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An Offer From Associated Content

The following email came in from Associated Content:

Anne Wayman,

We have reviewed your content submission, How to Pay Off Your Debt and Live Debt Free in 3 Steps, and would like to offer you a $0.99 Upfront Payment. Of course, you will also earn Performance Payments as long as your content is viewed.

To accept or decline the offer, visit the My Content page. Your content will not be published and you cannot be paid unless you take action.

As you can imagine, I’m underwhelmed at the price. However, this is an experiment. I click on the link the email provides, log in and am taken to a welcome page that seems to have nothing to do with my content.

Having not a clue what to do next, I open Account, hoping it will be mine. Yes, it is, and there, finally is the My Content button the email referred to. I accept, tweak my profile a bit and save.

It’s absolutely unclear to me what happens next. Apparently my article will be made available on AC in some fashion and maybe I’ll get some additional money through page views.

Just to be clear, there are help pages and pages of FAQs and even a button called Do More. I’m sure if I were willing to spend and hour or two I could figure out how to maximize AC. But darn it, I wish they’d paid more attention to how writers will actually use their service. It should be much more obvious than it it.

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It’s time I took a look at both Helium and Triond and see if I can figure out what’s going on there.

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  • I still think it is bad that Indian writers are not allowed on sites on AC, when just a few years ago I found that one writer had taken my entire profile, (yes Stacey, my entire profile, not an article, not a short, my entire profile) from a site I used to work for and put it up on AC in her name.

    Meh… that was a interesting email I wrote to them. And I reckon if we found out, at least 50 percent of all writing work in this world must be done by Indians. I’d need a survey on that one, one of these days.
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  • I did join Associated Content a while back, but not being a US citiizen means I’m not eligible for upfront payments, so I can’t really comment on that. I do agree with AC having a confusing layout though. I have to click all over the place to publish an article.

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  • How disheartening. But I will go find your article there and click on it too to help you out Anne.

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    Jennifer, just read about your celebration day – congrats from here too!

  • Wow, that is a very low offer from Associated Content. I have been writing on there for almost a year now and the lowest offer that I have received wa $3. The money with Associated Content is with the Partner Calls for Content. You need to apply to get these calls. Once you are on the list for them, you will be offered assignments based on your topics that you write on. The last partner call that I did was $25.

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    Well, since they don’t tell you how they decide on the amount, it’s unknown. I picked the topic because I knew I could quickly generate three articles in that area so the comparison between services would be roughly apples to apples.

    Frankly, I wouldn’t do this for $5 if it weren’t for the experiment. I have plenty of credits… can see how any of these can be good ways to get a few credits online…

    I guess I ought to see if I can figure out what publishers do with these if anything much. But not today.

  • How disappointing! It’s definitely not the norm, but offers are generally low for writers new to AC. The only thing I could think of is that maybe your article topic was a bit broad? It could be that AC is already saturated with “How to be debt-free” articles. It might be a good idea to do a quick search on AC before submitting your next article. Good luck! 🙂

  • I’m so glad you are doing this experiment and sharing the results with us. Very interesting … thanks a ton for making the effort.

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  • Shannon

    I write for Associated Content as well. 99 cent offers aren’t the norm (at least I don’t think they are). My articles have ranged from $2-5 (not exactly spectacular, I know), and I think some of the more veteran writers make $7 + in upfront. Low offers usually mean that they already have a ton of articles on that subject.

    Anyway, your article is probably in processing mode right now (which can take anything from a minute to hours to several days). You’ll get an e-mail once they publish your article.

    I hope this helps.

  • I was just going to ask you how those experiments were going! Thanks for keeping us posted.

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