What do you wish you knew about Associated Content when you first started?

United States
September 16, 2009 12:20am CST
A prolific writer over on Associated Content today published an article about what he wished he had known when he first started writing for the site. What have you learned while writing on AC that you wish you had known earlier?
2 people like this
10 responses
@mommaj (22878)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Hi AnythngArt, I wish I would have known how to write when I started AC. I decided not to look back at my first years writing, because I didn't start to improve noticeably until a couple of months ago. LOL I think I would have been a lot happier with my earlier writing had I known spell and grammar checker on my word program did not work. LOL
1 person likes this
@mommaj (22878)
• United States
16 Sep 09
LOL. Why else would I be going door to door cold calling? Working on someone else's computer while you are drinking tea is the life! LOL
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Sep 09
I think we all grow and improve as writers the more we do it. I think finding readers is a bigger challenge than improving your writing. Better writing comes with more practice, but how do we get more readers, other than going door to door as you suggest? Answer that question, and we've got the solution to all our problems!
• United States
17 Sep 09
Well, Scheng, you are very close to the clout level...a few thousand page views sounds like a reachable goal. I look at my numbers and I am so far from the next level, I try not to even think about it.
@scheng1 (24688)
• Singapore
16 Sep 09
I wish I know more about seo techniques, so that my earlier articles have better potential for long term passive income. Those articles hardly attract page views outside AC. I think I have to rewrite most of the articles to attract readers from search engines. But I'm too lazy to do so. Especially when some of the earlier articles are college courseworks, and I'm too lazy to think about the amending the 2,000 to 3,000 words coursework
1 person likes this
@mommaj (22878)
• United States
16 Sep 09
HAHA Scheng, it finally came out. So you didn't know how to do this when you first started? Oh, boy! I've been learning from you so how far behind does that make me? LOL I still get decent page views from my earlier articles but nothing like some of the people with 1000s of page views per articles. I guess I need to work on that too!
1 person likes this
• United States
16 Sep 09
I guess that I have to agree with MommaJ that I have learned everything from you! I am still learning about SEO. My mind just rebels against it. I have read a lot of articles about it, but I am still not sure how to incorporate it more successfully. Maybe it's my subject matter. I tried looking up some keywords for an article on Caravaggio but didn't get many clues, except to use his first name more. Perhaps it works better when writing about less specific topics? I can't really imagine going back and rewriting anything. I'd rather do a hundred new articles than rewrite ten.
@scheng1 (24688)
• Singapore
17 Sep 09
*scratch head* who is he? What kind of artist? Maybe you can search for the kind of art that he specialise in. We are still way behind those writers making thousand of dollars in performance bonus in AC. These are the ones who are so good that they can treat writing as a full time job.
1 person likes this
@horsesrule (1959)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I wish that I had known that over time my writing would get a whole lot better because now I am terribly embarrassed by how terrible some of my earlier AC articles are. I know it sounds shallow of me but that is seriously my biggest "wish I knew" wish!
1 person likes this
@mommaj (22878)
• United States
16 Sep 09
LOL. That's not shallow at all. I feel the same way. I wish I had done a little better when I first started with the spelling and grammar checkers. LOL I learned SEO as I went, but I kind of had that in the articles without even realizing what it was. I agree though, when you first start out, you learn so much along the way, that when you look back and read your first articles they seem horrible, unless of course you are a professional writer.
1 person likes this
• United States
16 Sep 09
I think that is the perpetual state of the writer. You always want to make your writing better. Even famous authors. I read an article about a best selling author giving a reading from one of his works in New York City. As he was reading, he was making notes of how to improve his already-published work. I don't think you are a true writer if you can look at something and not think about how you could improve it. That makes writing interesting, however. It is never a static subject, where you have "learned it all."
@mommaj (22878)
• United States
17 Sep 09
AnythingArt, I believe that about everything! Nothing is ever 100% learned nor taught. That's what makes us grow as people.
1 person likes this
@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
17 Sep 09
If I knew, I'd have registered to write for them way early. I feel that the library of articles there are just awesome and I'm like the growing mushrooms, in a way. Would love to add more articles in the future, and I hope that I'll be able to squeeze in time.
1 person likes this
@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
17 Sep 09
Ooops sorry for that glitch. Ignore the first one..
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Sep 09
Now you have to be clever. There are so many articles that anyone writing for AC these days needs to be creative so that they don't duplicate material that already exists on the site. I wish I had been more active when I first joined. Back then, they paid $8-10 an article. Now you are lucky to get more than $4.
• United States
17 Sep 09
I haven't had time to write any articles for almost two years, but I wish I'd known that the ones I wrote about food would have the most readers. Now if only I could think of something else to write about food.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Sep 09
Who knew? I haven't written much about food at all. My best selling one is a product review of an electric toothbrush...go figure?
@Canellita (12051)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I think I would have liked to know what to expect with the upfront offers. I'm curious about the article the other writer posted; I'll have to check it out.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Sep 09
The author was Don Pennington, if that helps. I'll be curious to see what you think.
• United States
16 Sep 09
I read everything I could about Associated Content and about writing for them when I first joined the site, so I can't really say there's anything I wish I had known. The only thing I really wish is that I could have skipped the learning phase of understanding SEO, and tightening up my writing. But that's me, and not AC. I suppose I could also have paid more attention to a few things that help with getting reads, like using subtitles and more than one category. There's always more you can learn about writing for the web, and the faster you learn it, the faster your page views and pay will go up.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Sep 09
I must be missing something...how do you do more than one category? Or what do you mean by that? Are you talking about the tags for your articles?
@KrauseHome (36682)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Well, I think when we all joined Associated Content there are things we all wish we could have known. And since sometimes it is hard to get an article accepted for pay, there are times even yet when we all still wonder. But one of the main things I guess for me, is how they pay, and what types of articles pay the best and also how getting people to read and comment back to our articles we have wrote there help the most as well.
1 person likes this
• United States
16 Sep 09
Yes, there are still times when I question how they decide what type of articles they want and how they pay (which I suspect they feed into some kind of formula, since they are weird amounts, not rounded numbers). Then I had the experience where they paid me for a couple of book reviews, then told me they didn't pay for that and rejected my next one. Who can figure a system like that out? I just write about what I am interested and hope for the best. How about you? Do you find that they like certain subjects better than others?
@zed_k4 (17619)
• Singapore
17 Sep 09
If I knew, I'd have registered to write for them way early. I feel that the library of articles there are just awesome and I'm like the growing mushrooms, in a way. Would love to add more articles in the future, and I hope that I'll be able to squeeze in time.
1 person likes this
@oscar6 (1938)
• United States
17 Jun 11
I wish that I would have known what kind of articles that they accepted for upfront payment. I know that I submitted a lot of articles for upfront payment that didnt get accepted when I first started. Now I know what kind of articles that they accept for upfront payment. If I would have known at the beginning I wouldnt have wasted so much time.