Disappointment, but Life Goes On...

United States
February 16, 2010 7:11am CST
The last few articles, about 3 or 4 of them, that I have submitted for AC have been declined for up-front payment. They are within the guidelines and I understand they say it might not be quite popular topics thus not widely searched or visited, but it's still crushing to have a few articles in a row rejected. I just wrote two reviews, of which I have never had any rejections, so hopefully these two will be paid. Wish me luck!
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10 responses
@mommaj (22878)
• United States
16 Feb 10
Don't get discouraged. I have heard that happening with "unpopular and not very searched" topics. I'm sure you will get upfronts again soon. They rejected one of my articles for upfront saying I needed to site the source. If they would have read the article they would have known it was through personal experience and operating my own company in the industry. Sometimes, I wonder if they even read the article.
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• United States
16 Feb 10
I have to agree with your last statement. They probably don't have time to read all the articles and/or they have these prepared statements they use for rejecting articles. If they made it a little more personal to the individual, I think it would mean so much, but all that takes time and personnel.
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@mommaj (22878)
• United States
16 Feb 10
What gets me is someone had to look for sources and not see them. If they take the time to look for a source, considering I wrote the article is FIRST person, you would think it would have clued them in. It's not often that they even ask for sources on my articles, but when they do, it's on the ones that are either opinionated or in first person. Makes me laugh.
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• United States
17 Feb 10
You would think with the first person, they would have a clue. I guess it's more evidence that they aren't really reading it, just looking for what they think is missing.
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@AnythngArt (3303)
• United States
16 Feb 10
I have had this happen with Associated Content, and I suspect it has more to do with their finances than your writing. It's really hard to get upfront payments from them now. Unless I do "Call for Content" articles in which you know they will pay if they take your article, I just submit things for page views and publish somewhere else first. It can be disheartening. It's hard to get rejected so many times in a row. However, that's what publishing is like. I know I get depressed myself when this happens. You have just got to hang in there...or try other places. I would shop the article around if you think it's got real potential. If you don't care that much, just submit for page views. You will still make money. And if you post it to a site like Helium that doesn't care about first rights, you can repost it to AC and get twice the bang for your article. Good luck. We have all been there!
• United States
17 Feb 10
I do usually re-submit only for page-views after getting rejected, but most of the time I submit for up-front first. Oh well. Thanks for your kind words!
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• United States
17 Feb 10
It's silly but sometimes I get really mad at them for rejecting the article for upfront payment and then I won't put it up for awhile. Finally, I realize that I am just hurting myself by not posting it for page views. But I can be stubborn when I think they are wrong. Gosh, I can't believe I admitted that.
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@mommaj (22878)
• United States
17 Feb 10
LOL. I do the same thing. I think our egos just get in the way. LOL
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• United States
17 Feb 10
Best of luck, and don't be discouraged. They've been declining articles for up-front payment for awhile. The last time I had an AC article published was more than two years ago, but they've paid me a few bucks each year since for page views. If you submit an article and they deny up-front payment, maybe the best thing to do is let them publish it and pay you long-term.
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• United States
17 Feb 10
True, but I had been getting excited because my pay seemed to be steadily increasing for up-fronts, and now all this rejection at once! Ugh... I have three more articles in queue, we'll see how that goes. If they are rejected, of course I will just put them out there for performance only. Thanks for your kind words.
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@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
17 Feb 10
I wish you luck but remember that the road to success includes some failures as well.it depends on you to be strong and wake up and learn from these failures. Don't get disheartened after each refusal. keep trying and try to imporove your writing. You never know when your work will be published. Good luck in your quest.
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• United States
17 Feb 10
very true, thank you.
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@peavey (16991)
• United States
16 Feb 10
I hardly ever write for upfront payment any more. I find that writing for page views is just as lucrative if I promote the articles. That way I don't have to depend on AC's definition of what's popular and I can publish more... something you might think about if you continue to have problems with rejections. They're not always right. :)
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• United States
16 Feb 10
Thanks for the words of encouragement. I really appreciate it. Are we friends on AC? What's your name there?
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@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
17 Feb 10
Good luck! I get disappointed with AC when their reasons for declining don't make sense for me. For example, I wrote a detailed review of a small restaurant - and it got accepted... I wrote a detailed review of a big name restaurant that was just opened, and it got declined saying there was too much similar content. So I searched. While others had written about the restaurant, I was the only one that wrote a REVIEW of it while others had only announced it was going to open. It made me think AC editors don't even consider reading the article, they just say "this is about restaurant x, we have 10 articles on restaurant x, must decline!" I've also going the response that they didn't think it would be searched for. So I published those display only and guess what! I got a lot of hits on those ones. So I really think the editors have no clue what will get hits and what won't. It all depends on who reviews your article and how they feel that day I guess :) I've been there since 2007 and had a lot accepted and a lot rejected and yet I still cannot figure out the pattern.
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@syankee525 (6293)
• United States
16 Feb 10
dont let it get you down for real, since ive gotten into writing songs and i get that all the time, there is someone who dont like one of my songs but its ok that is one person keep trying.. it comes with what you do, just keep trying
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@Canellita (12051)
• United States
18 Feb 10
After they rejected my article on flowers for the whole house under $20 I went back to helium. They sent me an email before the super bowl offering $10 for a first person account of the climate in N.O. and what I would be doing for the game. I submitted a follow up for which they offered $3+ and I accepted a C4C for $4.50 to do a video review of a local restaurant. From now on I only do C4Cs. I am still at clout 4. If I ever make to 10 maybe I'll change my mind.
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@mommaj (22878)
• United States
23 Feb 10
LOL. They don't pay any better for upfronts at higher clout levels. You make a few cents more for page views, but that is it.
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@Canellita (12051)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I tried again but I had to let the video thing go because I had been ill and I haven't seen anything else that was offering any money since then.
@Canellita (12051)
• United States
5 Mar 10
On Helium my home decor titles earn very well in page views. The only ones that earn better are yarn and needlecraft. Education does ok but it is crafts that get the most page views. By the time I get to 300 articles I will have no trouble reaching payout just from page views.
@oscar6 (1938)
• United States
17 Jun 11
It can be disappointing when this happens. I wish you lots of luck with your review articles. I know that when I first started with associatedcontent I had a lot of articles rejected because they were too similar to the articles that they already had on thier site. I however have now found the type of articles that they like and am making a lot of money.
@carolscash (9498)
• United States
24 Feb 10
I have had the same problem the last two weeks. I have written things that I think will do well only to have them rejected. Keep writing and keep posting even if you are only getting page views, you are still making money.