"Master Dayton" might be humorous, (I mean if Ph.Ds are called "Doctors," shouldn't MFAs be called "Masters?") but in all seriousness I have made a living freelance writing and after several years I have tons of information I want to share to help out my fellow writers, regardless of age, experience, goals, situation, or background. This blog isn't pretty-but it will help if real freelance writing information is what you want.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

She Listened, She Acted, She Made Money Freelance Writing

She Made Money Writing for Constant-Content!

This was a pretty good week for this freelance writer. This is just one of those times where the writing jobs are flowing in, nagging problems were all resolved and wrapped up nicely, and best of all, I received a great e-mail from Lesley Anderson sharing her great freelance writing news (I censored the amount the article sold for out of respect):

"Hi there!

I left a comment on your blog awhile back when I found it and read about Constant Content. I believe I used your affiliate link to sign up, and I've sold my first articles! I just thought I would pass it along because it's thanks to you that I found that website, and now hopefully we both get to share a bit of the wealth. I sold a couple usage articles for just a few dollars, but this morning I sold my first full-rights article for $XX! It was a response to a public request and took me all of a half hour to write. I can't believe it. I was so skeptical and it actually worked. Hopefully I can keep this up and make both of us a bit more money!

Thank you again for introducing me to constant content, and I'll be sure to keep checking back at your blog as things continue.

Take care!"

Lesley gave me permission to print this e-mail about her big sale on Constant-Content in the blog post, and I thank her and congratulate here once again. The main reason I started this blog was because I wanted to share the enormous amount of information I've learned during my freelance writing journey and to help others. This applies whether it's getting a head start on life (college students), get some critical extra side income (disabled, retirees forced to work, unemployed) or to just avoid the many costly mistakes I made early on as a writer.

That's why an e-mail like Lesley's is so encouraging to me! I'm going to reveal some numbers that I usually wouldn't, because I'm hoping that this, along with Lesley's e-mail, will help encourage others to take the jump and help improve their lives with the extra income and freedom that freelance writing can provide.

From affiliate links, I have recommended 166 authors to Constant-Content as of this post (the 10% I get comes from the website's cut, not the author's, otherwise I wouldn't ever use the affiliate link), and of that group only only about 15 have written anything. Six of those people wrote one article and that's it. 9 have written two or more articles. Only two seem to have written more than one or two before giving up. Out of those 9, all 9 have sold at least one article.

Lesley sold another article tonight while I was writing this post - I may have that information before she even does. This means out of 166 people, only 2 have given anything close to a serious effort, and it has paid off pretty well for both of them, and I'm confident that it will continue to do so.

What's the difference? Lesley read my blog, then she took action by signing up, then she took action again by actually writing and posting articles to Constant-Content. That's it. She put in the effort, and that's the difference. It's actually ridiculous how often I see a commission that comes from an author who wrote one article and that's it. If there are that many articles selling, why not keep at it? Even one or two a week means by the end of the year you'll have some decent side income. Do that for a few years, and that can be a vacation fund, a retirement fund, or even a springboard to a better life.

So if there's anything you can learn from this post, aside from the fact I'm a sucker for a good news e-mail, is PLEASE follow Lesley's example and take action. Her testimony proves that this can work.

So thanks again for sharing, Lesley, and here's hoping to many many more successful articles sold at Constant-Content and elsewhere for you and everyone else reading!


  1. Thank so much!

    Oy, I can't believe it took me this long to get back to commenting to you! What a nice post and you know, this is actually re-inspiring me to keep at CC. I've had a bit of a lull focusing on other things, and I see the public requests and keep saying "oh I should do something about that one later." then I wait and I figure other people have gotten to it.

    But you're right. It just takes submitting a few articles and seeing what happens. Thank you again for such kind words and I hope more and more people are able to try things like this out and have them work! I'm certainly not getting rich off of it (yet...) but every little bit helps.

    Take care and keep in touch!

    - Lesley

  2. Hi Lesley,

    Thanks for the great comment, and I wanted to thank you for the kind words. It's so encouraging for me just to see someone who is putting in some work and seeing the results. A lot of people ask for time, help, or advice, but then they don't do anything. It can be very discouraging. So thanks again, and keep at it, you have a great bright future!


    Shane "Master" Dayton