If you haven't already read my list on why writers should apply to write at Constant-Content, please do. There, you will find an explanation of what Constant-Content is and why you should join the site. For those of you who are already familiar, however, the following is a list of ways to increase your success at C-C.
A common complaint from disgruntled C-C authors is that they haven't made a sale. Yet, when you check their portfolios on the site, they've only listed one or two articles for sale. Constant-Content is not a place to "test the water" with a few pieces and then wait and see. That method is a surefire way of failing. Instead, offer a lot of articles for sale and continue submitting new content as often as possible. Customers looking for content often subscribe to an RSS feed advertising new content or receive notice of new content via email. Writing a lot consistently gets your content in front of the eyes of the very people who are shopping for web content.
On the site, customers regularly request content on various topics. When you see these, offer your submissions as often as you possibly can. If they're purchased, mission accomplished, but if they're not, they help beef up your portfolio. A site analysis reveals that 70% of all content at C-C sells eventually, so even if the original requester doesn't purchase your piece, it will most likely be purchased by someone else in the future. Also, writing for public requests is a way of attracting clients who will begin to request you personally. Private requests on C-C are an author's dream, as this is where the real money is made.
They are open to the public, so even before you join, you can get a feel for the place. However, after becoming an approved author, the forums are the best place to learn the ropes on what sells, what doesn't, why articles are rejected and a list of other very good lessons that will boost your chances of success at C-C.
Remember, Constant-Content has very high editorial standards. It is important for you to thoroughly proofread every submission for errors and when you think it's ready for submission...proofread it AGAIN! Seriously.
Constant-Content has a rule that upon receiving three rejections, an author is ousted from the site. However, this rule only applies to authors who made it past the C-C application process, but clearly aren't a good fit for the site. It's sort of like a second screening. Minor formatting mistakes won't get you kicked out, but major blunders and not paying attention to an editor's suggestions will. In short, be aware of the three strikes rule, but do your best and don't let the rule paralyze you. Read the forums for more info and encouragement on this one.
The negatives often reported on the web about C-C come from authors who didn't follow the tips detailed above. In not doing so, they are unable to grasp why other authors sing C-C's praises so loudly. Hopefully, you won't fall into this category and will apply these suggestions while maximizing your success at Constant-Content.
I have had some success with CC. These tips are right on! Thank you.
Constant Content seems very unfriendly they have a certain reputation for perfection its hard to meet up to those expectation. I think with that Constant Contents is missing out on alot of great writers.
I perused the site a time or two... maybe it's time to look at again. Great write up!
Thanks for this interesting post on Constant Content. I write for a few sites but haven't tried this one.
You're welcome, dmcgaw!
I'll think about giving them another try. :)
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