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Who in the World is Patrick Keane?

In AC News, Interviews on May 21, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Patrick_KeaneIf you’ve been keeping up with AC’s transitions lately, you already know there’s a new leader in town. Patrick Keane was named Chief Executive Officer of Associated Content in March 2009, and we’re already seeing big changes from AC offices in New York City and Denver.

Before making it over to AC territory, our new CEO worked with the team at CBS Interactive and Google, Inc. He was also the founder and programmer of Google’s Zeitgeist.

What can Associated Content’s Sources expect in the near future? I caught up with Patrick Keane to find out what his vision for AC is, how contributors can be successful with AC, and most importantly, what types of articles he’s reading when he’s not in a board meeting, traveling, and keeping AC in order:

SK: What inspired or prompted you to join the team at AC?
PK: I was initially impressed by Luke Beatty’s founding vision for Associated Content: enabling anyone to publish and be compensated for creating useful content on the Web. The final decision was motivated by the potential I recognized in AC’s talented team, excellent board of directors, impassioned community of contributors and unprecedented market opportunity.

SK: Where are you from?
PK: Wynnewood, PA – a small town a few miles west of Philadelphia.

SK: Your favorite form of caffeine?
PK: ITO EN Earl Grey Tea

SK: Your favorite motivational/inspirational quote?
PK: “Innovation can come from anywhere.”

SK: Your top three favorite categories to browse on AC are:
-Food & Wine
-Local (New York City and all the places I travel)

SK: What do you feel are AC’s core values? (via Pam Gaulin) Read the rest of this entry »


Announcing: The AC Source Book

In Writing for AC, Writing Tips on May 11, 2009 at 9:00 am

AC Source Book Paperback

It’s official!

The AC Source Book is now available for purchase as an eBook download and in paperback!

I’ve written this book to help anyone succeed with Associated Content; you’ll learn everything you need to know about SEO, formatting your articles, keyword research, and article promotion.

It’s all laid out in an easy-to-read guide.  It took me well over a year to learn everything in this book, but you can learn it all within a few hours!

Check out the promo video for more information (you may need to turn up the volume):

AC Source Book Intro Video

Don’t miss out on the introductory offer to snag the FREE Social Media Report and FREE subscription to the AC Writing Tips newsletter.

Click here to head to find out more about the book and jumpstart your writing success with AC!

Who in the World is Jennifer Wagner?

In Interviews on May 9, 2009 at 7:31 pm


She’s a down-to-earth Mom with two sons, and says she’s drawn to people who don’t take life too seriously.  Jennifer Wagner is a prolific AC Source who’s been busy writing about parenting, baking, cooking and books, and uses Associated Content primarily as a creative outlet. I caught up with this Mom on the go, to find out what inspired her to join AC, and to glean some insights about writing:

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

JW: I’ve always enjoyed writing, but was afraid to show others my work. One day I was reading my local newspaper and read an article about a woman in my town that wrote for a website called, Associated Content. I investigated, saw it was something I could do well, and decided to jump in with both feet. It’s been a great experience.

SK:  What inspired you to join?
JW:When I was looking over the AC website, I was impressed by how many ordinary people have had their work published. I was looking for a way to earn a little extra money and AC provided a fun way to do it.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work is: Read the rest of this entry »

AC Announces April’s ‘Best Of’ Awards

In AC News on May 8, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Things are back in full swing over at AC headquarters after a some internal changes, and AC’s Darnell Witt has announced the April ‘Best Of’ award winners.

This past month’s awards for Best of AC go to:

Stacey Laatsch (Book Reviews)
Michelle M. Guilbeau-Sheppard (Crafting)
Juniper (Green Living)
April’s Best New Sources are:

Stacy M
Alex Stanton

Be sure to send these Sources a quick congratulations message, or post your cheers below.

Congratulations to all of April’s winners, and keep up the great work!

Who in the World is John Myers?

In Interviews on May 6, 2009 at 9:00 am

john-at-home-spring-08-2After a successful 15-year career in banking, John Myers decided to turn his sights on a more satisfying career path, and is now an ESL teacher and aspiring writer who’s determined to share his teaching and writing talents with the world. He says he loves music, dancing, roller coasters and coooking, and enjoy spending time with his two cats Dylan and Diego.

I caught up with this busy writer to find out what he’s been doing on AC, and what keeps him motivated:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
JM: I’ve always had a yearning to write.  I first discovered AC and Helium around the same time back in 2007.  After a few months of writing for both, I pretty much gave up on Helium because I thought AC gave me more freedom and was a better fit for me.

SK: What inspired you to join?
JM: I liked the look and feel of the site, and I felt that AC would give me the freedom to express myself in ways that Helium didn’t.  Helium was my primary choice in the beginning, but as I began to get more comfortable with AC, I gravitated more towards it.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work is:
JM: I have many favorite categories at AC, but when I’m in work mode I tend to check out sources in the Education category.  I’ve gotten some good ideas there and hopefully given some, as well.  I also enjoy personal stories and opinion pieces, especially ones that involve people in the gay community.  I identify with many of the points of view there.

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications, or only on AC?

JM: As I mentioned earlier, I wrote for Helium for a few months.  I’ve got 43 articles over there, but haven’t written for them in a long time.  I also maintain a blog, “John’s Writing Blog”, where I repost many of my AC articles with image support, and “Rants”, for stuff I wouldn’t necessarily post on AC.  Since time is short, and I’ve put more of my efforts into AC recently, I haven’t been too active on those either.

SK: Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article? Read the rest of this entry »

Weekly Roundup: Summer Vacation Planning

In Weekly Roundup on May 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm

With Memorial Day a few weeks away, it may soon be time to start plotting the summer vacation schedule. Whether you’re opting for a ‘staycation’ given the economic climate or heading out on a family roadtrip, here are some summer vacation planning ideas from Sources on AC:

Visit Asheville, NC – Not Just for Mountaineers by Jennifer Morrison

Top 10 Children’s Books to Read This Summer by AmyDawson

Top 20 Beach Party Songs by tikigal

Planning a Summer Vacation on a Budget by Jodi Fields

Top Five Beach Resorts to Visit This Summer! by Erin Rivera

15 Best Vacation Ideas or Road Trips in America by C. Chowder

Take Your Tent to the Beach by Stephany Mcdonal

Tips for Traveling to Phoenix in the Summer Months, by Mona Granroth

Michy Interviews with Associated Content

In AC News on May 1, 2009 at 12:01 am

As many of you know, AC Source Michy (a.k.a. Michelle L. Devon), recently wrapped up a test on AC to find out how much a newbie could realistically earn in a month writing for Associated Content.  AC interviewed Michy and the entire interview can be viewed here.

Keep in mind that AC didn’t know who she was, because she was contributing under a ‘test’ name.

Here are some highlights of what she learned:

  • Four of her 51 articles did get featured on the front page
  • AC does require a significant time investment, and it’s not a ‘get rich quick’ strategy
  • It took an average of 15-25 minutes for Michy to produce a high-quality, approved article, which equates to approx. $9.10 per hour
  • A dedicated writer who worked full-time hours at this rate could realistically make about $1,500 per month, not including the Performance Payments
  • AC is a viable option for people looking for a steady part-time income
  • It’s important for newbies to learn as much as possible so they understand how the system works.  Michy says to “Read all the FAQS…and hit the AC forums to read, read and read.”
  • It’s important to know the market; successful writers understand what types of articles to write and which topics to choose – and this is usually a trial and error process.

Kudos to Michy for completing this month-long test and providing us with honest, objective feedback!