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Who in the World is Joseph Nygard?

In Interviews on February 29, 2008 at 8:00 am

joseph-nHe spent four years in the Army and 16 months in Afghanistan, and this 26-year old Dad has found an outlet for all his experiences on Associated Content. Joseph Nygard considers himself an ‘amateur,’ but his work on AC has attracted plenty of attention.

A positive attitude, a passion for writing, and a daily The Onion habit are just a few things that describe this talented writer. I checked in with a few Q&As for The AC Daily, and learn, who in the world is Joseph Nygard?

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

J: I was broke! I was prowling the internet looking for ways to make extra money, part time jobs and what not, and I stumbled upon AC. I knew I was good at writing so I figured I’d give it a try. I haven’t made too much money yet, but it is very fulfilling.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

J: I like humor, and news.

S: Do you write for other online sites or publications, or are you an ‘AC lifer’?

J: I wouldn’t say I’m a lifer, but AC is the only site I write for now.

S: Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article?

J: My 1st article,  Was Christmas Better in Afghanistan? so far has gotten me the most comments and responses. It was featured on the main page the day it was published which was very motivating for me.

S: Name one website you visit at least once per day:

J: I’m a news junkie so I visit, etc

S: One reason why everyone who’s anyone should read your work?

J: I’m an amateur but I have been through some things that many people know nothing about, and I think I’m a damn good writer!

S: Your favorite form of caffeine?

J: Oh boy, I work in a bank and I was in the military so you’d think coffee right? Honestly I’m not big on caffeine. I have enough energy as it is. I get energy everytime my 10 month old daughter wants me to crawl around the floor after her.

S: A favorite hobby when you’re not writing for AC?

J: I spend most of my free time with my wife and daughter, they keep me going. I missed my daughter’s birth because I was in Afghanistan, so I guess I’ll always be trying to make up for not being there.

S: One pearl of wisdom for any AC Content Producer?

J: AC is great for amateurs like me because you get a lot of support from fellow writers. Don’t be scared, write about anything and everything, don’t ever hold anything back because it embarrasses you or because you think people will laugh or make fun of you. Let it all hang out!

S: Your favorite quote about writing or otherwise?

J: From my dad when I was in Afghanistan……”write more letters! Instead of this impersonal email crap!”


The Daily Find: Health and Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

In The Daily Find on February 29, 2008 at 6:00 am

The Article:  Health and Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

The Author: Lisa S.
Why It’s Worth a Read:  Need to balance out your health and beauty regiment?  Don’t chug the stuff and use it as a skin treatment instead with these helpful tips.

The Daily Find: Learning Japanese: A Beginner’s Guide

In The Daily Find on February 28, 2008 at 6:00 am

The Article:  Learning Japanese – A Beginner’s Guide

The Author: Brian Pagburn

Why It’s Worth a Read:  Learning Japanese has always been on your ‘to-do’ list, but you never seem to get around to it.  Start things off with this helpful guide.

Who in the World is Don Simkovich?

In Interviews on February 27, 2008 at 8:00 am

don-simkovichHe’s the CP who snagged an interview with the CEO of the Tournament of Roses for one of his most popular articles, and continues to write unique and interesting topics on business, marketing, and sports.

Don Simkovich is the busy CP who’s leaving a trail of articles on Associated Content, and hopes to venture forward into the web with his own business entities. I sat down for a quick Q&A to learn who in the world Don Simkovich really is:

S: How did you get started writing for AC?

D: I was going a search on Google for something and came across the site in 2006. Then I signed up as a CP but I didn’t start writing until March 2007.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work?

D: Money news . . . sports 2nd

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Who in the World is Jamie Wilson?

In Interviews on February 25, 2008 at 8:00 am

She may be from Kentucky, but is now basking in the sunshine and palm trees in Hawaii, right next door to Pearl Harbor. Jamie Wilson is a popular CP in the AC Community, a prolific writer who also has her own website to showcase her talents.

Jamie was one of the first writers to join Associated Content in 2006, and has since developed a strong portfolio of articles – you may have ‘met’ her on the forums as well. An aspiring novelist, work at home mom, and avid reader, Jamie Wilson stays busy with dozens of hobbies and enjoys living her real-life romance story.

My schedule was booked for a trip to Hawaii to meet this talented CP, but I did manage to squeeze in time for a few Q&As via e-mail to learn who in the world Jamie Wilson really is:

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

J: I taught myself HTML and did web page design and content writing for worksites back in 1998, partly because I was sick of being just a secretary. But until about 2005, I didn’t realize how much money you could make writing web content. I stumbled across a keyword article writing service and started doing those, then picked up other work, and in about six months quit my hateful temp job at Pfizer so I could build a career I could pack up and move with.

I found AC in early 2006, right after they went public, when some writers at now-defunct Write for Cash told me about it. I published two articles, was paid very well for them, and realized that I could write what I loved just as easily as what people paid me to write. I was one of the earliest CPs, but I didn’t start writing regularly until a year later, when they changed their pay structure to include the bonus.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

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Weekly Roundup: Catch the Spring Cleaning Bug

In Weekly Roundup on February 24, 2008 at 7:00 am

Warmer days ahead call for a few rounds of spring cleaning, so put that extra day in February to good use and exercise some clutter control.  Here are some organizing and cleaning strategies for that neat freak in you:

Stuck with a stain that just won’t budge?  Learn How to Get Stains Out of Laminate Counters and Floors with these tips from Rachel Pickett.

Head to the kitchen with these Cleaning Tips for Your Gas Range, Stove, or Oven from Citizen Reporter.

Get those carpets looking as good after discovering why Cleaning Your Carpets with the Rug Doctor is a good idea, courtesy of penguins29.

Look forward to days of open windows and doors, but only after you learn How to Rodent Proof Your Home, courtesy of mikee22.

Struggling with letting go of that extra clutter?  Pick up these Advanced Spring Cleaning tips from Tracy Morrow and get on the right track.

Don’t forget the great outdoors!  Pick up some tips on Spring Cleaning Your Yard and Garden from K.B.M.

And when all the hard work is done, don’t forget about doing some Spring Cleaning for Your Mind, courtesy of neopoe.

AC Nuggets: Building Readership – How Sticky Are You?

In AC Nuggets, Writing Tips on February 23, 2008 at 7:00 am

Building readership has tremendous value for your AC career, and you don’t have to settle for social bookmarking sites or spamming friends and family to do it.

Building readership simply means:

1. Making your content available to the largest audience possible

2. Circulating your content well beyond its original publishing month

If you’re well versed in writing evergreen content, this will be even easier. If not, you can start writing articles that really will stand the test of time – ideas and topics that can be referenced, bookmarked, shared, blogged about, and linked to week after week, month after month.

This is the first step in becoming a ‘sticky writer’ on AC.

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The Daily Find: Reveals Speed Traps

In The Daily Find on February 22, 2008 at 7:00 am

The Article: Reveals Speed Traps

The Author:  Abbitha

Why It’s Worth a Read:  You’re not interested in paying yet another speeding ticket this year; find out how can help you skip the biggest speed trap zones in your area.

The Daily Find: Will Performance Payments Last Forever?

In The Daily Find on February 21, 2008 at 8:00 am

The Article: Will Performance Payments Last Forever with 

The Author: Phillip Chambley

Why It’s Worth a Read:  Phillip raises a few good questions about the AC Performance payment program – is it really too good to be true?

Writing Tips: Finding Unique Topics to Write About

In AC Nuggets, Writing Tips on February 21, 2008 at 7:00 am

Unless you’re sitting down with a list of topics you want to tackle, it can be challenging to come up with unique and interesting article ideas – especially those that haven’t already been covered on the web, or on Associated Content.

It’s always a good idea to do a simple ‘search’ on AC AND Google to find out which angles have already been covered. This not only lowers the risk of plagiarized copy, but also makes it easier to take a completely fresh approach to your idea. You can still read other people’s work to pick up key points, but you’ll need to come up with something entirely different after that.

Here are some simple ways to brainstorm that list of read-worthy titles:

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