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This Valentine’s Day: I Heart AC!

In AC Nuggets on February 14, 2009 at 4:00 am

‘Tis the season for chocolate, roses and Valentine’s Day revelries so I was intent on baking up at least one chocolate treat this season.

Here it is…a sweet tribute* to Associated Content and the community at large!

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AC Nuggets: Fun February Holidays

In AC Nuggets, Writing Tips on January 22, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Having trouble coming up with unique article ideas?

Set your sights on any of these fun holidays coming up in February; get them in now so they enter the queue well before the end of the month!

February Is…

AC Nuggets – Article Ideas List for the ‘Best of AC’ Awards

In AC Nuggets on August 6, 2008 at 6:00 am

AC’s recent announcement of the Best of AC Awards has hundreds of CPs researching away on the month’s key topics:  Back to School, Entertainment and the Olympics 2008. 

If you’re anxious to win but can’t drum up any article ideas, here’ s a list of topics and headlines to help you get started with the Back to School and Entertainment categories:

Back to School Topics

  1. Tips on Buying Back to School Supplies in (your city)
  2. How to Prepare Your Child for their First Back to School Season
  3. Ways to Get Up Early for Back to School Season
  4. Top Ten Ways to Save Money on Back to School Shopping
  5. How to Avoid the Crowds for Back to School Shopping in (your city)
  6. Top Fashion Trends for Tweens – Back to School 2008
  7. Top Fashion Trends for Teenage Boys – Back to School 2008
  8. How to Prepare Preschoolers for Back to School Season
  9. Healthy Lunch Choices for Back to School Season
  10. How to Save Money on Back to School Clothing

Entertainment Topics

  1. Top Five Family Comedy Shows for Fall 2008
  2. Top 10 New Shows on NBC for Fall 2008
  3. Top 10 New Shows on CBS for Fall 2008
  4. Top 10 New Shows on ABC for Fall 2008
  5. Best Disney Movie Releases for Fall 2008
  6. Best Cartoon Movie Releases for Fall and Winter 2008
  7. Top Six Reality TV Shows to Look Out for in Fall 2008
  8. Where to Find an IMAX Theater in (your town)
  9. Where to Catch Broadway Shows in (your town)
  10. Top Fashion Trends from High School Musical

Make sure your article is searchable and uses at least 2-3 keywords or keyphrases related to your topic; it’s an easy way to snag a spot on the front page of features!

More information about the Awards can be found here:  The Best of AC Awards

 

 

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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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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AC Nuggets: Finding Images for Articles

In AC Nuggets on February 12, 2008 at 6:00 am

Adding images to your AC content simply increases the value of your piece. Pictures make the article just a little more fun to read, eye-catching on your profile page, and they’re also good for SEO when you use the right words in your description.

As long as you comply with AC’s copyright guidelines and get permission to use the picture from the author, you can post some great images with your article.

Without further ado, here’s how to track down some pictures for your next article – I present to you, TEN websites to find high quality, copyright-free, and free-to-use image galleries.

Keep in mind, however that only SIX are considered acceptable use by AC (see below).  Still, you can use these galleries for blogs or other online projects of choosing:
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AC Nuggets: Seven Deadly Mistakes of Writing for AC

In AC Nuggets on January 28, 2008 at 6:00 am

Struggling with developing just the right article?

When you’re searching for topics, crafting your story, and filling your masterpiece with just enough keywords, make sure your hard work will pay off. Many new CPs are turned off writing for AC when they start stocking up more declines than attractive offers, and it definitely can lower the motivation to keep writing.

Still, there are ways to avoid the ‘we cannot accept this…’ message by avoiding the top seven deadly mistakes. Here’s how:

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AC Nuggets: Writing SEO Articles Fit For Human Consumption

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

Many AC writers struggle with writing SEO articles that can capture the reader’s attention just like a ‘normal’ article. If search engine optimization and keyword dense articles aren’t part of your vocabulary, you’re missing an important element of web writing. And one that’s probably costing you.

With thousands of AC writers frantically trying to ‘promote’ articles, sending off links to innocent souls, joining social networks to share their work, it’s hard to determine what’s actually working. Most are quickly disappointed when that page view counter just won’t budge.

Promoting your articles via Yahoo! Answers, Facebook, and yes, even MySpace, are great for building readership and staying in touch with fans and other writers. However, they offer only a limited amount of page views that will make a difference to your bottom line.

If you find yourself dropping links and chit-chatting away for hours in hopes of generating page views for just one article, it’s time to get back to the basics.

Writing a quality article designed for the search engines.

Writing for search engines doesn’t mean you have to spit out non-sensical paragraphs, keyword strings, or write copy that’s screams manipulation.

There’s an art and science of writing SEO articles that are fit for human consumption. Here’s what you need to know:

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AC Nuggets: Making the Most of Yahoo! Answers to Promote Your Content

In AC Nuggets on January 16, 2008 at 7:00 am

Looking for even more ways to boost those pageviews?  Answering questions in forums is one option, but an entire community awaits on Yahoo! Answers.  It’s grown to become one of the web’s biggest Q&A portals, and though it’s intimidating at first, it doesn’t take long to establish a presence in this community.

As you’re busy pumping out those links to the masses in an effort to boost your page views, it’s good to know that there’s another place to publish your links – and not in a spam effort.

Yahoo! Answers is a growing online portal that has taken social networking to a whole new level. In this public Q&A ‘forum,’ any participant can pitch a question and get an answer within a short period of time from the community.

Read more on How to Use Yahoo! Answers to Promote Your AC Content 

-courtesy of yours truly 🙂

AC Nuggets: Countdown to the 2007 PMA Awards Announcement

In AC News, AC Nuggets on January 11, 2008 at 7:00 am

If you’re not already checking the AC forum pages daily for the latest updates on the 2007 PMA Awards, now is the time to make your predictions for this year’s winner.

AC will be announcing the winner ‘sometime in January’ but as of this post, nobody (except maybe the winners already selected and busy signing affidavits?) knows who or what was won…

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