Your friend is bragging about making a buck or two on Associated Content and says anyone can do it, so you decide to give it a try. Before taking pen in hand (or finger to keyboard), you’ll need a battle plan.
Before Writing for Associated Content – Have a Plan
Before even writing your first article, strategize on how to establish a following – people that will read every article you write. If you publish 25 articles your first month but wait until article number 26 is published to start networking, you’ll have lost valuable page views on the first 25 articles. Associated Content pays upfront for articles based on an algorithm, and one figure that may affect that is your average page views. Accumulate a decent amount of PVs per article right out of the gate and you can expect higher upfront payment offers. Learn how to increase your PV now rather than later and make every article work for you from the start.
Before Writing for Associated Content – Set Email Notifications
Sign up your friends and family so they’ll get an email notification each time you publish an article. Pull up the contact list from your email program so you don’t forget Aunt Sally. From your account tab, click on Connections, then Followers, then simply fill in the name and email address. When an article is published, Associated Content will send an email so all they have to do is click once to be able to read your article – very little effort involved. Tell them that you’re writing for AC and what to expect, but don’t wait for them to sign up – do it for them or it likely won’t get done. Associated Content won’t spam them, and they can always opt out with another simple click.
Before Writing for Associated Content – Topics to Write About
We all started in the same place you are, wondering what topics to write about that people will actually read. Trust me, there is no shortage of people that will want to read just about anything you can dream up, so start making a list. Keep a tab open in your word processing program and jot down ideas as you think of them. Keep a small notepad in your purse or shirt pocket for when that idea hits while you’re at lunch or playing soccer mom. Don’t wait to expand on it at that point, just put the basic topic to paper so you won’t forget. Start off by reading:
Where Do You Get Your Associated Content Ideas?
Web Topic Contents Are Everywhere
How to Come Up With Writing Topics for Associated Content
to get your mind working in the right direction.
Before Writing for Associated Content – Keywords, SEO and LSI – Oh My!
Even if you’re an established print writer, you’ll need to forget some basic rules and learn how to write all over again so that your article on AC can be found. A wonderfully written article won’t get you a dime if it isn’t written for the web and searchable on the internet. A quick education on SEO (Search Engine Optimization and LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing) can mean more page views, resulting in more money in your pocket.
O is for Optimize Headlines: A to Z Guide for Increasing Page Views
How to Utilize Keywords and Keyword Density
Accidental Keyword Optimization and Latent Semantic Indexing
are three articles that can give you a jump start on your education into the land of SEO, LSI and keyword density.
Before Writing for Associated Content – Network
Associated Content has a number of successful contributors who love to share what has worked for them. Take advantage of that! The forums are full of people that are willing to help you get started, critique your work, explain something you may not understand about the site. Rub elbows with those in the know and learn from their accomplishments – and their mistakes. Your first stops should be Welcome to AC and The Writer’s Workshop; make sure to read the first topic on each of those forums.
When browsing the AC forums, you’ll begin to see who knows what they’re talking about. Click on a few names and head to their profile and skim their list of articles. Pick a few to read and comment on, letting them know how they’ve helped you. Make a connection with them. If their writing interests you, click on the Follow button from their profile and then the word Subscribe and you’ll be notified each time another of their articles is published. (When you start publishing articles, a number of them will likely reciprocate). Look at their page view count and try to see what it is about their articles that are bringing the big PVs. Pay attention to their writing style, use of keywords, choice of topics. They didn’t get where they are without considerable effort, and learning from them will save you a lot of trial and error as you get started writing for AC.
Publishing on Associated Content – Put Your Plan Into Action
To wrap it up:
Set up email notifications – check.
Compile a list of topics -check.
Learn a bit about SEO, LSI and keyword density – check.
Make yourself known in the forums and see how the pros do it – check.
Now sit down and write for Associated Content.
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