About 10% of my articles are rejected on average, mainly because Associated Content says the topic isn’t discoverable, the topic is too broad, or they just won’t pay for opinion pieces, when what I’ve written isn’t really an opinion piece but rather a factual one that I leaned toward or away from. No matter. I’m used to rejection and take it in stride, because rejection gives me a great idea on what Associated Content WILL pay for.
What cracks me up though is that the articles AC does give me upfront pay for usually only net about 50 or so page views in the first month, then taper off from there, whereas the “non discoverable” ones fair so much better, average about 3 times as many page views and certainly get more performance pay. WTF?!
While it’s nice to get upfront pay (it’s how I pay my bills), the downside is that means the articles I pump out a majority of the time aren’t that fun to write. I write a lot about nothing, and a little bit about something, and I’ve noticed that while my animal articles fare better upfront pay, are readers interested? Uh…not really. But I enjoy writing them so I still do (plus, Christmas is coming up, y’all- expect to see more of those). I just think it’s funny that something AC thinks nobody will find or read ends up being my best articles for passive income. Hmm.
Do I write for page views? No, not really. I write because something popped in my head that I thought would be a cool article and cross my fingers I’ll get paid for it, and when I know I won’t, I just submit it for display only and enjoy writing it (like this article) just for the joy of writing. In fact, my favorite articles to write are the ones I submit just to submit them, and they cleanse the palate because they don’t feel like “work”. Do I hope people read them? Well, yeah. Duh. But is it the end of the world when an article sits at 0 page views for a week? Well, it sucks, but it doesn’t interfere with my love of writing by any means. That’s the way it goes- sometimes you just completely TANK, and just have to keep on writin’.
Does this happen to anyone else- the disappointing rejection because AC claims nobody will find the topic, then you submit it anyhow and the page views flow in like projectile vomit? Or am I just special (aw)? Either way, I’m happy people like to read my stuff (thanks, y’all), and one of my very favorite pastimes is reading other people’s great articles, so it’s all good in the end, whether I get paid upfront for writing something or not.
Oh, and AC is awesome. It’s how I get to sit in my pajamas for 4 days straight without showering and still claim I have a job and am not a crazy recluse. Woo hoo!