When I first joined AC, one of the first things I noticed was that there was a monthly award for Best new Source. I was determined to win this award, and I did. I am one of three Best New Sources for May 2009. I would like to share with other sources some lessons that I have learned along my short road to becoming Best New Source, mentors that have helped me along the way, and also share some things that I am still trying to understand and learn more about.
Inspirational People Who Have Helped Me Become Best New Source
Lyn Lomasi was one of the first veteran AC content producers to reach out to me. She answered all my questions and is very friendly. If you are new to the AC community, she is a valuable resource and she will help you in any way she can.
Jcorn is another veteran of the AC community that has communicated with me on my road to becoming Best New Source. With over 1 million page views and counting, she’s also very experienced and qualified to answer any questions. She has commented on my articles, and has answered any email that I have sent her.
Jennifer Wagner is another great AC content producer who reached out to me to compliment my writing. She is also a former Best New Source, so she knows first hand what it takes to become Best New Source.
Han Van Meegerin is a newer AC content producer, but is always there patting everyone on the back for a job well done. His work is interesting and I highly recommend you to read it.
I have several great followers that always comment on my articles. They are great writers as well. If you have time, check out their pages: Tamara McRill, Writestuff444, and Malina Debrie.
It’s important to note that while as a content producer you are trying to reach a larger audience than just other content producers on AC. However, if you can grow a loyal following with other writers and promote their work, they will return the favor. It’s no different than any other job: you all have to work as a team.
Lessons I’ve Learned On the Road to Becoming Best New Source
Promoting Articles Using Twitter: I am admittedly not very social in my personal life. Up until I became a content producer, I did not have a Twitter account. I joined Twitter to get my articles out there, and it helps. I am still trying to learn how to use Twitter to grow a fan base. Re-tweet all you can, and read the other articles that other AC content producers send you. (On a side note, I can only re-tweet on my iPhone because I can’t figure out how to do it on the computer. My iPhone Twitter app has a re-tweet button…)
Promoting Articles in Other Ways: I have learned that article promotion is a time-consuming task. However a little effort goes a long ways. Make sure to index your articles on popular book marking sites.
Keyword Density: I have learned that writing for the web is very different from writing a standard article. I think this is part of the reason for my success on AC. Writing for the web is like a mathematical word puzzle. You need to keep up key word densities and use related terminology, without sounding like an alien.
Questions I Have Been Asked
How do you write so many articles? Many have asked how I write so many articles. The answer is I really don’t know, it’s just something that I do. I have always liked to write, but never knew what TO write. I have about 3 half-written novels and countless unfinished short stories. Now, I can focus my energy on writing useful information and getting paid to do it.
Tips to help you write more articles:
1) Write about what is going on in your life. After consuming about three diet Red Bulls and spending a day shopping and putting up draperies in my home, I wrote several articles about home interior decorating. The information was fresh in my head and I got to the computer as quick as I could to get it down.
2) Write about what interests you. If you find something interesting, chances are someone else will too. Also, people can tell when you are passionate about your topic. Your passion should bring in the page views!
3) Don’t write when you don’t feel like writing. If writing feels like a chore, you will want to do it less and less. If you write when you feel like writing, you will write better articles. These articles will get you higher upfronts and more page views. As you see your articles gain success, you will feel like writing more and more.
Suggestions for AC
As I have little experience with AC, I have noticed some things that I think would be beneficial to change around. For instance, on each content producer page there should be a way to arrange articles by topic. Once you get several articles, it gets harder and harder to find articles that you have written. It would be nice to be able to browse what a producer has written by topic as opposed to weeding through several articles to find what you are looking for.
Things that Still Puzzle Me as a Newer CP
One thing that really puzzles me and I have asked other CP’s about is why some articles do better than others. I wrote an article about dresses to wear to a summer wedding (click HERE) and it has over 2,000 views and counting. I thought maybe I did some magical Jedi SEO technique while I was writing it or something. Others say that success is because the topic is a hot topic. I still think I did something differently in that article.
What I Want to Learn More About
Kaizen is a business term for continual improvement. I think that every CP whether they have 1,000 or 1 million page views needs to strive to write more and better articles. My kaizen process includes learning more about tools available to help me write stronger web content.
For instance, I have heard many things about Squidoo. I would like to learn more about Squidoo and make several Squidoo lenses which will help me draw attention to my articles and other AC articles I find interesting. In addition, you can earn a small amount of money when creating Squidoo lenses.
I also want to learn about Google Adwords tool and Google Trends and how I can use those tools to write better articles. I have read several AC articles on the subject, but haven’t had the time to sit down and really apply these ideas to my articles.
I’m no AC pro, and I have a long way to go before becoming one of the greats. Joining AC has been one of the best and rewarding things I have done in a long time. I enjoy sharing what’s on my mind with others around me. I enjoy reading what others have wrote. If you are a new content producer, I know everything seems intimidating. However jump in with both feet and learn as you go along. You will learn a lot about yourself while building up a useful library of web articles and having a ton of fun.
Be sure to stop by and congratulate the other Best New Sources for May 2009 Sam Zolin and Sean Easley as well!