I write a lot of articles for Associated Content, and the more I write, the more likely I am to have a few rejections here and there. In fact, about 10-15% of my articles get declined, and while it’s frustrating, the best thing I can do is read the reasons why my article was rejected and resubmit it for performance pay and move on.
Sometimes, the initial reason your article gets declined is because you needed to add to your descriptive overview or fix a few grammatical errors. You are then able to correct the issues and resubmit the article for upfront pay, only to have the article declined again as a too common or not discoverable article heading. What you do then is simply resubmit the article for page views only and get over your frustration.
I have had many declined articles that I submitted for performance pay that have actually drawn more readers than my upfront pay articles. I don’t get angry and just delete my articles or shake my fists at Associated Content, because every article published is an article that can potentially draw in a lot of page views, and therefor, more money. Just because Associated Content can’t pay you upfront for the article doesn’t mean you can’t publish it anyhow and draw in a lot of page view pay. You just have to learn from your articles that don’t make the upfront cut and move on.
Often, I get drawn into writing articles that are more opinion based than anything, simply because they’re more fun to write. I know they’ll likely get declined for upfront pay, but I always try, since many of the ones I thought Associated Content would never pay me for they give me an upfront offer, and some articles I am absolutely positive will get a great upfront offer get declined. It’s not a big deal. Associated Content decides what they deem upfront pay worthy, and if they don’t like it, then I try to resubmit according to their guidelines or just opt for performance pay. But I don’t toss my hands in the air every time I see “Editor declined”, I actually learn from the rejection and am therefor learning the articles that make the cut vs the ones that are best suited for page view pay. Either way, I’m making money and learning with my favorite writing site.
A lot of people gripe that all their articles, or most of them, get declined by Associated Content, and they grow so frustrated they actually start growing resentment for the site. I say, why not look at the reasons your articles were rejected and learn from the experience? Associated Content can’t pay upfront for EVERYTHING, and if you take the time to read the feedback you can genuinely learn the flow of what Associated Content is looking for vs your writing style. You’ll still run into rejection here and there, but then you simply resubmit the article for reader pay and still make money. You don’t just get mad and give up. The feedback is genuinely helpful.
I love the fact that I can write articles for Associated Content at all, even if a few of them are bound to get the “editor declined” stamp of disapproval. So what? It happens- I’m still going to write and enjoy it, and publish my articles anyway. It’s not that Associated Content is trying to tell you that your articles aren’t worth reading, they just can’t pay upfront for everything. They simply can’t. Even a great article can lose out on the cut because it’s too common or too opinionated for upfront pay. This is mainly what happens to me. I still submit all my articles for upfront pay because I’d rather learn from rejection than just simply tuck in my tail and submit all my articles for performance pay only.
I’m even learning to just submit some articles for performance pay on Associated Content, now that I’m learning that not everything will be paid for upfront. It’s a great way to earn page view pay while waiting for the other articles to get approved. You can still write whatever you’d like and draw readers in. I think it’s a great balance, and I’m learning how to write more quality, better accepted articles every day on Associated Content.
It takes a few declines to learn what works, and what doesn’t. This is a good thing. If Associated Content paid upfront for everything, there would be a lot of sub-par articles out there, and since I read a lot of articles on Associated Content, I see a huge amount of quality and interesting pieces. I don’t believe this would be so if AC just paid for everything upfront.
So take your rejection lumps, learn from them, and move on. If you get an “editor declined” do your best to rectify your article and hopefully resubmit for upfront pay, or just go for performance pay. Either way, don’t just get angry and blame Associated Content for being too stingy and picky. You’ll still get page view pay and draw people into your articles. If you can’t take rejection now and then, then perhaps you shouldn’t be a writer.
Note: ha ha, ironically enough, this article got rejected and am now submitting under display only. Who knew AC didn’t pay upfront for articles about AC? Now I do- there goes that topic of interest if I want to put butter on my bread… live and learn…