Write for money online series - Part II - Associated Content
In the first part of this series about writing for money online I covered a relatively new revenue sharing site named Bukisa. Today I am reviewing a much more established website called Associated Content. I joined this site over a year ago so I have a bit more experience with how it works.
Website use and feel
Since I have joined Associated Content they did a revamp of the site, and now it looks much more polished than before. When you publish content you select the publishing rights and payment style first, and then select the type of content you want to publish. Then it is fairly straight forward. Overall I would say that Associated Content has more steps than a lot of other sites, but it also gives you more control over all the things you want to input. The ads on this site are also quite nicely done and not very overcrowded.
Associated Content allows people to upload text,video, audio, and also slideshows. I think the slideshow option is also pretty interesting because people can just upload their vacation photos and possibly get paid. You must be the owner of the content you produce.
Associated Content has a Master License Agreement here. You can choose to grant either exclusive license, non-exclusive license, or display only license. Exclusive license basically means that your content cannot be published elsewhere and Associated Content has the right to do anything to the content. Non-exlusive license means that your content could not be published elsewhere right now, but you can publish it later elsewhere, but you also give Associated Content the right to use your work for other revenue. Display only license means that your content could have been already published and Associated Content can only display it and not resell it. The different levels of licensing affects what types of earnings your content could get.
Associated Content pays in two ways. First, you could receive an upfront payment for each article, and then also receive a performance payment for page views. If you grant only a display only license then you cannot receive upfront payments, but you can receive performance payments only. If you are just starting out, the performance payment is $1.50 for 1000 pageviews, and then there is a tiered system where if you have more pageviews you get paid more. The maximum is $2.00 for 1000 pageviews, but your articles have to have more than 1 million pageviews collectively to be at that level. That is very hard to accomplish. This is why I said that $3.95 for 1000 pageviews at Bukisa is quite good. Associated Content pays very promptly and you only need $1.00 for a payout to Paypal. Everytime you have a payment they will send you an email to confirm your Paypal address. After you confirm your address the payment is sent very rapidly.
The upfront payment option also comes with a manual review process. Basically, you have to submit your article and wait for an editor to approve your article for payment. This can take several days. If you are submitting your article for performance payment only then you do not have to go through that review. I have had my articles rejected for upfront payment for reasons like, "this article does not contain keywords we can monetize".
The most I have gotten for an upfront payment was $4.01. Just a few months ago Associated Content allowed you to submit previously published content for upfront payment, so I submitted articles I already had on my personal blog and edited them a little bit. Now they no longer allow previously published items for upfront payment and most upfront payments are around $3.00. Associated Content also has something called "calls", which are basically assignments of topics writers can write about. Sometimes these calls can be $5.00 for news items. So after one year, I have earned $73.00 for around 20 articles, and most of it was upfront payments. I have received around $2.50 for performance payments because I do not promote my articles very much.
Associated Content also has contests that reward top content producers and they work like a bonus payment. The winners of these generally have thousands of articles and millions of views.
Associated Content actually has a lot of quality articles because of the manual review process, but the pay is quite low. If you are a good content promoter then you could be paid more than $1.50 to $2.00 for 1000 page views very easily at other sites or at your own blog. With that said, I think it is a decent place for people to practice their writing because there is a manual review. You can also study what kind of articles are popular so you can post similar articles on other sites for more pay. I actually enjoy reading a lot of the articles on AC because they are well written. One thing that prevents me from submitting more articles is that I can no longer republish my edited blog articles for upfront payment, so it is no longer worth the effort because I would have to submit completely original articles. So if you do intend to use AC, I would advise submitting some stuff you have already written but not published online. Then you should probably choose the non-exclusive license to get an upfront payment and then republish the content elsewhere.