Associated Content is an excellent place for beginning writers to get published, and actually get paid to write. Here are the ins and outs of writing for Associated Content.
1. Inexperience as a writer doesn’t matter with Associated Content. Query letters and impressive bios are not required. If you can write well, it is easy to break into Associated Content.
2. Payment is between $3 – 20 per article. There is also a $1.50 bonus for every 1,000 page views. Overtime, the page view bonuses add up. Even when an article is declined for upfront payment, you still receive page view bonuses.
3. You can write on just about any topic you know. This can make it easy to turn your every day experiences into articles and thus bring in some money. For instance, if you go out to dinner, write a restaurant review and submit it. If you purchase a product you especially like or dislike, write a product review. If you have a hobby, write articles relating to that hobby, and so on. Since experiences from your every day life provide plenty of fodder for articles, you’ll likely never run out of ideas to write about for Associated Content.
4. You can write an unlimited number of articles. There are people who make a full time living on Associated Content by writing numerous articles each day. I prefer not to put all of my writing energy into one website or magazine, but you certainly can do that with Associated Content if you’d like. The opportunity to write an unlimited number of articles provides the opportunity to make a decent amount writing, since you can make up for the lower pay with the high volume of accepted articles. I’ve found Associated Content to be a great way to ensure that I make at least some money every day.
5. You have the option to sell either exclusive or nonexclusive rights. Associated Content may pay more for exclusive rights, but the articles I’ve sold as nonexclusive have often brought in as much as my articles written exclusively for Associated Content. Since you can sell Associated Content nonexclusive rights, it is a great place to submit articles you’ve had published elsewhere, or that you think you might want to sell somewhere else sometime in the future. In fact, an excellent strategy is to submit articles you’ve had published on Associated Content to Helium as well.
6. Associated Content has a strong sense of community. If you want to get to know other writers, Associated Content is a great place to do that while you’re making some cash. In addition to forums, you can comment on people’s articles, send and receive private messages, select certain writers as “favorites,” and so on. As is generally the case with any community, you get out of it what you put in to it. For instance, if you spend a lot of time commenting on articles, you will likely have more comments on your articles. However, your level of involvement in the Associated Content community is totally up to you.
Associated Content is a great place to get your work out there, hone your skills, and make money at the same time.