Associated Content is a great place to write and earn money. Whether you are new to Associated Content, or you have been writing for a while, there are several different types of content that you can write to draw viewers in. They all have their benefits for bringing in readers.
Evergreen articles are timeless. They are articles that people will still want to read for many years to come. How-to articles, parenting articles, and health articles are often evergreen topics. Evergreen content is good to write because it will continue to remain relevant over a long period of time. These articles are best to publish for upfront payment.
Some articles are hot! Breaking news stories, top searches that show up on Google Trends, celebrity gossip, and articles about recent television shows are examples of popular content. These types of articles can often get a lot of hits in the beginning, but taper off after a short time. The article that I wrote about the HGTV Dream Home was an example of popular content, and it has so far gotten more than 11,000 hits. As I am fairly new to Associated Content, that’s pretty good for me. Adding a little popular content to your portfolio is a good idea, because it brings in a lot of readers. Some may stay a while and read some of your other articles. Popular content is good for new CPs because it helps bump their page average up. It is best to submit these articles as display only, or perhaps through the news queue, if you’re willing to wait about a day for publication.
Seasonal content, like popular content, will bring in a log of page views prior to the season. It can boost your page views if you publish it far enough in advance, and you can usually publish these articles for upfront payment. The drawback to writing this type of article is that it only generates interest for a month or two a year. If you don’t include the year in your article, it can generate readership in future years.
Long Range (But Not Quite Evergreen) Content
Some articles will attract readership for quite a while, but they won’t remain current forever. Articles like “How to Survive a Recession” or “Using Photoshop CS3 To Resize Photos” might be useful to people during a recession or while Photoshop CS3 is currently used software, but when economic times are good and Photoshop CS4 has replaced Photoshop CS3, those articles will no longer get page views. These articles will get page views for quite some time, and should be submitted for up-front payment.
Writing articles on a variety of topics will help keep the page views coming in. The popular and seasonal topics will give you an immediate boost in page views, and evergreen and long-range topics will bring in page views for a long time.