Some writers on Associated Content might wonder why some of their articles are not accepted or why their articles are not getting page views. One of the reasons might be that your articles might be time sensitive, meaning that the topic or your articles will only be important for a certain period of time.
I write a lot of sports articles so I’ll use two of my articles as examples. Last year I wrote an article about why Justin Morneau should be the American League MVP. This article might get page views for the rest of the season but once the American League MVP was awarded this article is no longer relevant to anybody.
My article about the Best Walkoff Homeruns in Division Series history will always be an article that will be relevant as long as I live because those walkoff homeruns will still exist. Unless I somehow get sucked into a portal to an alternate reality or something.
I decided to do a little experiment and see just how well non-time sensitive articles do compared to time sensitive articles.
I went through all of my articles, divided them between time sensitive and non-time sensitive to find out which type of article is more likely to get accepted, which gets higher offers and which gets higher page views.
More Likely To Get Accepted
Let’s start with which one is more likely to get accepted. As I went through my articles I discovered that I have 353 articles that are time sensitive. Out of those 353 articles only 262 received upfront offers. That means 74% of my time sensitive articles received an upfront offer.
I also had 452 articles that were not time sensitive. Out of my 452 articles that weren’t time sensitive 406 of them were accepted. That means that 89% of my articles that weren’t time sensitive were accepted.
Average Upfront Offer
As I said before I had 353 articles that were time sensitive. If I add up my total upfront payments for all of those 353 articles it totals $1457.96. That comes out to just $4.11 per article.
I had 452 articles that weren’t time sensitive and they totaled $2526.32. That comes out to $5.58 per article.
Average Page Views
My 353 time sensitive articles combined for 149,414 page views. That equals about 423 page views per article.
My 452 articles that weren’t time sensitive totaled 394,038 page views. So each article that wasn’t time sensitive averaged 871 page views per article.
If my time sensitive articles equaled 423 page views per article then that means each of my time sensitive articles gained me 63 cents per article. If you add that to the average upfront offer then time sensitive articles have averaged $4.74.
My articles that aren’t time sensitive have averaged 871 page views, which comes out to a $1.30 bonus per article. Add that to the $5.58 average upfront offer and my articles that aren’t time sensitive average $6.88 each.
1,000+, 2,000+, 5,000+, 10,000+
I have had 126 articles break 1,000 page views. Out of those 126 articles 92 of them are not time sensitive and 34 are time sensitive.
I have had 59 articles break 2,000 page views. Out of those 59 articles 45 of them are not time sensitive and 14 are time sensitive.
I have had 19 articles break 5,000 page views. Out of those 19 articles 16 of them are not time sensitive and 3 are time sensitive.
I have had 4 articles break 10,000 page views. Out of those 4 articles all of them are not time sensitive.
As you can clearly see articles that aren’t time sensitive perform a lot better. If an article is time sensitive there is a limit to how long articles will accumulate page views but articles that aren’t time sensitive can accumulate page views forever.
The more articles that aren’t time sensitive the more total page views and page views per article you will receive. Not only will you receive a bigger bonus for getting more page views but as your average page views per article increase you’ll get higher upfront offers from Associated Content also.