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Squidoo vs Associated Content

Updated on March 1, 2013

Yahoo Contributor Network vs Squidoo - Who pays more?

How much does Yahoo Contributor Network pay? Can you really make money with Squidoo? How do you make money writing articles? If you are considering writing articles for part-time or full-time income, you may have many questions about the compensation you can count on. Yes, you can make part-time income writing for Associated Content and Squidoo. If you invest a lot of time into writing and learning about promoting your content online, it is very possible to make $15-$20-$25 per hour or more writing online content.

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Yahoo Contributor Network pay - Associated Content Pay

Yahoo! Contributor Network (formerly known as Associated Content) allows writers to publish articles and receive compensation for it. Associated Content is not an Employer. When you sign up for an Associated Content Account, you become an independent contractor, meaning that you are solely responsible for your own content and its performance. That means that Associated Content does not pay you a salary. How can you earn money with Associated Content? You may choose to complete Associated Content Assignments with a set up-front pay, you may submit articles to be considered for upfront payments, or, you may choose "performance only" payments, meaning that you will only get paid for the pageviews. From my experience, articles submitted for upfront payments and approved by Associated Content get more traffic and pageviews.

So how much does Associated Content pay per article? Depending on the quality and the topic of your article, Associated Content can offer between $2 and $15 for it. When you sign up for an assignment from the Assignment desk, Associated Content pay is usually between $2 and $25, but sometimes as much as $100, depending on the topic and the quality of your writing.. Learn more about Associated Content Pay>

05/11/11 Today is Yahoo Contributor Pay Day for me. I got $1.67 for Associated Content articles this month. I have got some upfront payments for a few of the articles, so it's nice to get monthly payments for pageviews without doing any additional work :)

08/11/11 Still enjoying small payments from articles written several months ago. I didn't check my Yahoo contributor account for almost a month and today I logged in to see $1.55 payment from Yahoo Contributor Network. Please note that I only have 16 articles. I already got up-front payments for several of them. So this small payments are just nice little bonuses. From what I understand, Yahoo Contributor Network pays me some time soon after my "unpaid" pageviews reach around 1000. So as soon as I get 1000 new pageviews, I get $1.50+/- performance payments.

03/01/13 It's been forever since the last time I posted here. I figured it's time to give you an update. I haven't been active on Yahoo! at all. Just haven't been able to fit it into my schedule. In the past 2 years, I have published maybe 2-3 articles... I have been steadily getting around $2 to $2.50 per quarter in performance payments. As I have said before, the site has plenty of potential for those who decide to make it their primary presence online or are looking for a supplemental income. But what can I say, I prefer Squidoo :)

Squidoo Pay and Yahoo Contributor Network Review

What is Squidoo? Squidoo is a publishing platform that allows users to publish articles or mini-blogs, called "lenses". When compared to Yahoo Contributor Network (formely Associated Content), Squidoo has a lot more publishing options. Although you do need to read over Squidoo publishing guidelines, Squidoo lenses go "live" as soon as they are published without submission to administrators for review (with Associated Content, it may take as long as 2-3 weeks for the article to go live, and chances are, you will be asked to make some corrections to the article to meet Yahoo Contributor Network standard before article is published). Besides Text modules, you can use Video module (for example, include YouTube videos), include RSS from your blog, suggest Google links for more information, post photos, and so much more. What I like about Squidoo is that you are more in control of your content and that you can include your affiliate links and graphics and make money by sending readers to Amazon and Ebay. You can also promote your Etsy Shop items, if you run an Etsy shop. Squidoo pay is very generous, if you get consistent high visitor traffic. For 1st Tier lenses, Squidoo pays as much as $25-$30, and $4-$6 for 2nd Tier lenses. Consistent traffic means monthly pay, so if your lens stays in Tier 1, that's $300+ per year for just one lens plus the affiliate commissions. What you do need to take into consideration is that there are only 2,000 lenses that can be in Tier 1 and only 8,000 lenses that can be in Tier 2, so keeping your lenses in top Tiers will take some work - updating, backlinking, etc. But if you figure Squidoo out, you will certainly be rewarded.

From my experience, it is easier to get Google traffic for a Squidoo lens than for a Yahoo Contributor Network article - Google likes the variety of modules on Squidoo, and you can keep your content updated by editing the lens at any time. I am a big Squidoo fan, and if you are trying to choose between Squidoo and Yahoo Contributor Network, I would strongly suggest Squidoo. Squidoo is a great site for promoting a business - Etsy, Ebay, Zazzle Shops, etc. and an excellent place for making commissions off affiliate sales. However, Yahoo Contributor Network does have a few nice things to offer. While Squidoo pays you for lens performance and the affiliate commissions, Yahoo offers up-front + performance payment options. So if you are a good writer, who can create unique content that is in demand (people are actively searching for the key words in your article), Yahoo Network is a good place to make some quick cash (they pay shortly after your approved article goes live) and benefit from the performance payments - if you get good traffic to your Associated Content and your topic has a long shelf life, you can collect performance payments for years to come.

07/28/11 I am spending more time on Squidoo this days - I guess the variety of modules I can use on Squidoo is really what draws me to Squidoo. Also, I like to make money with affiliate marketing vs. simply posting articles and getting paid for views.

Squidoo or Yahoo Contributor Network?

Squidoo or Yahoo Contributor Network? Who pays more?

Do you write for Yahoo Contributor Network? Do you promote Squidoo lenses with you Yahoo articles?

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      @takkhisa: It's hard to find time to write on several different platforms. I don't know how writers manage to write on Hubpages, Wizzley, manage blogs, and be active on Squidoo - all at the same time. They must have some great time management skills.

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      I think both of these are good! But currently i am with Squidoo only :)

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      @MBurgess: Ria, glad to hear you found this lens helpful :))

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I am going to study every word here, Irina! I am looking for anything that will add a few more angles to what I am doing here on Squidoo and Blogger. It all takes time, I know, and I appreciate it so much that you have shared what you know about this! Thank you! =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love both of them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @katiecolette: I'm glad I love what I'm ding because I do it every looong day!

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      Sheilamarie 5 years ago from British Columbia

      I'll have to look into YCN. Thanks for the info.

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It does seem like you work very looong hours! But it is very worth it, isn't it?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am still only with Squidoo and no time for anything else with my looooong hours.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I have not tried them out yet but its worth a look.

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      kovid7 6 years ago

      I am definitely with Squidoo! I don't have a YCN account

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      Little Linda Pinda 6 years ago from Florida

      I never heard about Yahoo Contributor Network until your article. I have been with Squidoo for close to a year.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for this informative lens. I think I want to stick exclusively with Squidoo.

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      I only do Squidoo right now, but I'd love to make more money so I'll look into these ideas.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've only tried Squidoo, and haven't been here very long, but I'm having a lot of fun. Thanks for the info.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think Squidoo is the best.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Had never heard of Yahoo Contributor Network until now, will look it over.

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      gamecheathub 6 years ago

      Thanks for cluing me into Associated Content. I'm going to have to go check it out and see what they've got going. Rock on!

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      molibwe 6 years ago

      Thanks for these information. I found them helpful and from here now I can try Yahoo Contributor network. As I am a newbie here it was really useful for me to read this article.

      Wish you and everybody good earning, and I don't forget myself. Wish to myself good earning! l0l

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for the reading, ran accross your lens while I was browsing ... if you like to browse, venture my way! I've got some fun poll questions and education items too.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Holding you in mind with great success in all you do Katie.

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      I write for both, but am newer here. I link back and forth as much as possible.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      YCN just doesn't work for me any more, my page views and therefore earnings being rock bottom. I used to get 1,000 page views a day, now it's often barely 100, yet I have 700 articles on there. Squidoo on the other hand is giving me record payouts almost every month.

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      DavyCielen 6 years ago

      I have just started with squidoo and really love it so far. I will check Yahoo Contributor Network in the near future. Thanks for showing it to me.

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      NoobWriter LM 6 years ago

      I will check out Associated Contents now....Thanks

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      Nice lens, I really like what you have done here,Loving Squidoo by the way!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      I prefer Squidoo to YCN (previously AC). Squidoo gives me more flexibility in that I prefer poetry and prose combined with graphic design. Also, Squidoo allows outside links moreso than YCN. Squidoo gets Thumbs Up from me!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Certainly some new info about YCN. Very nice comparisons and a study in contrast. Thanks for sharing. Am only three months old with Squidoo... just waiting for the first payday!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've only worked with Squidoo and this is the first I've heard of Yahoo Contributer Network, thanks for all the info Katie! Nicely done.

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      SeanVernall LM 6 years ago

      Very useful lens especially to a newbie like myself. I didn't realise you could actually make money with squidoo (well not to the degree you talk about) and I'd never heard of the Yahoo Contributor Network until now.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I might have to give Yahoo Contributor Network a try, it does sound interesting but I very much like Squidoo! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yahoo is okay for writing articles, but Squidoo is more flexible, fun and it allows you to be a bit more creative; the pay starts to add up as you learn how to make better lenses...just my 2 cents :))

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      JS0425 LM 6 years ago

      I do not suggest using YCN. They have began paying less and less for articles, and think that 1.00 is enough for a perfect, well planned out article. If you just wrote a blog about the same topic, you'd easily make more money.

      AC use to pay $20 for good articles, and it honestly was worth it to write there. Not anymore though. Stick with Squidoo....

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      galant 7 years ago

      Thanks! I can't participate in the debate, but I am considering joining the Contributor Network, and was looking for an overview of the site.

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      Joyce T. Mann 7 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      Thanks for this lens. I did not realize that the two writing sites were essentially the same.


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