I first signed up for Associated Content in December of 2009, before they were acquired by Yahoo. I honestly don’t even remember signing up. I let my account sit, inactive, doing nothing until later the following summer. I wrote a couple performance-pay only articles, not realizing that there were other ways to make money as well. I got bored of waiting for my articles to be approved and completely forgot I had even wrote them.
A couple months later, when I was searching the web for ways to make money online, I read a very detailed post about Associated Content on someone’s blog. I learned a lot about Associated Content that I hadn’t realized before and decided to give it another shot. I wrote a few articles, and once they were approved, a few more, and a few more. Eventually, writing became part of my daily to-do list. I remember feeling so accomplished when I reached my mini-goals (publishing so many articles, earning so much money).
I told my friends and family about Associated Content too. Some were skeptical. Some didn’t believe that they could really make money using it. The ones who did believe me though, seemed to struggle with starting their writing adventure. Here are my tips for getting started on Associated Content/Yahoo Contributor Network.
Write What You Know
In the beginning it can feel a little overwhelming. You might not know what you want to write about, or what you should write about. Try starting with things you know. If you play tennis, consider writing articles about tennis; the rules of tennis, how playing tennis benefits your health, the history of tennis. The possibilities are endless. When you first start though, writing from your own existing knowledge is easier. Once you feel comfortable doing this, try looking up information on the subject you’re writing on to learn even more, just be sure to include it as a reference at the end of your article!
Write What You Want to Know
If you have an interest in a subject but don’t know too terribly much about it, look it up! Do some research. Consider checking out some books from the library! Think about a subject you don’t know a lot about, but would like to, and start writing! I have found this approach to be a great way to learn something new and broaden my own horizons!
Keep A Laundry List
Get a small notepad, preferably one you can fit in your pocket or purse. As you go about your day-to-day life, write down any article ideas you may stumble upon. If someone cuts you off when driving to work, it may inspire you to write about dealing with road rage. If you see a really unique dog when walking through the park, maybe write an article about the specific breed. You can write about anything and everything! I have found that keeping a laundry list of article ideas helps to keep my motivated, as well as ensure I remember all of the ideas I had!
Take Assignments From the Assignment Desk
I won’t lie. Some of the assignments on the assignment desk are boring. Some of them I have little to no interest in, however, these assignments could earn you some upfront pay, and at the very least will give you some page views and experience! I compare it to my college English class; I may not be interested in the assignment, but I learn to further my writing skills by doing it.
When you’re first starting out, it can be easy to look at other contributor’s profiles who have a lot of content, page views and fans and feel like you’ll never make it that far. This is where you need to set goals. These goals should be small, achievable and measurable. Some good examples of goals for writing could include; “I want to write one article every day,” “I want to have a total of 25 articles published by a certain date.” or “I want to make $__ by a certain date.” These goals are measurable, and you are entirely in control of whether or not you achieve them. Once you’ve achieved one, make a new one! I found this really helps. One of my original goals was to have 200 articles published by new years; surprisingly I exceeded my own goal and have closer to 300 and new years is still six days away!
Stick With It
Writing for Associated Content/Yahoo Contributor Network has the potential to earn you a good chunk of money, a well as help further your writing experience and broaden your horizons. You do have to stick with it though! If you want to make something big of your writing, you have to keep with it! You can’t write a ton of articles in a short period of time and then disappear off the earth! Stick with it, and keep your motivation up!