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Who in the World is Ryan Christopher DeVault?

In Interviews on January 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

He’s a stay-at-home Dad who enjoys spending time with his family, tuning in to the latest sports news and keeping up with the latest TV shows. He’s turned his hobbies and interests into a career, and Ryan Christopher DeVault continues to be among the top Sports and Arts & Entertainment Contributors on Associated Content by Yahoo!

He’s a full-time freelance writer and happy to have the luxury of working his own schedule. When he’s not busy writing and taking care of the fam, you can find him hiking or spending time exploring new cities. I caught up with this talented writer to find out what his writing goals are, and who has inspired him to continue building his flourishing writing career on AC by Yahoo!…

SK: How did you get started writing for AC?
RD: Originally I started out as just someone posting articles sporadically, and that lasted for more than a year.  When the 2008 Summer Olympics started though, I became extremely active, and really got into the flow of participating on the site.

SK: What inspired you to join?
RD: One of my friends was talking about how fun it was to write on Associated Content, so one day I finally decided to give it a try.  His name is Alex Diaz-Granados.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work is:
RD: Definitely Arts & Entertainment.  There is always so much going on in the television and film industry that you can miss a lot by taking a day off.  There are so many great contributors on Associated Content that provide quite a bit of news about what is going on in entertainment.

SK: What are your goals on Associated Content by Yahoo!? Read the rest of this entry »

Michy Interviews with Associated Content

In AC News on May 1, 2009 at 12:01 am

As many of you know, AC Source Michy (a.k.a. Michelle L. Devon), recently wrapped up a test on AC to find out how much a newbie could realistically earn in a month writing for Associated Content.  AC interviewed Michy and the entire interview can be viewed here.

Keep in mind that AC didn’t know who she was, because she was contributing under a ‘test’ name.

Here are some highlights of what she learned:

  • Four of her 51 articles did get featured on the front page
  • AC does require a significant time investment, and it’s not a ‘get rich quick’ strategy
  • It took an average of 15-25 minutes for Michy to produce a high-quality, approved article, which equates to approx. $9.10 per hour
  • A dedicated writer who worked full-time hours at this rate could realistically make about $1,500 per month, not including the Performance Payments
  • AC is a viable option for people looking for a steady part-time income
  • It’s important for newbies to learn as much as possible so they understand how the system works.  Michy says to “Read all the FAQS…and hit the AC forums to read, read and read.”
  • It’s important to know the market; successful writers understand what types of articles to write and which topics to choose – and this is usually a trial and error process.

Kudos to Michy for completing this month-long test and providing us with honest, objective feedback!

Weekly Roundup: Celebrate Spring with the Spring Cleaning Bug

In Weekly Roundup on March 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm

It’s officially Spring which means it’s high time you cleaned off those cobwebs, reorganized the closets and downsized garage inventory for the warmer months ahead.

Get motivated with these spring cleaning tips from AC writers across the board:

How to Survive Spring Cleaning with Allergies by Deborah Maher

Spring Cleaning for Busy Lifestyles by Angie H.

Simple and Quick Spring Cleaning Ideas by Jenne Joy

Making Spring Cleaning a Breeze – Bathrooms by Robin Costello

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your House by Grace Ann Harmony

Green Spring Cleaning Guide by Mary Zeiher

Spring Cleaning Can Relieve Stress by Jennie DellaMonica

Who in the World is Rodney Southern?

In Interviews on March 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm

cowboyYou might remember this CP in the spotlight in early 2008 with his winning entry for the ‘Ultimate Call for Content’ contest. Rodney Southern has been a part of the AC world since July ’07 and is among the Top 1000 Content Producers for 2008.  He’s been writing about movies, parenting, medical news and drumming up a slew of how-to articles over the years.

Besides being a prolific CP, Rodney is a full-time Dad, husband and freelance writer. I caught up with this busy cowboy to find out who in the world Rodney Southern really is:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
RS: Originally, I was just surfing around the good old web, and came across an article by Pam Gaulin.  It was very well done, and I reached out to her.  Soon thereafter, I signed up and began my AC journey.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work:
RS: Well, I am a full time freelancer so I work from the house.  My biological dad was not around very much when I was a kid, and I always promised myself that I would not make those mistakes with my kids.  I got lucky, and was able to keep that promise through writing.  That said, I am constantly looking through the Entertainment, Religion, and Sports categories.  Also, any articles about animals or reptiles.  Love snakes and spiders!

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications or only on AC?
RS: I currently have a ton of outside clients, and also work for Demand Studios, Ehow, Helium (some), Hubpages, and three blogs.  Most of my work now is through direct clients though as the money is much better.

SK: Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article? Read the rest of this entry »

Who in the World is Suzanne Alicie?

In Interviews on March 4, 2009 at 8:00 am

suzanne-alicieShe’s a Mom and homeschool teacher who works from home in the real estate industry. Suzanne Alicie joined AC in late October 2008 and has since drummed up over 100 articles on family, childcare, gardening and health. You might have run into her on the AC Forums or playing on Facebook. She’s a self-confessed Dr. Pepper addict, and enjoys spending time reading at the lakefront. Aaah, the sweet life.

I caught up with Suzanne to find out what enjoys most about being a part of the AC community:

SK: How did you get started with writing for AC?
SA: I was looking online for a way to make a little extra money, and came across an AC article about non-scam writing opportunities, and AC was the first one on the list. I had absolutely no knowledge of web content writing, but I jumped in with both feet because it was such a great opportunity. I was excited about the upfront payments, but have come to see the future benefits of page view payments as well.

SK: Your favorite content category to browse at work:
SA: I spend a lot of time reading up on real estate matters because of my main job, I like to stay on top of things, but for fun, my favorite is gardening.

SK: Do you write for other online sites or publications or only on AC?

SA: Besides AC I write for Demand Studios, eHow, Bright Hub and have a few others in the works.

SK: Your most popular/most commented/newsworthy article? Read the rest of this entry »

Who in the World is Pam Gaulin?

In Interviews on January 19, 2008 at 7:00 am

pam-gaulinIf you’re a regular visitor to the AC forum, you’re sure to have stumbled across the wisdom and advice of Pam Gaulin, one of AC’s most-read writers. You can also sharpen your social networking skills and join the AC Writers @ Ning, an online community launched by this CP who’s also helped many a newbie learn the ropes of writing for AC.

Pam Gaulin is a full-time freelance writer and work-at-home mom with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Though you’ll find plenty of helpful articles on AC, this talented writer also writes children’s books and novels; when she’s not busy writing, you’ll probably find her doing some yoga, finishing an art project with her son, or surfing the web for the latest news and trends.

I snuck in some Q&A time with this busy CP to learn what in the world Pam Gaulin is up to outside of writing for AC:

S: How did you get started with writing for AC?

P: I had been home with my son for 11 months after he was born prematurely, and I decided there was no better time to pursue my lifelong dream of working for myself and becoming a freelance writer. I had searched online for freelance writing jobs online, but I had never heard of Associated Content until I read the Writer’s Digest article “101 Best Sites for Writers.”

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work?

P: For me I work at home, and as a lifelong learner and generalist, I can say that I browse many categories. My top favorites would be Arts and Entertainment, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle and Technology.

S: Do you write for other online sites or publications, or are you an ‘AC lifer’?

Read the rest of this entry »

The The Daily Find: 5 Symptoms of Overtraining and How to Prevent Them

In The Daily Find on January 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm

800px-bestfrenchpress.jpgThe Article: 5 Symptoms of Overtraining and How to Prevent Them

The Author: Scott Brandt

Why It’s Worth a Read: Your motivation to get the gym has skyrocketed after New Year’s, and now you’re sweating off a storm on a daily basis. Slow down there grasshopper – you could reach burnout and overtrain very, very soon. This article lets you determine if you’re on the way to good health or setting yourself up for injury.

The Daily Find: Grocery Cart Alert – A Guide to Cold and Flu Avoidance

In The Daily Find on January 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm

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The Article: Grocery Cart Alert: A Guide to Cold and Flu Avoidance

The Author: A Brewster Smythe Writing Concepts

Why It’s Worth a Read: You’ve been battling the cold and flu as of late, and have no idea where you caught it. This article provides more information than you ever wanted to know about that innocent-looking shopping cart. Grab that Purell hand sanitizer and read up on the basics.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Guanaco

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 🙂

The Daily Find: How to Avoid Being Overhwelmed in 2008

In The Daily Find on January 12, 2008 at 11:00 am

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The Article: How to Avoid Being Overwhelmed in 2008

The Author: Vonda Sines

Why It’s Worth a Read: You need a new outlook for the New Year ahead, and a strategy for lowering your stress levels.

This article helps you learn why reasonable goal-setting can really pay off, so you can finally write that novel you’ve been meaning to get around to. Since 2004.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons