Do you have some extra, unused articles? Why not make some extra money with them? Whether you originally wrote them for a client who backed out, as a sample to get accepted as a writer somewhere, for a blog post that you never posted, or even if you want to write articles just to sell them, there are many places where you can do that. Here are six places where you can sell your articles online.
Constant-Content is probably the most well-known article marketplace. To sign up as a writer, you must pass a short test and submit a sample article. The great thing is, you get to set your own prices! You should set them high because Constant Content will take a 35% commission — yes, you heard right, you will only get 65% of the profits. Ten cents per word is a good place to start.
When you sell an article, you get to choose whether the buyer will have exclusive rights to the article or not. If they buy exclusive rights, then they can use the article under their own name, and you give up all rights to the article, meaning you can’t use it anymore. However, if they only buy usage rights, they are free to use it on their website — but you remain the article’s owner, and you can continue selling usage rights to whoever wants. Of course, you should charge more for exclusive rights.
Constant-Content is the most popular of all the article marketplaces listed here, and it gets the most traffic. Thus, your article is more likely to sell there. However, they are known to be very picky — both in the writer acceptance process and in the article submission process. So be prepared, if accepted, to face picky editors who demand edits for silly reasons.
Swarm Content is a fairly new site, but they are a lot friendlier than Constant Content. Anyone can join — there are no tests. You can set your own prices, which is great. You also get to choose whether the buyer can use the article under their own name, or whether they have to cite you as the author.
Since it is not that old, it does not get as much traffic as Constant Content. However, I have submitted two articles there, and I have not run into any problems with the editors. If you were rejected by Constant Content as a writer (like I was), Swarm Content is a great alternative.
Dot Writer is another site that is not that old. You don’t need to do a test to get accepted; anyone can join.
However, you don’t get to choose your own price. Starting out, all articles will sell at two cents per word. There is no way to change that. Once you submit at least 10 articles, the price will go up to four cents per word, provided that at least half of your articles have been accepted by the editing staff. Once you submit at least 25 articles, your price will go up to six cents per word, provided that at least 75% of your articles have been accepted.
There are editors at Dot Writer, and they will look over your article to make sure that it has proper spelling and grammar and a headline that fits with the article. All articles also go through Copyscape to ensure that they were not plagiarized.
SEO Clerks’ main purpose isn’t for the buying and selling of articles. Rather, it is an online marketplace where freelancers offer their services for anything related to SEO and web development, such as keyword research, backlink services, Facebook likes, website comments, social media marketing, content writing, and more.
However, web content is the main part of SEO, and they do have an option of selling pre-written articles. All you have to do is post the article, upload an image, and choose your price. Just go to the “Seller” drop-down menu.
Text-Writers is another site which allows you to sell articles. To sign up, you must fill out some personal information and fill out a very easy English language test, which any native speaker will be able to do. The test has 10 questions and you just have to complete the sentences. (One question was what is the capital of South Africa, but the cities were all misspelled 😀 )
I’m not really sure how much traffic this website gets. Their Facebook page has less than 300 likes, and their Twitter account has less than 200 followers (at the time I am writing this). You can try it out, but I’m not guaranteeing anything.
Last (and least), I want to mention Article Sale. Anyone can sign up to Article Sale, and there aren’t even editors to look over your articles. You can post your articles and choose your own price. However, the site doesn’t seem to get a lot of traffic, and because there are no editors, most of the articles there are plagiarized articles that people pulled off the web and are selling for two or three dollars. You can certainly post your article there, but I doubt it will get any buyers.
A Word or Two About Article Marketplaces
I don’t recommend that you actually write articles for the purpose of selling them on one of the above-mentioned sites. That’s simply because there is no guarantee as to whether it will actually be bought. Even if it does get sold, it could sit for months on the marketplace before that happens. I just use it for articles that I wrote for a client who backed out, and which can’t fit on any of my own blogs.
There also is the issue of plagiarism. Of course, these sites have to find a way to stop people from just using the articles without paying for them. What some sites (like Dot Writer and Article Sale) do is to just show the buyers a tiny preview snippet of the article, and will only show them the entire article if they actually buy it. The problem with this is that if the buyer can’t see the entire article, they will be less inclined to actually pay for it.
What other sites (like Swarm Content and Constant-Content) do is show the article in the marketplace as an image. This prevents buyers from copying and pasting the text without paying for it. However, this is far from perfect. There are many free online and offline tools that will pull text from an image, and there is nothing stopping people from downloading the image of your article and then using one of those tools. I tried it myself (on one of my own articles), and was surprised at how easy it is.
[Tweet theme=”tweet-box-normal-blue”]The problem with article marketplaces is that articles may never get sold and can easily be plagiarized. [/Tweet]
These sites are great for selling unused content that would otherwise just be sitting there. There’s no reason not to list your unused articles on one of these sites, because who knows? Maybe you’ll make some extra money. But you certainly should not write articles just to sell them — they may not get sold, and it may become plagiarized.
What do you think? Is it worth your time to sell your articles on these websites? Have you personally had any experience with these marketplaces? Leave your comments below!
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