I’ve been freelance writing for just over a year now, and I’ve learned some pretty valuable lessons. Most lessons are learned by making mistakes, though, and I don’t want you to have to waste time making the same mistakes I did. One of the mistakes I made when I started writing on Constant Content was to approach the system all wrong. I would write an article here and there and wait for it to sell, and then wonder why I wasn’t making more money from the site. Stocking your Constant Content catalog can help you make a pretty decent amount of money as you start your freelancing career. However, there are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind as you go about writing through this outlet.
Submit Consistently, and in Large Volume
If you’re under the impression that writing a couple of articles a week will lead to big bucks, think again. For writers using Constant Content as one of their main sources of monthly income it is crucial to keep a steady and large supply of orders going through the review process and into your catalog. Personally I sell about 30 percent of what I post on Constant Content in a given year, and most people I’ve talked to have touted the same statistics. Do the math. If you want to sell 30 articles you need to write 100. This is not an exact formula, obviously, as some people sell far more and far less, but if you’re writing a large volume of content and have a steady stream of submissions going into your catalog you should see an increase in your sales.
Write About Everything
Constant Content has a list of authors that are outstanding in certain categories. Some are the highest selling, some have written the most in a certain subject, and some are listed as “most prolific”, which simply means they write about a large range of topics. It’s no coincidence that the “top selling authors” list and “most prolific authors” list hold many of the same names. If you’re a gardening expert, great. Write all you want about gardening. But try to expand into other areas that interest you, as well. Writing about a large range of topics gives you more opportunities to sell, and it’s fun to research, learn, and write about new things in the process.
Have a Range of Prices
I’ve sold articles on Constant Content for $15 and for $70. Some people sell articles for lower and higher amounts. But when you offer a range of prices you tend to get better feedback. Constant Content, however, is not the place to sell yourself short. You only keep 65 percent of the sale price, so keep that in mind when you list your work. But having a range of prices without shortchanging yourself is possible. I like to use the list of typical selling prices that Constant Content offers on their article submission page. For more technical subjects like business, technology, and medicine you can use the higher end of the price range listed (the range depends on your word count and license type), and for other topics like gardening, crafts, and regional you can use the lower end of the pricing range. You still make a relatively good sale price either way, and you’re more likely to sell your work. This is the system I’ve been using for quite some time and it’s worked out very well for me.
Keep it Simple
Constant Content is not the place to post your next academic article or scholarly journal submission. Keep in mind that almost everything you submit to Constant Content is going to be purchased for use on the internet. That means that shorter sentences, clear sub-headings, bullet point lists where appropriate, and authoritative links (.org, .gov, .edu, etc.) are a good idea. I don’t link to commercial sites because you never know if a competitor to that site will be wanting your article. When someone buys full rights they can easily add a link themselves if they want one. But sourcing your statistics and factual information is a good idea. Keep it short and sweet, like a blog article. Almost every article I’ve sold has run between 500 and 700 words. The lengthier articles of 900 words or longer are still sitting there in the catalog.
Evergreen Content Means More Green in Your Bank Account
Unless you’re writing for a team order or a request that specifically asks you for a news-centered headline it’s often best to keep your content evergreen. Evergreen content is simply content that stays relevant for a long time. For instance, “The 5 Easiest Plants to Grow” is an article that could sell just as easily a year from now as it could tomorrow. However, “The Top Fashion Trends for Spring 2014” is going to be out of date almost as fast as it gets into your catalog. Content that is not time-centered and is relevant for a long time will result in more sales for you.
When it comes to stocking your Constant Content catalog these are the top five tips I can offer you. Based on my experience Constant Content is a great way to market your work, make extra money, and practice your writing. I also think the website is a great place to explore topics and areas of interest you might not have the free time to research or read about. I’ve written articles on things I knew very little about at the time simply because I wanted to research the subject, and many of those articles have sold. Getting paid to write about exactly what you want is pretty great, and keeping a full and steadily supplied catalog on Constant Content is a great way to make that happen.