Associated Content: A Giant Big Scam
Why Associated Content is a scam. If your new to blogging, here is why you should stay away from AC.
Why you shouldn't write for them
Associated Content is a straight on scam. Chances of you getting published is slim, because their guidelines and writing styles are incredibly strict. For them to syndicate your article on another Yahoo! website that allows performance payments, you have to give them exclusive or non-exclusive rights to your articles. You rarely get up front payments, and editors are extremely picky on what you can post.
First, their guidelines and writing styles are immensely strict. They of course reserve the right to do as they please before they publish your articles, but a lot of new and experienced bloggers are wasting their time. The requirements for upfront payments alone will make you think twice before giving them exclusive rights to your work. They can reject your articles if they do not exhibit enough depth, is too common, too similar to other publishing's by AC, short shelf life, dependent too heavily on links to other websites, has been published elsewhere (fair enough), and is not a humor, tutorial, creative writing, review, opinion or recipe article.
Then you have to worry about publishing rights. If you opt for exclusive, you are selling your article to AC and while it's possible to get an upfront payment of 2-5 dollars, you will not have any control over it, but you still get your pocket change for every 1,000 views. Then we have non-exclusive rights. It must not have been published anywhere else, but you can republish it elsewhere. It's basically the middle ground. Lastly, we have the display only option, which gives you maximum control over your article, but "is not eligible for distribution with Yahoo! Contributor Network partners as well as Yahoo! sites that do not have Performance Payments enabled." In other words, even then they tie your hands with what you can do with your work.
Editors will be extremely picky on your articles. When they reject an article, you will not know what you did wrong. They will tell you to refer to the submission guidelines. You can review it 1,000 time, but you'll see nothing wrong with it. Spelling is one thing, but they check grammar intensively. One mistake and you won't get published. It'll probably take you a few days just to figure out what you did wrong, and by then why bother writing for them. You can't even write about the problems your having with Associated Content. Huzzah for censorship.
If your new to blogging and want to make yourself a little bit of money, do yourself a favor and forget writing for Associated Content. You won't make money writing for them, unless it's an extremely well written article, and you sell it to them, but then you're left with 2 dollars and no longer own your work.
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