Here is some tips, which followed can get you upfront payment from AC almost every time. 1. Basic - write unique content only (min 300 words) 2. Add some info to your profile - degree, school and so on. 3. Keyword in title should repeat in article body at least 3 times. 4. Link to 1-3 articles found on AC, with your keyword or similar to it. 5. Place source info at the end of the article, for example: content source: linking page title - link to it 6. What if you havn't used any source. Just search for your main keyword, find most reputable site, like cnn, business.com, gov/edu sites and so on. 7. DO NOT place images, if it does not reflect your content, if reflects, then place one. 8. Add some supporting links. To get link - the same as source. 9. Total number of sources and supporting links should not exceed 4. Randomize it. Use this tips everyday and so far %99 got upfront payments. If missed anything, will ad it later. Good Luck!