Increase in declines for upfront payment??

@sk1976 (45)
United States
August 8, 2007 7:55pm CST
I have been writing for AC for about 4 months, and until very recently have not ever had an article declined for upfront payment. For the last two weeks, 2/3 of the articles I have submitted have come back with notes to delete or resub for nopay. The reason given is always that standard "... AC is building a unique library... yadda yadda" Thing is - some of the articles I have tried to submit recently have turned up less in the searches than articles they have previously paid me upfront for. Just wondering if anyone else has noticed such a dramatic difference lately.
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5 responses
• United States
9 Aug 07
I've been writing for AC for almost a year now, I think, and though I haven't written much lately, I would say that I've gotten rejections on proportionally more of my articles. I had one rejected a couple of weeks ago for being "too common of knowledge" or something like that. I'm a little nervous right now because I'm working on a series of articles that would be a new area for AC, but I'm not even sure they're going to accept them. Also, they're articles that I plan to submit non-exclusive, as I have another site where I want to put them as well... so I'm crossing my fingers that AC will pay me for them, rather than asking me to submit them for no pay...
@sk1976 (45)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Well, I took three (so far) of the articles AC asked me to resub for nopay - made minor changes to them and submitted them to Constant Content. Two of the three have been accepted so far (the other is still under review) and I already sold one! I think I will just start doing that from now on, and only resubbing for nopay the few I think might score me a bunch of PVs.
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@nuffsed (1274)
9 Aug 07
I guess I just write here for fun...though that has dropped off a great deal lately..too much dross and not enough inspirational response to my comments. Writing for money doesn't mean hoping to get three or four dollars, that buys nothing in the West!
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• United States
9 Aug 07
I used to write for AC all the time until I started getting decline notices left and right and what not. I ended up submitting some pieces for free because they kept saying these were common pieces of information that were known by all. And that similar pieces were already published. However, when I did searches, I didn't find anything similiar on the site. I used to love AC because it really was the bulk of my income online and I was making some cash, enough to help pay for things for myself and not have to rely on refund money from school and what not. Now, I don't write as much because I can't depend on AC to actually find my content worthwhile. I think they're really moving away from what they were to something completely different that I don't like.
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@morgandrake (2140)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I have heard complaints among some of the writers who write AC articles. I am too new there myself to know firsthand. But I wasn't happy about the "we are no longer going to pay for any news that is not unique" notice. I don't have the contacts necessary to create completely new material, and if I did I would be marketing it someplace else. The paranoid part of me says it is because they are trying to avoid shelling out money for things that they can get people to submit for free.
@sk1976 (45)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Your paranoia comment is funny, because I have been wondering if when they sent that first "submit for nopay" request - and I did - if that isn't why they keep sending me tons of those now. Perhaps if I would have just deleted the article, I would not be getting so many of those rejections now. Hmmmm. I wonder if the CMs get bonuses based on how many CPs they can convince to submit articles for free.
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@legbamel (179)
• United States
9 Aug 07
The less trusting among us have speculated that they instituted the PV bonus program to make people more likely to submit content for free. ;)
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• United States
10 Aug 07
What gets me about the PV system is that I did a test of it. Same article on both AC and Helium. All my links on my blogs and webpages go to the AC version of the article, and even so Helium is still paying me more for the reads it gets. I can foresee the Helium version actually paying me more in the long run. Stuff like that makes me consider AC not the best option for my writing. I look at the PV program as a justification for AC to pay less upfront. And yes, they can claim "you are free to submit for free anything we reject for upront payment, and still get paid--so do so." I ran a business for over a decade, and my paranoia stems from that very type of procedure.
• United States
23 Aug 07
It seems like all of a sudden im being turned down for articals as well. Ive written quite a few and get good page views and good upfront payments. I think it has to do more with how popular they are becoming really.
@sk1976 (45)
• United States
26 Aug 07
My last few offers have been decent again - but after all the rejections I got there for a while, I have been very hesitant to write anything much. I think I have published like 3 articles in the last 3 weeks. Too worried about wasting my time writing only to have them ask me to submit for nopay. The frequency with which they have been updating the page views is lovely though!