I have a million ideas for articles in my head, but the truth is, figuring out what Associated Content is looking for, and what will bring in page views isn’t always the easiest task. That’s why the Calls for Content system has been a lifesaver for me, a freelance web writer. From start to finish, Associated Content’s Calls for Content system is just what writers are looking for.
1. Check your account messages for calls directed to you. If you are an Associated Content content producer, you are eligible to receive Calls for Content. Not every call made is available to everyone, however. In order to see which calls are available to you, click on your account tab, and you’ll see a Calls for Content box at the top left of your screen. Available calls will be listed in this box, and once you’ve claimed calls, will appear as “Claimed.”
2. Read descriptions and pertinent details of calls available to you. Click on the topic in order to read the Call Detail, which will give you all of the necessary information in order to complete the call. Pay particular attention to the word count required, the due date and time (if provided) and whether or not personal experience is necessary. Overlooking these things can be cause for articles to be declined. If the topic appeals to you, and you can fulfill all of the call requirements, click “Claim” in the bottom right corner of the Call Detail window.
3. Research, and write well. Once you’ve claimed a call, do not leave the research and writing for the last minute, as the unexpected can occur. Don’t leave things to chance–start writing early. Keep a copy of the Call Detail open to refer to. Be sure to cite any sources that you use within the body of your text. Proofread your work more than once before you consider yourself ready to submit it. Articles that are the result of Calls for Content are often featured on Associated Content, so make sure each piece you submit is your best.
4. Submit your articles correctly. Do not simply publish an article based off of a call through the regular publishing template. Instead, return to your account, and click on “Submit” in the Calls for Content box. Then follow the directions on each screen for submitting your article. Some articles will have titles pre-set, while others will allow you to select your own title. Follow Associated Content’s style guide in formatting your text.
5. Verify the submission of your article. Once you’ve gone through the submission process, you should verify that the article went through. Return to your account window, and check that the article is no longer listed as claimed. You can also check your “My Content” tab and see that the article is listed there, with editing and viewing options.
6. Be on the lookout for additional Calls for Content opportunities. As a regular content producer at Associated Content, and also as a writer that frequently makes use of the Calls for Content system, I have found that more calls and writing opportunities have become available to me. By claiming calls and meeting Associated Content’s needs, you may find that you have more calls directed at you in the future. In addition, high quality content producers who claim Calls for Content are also targeted with Partner Calls, which may a higher rate than many regular calls.
Associated Content’s Calls for Content system is easily navigated, and provides a wealth of opportunity for web writers. Writers who utilize the system to their advantage have the potential to make their mark on both Associated Content and in the larger web writing community.