Freelance writers have a lot of options today, but it’s still be a tough industry to break into. Content providers like Constant Content aim to make it easier… but can they be trusted?
The web is full of scams and before you invest your time into Constant Content you’ll want to make sure they’re not one of them. In this review I’ll discuss the following topics…
Please note, I am not a member or an affiliate for Constant Content. This review has been researched with information and/or testimonials that are available online in the public domain. Any recommendations and/or conclusions are strictly opinions and may not apply to, or agree with, all persons or situations. See full disclaimer for more info
What Is Constant Content?
Constant Content (CC) is a supplier of high quality prewritten and custom articles. With a roster of 100,000 writers working on projects for as many as 50,000 clients, you may find yourself writing for customers that range from independent bloggers to large corporations like Target.
Founded in 2006 and located in Victoria BC Canada, Constant Content is known as one of the higher paying content mills. But higher pay comes with a price…
They’re also known as having very strict quality standards and being difficult to get hired.
As a Constant Content writer you’ll be able to work on many projects including (but not limited to)…
- Blog posts
- Newsletter editorials
- Articles and Listicles
- Copywriting and Copyediting projects
- SEO (search engine optimized) content
- Press releases
- White papers
- Technical reports and tutorials
- Product descriptions
One thing worth mentioning though is that, unless it’s a special request, Constant Content is NOT looking for first-person POV content and they don't want personal opinions or clichés to come out in your writing.
For a lot of writers that can be difficult and if you tend to drift into your own personal experiences when you write, Constant Content might not be the right freelancing gig for you.
Maybe you're just looking for a little extra money in which case online surveys might be for you. They won't retire you from your job, but sites like surveyjunkie.com and inboxdollars.com are free to join and can be a good way to earn you first few bucks online.
For more independence a real income, an online business is what you want.
Whether you've got health issues, children at home to look after, or you just hate your job... knowing the proper way to make real money online and work from home is what you need to get what you want.
Is Constant Content a Scam?
No... Constant Content is not a scam, but content mills in general don’t have the best reputation.
Things you need to watch out for are account closures with no explanation and being stripped of access to articles you’ve already submitted. Some even state in their terms of service that you won’t be paid for articles you sell after your account has been closed (which is a real problem if they close it for no reason).
Plagiarism is also a big issue and it’s a good idea to run your unsold articles through CopyScape periodically to make sure they haven’t been sold without your knowledge.
If you’re considering Constant Content, the good news is that they’ve maintained a respectable reputation and have avoided those common criticisms and scam accusations.
How Does It Work?
Unlike sites like Upwork and Guru, Constant Content is a mixed marketplace. You can search for topics and clients and they can search for you (as any regular marketplace)… but your writing is still scrutinized by a strict editorial staff before it’s submitted to the client.
Also, they occasionally coordinate group projects for larger clients which is not common with fully open marketplaces.
Registration is 3-step process which includes…
- A quick form that includes your name, email, where you live, username and password.
- Complete a short quiz with 6 or 7 questions (if I remember correctly) which test your contextual and grammar competency.
- Write a 250-word sample on a given topic and following specific guidelines such as third-person POV and strong introduction with properly grouped paragraphs.
Once your writing sample has been submitted you’ll have to wait for your application to be approved.
Constant Content is free to join and there are no special requirements other than being at least 18 years old, access to a computer with an internet connection, and having a strong command of written English.
They employ writers from all around the world and I’m not aware of any exclusions.
Selling Your Content
Once your application has been accepted you can begin selling your content… which you can do one of three ways.
Content and Catalog Submissions – This is how most writers get started. You can search topics to write about, submit your article for editorial review and if accepted, have it added to Constant Content’s catalog. Depending on the topic, your article may be sold immediately… but in most cases you can expect to wait at least a few months.
Content Requests – You can also submit content that matches current client requests. And, if you have an established relationship with a client they may request you specifically.
Writer Pools – Constant Content may hire you to work on large group projects such as product descriptions for online catalogs or jobs that require multiple experts in a specialized field.
Pay Rates and Income Expectations
Constant Content claims their top writers earn up to 90K a year. For a content mill, I find that hard to believe… but to be honest, I don’t know. It might be possible…
They have strict standards and high-profile clients. They’re also not known to serve the three-dollar-a-post market... so who knows. But even half of 90K is a decent income for a work-at-home freelancer.
I’ve seen multiple writers report earning as high as $0.10/word… or $50.00 for 500 words. That’s in another universe compared to most mills.
But there’s a catch…
Constant Content hangs onto 35%… meaning your net pay (if your article sells for $50) is reduced to $32.50. It’s still a lot better than you’d get elsewhere, but 35% is a pretty big fee.
Those rates are among the highest reported but not all writers are earning that much.
Some claim they’ve worked on projects paying as low as 1.5 – 2 cents a word, so I wouldn’t plan on retiring from your day job just yet. If you’re doing the math that’s $7.50 - $10 for 500 words which is on par with sites like iWriter.
Other things that affect your pay are how knowledgeable you are about a specific topic. For example, medical papers are going to pay more than "lifestyle" listicles and round-up posts.
Your sell ratio will also be a big factor. Some writers can sell 80% or more of what they write while others struggle to sell half.
Pay is transferred during the first week of every month via PayPal.
If none of this is particularly appealing and you're just looking for some extra spending money, you can do online surveys with sites like surveyjunkie.com. You can also make money watching videos, searching the web and visiting websites with Inbox Dollars.
Of course, we're not talking about big bucks here, but for some, that may be all you're looking for right now.
If something more serious is what you want, an online business might be a consideration.
You may need an income from home because you have children to look after or a healthy issue that makes working difficult. Or... maybe you're just sick and tired of your job and need a change.
If that's the case, an online business is what you want but with so much junk and misinformation out there, knowing how (and where) to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
Constant Content Tips
Triple check before you submit – Constant Content’s editorial team doesn’t mess around. They’ll immediately stop reading and send your article back if they find something as small as a missed comma.
You can fix it and re-submit, but since they stopped reading when they found your first error… they’ll send it back again if they find another. This back and forth will only go on so long before your article get’s flat-out rejected… so make sure you’ve nailed it the first time before sending it in.
Check recently sold articles before you write – Before you invest your time into researching and writing an article, it’s a good idea to find out what’s already selling. You can also use this information to find out which topics are paying the most and if there are any trends you can capitalize on.
Use Grammarly and other tools – You may be a fast writer, but if you’re prone to small errors (as I am), you might find programs like Grammarly to be a big help. Also, the use of a timer works wonders for some writers as does anti-distraction software like FocusMe.
Be comfortable and use an eye-level monitor – This one should be obvious, but as someone who writes daily… I know first hand the health and posture problems of spending years hunched over a laptop. If you can, use a large high-res monitor at eye-level and save your back, neck and shoulders.
Choosing topics you know – As a freelance writer you’ll be doing a ton of research which usually takes longer than the actual writing. Of course, you can’t be an expert at everything but the obvious thing to do is choose topics you already know. A really good freelancer looks ahead, finds out which topics sell consistently (and pay well)… and invests their time learning those topics.
Reviews and Complaints
There are many Constant Content reviews and opinions are mixed. Among the most common complaints you’ll find are…
- The 35% job fee is too high.
- Not being paid to repeatedly edit, revise and re-format articles to satisfy clients (not all clients are like this though… In most cases when I’ve purchased content myself, it’s faster and easier for me to make the changes I want rather than explain what I need and send it back multiple times).
- The high side of the pay scale is great… but there are many low paying projects that only pay a couple cents per word. Not unreasonable for the churn and burn content farms, but far too low for Constant Content’s high standards.
Writers have a lot of good things to say about Constant Content as well…
- Good writers who can easily follow the guidelines and meet the standards can potentially do exceptionally well.
- Set your own prices.
- With the right attitude, their strict rules on things like POV, format and grammar will force you to become a better writer.
What I Like
I would agree with the positive reviews and the comments mentioned above, and add a few more of my own points…
- Despite their strict policies and tough editorial staff, I haven’t found many complaints of people getting their accounts shut down for no reason (which seems to be common with some of the other marketplaces).
- Good writers can stand out and separate themselves from the crowd here.
- Multiple categories of projects and just about endless topics you can write about.
What I Don’t Like
- To make decent money with any content mill you need to be a “speed writer”. I write for my own online business which definitely requires efficiency… but it’s nothing like the speed required for a pay-per-article gig.
- Third-person POV without adding your opinion or using clichés can be a challenge for many writers.
- There’s no passive income potential. Once you sell an article, that’s it! When you write for yourself though, you can make money while you sleep (and use clichés) 😉
Where Do You Go From Here?
As far as content mills go, Constant Content is easy to recommend. It’s relatively easy to sign up and the potential pay rates are better than most.
I wouldn’t count on it as your only source of income (although I’m sure it’s possible for some)… but Constant Content is great for full-time freelancers who are looking to fill in their schedule.
You can create a large catalog of articles that may not sell immediately but have potential to bring in money later on.
Personally, I think writing for yourself is a better option, but pay-per-article is still a good way of supplementing your income and Constant Content is worth checking out.
Inbox Dollars even pays members for doing simple tasks like searching the web, visiting websites and watching videos. Not a lot of money, but if you spend time online doing those things anyway, you might as well get paid for it 🙂
If a full time income online is what you're looking for - you may have little ones at home for example or a medical issue, then an online business is what you want.
With so much misleading information out there though, knowing how (and where) to get started is what you need in order to get what you want.
I hope my Constant Content review was helpful and if you have any comments, questions or experience with Constant Content, please share in the comments section below.