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MrsAprilMay 06-03-2008 02:10 AM

Hehe, my turn to start the thread.


PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING!

From Heather's Original Thread for AC:
In accordance with the UA, please adhere to the following rules: Please do not post links to your Content Producer page or your articles, in your posts or signature. Please do not spam users in private with these links unless they have asked. If someone asks you for a link, send it to them in a private message. Swap links only in private and when solicited.

You may tell us when you have a new article posted and what it is about, but again, do not link it. There is no need to say "See my CP page for it" or "PM me for a link" and so on to self-promote, because we all know that we can check your CP page or PM you. Keep self-promotion to a minimum. All we need to know is that you wrote something new and what it's about, and if people want to, they will take the initiative to find the peice and read it. Telling us the exact name of the piece is not recommended, because that's about the same as posting the link.



Welcome to the Writing At Associated Content Thread! We love to have newbies, just join in!

Everything above from Heather's First AC Thread is important, so please read and understand!

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

If you would like the link to the yahoogroup please PM ErikaLeigh




WELCOME

sunshinestarr 06-03-2008 08:15 AM

Hiya, I'm here! Still a newbie - just got my first two articles published.

MrsAprilMay 06-03-2008 05:54 PM

Who is trying for the Ultimate Call for Content today? I wonder if this is going to slow down the already slow turn around time for upfront payments.

MrsAprilMay 06-03-2008 05:55 PM

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Originally Posted by sunshinestarr View Post
Hiya, I'm here! Still a newbie - just got my first two articles published.
Welcome! Feel free to PM me a link to your CP page so I can add you as a favorite.

sunshinestarr 06-03-2008 06:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrsAprilMay View Post
Who is trying for the Ultimate Call for Content today? I wonder if this is going to slow down the already slow turn around time for upfront payments.
I wanted to but didn't get around to it... Do they do this often, with such a prize??

anjanetteopal 06-03-2008 09:19 PM

I just submitted my Ultimate Call piece. This is the first time I've seen them do something like this and I've been writing for them for a year now. I doubt I have any chance at the prize, but it was the motivation I needed to start writing again - I've dropped the ball since Aidan was born.

on edit: Did anyone else think that the ultimate call was too vague? I'm really still not sure I did what they were asking for.

barefootbabies 06-03-2008 11:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by anjanetteopal View Post
Did anyone else think that the ultimate call was too vague? I'm really still not sure I did what they were asking for.
Yes! I was totally confused, I didn't submit anything.

I'm new at this too. I had my first 5 articles published, but have run out of steam since then. Where in the world do you all get ideas for articles?

lalaland42 06-04-2008 04:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrsAprilMay View Post
Welcome! Feel free to PM me a link to your CP page so I can add you as a favorite.
Me too.

sunshinestarr 06-04-2008 05:01 PM

: Feel free to PM me, anyone.

anjanetteopal 06-04-2008 07:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by barefootbabies View Post
I'm new at this too. I had my first 5 articles published, but have run out of steam since then. Where in the world do you all get ideas for articles?
I keep a little notebook for writing ideas and catchy titles that hit me when I'm on the go or not at the computer. I don't always use the ideas, but at least I won't forget them.

I like the new system of calls for content also - there are usually one or two ideas that I can run with. There were quite a few pregnancy/parenting related ones today though I didn't snag any.

moonfirefaery 06-05-2008 11:28 AM

WOOT! I hit Clout 10 today!!! Yay!

Sorry for my abscense. I'm on vacation right now. I'm doing lots of reading and research, too, because when I get home, I'm going to start writing about modern feminism and women's rights for a while. I'm kind of burnt out on the crunchy stuff right now.

Twocoolboys 06-05-2008 03:36 PM

Heather - Congrats! You worked really hard for it.

rainbowmoon 06-06-2008 02:01 AM

: yay Heather that's awesome news! congrats! :

lalaland42 06-06-2008 02:52 AM

Congrats Heather!

chann96 06-06-2008 03:01 AM

Heather that is so awesome! Congratulations!

I didn't even think about the Ultimate Call for Content slowing down submissions, but that makes sense. I've got an article I submitted on the second for upfront payment and I still haven't heard back from them. I didn't do the Ultimate Call for Content as I figured I had about a snowball's chance in Hades of winning and it wasn't really an interesting topic to me.

I also submitted a second article (second for the week) tonight. I grabbed one of the calls for content yesterday. First time I've done that so it gave me a different idea to write about.

I got to clout 3 this week. I think I'm going to have a goal of making clout 5 this year. I think I'll make 4 within the next month, but that jump up to 5 requires a lot more pageviews. I've also got some outside writing stuff I'm working on so I think 5 works out as a nice goal.

I have googled some of my keywords and found a couple of my articles doing well on google. One is on page 1 and another on page 2. I'm getting a fair number of pageviews from the one on page 1. So I guess I'm doing something write on my SEO ideas.

I'm having fun doing all of the projects I've been working on lately. It's nice to have a creative outlet for my brain.

sunshinestarr 06-06-2008 05:53 AM

Anyone have any tips to get their stuff viewed more??

rainbowmoon 06-06-2008 11:47 PM

you could post your link places. (other boards/email groups allow it-just check first before posting)

look for yahoo questions pertaining to your topic

squidoo lens

there is FAQ at AC under "promote" that should help you.

Quote:
Originally Posted by sunshinestarr View Post
Anyone have any tips to get their stuff viewed more??

rainbowmoon 06-06-2008 11:49 PM

btw, can you mamas send me your links, if you don't think I have it. :

sunshinestarr 06-07-2008 04:50 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by rainbowmoon View Post
you could post your link places. (other boards/email groups allow it-just check first before posting)

look for yahoo questions pertaining to your topic

squidoo lens

there is FAQ at AC under "promote" that should help you.
Thanks! Checking out Squidoo now.

ErikaLeigh 06-07-2008 06:41 PM

Onlywire.com is also a great thing to help!

I'd LOVE To see some more activity in the Yahoo Group!

HEATHER~~ CONGRATS! That Is awesome!!!

I just have an email that stays in my drafts section that I add ideas to all the time.


Anyone that is new pm me your link!

ErikaLeigh 06-09-2008 03:41 AM

For those of you who were asking about upping your page views, here is the directions to ONLY WIRE.


For anyone that is new and would be interested in a bookmarking site that some of us here use, you can check out www.onlywire.com


here is the directions to making it work, this will bring up your page views!


Directions
1. Go to Onlywire.com
2. Click "Start Using It Now"
3. Fill out account info.
4. Go through each of the bookmarking sites listed on the left column and enroll in each one. Be sure to check your email as many require you to confim via email. If some sites are down, just skip them.
5. At the top of the Onlywire page, you will see a green box with "Bookmark Tools" in the title. Click on "Need Help."
6. On-line visusal tutorial shows you how to right click and add to favorites in the links folder. Choose which "Save page" feature you like (I chose with frames- fr, though not sure of the difference).
7. Go to AC and open up the article you want to bookmark.
8. Click on favorites, go to links folder, and open up the "Save Page" tool that you just saved there.
9. A rectangular box should open up at the top of the screen. Add your info. Separate tags with a space, include a description of your article.
10. Click bookmark page.

HTH

sunshinestarr 06-09-2008 06:18 PM

Thanks Erika! I just finished doing that now. I need to write more!

chann96 06-09-2008 06:32 PM

Not being snarky here; genuinely trying to figure stuff out.

I was just reading the promotion tips forum at AC and someone suggested a site like OnlyWire. Several people on there jumped in and said it was a really bad idea because you're spamming all the bookmark sites and if you do it enough the bookmark sites will start banning AC links. What do you think?

I'm wondering though if you can alleviate this problem by actually bookmarking other stuff too.

white_queen_22 06-10-2008 11:01 PM

Just curious who won the ultimate call for content.

Anyone know which article won?

sunshinestarr 06-15-2008 05:21 AM

Anyone know how long it normally takes to get a non-call for content published? I've submitted stuff (exclusive) and it's still sitting there, over a week later.. Hmm.

lalaland42 06-15-2008 12:42 PM

It can take 2 weeks. It is hard to wait, isn't it?

sunshinestarr 06-15-2008 01:18 PM

Yes, it's annoying! I was hoping I wouldn't wait more than a week. Thanks!

deuxceleste 06-20-2008 05:08 PM

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deuxceleste 06-22-2008 06:27 PM

Okay, I've been thinking.

Is there a way to "unsubmit" an article from AC if it's not yet been published?

evies_mom 06-22-2008 07:50 PM

It's been ages since I published at AC, but you used to be able to delete my clicking on "My Content" in front of the article there used to be a letter "v" for view" possibly "e" for edit, and I *think* "x" to delete.

That may have changed though.


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