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An Experiment on Making Money with Constant Content

If you’re a good freelance writer, you won’t run out of projects. Your long-term clients will always have work for you to do. You also won’t have trouble finding new clients if you want to.

Still, it is always a great idea to explore what money-making opportunities are available to you. After all, you’ll never know when you’d hit a dry spell. It’s good to have alternatives when you don’t have new work coming in.

So when I learned about Constant Content from Katherine Huether’s blog, I didn’t hesitate to check it out. After a couple of days of poking around the site, I created an account.

Constant Content is a marketplace for selling articles.

So, what is Constant Content? Constant Content is a place where freelance writers can sell original articles. It is also a place where they can sell usage rights to their articles already published elsewhere. Constant Content has a wide range of article categories covering dozens of topics. You can write on almost any topic, at any length you want.

There are four ways you can make money on Constant Content:

  1. By submitting articles to the Constant Content article catalogue. You write your article, set the price you want for it for usage rights, and then post the article for approval. Constant Content has three levels of usage rights. The first level allows publishers to reprint the article they want without changing it and without any exclusive rights to it. The second level lets publishers publish the article exclusively on their site. The third level gives publishers exclusive rights to the article, as well as the right to alter the article however way they want.
  2. By responding to public requests. Constant Content’s clients can post job orders for specific content. Apparently, you don’t have to bid for those jobs, unlike with oDesk or Freelancer.com. You only need to submit articles tailored to the client’s request and see if the client will buy it. If the client doesn’t buy your article, it’s not a loss for you because the article will get included in the catalogue.
  3. By responding to private requests. Once you’re established on Constant Content and have a significant number of articles in your inventory, you can have clients making requests for your work. The job is yours if you accept it, and you can build a long-term relationship with that client.
  4. By joining the writers’ pool. Constant Content also has a sort-of elite group of writers who have access to the more lucrative job orders, such as copywriting, e-book writing, and so on. You need to have at least ten articles in your inventory and a 60% approval rate to be able to qualify for this elite group.

You can charge whatever price you want for the articles you submit to the Constant Content catalogue. However, bear in mind that Constant Content gets a 35% cut from your sales, so you need to price your articles accordingly.

Constant Content has a strict policy on quality.

One thing I noticed with Constant Content’s catalogue is the articles there are really written well. It’s not surprising because Constant Content has a strict policy on the quality of the articles it puts up on its catalogue. The site has specific and extensive submission guidelines. If you don’t stick to the guidelines, your article will be rejected. Moreover, three rejections can get you kicked off the site.

It seems to me that Constant Content is a good gig to consider for when you hit a freelance writing dry spell. I only started my Constant Content experiment last Friday, so I can’t show any results yet. I’m still hoping my first article doesn’t get rejected. But I’ll let you know what happens next.

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Anna Sibal-Gonzaga is a freelance writer based in the Philippines. She likes reading books and watching movies and TV shows in the sci-fi, fantasy and historical genres. She is also a casual gamer and an all-around nerd.

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