After eight months of publishing on AC, I am now rounding the corner on 200 pieces of content. I originally signed up for Associated Content in June of 2007, but began working at the prison and barely had time to breathe, let alone write.
However, when I left the prison less than two years later, I decided to finally start contributing to AC. All I can say is, I’m so glad I did! I’ve met some great people on this site, and have come to think of many of you as great writing buddies. I have also improved my writing, proof-reading and self-editing, as well as opening myself up to different subjects and styles via accepting AC assignments. (Remember when they were “Calls For Content”??)
In my eight-month, nearly 200-article journey, I have had some disappointments, some successes and lots of growth. Here, I would like to share a few specific pieces from my collection thus far. I have chosen these articles for various reasons, and will explain each one individually.
Written and published on AC in late February of 2009, “Getting Results From Your Chia Herb Garden” has, to date, seen a whopping thirty page views. (This comes out to a whole nickel over 8 months!)
For such a fun product, and a fairly decent review with two clear photos, I’m frankly a bit surprised. But then, I knew nothing of SEO and promotion at the time. Chia Gardens make great Christmas gifts, so give my sad little piece some love and get a holiday gift idea all with one little click!
A thoughtful article on mental health in America, “Depression and Other Mental Disorders” is another SEO-lacking, under-promoted piece that has been published for many months now, yet has gotten only thirty page views. I wrote this piece from painful personal knowledge, and also performed research and fact-checking before taking the time to write it; to date it has earned me another shiny nickel.
Sadly, there is one piece in my body of work on AC that has yet to even bring me the nickel the previous two generated. Luckily, as with the above pieces, I did at least receive an upfront payment, so it wasn’t a total waste of time. While the previous two were topics I willingly chose, the following piece was one of my first assignments for AC. To date, we are talking a total of eight, count ’em – eight, views for this piece on National Poetry Month.
In contrast to the sad results of some of my early Associated Content efforts, more recent articles on far “fluffier” subjects, such as Kanye West dissing Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMA Awards, have had far more impressive results.
To date, my “Kanye West Disrespects Taylor Swift” piece has been viewed 5,481 times; over 3,000 of those were in the first night the article was up.
Another assignment I did for AC several months back paid well and the topic tickled me, so I didn’t care about getting a lot of page views. Nor did I truly expect to, which is good because it really hasn’t! However, apparently more popular a topic in America (or at least, on AC) than depression, poetry and Chia pets, my article, “Do I Need to Insure My Horse” has seen 96 page views.
One of my personal favorites is one of the only “humor” pieces I’ve done on AC. I put the term humor in quotations because I don’t even like to classify it as that; I know it isn’t that funny. But a few of my own lines in this piece still make me chuckle, and I’m a pretty harsh self-critic. Still, despite being mildly amusing and (I think) socially relevant, my piece, “How Not To Drive a Car” has only gotten 43 page views since being published early in my AC days.
In the interest of being fair to myself (and my almost 80,000 page views so far, roughly 55,000 of that in the last month alone!), I will also highlight two pieces that did quite well for me, and show a better grasp of SEO technique and search-ability on my part. I’m learning as I go, and its finally paying off! To go from 25,000 page views in six months to almost 80,000 a mere month later is exciting.
It just goes to show, if you work hard, you may never touch the AC millionaires, but you can get your numbers significantly higher! And of course, when you have great readers like my friends on AC, shameless self-promotion like this is hardly even necessary. (Fun, but largely unnecessary.)
Two of my better works, according to page views alone:
Tylenol Recall – 3747 – This piece on a recent recall of Tylenol products has seen quite a few PVs in only a few weeks.
Itchy Bug Bite Remedies – 3567 – This piece on easy, homemade itchy bug bite remedies is one of my most steady performers. This piece is one of my few that haven’t seen at least one day with a “0” next to it on the Daily Report since publication.
And there you have it: another “Jennifer Waite Shameless Self-Promo” piece is put out into the universe for your enjoyment or annoy-ment, whichever you find more fitting for your personal situation. Enjoy!