Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Constant Content and Fiverr. What do they offer the freelance writer?

Constant Content and Fiverr.com are two websites that freelance writers can use to look for writing jobs. And get paid for them. At least that is the idea. But before you consider giving up your day job to write for money from the Internet, you need to be aware of the reality of what it is like. I am running blogs for writers' who are novices and need advice.  I have been writing for a living for eight years and have the experience to give advice.
I also want to invite discussion from other writers' to give an overall picture of making money writing from the Internet. In previous posts I have reviewed People Per Hour and Elance. In this post I want to review Constant Content and Fiverr.com.
How do Constant Content and Fiverr.com work and is it worth your while?

Firstly, Constant Content

“Constant Content is one of the Internet's largest and most established marketplaces for SEO friendly content, connecting web publishers to the best content writers online.
With a roster of nearly 70,000 professional writers who have written hundreds of thousands of articles, Constant Content offers the most comprehensive high-quality article and custom content writing service on the Internet today.
Constant Content's service is two faceted and includes the Web's largest catalogue of unique articles for sale as well as a no-risk custom content writing service . Whether you need blog posts, article writing, copywriting, copyediting, SEO writing, press releases,white papers, technical writing or any other written content, we can do it.”

So says the blurb on the Constant Content website obviously aimed at content buyers. 

WHAT IS CONSTANT CONTENT LIKE FOR WRITERS?
Believe me, Constant Content is great for those who have already written a niche article on say “The Many Health Benefits of Artichokes.” It gives writers a certain amount of freedom and control over what they write. Then all you have to do is wait for someone to buy it. I have sporadically sold content this way but you as the writer can perhaps work out what sells and who is most likely to buy. Think of Constant Content as a marketplace. You are the seller and the possible revenue is high.
The other good things about Constant Content for the writer is that it does insist on quality and original content. You can set your own price for your original article, something like £30-£50, which far exceeds what you can make on other sites. But, and there is always a “but”, there is a 35% commission charge but that saying, if you sold an article for £50 you would still have £32.50, which is not bad for 500 words.
Also, the editors can be rather nitpicky, rather like Suite 101 in the old days. They will pull you up on everything! It can be a little tiresome but it is part and parcel of the writing experience. If you worked for a newspaper you would get similar scrutiny but it would be instant. On Constant Content the editors can be slow at getting back to you on things they don’t like.
As well as putting your articles out there on Constant Content, you can also respond to requests. As you are dealing with clients directly who want  TO BUY copy pretty quickly, the editors aren’t as stringent with your work as they would normally be! This request system is what works for most writers on Constant Content simply because it is just easier and quicker.
On paper Constant Content is a great way to make money. It will allow you to build a portfolio of content that can be sold to thousands of customers on a global scale. You'll also be able to source a limitless number of new clients to work with through Constant Content’s Public Request System, and easily submit articles for them to review.
You can keep your rights to your own content or sell them. Remember, selling your rights demand a higher price.

However, and there is always a “however”, the reality indicates that you are not able to make a regular and consistent living using Constant Content alone although you CAN earn good money on here and actually FEEL like a writer.
So, on the whole CC is a positive selling-place for writers but cast your net wider to earn more money.

ONE THING I HAVEN'T MENTIONED IN THIS BLOG IS GET A PAYPAL ACCOUNT, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS FOR A WRITER. ALL WRITING JOBS REGARDLESS OF SITES WILL PAY YOU THIS WAY.


Tomorrow: I will review Fiverr.com, I promise!