Constant Content Review
Constant Content is a website where you can buy web content or sell web content as a writer. I’m writing this Constant Content Review because I’ve spent some time working with them as a writer and have gotten a decent idea of how things are over there.
My conclusion is that Constant Content has a lot of flaws, but it is also fairly good for what it does. If you are dedicated and are willing to tolerate the flaws, you can earn a good to great living on Constant Content as a writer.
First, the good: you can earn plenty of money there. You have a fair amount of freedom on what to write about, and get to go with your inspirations rather than writing articles according to guidelines which others have set you (although you can respond to specific requests too).
In a way, there’s a sense of freedom in Constant Content which lets you feel like an entrepreneur — but, I think the editors really would like to think they’re your bosses.
Which brings us to the bad. The editors are pretty controlling, and pretty strict. Moreover, I’d say they’re strict about pretty dumb things. I’ve more than once been corrected for an error that I knew for sure wasn’t an error, and I’ve found myself having to conform to the editors’ personal tastes about what makes for good content or not.
I mean, they sent me an email once telling me what changes I needed to make in my writing. Among them was the implication (put in different words) that I was too airy-fairy with how I write, and that I needed to quote authorities more to give weight to my arguments. To give you an idea, I was writing like I write on my blog. I think the articles I wrote were valuable, and they were definitely sellable (I’ve sold a lot of the content which the editors let through), but the editors didn’t see that.
The editors also flat out told me that “Constant Content is not to evangelise about dietary restrictions”. That seems like a pretty blantant show of a need to control. If an article sells, what’s the problem? There would definitely be buyers out there looking for articles on veganism.
You also have a 3 or 4 day wait before the eds return their opinion on a piece of content you might write, and you have to go through a rather annoying process of refilling the content submission form each time you want to get it re-examined. In general for a normal bit of content I had to wait for about a month before it was approved. Pretty slow.
Interestingly all of these things don’t seem to matter when I’m dealing with a private request for content. When someone requests content from me, the editors speed the content through like I can do no wrong — because the customers can’t be kept waiting. Seems like rather a double standard, right? The eds want to feel like they are your boss. So I currently just circumvent their controllingness by only submitting content for private requests. I hate how I would feel if I were dependent on them for my income. But this way, it works for me.
So a mixed review here. On the one hand: Constant Content provides you freedom of creative expression – within limits – and is a great way of earning a living as a writer. You’re not bound by a fixed wage and are essentially an entrepreneur. On the other hand: the editors are a pain in the ass.
I’d recommend Constant Content to anyone looking for a way to get free and earn a self-directed income, and anyone who feels a calling as a writer. It’s the best way I know of to be a web writer without having to do your own marketing. It’s not a quick fix, because you’ll have to learn the ropes. But if you’re really dedicated, it can work.
I don’t recommend Constant Content as a way of earning a full living for people with short tempers like me. However, if you only respond to requests and stick to things that aren’t excessively opinionated, it can be a pretty nice side job. That’s how I use it currently, and for all my gripes with it I’m happy it’s in my life.
[I used to have an affiliate link here but Constant Content no longer pays out for affiliates. In what can be accurately described as a "despotic" move, they've effectively pissed on all the hard work of affiliates like me by stopping paying them the money they've earnt while continuing to enjoy the fruits of their efforts].
(Btw: I used to have a banner up saying “I earn my living through Constant Content”. That was slightly exaggerated, or rather – wishful thinking. I started out a couple of months intensively writing for them as my main occupation before hitting the roadblocks I mentioned. I was sure I was going to earn my living, but it didn’t end up being a livable income).