I didn't post on Associated Content for over a year until recently again this month. The main reason is because of my line of work when we get busy. But I still get notifications from AC as far as contests, promotions, and new features. Also, I still follow some of my long-time friends from Sporting News and abroad on there, too.
Here are some of the benefits to AC:
-You can get paid to write articles as well as earn money based on how often your content is viewed.
-You have the choice of how you want to distribute your content either exclusively or non-exclusively as well as submitting for performance views, too.
-You can distribute content by text(writing), video, audio, or imagery.
-You can refer friends and family in a number of ways with badges, direct links, and emails to earn money.
Here are some tips to get started:
-If someone referred you to AC, be sure to ask them about the experience. They have lots of links on there, and it could take you a while to figure the site out.
-Favorite people you know that use AC. To do this, click the person's profile then find the tab that says "Add to Favorites".
-Follow people you know on AC. To do this, click the person's profile then find the tab that says "Follow". Also, another way you can do this is to click "Connections" from your account profile, then click "Followers" to add the person's email as well as name. You'll then see the "Current Followers" list on the right side to control whether you want to keep each person active or disabled to your content. Note: It is VERY wise to ask the person if you choose to add them by email because some don't like getting contacted that way, and can remove you at anytime. Just use a little courtesy on that.
-To publish content, you can click "Publish" on the top right corner of the page to do so. You can also view previous content to edit if the article is non-exclusive under the content tab.
When publishing your content:
-Make sure you choose the right template for what you're writing about or it could mean they reject if it is an exclusive article.
-On Page 2, they ask if you've submitted the content before on the internet. If you have, make sure you select "yes". If you select "yes", then you can only be paid performance views for that article because it is display-only. If you select "no", then you have the choice as exclusive or non-exclusive. Here's the difference of the two and when you want to use them:
Exclusive: Exclusive means the article you write will be exclusive to Associated Content meaning they will own the rights to your article if you accept payment from them. You only want to select this one if you don't plan on posting this anywhere else. AC will pay you more if you select this.
Non-exclusive: Non-exclusive means you retain the rights to publish the article elsewhere. You only should select this if you want to post this anywhere else in the future, and not just on AC. You can still get paid for the article, but not as much as exclusive because AC won't own full rights to it.
Display-Only: Display-Only means that you retain full rights to the article, and how long you want it to be posted on AC. You'll earn performance views on this, but not for anything else. This is best when you've already posted the article, and you can just copy it over to display on AC.
-Do NOT plagiarize. All writers, journalists, and bloggers know how serious plagiarism is and can be. I will tell you that I know of someone that was banned from AC for plagiarism. They take it very seriously. They check your articles before accepting them by doing a search as well as checking your sources, too. AC has laws to abide by, and will protect themselves at all costs.
-If you used sources to make your article, make sure you include them at the end of your post where you're writing your article at. This way, it looks more professional as well as respectfully given the credit where its due to the source you found the information from.
Types of content that is most viewable:
Reviews: This gets more viewership than any other type of article in my opinion. You can review products, events, locations, parks, or places you've visited. Use your imagination. Currently, I'm in the process of doing a series of reviews of the places I visited in 2009 since I didn't get the chance while traveling last year. Reviews of local restaurants as well as places in your area have done well for those I know of on there, too.
Sports: I've found these articles for me have generated good viewership, though not as much as reviews.
Politics: Anything political or controversial in relations to government has done well for me on there as well.
Okay, that's a short tutorial to help those I know out on Associated Content. Feel free to comment here to ask questions about the site. So if you like what you read, then you can sign up by clicking the banner below: