I signed up for Associated Content on January 19, 2010 and published my first article several weeks later on February 2, 2010. This essay marks my 100th milestone and I plan on authoring many more pieces; I felt it a good idea to take a few moments to reflect on my AC from Yahoo! experiences so far.
The last several weeks have been very busy and I have been playing catch up on both writing and reading. Sue Gibson recently published a poem, “Extra, Extra, My Number One Hundred” and her lovely work inspired me to write the several articles I needed to follow her lead.
In the months I have been writing, I have learned many lessons and some things have change. One of the biggest changes is we are now Associated Content from Yahoo! I have saved money on magazines because I read the variety of content offered by my fellow authors here on AC.
I have learned quite a bit about online writing by reading the AC guidelines, communicating with other writers and frankly by trying different approaches. Here are several things that I have learned and I am confident experienced AC writers already know.
1. Network – build your network, become fans with others. Use tools like Facebook and Twitter to promote your content. Kent Tompkins was a big help to me in the beginning. It may take me a few days but I do read all of the articles of my favorites and fans. I am always looking to expand my network and enjoy reading the variety of articles.
2. If you know someone who is interested in writing, encourage them to join AC; it will help expand your network.
3. Support other writers, as the adage goes, “A rising tide raises all ships”.
4. Increase you PV count by including a picture or graphic.
5. Write regularly and well. I do rigorously proofread my material but several typos and a misused word has gotten by.
6. Write on topics that have a long shelf life. Articles that remain meaningful continue to reap page views.
7. Try different types of pieces; create articles, slide shows, audios and videos. I am working on publishing my first audio and video content.
8. Take assignments on AC from Yahoo! In addition to getting paid for page views you will usually get a small upfront payment.
9. Check out other online content sites. Leroy Coffie has published several articles on other sites he writes for. Leroy mentioned in one of his pieces that Break Studios pays $8 an article. I have written 10 articles for Break Studios and they have promptly paid me $8 an article.
1. Linking – I could use some help on putting links in my articles. For example, linking an author’s name in my article to his/her AC permalink. I could use some instructions and advice here.
2. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – I get the picture but the reception is a bit fuzzy.
I would appreciate it if some one can guide me or point me to some instructions in the two above items.
So far, writing has not produced any significant income; however, I do believe it is possible to set up a residual income stream. I believe an income stream can occur by having an established base of articles that have a sustained shelf life combined with a solid network of readers.
I have had a number of non- monetary benefits; I have made a number of new friends, enjoyed many articles on a variety of topics and improved my writing skills.
I look forward to both reading and writing many more articles.
Sue Gibson, “Extra, Extra, My Number One Hundred”