After a few weeks on Associated Content, Constant Content, Demand Studios, and Suite101, I would like to share my initial experience of these sites with you. This is the second article in a series of four articles that closely examines each of these sites. This article takes a look at Constant Content.
As the first article in this series described, I’m taking a little toe dabble into some other freelance sites to see what potential they have. This series of articles explores my initial impression of each of the sites.
Constant Content stockpiles articles from freelance writers and offers them to potential clients for purchase. Constant Content is appealing because you set the price you want to sell your articles for. Also, you can specify a different price for each of the rights (usage, unique, or full rights) you are willing to sell. Constant Content takes a cut of 35% of each sale.
I submitted my article Salt Lake City, Utah: A Tourist’s Delight to Constant Content several months ago. After about a month and a half, a client purchased it. This gave me a boost, and I decided to submit more content to Constant Content.
I’ve had a rough go with the other three articles I submitted, however.
One article was rejected because I forgot to change the font to Times New Roman. When articles are rejected, they are purged from the Constant Content system. This is a pain because work goes into submitting the articles in the format that Constant Content requires. To have this particular article reconsidered, I’d need to again go through the 15-minute-or-so submission process.
The next article was rejected due to spelling errors. There were no spelling errors. I ran spell check again. I’m thinking the Constant Content automated editor rejected the article because it thought the proper nouns in the article were spelling errors. Argh!
The third article I submitted has yet to be reviewed, though it has been nearly a week and a half since I submitted it.
There’s another aspect of Constant Content that I’m not crazy about: “public requests” from clients. Clients can put out requests to the writers at Constant Content to write articles on whatever topics they need. The clients specify what rights they need and how much they are willing to pay for each article. If you write one of these articles, however, the client is not obligated to buy it. If you are up for this game, I think the key is to write on one of the topics that is general enough that you could post your article on another site if the client does not purchase it.
I’m not very impressed with Constant Content so far. Much of the system seems to be automated. Articles that are not in strict accordance with the Constant Content rules are purged from the system. The article review process can also take quite a long time. Finally, writing an article for a public request is a gamble because the client can choose to accept or not accept this article that was tailored to their needs and written specifically for them.
What has your experience with Constant Content been like?