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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 »

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 »

Meet AC Rockstar Kassidy Emerson

In Interviews on December 6, 2009 at 12:52 am

As she makes her way to the 10 million – yes 10 million – page view mark, Kassidy Emerson has attracted a steady following with thousands of articles about gardening, DIY and home improvement, family and lifestyle topics. She’s an AC rockstar who’s been with AC since February 2005 and has worked as a professional freelance writer for over a decade.

With over 5,000 articles published on the web, you’ve probably run into a few when searching for how-to articles and product reviews. Here’s what Kassidy has to say about promoting her content and her plans with AC for 2010 and beyond:

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

KE: I started when the site was rather new. AC was craving content and  I was searching for a decent site to write for. When we found each other, it took time for me to trust AC because so many similar sites had gone belly up. Once I determined they were here to stay, we clicked, and I’ve been an AC addict ever since.

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

KE: I’ve written for similar web sites over the years. I can honestly say that I’ve never written for such a top-notch site before. AC values their writers. They reward good work and performance.

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?

KE: I think ahead to upcoming holidays and special events. I also think about articles that match the month. Examples: Sept.-canning produce, Oct.- raking leaves, etc. I then brainstorm possible article topics. The ones I feel inspired about, I write.

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

KE: I would have gotten serious about writing for AC earlier. (see #1)

SK: Do you use any social media tools to promote your content? If so, which ones?

KE: Mainly Digg and LinkedIn.

SK: Are you on Twitter? Tell us where! Read the rest of this entry »

Meet AC Rockstar Agnes Farside

In Interviews on November 8, 2009 at 7:02 pm

annaShe’s one of AC’s Top 1000 Contributors and juggles a full-time job and writing articles on a wide range of topics. Agnes Farside has been on AC since September 2007 and published over 400 articles on crafts, hobbies, movies, gardening, travel, fitness an quilting. Here’s what this AC rockstar has to share with her fans and AC Contributors:

SK: How long did it take you to become an AC addict?
AF: I was hooked right from the start.

SK: Why have you stuck with AC for so long?
AF: AC allows me to write on just about any subject.  The site is easy to maneuver and I love getting paid for my articles.

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?
AF: What I write about depends on a lot of things.  The seasons inspire me to write timely articles pertaining to each one.  Holidays or any upcoming event can also get me thinking of writing an article.  I do crafting, gardening and love to quilt, which provide great topics to write about.  I might write my thoughts on a hot political topic or a personal issue that affected me in some way.

SK: If you could start your AC writing career over again, what is the one thing you would do differently?
AF: I would research more on how to write my articles to be more searchable on the internet.  I would not rush and would profread for errors more.

SK: Do you use any social media tools to promote your content? If so, which ones?
AF: I use FaceBook to promote my articles.  I work full time and do not have time for much more than that.  I have printed cards with my AC url on it and pass them out to people at various venues. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet AC Rockstar A. Hermitt

In Interviews on November 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm

ahermittA busy homeschooling mom, A. Hermitt has been rocking the AC waves since March 2005 and published over 1,400 pieces of content. She’s one of AC’s most prolific writers, publishing on topics including parenting, home and garden, education and interior designing amongst dozens of others.

I caught up with A. Hermitt to find out why she’s stuck with AC for so long, and what she hopes to accomplish in 2010:

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

AH: I wouldn’t call myself an addict, but it took me about a year to see the value of it.  I submitted a few articles when the website we new and came back a year later to find I had a bunch of traffic, so I started writing regularly.

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

AH: I’m kind of loyal… like a puppy.

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?

AH: I try to write within the season, pulling events from news or life to write about.  That keeps the writing fresh and relevant.

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

AH: I would have taken a different approach to making videos.  I HATE the videos I made a few years ago.

SK: Do you use any social media tools to promote your content? If so, which ones? 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.

Enjoy!

AC NYC 2009 017

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 »

Summary of AC’s Social Media Happy Hour 9.15

In AC News on September 15, 2009 at 10:54 pm

AC Jelena and AC Darnell hosted the Social Media Happy Hour on AC tonight, and answered some of the pressing questions Contributors have about Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and spamming 101.

If you missed Happy Hour or want to catch up on the details, here’s a summary* of the session:

*note: some responses from AC Jelena have been paraphrased for easy reading

What’s the value of Twitter?
AC Jelena:
Building relationships, increasing the chances of your content going viral, and engaging in an active community.

What is your opinion on sharing links on Facebook?
AC Jelena: The top link-sharing website, but you need to engage with the community on a regular basis. Facebook is a ‘more personalized version of Twitter’ but it’s still important to engage regularly.

What is your opinion on sharing links on Social bookmarking sites?
AC Jelena: You don’t need to use your own profile, less personal. Social bookmarking sites are more about voting, What is your opinion on sharing links on sharing and engaging in the community.

What is your opinion on sharing links on MySpace?
AC Jelena: MySpace is one of the few social sites that still uses follow links that may provide some indexing benefits for articles

What is the line between networking and spamming?
AC Jelena: 4:1 ratio for sites like Twitter, Facebook, etc.
20:1 ratio for StumbleUpon

Check out the terms of use/networking guidelines for each site so you aren’t guilty of spamming.

Is there a difference in using AC-based sharing tools vs. manual submissions?
AC Jelena: There isn’t a difference in the tools, and the AC sharing tool will be modified in the near future.

Which third-party Twitter applications do you prefer?
AC Jelena: You don’t always need the bells and whistles of applications like HootSuite or Tweetdeck, but I prefer to update it directly from my browser.
(AC Darnell) uses Tweetdeck because he finds it easier to keep track of groups, RT and use various functions

What can you say about the value of Yahoo! Buzz?
AC Jelena: A lot of users on Yahoo! Buzz (and Mixx) are a mix of frustrated Digg users and they generally don’t cater to the young, tech-savvy user.

How important do you think it is to use the same pen name, avatar, etc. across different networks and social networking sites?
AC Jelena: If you’re not comfortable disclosing your real name, it’s important to maintain some level of consistency with the same username and/or profile information.

How much of your personal life should you post on social sites? Read the rest of this entry »

Who in the World is Jeffrey Weeks?

In Interviews on September 2, 2009 at 8:00 am

jeffreymugHe’s the weekly columnist for the Brunswick Beacon newspaper in North Carolina and an award-winning freelance writer with a passion for saltwater fishing and popular entertainment.

Jeffrey Weeks is also a prolific Contributor on AC, and has been drumming up articles about seafood, music, movies, and entertainment reviews since April 2009. He’s also one of AC’s ‘Rising Stars’ for 2009.

I caught up with this busy dad, writer and fishing enthusiast to find out who in the world Jeffrey Weeks really is…

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
JW: I’ve written for a local newspaper for years and started up a blog. Lots of fishing reports, updates on my girls, and entertainment commentary. I wanted to do some really long posts on it, but didn’t want to clutter it up. AC was perfect. I can do my short stuff on my blog and link to the long stuff on AC!

SK: What inspired you to join?
JW: It’s a very cool name. I like to feel associated. It’s better than feeling disconnected.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work is:
JW: Arts and Entertainment. I’m a huge fan of Joss Whedon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) and a lot of actors and actresses associated with sci-fi/fantasy stuff. I love the shows Smallville, Fringe, and Dollhouse—and the cancelled shows Buffy, Angel, and Firefly. Allison Mack is a goddess.

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

Weekly Roundup: Summer Diet Do’s and Don’ts

In Weekly Roundup on July 10, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Is your daily diet helping you stay in shape this summer, or has eating healthy taken a backseat?

Here are a few pointers from AC contributors that might help you get your summer diet back on track:

Best Foods to Eat for a Summer Diet by Rebecca Broadway

Tasty and Simple Summer Diet Recipes by Patrece Snow

How to Grill Fruits and Vegetables by Cathy Miller

Top 10 Summer Diet Tips by Jason Cooley

Easy Summer Recipes to Keep You on a Healthy Summer Diet! by Eileen Koetter

Little Steps to a Great Summer Diet Plan by Devon Taylor

Great Summer Diet Lunch by C. Isgro

Seasonal Eating: Six Summer Superfoods by Lee Gibson