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Is AC Too Saturated These Days to Make a Profit?

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by Squarix, May 12, 2010.

  1. Squarix

    Squarix Newbie

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    I just submitted my first four (original) articles to AC, and they were all rejected. Ouch. One was about exercise during pregnancy, another was about making "green" choices during pregnancy, one was about backyard safety, and the other...I don't remember. But they were all rejected for upfront payment for the reason that there were too many similar articles on the site about the subjects already. Should I just give up on AC for upfront article payment? With so many writers writing there, is just about every profitable niche covered?

    you won't get rich writing for associated content
     
  2. Squarix

    Squarix Newbie

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    Let me rephrase this...I know that AC won't make you rich. But are there still enough titles left to make the $2 per article worth it?
     
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    Yes. but what are you using to see if your articles pass copyscape ?
     
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    I ran the articles through http://www.articlechecker.com/ and http://www.duplichecker.com/ and they came up clean.
     
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    AC is totally dead, I think.

    Why don´t you use your articles to build your site and earn with Adsense? I think is a lot better.
    Just my 2 cents..
     
  7. Squarix

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    Well actually (to give away my n00b method, here) I'm using the idea of taking articles from my local small-town newspaper, and changing the wording of every sentence to make it seem more "original." So I guess the articles aren't super original...but sort of. Then because I'm super paranoid, I run it through through those two websites to make sure that it gets past copyscape anyways. I thought it would work. I mean pregnancy, health, organic/green baby items, summer safety? Those ads have got to be worth a lot to AC? I guess other writers thought the same thing way before I did.

    To answer your question, I think the first website I posted has been better, but I'm still on the search for a really good plagiarism checker.
     
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    ch8878 Elite Member

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    Well DupeFree Pro dont work right know but I have got an email from them saying will have new working version in 3-4 months.
     
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    AC is sucks now. They always have the reason to refuse the articles for upfront payment. Also, the average rate for one article is terrible.
    If you have quality and original article, find another websites. But, if you just rewrite, try to submit and hope your articles get accepted.
    For rewritten articles, got $2 - $4 is fair worth
     
  10. Squarix

    Squarix Newbie

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    That's what I was afraid of...thanks for validating my fears. :p

    Someone else on this thread said to just start your own website. It might be more profitable, but just like an offline business there's such a huge learning curve with everything, I'm a little afraid to get started to be honest. I do have sites such as AC to thank though for a start-up knowleadge of SEO, so there's at least some good there.
     
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    Why do people keep dragging up these AC threads. Its been dead as a doornail for 5 months. You are wasting your time.
     
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    The editors have become assholes in that respect, plus most of the other content mills that pay as much or even more are now requiring a BA and work history which is god-awful and ridiculous. Content mills don't realize that they're going to just end up having a team working for them rather than a ton of people competing for them, which got them the ranking they have in the first place and has kept it there.
     
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    Sad to know about your problem dude, but something is really wrong with them. Many a times a wrote articles that had nothing to do with selling. Never even had a website's name on it, nor a link. But it seems like they are going against their own rules now.

    Check some review articles on ac, like cash crate etc and you'd know what i am talking about. Try constant content, they are much better.
     
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    Just write a bunch of shit about weight loss. Every weight loss article I write seems to get approved and has tons of views. I mean I have only done a few over the past few months but it's pretty ridiculous how much traffic they get. It isn't too shabby for basically copying and pasting :)
     
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    You are best served to play percentages, and regard any money you can make from AC as secondary cash. AC approves only about 25% of articles for upfront payment these days. My suggestion to you is to---

    1) Pick some decent looking affiliate products, examine their landing pages, select about 10-20 keywords from the page, and write about 20 articles from those keywords. Check against the internal search engine in AC to see if the topic isn't super saturated.

    2) Set up a matching blogger blog with one post on it (like a EZA article), and links to the product. Submit your 20 articles to AC, and when 14-15 get rejected, delete the rejections from AC and put the rest on your blog, free directories, Web 2.0 etc. to promote your blog; re-write as needed to also sell as PLR.

    Congratulations, you just got paid $13-14 or so to start an affiliate blog and your backlink web around it. Go at this pace for 6 days a week and you'll make about $80 a week setting up 6 sites that may make you money long term.
     
  16. Chronos

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    I do agree with the OP, it is harder nowadays to make money online. Not just at AC, but anywhere.

    The same article that could bring in major money in 2004 would probably be laughed at now and instantly rejected.
     
  17. CashFlowGuy

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    It not hard to make money online. Once you know what your doing it is easy.

    AC is a waste of time. I got banned after making 26$
     
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    Weird. I wrote a pretty thick article on gardening (I work in a gardening store) in about 10 minutes and went ahead and submitted it for upfront payment without proof reading it or anything and they went ahead and gave me $6 for it.
     
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    I have 19 articles with them, and I've made just over $50. Given that they were just articles I had to write for college. It was worth the 5 minutes to put each one up, and I am still getting paid a few bucks each month...
     
  20. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    The learning curve for starting your own website is a lot less than you think. This is especially true for a website using articles for content. Just buy yourself a domain, get yourself a basic hosting account, set up a wordpress installation, install a theme, then start adding your articles. It really is that easy.

    When I made my first websites everything had to be coded in html using a text editor, there weren't any real wysiwyg editors. It wasn't that hard to make a basic page, but to do it you really did need to learn html. A lot has changed since then. Now there are so many "out of the box" solutions, you don't even need to know any code. It helps to learn some html and php, but you don't need to know any to start. You'll just pick up what you need to know as you go.

    If your able to crank out the articles, then you've got the work part covered. Onsite SEO is mostly taken care of on a wp site by most themes. If you want to make it even better you can add an SEO plugin. After you have all that done, which like I said is simpler than you think, all that's left is offsite SEO. You said you're already familiar with that, so your ready to go. If you do need to know more about SEO you can start with this thread Basic SEO practices for newbies.

    Monetize your blog by concentrating your articles to a single niche, then use adsense and/or find a few clickbank products or affilliate offers in the same niche to put on your pages. This is pretty much just a matter of filling in the boxes in your wp admin panel.

    If your are still intimidated by setting up your own domain, you could try using blogger or something, but then you're at googles mercy. Many people have built up some pretty profitable blogger sites, only to log in one day to a TOS Violation message from google and the blog deleted.

    You could also try hotboys microniche method to riches, but I think google is pretty much searching for and deindexing those cookie cutter theme websites.

    I think quality over quantity is the better way to go for you, especially until you get used to setting up websites. Building a solid website and adding updated content a few times a week (or even just a few a month) will be a lot simpler for you to learn, and will probably get you better results for the effort. If you can crank out content, blogging is the way to go. Google still loves blogs.
     
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