Minimum word count only 400
ConsLow CPM ($1.50 per 1000 views)
Only available to US residents
Picky about high paying upfront payments
Full ReviewAssociated Content is a writing site that offers high compensation for its users who submit articles that are at least 400 words long. Associated Content is one of the most profitable sites that actually pays its members, but unfortunately, it only pays out to US citizens.
Articles are assessed based on topic and exclusivity. If an article about a very popular topic is only uploaded to Associated Content, with full exclusive rights to it, you will gain a larger upfront payment. Upfront payments are only made with certain topics, and range from $1-$20 per article, but special assignments that pay much more could become available if your content is particularly well written.
Authors also receive performance payments, which range from $1.50 upwards per 1000 views, topping out at $2.00 per 1000. While this may not seem like a lot, once you've posted a large number of articles on the site for upfront payments, the passive earnings become quite substantial.
Associated Content pays via Paypal once you have made at least $1.50 on the site. In order to build up your odds of getting higher upfront payments, you should write about topics that are usually interesting, like health, travel, gaming, or internet related items. Stay away from poetry, creative writing, and opinion pieces, as these don't get upfront payments at all.
If you want to earn from performance payments based on traffic, you need to do a lot of work. Because the CPM is so low, starting at only $1.50 per 1000 views, the odds of getting a stream of income are very low. The key to generating enough traffic to have a stream of income from hits alone is to build a massive back link base, using forums, article marketing, and social bookmarking sites like stumble. The odds of earning a lot based on only performance payments are very low unless you publish a lot of content, but if you promote your work long enough, you will begin to see substantial results.