The way Constant-Content works is you upload your document--an article you write--and specify your choice of subject, with your preferred sale price and the rights you wish to grant--usage rights, unique rights, full rights, etc. Each type means something specific. If your article has previously been published anywhere, for example, then it's only eligible for usage rights sales.
After upload, your article goes to Constant-Content's editor to review. If it gets accepted, it gets listed as a product for customers to buy. Customers purchase articles according to the rights they select. If they buy your article, you get a percentage of the purchase price - slightly higher than half. Some rights allow you to resell the article - but if they buy unique or full rights, you're selling all future rights to the article. Wise writers price their work accordingly.
The big reason I think the site is thought to be a scam is that, unlike at a lot of article sites, articles do get rejected. And that can hurt and seem unfair, especially since it's a three-strikes-you're-out kind of site. And especially since the editor can be picky. If you don't follow CC's writers guidelines and submission format guidelines exactly--and that's "exactly" in big, bold capital letters--your article gets rejected.
Another reason I suspect people may think Constant-Content a scam is that the business model is atypical of the larger Web writing websites. It's not revenue share. It's not for backlinks. You don't get paid outright. It's more like selling your work on consignment. Most article websites do things differently - allow links in the articles, for example, or offer revenue share. Constant-Content is a site for writers, but not a site for marketers who dabble in writing. As far as I'm concerned, I'll leave the revenue-share opportunities to awesome sites like HubPages. Constant Content is where I sell the pieces I can't sell elsewhere.
The last reason I suspect people assume it's a scam is that writers don't read the terms of service, or forget that they don't get the full 100% of the sale price. Constant-Content is very clear--authors get 65% of the price, and Constant-Content gets 35%. That's why you set your price higher instead of lowballing it.
I have sold hundreds of dollars worth of articles there and always gotten paid. I've experienced excellent customer service. They've been placed under new ownership in the last year and the powers that be are proactive. The writer's forums are wonderful and supportive. There's even a forum to explain your rejections.
And we're not talking great volume. I've sold less than 10 articles as of this writing. Not that I think that's everyone's experience--I suspect most people who have just a few articles up and who price themselves low might sell a couple of $20 articles a year.
But when I got the email telling me of my latest sale, I was so pleased and surprised. It happens like that at Constant-Content. If you have a lot of articles up, the sales come more frequently. I have only a moderate number, and they come months apart. Given that I haven't written there in ages, I'm not complaining.
I recommend it to writers who like to write for people instead of search engines...or for Web content writers who don't know where to place certain pieces they write. Submit them to Constant-Content.
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