Is AssociatedContent a bit more worth it now?

United States
March 7, 2009 3:55pm CST
I have a question about Associated Content which I kind of forgot about after I realized they only paid residual..however! Now they seem to have a new feature since last I checked where they pay an upfront for articles $1-$20 depending on the content. Quite good, but still low as compared to normal standards. My question is, how hard is it to actually get an article to get accepted and for a higher rate of at least $7-$10? My thought process here is if I can shell out OK-quality articles and write them in like. 15-20 minutes on each. I could make like. $20-$30 an hour off of the site. Anyone who uses AssociatedContent want to help me with how hard it is for their articles to get approved and for a rate like that and how long it took them to write them? Thanks in advance!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Mar 09
Associated Content has always had the upfront payment option, but it's only valid for articles specifically written for AC...if you wrote the article elsewhere you can only get performance payment (page views). And they've always had the either "exclusive"..meaning you can't submit the article anywhere else, or non-exclusive allowing you to post it elsewhere. Hate to burst your bubble but there's really no way one gets so much per article as your stating. I've been there two years. At first they seemed to average about $8.00 or $10.00 per article..at least two years ago. Then beginning last year, it went down to half that. The rate of payment is even worse now...my last two articles got me $2.30 and $3.00...everyone is complaining about this. My one friend (who is also here at MyLot and cranks out a lot of articles now gets about $1.99 and even a low .99ยข As far as how long it takes me to write an article....I do a lot of background research for many of articles and each one can take me up to an hour to do.
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• United States
8 Mar 09
Sounds not worth it, prolly' best to stick to the higher paying markets. I think AC is getting a bit too greedy if that's what they're shelling out for articles. 'Specially if anyone actually really considers what they make every month or heck, every day. Yeah, I didn't know they always had that. I guess I missed it on first glance. Thanks for the info. It says the range is $1-$20 based on content in their FAQ's and main page I believe, so that's where I got it from lol
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
8 Mar 09
I suppose one can earn in the higher range but perhaps only for an incredibly long article...LOL
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• United States
8 Mar 09
Well outside of the internet $200-$300 per article isn't that unreasonble(And not for super long articles, either!) 'specially when you consider the profit they rake in for paying you that. I could hook you up with databases full of higher paying opprotunities if you're interested. I'm not that great of a writer yet so I kind of avoid them for now but maybe down the line i'll check'em out again but you could possibly benefit from them?
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@mommaj (22894)
• United States
7 Mar 09
If you are a professional writer you may be able to make that type of money. If you aren't which they will be able to tell by reading your work, you won't. I make about $4 an article and it is non-exclusive articles meaning I keep the rights to them. It takes about an hour an article and if you have to do a lot of research then it will take you longer. Good luck with your writing.
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• United States
8 Mar 09
I wouldn't consider myself a professional writer, but I wouldn't consider myself a horrible one either. I'll have to give it a try and see how lucky I am. I'm good at impressing people or so i've been told and I really know how to write articles to optimize their site earnings which is probably more what they're looking for then the quality of the article considering they are afterall, just a business. Well yeah, the only problem with non-exclusive is once you post them up on the internet no matter what the case noone else is really going to want them even if you still have selling rights. They want a fresh article, not one that's been used before unless they're a really niche' place.
@mommaj (22894)
• United States
8 Mar 09
There is too different ways to keep your rights and one is you have complete control over the article but you won't get the upfront payment. Those are articles you can yank and put somewhere else. As for just being a business, yes they are and they expect some type of quality if you want upfront payment. They don't just pay you becuase you hit a few keys and submit something halfway comprehensive. They look for fresh new ideas. If you sign up please let me know your screen name and I'll subscribe.
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
7 Mar 09
I have no expeience with that or any other writing site - yet. And I like the upfront pay but I have actually nothing against residuals. With residuals, you continue to make money over and over for the same article. If I had my choice, I would take residuals over a one time payment.
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• United States
7 Mar 09
Well yeah, but there are better places to collect residual then AssociatedContent. With AC, it's more quantity over quality. It's more math then anything. Odd's are much greater that someone will spot one or all of your articles if you simply have more up there. Thhuus, in the overall grand scale you'll make more. However when it comes to residuals with AC the residual you make with it is much less then you could make in a years time then submitting it to some higher paying markets for up's of $150-$200+ for some pretty good quality articles. Plus in this economy upfront pay is much more needed then building up a residual for the long-run, because who knows. If it gets any worse all that residual you were looking for on places like AC? Lost. Why? The site simply might have went out of business because as all sites like AC, it is but a business. They have a revenue share between all members but they make a hefty share themselves.