I know.Β 

Write About Everything

If you look at the statistics for the most prolific writers (they write/sell the most in a wide range of categories in the catalog) and the highest earning writers, the names are pretty much identical on both lists save for a few. This should tell you something. I have a list of all the catalog categories in which I am willing to (and like to) write. If you hate a subject, well then don’t bother. But I keep a spreadsheet of the categories I like to write in, and I cycle through them keeping a tally to the right for each month of how many articles I’ve written in that category. I just started this, and I think it’s really helping me out. There are three reasons I like this approach:Β 

  • By starting with the catalog category you already know where you’ll be placing it, so you can focus your article a bit more.Β 
  • When you’re out of ideas, the category can be a nice idea generator.Β 
  • Writing about a wide range of topics makes you a better writer and allows you to say you’ve written about many topics – a great selling point in the future for bigger projects.Β 

There are some categories I simply refuse to write about because I either disagree with the topic and feel morally opposed to it, or I simply don’t care. You don’t have to force yourself to write about literally everything. But if you can write in about 80-90 percent of the categories, you’ll likely sell a lot more and become a better writer, too.Β 

Hit a Topic From Many Angles

When I go down my spreadsheet, I try to write about three to five articles on any given subject. For instance, if I’m writing about vegetable gardening in the fall, I’m going to write an article about what to plant in the fall, how to plant for the fall, how to keep plants from being frostbitten, when to plant vegetables so you can use them in your fall holiday dishes, etc. Why?Β 

  • When people purchase content on Constant Content, they tend to purchase a lot of content on one subject. Pay close attention to the “recently sold” list under “Writing Ideas” and you’ll see this play out over and over.Β 
  • If someone buys one or two of your articles, you don’t have to wait a week to replenish – you’ll have more of the same type of article available for those who want them while you write new articles to fill the void (or not – it’s up to you).Β 
  • If you watch the search topics and what’s popular, they sometimes change frequently. If you have articles available on a popular subject, you’ll have enough inventory for those who want it.Β 

Pay Attention to Trending Topics

Again, don’t write about something you hate or feel opposed to. (For instance, I would never personally write about medical marijuana – it’s not my thing – maybe you can’t stand owls – don’t write about them.) But so long as it’s something you feel you could be interested in, write away when you see a trending topic. Now, there are two types of trending topics.Β 

  • Recent Search Topics –Β Recent search topics are updated pretty much continuously. These topics are actual search terms that people have just recently looked for. Keep refreshing your page and you’ll see they keep updating.Β 
  • Popular Search Topics –Β These are topics that have been searched for frequently over a 3 month period.Β 

So which do you write for? Both. But this is how I form my strategy. If I’m in a pinch and I really need something to sell this month, I’ll probably write about some of the topics in the Popular Search first, because if they’ve been trending for three months, the demand is probably higher. Now sometimes this isn’t the case – for instance right now, it’s February and “Halloween” is a Popular Search topic. Chances are – since October was just 4 months ago – the search is still hung up in there. But hey, maybe people are stocking up for next year. However, I’d be more inclined to believe that gardening – which is almost always in the Popular Search – is a better choice than Halloween.Β 

Recent search topics, though, tend to cycle back again and again. You can look at Recent Search topics one of two ways – “Ah, crap, I should have written about circus clowns,” or “Hey, I should write about circus clowns!” Either way is fine, but if someone has searched for it, someone likely will again. Many times you’ll see a search topic come up again and again because people are continually needing content on it.Β 

Fill Requests

Under Requested Content, you’ll see public and standing requests. Public requests are kind of a casting call – you submit articles to that request, the people who posted the request have three days to reject it, accept it, or do nothing with it, and if they don’t accept it then your article is available for everyone. Standing requests always go straight to the catalog, but they’re Constant Content’s way of telling you that there’s a high demand for articles on a certain subject.Β 

Standing requests are usually your best bet. Sometimes the demand is so great that the editors will email you and say hey, we need content in this category because a client really needs a million articles on solar power – or whatever. This happened once to me, and I stayed up until 3:00 in the morning writing UK articles about solar power, and in about 5 hours I made $350. Not too bad.Β 

Always pay attention to the requests and fill them if you can (and want to) do so. Worst case scenario you have more articles in your personal catalog and people can find them. It’s really a win-win.Β 

Keep it Simple

Remember that you are writing for the internet. Blog posts. Simple. I have literally had editors come back to me and say that my writing was too complicated and the sentences were too long. No joke. The plus side? This makes writing for Constant Content relatively simple. You should approach each article as though it were a blog post – because it probably is. If you write very long content, break it up with bullets and subheadings. The longest articles in my catalog are still there. And the reason is probably because they’re written more like a white paper or a magazine article than a blog post. In my experience, 500 to 700 words is the magic number. Second person (you) sells well, too.Β 

Play With Pricing

I have sold articles for $15. I have sold articles for $60. It completely depends on the industry and category, the length of the piece, and probably what mood the client is in that day. For that reason, I suggest you post a range of prices. Always check the “or best offer” box when you submit your content. I’ve sold many articles to people who just wanted $5 or $10 off the price. For me, it’s a win. If someone offers you an insulting fee, you can just reject it. Also, always check the discount offer box – if your content is online for more than 6 months without being sold, they’ll often bundle it with other similar articles and offer it as a package for a lower rate to the customer. If my content is sitting there after six months, I’m good with that. If you’re not, then don’t check it, but I always do.Β 

When you go to submit your article, there’s a link that says something like “What to charge” or “typical pricing”. Click it and you’ll get a nice range of prices for word count and license type. In my experience, technology, business, law, etc. will all sell at the higher end of that range, and gardening, home and family, etc. will sell at the lower end. But I usually never post an article for less than 10 cents per word, gross. That being said, everyone is different, so offer a range of pricing and you’ll likely sell more.Β 

Well there you have it. My eight tips for success on Constant Content. If I think of more, I’ll do a follow-up post, but these are the tips that have really helped me. I’ve been on Constant Content for almost a year, and I’ve learned a lot through trial and error. I’m hoping to save you some of the trouble and time by telling you what has worked for me. I’ve sold articles on everything from how to prepare your home for a new dog to government grants for solar power to safety tips for online dating and everything in between. The most wonderful thing about Constant Content is that just about everything will sell. Keep your eye on the recently sold list, and you’ll have a jaw dropper moment at least once a month. “Someone wanted an article on what?!” Never assume that what you’ve written about or what you want to write about won’t sell. And if you sell a usage license instead of a full rights license, guess who gets to put it in their portfolio because they still hold the rights – you! Write away, post consistently, and you WILL sell something. I have had $35 months and $2,700 months, but so long as I posted content, I have never had a $0 month as a writer on Constant Content.Β 

If you have any questions, experiences to share, further tips, etc., please put them in the comments so we can all learn and grow as freelancers! ❀ 

Until next time – happy writing!

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. Kevin Casey says:

    Thanks, Courtney! Awesome post about a writing site that more new freelance writers should know about. As the author of ‘The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Masking Money on Constant-Content.com’ (best-selling Amazon eBook: https://www.amazon.com/author/kevincasey-prowriter), I always love to hear about other’s experiences on the site. The high-paying Writer Pool requests seem to have dried up on the site lately (I earned close to $2000 during my first two months on CC thanks to these – and only working about 20 hours a week), but Constant Content can still be a handy little earner sometimes.

    Cheers.
    Kevin Casey

  2. Laura Ginn says:

    This is a great article. I’ve been a writer on Constant Content for almost a year now and am always looking for tips on how to make more sales. I’ve decided to increase the amount of content I write for them and am hoping for the best πŸ™‚

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Awesome! I hope it works out. I’ve found that when it comes to Constant Content the saying “You reap what you sow” is completely true. The more I write, the more I sell. Even if it’s not the actual “new” article I write, I just sell more. I think it’s because it keeps your articles in front of buyers thanks to the “most recently added content” page or whatever that first page is. πŸ™‚ Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

  3. HI Courtney: Very informational article. I registered with CC and took the grammar test. Also wrote the sample article. It’s been 2+ months now. I also sent an inquiry message. No response. Do you know if they quit accepting authors?

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Hi Bonnie,

      That’s really odd, when I signed up they got back to me within a couple of weeks. I have heard from one other person that they aren’t hearing back. I’m not sure that they aren’t accepting authors because they still have the “Write for Us” button, and most places will have a note saying we’ll put you on file but we aren’t accepting new authors if that’s the case.

      I’m not sure what’s taking them so long. 😦 I will see if I can find out if they intentionally slowed down on accepting new authors.

      Aside from that, I’m glad you found the article informational. πŸ™‚ I hope you hear back soon!

      Courtney

  4. Thank you so much for this detailed post, Courtney. I’ve been playing with the idea of writing for CC for years now. But this year, I made the jump to freelancing full time and would like to give this a try. I like the idea of having editors look at my work. I think it will help me become a better writer. Plus, it saves me the time to market my work. I just have to focus on writing. πŸ™‚ Thanks again and more power to you!

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Hi Irene!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post!
      I really enjoy my experience at Constant Content and I hope you like it, as well.
      Congratulations on making the jump to full-time freelancing! Best of luck to you!
      Courtney

  5. David Hinerman says:

    Thanks for these tips! I checked my email today and see that my first article got accepted (finally). However, it still says I have not written 1 article on my profile and account completeness is not finished for some reason.

    I took a look at “my content” and it says article status is “waiting.” What does “waiting” refer to? I heard it had something to do with a buyer purchasing an article with an E-Check. It does not say I sold an article, though. I’d be astonished if someone put my article in their checkout cart already.

  6. courtneyherz says:

    Hi!
    Congrats! Waiting means someone has your item in their cart or an e-check is waiting to go through. πŸ™‚ I sold my first article within a day or two, so it’s not unheard of. If it says you don’t have an article in your portfolio it’s because it’s in the sale process. Once it turns to “sold” you’ll have one sold article.
    Now you get to start building your Constant Content portfolio! Congratulations.
    That’s super awesome. πŸ™‚ Keep up the great work!
    Courtney

  7. courtneyherz says:

    Oh, and the account completeness refers to filling out your profile. There are a lot of areas you have to fill in now, but it’s worth doing because all of that information helps clients find you. It also helps them know more about you and can often influence whether or not they purchase from you. Education, topics you write about most, a short bio, and some other information is typically required and can be found under “my profile”. πŸ™‚

  8. Scotty says:

    I just wanted to say thank you. It’s this exact post that made me decide to sign up for Constant-Content. It wasn’t about trying to ‘sell more’ or anything. Just your genuine statements about how much you like writing for them.

    I was accepted just a few days after submitting (I’m a moderately experienced writer) and so far I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Getting to choose exactly what you write about is probably why they do so well. It’s not necessarily writers churning out content for the sake of money. It’s writers trying to get paid for an article they actually enjoyed writing.

    Having churned out content for the sake of money, I can say it’s so much better this way. I still find myself doing a lot of research and writing about stuff I don’t know an awful lot about, but I’m choosing to do it. That alone makes a huge difference.

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Hi Scotty,

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your comment! I’m SO glad you are loving Constant Content. I find the same thing – that just being able to write what you really want to write is the best thing ever. And, as far as I’ve been able to tell, Constant Content offers you a much higher pay possibility than most content mills, bidding sites, and other similar places. Writing content for the sake of money alone can turn writing into work – as in not enjoyable – and once something kills the love of writing it can leak even into fiction and other areas. I don’t want something I love to turn into something I dread, and Constant Content helps me both earn money and write what I love.

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying your experience, and glad that I could help out in some way with my blog. πŸ™‚

      Keep up the good work, and hope to see you back on the blog. πŸ˜€

  9. David Hinerman says:

    Hello there again. I’m glad to say that I got two articles approved in a row without rejection. Then ironically, I got a smaller article rejected & had to revise lol…

    Currently, I have several articles on the website. It said an article was in “waiting” status but someone must have changed their mind not to buy article. Is charging 50-60 dollars too much for 500-700 word articles? They are health/fitness/nutrition articles. Some have almost 10 views, but no sales. Ideally, I want to make about $40 per 500-700 word article. I’m not really sure how many keywords to add.

    I just am afraid my work will be in vain, as I plan on writing 50-60 articles a month (or average of writing two 500-1000 word articles a day). I’m not completely used to the system, but I nearly have half a dozen articles on sale.

    By the way, I really like your blog. It is hard to find information about stuff like this. Hope you write similar posts.

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Hi!
      Yay! I’m glad it’s working out for you. πŸ™‚ No, your pricing is perfect. I always try to do 10 cents a word. I figure if it’s “too high” they can ask me for a lower fee. I always check the box allowing them to make an offer. πŸ™‚ When you submit an article there’s a thing that says something about typical article selling prices. Click it and it gives you a nice chart. That’s what I use. 10-13 cents a word (gross, not net) is about right. Don’t undervalue your work.

      The only exception is if it’s something really obscure, like how to find mermaids in the Atlantic or lol you know. Underwater basket weaving with rabbit hair. Whatever. Then maybe 5 to 7 cents a word. πŸ™‚

      Thank you! I’m glad you like my blog! πŸ™‚ I will put more posts like this up soon. Stay consistent and you will definitely sell articles. πŸ™‚

      Courtney

  10. David Hinerman says:

    Do you include a lot of keywords when you submit an article? I was not sure if I was supposed to push the space button after using a comma to separate them. :/

    I checked the best offer tabs. Maybe that will help, but if people only offer $10 for full rights, I probably won’t accept.

    I just want to make my first sale! πŸ™‚

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Hi,
      I can’t remember if I replied to this yet or not, so sorry if it’s there twice lol.

      I do keyword, comma, space. I usually just put maybe five to 10 keywords that seem natural. I don’t stress over them too much. I always check the best offer tab. Although I have one client on there who has given me offers on about 15 articles and not purchased a single one. lol. So sometimes offers don’t mean anything.

      Be patient for your sale. Don’t be worried so much about sales, but about consistently submitting and creating a diverse and high quality portfolio. Build it and they will come really does tend to work on Constant Content. πŸ™‚

      Hope you’re doing well.

  11. David Hinerman says:

    Well, I must admit, it is quite tough to get some articles approved. But I got a half a dozen approved, so I must be doing something right. Lately, I am getting rejected for wordiness on articles with 750-900 words. 😦 And one editor said something was not relevant — which I disagree with because it was important for the article…I was talking about warming up for working out and mentioned how water is important for warming up…

    I can see why a lot of people criticize this site. People I talk to on HubPages seem to dislike CC….But CC seems to have far more potential than Infobarel, HubPages, or Squido. CC is considered advanced — from what I read, due to its professionalism.

    I might write a review of Constant Content once I gain more experience with this site.

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Yeah the editors can be very subjective sometimes. Often if you resubmit it with an explanation of why you disagree they will accept it.

  12. David Hinerman says:

    I find writing to be very subjective…Especially if I compare my two former college teachers from 3 years ago. I am Reading a Sigmund Freud book and I can see a lot of people saying his writing was “wordy.” — even though his writing is articulate.

  13. David Hinerman says:

    First article sold today! It sold for usage. I’m setting my usage prices much lower, as I can always sell them again or sell for full rights. A few days ago I got like 7 offers for full rights all in one day! I rejected a few but also accepted a few offers, but nothing is happening. Not sure how that best offers work — it is like pending or something.

    It figures a article about six pack abs sells first lol!

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Awesome! Once you sell an article for usage, though, you can’t sell it for full rights. Full rights is only for original content not previously used. You can reslant it in a different article, but not that same article. Just FYI :). But that is awesome! And yes, health and fitness articles almost always sell. πŸ™‚ Glad you are seeing success. πŸ™‚

  14. David Hinerman says:

    Oh wow, I feel like a fool. πŸ˜› Now I understand why people set the usage, unique, and full-rights all the same; they wish to sell full-rights and they don’t want to sell for a low usage price. Should I set them all the same? — as I would definitely prefer to sell unique or full rights. CC apparently forces you to set a usage price :/

    You can sell usage multiple times, though, right?

    1. courtneyherz says:

      If it’s something I know will sell I set them all the same because I want to sell full rights. But if it’s a niche or.obscure topic I will do like a 25/30/40 pricing or whatever the article justifies. Usages can be sold multiple times, yes. You’re not a fool, just new. πŸ™‚ It is confusing. πŸ™‚

  15. sean. says:

    Do you use your real name when you write for constant contact or a pen name? I just went to register after hearing of them here in your blog and the first fill-in box asks for a pen name. Is a phony handle considered status quo?

    Also if you have a referral link, maybe include that in your reply. I just found your blog and I’m digging it, so I’d do that if it helped you in return.

    Thank you.

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Hi Sean,

      I use a pen name, but your pen name is technically just the name you write under. It could be your real name, or it could be a made up name. Some people don’t like to link their other professional writing to their Constant Content writing for the purpose of Google search. So, for instance, if you publish fiction under your real name and you don’t want people to know you write on CC for some reason, you could pick a different name. I don’t know if I would call pen names status quo for CC, as I don’t know how many people use them, but they certainly are in the writing world. It’s really up to you.

      The most common reason, I would think, for using a pen name for CC is that if you’re pitching magazines and corporations for the more “big time” writing work, sometimes they don’t take writers as seriously if they write for content mills (which CC technically isn’t) or sites like CC, so some people just like to keep it separate. That’s my main reason for having a pen name. πŸ™‚

      Hope that helps! Thanks for following my blog; I’m glad you like it.

      Courtney

  16. Angie says:

    Courtney, your post is very helpful. I’ve known about CC for some time but finally am submitting articles. The questions I had about pricing, which rights to use, pen name or not – it’s all answered here. Thank you!

  17. AJ Folsom says:

    Thanks for such an informative and well-written article Courtney. I have been writing online content for nearly 7 years with various mills and writing services and CC seems like an excellent alternative. I am going to use your 8 tips for reference and plan to sign up at CC soon. I wish you continued success in the future and a most pleasant holiday season.

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Thank you for the comment! I’m glad you found this helpful. I’ll be doing an updated article on CC soon, but these tips still hold true. For my time, Constant Content still remains the best option. In fact, I’m considering doing my online work exclusively with CC now (in addition to personal clients). The ability to set my own prices and write about whatever I want is just awesome, and I sell about 1/3 to 1/2 of everything I post. I wish you the best of luck, and do come back and let us know how it’s going! πŸ™‚

  18. Hi Courtney,
    Your blog is fantastic and I am very inspired with all the content you have. I’m currently starting out in the blogging world and have just created my own blog. I work in social media marketing and really want to branch out with my blog. I’m having a bit of trouble executing the design aspect of the blog, though – I wondered if you could help at all, please? Your design is very slick, professional looking and at the moment mine is just so bland. I’ve done a little bit of research and I’ve discovered I cannot edit the finer aspects of the design without a paid plan is that right? Any other tips and hints would be greatly appreciated too! Many thanks. Tasha.

    1. courtneyherz says:

      Hi! I don’t have a paid plan, either. I just went to the back end of WordPress, here at the blog, and installed a theme. πŸ™‚ That’s all the designing I did. But I don’t pay for this blog. You can certainly do a lot more with a paid blog, but I find that for most things I don’t need a paid plan. πŸ˜€ Thanks for your kind words. Let me know if you need more guidance or explanation!

      1. If you could explain how you did it that would be great. As you’ll see my blog is very basic and I would love to integrate a good design πŸ™‚

      2. courtneyherz says:

        I just realized I never replied to this! So sorry! I’ll write an entire post about setting up a WordPress blog that looks professional without spending money. Maybe I’ll include a video with screenshots, if that helps. Better late than never, right?! So sorry I missed this comment!

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