Twenty of the World's Healthiest Foods
by Kathy Browning
If you visit The Cheap Gourmet Blog regularly, you already know that I am a freelance writer. One of the first articles I ever received payment for was published at Associated Content.
AC used to offer many opportunities for new and budding writers. The pay was minimal, but it helped writers build their portfolios and gain exposure.
In recent months, Associated Content has undergone changes both to their business model and administration team. Some are good, some are not so good.
One of the biggest changes has been to add a Performance Bonus. Basically, the more people who read your articles, the more money you can make. And, the nice thing about it is the bonus income is limitless. If you can send people to your article for 50 years, you'll get paid residual income for 50 years. Not bad, right?
The downside is, AC has started rejecting a large percentage of articles. They have also started low-balling the prices they pay. As one who has written for AC for more than two years, it's been quite shocking to receive offers that are less than half of what I used to be paid.
Worse yet, nearly 20 out of 30 articles are rejected on the basis of "We are seeking unique content for our library. However, if you would like to resubmit this article for free you can still earn income from the performance bonus." Hmmmm.... it sounds kinda fishy to me.
My beef is, if it isn't unique content and that is what AC is seeking, why is it okay to submit it for free? Wouldn't that just muck up the uniqueness they are seeking?
I published "Twenty of the World's Healthiest Foods" and while I did receive a paltry offer, the editor commented the topic was "too broad". Okay. The article is about healthy foods - 20 of them to be exact. The focus is 20 healthy foods. Can someone please tell me what is "too broad" about it? Is it the fact that I listed 20 foods? Is 20 too many for any one person to comprehend?
If 20 healthy foods isn't too much for you, stop over at AC and read how these amazing foods can provide health benefits to you. Not only will you learn which foods are the healthiest, you'll also learn why they are healthy and how much of them you should eat.