Posts Tagged ‘ac interviews’

Who in the World is Summer Banks?

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 »


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 »

Meet AC Rockstar Rose Elizabeth Kitchen

In Interviews, Writing for AC on December 27, 2009 at 1:36 am

Illustrator, musician and rockstar AC writer Rose Elizabeth Kitchen has been publishing away since December 2007 and has almost reached the 600-article mark. She’s a Featured Health & Wellness Contributor and has a background in healthcare as a freelance medical writer. She’s also an editor and writes on a variety of subjects including nursing, criminal justice, alternative medicine and dieting.

I caught up with this talented writer to find out what’s in store for her AC career and where else we can find her online…

SK: How long did it take you to become an AC addict?

RK: Just a few days.  Once I got my first upfront payment I was hooked.  It felt great to find a place that would pay pay me to produce great articles on the subjects that interest me the most.

SK: Why have you stuck with AC for so long?

RK: Because I believe in AC.  Sure the glitches are aggravating, but I truly believe AC has our (the Contributors) best interest in mind.  AC allowed me to learn web-writing while making an income.  By writing for AC I also picked up several private clients that contacted me because of my articles on AC.  The community also plays a major role.  The people I have met at AC are some of the most amazing people and they have greatly enriched my life.

SK: Out of all of the topics you write about, how do you decide which ones to develop or focus on in any given month?

RK: When a holiday is approaching I dedicate time to writing articles about that holiday because it always pays off.  When a holiday is not approaching I work on my niche which is health and wellness.  Health and wellness always pays off and it gives me the chance to still work in medicine without actually working in a hospital or clinic.  I like being able to further my medical knowledge and the knowledge of others by writing health and wellness articles.  I also keep track of medical news and awareness months and focus a few articles around those.

SK: If you could start your AC writing career over again, what is the one thing you would do differently?

RK: I would have taken the time to learn more about web-writing and SEO first.  I encourage all new writers to take advantage of the AC forums prior to submitting their first article.  If I could redo my first several articles I would.  Though they were written well, they really had no SEO and, for the majority of them, it shows in the page views.

SK: Do you use any social media tools to promote your content? If so, which ones? Read the rest of this entry »

Meet AC Rockstar Mary Kirkland

In Interviews on December 12, 2009 at 11:50 pm

When she’s not writing about pets, parenting and scrapbooking, you might catch Mary Kirkland watching a horror movie or working on a craft project. This AC Rockstar has been publishing with Associated Content since December 2006.

I managed to catch up with her to find out what she’s tweeting about, why she enjoys publishing on AC, and a few pointers for being successful on AC in the long-term.

Here’s the scoop…

SK: How long did it take you to become an AC addict?

MK: As soon as my first and then second article was published, I knew I was addicted. I knew from the time I was little that I wanted to write. I wasn’t sure what type of writing I really wanted to do until my first article was accepted. The rush you get when you realize you are actually getting paid to write and people are reading what you write and leaving good comments because they like what they are reading, becomes very addictive.

SK: Why have you stuck with AC for so long?

MK: I’ve heard about other sites where I can write and get paid for my articles but this is the site that I like and feel comfortable publishing my articles with. I can work at my own pace and I really like the interaction with the other Authors on the site. Most people are very receptive to questions, and are willing to help other authors with problems they might have.

SK: Out of all of the topics you write about, how do you decide which ones to develop or focus on in any given month?

MK: I tend to write about things that I know about. I write about small exotic animals ie…hamsters, rats, gerbils, mice ect. I always keep a notebook with me and when I get an idea I write it down. If I see something while watching a television show that I think would be a good article, I write a note to myself. So whatever I happen to want to write about at any given moment is what gets written

SK: If you could start your AC writing career over again, what is the one thing you would do differently?

MK: I would definitely have taken more time to learn about writing for the web and how it differs from other styles of writing. After getting that first article published I figured I knew everything I needed to know. I thought, “Hey, I got published. I must be doing something right.” After a while though, it became apparent there was alot more to learn.

SK: Do you use any social media tools to promote your content? If so, which ones? Read the rest of this entry »

Who in the World is Rich Thomas?

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm


He began freelance writing in 1997 in the field of boxing journalism, and soon ventured into reviewing books, and his hobby soon become a regularly-paying gig by 2007. Writing is now the larger of Rich Thomas‘s two part-time jobs, and he works as a Travel Editor for two websites. Rich lives in Lisbon, Portugal with his wife, and is busy teaching English, working on a novel, learning Portuguese, and entertaining his two dogs – and still manages to squeeze in time for AC.

Here’s what this Source has to say about writing for Associated Content:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
RT: I found it based on a recommendation from someone who was reading my blog. I wrote that I was experimenting with performance-based writing, and they suggested I look at AC.

SK: What inspired you to join?
RT: Compared to what I was doing back in the very early days of my current run as a freelancer, it offered the best deal: a combination of flat-fee and performance payments.

SK:  Your favorite content category to browse at work:
RT: I was the test subject in Travel for the Category Editor program, which I suppose makes me the “Senior Travel Editor.” Therefore, I spend the most time ferretting out travel articles for featuring, and looking for good authors who need pointers and encouragement.

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications, or only for AC? Read the rest of this entry »

Who in the World is CJ Mathis?

In Interviews on February 9, 2009 at 10:00 am

She’s happily married to an Army soldier and has traveled around the globe to find newsworthy places, people and destinations to write about.

CJ Mathis has reached the 8th planet on AC by writing about consumer issues, healthcare, relatioships and travel.  I caught up with this talented, coffee-loving writer to find out who in the world CJ Mathis really is:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
CM: I ran across a blog post regarding AC and how great the site was.  I checked it out and thought perhaps I could share some of my knowledge with others.

SK:Your favorite content category to browse at work:
CM: I am retired so I don’t usually do any browsing at work.  I like to look at all the different categories on AC so that I get a taste of everything each week.

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications or only on AC?
CM: I am involved with other sites for photography only.  I have not branched out to other sites for writing though.  I am not in it to earn a lot of money so that being said I guess AC is a hobby for me.  I am way too old to be discovered as a Journalist and my dream of being an overseas correspondent will never come to light.  I am just satisfied to be able to write articles and have others enjoy reading them for now.

SK:Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article?
CM: I think my biggest PV article is my article on The Trojan Finger Massager – it gets a thousand PV’s each update.

SK: Name one website you visit at least once per day:
CM: Ning – I usually visit it late at night and see what the group is up too.  I also visit the National News sites and my Bank at least once a day.

SK: Three CPs that have inspired you/whose work you enjoy reading regularly:
CM: I love reading the work of Angie Mohr and Elizabeth Kitchen and I must admit I look at all of the Barefoots and E’s new articles each time they publish.

SK: Your favorite form of caffeine?
CM: I make my own espresso so that is my kick for the day.  I drink about 25 cups of coffee a day and love each cup to the last drop.

SK: A favorite hobby when you’re not writing for AC:
CM: I love to travel, ride horses, read books, and am an avid crime scene follower.

SK: One pearl of wisdom for any AC Content Producer?
CM: I would love to see everyone strive to excel at AC the better we write the more we will achieve.

SK: Your favorite quote about writing or otherwise?

CM: I don’t really have a quote.  My mother taught me that if I am going to do something I should do it the best that I can.