How far in advance do you submit articles for the holidays?

United States
September 25, 2009 12:59pm CST
Everyone over at Associated Content has been blasting away at Halloween for months now. I am almost sick of the topic. How far in advance should I start writing about Thanksgiving and Christmas? Now? Also, do these holiday articles really pay, or is that just a myth?
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
29 Sep 09
I have submitted a bunch of articles to helium for titles about Xmas. This allowed me to get empty title bonuses and up my writing score (which is steadily dropping sfter my hiatus) and believe it or not some of those off season articles have received hits. don't ask me how. I have a formula for it though; I don't just choose random titles.
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• United States
29 Sep 09
Let me guess...the formula is top secret? Hope your writing score perks up soon!
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
29 Sep 09
Well now, if I gave away all my tricks I would have to come up with new ones now wouldn't I?
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• United States
29 Sep 09
Oh, I bet you've got plenty more tricks up your sleeve!
@mommaj (22891)
• United States
26 Sep 09
All of my articles have been submitted for upfront payments. I suggest you try it. As for when you write them, now is a good time to start for Thanksgiving. Personally, I usually do it a month in advance. I only recently started with Halloween. I saw so many Halloween articles I figured I better submit for upfront before they stopped paying for them. LOL Good luck. Don't forget seasonal articles like fall and winter.
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• United States
29 Sep 09
I like your last suggestion about fall and winter as general seasons. I think that too many people tend to jump on the holiday bandwagon, and unless you've got a really unique twist on the topic, you will be lost in a sea of Halloween costumes, for example!
@mommaj (22891)
• United States
30 Sep 09
If you want some title suggestions pull up some of my articles from last year on ac. I used a lot of fall and winter articles. Be sure to make them specific or AC will not pay you for them. I guess that's just the way they are.
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• United States
3 Oct 09
Yes, they have rejected or downgraded my articles for being too vague or not specific enough. Sometimes it's hard to find the niche for my ideas. I guess I haven't quite mastered what they want or managed to meld my writing with their expectations. Still working on that....
@jakill (835)
29 Sep 09
I don't write for AC as I'm out of the US and don't believe I'll get paid by them. But writing early for holidays is something freelancers have always needed to do. If you write for print, you need to submit about 6 months early to most markets. Things are much more immediate on the web, of course, but if you want to sell to webmasters, they still need to find content in good time.
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• United States
29 Sep 09
Of course, you make an excellent point. Maybe what I need to do is to write them when I am feeling seasonal, then hang on to them for the following year and roll them out at the appropriate time. I could probably write about Christmas any time of the year because it's my favorite holiday. The others seem harder to write "out of season."
• United States
29 Sep 09
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that individuals not in the US do write for AC, but they cannot receive upfront payment, so they only receive payment for page views. A MyLotter from Singapore writes for them, so it does work as long as you can receive PayPal and verify your account information. Still, I am sure there are much more lucrative places to write than that. Just saying....
@jakill (835)
29 Sep 09
I've tried doing it the way you suggest, but never yet remembered to submit any of it at the right time. Thanks for the tips about AC. I may go there one day, but at present I'm with Helium and Constant Content, the latter being the most lucrative of all.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
25 Sep 09
LOL--yes AC had been inundated with Halloween articles for quite awhile. To me it still seems WAY too early to write anything on Thanksgiving or Christmas. I would think for Thanksgiving related articles to start writing/posting them the last week of October and the last week of November for Christmas ones. As far as payment...I think most people just post them for payment performance--I guess it depends what KIND of holiday related article???
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• United States
29 Sep 09
I noticed that the woman who wrote an article about how she made $500+ in one month for page views about Halloween (Jennifer C) has just been putting some Halloween articles up today. Maybe the key isn't getting things up too early. Really, besides AC writers, is anyone thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas yet? I'm still dwelling in the world of autumn leaves and apple orchards. Silly of me, I know.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Sep 09
thanks for the br...are you kidding...for me it's one holiday at a time..so right now I'm only beginning to think of Halloween--but certainly NOT in July or August..LOL
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
4 Oct 09
I think the secret is get them up soon enough for the search engines to index them and be ready for the 'search' people. Personally I'm always running way behind and miss the opportunities. Also am getting sick of the Holloween stuff, way over-board if you ask me!
@horsesrule (1960)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I don't have a lot of holiday articles at AC but they the page views are higher around the holidays so it is definitely worth writing holiday articles in my opinion. I think October is the month to write for Thanksgiving and late October for Christmas. I'm sure AC will be coming out with some of their holiday article assignments and I look forward to those because I think they're fun.
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• United States
29 Sep 09
Those sound like good timelines. I recently accepted two writing assignments from Associated Content, and it just about drove me crazy getting them done on time. I am not good under pressure. I just stressed myself out. I think I can look at the assignments, but I have to put them to my own deadlines, not those of AC to maintain my sanity. Good luck with your writing.
@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
26 Sep 09
I would start now so you are ready for the holidays. Yes AC pays and they pay on what you are talking about upfront then you still get money for the page veiws. I did a write up for them about Aspen. Good Luck, Ainge
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• United States
29 Sep 09
I guess you make a valid point (particularly for a Queen Procrastinator like myself) that I might want to get a jump on the holiday articles and keep them at the ready for a relevant time.......nah.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
25 Sep 09
Go ahead and start writing for the other holidays. It can take awhile for the search engines to index them and if won't hurt anything to have them already there when those holidays roll around. Just remember to promote them when the time comes. I've had pretty good luck with Christmas articles there - not so much with Thanksgiving, but I think I only have one of those at AC.
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• United States
27 Sep 09
Hey, I am so tired of those Halloween articles, reading about Thanksgiving would make me jump for joy! Luckily I like Christmas a lot better than any other holiday. I have a feeling the Christmas articles will start hitting AC sooner than the stores can stock decorations. LOL
@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
3 Oct 09
Actually I would think now would be some of the perfect times to start thinking about Christmas and Thanksgiving articles. If I were you, I would wait until the Call for Content on these articles, but if you are like me and have folders full of articles you would Love to submit somewhere, then this is the perfect time to start writing them. I have heard that the Call for Content articles can pay better, but I have never actually tried anything there yet.
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@oscar6 (1939)
• United States
17 Jun 11
I usually make most of my page view money around christmas time and I have a lot of Christmas articles. I would say yes that they do actually pay. I usually submit holiday articles one or two months in advance. I really enjoy writing these type of articles because they are easy to write and they give you a lot of page views for them.