Having now written 71 articles for Associated Content and garnering a clout rating of 5 since May 2007, I have gained some perspective about the amazing benefits of being an AC Content Producer. While many of my fellow Content Producers likely have already discovered the numerous positives that being an AC Content Producer provides, I think it is important for those who have just discovered this website for the first time to read my top 5 reasons that one should write for Associated Content.
Reason #5: Make Money
You read it here: Associated Content actually does pay you to write articles! And they don’t just pay you pennies–they pay you dollars for articles you submit for payment consideration. While some other websites can honestly claim they will pay you money for your articles, you often have to reach astronomical page hit numbers or wait until you amass large amounts of money before you receive your first payment. This is not at all the case with Associated Content. AC will make an upfront offer for whatever articles you submit for payment consideration assuming you can meet some simple guidelines. If you accept the offer, AC will quickly pay you for your article via PayPal. Then you have the chance to make even more money through the Performance Bonus as increasing numbers of people read your articles.
Even if you submit your article for “no payment” (which typically allows you to publish your article immediately), you virtually are never writing for free on AC. As long as you can get at least a few page views, you will make–at the very least–one cent (a profit indeed, but you can easily make a whole lot more than that) from your Performance Bonus. Bear in mind that you do have to earn $15.00 of Performance Bonus money to get paid, but at $1.50 for every 1,000 page views, proliferate Content Producers, or those who have a large circle of friends, can rather easily get to the 10,000 page-view mark. Promote your content through a blog, if you have one. Use an internet bookmarking site to gain even more exposure for your work. However, for those who have their mind on the page view minimum, remember that AC has no minimum threshold for sending you payment via PayPal when they offer you an upfront payment for an article. If you earn $3.00 for your article, you will soon be receiving those funds in your PayPal account. If you are offered $20.00 for an article, the same applies. As you will find, AC virtually always pays within a couple days of your agreeing to an offer.
So, what is AC’s gimmick you might then ask? Well, if you write for AC, you might find yourself asking where is the gimmick, because you won’t be able to find any. I have written for Associated Content long enough now to have gotten to know how AC works, and there are absolutely no tricks, schemes, or hidden caveats at AC. And AC is always good for their word. When you accept an offer for payment, they DO pay very quickly. Oh yes, for those people who are still unsure about as to if AC pays–I received an actual, tangible, hard copy PayPal check in the mail (all from my Associated Content earnings) to prove it. So, if you have surfed the internet looking for a legitimate place to make some real money online, you have found the right website.
Reason #4: Gain Exposure
Associated content offers people more than just money–they offer people exposure and name recognition. Because AC articles are searchable through major search engines and AC places many articles that have high traffic flow (one of my election 2008 articles were prominently located on Google News), it is not hard for your name and writing to be seen by thousands–and potentially millions–of people. As you write more and more articles, others can get to see what you have to offer to the world of internet content. You can quickly gain a loyal following on AC, as AC members can subscribe to read every article you publish. Anybody who reads your articles can rate them and leave comments, and as your readership increases, so will your AC clout index.
Reason #3: Create a Writing Portfolio
As a freelance writer, I have discovered another important reason to be an AC Content Producer–to build an easily viewable online writing portfolio. In all my recent queries and cover letters, I have directed editors to visit my AC Content Producer page (my Content Producer page includes an article index to which all my content pieces are linked) so they can read all my Associated Content articles. Not only does this allow editors to see my work, it can also give them a sense as to how popular my writing can be if my articles have high rankings and contain positive, glowing feedback from other AC members.
Reason #2: Practice Your Writing
Writing for Associated Content has helped my to refine and hone my writing skills. In the sight of just three short months, I realize that my writing has changed a bit. I used to typically write in long, lumbering, often-pedantic sentences. While this may be good for displaying a grasp of the English language, it does not often bode well for those who simply want to read an informative, enjoyable, or entertaining article. There are places on the internet for that, and I have indeed posted many of scholastic-level college papers on AC (and some of these essays I have posted have respectable page view numbers), but internet content need not always be linguistically complex to be good or appealing to mass audiences.
I have personally discovered what is most important in writing for the internet audience (and perhaps for most any audience) is to convey my ideas in ways the reader can quickly understand and easily visualize. If I have a complex point to make, it is important I break it down to easily digestable segments that the typical reader can comprehend. Furthermore, I am discovering that my best and favorite articles on Associated Content are those which show the reader, not tell the reader, what is on my mind. However, no matter what refinements I have been making to my writing over the past few months, I can say that Associated Content is giving me a venue–a forum–for not only improving my writing, but showing others what I can do with a pen and paper–or keyboard and computer.
So What is the Top Reason to Write for Associated Content?
Okay, I already covered the all-important point about money, the exciting prospect of gaining exposure, the career-improving aspect of writing practice, and the career-promoting portfolio. So what is my top reason for being an AC Content Producer?
Writing for Associated Content is fun! Yes, believe it or not, you can make money, help advance your freelance writing career, AND have fun. Define this “fun” for me, you probably are asking, right? Okay–to me it is fun to be able to have something to say and actually see my words on the internet. It is fun to know I can leave my fingerprint on the ever-growing World Wide Web (or “information superhighway” for those who recall the term). It is fun to know that people can read my words and, sometimes, even enjoy reading what I have to say. It is fun to make a statement and see what others have to say about it. And it is fun to be a part of a growing community where my writing and time are valued. In simple terms, writing for AC is a pure, wholesome–and intellectual–high.