I’m still fairly new to Associated Content, but I’ve really gotten into the swing of working here. I’m sharing my tips to help other new writers hit the ground running and start making good income.
When you first start at Associated Content, it can seem a little daunting at first, but it’s really not hard to get yourself going and start bringing in money right away. I made about $48 in May, and a total of just over $118 in my first 30 days, so it’s not too bad for just starting out!
One thing you want to do is get your profile completed, then start putting up content right away. If you have anything you’ve written for your blog or another site that you own copyright to, and it’s good enough quality for AC, you can put it up as Display Only. This will get some work up under your profile, and allow you to start making money from views. The next step is to start writing new content.
Make sure you read all the rules and information on what AC will and will not give up-front payment for. Start writing articles that you can apply for up-front payment on. Submit everything for upfront payment, if it gets rejected, you can always re-publish them as View Only. You’ll get paid for views on every article, but you’ll likely make most of your money in the beginning from up-front payments. Of the $118 I made in the first 30 days, $111 of that was from up-front payments.
It’s a good idea to set a schedule for yourself on writing new content. I suggest trying to write an article or two a day at minimum. If you can do more, great, if not, try to keep to that minimum. I write a minimum 14 articles a week, but sometimes as many as 20 or 30 in a week. The more you write the faster you’ll bring in profits. However, don’t sacrifice quality for quantity. You’re more likely to get a good up-front payment if your articles are well-written.
If you get in a bind, go to the AC forums before you send an email to the staff. The people on the Associated Content forums are amazingly helpful. If you search the messages you can find answers to most new writer questions. If you can’t find the answer, ask in the proper part of the forums, and other writers will help you out. I’ve been thrilled by how helpful and friendly the members and staff at AC have been. Of course, if you read all the documentation and guides on the site for new writers, you probably won’t have too many questions.
Once you have some good articles up, start promoting them. Use Twitter, FaceBook and other social networking sites to let people know about your articles. Make use of your article RSS feed to pull your articles into your blogs. The more you promote, the more money you’ll make from page views. Oh, it’s also good to write articles that span more than one page when posted on AC, because you’ll get a view for each page of the article and make more money.
From my experience so far, working for Associated Content is really good. I’m making money doing something I love, and you can’t beat that. It seems that the only limit to the amount of money I can make is the amount of writing I can do. I hope you’ll enjoy working here, and I hope this article has helped you along a bit.