Make Money by Writing Part 2

Following on from thelast post on how to Make Money by Writing, here in Part 2 I’m going to give you some tips on what to expect when you sell your article to one of the two main article brokering or article buying sites: Associated Content and Constant Content.

From an out and out make money standpoint, you’ll do much better with Constant Content as you are able to set your own price for your article. The downside is you then have to wait for that article to be sold before you can be paid.

For those who live in the United States, there is an alternative site called Associated Content which accept articles and pay you up front for them, which is a fine way to make money. However, prices are much lower and depend on the quality and length of the article as well as your own good standing with them, so to make money, longer term members will earn more than newbies.

As a rough make money guide, you should expect to earn around $5 – $7 per accepted article (500-700 words) from AC. They then take ownership of your article and can re-sell it as many times as they want, but you only get paid the once. Those are the two points that you may find a little off-putting, although the big plus in their favour is that if you need to make money fast, then they do pay you as soon as your article is accepted. They also have a slightly lower standard for acceptance, so you have a better chance of having your article accepted even if it is not wonderful.

Personally, even if I did live in the US, I would still opt for Constant Content as to make money, I can earn around five times as much per article as I would with AC.

With Constant Content, their standards for acceptance are very high so expect to have a few rejections. I still get them every once in a while so it pays to familiarise yourself with their terms and conditions as well as proof read every article before you submit it. Once you’ve crossed that hurdle and had your article accepted, before you can make money you have to sit and wait while the buyers sift through the large database of articles for the ones they want to buy. When they choose to buy yours, you are notified by email that you have sold your article. You can then log in to their site and check your account to see it in black and white and also to see how much money you made.

I know I mentioned you set your own price, but in actual fact you set three prices. Here is how it works:

The first is for the “Usage” category, which means the article can be sold and resold to many different buyers and they cannot claim ownership of the article, it always remains yours. You get paid each tine you article is re-sold, unlike AC where you only get paid once. The buyers also have to display your resource box with a link back to your site. For Usage sales, you quote the lowest price. As a guide, I normally set this quite high as I’m not that interested in selling for usage. The reason for this is that articles tend not to be purchased under this category very often from Constant Content – the main category that sells here I’ll come to in a moment.

As a by-note here, this is why a lot of people fail at Constant Content, then give them a bad press.

Often newcomers sign-up, then submit only one article for Usage (usually because to make money they’ve already sold it on AC and it would not qualify for the other two categories). They then wait a couple of weeks for it to sell. Of course, that is unlikely to happen unless the article is really top quality or on a highly sought after topic. When they don’t sell their one article, they give up and go elsewhere. This is a shame, because if they’d submitted a lot of articles for full rights only, they would have seen some sales and been more inspired to work harder to really make money with CC!

The next category is “Unique”, for which you can set a higher price. This category means that the article cannot be re-sold as in the former, but the buyer cannot put their name to it or alter it in any way and the author’s resource box must remain intact. Sales in this category are quite rare.

The final category is “Full Rights”, which is the most popular at CC. Articles in this category become the sole possession of the buyer. They can put their name to it, can alter it however they want and do not have to include your resource box. They also sell for the highest price, which is why they are favoured by authors who really make money with these.

Personally, I normally set my price for $40 for a 500-700 word full rights article.

Of this, Constant Content make money by taking 35% commission for finding you a buyer, so I as an author end up with a healthy $26 per full rights article.

Many authors who do not want their work to sell for anything other than full rights can set the price the same for all three categories, which pretty much tells buyers that they have to cough up for the full rights version or nothing.

Compare $26 to the paltry $5 or so you get from AC and you can see quite plainly why I’m quite happy to wait for my articles to sell to make money via Constant Content.

There is also an affiliate program with CC where as an author you make money by earning 5% of the subsequent earnings of any author you get to sign-up. That forms part of the 35% CC take from the sale of your articles.

By the way, there’s no benefit in dodging an author’s affiliate link. If you don’t sign up under another author, you won’t make that extra 5% – it just goes into Constant Content’s coffers instead of the hard-working author who might get some small benefit from you signing up under them!

So don’t be stingy – if you want to sign up with Constant Content and make yourself some good money, use an affiliate’s link (like mine) and help them out too!

Terry Didcott
Make Money Online