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Public service announcement: Verifying

Perhaps you're not as clueless as I am, but it took me a while to figure out that I wasn't getting paid for my last article because I hadn't gone through the verification process. I just did it today, and it was really quick. I read the fine print, and it looks like any payments you are due will be *forfeited* if you don't verify within 90 days, so make sure you do it if you want to get paid!

Weirdness with AC publishing tool?

Is it just me, or has there been some weirdness with the publishing tool? Usually, there's a tab you can click to go to "My content" where it'll show you total page views and recent page views, and so on, right? I tried to access it a couple times, couldn't find the button, logged on another time, and it was there, no problem, and then I'm having the same problem again!

Am I just missing something? I can't find the link either from my CP page or my "account" page. I wanted to check the page counts on my latest piece, "Tips for Job Searching in Ann Arbor, Michigan" and couldn't. :(

I've been trying to get all my articles up to at least 100 views each. If you don't mind, here's the list of articles that still hasn't reached 100 views. I know that quite a few are old. Quite a few are silly. Many are prose and poetry. I know that if just each person visits once that they will easily get up to at least 100 views. If you work for AC and comment, I will do commment for comment! Yes, the ones at the top are the ones with the least views and they go up in views as the list goes down.

A LOT of articles and links!Collapse )

Rejected elsewhere? Try AC!

Another friend who writes for AC also writes for other sites. When she's already written something, but it's rejected at another pay site, she tries it at AC to see what happens. I think that's a good strategy- no reason to let something you've already written go to waste. I did the same thing with this article: I'd pitched it for another site, but there was a technical muck-up and it never got published there. I re-wrote it in a different format and submitted to AC and got a nice upfront payment for it.

How to talk to your doctor about hypothyroidism

How many of you folks write for sites other than AC? Just curious.

Also, have any of you used Yahoo! Answers to promote your content? I try not to spam it, but if I can answer a question with a legitimate link to one of my AC articles, I do that once in a while. I'm not sure it's driving traffic there, but it seems like it could be a useful tool.

I know I've made like 3 out of the last 4 posts here. I promise not to keep blabbing all over this community. I'd really like to see posts from you all and know what you're up to!

A guide to snow shoveling

I recently had another article published, "A real northerner's guide to snow shoveling." Pretty good timing, as we got socked with snow here in southeast Michigan. I think we got something like 3 inches between noon Friday and this morning, and then it's been snowing steadily all day, for maybe another 3-4 inches of accumulation.

The article has a rather embarrassing typo on the second page (I swear that the editing team either inserted it or made it worse by high-lighting it ...) but otherwise, I'm fairly proud of it.


Have you read other guides to snow shoveling and thought, "What planet does this guy live on?

For instance, I've read that you should always push and never lift or twist when you shovel. That advice makes me wonder where the author lives and how many inches of snow he's used to shoveling. Pushing rather than lifting is ideal, but it's not always possible, especially if you have six or more inches of really heavy, wet snow.

I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and have lived in some part of Michigan my entire life (with the exception of about nine months in Tennessee). So, here, you'll read advice from someone who actually has spent her entire life in the Great White North and knows one or two things about how to shovel snow efficiently while not giving yourself a heart attack.


I really want to know what you guys are writing- honest! I'm already a subscriber/fan of a few people on this community. If there are others who want me to sign up to get email alerts when you publish, let me know. I'll give you page views, comments and feedback as often as I'm able.

Writing plans for the New Year?

Anybody have big plans for writing in the New Year?

I write for a few other pay sites, and one thing I'd like to do more of is get more efficient about using ideas more than once. Obviously, each site wants fresh, original content. But, if another site rejects an article, I can always tweak it and use it on AC instead. Or if I've already done research for an article for another site, and part of what I read up on doesn't really fit the article for that other site, there's no reason I can't write an article with a different focus for AC using the research I've already done.

In the meantime, I had another article published: Why You Should Continue to Conserve Gas. I list four reasons to keep carpooling or using other gas-saving strategies even when gas prices fall.

I have another article published...how to get healthy meals on the table fast! Some of my daughter's and my own favorites are included!


If you try any of them, let me know what you think!

I have another one up, about how to choose an exercise DVD and use it wisely to get the most value from your purchase.

Hi everyone,

I am new to ac - just started last month. I have 3 articles up and am waiting on 5 that I submitted (I answered a bunch of calls last week...)

I would appreciate any constructive criticism on any of the articles.

My profile page is : www.associatedcontent.com/user/365804/kelly_irlbacher.html

Thanks in advance!

Article on fiber in the diet

If anyone is actively writing on AC and you want me to subscribe to you, so I get emails when you post something new, let me know. I'm happy to do so.

My most recent article is 8 Easy and Delicious Ways to Add Fiber to Your Diet

Exercise DVD review

Man, I thought I proofread this SO carefully before submitting, and I still found one little typo after it was published. Anyway, if you're interested, a review of "Pick Your Level: Fat to Firm Fast."


I know you get tired of this at times, but I've been trying to be good. Right now, I'm at an average of 443 page views per article. People who have been on AC since it was started have told me that the "sweet spot" to hit is an average of 500 views per article. I am obviously ALMOST there. So, if you could please go and view any articles from the new ones down to any old ones . . . just click, click, click . . . that'll help me TONS!

You can visit my profile at http://www.associatedcontent.com/bridgetidelaney


I have new one up

It's about turning negative goals into positive ones, about adding things to your life instead of subtracting.

Turn Negatives to Positives and Reach Your Goals

Another piece published

I think this piece turned out well, but I found a couple of typos after it was published, which is frustrating. I swear I spell checked it first, so I don't know how that happened. Has that happened to any of you all? I wish I could go back and edit those out after they're published, but oh well...

Are the 10-Minute Solution exercise DVDs right for you?

New articles

Hi all:

I've got a couple new pieces up. One is an opinion piece about how the media handles death and tragedy. The other is about improving critical thinking skills by learning to spot logical errors. Feel free to give a read and let me know what you think! I'm interested in knowing what new stuff you've written, too.

Opinion piece on media handling of death and tragedy.

Critical thinking article.


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