You’ve probably heard that starting a blog is a great way to make extra money. In reality it’s not unless you have thousands of readers visiting your blog everyday. However, if you like to write and don’t want the hassle of designing a blog and promoting it endlessly than you should try writing for Associated Content.
Associated Content is an online article directory that pays users to submit articles on virtually any topic. Associated Content is building an online inventory of articles to helps bring users to their site. They make money off of advertising on your article and in turn will pay the author for submitting the article.
Here’s how it works:
1. You sign up for free at AssociatedContent.com
2. Write an article greater than 400 words and submit it for review. You can write about whatever you want, but they have some tips on their website for the type of articles that they pay the most for. For example, “How-to” articles are very popular. I recently wrote an article about free places to take a date in my city and it has done very well. I have even submitted old school essays and blog posts to Associated Content. I just reformatted them a bit and then watched as my hard work from college began to finally pay off.
3. Wait a couple of days. After submitting your article you have to wait for it to be reviewed and then Associated Content will email you and let you know how much they are willing to pay for your article. You can either accept the cash offer or turn them down and try to sell your article to another company.
4. Check your Paypal account. I’ve always been really impressed by how quickly Associated Content pays. Many times I have the money in my account within 3 days of submitting an article. They will also by my check, if you prefer, but expect it to take longer.
Some people are making serious money writing articles, but unless you can crank out 10-20 articles a day its probably just a way to make extra money. I usually get paid between $4-$7 per article, but some make people make even more per article. The basic formulas is: the better your article, the larger the cash offer. You also earn money for each visit that your article receives – $1.50 per 1,000 views which means most of my articles earn just a few cents, but every now and then I submit one that gets featured and will garner 1,000’s of hits.
Another great writing site is Helium.com. They have the same format as Associated Content and you can submit your articles to both and then wait for their cash offer before deciding which site to sell your article to.
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