My first article on AC(critcriticism/comments needed)

United States
March 1, 2007 12:00pm CST
After a few weeks of hardcore procrastination, I decided to type up something to be published on Associated Content. It look me about 45 minutes or so and I ended up making $6.50 for it. I would like peoples opinions on what I can improve on, and what type of articles may receive a higher bid. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/153289/a_guide_to_video_game_development.html
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@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
1 Mar 07
These are just my thoughts based on my experience, maybe they will help you. I think you will receive more money on more unique content. For example, if you post an article which is similar to 100 articles already on the site, you probably will make less. However if you post an article that is unique, different thoughts, or different information that is not readily available, more money should come :) Another idea is to really spend more than 45 mins. I spend a few hours on mine, tweaking them, rereading them, and making them as complete and professional looking as possible. Pretend you are writing it for a newspaper and that it has to be PERFECT. Try to have categories (bolded) to separate content and really make things pop. It may take you longer to do it this way, but I've gotten paid well when I've spent the time on it. Finally, in my experiences How-To guides are almost sure to get posted with a pretty good cash amount (at least 8$ although I got 26$ for one of them!) If you are an expert at anything, consider writing a How-To or Tips of the Trade guide :) Good luck and happy writing!
4 people like this
• United States
1 Mar 07
Good article kataztrophy! keep it up. I received $7 for my first article. I was just excited about that during that time. I also want comments and suggestions from all of you. I generally love writting article on science and technology. please read them and put your suggestion. it will helpt to improve my writting skill. http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/44280/satu.html
@ginny36 (267)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I thought your article was pretty good. I think a big factor in determining the bids you get is whether your content is in demand or unique. I think a lot of people may be interested in reading about developing video games, but it is also probably info that is readily available on the web. I've actually gotten comments from the AC staff with my lower bids indicating that the article contained info that was already plentiful online. I guess if you do write about more common topics you have to find a unique angle for your work. Best of luck!
@kareng (7980)
• United States
1 Mar 07
That's awesome! You did well for your first try there. You may want to expand on your ideas more and make your articles longer if you want to see higher offers. Any unique content will pull a higher offer instead of sending in same topics as others.
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
16 Mar 07
Good for you Kataztrophy. Some people claim that they actually make a living from AC articles. I am a long way from that, but I do enjoy getting a few accepted there now and then. I think it is nice that myLot has a whole section devoted to AC business.
@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I thought that the actual content (what you were saying about developing a game) was very good and interesting, especially to someone like me who doesn't know much about the field. What I did find distracting in your article was your grammar and punctuation. Sorry. I think if you cleaned it up (maybe have a friend look it over if you can't see your own mistakes) before publishing, and it would be great. Presentation is important in that it helps you communicate your ideas better. When there is a mistake, people get distracted from what you are saying. Good luck writing! You have the basic material to be a very good writer.