I am happy to see that some of the visitors to this blog have become members of the writing site Constant-Content (CC). Unfortunately, I also see that many who have signed up gave up submitting articles after the first article was rejected by the editor. I have been writing at CC since March 2007 and find it a wonderful place to sell my writing for a good price. So I thought I'd take some time to encourage those who have joined CC and given up and those who are thinking of joining CC to be persistent and not give up on CC after the first or second try.
Constant-Content's Editor is Tough but Fair
As I stated in my review of Constant-Content, every article is reviewed by an editor before it is placed for sale on the site. The reason for this is to retain the site's integrity for the buyers. The editor also checks every submission through a plagiarism checker to make sure the content is either unique or does belong to the author. If there are any grammar errors, format errors or if the article comes up as belonging to someone else, then the article will be rejected. Plagiarism is not tolerated at CC. Sometimes the problem with the rejected article could be something as small as improper capitalization, a misspelled word or a misplaced comma or semi-colon. In most cases, the writer can fix the errors and re-submit the article and it will get through. If there is a big problem, you can go to the forum and ask the editor in the Article Rejection section what was wrong with the submission. The editor isn't heartless; he/she does want the writers at CC to be successful.
Tips to Get through the Constant-Content Editorial Process
First, read the writer's guidelines and the submission guidelines at CC before submitting articles. The editor likes for writers to use a specific font (easy to read) and has guidelines about when to use bold font and also about not using links in articles. If you read the guidelines, it will be much easier to get your articles through the editorial process.
Next, make sure your article is of use to the reader. Articles that are written full of keywords but don't actually help the reader in any way are useless. Opinion pieces or first person pieces are generally not accepted - however check with the editor if you feel you have a piece that may work for CC. Article on almost any subject, reviews of movies, products and television shows are accepted.
Always proofread your articles and the short description to make sure there are no spelling or grammar errors. These are the main reasons that articles are rejected. If the title or short description has spelling errors, the article is rejected before it is even read. Take the time to do the work necessary so your article isn't rejected.
You may also want to run your article through a plagiarism checker like Articlechecker.com or Copyscape.com to make sure you haven't unintentionally plagiarized a sentence, phrase or paragraph. This can happen and it may look bad for you if you don't check your articles first.
Understand the Rights you are selling. Only original articles that have not ever been sold before can be sold for Full and Unique Rights on CC. Articles that you wrote but have been placed on other sites can be sold for Use Rights on CC. Make sure that your name appears on the articles so the editor knows the article is yours, or else you can make a note in the short description that the article was published under another name so the editor knows. You can always delete that information from the short description once the article has been accepted.
Try not to get too frustrated if your article isn't accepted and please, do not go on the forum and bad-mouth the editor. That will not get your article accepted. Find the errors and fix them, and in most cases, the article will go through.
After the Article is Accepted
Many times people who first join CC think that they will just place one article on there and see if it sells. If you are very lucky, that first article will sell. But in most cases, it can take awhile for an article to sell. The best thing to do is to place several articles of varying subjects and different price points on CC and see what happens. The more you write, the more you will sell. Expecting to only put one article on CC as a way of judging the site isn't realistic. You always own all rights to your articles until you sell them, so if you find you are not happy with CC you can take the articles off and use them elsewhere.
I hope this helps those who were scared away quickly or those who are thinking about trying Constant-Content. It really is a wonderful site to sell your articles at and if you are a good writer, you can earn good money there.