Making money freelance writing. When writing my previous article, “Making Money Freelance Writing – My Experience”, on how I made my first $1000 writing on-line content, I realized that I wanted to provide a bit more insight on my Associated Content (AC) to the reader. Specifically, what article titles have been hits with respect to my overall page views, and what I have found useful for finding article titles. I normally despise exceeding two pages for an online article in the AC publication format because it requires the reader to click more than once to continue reading. I’m a big fan of Jakob Nielson’s usability tips (UseIt.com), and know that if I personally knew the man he would probably scorn me for the length of that article (3 pages in Word before transferring to AC). I love to pass along things that work for me to help save time for anyone that can use the information. Conversely, anyone who is more experience or just has an opinion on what I can do better, comments and suggestions are always welcome!
Javanx3d’s Top Ten AC Producing Articles as of President Obama’s Inauguration
Ok, so that title is more of so I don’t forget when I wrote this article…Anyway, one of the things I wish I could see as a CP on AC is how many page views other CP’s articles have obtained to help me determine whether a topic has been worth writing or not based on history of views. You get a limited view of this when researching trends via www.google.com/trends/hottrends, but it is still not the same. So, if it helps anyone else create good content, here are my top 10 AC articles with respect to the measure of page views.
1.2008-2009 NCAA College Football Bowl Previews and Predictions
Previews and Predictions for NCAA College Football Bowl Games Occurring Between 20 – 30 December 2008
Total Page Views as of 17 Jan 2009: 16,895
2. 2008-2009 NCAA College Football Bowl Previews and Predictions Part II
Previews and Predictions for NCAA College Football Bowl Games Occurring Between 31 December 2008 and 8 January 2009
Total Page Views as of 17 Jan 2009: 9,819
3.Best Websites for Hank Basket Pics
Total Page Views as of 17 Jan 2009: 6,594
4.2009 Printable NFL Playoff Brackets
Total Page Views as of 17 Jan 2009: 6,280
5.2008-2009 NCAA College Football Bowl Schedule
Total Page Views as of 17 Jan 2009: 5,429
6. 2009 NFL Playoffs, Predictions for Wild Card Weekend
Total Page Views as of 17 Jan 2009: 5,248
7.Best of 2008 – the Top 10 Comedy Movies
Total Page Views as of 17 Jan 2009: 2,855
**Note this is was my favorite article to produce since my 9 year old, Laurie, helped write it along with the rest of the family at this past Thanksgiving.
8.2009 NFL Playoffs, Preview and Predictions for the Division Playoffs
Total Page Views as of 17 Jan 2009: 2,751
9.2009 NFL Playoff Projections Preview After Week 16
Total Page Views as of 17 Jan 2009: 2,188
10.2008 After Christmas Sales Online
Total Page Views as of 17 Jan 2009: 1,318
Useless Facts Regarding Javanx3d’s Online Freelance Writing Content
If you are an AC content producer (CP), then you are well aware of how freelance writers are paid by thousand page views based on one’s overall cloud level. For the uninformed, the AC CP pay scale varies from $1.50 to $2.00 per thousand unique article views depending on how many total views and articles one has published. Right now, I’m at clout level 8 out of 10 ($1.60 USD per thousand views) and will be a while before reaching the next level. To date, my average views per article is 733.5. For my top ten articles the average view per article is 5,814.4. Prior to the College Football bowling season, my average views per article was approximately 380. View statistics are based on 114 published articles from 27 October 2008 to January 12, 2009.
Online Freelance Writing Niches
When I first started writing for AC, I was a bit scattered on the topics I would choose. Mike Grisso then provided some great advice on choosing a niche that personally interested me to focus on for regular content production. I took his advice and began focusing on SEC Football. Within that niche, I also focused on Kentucky and Florida and other related content. I began to expand to other sports, teams and individuals while sporadically taking a break to write on other content areas. I’m still a little surprised that the short article I wrote a while back on websites to find Hank Basket pictures has performed so well, but so goes online content production!
Developing Article Topics for Freelance Writing Content Creation
There really isn’t a Holy Grail in this area for making money freelance writing, but a great place to jump-start the pysche when stuck on topics is Google Trends. Updated daily on at-least an hourly basis, GoogleTrends provides the top 100 topics being searched on the Internet as well as related articles and keywords. Many of AC’s same-day Calls for Content come from this listing, however, you can catch a number of topics on your own or in parallel from what AC puts out for calls. A few times, I have been caught by AC not publishing a call until on its way down on GoogleTrends, so that is a decision one needs to make with respect to self-publishing or going through AC. The up-side in this case is you have a higher chance of an AC partner using you content when going through a call, however, does that matter if the majority of the viewing public is done with the topic? To-date, I’d have to say I normally go with AC 60% of the time and self publish the other 40% based off of the time of day and where the topic is trending.