Alternatives to Associated Content : Why Associated Content Sucks
Associated Content closes its doors to Non-US writers
If you were a Associated Content writer and are not a US Taxpayer you were probably recently disappointed by an email you received that essentially closed you out from any future earnings at the site.
To be clear, not only can you no longer earn from writing any new articles, all of your past work is unable to earn future earnings either!
So your first step should be to have all of your writing removed from the site. Just on principle, if they are not paying, they cannot have your work.
How to get your work removed from Associated Content
If you would like to remove your content from AssociatedContent.com, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
After receiving notice that your work is removed from the Associated Content Site , its time to look into where to republish your work..
Dont fret: Better Alternatives to Associated Content
Many of us who write for earnings online were at one point contributors to Associated Content. Its an easy site that offers a small upfront payment in addition to limited performance payments.
But, most of us who continued searching for opportunities quickly moved on to better paying sites.
Examiner offered you a very small upfront payment, usually somewhere between 1.50 and 5.00USD and a performance pay structure of $1.50 per 1000 views.
This is a pitiful payout structure and you should be happy to have been forced to find greener pastures.
Sites similar to Associated Content that pay per Page View
Pay per page view is not necessarily the best model to pursue, but if you have been writing about pop topics that get a lot of traffic and you want to continue earning per page view there are two main options for you.
Your first option is Examiner.com
(click the link to go directly to sign up page)
The Examiner markets itself as an online newspaper. The application process is rather involved but after being accepted the submission and editorial process is far simpler than they pretend it is.
The examiner is NOT open to all markets, some countries still are not accepted, but if you are in one of the partner countries you can expect a much higher rate of earnings then you were used to at Associated Content.
The exact pay rate is not published, but from experience it seems to be between .01-.02 cents per view. Which mean 10.00USD to 20.00USD per 1000 pageview, that beats the socks off of the $1.50 offered by Associated Content!
Be a Factoidz Writer - Pay Per Page View
Another top Pay Per Page View site is:
(click to go straight to sign-up - let 'em know I sent you - 6H7544 referrer code)
Factoidz is agreat site for informational style writers. If you can write good How-tos and well researched fact based articles then writing for factoid is a great idea for you. They really try and avoid publishing opinion based pieces so avoid if you tend to rant.
They phrase this as:
Factoids must be based on fact and information, not opinion: Factoids are informational articles which help readers understand learn how to do something or learn the facts about a particular subject. It is acceptable to include commentary and opinion to convey your primary message, but the primary focus of your article must be to convey usable facts to the reader. Articles which primarily express your opinion or views on a topic will not be published.
Go ahead and see if this site works for you. You can expect to make a minimum of $5.00 USD per 1000 Page Views, in selected topics that rate is raised to $7.50 per 1000 views.
At 3 -4 times the pay rate you received as an AC writer, its certainly worth finding out whether you got the stuff to be Fact based writer.
Earn through Revenue Share
Most of your highest paying options dont offer you a flat rate, instead they offer an impression share system.
They allow you to earn from the advertising placed on your writings. This is essentially how the pay per view sites earn from your writing, but is done in a more transparent manner.
My main earner and my top all around suggestion is Hubpages. This is an example of a Hubpage. You not only earn from the affiliates they partner with but also have the freedom to include your own affiliate links to other services.
The affiliate services one can earn with via HubPages are:
A pretty average earning rate JUST for adsense ads is around $5.00 per 1000 pageviews. Its not uncommon to be in the 7.00-10.00/ per 1000 page views if your good at selecting topics.
If you add the potential earnings that the other affiliate opportunities offer Hubpages quickly sums up to an earnings powerhouse. Plus you can write about any topics you want with no editorial oversight! There are quality standards of course but if you are an honest writer you should have no problems fulfilling them.
Other Alternatives to Associated Content
A quick no nonsense list of the best sites to write for online
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If you take advantage of the options provided by ALL of these writing sites and combine your efforts you can easily make a few hundred dollars per each general article with some slight revisions for each!
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