Are you interesting in developing good writing habits for Associated Content? The thought crossed my mind several weeks ago that I have literally trained myself by trial and error to write subject matter for Associated Content. Over the process of nearly 2 years, I have transitioned whatever form of writing I had learned into a completely different realm suited for publication on Associated Content. In fact, I am still in the process of developing good writing habits as I grow with AC as it transitions to Yahoo. I have benefited financially from learning what to do, how to do it and by following those who have been extremely successful as writers.
With that in mind, here are a few tips of developing those good writing habits from what I have learned.
1) Wake Up With Excitement To See Page Views And Write For New Day
I think it’s extremely important that you learn to write with a good attitude. It sounds kind of silly but I have learned that each day is a new day in terms of page views. You never truly know which of your stories will garner tons of page views until you continuously write material and experiment. Even then, it seems kind of pot luck as to which story will stick and which story will flop. Either way, it’s important that you don’t get down about the lack of page views on previous stories. Instead, I recommend learning from past mistakes by concentrating on what stories did and did not work. I carefully analyze many of the my stories over and over again every few days to see what has worked and what didn’t work. I do admit that after a good content writing day that I am typically excited to wake up early in the morning to see what worked and what didn’t–and to get a start on a new day of writing.
The way I look at it-you can think of it in two ways. You can have your enthusiasm fueled by a great page view day the previous day or you can fuel your enthusiasm by vowing not to have back to back bad page view days.
It’s important to note that not every single day will be a 5k-10k page view day no matter how much content you write. There are writers on AC who are probably to that level because of residual income-but it’s unlikely if you are reading this story that you have already achieved that level of success. It can happen and there are many Associated Content writers who are rock solid proof of it.
2) Learn To Write AC Way To Get Faster Approval And Publication
You have to remember that writing on Associated Content is for Associated Content. That means any upfront money will only come if you play within the rules. It’s hard not to get frustrated sometimes when the material you have submitted is rejected for one reason or another. If you take the criticism positively, you will soon find that your writing style will start to adhere completely to the Associated Content style. When I first received letters about things I had written and rejection slips, I tended to take it personally. Now I view those criticisms as an
opportunity to improve my writing skills so that it meets the needs of Associated Content and possibly Yahoo.
It took a while for me to get this. My stories would return rejected with notes concerning my long title or not properly highlighting sources. What I have found throughout this process is that I have simply become a stronger writer. I have been developing good writing habits for Associated Content without really being aware of it.
I have used other research to hone my keyword analysis, keyword optimization and general story writing but I have also honed my skills to fit AC so that I can reap the reward of a Contributor spot in two different categories.
Obviously I think everyone needs to have their own style of writing and that’s very important. AC allows for many styles–but the stories need to be in the proper framework within the realm of what AC desires. Believe me-your writing skills will benefit and you will make way more money in page views if you follow the tricks of the trade on AC.
3) Watch What Others Do By Following AC Writers
I’ll have to admit when it comes to writing I am a bit confident. That’s why when I read a story on watching what other top writers on AC do–I was almost out of tune with the idea before the writer completed his or her sentence. The more I think about it-the more I understand that to get to the top-you have to see what others do to get to the top. I now follow several of the Associated Content writers. That allows me to get an Associated Content email every single time that author publishes. After a few months of doing this, I can not deny the work ethic of writers like Saul Relative or Crystal Ray. Writers like that are constantly pounding out material on a daily basis. Saul published 4-5 stories a day every day(including the weekends). Crystal submits, and I can only assume this, many stories during the course of a week. I think I had 12 emails yesterday or more on what Crystal had published on AC. She is relentless and yet maintains a very high quality on each of her articles.
The work ethic of writers like this get me fired up to add solid stories to my catalog. It’s true that the more you publish in quantity, the more money you will probably eventually make. The important thing to note about these two authors is they also concentrate on the quality end. They are two very different writers who benefit from AC for two completely different reasons. Saul Relative writes timely news related stories. When he sees a great topic that is doing well-he may absolutely hammer it to benefit from the page views. When I say hammer, Saul manages to come up with many variations of the same topic in unique ways on the topic-he is one creative individual. Crystal instead writes evergreen pieces that will benefit her in page views in the long haul. I read a story that Crystal had written that said something about providing answers to questions people have in her stories. It seems so simple but that is a great formula to remember when composing your own stories.
Developing good writing habits for AC can only be enforced by following other writers. In the process, you are also providing a few more hits for those writers.
4) Learn Importance of Keywords
Keywords are an integral part of writing for the Internet. If you aren’t aware of keyword optimization, there are many tutorials on Associated Content and other websites to take advantage of. One of the hardest things I had to learn from an early point during my AC career was putting keywords in my title of stories and in the first sentence of my story. This can be an essential part of developing good writing habits for AC. I think I was about 5-6 months into my career writing for AC when I finally realized this from a story I read. I always was under the impression that a title needed to be creative-even tricky sometimes. That is not always the case when writing for Associated Content. I am not saying that you can’t be creative with titles if that is what you truly want. But remember this, generic titles are generic for a reason.
Think of it as creating a title that is generic enough that it meets the exact criteria someone would use to look up a particular bit of information. You want to reach the mass appeal and have your story viewed. If you use generic keywords in your title and first sentence, the likelihood of attracting the majority of people who are searching that topic would increase. For example, this story is title “Developing good writing habits for AC”. I could have been more creative and wrote a title that said “making your writing zing on AC”. While that is more creative in several aspects, it doesn’t seem as likely that anyone would look up the keyword zing in conjunction with a writing story. In short, keeping it simple more often works than doesn’t.
The only problem I see with this is that sometimes generic keywords have incredible amounts of competition.
What then needs to be addressed I believe is finding keyword phrases that are generic but not utilized as often.
There are various sites on the net that illustrate different keywords and their competition level.
5) Write As Often As Time Allows
There is no major secret to successful AC writers in my mind. They write often and relentlessly. And they have developed very good writing habits in tune with Associated Content and keyword utilization. With that in mind, I am not suggesting to churn out content without doing a bit of research and fact checking. I do suggest that the more you write-the more likelihood that a particular piece will hit in a big way in terms of page views. It’s tough to predict how people will search or with what search terms they will use. If we knew the answer to that, we’d all be millionaires. If you find a subject that is extremely hot in the news, write various stories on it. This way you can utilize a few different ideas on keyword patterns to possibly draw more page views. If one of your stories does well one day, write again the following day and see if the trend follows. Use variations of the keywords and take advantage of the popularity of this particular topic. Writing often is a good writing habit to develop. It’s not always easy to be creative and there are times when your brain is going to need to rest. The fact that some writers pen 5-10 stories a day on a consistent basis is amazing in many regards. The bottom line is that more content produces more money-just always to remember to keep the quality in check.
These are just several tips for Associated Content writers I thought I would share. I am not the authority on writing for AC-but I certainly have learned to adjust my writing, adhere to the rules and become a better writer in the process. There are other similar stories on Associated Content that offer incredible advice. I typically look at the people who have incredible page views and read stories they have written on how they have achieved success on AC. When someone who has millions of page views offers up advice, take my advice and read those stories.
People who are getting it done are the people you should emulate in regards to your own AC writing habits. I am obviously still a small fish in a giant pond in terms of page views. But I believe I have learned enough over the course of several years that I can definitely help those who are just starting get to that next level.
A freelance writing career is quite possible if you take the time to understand how to write for AC in the most efficient way.