With the recent one-two blow to the online freelance writing community we all need to reassess our writing venues and decide how to move forward. This pivotal moment will speak volumes about you and your online writing career. I’ve already heard rumblings from some folks about giving up because this stuff is too hard and it just won’t work.
They’re right. “It” just won’t work. “You” have to do the work. It’s not easy, but it’s not as hard as some folks make it out to be.
Finding Different Venues
In an attempt to find new venues to continue earning money online (for those folks who haven’t given up), I’d like to re-introduce a book that I’ve made mention of in the past. This book is written by Celeste Stewart and the name of the book is Celeste Stewart’s Secrets to Success on Constant-Content.com
What is Constant-Content?
Constant-Content is a site where freelance writers can sell their articles. There is the potential for both up front (sort of) and residual earnings. The payment model is totally different from Suite 101, eHow, HubPages and the like. On Constant-Content it’s up to the writer to determine the article price and the rights they’re willing to sell with the article.
There are three pricing/rights options:
- Usage: This means the article can be sold several times to different buyers. The price for usage articles are the lowest. Usage articles remain on the Constant-Content site for sale over and over again.
- Unique: With unique articles, the purchaser can use the article over and over again on several of his own websites. Once it’s purchased, it’s removed from the Constant-Content site. Unique articles are sold at a higher price than usage articles.
- Full Rights: Selling an article with full rights is like ghost writing the article. The purchaser buys full rights which means the owner can change the content of the article and even re-sell it if she so chooses. Full rights articles are removed from CC upon sale. When setting prices, full rights articles are sold for a higher price than both the usage and unique articles.
The Editorial Process
Unlike the content farms we’ve all written for, the editorial process on Constant-Content is strict. The articles on the site define Content-Content. If they put up grammatically incorrect or poorly written content for sale, it affects both their reputation and their financial bottom line. Therefore, they take the editorial process seriously.
The reason why I’m recommending Celeste’s book is because she is a successful author at Constant-Content. In her first month she earned $300. She is now earning a four-figure income each month. She also holds the #2 Top-Selling Writers position with over 2,500 articles sold.
If you’re going to learn about a site, why not learn from one who is successful and who is willing to share her secrets. In her 37-page book Celeste not only shares her philosophy of writing for Constant-Content but she goes into detail explaining the user interface, the editorial process and her strategy on how to make Constant-Content a lucrative venue for you.
The manner in which she writes the book gives an indication as to why she’s so successful. Her down to earth, straightforward, user-friendly tone makes it easy for anyone to pick up the book, follow her advice and do well on Constant-Content. The key words in that last sentence are “follow her advice.”
I especially like the section in the book where she provides exercises for getting started. All too often we take in information to the point of information overload. Once we reach information overload we become paralyzed and we don’t know what to do next. Celeste solves that problem. She gives specific exercises to do to get you moving in the right direction.
The common underlying theme with successful freelance writers is that it does not happen overnight and you must hone your writing skills. Celeste’s book is no different.
I highly recommend Celeste Stewart’s Secrets to Success on Constant-Content.com for anyone who is looking for alternative ways to earn money online as a freelance writer. Even if you’re working hard to resurrect your old articles on the ailing content sites, it’s good to have alternatives.
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About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.