Tips to Sell More Articles at Constant Content

If you are a freelancer, then you definitely shouldn't miss Constant Content (CC), the largest vendor of website content in the Net. Which means, there are hundreds of customers to purchase articles in various different topics from this site. CC excels in this special area of freelancing: website content marketing.

Many people own websites, but most of them gradually go stale and unpopular due to the mere lack of content; in such cases, CC offers customers well-researched, keyword-rich, unique content that will make money and build fame for any website.

There are many writers already creating content in CC, and there is still great need for content. However, becoming a writer in Constant Content and being able to sell is no easy task. I found that several writers do not make many sales due to some reasons. We will see in this article, some tips and guidelines to build a business in Constant Content.

1. If You Can't Spell or Can't Write Correct English, Don't Sign Up

Constant Content is no blog. It's no place like Squidoo, Hubpages, WordPress, or Blogger. It's not even like any moderated article sites like eZineArticles or Associated Content. CC is very strict in terms of grammar and punctuation; most of the articles accepted in AC or article sites do not pass through to CC.

If your spelling and grammar suck, then this is not your place. Before submitting my articles in CC, I edit one last time to make sure that no accidental errors have encroached. Because otherwise, the rejection letter will be there awaiting me in a day's time. Every article you send in, however experienced you are in CC, passes through the hands of the editor.

Another important thing is plagiarism. CC is very particular about plagiarized content. Do not submit any article that don't own. CC has subscription to CopyScape, which scans text files to find copies even from the offline archives.

2. Be Sure to Follow Formatting Guidelines

The formatting of CC content is thus: 12 pt New Times Roman font. Titles and subtitles should be in bold face. You have to capitalize the titles appropriately (i.e., the first letter of each word in caps). You have to submit in the MS Word format (I guess not yet in Word 2007). Do not include any link to any resource in the article, unless you want prompt rejection. Do not place your name in the article, unless you want credit explicitly. However, articles with name included are not popular among purchasers.

3. Be Elaborate on Your Profile

Your customers, before purchasing content from your arsenal, look at your profile to find more information about the author. If there is nothing in the profile, then how will a customer know who wrote the content? Build your profile and include your professional information, including, your qualification, former clients (if any), any website/blog you own, any social media profile, etc. Also, include a picture if possible. Needn't be your own. If you check out my profile in CC (Go to Authors section and look for vjlenin on the side), you will see that I have included the blog's logo. It's as a means to build the CW brand.

4. Be Prolific

If you want to taste higher success in CC, then be prolific. Write about anything and everything that you know. The success rate of this site depends on consistency. I have seen that as people write more, they make more sales and money. I wrote about 50 articles and I sold about 30 of them earning me nearly 900 dollars.

This definitely doesn't mean you shouldn't research. Don't write content without proper research and analysis. Writing definition posts without any new information will not help your success.

5. Keyword Richness

Constant Content recently included another great feature, with which the customers can see the keyword richness of each article before purchasing. On their way to becoming the search-engine-friendly content provider, this will help CC a lot.

It's up to us, writers, to take advantage of this. Make sure your content includes all the major keywords in the optimum level (2 % recommended). Though keyword richness is actually not very important in terms of SEO, customers still strongly feel that it is.

If you have an article on drug addiction, check to see at the end, how many times 'drug addiction' appears in it. If it is less than 2 %, just turn your its and thats to 'drug addiction' and 'drug addiction treatment'.

6. Be Sure to Follow the Requests

When customers look for content, they search for any required article, and if they don't find an appropriate result, they put up a request for content. These requests can help you market more of your articles.

Make sure that you have subscribed to the request email alerts. If you have any content that matches a request, but the customer didn't find, then be prompt to contact the customer through the question/answer section of the request and link to your article (there is a way to do that in this section). If you don't have an article already in the system, be quick in creating the article and bagging the opportunity.

7. Short Summary & Category

Short summary and category are two important attributes of an article that you can use to market it better. Two areas you can be summarily creative to get better view and sales of the content. Select the most appropriate category an article would fit into. Don't put your article in a different but matching category to see if you can market it better.

Make best use of the short summary box. This is the short description of the article the customer will see. It should be powerful enough to presell the article. Describe the article, its obvious advantages, and its forecast effects. Do not, however, write anything not addressed in the article or be over-promotional. Also, suffix the short summary with a line of keywords the article has been optimized for. If you research your keywords through popular tools, you will be more equipped to sell that article.

8. When Placing Keywords to Search for

In every article you submit to CC, you can set keywords related to the article, which will help a customer search-find it. You can submit as many keywords as possible. The trick is to separate each word with a comma or just a space. In that case, any combination of these words will give your article as a result in search.

Example: art writing of in work free lance

The above keyword list in your article gives result for searches like "art of writing", "work of art in writing", "free lance writing" etc., but not for "freelance". You can include all major prepositions and articles (in on the out of etc) in the keyword list to reach the most number of customers.

9. Be Active in Forums

One great way to network with other CC members is being active in the forums. CC has separate forums for customers and authors. CC forum is one of the most isolated places in the Web, where too little spamming happens. There are only a few professional active members, and they are all very well-mannered and helpful. Most of your queries are answered very promptly at the author forums, by other earning members of CC. It's a great place for business networking and finding like-minded people.

Networking also helps you get some author recommendations, a recent new feature of CC. Recommend authors you like and get recommended in return.

Concentrate also on customer forums. Several customers haunt them. They make suggestions and comments, which you can take and reply to. Use your profile URL in your signature in these forums, so that the customers can easily find you. Being famous in forums is pretty easy. If you are creative enough, you can use these forums for out-of-the-box thought: promoting your own blog and landing permanent writing jobs or clients.

10. Do Not Set Too Low Prices

You might want to check out my freelancing guidelines. In CC, you are in control of the price of your articles. You can either set a fixed price or put up 'Best Offer', which enables the customer to suggest a different price to you.

You have to set different price for each type of right you wish to offer–usage rights, unique rights, and full rights. I know authors that set 500 dollars for the full rights of their articles of 500 words in length. I am not of that status; I set around 50 for that kind of word length.

However, setting a reasonable price is very important. Otherwise, you will not make many sales. Highly researched articles in popular topics, however small may they be, need to be marketed in high prices. I had set about 200 dollars for one or two of my articles (a little above 1000 words) that were purchased pretty fast.

But do not accept if a customer offers 50 dollars for your article set at 120 dollars. If you continue to set too low prices on your articles, you will not make any money here.

11. Do Not Disclose Full Article

In CC, you can give a preview of your content to your customers. These previews are neither copiable nor indexed by search engines. Therefore, the customers cannot post the articles to their websites without purchasing them.

However, there can always be thieves. Don't put up your entire article in the display preview box. I put up 3/4 part of an article, but make it unintelligible, by removing several important sentences and paragraphs from all through the article, and replacing them with ellipses (...).

12. Be Sure to Follow CC Blog

CC Blog is written by the editor and contributed occasionally by other major people. This blog is an important resource for CC writers. They get information about not only new features, but also other important tips and updates.

13. Make Good Use of the Referral Program

CC offers a referral program, with which you can refer other potential authors to earn more from the content they sell. You can get paid 5 % of the article sales of all your referred authors. This referral program on the backbone of one of the largest article vendor means a lot.

Conclusion

One important thing: You have only one mode of payment in CC: PayPal. In your customer account details section, you will see that 2CheckOut is another option of payment. Last week, I had a conversation with CC support and they confirmed that 2CO is not yet a mode of payment; they don't yet have the infrastructure to make payments through it. Therefore, for the time being, stick with PayPal.

If you follow the guidelines properly, there is no better freelancing goldmine than Constant Content.

Copyright © Lenin Nair 2008

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  1. This is exactly what I was looking for to help me get started with CC. Thanks for writing such a comprehensive piece on this subject!

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