ASSociated content

3 05 2010

Those of you that have been paying attention will remember that a little while ago I decided to see if there was any real benefit in joining up to a paid to write site such as suite 101 or Associated Content.

Well I joined up with AC and published a selection of reviews, guides, informative pieces etc on there. I also made sure that the same articles were published to my blog  so that I could compare the number of views that I received for one vs the other.

When I looked at things a couple of weeks ago it wasn’t great but I decided to soldier on; I can now confirm that it is completely pointless, at least for me.

In total I have had 230 views on AC approximately, the figures for the latest day are estimates, the same articles on this very blog have had over 700 hits during the same space of time!

I just wonder how this can possibly be beneficial to me? I need 5x the number of views before I would get anything out of AC and then it would be a measly $1.50, that isn’t even enough for a can of coke.

Some people might think that this would work for them and it might, but you would have to be churning out articles at a rapid pace, plus there is nothing about using AC that would help you improve as a writer.

Sure your articles are looked at by a “reviewer” to ensure that they are suitable but this is only the 1st three articles that you submit, after that you can post what you like when you like. Also these reviews of your work that are carried out are nothing more than checking to make sure that you have bunged in as many keywords as it possible in order to assist with SEO.

I never once received a single useful comment as you would from an actual human editor, I even threw in a few deliberate spelling and grammar errors in order to see if I would be pulled up on this by anyone, not a chance.

To top it all off I received an email from AC yesterday stating that it was very important.

So of course I read it, turns out that due to some tax mumbo jumbo in the states they can now only make a pay out to foreign contributors if they are one of their “featured contributors”; however from what I can see this is like sitting on top of the dung heap, sure you are on top but you are still sitting in a pile of shit.

Personally I would have to say that this experiment of mine has been a failure and I would say that if you are looking to get your foot in the door as a writer this certainly isn’t the best way to go about it.

Get yourself a good blog going instead 😉

My “paid to write” experiment

30 03 2010

Recently I have been musing more and more on the subject of freelance writing.

In the past I have written a few articles for some local papers, contributed to a couple of websites and even gone so far as to write reviews for a restaurant guide; all of this went relatively well for me and so I have been toying with the idea of writing on a more regular basis.

Part of this musing is down to the fact that I had a couple of article ideas that I really wanted to get down on paper (or on screen to be more precise) so I threw my ideas together and managed to cobble together the two articles in question.

Armed with my work and large amounts of enthusiasm I contacted a couple of websites that had previously expressed a liking for my work; now to cut a long story short one of the articles was usable and the other wasn’t really finding any interest.

I didn’t want to just scrap it as I rather like it and writing it caused me to reconsider a few of my own views on certain subjects, so I was trying to work out what to do with it and was about to file it away for possible later use when a friend of mine told me about a site that he had recently signed up to called suite 101.

The premise behind it is quite simple, you can write about more or less anything you want and they will “publish” your work to their site, if people like it and you get views, you get paid.

in other words you are “paid to write” now at $1.50 per 1000 views very few people, if anyone, is ever going to make a living off of this sort of thing… but I will admit I was intrigued.

I decided against Suite 101 after I read their Terms and Conditions which basically stated that whilst I had my content up with them that I couldn’t display it anywhere else. Now this didn’t really sit right with me after all I might wish to pop it up on my blog for example or continue trying to sell it elsewhere.

A little bit of digging has thrown up an alternative site called Associate Content which runs on basically the same principles as Suite 101 but is a little more forgiving with regards your rights as a writer.

So I have decided to give it a go, I am really rather skeptical of the whole idea but at the same time it has tweaked my interest.

I have decided to approach the whole thing as an experiment, I am going to publish content to AC as often as I can during a 3 month period of time. In theory if it works as advertised I should possibly even see some revenue from this (not that I am expecting more than $2/3 during this time)

I am going to be keeping track of my progress here on my blog and hopefully it might help answer some other people’s questions in relation to this.

If anyone has any experience of dealing with any of these paid to write sites it would be great to hear your feedback so please get in touch and remember to subscribe in order to keep up to date with how things are going

*If anyone wants to see my work on AC then click here to have a look*

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