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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


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 »

Meet the AC New York Staff!

In News on October 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm

So here they are (drum roll, please), the team that heads up Associated Content in New York City, plus a few infobytes about some of their roles and history with AC.


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Left to Right: Heather Sangria, Brenna Boyce , Jenny Depper, Darnell Witt (Community Team), Me!, Mike Cohen (CFO), Craig Abruzzo (General Counsel), Jon S. (Director of  Product), Robin Wilson, Andrew Snyder, Melissa Metzger, Emily Genende and Adrienne McCallister (Revenue & Ad Sales Team)

*click below for more!*

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What’s In Store for Associated Content Contributors?

In News, Writing for AC on October 30, 2009 at 1:27 pm

As some of you already know, I jetted off to Associated Content’s New York HQ this past Monday to get the grand tour of the AC digs and meet with the staff (yes, they do exist!).

I had the opportunity to sit down with several AC staff members to share my impressions of the site and ask questions about their short and long term goals, content strategy, and also learn about the role each member of the team plays in the company.

Here’s a quick rundown of Q&As we covered:

Q:  What’s in store for Contributors in the next six months?
A: AC’s CEO Patrick Keane reports that AC will be focusing on creating higher quality content across all categories.

This means there’s a need for strong writers and a high demand for unique, highly-specific content. AC is on the lookout for niche experts, and will be rolling out a verticalization strategy so that Contributors are publishing highly targeted content. Contributors whose content consistently performs well will see the highest returns on their investments in the oncoming years.

AC Darnell and AC Brenna also mentioned the Featured Contributor Program, the first step in rounding up the niche experts in different categories. This is a new opportunity for select Contributors who continue to publish outstanding work in a given niche, and who also have expertise in a certain field.

The Community team is also working on an organized system for newbies who want to learn the ropes at AC…more to come soon.

Other things in store:

  • More Assignments (yay!)
  • A fresh new accounts page with detailed reports
  • Gallery of images that can be used by any Contributor (rights cleared)
  • Overall improvement in quality content
  • More aggressive promotion and distribution of published content
  • Increased demand for hyper-specific, usable content

Q: Can we expect to see increases in upfronts, pageview bonuses and/or paid assignments in the near future? Read the rest of this entry »

AC Announces Best New CP Awards for January 2009

In News on February 5, 2009 at 9:37 pm

The verdict is in!

January’s best new CPs are:

Brooke Lorren

She’s a formal naval officer and homeschool teacher who’s been busy writing about consumer issues, being frugal, and education.  Don’t miss Healthier Fast Food Menus for Families on the Go.

B.A. Rogers

This writer’s motto is “The whole world is fascinating.”  Indeed.  Be sure to check out Don’t Miss the Babies Eating Lemon Craze and Keep Your Butts Off Waikiki.

Coral Levang

She’s working on building a coaching and speaking business in 2009, but is also publishing a library of eclectic content on AC.  Don’t miss Time to Take My Head Out of the Sandbox and Finding Your Balance in Life.

Congratulations to all, and welcome to AC!

Returning Soon from Summer Vacation…

In News on July 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm

After a brief hiatus, I’m happy to report that The AC Daily will be back up and running by the end of July!

Check back soon for some fresh new posts including:

1.  Article idea lists

2. Top 10 articles in a spotlight category

3.  Screencasts of writing tips and ways to promote your content

4. Guest posts from CPs

5.  Tools and tutorials to help you make the most of AC

And, if anybody would like to contribute a guest post or interview for the ‘Who in the World?’ section, send me a note and I’ll be in touch!