If you are sitting at your computer trying to get an idea for an article… stop over thinking it! The wonderful thing about writing for Associated Content is you can write ANYTHING! It may not be eligible for upfront payment but who cares! I find that many of my articles that I put up for “display only” earn more in the long run than the articles that qualify for upfront payment. Sure, upfront payment is nice. But long term earnings can often be better.
Just try writing an article for fun. Don’t worry about keywords. Don’t worry about doing research. Just write from the heart. Or publish a few of your favorite recipes. Try your hand at creative writing or poetry. You can even aspire to become the next Perez Hilton by writing about your favorite reality shows or celebrity gossip. You would be amazed at which articles bring in a lot of views!
When I started straying from the norm and started experimented with writing articles other than the typical “how to” type article, I found that certain topics generate views, but you have to be quick! When Kayne West acted like an idiot at the VMA Awards I ran to the computer and wrote my brilliant article titled Kayne West is a Complete Idiot! Takes Away Taylor Swifts Shining Moment at the VMA Awards! I quickly got hundreds of views! The same held true for my other celebrity attempts. Celebrities Who Died the Summer of 2009: Michael Jackson, Farrah, Ed McMahon, Even Gidget the Taco Bell Chihuahua! has been a good earner for me along with Mackenzie Phillips Tells Oprah She Had Sex with Her Father for 10 Years! They were fairly easy articles to write because doing research was easy! And they are opinion pieces so I was able to add my take on the subjects and not worry about being right or wrong. I could be me! The only thing is that when you write about “breaking celebrity news” you have to be really, really quick. You can’t submit for upfront payment because by the time the article is published the topic is old. I wrote about Mackenzie Phillips the minute I heard the mention on TV and within one hour there were 200 million articles on the topic.
If gossip and tabloid headlines are not your thing you can still get lots of views by writing about holidays or ways to save money or just about anything. But holidays tend to do well. My simple article How to Decorate Your Porch for Halloween earned got nearly 500 views in just a couple days. And chances are it will be a good earner for me every year when Halloween rolls around again.
So just take a chance and start writing! Don’t worry about if it will earn or not. The time you waste on thinking about the “perfect” subject you could have knocked off two or three articles that may surprise you!
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