Getting great performance payments every month on Associated Content comes down to one simple thing: learning how to pick the article topics that will earn you page views. If you don’t know how to select your article subjects, you can write fantastic content that barely earns you a penny each month in performance payment residuals. Although performance payments will never make me a millionaire, I do enjoy regularly earning over 10% of my total monthly income effortlessly through performance payments on Associated Content. That’s a lot of money for doing nothing. Read on for 5 tips I’ve learned while successfully building passive income on Associated Content, and see what you can do to get the most money for your work.
1. Respond to your Current Performance Payments
The very best way to find out what kind of articles do well is to keep a close eye on your portfolio of content that you’ve already published. Just watching your monthly total isn’t enough: visit the “Article” tab under “My Content” and take a look at how your individual articles are performing. I check in with this once every few weeks, and I’ve found some real surprises. Once I discovered that one of my articles, How to Style Bangs for Curly Hair, was sometimes earning several dollars in a single month, I saw that I could up my overall performance payments by publishing content on similar topics with similar keywords. Listen to the feedback you’re getting through this channel: it’s the best way to predict what kind of content will do well for you. Then, see if you can build on a subject you’re already doing well in.
2. There’s No Such Thing as a Universal Hot Topic
The articles that earn me the biggest performance payments are mostly the ones on article topics that I had a specific knack for writing about. Being able to cover a subject in a way that shows your own interest is infectious to readers, and worth as much as having a “hot” keyword. Although it can be smart to try and keep up with the trends of what people are searching for, you can earn great performance payments on Associated Content by coming up with article topics that you’re uniquely equipped to write well. My article Opera for Beginners: The Three Best Operas for New Opera Listeners is one of my most reliable earners, despite the fact there’s no way that a niche subject like opera is going to show up on anyones list of must-write keywords anytime soon.
3. Focus on Longevity
There are a lot of ways to describe content that lasts, and if you’ve been writing for Associated Content or other web outlets for a while, you’ve probably heard reference to “Timeless” or “Evergreen” articles. These are pieces that will be as relevant in a year as they are today, and when it comes to performance payments, they’re your real cash cows. Although news content can offer you a quick blast of activity, focusing on article topics that will never go out of style is a smarter choice in the long haul. That’s one reason why subjects like construction or nutrition are good article topics for Associated Content: the way people apply granite sealer isn’t likely to change any time soon, which means that unlike the hottest celebrity gossip, a guide to When and How to Apply Granite Sealer will be worth as much to you in six months as it is right now. At least, it’s turned out that way for me.
4. Seasonal can be Evergreen
My first big earners for performance payments were a couple of seasonal pieces about Halloween. These were the pieces that made me sit up, take notice, and realize that performance payments could be a viable income source. Even though they don’t earn me money all year round, in the month leading up to one of those holidays, the spike in traffic more than compensates for the lull the rest of the year. One of the great things about seasonal article topics is that even though your guide to Thanksgiving won’t make you much until next November, as long as it’s written to last, it’ll make you money every November going forward.
5. Make it into a Game
Trying to earn higher performance payments on Associated Content can feel a little bit like gambling, but in an exhilarating, oh-I-hope-my-horse-crosses-the-finish-line sort of way, not an oh-I-hope-I-roll-a-seven-so-I-can-win-my-shoes-back sort of way. Since you have nothing to lose by trying to pick article topics with performance payments in mind– especially if you’re getting upfront payments for each piece anyway– whenever you succeed at building a dynamo article, it’s really just a bonus for your hard work. Try challenging yourself to meet a specific monthly payout goal, and celebrate when you reach it. It might not happen overnight, but with diligence and a little bit of common sense, you can make it. Every time you add a strong article to your portfolio, it’ll keep paying, helping you build motivational, and financial, momentum in the months to come. I helped motivate myself to boost my performance payments by making it a New Year’s Resolution to have a payout of a certain amount, promising myself that in some month that year, I’d reach that number. It took a while, but I sailed past it in September, and the really nice thing is that, without even trying, I have been maintaining it ever since.