NEW YORK (OCN) — Okay, so you have an Associated Content account and you would like to make a little money with it so how to you do it? Well, I can’t give you ALL my secrets but writing for Associated Content is a lot like real estate.
Think of your article as a home and what you would do if you were looking for one, had one and was selling it or inviting someone over.
1. The Title.
A great article should have a great title. When you think of one, go to Google and enter it between quotation marks. This will let you know if others have a similar title that you will have to compete with. The title is like the address to a home. A title can turn a reader away or invite them to read it so try to be creative while keeping it short.
Below are a few titles I wrote and if you click on the link, you’ll see that each are on Page One of the Google index and without the quotes, pops up in the top twenty. not bad huh? A person will skip thru Google’s index to usually page six and if you are lucky to be on one of those page, you may just have your article read.
2. Finding Your Article
Have you ever use MapQuest (or something similar) to find directions to a place? Well, your article has to be easy to find. If people can’t find it, they can’t read it and if its isn’t being read you won’t be able to make anything from it. Put it in the right category and use the following to get your articles announced.
* Mister Wong
* Yahoo My Web
* Feed Me Links!
* Give a Link
* Raw Sugar
These will help people find you article along you the search engines such as Google, Yahoo Search, MSN Search, etc.
3. Jazz it Up
Do you notice that this section of my article was in GREEN? AC has alot of features, some hidden, that you can take advantage of. Try to learn them and put them to use. You mow the lawn and paint the walls when selling your home and doing the same to your article can to the trick.
While doing your article, it also important to watch your spelling and grammar.
4. Make it Fun and Interesting
Would you go over to your neighbor if they were boring? I would guess no. Some neighbors will pop over to your home to see what you’ve done to the place so they can get some ideas for themselves. People like to get inspiration so every now and then they’ll take a look at your articles and even comment. Use their comments/feedback to help improve your future articles. It’s a good idea to be a good neighbor and coment on theirs also.
Once you build a relationship, link to their articles from your article to build a strong community.
An example is while writing an article on “New York City Currency” I needed to let the readers know “Where to Exchange Foreign Currency in New York City” and my friend, Escribe Mucho had already done the leg work so I linked to his.