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Farewell and Good Luck!

In AC News, News on February 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm

All good things must come to an end…

This is my final post for The AC Weekly. I want to thank you for reading, participating, and keeping up with the latest news about Associated Content over the years!

As most of you know, I’ve been writing for Associated Content by Yahoo! since 2006 and started this blog about three years ago. I launched this blog because at that time, AC writers didn’t have many places to network and get to know each other. This was before AC was on Twitter, had a Facebook presence, and before the Official Associated Content Blog was created.

My goal was to create a community of writers, provide the latest news about AC, and interview outstanding Contributors and staff members.

My mission has been accomplished 🙂

The AC/Yahoo! Community has evolved so much since 2007, and we now have a dedicated blog on the Yahoo! Contributor Network that will feature Contributors, offer writing tips and inform of us of the latest happenings on the YCN grid.

Thank you again for your loyalty and continued support. It’s been wonderful getting to know you all!

I am still an active Contributor on AC/Yahoo! and you can follow my writing-related (and other) updates on Twitter: @sabahk.

I will be leaving this blog up for anyone interested in reading the archives, and for looking back at the amazing changes at Associated Content over the past few years.

In the words of Garrison Keillor, “be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

~ Sabah


Thanksgiving Wishes!

In AC News on November 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to fellow AC/Yahoo! Contributors, Associated Content and Yahoo! Contributor Network Staff, and loyal fans!

Thanks for another great year and your continued support 🙂

Have a safe and happy holiday week!


Media Coverage of the Yahoo! Contributor Network Launch

In AC News, News on November 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm


The BIG news for AC Contributors (now “Yahoo! Contributors”) this past week was the official transition to Yahoo! territory.

All AC content is now housed on the Yahoo! Contributor Network and many Contributors can see which pieces have been published on Yahoo! channels including Shine, OMG!, Yahoo! News and Yahoo! Finance.

Exciting stuff 🙂

The official announcement about the Associated Content and Yahoo! partnership took place early this summer, and Associated Content has undergone several changes since then.  The announcement for the launch of the Yahoo! Contributor Network took place on Monday, November 15 and has been covered by several major media and news outlets.

I was interviewed for this piece by USA Today, and several other publishers have also covered the story. Here’s a roundup in case you missed them:

Official Yahoo! Press Release: Yahoo! Adds the Voice of the People with the Launch of the Yahoo! Contributor Network

The New York Times: Yahoo Seeks News from Its Users

MediaPost Raw: Yahoo Contributor Network Debuts Yahoo! launches its Contributor Network: an ‘evolution’ of Associated Content

Digital Journal: Yahoo launches network featuring exclusive content

Website Magazine +  podcast: Yahoo’s Contributor Network, Exploring the Freelance Marketplace Associated Content Rebrands as ‘Yahoo Contributor Network’ Yahoo Contributor Network Wants User-Generated Content

Yahoo! News Weekend Edition: Yahoo! to open sites to outside contributors

Read more about the Yahoo! Contributor Network on the official Associated Content blog!


AC Unveils New Contributor Profiles

In AC News, News on August 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Associated Content from Yahoo! has unveiled a sneak peek of our new Contributor profiles.

The profiles will be rolling out very soon (specific date TBD), and now include a number of customizable features, including a Featured Content widget where you can choose which pieces of content to showcase at any given time, and a category filter where you can share content by category.

Big thanks to the AC team for redesigning and launching the new look!

More info about the launch can be found on the Associated Content blog.

In other news… Read the rest of this entry »

Exclusive Interview with Yahoo! Managing Editor Chris Barr

In AC News on July 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm

The “Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing and Creating Content for the Digital World” hit bookstores on July 6, 2010 and is one of the most comprehensive writing resources for Web content specialists, bloggers, UI designers and anyone working in the digital content field.

If you’re an Associated Content Contributor, pick up a copy of this book (or snag one from AC’s giveaway — more details at the end of this post) so that you can find out exactly what type of content Yahoo! is looking for, how to fine-tune your writing for the Web, and how to deliver compelling, quality content consistently — Yahoo! style!

I caught up with Chris Barr, one of Yahoo!’s managing editors, to learn more about the guide, and also picked up a few writing tips straight from the source.

Feel free to leave questions and comments at the end of this post, and bookmark the official Yahoo! Style Guide website so that you have full access to the free tips and posts from Yahoo! editors.

About the Yahoo! Style Guide

Chris Barr explains that the Yahoo! Style Guide,  “started out as an internal reference on how to write “Yahoo!” and was used by Yahoo! Web content developers to attract and build audiences. Little by little the guide grew as Yahoo! ventured into new areas, and was asked for by writers, marketers, editors, programmers, community managers, and product managers. Today it provides guidance for all writers in the company network, whether they’re bloggers, video producers, reporters, newsletter copywriters, or documentation specialists. We’re happy to share these best practices with the world because everybody benefits when content is concise and easy to read.”

Exclusive Interview with Chris Barr

SK: How many people contributed to the Yahoo! Style Guide?

CB: A core group of 12 put together “The Yahoo! Style Guide,” but it was influenced by many past and present Yahoo! writers, editors, and content creators. We name more than 40 people in the acknowledgements and I’m sure we missed a number of valuable contributors.

SK: Tell us a little bit about yourself! How long have you been with Yahoo! and what are your primary roles and responsibilities. What inspired you to create the book?

CB: I’m a long-time online editor, beginning at PC Magazine in the 1980s — a time when “online” was not the Internet, and I became the founding editor-in-chief of CNET in 1995.

I joined Yahoo! in 2007 and serve as senior editorial director. My team:

  • Sets the global editorial standards for Yahoo! style and voice, all aspects of user interaction text, blogging guidelines, policy (advertorial, appropriateness), and similar documentation
  • Teaches Yahoos worldwide how to be better writers and editors, whether they’re blogging, programming front doors, creating new products, or writing for marketing or public relations
  • Upholds the standards through editing or writing copy for new properties and features as well as visible network and corporate content, such as front page packages, blogs (News, entertainment), marketing copy, press releases, etc.

The guide is based on the “Yahoo! Editorial Style Guide” that was in use when I arrived. It was so good that I thought with a little rework we could make it available to writers outside Yahoo!. Little did I know that it would take two years to complete!

SK: How does Associated Content factor into Yahoo!’s overall editorial strategy?
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Roundup of Welcome Letters from Yahoo! Editors

In AC News on June 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Last month’s BIG news was the announcement of the Associated Content and Yahoo! partnership, and since then we’ve heard from several Yahoo!  editors about what Contributors can expect from the transition, and how the partnership will affect the site.

If you missed them, below is a roundup of the latest posts from some of the editors at Yahoo!

Introduce yourself, leave a comment and subscribe to the editor’s articles to keep up with the latest updates…

Welcome Letter from Dory Devlin, Editor at Yahoo! Shine, the #4 women’s lifestyle site on the web. Dory Devlin has been part of the Yahoo! team since 2006 and was part of the launch of Yahoo! Shine in 2008. She is a former newspaper reporter, columnist writer and freelance magazine writer.

Welcome Letter from Dave DiMartino, Executive Editor of Yahoo! Music (Y! Music). Dave DiMartino has served as the editor of CREEM, the West Coast Bureau Chief of Billboard magazine, and as a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly. He was also the executive editor of LAUNCH, an Internet music site and CD-ROM magazine that was purchased by Yahoo! in 2001.

Welcome Letter from Matthew Idema, Vice President of Yahoo! Local and an invitation to share your ideas on improvements to the AC platform and publishing opportunities. Matthew Idema is responsible for managing Yahoo! Local’s strategy and operating plan, and works on both Yahoo! America and Yahoo! Canada properties.

Exclusive Interview: AC’s Founder Luke Beatty Talks About the Yahoo! Partnership

In AC News on May 21, 2010 at 10:00 am

Associated Content and Yahoo! announced their partnership this past Tuesday, and the AC Community has been left with dozens of questions. What will happen to the Forums? Will we still be able to earn residuals on our published content? Why is the AC home page now purple??

In the midst of the recent buzz, I caught up with AC’s Founder and President Luke Beatty to answer these, and other pressing questions about the status of Contributors and AC content during the oncoming transition.

Put your minds at ease, folks — good things are on the horizon 🙂

Here’s what’s in store for AC Contributors and Yahoo!’s content expansion plan:

SK: What were the top three reasons to close the deal with Yahoo! What were your primary goals for creating this partnership?

LB: This acquisition didn’t come out of nowhere — it’s something we’ve been driving toward since day one. It’s always been about expanding our network and allowing more and more individuals to take part in the emerging content economy. The growth we’ve achieved on our own has been astounding, but this partnership means that we’ll soon be operating on a much higher level.

The top three reasons for the partnership were:

#1: Consistent vision. The most important thing was the Yahoo! team’s solid grasp of AC’s mission, and firm commitment to carrying that torch. They didn’t buy us simply for our technology, our library or our community – they understand that it’s the relationship between those things that matters.
#2: New opportunities & scale. We already had a content partnership with Yahoo! on a few of their new initiatives. Needless to say, our Contributors nailed it. Now we have the opportunity to blow this out on a much larger scale, helping to power the web’s largest media company. To say this is like a dream come true is a huge understatement.
#3: An awesome team. Yahoo! management is the best in the industry, and I couldn’t be happier about having the entire AC staff be a part of this team.

SK: You mentioned an increased distribution of our content with the Yahoo! partnership. Does this mean more page view earnings, or just more exposure for Contributors?

LB: Both. 100%.  As the relationship grows, Contributors will have the opportunity to produce content for lots of different Yahoo! channels, like Yahoo! Autos, Yahoo! Finance, OMG, Shine, etc.  Your presence will be felt throughout the Yahoo! network.

SK: Will Yahoo/AC introduce new quality standards for content? If so, what will Contributors need to do in order to meet those standards?

LB: I hope so.  We always want better quality content.  I know that Yahoo wants it too.  And, frankly, neighboring contributors don’t want their quality content associated with poor quality content.  Our quality expectations have been evolving gradually (we’ve been at it for 5 years), and that’s going to continue. Yahoo! or not, our content ought to be of a higher quality today than it was yesterday.

SK: Will Contributors still be able to earn Performance Payments through the same or similar PV bonus program, or will the opportunity to earn residual income with AC cease to exist? Does Yahoo!  have plans to introduce other bonus/residual programs?

LB: We have no intention of pulling back any payment programs that are currently in place. Bottom line: there will be far more earning opportunities, not fewer.

SK: What will make publishing with Yahoo!/AC different than publishing elsewhere? (e.g., Demand Studios, BrightHub)

LB: We’re already distinguished by the sheer size of our community and by the fact that we allow Contributors to claim exclusive assignments and publish on any topic they choose. Moving forward, the biggest differentiator may well be the venues: through our platform, you’ll soon be able to contribute to some of the best content destinations on the web.

SK: Is the Associated Content site really going to be shut down by the end of the third quarter? If not, what can we expect the site look like in a few months? Read the rest of this entry »

AC’s Haiti Relief Content Drive Extended

In AC News on January 25, 2010 at 2:32 am

Hundreds of Contributors have already submitted content about Haiti relief efforts after the devastation in Haiti these past few weeks, and Associated Content is picking up its donation strategy by extending the Haiti Relief Content Drive call for submissions to January 26, 2010.

You still have a few days to pick up this assignment, and AC will still send $5 + a Performance Payment match to the International Rescue Committee.

More information about AC’s donations through IRC can be found on the AC Blog.

Need some inspiration? Check out the work of these AC Contributors to get started.

Congrats to All PMA 2009 Winners!

In AC News on January 25, 2010 at 2:30 am

Associated Content announced the Contributors of the Year and Content of the Year for the 2009 PMAs this past Friday, so be sure to congratulate each award winner and take a look at some of their latest submissions!

Missed the PMA 2009 announcement?

Here’s the scoop on this year’s winner’s circle:

Contributors of the Year

Contributor of the Year: Crystal Ray

Community Spirit Award: Lyn Lomasi

News Contributor of the Year: Saul Relative

Rookie of the Year: Juniper Russo Tarascio

Audio / Video Contributor of the Year: Tiffany Pridgen

Content of the Year

Galapagos Islands Threatened by the Wrong Kind of TourismBrad Sylvester

Confessions of a Bone Collector Rochelle Connery

Challenge for Metro Detroit Charities: Fewer Donors, More People in Need Michael Thompson

A Widow’s View on the U.S. Health Care DebateB.L. Boitson

Coping with a Child’s Cancer Diagnosis Maria Roth

AC also recognized a piece by Betsy Malone, Say Yes to Happiness. Betsy passed away on November 17, 2009. Associated Content is making a donation to in her honor.

Nominations Now Open for 2009 People’s Media Awards

In AC News on December 2, 2009 at 7:26 pm

AC has opened up nominations for the 2009 People’s Media Awards, an opportunity to recognize the most talented and prolific writers and active community members among us.

AC is doing things a little differently this year, giving Contributors a chance to nominate their favorite Contributors and pieces of content directly through the Profile page. New additions include the Community Spirit Award ($1500 prize) and the Rookie of the Year Award ($500 prize).

Here’s the scoop on the awards and categories:

“Any piece of content can be nominated for one of five Content of the Year awards. The author of each winning piece will receive $500. Please help us by finding and nominating the most insightful, inspiring, unique, useful, powerful and poignant pieces of content published on Associated Content in 2009. Winners can be in any format (text, audio, video, slideshows) and come from any category of the AC library.

Contributors can be nominated for one of the following awards:

Contributor of the Year: A prolific and gifted Contributor who reached a large audience in 2009, and built up an outstanding library of useful content that will continue to perform over time. Prize: $1500

Community Spirit Award: Someone who creates lots of valuable content, and gives back to the AC Community by guiding others along the path to success. This is the first year we’re offering this award! Prize: $1500

News Contributor of the Year: A prolific and plugged-in Contributor who supplied AC readers with a year’s worth of professional and topical news content. Prize: $500

Audio / Video Contributor of the Year: A Contributor who published striking, original audio and/or video content in 2009. Prize: $500

Rookie of the Year: A Contributor who joined AC between August 2008 and August 2009, and quickly discovered the path to success. This is the first year we’re offering this award! Prize: $500″

Cast your votes now by logging in to your Profile page!