Niches and Links. Do you do this on your AC articles?

@Jellen (1852)
United States
March 14, 2009 10:55pm CST
At Associated Content, do you stick to a particular niche? Do you cover a topic from every which way, every angle? Or do you like to hit all the bases and write what appeals to you on any given day? I tend to write whatever I'm feeling like at the moment. I've done several articles that were close in content, and I was able to link the second one to the first one, but not that many of mine are linked. What about you? Do you link to your own pieces in text or in supportive links?
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@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I tend to do both I guess. There are several topics that I like to cover, but then I cover those topics from different angles. I haven't written anything new in months however. I really need to start writing again, but I've really started to run out of things to write. Before I could churn out articles like nothing, and now it seems like I'm not doing anything that inspires me. I'm just trying desperately to finish school.
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Sometimes you can come across interesting topics while studying for class or during a lecture. Maybe something will inspire you and you can write an article to help cover some of the costs of your textbooks.
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@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I have written many different types of submissions, from poetry to health articles, short stories, editorials, and product & restaurant reviews. I like writing about a variety of topics rather than finding one niche area... I think I might get bored if I were to do that. Plus, I think a bigger audience may be exposed to some of your work when writing about many different things, and, hopefully, they will check out my profile page and decide to read a few other pieces of work I have published as well! (Wishful thinking!)
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
16 Mar 09
I'm thinking along the same lines. Covering lots of topics helps me see which ones do best. Then I can focus more in the future on that topic or slant. Thanks for sharing.
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@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
18 Mar 09
It's interesting because I tend to write about serious topics for Associated Content, but I find it's the human interest stuff that does the best. No one wants to read about how to prepare for retirement, but everyone likes my article on a road trip through Scotland. Strangely enough, my best selling article is a review of an electric toothbrush. Go figure! Mostly what happens with Associated Content is I will be working on an article for Helium and then decide that I put too much work into it and see if I can sell it upfront on AC instead. Lately, I have taken to re-posting articles from Helium over on AC for page views. I just learned recently I could do that...with advice from someone here on MyLot. I love to write about art history the most, but few people want to read about that. I think I do best with the area of career advice. How about you? What's your specialty? Is that what you like writing about?
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I write what I know. After that, I write what I want to know. I do a lot of tips and ideas articles. It keeps it a bit less boring to browse the net. I start with an empty sheet of paper and scan through a dozen or more sites, most of them carrying the same type of general knowledge info, so I don't need to quote them. Then I just jot. While looking, I may find an idea and I take it to another level. Sometimes I write a whole article off that idea. For example, I did one on recycling water bottles, but I flipped it into an article about camping and how to use those recycled bottles for camping. It sold. Unless I do something unique with common knowledge info, the pay is minimal--too much compitition. I've worked hard at some articles for hours--four or five--and not gotten paid any more. So I work at what is interesting to me. It doesn't feel so much like work.
@hcromer (2711)
• United States
17 Mar 09
I usually just write if I can find an assignment that sounds doable to me. The topics are always all over the place. When I do have a set that are similar, I have to wait for the others to be approved so I can't even link back to my other articles in them even if they are relevant.
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
17 Mar 09
I know what you mean. It's frustrating having to space them out and then only one can be linked--since the other one has already been published. And I have noticed that offers are down about a dollar in the past year. Have you noticed it too?
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@Lee_Rites (845)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I write about whatever I'm in the mood for. I don't stick to any particular niche. I have linked some of my articles recently but I haven't really made a practice of it. I really don't have a lot of content on the site yet.
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Make a plan to subit something every day, and you'll have 365 pieces by the end of one year. That's my goal this year--a piece every day. Good luck with the site. I'm a fan of Associated Content.
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