Advice on writing for Associated Content almost always centers on how to earn money. How to earn more per article, how to earn a certain amount per week, how to earn enough to pay off a particular debt, or afford a particular purchase. Writing for Associated Content is a great way to make money but, quite frankly, there are better ways. And there are better reasons to write for Associated Content.
I’ve been writing for Associated Content for over a year, and contributed in the neighborhood of a few hundred articles. During this long, productive time I’ve found that my best pieces– the articles that get reader comments and messages, the articles I’m the proudest of, and often the articles that get the highest offers– are the ones that I enjoy writing. They’re the ones where I’ve been curious, been a craftsman, been a community member, and let myself enjoy writing for its own sake, for the fun and the challenge of it.
I’ve spent a lot of time on the message boards at Associated Content, talking to other writers, and it seems like a lot of the questions are about how to write faster, how to pick topics that pay well, or how to write “better.” It’s too easy to forget to enjoy writing when you’re constantly worried about keywords, picking “lucrative” topics, or squeezing out a set amount of articles per day. That’s why I felt compelled to write this piece, and share what I’ve learned.
When you enjoy writing, creating pieces for Associated Content becomes a hundred times more rewarding than when you’re just working for the money. Although my income from Associated Content has covered my rent check more than once, I get much more out of my work here than just cash. There are a few habits I’ve picked up that help me enjoy writing for Associated Content, and I wanted to share them. I hope that this guide will help you enjoy writing for Associated Content.
Writing for Associated Content gives you lots of flexibility. You can write about pretty much any topic you can dream up, and if you research thoroughly and write cleanly, you’ll probably get paid for your efforts. What a great excuse to follow your nose anywhere you want! In the past year, I got interested in Opera, in blogging, in making smart nutritional and fitness choices. You can see all these interests in my portfolio of articles for Associated Content, which has become a kind of constantly evolving portrait of what I’ve been curious about for the last twelve months. If you live a curious life, you’ll never run out of things to write about for Associated Content. Let your work for Associated Content reflect the changes and evolutions in your interests, and you’ll always enjoy writing. Sharing newfound knowledge with others is always rewarding, and Associated Content will sweeten the deal with a few dollars and a community of interested readers.
Be A Craftsman
Even after logging in to Associated Content hundreds of times, I still enjoy writing for this site because although the basics of what I do here stay the same, my work is always changing for the better. When I first started at Associated Content, I wrote articles the same length as the ones I write now, and I got paid close to what I do today. However, I also struggled more with form and format, with structure and graceful keyword integration, with overly narrow or broad topic and subject choices. I dealt constantly with writer’s block, with self-imposed quotas, with burnout, and even with boredom. As I’ve continued to submit, I’ve conquered a lot of these problems, and my work continues to get better, because now I always strive to be a craftsman. My writing for Associated Content isn’t perfect yet, but I know it’s improving all the time, because I enjoy writing articles more today than ever. Mastering your writing skills will help you create more useful, more readable articles, but it will also help you enjoy writing. Challenge yourself to become a faster thinker, a more rigorous editor, a better outliner, and you’ll always enjoy writing for Associated Content.
Be A Community Member
One of the most interesting things about writing for Associated Content is discovering who your peers are. This site pulls in content producers from a wide range of places, with a huge spectrum of experiences and backgrounds. Some are casual writers who have never submitted articles anywhere before; some are professional scribes with a long list of publishing credentials. The more I learn about my fellow writers, from the message boards and from reading articles, the more I enjoy writing for Associated Content. The inspiration of seeing how others use this website to share their expertise, bolster their careers, or let out emotions makes me value and enjoy writing here even more, because I know my work is side by side with all of theirs, flying around in this wild whirlwind of ideas and experiences.