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Giving Constant Content a Whirl

Constant ContentSome time ago I wrote a post on Constant Content.  Actually, the post was about Constant Content and Celeste Stewart’s book, Celeste Stewart’s Secrets to Success on Constant-Content.com.  Anyway, I’m writing to share my teeny tiny experience with giving Constant Content a try.

Going Around the Mountain

I have a very small history with CC.  Back in 2010 I wrote a couple of articles for them.  Of the 3 written, two were rejected.  Having had my ego bruised, instead of pressing on, I decided to make my fortune elsewhere.

Here I am 3 years later and I’m giving Constant Content another try.  This time I have the benefit of Celeste’s book.  Her book made me feel better because she explains, “Your first few submissions will likely be rejected for one reason or another…” So, as I look back at my 2010 experience, I Secrets to Constant Content Successdon’t feel so bad.

It’s not my intent to recap my earlier post, but a little background info is necessary.  Constant Content allows authors to sell three types of rights to their articles.  Usage (for work previously appearing elsewhere), unique (I’m still not clear on this level) and full rights (brand new work never appearing anywhere).  Of the three levels full rights earn the most, then unique, and of course, usage is the least (you set your own prices).

Selling Old and New

I decided to sell a combination of old articles (those taken down from Suite 101) and newly written articles.  As all you ex Suite writers know, every article we’ve ever written on Suite has been plagiarized several times over.  I should have considered that before submitting any of them.

So far I had two rejections.  One rejection, in retrospect, was my fault.  I took an article from one of my not-so-popular blogs where I write under a different name.  However, if you click on the name it will lead you to information about my true name and a little about the authorship and ownership of the blog.

It is my guess the CC editors are busy and don’t want to spend time searching through a blog to see if the author is who she says she is.  That’s understandable.

The second rejection was an older Suite article.  Need I say more?

Bumpy Ride but A Ride Worth TakingRejected

I got off to a bit of a rough start, but I’m willing to see it through.  With all of the changes occurring on the Internet, I’d rather just write and earn.  Constant Content seems to have a nice following and a decent reputation.  I believe if you write good, relevant content it will sell.

They pay twice a month as soon as your balance reaches over $5.  So far I have $2.70 on account.  I have to thank all of my readers who signed up under my Constant Content affiliate link.  Being that I’ve not sold anything yet on CC, it is my guess that some of you have and I earned a bit of commission from your sales.  Not too shabby for doing nothing more than spreading the good word.

Why Constant Content?

Three words: Demand Media Studios.  After my last stint at DMS, I knew I just couldn’t do it anymore.  With Constant Content I get to write about what I want in a format that is more conducive to my writing style.

It took about a week for my first article to be reviewed (and rejected), but during that week I kept on writing.  Oh, and by the way, if you’re new to Constant Content, you should know you are initially limited to having 6 articles in the review queue.  Once you have 10 or more articles approved, that 6-article submission limit is removed.

That’s where I stand at this point in my online writing career. I’m writing for Constant Content and adding posts to my own blogs from time to time.

How are things with you?  Anything new and exciting?

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  • Crystal April 30, 2013, 11:27 am

    I had forgotten all about CC! Actually got Celeste’s book (and even signed up, I think) quite a while ago just as I was leaving for a trip to see the grands and then promptly forgot all about it by the time I got back home. But what’s new with me? I’m so busy creating custom memorial quilts that I don’t have time to write anyway. But I’m going to try to remember about CC when things on the quilting front slow down again. Thanks for the reminder and good luck with your CC adventure!

  • Terr May 1, 2013, 10:16 am

    Hi Felcia,

    To answer your question, “unique” probably refers to a hand or machine “spun” article. You know, take an original article and produce a version unique enough to pass Copyscape.

    Thanks for sharing info on this site. I wouldn’t have the patience to play their apparent “reject games” but maybe it will work out for you.

    • Felicia May 1, 2013, 10:27 am

      Thanks for the unique info. I’m still a little dense and that unique stuff just doesn’t sit well with me. At this point I’m thinking I’ll go for full rights and usage.

      My review rate has picked up and rejections have slowed down. All of my rejections were on older work that had apparently been plagiarized. I now run my old obscure work through a free plagiarism checker. That has made a bit of a difference.

      So far I haven’t had any problems with my new work. It’s still a new experience so I’m taking it slow and keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

      • Alexandria Ingham May 9, 2013, 5:40 am

        Hi Felica,

        Thanks for this update about CC. I posted articles on there a while back but nothing happened. I decided to reduce the price just to see what would happen and one has now sold! Maybe I’ll put more up to see how it goes…

        As for “unique”, I’ve been reading the CC forums and it turns out “unique” means that a person buys it and can use it as many times as they want but they can’t change anything and must give the original author credit. Unlike “full rights” where they can make changes to their heart’s content and put their own name on it.

        • Felicia May 9, 2013, 9:15 am

          Thanks for the info, Alexandria. That makes sense.

          So far things have been going pretty slow for me over at CC. Like you, I guess I should play around with pricing to see what actually sells. At that point I can make a decision on the amount of time and effort I’ll put into each article.

  • Anna May 1, 2013, 9:55 am


    Thank you for posting your experience and insights about Constant Content. I subscribe to their email alerts when new requests come in, but I was always hesitant about jumping into yet another content mill. If you want to establish your brand and credibility as a professional writer, you can understand why one would turn their back on this type of work.

    Though I value your opinion, I’m going to watch from the sidelines and see what you really think about CC after a few months’ work. As a professional, talented writer, you have every right to demand a fair price for your services. I don’t want to go into lecture mode because you’ve heard it before: companies are willing to pay for quality work. Period.

    I knew someone who was selling their artwork at fairs for $50 to $75, but no one was really interested in buying. When he began to place a price tag of $250 to $300, he saw his pieces sell like mad. You see, no one was going to hang a $50 piece of art in their home. But they were certainly going to support a local artist with building a collection. The lesson here is obvious; if you think your writing has value, so will everyone else.

    Rant over–peace out.

  • Liz May 1, 2013, 10:01 am

    I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Constant Content since 2011. I allow myself to become easily discouraged, so when things are slow, I write less. When things are good, I’m a writing machine. Last year, my on-again-off-again writing habits brought in over $3,000. Not too shabby! April’s payout will be over $400. If you endure the initiation of your newbie status, it will pay off in the end. I have an acceptance rate of over 90 percent, and I wait a very short time for articles to be accepted (usually no more than 24 hours). This takes a little while, but when people start buying your work, the editors take notice. And if you make their job easier by picking up on what they want to see in an article they’ll love you even more. If you go to “account status”, in the first box there’s a download called “How to Succeed on Constant Content”, or something like that. It’s like Celeste’s guide, but every little bit of info helps. Hang in there, Felicia!

    • Felicia May 1, 2013, 10:20 am

      Thanks for the tips Liz. I’ll check out the download.

  • Crystal May 6, 2013, 12:03 pm

    Wow, Felicia – thanks for saving my hide! I was going to use one of my previous S101 articles and, based on your experience, ran it through a plagiarism checker just to be safe. Only 52% unique content left. Seems a water conservation systems website in South Africa loves what I had to say enough to use about half of it word for word. Why don’t I feel honored to be quoted? Oh yeah, that’s right – I wasn’t quoted – I was stolen from. The funny this is, if they’d asked, I probably would have given them permission to use it. Oh well. Now I can rewrite my own work. I guess it’s a good exercise in creativity.

    • Felicia May 7, 2013, 11:32 am

      It is annoying to see how many folks are stealing your work. Although I like writing evergreen articles, I find that about half of my Suite articles are out of date. I don’t think the plagiarists will bother to update my work.

  • Deanna Lynn Sletten May 16, 2013, 3:23 pm

    I’m happy to hear that you are giving CC another go around. I think you will be very happy there once you have a good catalog of articles. I’ve written for CC since 2007 and although I haven’t submitted a new article there for over a year and a half, I’m still selling articles! CC was the bulk of my freelance writing income in the early years and I really enjoyed writing for them. Hope you have a good experience too. 🙂

    • Felicia May 20, 2013, 2:51 pm

      Hey Deanna,

      Good to hear from you. I see you’ve been real busy. Congrats on all your books.

      Things have been pretty slow for me at CC. I haven’t submitted many articles and the few that I did submit don’t seem to get much traffic. This time of year is sort of busy so when things calm down I’ll get to spend more time writing. I’m thinking I’ll have to put on my big girl pants and start sending query letters. The online climate has changed so much that I think it’s time for me to make a drastic change in my approach to freelance writing.

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