In Interviews on October 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm
With over 1,100 pieces of content published on AC, Summer Banks is a busy Medical Assistant and freelance writer, turning out hundreds of articles on health and wellness, business, dieting and weight loss, and fertility. She’s been publishing on Associated Content since 2007 and is now a Clout 10 writer.
I caught up with this talented writer to find out more about her AC career and what has inspired to stick with writing on this site for almost four years…
SK: How did you get started writing for AC?
SB: In January of 2005, our family moved to Iron Mountain, Michigan and I left work to be a stay-at-home mom to our one year old twins. After 18 months, my brain was trying to push its way out of my ear and I knew I needed to exercise my most precious commodity. I started searching online for work at home jobs and stumbled on Associated Content in January 2007. Soon after I published my first piece, Confessions of a Cutter, and the rest (as they say) is Associated Content history.
SK: What inspired you to join AC?
SB: The ability to write words and be paid for it and occasionally share my passion on topics most people will not discuss. I have never been the homemaker type and needed, more than wanted, to contribute to the financial pot, so to speak. I needed to feel responsible for more than diapers and child care so Associated Content filled that void.
SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work? Read the rest of this entry »
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 »