If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I am always saying what a great site Constant-Content (CC) is to sell articles on. And I do believe that is true. (Click here to read my reveiw of CC.) I have been selling content on CC for over 3 years now. However, since I began pursuing residual income through sites like Suite101, Examiner and eHow, I have been posting less Full Rights articles on CC and more Use Rights articles. The reason for this is because I have been spending time writing for so many other sites, and have only been posting articles to CC from sites where I continue to own all rights to my work. However, I've noticed from time-to-time on the forums at CC that writers there don't understand why anyone would sell Use Rights only for their articles (and for a smaller fee) and place the articles on residual earning sites when the writer could sell the article for full rights on CC for a much higher fee. Well, hopefully this will explain why I choose to do that while I am working on building residual income.
To begin with, at CC you can sell articles for three types of rights - Full Rights, Unique Rights and Use Rights. Generally, you can sell an article for good price for full rights, but you no longer own any rights to the article and the buyer can choose to take your name off of it and the article can only sell that one time. Unique Rights is much like full rights except the buyer cannot take the writer's name off of it or change it in any way and the article can no longer be sold on CC. Use Rights means the buyer cannot take the writer's name off, cannot change any of the article, can only post the article once and the article can continue to sell on CC. So, if you sell an article for Use Rights, you can sell it as many times as buyers will purchase it, making multiple income from the one article.
Why I have Been Selling Use Rights
This past year since I have been writing a number of articles for Examiner and eHow (who used to allow you to keep all rights), I decided to expand my income by offering the same articles at CC for Use Rights only at a lower price since they were appearing on one or two other websites. I figured that if they sold and I made a few extra dollars, great, if not then I wasn't out any money. I placed low prices on the Use articles from $8 to $15 depending upon the amount of words and the content. Happily, I sold many of the articles at least once (grossing $5.20 to $9.75 each after CC took their percentage), sold several two or three times and sold one four times. So, the one I sold four times @ 5.20 each (my take) earned me $20.80 plus whatever residual income I am making off of it. Not a bad way to add extra income to my residual earnings.
Now, I know many CC writers will say that I could have earned $40 or $50 for Full Rights for that same article selling it once. I agree that that is good income for one article. But by selling the articles for Use Rights while they are earning residual income also, I can usually earn more than the full rights price over time
Let's Be Frank - It's all Really just a Crap Shoot
Writing articles, earning high residual income, selling articles, it really is all just a crap shoot. There are no real guarentees that if you write a great SEO, keyword rich article, that you will sell it for great income or earn high residual income. In fact, I've found that some of my highest earning residual articles are on topics that came up as low-paying on the Google sheets. I've also found that some articles will sell well on CC for Full Rights while others will not sell at all on CC for Full Rights but then will do remarkably well when placed in a residual market. So basically, I am just covering my bases to earn the most money possible.
Now, that doesn't mean I don't love selling Full Rights articles on CC and I actually plan to spend some time this summer submitting many of them to see how I do. You never know when you will sell an article on CC, so in some ways it is much like residual income. In the past I was able to earn between $300 and $500 a month on CC and many full-time writers there do much better. So CC is definately a great place to sell Full Rights articles.
For those of you who are trying to build up a residual income, you may want to try selling some of your articles for Use Rights at CC also. Especially Examiner writers - many of those topic articles seem to sell well on CC.
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