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The Daily Find: How to Prep a New Year’s Eve Party in Sixty Minutes

In The Daily Find on December 31, 2007 at 10:00 am

new_years_eve_tapas.jpgThe Article: How to Prep a New Year’s Eve Party in Sixty Minutes

The Author: M. Sands

Why It’s Worth a Read: You’ve made it through the holiday fanfare and now it’s time for the final showdown on New Year’s Eve. If you’re tired, exhausted, and just not ready for party-mode, this article helps you put together a New Year’s Eve spread in no time flat.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/MollySVH

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The Daily Find: Are You An Evil Genius? A How-To Career Guide

In The Daily Find on December 30, 2007 at 12:06 pm

The Article: Are You an Evil Genius?  A How-To Career Guide

The Author: Will Wright

Why It’s Worth a Read:  Because you’ve always wondered about your dark side, and now it’s time to see if you fit in the world of evil geniuses.  How else are you going to learn to manage your henchmen and doomsday weapons? Besides, you need your daily chuckle (mwahaha).

Who in the World Is marindavid?

In Interviews on December 30, 2007 at 10:00 am

marindavidWhen he’s not helping families work through problems as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), David Reinstein (a.k.a. marindavid) contributes to the AC community with a wealth of topics and ideas. You might have caught some of his Haiku poetry on AC, but marindavid also writes on mental health topics and ‘how to’ articles–the ones you know you really need. He’s committed to quality over quantity, and refuses to compromise his writing to please the eyes of the Google masters.

I managed to schedule a quick Q&A session (no couch needed) with this talented writer so we can all learn who in the world marindavid really is:

S: How did you get started with writing for AC?

M: I have been a writer of short fiction and poetry for many years and began back in 2003 writing product reviews for Epinions. I was frustrated in that 1) a person can only review items in their database – and adding a new product or brand to it is often near impossible, and 2) Writing product reviews is only satisfying to me in a limited way. Although I could publish non-review articles in their “Writer’s Corner’, no income is ever generated from such pieces. Then, a fellow Epinions ex patriot told me about AC – a site where I could write about whatever I chose, be paid ‘upfront’ for some of it and for aggregate hits on all of it. I decided to give it a try. Submitting my first piece to AC in mid-May of 2007, I have now posted nearly 350 pieces and write at the rate of 1-2 a day. It is an avocation/hobby. I have a day job

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The Daily Find: The ABC’s of Blogging for Beginners

In The Daily Find on December 29, 2007 at 9:30 am

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The Article: The ABC’s of Blogging for Beginners

The Author: Deborah Dera

Why It’s Worth a Read: You’re still a little confused about the ‘whole blogging thing’ and could use a quick overview of the basics. This article is a great roundup of the different types of blogs on the web, and how to get your own blog started.

Image credit: Wikimedia commons/Wordpress screenshot

Who in the World is Donna Talarico?

In Interviews on December 29, 2007 at 8:12 am

Donna TalaricoYou may have caught this CP on the TLC reality show Help Wanted in 2004, but now she’s busy self-publishing books and working on her MA in Creative Writing. She’s worked in radio and media, and even explored the world via tour bus.

Donna Talarico’s articles on celebrities, music, and unique gift recommendations have caused quite a stir on AC, but she’s well-read in her Northeast Pennsylvania territory and keeps her writing life in balance with skydiving and rock climbing adventures.

I caught up with this busy writer for a few quick Q&As, so we can all learn who in the world Donna Talarico really is:

S: How did you get started with writing for AC?

D: I was finding a lot of freelance writing work online through Elance, but since I was writing on assignment I wasn’t writing what I wanted to write. I actually forget how I came across the link for AC, but I signed up the day I found it- back in November 2006. To me, it was a no-brainer. I was able to create new articles, as well as post articles that I had already written. Writing for AC has definitely kept me in the writing habit. I wrote on and off for a while, then consistently for about six months and then went on a hiatus again. However, I am back and plan to stick around. I need a writing community. It is so important. When you are creative and attached to your computer, you don’t always garner support or understanding.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work?

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AC Nuggets: Writing On Topics That Pay

In AC Nuggets, Writing for AC on December 28, 2007 at 6:40 pm

230px-dollar_symbol_goldsvg.pngMany CPs first starting out on Associated Content want to know which topics pay well, and which ones aren’t worth the trouble.

Writing for AC is a trial and error process; since anyone can write on just about anything, it’s difficult to gauge what types of articles are really got a high offer when they were published.

How did I figure it out? By writing on all sorts of topics, and submitting according to the guidelines and requirements.

After you get the full range of offers (and humbly accept a $3-$4 offer on your first few rounds), you’ll get a fairly good idea of topics that the Content Managers love you for—and the ones they’d rather not see again.

I’ve published almost 2,000 articles on AC (a big party after the 2,000th article is published, I’ll keep you posted), and have learned a *few* things along the way.

Here are just five hot topics that always pay well on Associated Content, and five that will get you a low offer, or none at all: Read the rest of this entry »

The Daily Find: How to Shovel Snow Without Breaking Your Back

In The Daily Find on December 28, 2007 at 4:08 am

Ready to battle the snow?The Article: How to Shovel Snow Without Breaking Your Back

The Author: Chris M. Carmichael
Why It’s Worth a Read: Making it through winter season is tough enough; if you’re the designated snow-shoveler of the household, don’t risk a back injury with these very helpful tips!

Image credit: Wikipedia ‘snow’

AC Nuggets: Online Promotion 411

In AC Nuggets, Writing for AC on December 27, 2007 at 7:59 pm

Promoting your content online is one of the best ways to make each and every article that much more profitable. You write, you publish, and then your work starts to earn residual income all by itself.

For some people, promoting online is a cinch; they’re connected to a myriad of social networks, are MySpace gurus, and can quickly rake up those pageview numbers after just a few clicks. For others, the whole process can be overwhelming and might seem as though it’s not worth the trouble.

It is.

No matter what type of offer you received from the AC editor du jour, you can bump up your revenue by generating as many pageviews as possible, and even though it will take some time, the extra hour or so each week can really pay off.

When you’re looking for ways to increase page views, build up subscribers, or just make a few friends with your must-read content, here are some tips for online promotion:
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The Daily Find: How to Clean an Out-of-Control House

In The Daily Find on December 27, 2007 at 6:01 pm

800px-moving_mess.jpgThe Article: How to Clean an Out-Of-Control House

The Author: Jill Lamison

Why It’s Worth a Read: The cleaning bug is knocking on your door, and you’re ready to commit to your New Year’s resolution of keeping the place clean as a whistle. This article offers some great tips on making big changes to get things in order and under control.

Image credit: Steve Ryan/Wikimedia commons

AC Weekly Roundup: Make Like a Polar Bear and Get Your Winter Workout

In Weekly Roundup on December 26, 2007 at 8:00 am

Eight great reads as you trek along the AC frontier:

Celebrate winter with your official membership to the Polar Bear Club.  Gregoriancant helps us understand Winter Swimming:  The Often Overlooked Benefits Health Benefits

Get a headstart on winter weight loss with an outdoor sport.  Sharkbytes explains why Snowshoeing Can Burn More Calories Than Skiing.

When you’re stuck at home on a snow day, it’s time to pull out the toy box!  Madeline provides Seven Wintertime Uses for Summertime Things.

Heading out on a snowmobile adventure?  Make sure you’ve read up on the basics with  Carl Benjamin’s Snowmobile Safety Tips and Checklist.

Skip the cold and dreary days of winter with a Hawaii vacation.  Amber Seber shows us The Cheapest Way to Take a Hawaiian Vacation.

Plan a vacation…or not.  marindavid offers some valuable advice with Vacation Planning: If and Where to Go, and What ‘Vacation’ Means.

Be safe this winter with a plan for storms and inclement weather.  Carol Bengle Gilbert shows us How to Prepare for a Blizzard & What to Do When It Hits.

Finish off holiday season on a positive note;  karen oregon offers some tips on Creative Ways to Say ‘Thank You’ After Christmas:  M&Ms, Videos, Cards and More