Over the past few months, there have been noticeable changes going on at AC, some better, some worse. But one particular change I have noticed is the increase of declined articles, often with no explanation as to why. In all fairness to Associated Content, as I peruse the forums, I see feedback that attests to the fact that Content Managers are now more often than not submitting explanations as to why articles were declined.
Still, this has not stopped Content Producers from expressing their dismay and disgust with the new, stricter policies in regards to submitting content to Associated Content.
However, having been on Associated Content for over a year, I also recall a time when many Content Producers rallied around a cause, asking for those very same strict guidelines to be enacted.
Yes folks, we are the ones who asked for Content Managers to examine articles more closely, in an effort to weed out articles riddled with bad grammar and spelling, those that were little more than advertisements, and those that tended to simply repeat information found in other articles or in ready supply across the web.
We asked Content Managers to adhere to higher standards, so that Associated Content might shed some of its criticisms and become a truly reliable source of news, entertainment, and interesting information, without the clutter of poorly written content.
I certainly don’t intend any disrespect to those Content Producers who have had their articles declined. I myself have fallen victim to the stricter guidelines imposed by AC Content Managers. And I’m sure there is a fair lot of you who are undeserving of what might very well be an unfair judgement upon your writing and your content.
But what we all must understand, despite our initial frustration is that Content Producers and Content Managers essentially must work as a team. Content Producers have a responsibility to provide content that is well-written and informative (remember, Associated Content is a business, and needs content that will generate profit), and Content Managers have a responsibility to judge submitted content fairly and accordingly, and if content is declined, an explanation should always be given as to why, so that Content Producers will not be left bewildered.
This is an ongoing process, as new Content Managers learn about what is acceptable content and what isn’t, and new Content Producers learn what types of articles are best submitted to AC and how they should be written for web-based content.
Each day, competition increases on Associated Content, and many topics have become over-saturated. There is a daily race to submit breaking news. Articles focusing on recipes are now less likely to be accepted due to the overwhelming amount of recipes already scattered across the web. Health-related topics are always popular but are also overdone in relation to more common subjects such as dieting and exercise.
Even if your content is extremely well-written and informative, it may still be declined, if Content Managers determine that AC already has enough similar content or if it can be found easily on the Web.
So before we threaten to beat down the doors at AC with torches and pitchforks, remember that we are the ones who asked for stricter Content Managers in the first place, and Associated Content has granted our wish, for better or for worse.