Despite my early excitement about earning opportunities at Associated Content, I hadn’t actually submitted anything to them since February until a a slight variant of my recent RideMax review. That article was rejected because “[c]ontent submitted as Non-Exclusive must be published on AC before it is published elsewhere.” I’m not sure when that rule went into effect, but it certainly wasn’t there in February. My guess is that it is a result of the more stringent anti-plagiarism efforts created in the wake of the Mashable.com fiasco that occured last December.
While this doesn’t prevent the “double dipping” I proposed for monetizing blog posts last November it does make it somewhat more difficult. Now, instead of simply submitting any post that you feel AC would be interested in, such posts must be submitted to AC prior to being published on your blog. This isn’t a huge stumbling block, but can be a pain in the ass considering AC takes up to two weeks to approve/reject and finally publish submissions.
So, whenever I write an entertainment review I originally write it up for Associated Content. Once it’s been accepted there I publish it on one of my blogs and then, finally, submit it to epinions.com (when appropriate) as they still have no requirement that reviews be unpublished. Of course, a wise blogger always changes things up a bit when publishing the same info at multiple sites. Not only does each site have a different audience, but no one wants to be tagged by the Big G for hosting duplicate content either.