I came across a site that’s very similar to the popular article marketplace, Constant Content, called Article Sale. While I don’t think that Article Sale is quite as popular as Constant Content, it does appear to be a lot simpler to use if you’re a writer looking to sell some unique content. I went ahead and signed up myself just this morning and plan to write some things just to see what happens with them.
Article Sale accepts writers worldwide, but a Paypal account is required if you want to get paid. Also, everything you write has to be in perfect English.
How does it work?
Basically, you create an account there and just begin posting your articles. Then, just sit back and wait to see if they sell. Apparently there are no fees here at all. You’ll receive the exact amount you’re charging for your articles. It does surprise me that Article Sale doesn’t take any money off the top like most of these other article marketplaces, but they don’t appear to.
Keep in mind you will not get any credit for the articles you write — you are selling the full rights, so the buyer most likely won’t be putting your name on any of your content they publish. After the buyer has purchased your article, they can do whatever they want with it.
How does Article Sale make money?
I was trying to figure out for myself how Article Sale makes money because they aren’t charging buyers or sellers for their service, and then I noticed some advertisements as I was browsing the site, so that explains it. Fortunately the advertisements are very well placed and there aren’t too many of them.
Navigating the Site
I feel I should point out that the site is built on WordPress (which is what my and many other sites/blogs are built on). After you create your writer account, you’ll be redirected to a standard WordPress dashboard. I mention this because if you aren’t familiar with WordPress, this might really throw you off. It can be a very confusing platform if you’ve never used it before.
You’ll see on the left side of the page options for your profile, dashboard, and tools. You can click on profile and edit it to your heart’s content, but the dashboard and tools part might confuse you. If you need to just get back to the main site and start posting articles, just click on “Article Sale” at the very top of the screen and you’ll go back to the main site. Then, you can just click the button that says “Post an Article” and get started.
Requirements – Qualifications
Unlike other writing sites, Article Sale doesn’t have a test for you to take or anything like that. The only real requirement I can see is that you create 100 percent unique content for them in English. You can only sell each article one time, there is no re-selling of your content allowed here.
If a buyer looks at your article, he/she will see a small excerpt upon clicking on it along with how many words it is. They can also click on your user name to see any other work you might have posted as well as your feedback if you have any. After the buyer clicks the Paypal purchase button, your article will be delivered to them in it’s entirety and you will receive payment automatically.
Article Approval Process
This is another interesting thing about Article Sale — there doesn’t seem to be any real approval process. This is nice … no waiting for your article to go live, no nit-picky editors to deal with. However, you’ll still want to create quality content because your articles probably won’t sell if your excerpt isn’t good and then if someone buys your stuff and doesn’t like it, they can always leave you negative feedback.
What should you write about?
You can write about anything you want, but it’s probably smart to do your research and create content around some hot topics since this is what many people want. Also, create catchy titles that really grab people so you’ll get more click throughs. Some people recommend using keywords when you write articles for sites like this. You can utilize Google’s keyword tool to help you find some good ones. I’m not going to go into how to use the tool because I barely know myself, but this article at WikiHow has some step by step instructions.
If all the keyword stuff overwhelms you (as it does me), remember that you don’t have to use that here. You are essentially free to write about whatever you want. I think you may still be able to sell your articles if you create well-written content around hot topics with catchy titles, keyword tool or no.
How well can you do here?
I am guessing that Article Sale is not quite as popular as Constant Content, but then they also don’t appear to have as many writers competing for sales as Constant Content does. It never hurts to spread yourself around a little, so putting up some content here and seeing what happens with it probably won’t hurt. If your content never sells, you can just remove it from the site and use it elsewhere.
I have to admit that the simplicity of this really appeals to me — no editors, setting my own prices, no fees, writing what I want, getting paid with Paypal right after purchase. Sure, there are other sites like this that are probably more popular and there’s always that risk that my stuff just won’t sell, but everything here just seems so easy! I love that.
There’s not a lot of feedback around the web about Article Sale, but I’ll be sure to post my own after I write something and if it sells (or never sells). But here are a few things I’ve found:
- Great article comparing article marketplaces – the writer decides to use ArticleSale over any others.
- Some threads at WAHM where Article Sale is mentioned - not much info … most people just asking about it.
You can go here to get started at Article Sale. Let me know how it goes for you!
Want to learn more about article marketplaces? Check out this post I wrote with a rundown of several article marketplaces you can use for selling your unique content.