There are some misconceptions about how to get other Associated Content contributors to read your articles, favorite you and subscribe to your work. Based on what I’ve learned, I’m going to attempt to set the record straight. It’s a given that we all want people to read our articles, favorite and subscribe to our work, right? Issues arise about the most effective way to do that. I’ve been with Associated Content for three years now; I have made many mistakes and many friends. Here is my theory about interacting with other contributors on Associated Content. Alternate Title: Everything I needed to know about Associated Content, I learned in Kindergarten.
Do not waste other contributors’ time. Said differently, do not stalk, solicit or pester other contributors to read your articles. Do not try to market to other contributors. This is also called ‘pimping’ one’s own articles. It’s like trying to sell school candy bars to neighbors who have kids selling the same candy. I used to get regular requests, mostly from newbies, to ‘plz read my article and giv me your feedback. i rlly want your opinion.’ No you don’t. You want me to give you page views so you can make money. I find this more annoying than door to door salespersons or phone solicitors.
Do not ask questions before reading the material. Some requests for help are genuine and others are just cloaked nagging for page views. Either way, many people ask for help before they have read the multitude of articles written about the subject. Some might say, I don’t know where to begin. The obvious place is the search bar. It’s quite possible that your question is an FAQ and a contributor somewhere has written an article to answer your question. If you can’t find your answer in an article, try the forum or AC Blog. But don’t’ just dive in firing off questions. Look through the archives to see if your question might be answered in a previous post.
Cooperate; make friends. Just as your kindergarten teacher said, ‘if you want people to like you, you have to be nice to them.’ Take the time to write congratulatory notes to contest winners. Take a moment to welcome other new contributors. Read and comment on the work of others. Nominate others for contests. Reach out to others with a helping hand, not a grasping hand. Some contributors trade comment for comment. I don’t do this myself, but it is a fair system. Don’t come with your sales pitch in hand. In order to be favorited or subscribed to you must first favorite and subscribe to others.
Don’t expect to get most of your subscriptions and page views from fellow contributors. Most of the traffic to your articles should come from Internet searches. If you are relying on fellow contributors to boost your page views, rethink your strategy. Your fellow contributors are all busy working on their own projects. They are not responsible for inflating your page views. Clean up your articles. Make them more search friendly. Choose topics that readers are searching for. Read articles on SEO. Explore other ways to get your content on Internet search engines.
I’ve begun recently to reach out a little more in my AC community, but I do so on my terms. I don’t have time to write my own articles and keep track of hundreds of other contributors works. But although I haven’t been as social as some contributors, I never expected any fellow contributor to read my articles, favorite me or subscribe unless they chose to.
Some people come to AC for a social network or to share some pieces. Others of us write for AC content and other venues as our source of income. Either goal is great as long as we keep in mind that Golden Rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. A final thought to those many newbies and oldies who understand this concept, thank you for your friendship, content and wisdom.