The Constant-Content writing service wasn't terrible but it didn't blow me away. Although I can only give it 4 stars, that is still the highest rating I have given a content service. There are some really bad ones out there and Constant-Content is one of the safest bets I've tried.
When your blog becomes a business you'll start outsourcing some content.
Although I write 95% of everything posted on EntreResource.com, I'm not above outsourcing articles that I know my readers want to read, but that I don't want to write.
For some of my other niche sites that have little need for personal experience, I outsource more like 75%+.
When it comes to hiring writers, there isn't a shortage of options. One of the most popular methods is hiring from content marketplaces like TextBroker or Constant-Content.
I've already reviewed TextBroker (read my TextBroker review here) and now it's time for me to dig into Constant-Content.
Here's how my experience went.
My Experience Buying from Constant-Content.com
Constant Content had immediately noticeable differences from TextBroker.
First, it came off as far less professional than TextBroker (which I didn't mind). Unlike TextBroker which seems to target a more corporate type of client (they offer the ability to hire entire content teams) Constant Content didn't have such an option.
They did however have an option that TextBroker doesn't, buying pre-written content. This is NOT something I'd normally did. Most prewritten content is total garbage and runs the risk of being duplicated on other sites (which could lead to Google penalties).
Let's get back to my experience and the flow of creating an account.
Creating my Constant-Content Account
Creating a buyer's account was free but in order to see full articles (an option that surprised me) I had to purchase $25 in credits and forward the receipt to them.
I'm really uncertain why this verification was necessary and if someone from Constant Content is reading, please feel free to comment with an answer 🙂
The receipt took awhile to actually get to my inbox and when it did, it wasn't labeled from Constant-Content. It came from "SafeCart."
Then after purchasing the initial $25, I had to wait for the next $100 to get approved.
So yeah, that was a little annoying but not a deal breaker. I'm here for the content, I can over look some mild workflow head scratchers.
Ordering My Constant-Content Article
Placing the order was very easy. I used the "casting call" option which allows people to apply for my gig. There were other options that were likely more involved but this is what I wanted.
After selecting the public request type (I have no private writers to contact yet) I was prompted to provide some information about my article request.
I kept it simple and told them that I wanted an article similar to another article on deal sites that I found that was getting great traffic.
If this was a more important article, I would have gone into more detail. Yes, I was a little bit lazy on this one.
After posting the job, it was time to sit back and see what sort of writer's I was gonna catch.
This part took a bit longer than I expected. After 4 days, I had received a whopping 2 submissions. I reviewed the two who applied and hired the one who seemed more promising.
I got the article extremely quickly. This part I liked, I was able to actually see 75% of the article before I paid for it.
As a writer myself, I'd never be ok with this, but as a buyer, sure.
So, I approved of the piece and bought it for $50. I barely checked the content, it was enough to work with for $50. I always expect to do some editing on each piece I buy so this really was a steal at this price.
I received the finished work as a downloadable folder that included a .doc with the blog post content and then 15 images that would be added to the article.
Inspecting the Quality of My CONSTANT-CONTENT ARTICLE
Now, the part that you're probably most curious about, was the content any good?
The answer, it was great for $50 and such a fast turnaround.
I ran the content through one of my favorite new softwares, ProWriterAid and got a content grade for the piece.
While a 65 overall might not sound awesome, it is actually better than most blog posts you'll find on similar sites. The grade also didn't factor in the fact that the article was still formatted in a draft mode and had some loose URLs and things floating around.
After just a few minor improvements, I got the ratings up to much more respectable numbers.
Here is the final blog post...Is it going to win awards? No, but it is a nice little piece that I expect to rank well.
Here is what you should know about Constant Content:
- I will most likely use them again (I still have $75 in credits)
- The content was very affordable and required minimal editing
- The process of getting started was clunky but not a deal breaker
There are Constant Content alternatives like TextBroker you should also check out. Click here to read my full review of TextBroker.