You have probably seen articles written on Associated Content about how you can make a living off of writing with AC, or easy ways to make $500 a month on AC, or how AC’s upfront payments can reach as high as $10 or even $20. This article is a first hand perspective on what new writers can realistically make with Associated Content. I will cut through the B.S. and give you my account on how much an average writer, like me, can expect to make with AC.
I have been writing for Associated Content for 25 days now. I am a full-time college student, who originally joined AC for part-time income, as well as to increase my exposure online. In 25 days, I have 36 articles published, and 7 more articles waiting to be published. This means that I produce, or try to produce, about 2 articles of content per day, and about 14 articles per week.
When I joined AC, I expected to make about $5 per article in upfront payments, but 25 days into writing for them, my highest upfront payment has been $4. With 36 articles published, all of them submitted under the exclusive category, my average upfront payment is about $3.15 per article. This number is lower than I had hoped for, but I was promised that as you publish more articles, your upfront payments would grow higher.
Performance payments are a completely different story. Unlike upfront payments, which have been much lower than I would have liked, performance payments have far exceeded my expectations. Just 25 days in, and only 36 articles published, I have 1375 page views, and a Clout Level of 4 of 10. With 35 articles published, you can expect to get about 100 page views per day, and this number will just keep getting larger. At this rate, when I have 1000 articles published I will receive about 3000 page views per day, which will translate into $6 per day. I truly believe that the AC team does their best to make sure that every article I publish will get to the top of the search engine results.
To summarize, if you are a new writer at Associated Content, then do not expect to make hundreds of dollars overnight. $3 to $4 upfront payments will be the norm until you have proven yourself as a writer, although I am not sure what the criteria for increasing upfront payments are. The performance payments you make in the first couple months my not seem like much, but as long as you keep producing content, your performance payments will increase drastically. Stick with AC, and I will keep updating you on how much you can realistically make with Associated Content.