I often see writers on AC asking how they can make ‘good money’ on AC. Good money to most of them seems to be a few hundred dollars a month, but they don’t seem to know how to get there. It’s actually quite easy to make $500 a month on AC, but it does take work. It won’t happen overnight, you’ll have to write a lot of content, you will have to learn correct SEO (using the right keywords to show up higher on Google and Yahoo search), and you’ll have to write articles others aren’t writing. If you can do all this though, and are willing to put in the time, making $500 a month and more on AC, is not that difficult. I’ve been on Associated Content for just over a year, and for about 10 months of that I’ve written a lot of content every month. In the last six months, I’ve averaged between $380 and $510 a month and every month my income on AC increases. If you’re interested in making at least $500 a month, all I can tell you is how I do it, but if I can do it, I sincerely believe you can do it too.
Submit Articles Consistently – I write around 35 to 50 articles for AC every month, (this isn’t counting the Partner C4Cs that I write for them, which I’ll get to later in this article) and I usually submit every day. My average upfront payments are quite good and the page views I get from them are good, so writing just these few articles every month, garners me a few hundred dollars. As you write more articles though, you will see your page views increase. Increased page views mean more money at the end of the month and, the more articles you submit, the higher your page views. The money I make on AC on page views alone now increases by about $15 every month just from submitting more articles.
Only Submit Your Best Work – A lot of writers on Associated Content just throw up content. They don’t spell check, they don’t correct their grammar, and they don’t worry if the article makes sense or not. If they get an upfront payment at all it will only be for a couple of dollars, and they won’t get many page views because they don’t use SEO keywords. But, they’ll throw it up anyway and then go off to write more articles that make them look like they are barely literate. A few months later, they’ll be asking why they’re not getting good upfront offers and why they have low page views. A couple of months after that, they’ll drift off, never to return to AC.
If however you submit your best work, here’s what happens. Your page views improve and continue to improve every month, so your payment for page views will increase every month as you have more articles published. As your page views go up and as Associated Content realizes you are a good writer, they will offer you writing opportunities they won’t offer most writers on AC. These opportunities are often where the higher payments are.
Partner C4Cs (Calls for Content) are articles that are requested by AC’s partner websites and they pay well. Most Partner C4Cs pay $20 to $25 per article and, if you’re good, you’ll probably be offered a few every month. I’ve been writing C4Cs for a couple of Partner sites for about six months now. Each article I do pays $20, and I write at least 10-12 of them every month. They only have a 350 word requirement, and they don’t take me too long to write. But, at $20 per article, that’s at least $200 a month. I got these offers because AC liked my writing, and the Partner site also liked my writing. So they asked AC if I would agree to write a certain number of articles for them every month. I agreed and, voila, I get to write fun articles and I get paid good money for them too.
Don’t Turn Down Offers From AC – Ever since I’ve started writing for AC, I have very rarely turned down any offers. I don’t turn down the offers they give me for articles. I don’t turn down offers to write free articles targeted to me because, often, those ‘free articles’ garner me not only great page views but AC also promotes them well. Long-term, I often make more money on page views on those articles than I would if I’d written something for a $7 upfront payment. A good example of this, I was recently offered an opportunity to write free articles every day for Obama’s 100 Days in Office. These articles are specially promoted on AC on several web pages, so page views so far have been good. They are also what are called ‘evergreen articles’, which means they’re likely to continue to get page views over time. Sure, they don’t pay me to write them but, because they promote them for me, my page views are good and that, in time, equates to more money every month just for views.
Submit Some Free Articles – I don’t only write articles for upfront payment, I also sometimes submit articles that are ‘free’ to AC. However, the page views on these are usually quite good and, I truly believe, it also promotes ‘goodwill’ with AC. That also could be a reason why I get so many good targeted offers from AC. I’m willing to write what I think is interesting, but I’m also sometimes willing to do it for free because, long-term, the articles earn money just by views and they will also continue to do so.
Submit Exclusive Articles – Some writers on AC will tell you never to submit your articles ‘Exclusive’, but I always submit my articles as ‘Exclusive’ to AC. Sure, that means others won’t be able to offer me reprint rights on articles I have on AC but, I write so fast that, if they do want to buy an article I can write another one for them. Because I submit ‘Exclusive’ though, my upfront payments are slightly higher. Overall, they are probably only another $1 to $2 higher than if I didn’t submit as ‘Exclusive’ but, because I write at least 40 to 50 articles a month, that’ s an extra $75 to $100 a month just in upfront payments.
Increase Your Average Views Per Article – To calculate your average page views, just look at your overall page views and divide it by the number of articles you have published. This will give you your average views per article. I discovered that, once I got up over 500 average views per article, my upfront payments per article increased quite quickly. I soon went from an average of $4 an article to between $6.50 and $9.80 per article. Over a month, that quickly became an extra $120, just in increased upfront payments. So, write tight articles with good SEO, and you’ll also probably find that, as your average page views increase, so will your upfront offers.
Overall, it’s not difficult to make $500 a month on Associated Content and it can be done in six months to a year, sometimes sooner. Just write consistently for AC (I recommend at least 25 articles a month), write your best articles, use good SEO, submit ‘Exclusive’ articles, and try to increase your average views per article. If you do all of these things, you’ll see your monthly income from AC increasing every month.
The sky really is the limit on AC for the amount of money you make, but YOU have to put in the work. Sitting complaining that you don’t get the ‘good C4Cs’, that you don’t get the page views, that ACs Content Managers aren’t giving you good upfront payments isn’t AC’s fault. It’s yours. Do the work, submit your best work, and you’ll see it is possible to make $500 a month on AC. And in some places, that’s a mortgage payment!