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Is Associated Content Worth Your Time?

After a few weeks on Associated Content, Constant Content, Demand Studios, and Suite101, I would like to share my initial experience of these sites with you. This is the first article in a series of four articles that closely examines each of these sites. This article takes a look at Associated Content.

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It’s early in the game for me at Associated Content, Constant Content, Demand Studios, and Suite101, and I’ve experienced ups and downs with each of these sites. I’m going to give a run-down of my foray into writing for each of the sites, one by one. I’d love it if you’d share you experience by commenting on these series of articles for the benefit of all of us.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the first site:

Associated Content

Associated Content is appealing because it offers upfront payments and page-view residuals. I was thinking this  would be absolutely delicious because it’s like the setup here at Triond, where you earn income from page views, with the added bonus that you can get upfront payments. But not so fast there, bucko! My dreams of earning a few more dollars quickly have been dashed.

I submitted one article, Amsterdam and the Red Light District: Prostitution, Drugs and All That’s Taboo in the Netherlands’ Most Infamous City last week. In order to get an upfront payment, you have to agree to give Associated Content exclusive or non-exclusive rights to your article. If you sell exclusive rights, you cannot republish your article elsewhere, ever. If you sell non-exclusive rights, you can republish your article elsewhere after it’s first been published on Associated Content. In other words, to qualify to sell non-exclusive rights, the article you are submitting must not have been published previously–same deal as Triond.

Associated Content purportedly pays up to $20 in upfront payments, the higher payments going for exclusive rights. I offered to sell exclusive rights to my Amsterdam article and was offered an upfront payment of $2.30. Not much for all the effort I put into the article, but I thought perhaps I’d make enough on the article with page-view residuals, so I went ahead and accepted the offer. I wonder if I would have been offered an upfront payment at all if I would have offered non-exclusive rights.

Articles aren’t published right away on Associated Content like they are here on Triond. It can take up to several weeks for content to be reviewed and to go live on the site. It takes the longest for articles for which you’d like an upfront payment to be reviewed.

Associated Content pays $1.50 per 1,000 page views. My Amsterdam article currently has 4 views after one day. That’s pretty pathetic, even though I did promote it on various sites. I’m not sure why my success is so dismal so far on Associated Content. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t built a network of friends like I have here on Triond.

Your pay per 1,000 views goes up slightly on Associated Content after you reach a certain “clout” level. Clout level is dependent on your total number of page views for all of your articles. Once you reach 50,001 page views, your pay increases 5 cents per 1,000 views. The cap is $2.00 per 1,000 views once you reach 1,000,000 views.

One thing that really irks me about Associated Content is that once an article that has been submitted for upfront payment is published, it seems quite difficult or impossible to fix typos, add links, or make any other changes to it. From what I’ve read on the Associated Content forums, you have to email Associated Content and try to persuade them to make the changes you are requesting, and often times they won’t. So, I guess the lack of the apostrophe in Netherlands in the subtitle of my article will have to remain. I’m learning to love typos!

Another limitation of Associated Content is you can’t place your photos next to the text that you would like them to illustrate. I enjoy writing articles and I’ve had a lot of success with articles that use images as the primary focus. (I think these types of articles are perfect for the Internet, too, because it’s such a visual medium.) So, for instance, it wouldn’t be possible for me to write an article like Hollywood Copy Cats: 14 Insanely Funny Celebrity Look-Alike Kitties on Associated Content.

Summing Up

I’m giving Associated Content a thumbs down. One of the biggest issues for me is that writers can’t easily tweak articles once they’ve been published. Typos and other issues inevitably rear their ugly heads–sometimes it sort of seems like a game whack a mole with problems–but I guess you must learn to live with your original article if you want to write for Associated Content. From what I see, you also aren’t able to go back and add links to already published content to promote new content. Secondly, the upfront payments don’t seem substantial enough to sell exclusive rights to your work on Associated Content. Thirdly, I don’t enjoy waiting around for days or weeks for my articles to be published. Triond has spoiled us in that regard. Lastly, I hate that photos can’t be the primary focus of articles published on Associated Content.

What has your experience been like on Associated Content?

You might also like the other articles in this series:

Is Constant Content Worth Your Time?

Is Demand Studios Worth Your Time?

Is Suite101 Worth Your Time?

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27 Responses to “Is Associated Content Worth Your Time?”
  • ashan1614
    October 21st, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I haven’t given Associated Content a shot. I’m thinking that, after reading this, I won’t.

  • N. Lloyd Andrews
    October 21st, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Interesting analysis WES. I got something of an eye-opener about content aggregators through the blog of a freelance writer. He directed my attention to this <a href="
    “>Blog Post by Tim Beyers.

    I wonder if any of it is worth the time.

  • DeborahLawwill
    October 21st, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I submitted an article at associated content. It took them a week to review it and I was only paid 2.24. After that I decided it really wasn’t worth it, unless DS had no good article titles that day and even still. That’s a really sad pay rate. The article was not at all badly written and it was about SEO.

  • frootbat31
    October 21st, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I joined Associated Content some time ago and found them to be better than Triond, only because of the upfront payments. Its more than what I can expect from networking and being obnoxious about my writing on Triond.
    I also find the success for online writers falls under the concept of keywords. Remember the audience here is the people being able to find your article via the search engines, and that means keywords.
    I think any serious writer needs to take the risk of rejection and get out there to submit to real publications such as magazines, newspapers, and publishing companies. That’s where the real money is.

  • Butterfly Musings
    October 21st, 2009 at 11:16 am

    On some of my articles Associated Content placed the links in ads. I also got discovered in several magazines. I am still making residual earnings off these helps. But as you said, I can not post these articles elsewhere if they were upfront payments. However, I just submit there and here at Triond so it doesn’t matter.

  • Vikram Chhabra
    October 21st, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Once again valuable information. Thanks!

  • Frosty Johnson
    October 21st, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the info, wont bother with them then

  • lillyrose
    October 22nd, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Its all very confusing, frustrating and disappointing! I haven’t heard of Associated content before, I may still be tempted top give them a look.

  • Melody SJAL
    October 24th, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I have an AC account too, and have a lot of friends there already. Since I’m not qualified for upfront payments, my earnings there are quite more or less similar to those of my Triond articles. And my articles get published as soon as i submit them, much faster than here on Triond usually.

    I have to disagree about the editing part too. You can easily fix your articles by clicking on the e in your content list, and the changes are instantly applied, without having to provide for a reason of the fix.

  • WriteEditSeek
    October 24th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Hi, Melody. Thanks for your input. It seems you can edit the articles you submit for page view payments but not the articles you submit for upfront payments. I have no “e” next to those.

  • Valerie Curtiss
    October 26th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I submitted an article to AC, last week, haven’t heard back yet, can you turn their offer down and submit to another like Triond?

    Loved your article, very informative and prepared me for what may come up if they get back to me.

  • WriteEditSeek
    October 26th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Hi, Valerie — Thanks for your comment. Yes, you can reject AC’s offer and submit your article to another site. I’m curious to see how you like AC. Let me know.

  • Karen Gross
    November 12th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I have submitted 3 articles on AC, and have earned an estimated 2 cents. They have 3 levels of copyright articles, but the first 2 are only available for citizens of the United States. Since I live in Canada, I can only submit articles for the lowest paying option. I can’t get upfront paying articles.

    I have tried Bukisa, and I like that I can submit my old Triond articles and give them a second chance. I have earned about 7 cents there.

    I have not earned much on Triond, but I think that the community is worth writing there. I’ve been at Triond for almost 2 years, but I am still only earning 2 or 3 bucks a month.

  • MartineP
    December 14th, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Well, problem is that as a foreigner (not living in the US), I can not get upfront payment. I can only get paid by view and So far it has indeed no more options to correct after publishing, something I as a non native English speaker do value, since my English skills are not that great and if I would only write in my native language, I will not even get any views.

  • Markk
    December 21st, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Based on what you have written about Associated Content, it appears to be a miserly place to submit one’s article. Just imagine giving them full rights and getting an upfront payment of only $2.30. And you can’t republish the article elsewhere.

    You did mention AC purportedly pays up to $20 in upfront payments for exclusive rights, so I’m wondering what kind of article would make them diss out that much.

    It seems most of these pay-per-article sites are not that tempting with their low payment. Maybe that depends on the quality of articles submitted. I write tech articles between 700 and 1,000 words for a web news portal in Malaysia and they pay RM150 per article which is about US$50.

  • Jennifer E. Brown
    January 5th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I think I’ll stick with publishing on Triond. Associated Content really doesn’t seem worth your time..

  • Andrea
    January 15th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I have been writing on AC since 2005 and I get $9-10 per article and the highest pv rate. I hate that new writers don’t seem to get a fair shake until they fight their way up, but they pay me well enough.

    I cam here to see if I should try Constant Content again. I read your article and am still undecided… they just paid me for use of an article I put there years ago and I wanted to see if things had changed… They were a pain.

    I have never tried Triond.

  • Dominique W.
    February 11th, 2010 at 6:06 am

    I have been writing for Associated Content for almost two weeks and have earned around $23. You have to put a lot of articles up though because one or two will not do. The problem that I am having with AC right now is that my page views are going down. I am trying to promote more though but right now I am not seeing a big huge difference when I promote. I guess I just need to do more articles and see where that leads me. But anyway, good article!

    If you want to check out a few of my articles on AC, click the link:

  • Nikki
    February 17th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Hi, I started writing for AC about a year ago and was very excited initially because all of the “old dogs”_ veteraned members reported getting decent pay per article. I quickly learned that you had to be in at the jump start (ie get in years ago) to get that kind of pay. In reality, I have been paid at most $3 for an article.

    The have other annoyances too; such as their “review” method. It is obvious that their standards for review are really based on the individuals OPINION who happens to read your article. They will reject you for a stupid reason (if you get a bad reviewer) but you can submit the same article and have it accepted. For example, I submitted an article that in the “reviewer’s” opinion was “commercial” Yet, I was not advertising anything. It was about a useful service which I think is not well known and at the end of the article, I mentioned one local (where I live) reputable company which offers the service. If you read their submission guidelines, it says:

    “While we encourage you to promote yourself and your business or services, please no excessive self-promotion or brand promotion. We don’t want to publish infomercials. Also, do not include an “about the author” or other promotional plugs that are unrelated to the content.”

    So, you see that even if I was promoting something (and I wasn’t), then it is still within their submission guidelines. However, if their REVIEWERS are looking for a good reason to reject your article, then they will find one.

    AC provides only one benefit as I can see_ if you know SEO and choose your keyword/topic carefully… AND write carefully, then you can accrue long-term residuals from one-time work(s). Forget about upfront payment, and if you just focus on picking the perfect keywords to target then you can build a good residual income from AC. Google seems to love AC above most of their competitors, so that’s why you can get free promotion to your articles if you write for them with SEO in mind. Non-exclusive and no upfront pay is best for building long-term residuals with AC. One more thing…

    Long term, you’d make more money writing SEO conscious articles for your own site, but AC is a good start point because their articles are indexed in a very short amount of time. So you start to see results/traffic immediately. Probably true with Triond too.

  • Anuradha Ramkumar
    April 6th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    That was a detailed review. Let me try AC and let you know.

  • Genesis
    April 6th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I used to write for AC, back when they actually DID pay up to $20 for an article. It wasn’t bad at all because while most payments were $6-10 per article, you could whip them out super fast and toss them up. I used to do 5-10 articles in an afternoon and submit them. Back then, you got just about everything accepted, too. These days, the site is just junk. Too many authors, too much crap and no real pay. :P

  • -AC member
    April 8th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Folks, I was not on the vets bandwagon. Ive been in it for 2 years now with over 2.8 million pageviews. You have to have proper keywords, and if the article is good, promoting it is not necessary. You have to check google, are there 5 million articles on the same topic? If so, you won’t get a nice spot on google. You want original pieces, weird off of the path topics. When I began my first few articles got $3.00… they have risen and fallen in my 2 years though. But as of late, Im at a steady $5.00 per article, and then the PV royalties… I make around $400 extra just in royalties per month, thats not even including my upfronts.

    Then if they see that you are well established in a certain topic, they will offer to invite you into their featured contributers programs, where you will get 3 articles per month in that topic, ranging from $10-$20 per piece.

    If you are featured in 3 topics, that is an extra $90 for just 9 articles.

    You cannot flop 5 articles out there and expect to go global.

    SEO is VERY important on any content site. You don’t know what SEO is then learn it. Google it, and grasp it till you understand it fully. Then, and only then will you see a rise in payments, and page views.

  • Cassandra James
    June 23rd, 2010 at 3:02 am

    I make over $1,500 a month on AC so, yes, definitely worth my time.

    If you know how to write for the internet you can make a lot of money. Most writers who complain about AC, don’t have a clue how to use SEO for internet style writing and, without it, you won’t be successful anywhere.

    Oh and they pay as high as $25 an article for Partner calls, which are assigned to you once they realize you CAN write and you ARE bringing in page views.

    One article on AC isn’t going to tell you anything so, no, your
    ‘experiment’ is not accurate :)

  • Jan
    September 18th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    I’ve written for Associated Content for almost two years and it has its pros and cons. I agree that making a typo correction isn’t easy if you haven’t publish as display only, but they will make your corrections via an email. I’ve never had a correction request declined. The upfronts aren’t anything to get too excited over unless you are accepted as a feature writer, whereby you’ll get $10 upfront. And they do offer featured writers other higher paying upfront article opportunities at times.

    AC has a great writer network and I’ve developed friendships there…in fact that is the best part!

    AC used to garner impressive page views because articles would earn high ranking google positions, but lately that has changed for the worse. I’m thinking it had something to do with the Yahoo merger.

    It’s hard to make much more than a few hundred dollars at AC these days unless you can pump out a hundred articles a month.

  • Dahloan
    October 30th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I love Associated Content. I have been there three years. I have worked my way up to about $100 a month in page view money. I have 500 articles there. I average $5 an article. They are fun and quick to write, so you can write 4 an hour. $20 an hour is what I was making as a teacher, so that isn’t bad money. I write for Demand Studios, Seed.Com, TextBroker, and Constant Content. They all tell you what to write. Associated Content is the only upfront writing site I know of that lets you pick your topics. I haven’t had much luck with Seed, or Constahnt, but am doing ok with Demand and Text Broker.

  • thalia
    December 8th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    And here I am with my new blog..

    I think you haven’t seen it yet.

    Well, I hope you enjoy it.

  • Sharon Olvera
    January 5th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I guess I have an old Associated Content account. I last was able to write for them in 2009. I recently tried to get into my old account and could not. Still haven\’t been able to. I noticed that Yahoo! seems to have taken over. I don\’t know if that makes a difference or not. I have a new account with them, but I haven\’t tried to write anything cause of being obsessed with the fact I can\’t reach my old account. I wrote quite a few articles for them back then.

    I don\’t remember which articles I wrote for them that were Upfront Payment\” which were most, but recently I found and printed one of my articles for them, re-worded it and submitted it to a club I am in. It was related to the subject matter. No payment so I didn\’t feel I was doing any wrong to anyone…especially since they won\’t let me touch my previous account. I am guessing much of the online writing sources are the same.

    Guess I will stick to writing for my website.

    Sharon Olvera

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