Associated Content

Associated Content is an online publisher similar in some ways to HubPages. Anyone is able to register and submit original content on any topic.

The content is monetized by contextual advertising, but instead of using your own Adsense Publisher ID for a share of the revenue or the ad impressions, they pay per 1000 views.

Associated Content started in January 2005 so they're not an overnight sensation that will fade away quicker than it ignited and is a company headed by a CEO who was the former head of CBS Interactive and has worked at Google (Patrick Keane). And has had $21.5 million of capital venture funding injected to date.

Money, Money, Money

Everytime someone views your content, you earn cash via Performance Payments.

Don't try and inflate your views by hitting refresh or paying for sub-standard traffic, as there are ways to measure and calculate that the visitors are legitimate and quality.

You get $1.50 per thousand page views. So here's an example of the money you'd get:

Page Views

Submission Guidelines

  • You must be 18 years old to receive payment.
  • Submit original (created by you) quality (spell check!) content.
  • If you've published it elsewhere already, you can still submit it. But honestly, why bother? No use competing with your own content. And cross linking duplicate content is of no benefit to the reader.
  • 400 word minimum.
  • Double check for spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and flow.
  • Headlines should attention grabbing but honest. While incorporating keywords or a keyword phrase that relates to the topic.
  • Don't self-promote or publish an exerpt from your author bio. Readers can see that by clicking on your name quite easily.
  • No adult content. You know what I mean. Don't make me say it. Okay 'no porn'. There, I said it, happy now?
  • Don't go overboard on the use of bold, underlined or italicized words.
  • Image files must be JPEG or GIF, no larger than 2MB in size, and relevant to the topic.
  • Thumbnails of the image files are displayed by 75 pixels wide by 56 pixels high so try and stick to the same aspect ratio for your original image (otherwise it may squish or stretch your image and it'll look a little out of sorts) so 400 pixels wide by 300 pixels high would be a good size to upload.

Is it worth joining?

Can you make money from Associated Content? Yes. Some people do make a substantial amount. Like any site that involves generating income from publishing content, it's a matter of how much effort you put in, how good your writing skills are and whether you are hitting topics which people are searching for.

Have I made money from Associated Content? Yes. Not a great deal, but I do get a small amount of passive income being generated from my articles. I won't be retiring any time soon (or any time later for that fact), but for the little amount of effort I've put into the site, I'm actually impressed with the site. To me it indicates that if a person were to invest more time they would get monetary rewards.

Why haven't I? Because there's only so many hours in the day. I use it to offload extra, yet still worthwhile, submissions on subjects that I have dealt with at HubPages and a few other of my favored sites. I hyperlink a keyword phrase leading off to a related article I've published elsewhere. So I'm using it for getting traffic. But I still believe in quality because a submission can be rejected if it's not up to scratch. And avoid affiliate links, because that will get you rejected too.

Sign up now!

I'm a firm believer of not having all your eggs in one basket, so if you enjoy writing and you write a lot, don't hesitate to join Associated Content.

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frogdropping 6 years ago

Is the above link yours? If so I'll join that way. I'm pretty sure I haven't begun writing for AC as yet so I think it's time I give another site a shot. And my eggs are slowly but surely being dropped here, there and somewhere else.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Thanks for the info Gonna bookmark this one.

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darkside 6 years ago from Australia Author

Yep, that's my referral link. Though I've been a member there for over two years now I have absolutely no idea what benefit a referred person has for me.

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darkside 6 years ago from Australia Author

Hmmmmmm, they've got a new and improved Account page. There's a sneak peak available and now I can see how many people I've referred. Wow, didn't even know those stats existed.

And they have Fans AND Followers. Not sure what the difference is. Yet.

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Thomas Catmark 6 years ago

Another fine way of earning money (for users and owners). Nice to see such sites around.

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Darkside, thanks for the heads up I will check them out and then come back and sign up under your referral link just in case it will give you a browny point.

regards Zsuzsy

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easyspeak 6 years ago from Vancouver

I just joined Associated Content yesterday, wrote one article and I already have money in my account. Quickest couple of bucks I've made so far online. We'll see how it plays out.

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darkside 6 years ago from Australia Author

easyspeak, sounds like you've hit the ground running!

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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

This sounds interesting, I will have to check it out...Thanks for sharing the info with us...

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LoneWolfMuskoka 6 years ago from Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

Hmmm... Sounds like it has benefits far beyond just money -- more writing experience, more writing exposure, more traffic to your own sites, building of your "brand". It sure seems like it's worth checking out.

Not sure that I like the idea of no affiliate links, especially since they seem to have their own affiliate program, but the other benefits make it worth checking out.

Thanks darkside!

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dusanotes 6 years ago from Windermere, FL

Thanks, darkside. I've written for Associated Content, but I compared Hub Pages and prefer the latter. Thanks, Don White

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Army Infantry Mom 6 years ago

Thanks Bunches for the tips,..I did sign up a month ago but have not tried it yet,..perhaps I will now. Thanks Again as Always very informitive !!! BookMarked !!!

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Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for the useful information. Sharing your knowledge on the various writing platforms is a tremendous help for the less experienced writers.

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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I also write for the Associated Content, but much prefer Hub Pages because of the community and interaction.

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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

I've heard about Associated Content but I never really met anybody or heard of anybody who makes lots of money from it. But after reading your hub, I think it will be worth my while to check it out. At least, I know what not to expect (like making a lot of money) but I can certainly use the experience writing in another site will give to me. Thanks for this hub Darkside.

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

My experience with Associated Content so far has been quite good. I have made a few bucks, but to get 1000 clicks is not so easy. I usually ask for up front payment for my articles but they usually offer less than $3.00 per article depending on the quality.

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kateperez 6 years ago from pasadena, tx

I wrote an article for Associated Content and they rejected me. I am not happy with them.

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RGraf 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I joined Associated Content a few weeks ago. I'm still trying to learn how it all works. Got one that was approved for upfront payment. The rest are bringing in a few cents here and there.

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darkside 6 years ago from Australia Author

Kate, what was the article about? And the length?

RGraf, good to hear! I can't get upfront payments because I'm in Australia, but getting the cents here and there.

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Susana S 6 years ago

Glad to have found your article on associated content Darkside - I'm thinking about whether to write there or not. It's unfortunate that being outside the US I can't apply for upfront payments and could only get income from page views. Thinking aloud here, if I had the same amount of page views on AC as I had here per month then I'd only earn about $50 pm and I make more than that on HP. I think I have my answer lol! Better to write more content for HP.

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darkside 6 years ago from Australia Author

My suggestion is use Associated Content if you have written or plan to write a lot of articles on one specific topic. That way you can sneak in a link in your AC article back to your hub. I usually hyperlink a keyword within the body of the article, but not right at the end.

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Efficiency Man 6 years ago

Did you ever figure out if there referral program actually does anything? I think I read once that you used to get $3 for each referral and then they just flat out eliminated the credit. But it is owned by Yahoo now, so I guess things could change.

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darkside 6 years ago from Australia Author

I never found out how the referral program actually worked.

I've written AC out of my plans. I'll leave what I have there, hopefully it will send some quality traffic to my hubs.

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