Associated Content is an excellent place to make a little extra money with free-lance writing. Not only does this company pay an upfront payment for specific articles, you also get paid whenever you get traffic to the articles that you wrote. You are allowed to write on a variety of topics, even if the entries are just blog postings. The thing to understand about this type of business, however, is you cannot just rely on the upfront payments. First of all, AC does not always offer this type of payment. Therefore, you may spend an hour working on an article and AC declines you for an upfront payment for one reason or another. Even if every article you write is approved for an upfront payment, you may have to write over one hundred articles a month, since a majority of upfront payments are $3-4. Therefore, you will need to rely on increasing the traffic to your articles.
The number one rule to remember with Associated Content and other free-lance writing sites, you need to be able to write high quality articles. It does not matter if you write five to ten articles a day. If they are filled with typing, spelling and grammar mistakes, readers will not even glance at your other articles. Therefore, the importance of quality outweighs how many articles you can publish to Associated Content each week.
You must keep your readers in mind when you are writing an article. You must understand who they are and what they are looking for. For example, you might be browsing a forum and find a posting where an individual is looking for information about a specific company. You know about the company and decide to write about it. A well-written article will grab his attention and give you the potential of a large audience.
Remember to search other articles that are similar to the one that you are writing. If what you are writing is basically a paraphrase of the other articles, you will need to include some unique content in it. If, in the above example, information about the company is available to the public, most likely the one requesting for some information already is aware of it. Therefore, you will need to add some unique content so the reader will want to read more. For example, you might know of a new technology the company is using that the public may not be aware of. You can add this into your article to give your audience the desire to read further.
Quality is more important than quantity when you are writing for Associated Content. However, you need to use some common sense. If it takes you a year to write a high quality article, you are not going to make a profit. You need to set a reasonable goal for how many articles to write each month. You cannot go by how many articles other content producers put out. Some may have more time than others and are comfortable in writing more articles, whereas others may have a full-time job and want to write one or two articles a month. Do what you feel that you are comfortable with.