At this point I am disgusted with AC, having joined about 2 weeks ago. I have been able, in the mean time, to start successfully writing at textbroker.com, and have been receiving, on average, ratings of 4 for my article quality. AC refuses to offer me anything higher than about $1.68 for articles, even articles that are 700 words plus, for a specific topic, such as "5 Best Bay Area Mountain Biking Spots". I'm looking into higher paying services like Demand Studios and Constant Content where I can write articles myself to receive reasonable pay, but I would like to take advantage of AC, at some point, to run outsourced articles through them. So far, from what I can tell, I have about 250 total page views, and a clout of 2. It seems they have really raised their expectations so I am wondering what I need to do to satisfy them at this point, do I need a clout level of 5 or 6 to even get a reasonable offer? I have done a lot of reading on this site so I don't feel like I've missed any important details, anyways would be interested to hear from anyone in a similar situation.