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#1 of 15 Old 05-13-2007, 04:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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i've been interested in this concept ever since the links here...

i noticed that whenever an associated content article is linked with my yahoo news, it is always terribly written. like when AC articles were popping up after the virginia tech shootings--paragraphs repeated, paragraphs obviously pasted from other sources. how do these articles get so popular? i get it, when they are already on yahoo and the like, everyone clicks on them, so they get even more views and so on. but initially? i find because of my experiences i am avoiding any link which says AC on it.

how do you make sure your quality of writing is high? or does it matter?
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Yes, it does matter what the quality of your writing is. First, AC is getting a little tougher and declining things for payment that are poorly written. Unfortunately, people can still publish things without pay and those pieces don't get reviewed before they go live, so there will always be some poor quality pieces on AC.

But, if you want your piece to be "evergreen" which means it is an article that people will be interested in for months and hopefully years to come, then it is best if it is well-written. Readers will not keep coming back to a poorly written piece.

If you surf around the AC site, you will find lots of articles that are well-written.

Also, it matters because it is a reflection of the writer. I really try hard to make sure my articles are error free. Sometimes something gets by me, as it does with everyone, but the serious writers on the site produce high quality articles. If you are interested, I can pm you the link to my articles.

And, don't be afraid to try AC because of that. It is a great stepping stone for writers and can be a steady source of income. Some people say it's possible to make a living from AC, but I don't know if that is true or not. For me, it's more about having a little extra spending money and building a portfolio. It has already led to another writing job for me. I needed to submit two published articles as part of the application for another site (Suite 101). I would not have had that if it were not for AC.

I hope you decide to give AC a try! Feel free to pm me any of your article links when you do!
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thanks! :smile i'd love if you could pm me your links.

i think it makes certain sense that news articles, especially on such hot topics as virginia tech, are not necessarily well written because writers rush them out to be the first to cover the event. they want to be the first, and little else matters. i guess it works for them too, in a certain way.

i'll have to try it, when i get my act together
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oh. i just googled it more and found this: International Content Providers (non US citizens/residents) can provide content, but cannot receive payment for their work.

this really sucks. i'm canadian.
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You can submit articles to AC for payment, and if they decline them, they will publish them but without paying you. Chances are when you see those poorly-written articles, they were published without payment. There are a lot of fantastic articles on AC and great writers, like the MDC mamas here, but unfortunately there are just as many bad writers there. I'm sorry you can't submit for payment! It's a good way to get read and to get good at getting page views and stuff though. I think they are going to open the payment doors to Canada and other places eventually.

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Um, ok, wow. I've never heard of AC. I'm just checking it out now. This is just an open-ended news source, where writers submit their own articles, on whichever topic they wish? Is it difficult to get published? Who reads it? Are they clips taken seriously by noninternet sources? Do they do any editing, or is it all up to you?
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Um, ok, wow. I've never heard of AC. I'm just checking it out now. This is just an open-ended news source, where writers submit their own articles, on whichever topic they wish? Is it difficult to get published? Who reads it? Are they clips taken seriously by noninternet sources? Do they do any editing, or is it all up to you?
Editing is entirely up to you... they do occasionally change titles to make them more searchable, but the body of the article stays as you left it. It's not difficult to get published... they will publish anything you submit, except porn and other nastiness. But they don't PAY for everything. They like fresh content, things that haven't been done to death already. As far as who reads it... anybody! The site has a loyal audience, and each writer ideally should also develop his/her own readership as well.

I hear that if you're using the site on a resume, some places will accept it as experience but some places will look down on it, because they know that anybody can publish there for free. I think that if you wanted to use it as experience, it would be a good idea to keep track of which articles you submitted for payment, and then you could include a link to your best articles instead of just saying, "I write for Associated Content." If you specify that you got paid for certain good pieces, that might make a difference.
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Unfortunately because some work is published without payment that is low-quality, AC has a bit of a bad rep in certain circles, but it is a great source of information. It is fairly easy to be published there. Write well with proper grammar, at least 400 words, and write something people will want to read. You can check out the works written by other writers there to see what AC prefers to publish. Opinion pieces, low-quality work, poetry, and short stories are non-paid.

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Opinion pieces, ... are non-paid.
Just wanted to interject... I have had all but two of my opinion pieces paid for. I have no idea what the criteria are as to which they will pay for and which ones they won't, but I have been paid for 3 or 4... can't remember off-hand. They generally bring pretty decent offers too, when they receive an offer. So when I'm writing an opinion piece, I always submit it for pay, and if it's rejected, then I'll resubmit it for free.
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I always submit for pay first, too. So far I've had two declined that I appealed and got offers for and then about 5 that were turned down completely. One was an outdated news story, and the others were opinion pieces.

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Just wanted to interject... I have had all but two of my opinion pieces paid for. I have no idea what the criteria are as to which they will pay for and which ones they won't, but I have been paid for 3 or 4... can't remember off-hand. They generally bring pretty decent offers too, when they receive an offer. So when I'm writing an opinion piece, I always submit it for pay, and if it's rejected, then I'll resubmit it for free.
Queenbean - can you PM me your opinion articles? I'd love to read them - thanks!

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Queenbean - can you PM me your opinion articles? I'd love to read them - thanks!
Sent. Thanks!

I think I said this in the message, but if/when you sign up to AC, be sure to PM me the link to your content so I can check it out.
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Queenbean, I would love to read your articles, please include a link or PM me. I know having a loyal readership helps raise your rating, so I'd love to help.

I have another online friend on AC. I have wondered if it was worth my time to try out for myself... I am leaning towards trying it - I could always use the practice and discipline if nothing else, but honestly, my lifelong dream has been to make money from my writing. I need to light a fire under my butt and start putting some effort into it.
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Queenbean, I would love to read your articles, please include a link or PM me. I know having a loyal readership helps raise your rating, so I'd love to help.

I have another online friend on AC. I have wondered if it was worth my time to try out for myself... I am leaning towards trying it - I could always use the practice and discipline if nothing else, but honestly, my lifelong dream has been to make money from my writing. I need to light a fire under my butt and start putting some effort into it.
The best way to get started is... to just get started. Sign up for AC, write a couple of pieces and submit them for payment. Go into it with the mindset that now is the best time to submit and get rejected, because you're new at it, and then when you get offers you'll be pleasantly surprised. (That's what I did... I submitted some pieces that I liked, but I didn't hang my hat on getting an offer, so when they made offers on all of them I was thrilled!) Then you can get a feel for what works and what doesn't, and you can get started writing more.

I'm sending you a PM now.
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TY! I'll post as soon as I have a chance to read.
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