Writing For The Yahoo! Contributor Network: Tips To Get You Started

By Mark Hempshell (Would you like to guest post? Check out our guidelines.)

You’ll have heard of the popular Yahoo! Search search engine. Maybe you use it. Well, the Yahoo! Contributor Network (or YCN) is a system that allows you to submit your own reviews, news, articles and other material to Yahoo! If they use it on their network of websites you get paid for it.

You only need very modest writing skills. And in fact you can make extra money from other things you might have written by submitting them to YCN as well.

How to get started:

To get started, register with the Yahoo! Contributor Network.

Take a little time to fill in your contributor profile. This gives information about your interests, any experience or areas of expertise. It will help them offer you the most relevant assignments based on your interests and qualifications.

How it all works:

Once you have registered you can start submitting reviews right away. You can choose to review anything you like…. more tips on this coming up…. and just send them through on spec. in the hope they will be published.

Also, you can claim, as it is known, assignments for things they specifically need from their Assignment Desk. This is much the same as taking on paid writing assignments.


As a new contributor, most of your submissions will be published on Associated Content from Yahoo! – this is the Yahoo! official digital library. As you provide more content and build up your reputation you’ll receive more opportunities to publish on other Yahoo! websites.

How do you make money with Yahoo!?

You can earn money in three ways:

1. Performance Payments: These earn you a commission based on the amount of traffic your content receives on Yahoo!

2. Up-front Payments: Certain types of content can be considered for an up-front Payment in addition to Performance Payments.

3. Assignments: Many of the assignments you claim from the Assignment Desk come with a guaranteed, up-front payment. If your submission meets all the requirements, you’ll earn that amount as soon as it has been accepted.

What can you write about?

You can write about whatever you like for YCN. But I think reviews are one of the best things. Nowadays, people are hungry for reviews so there’s a good chance of attracting plenty of traffic. They don’t need to be long either.

You can write any reviews you like, but reviews of TV programmes, films, console games and music are some of the easiest and most popular things to write. Or how about reviewing electronics, like mobile phones, cameras and laptops?

Bear in mind that Yahoo! operates worldwide not just in the UK so covering programmes and music that is available worldwide (particularly in the USA) is likely to be most successful.

You can also submit photos, videos and audio clips and get paid for them in the same way if you want to.

To read my latest ideas for making money from writing follow Mark Hempshell’s Make Money From Writing Blog at http://www.markhempshell.blogspot.com I look forward to seeing you there.

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  1. Yahoo Contributor Network formerly known as Associated Content used to be an excellent place to publish your articles. However ever since they changed hands more and more writers are becoming frustrated. The view counts are not being counted correctly any longer which affects your royalties. Getting things published on an up front pay base is now lowered even further.

    It may be a good idea for someone just starting out, but once you have a little bit of experience under your belt you may want to look for other options.

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  2. Regina’s comments are spot on. They have severely curtailed upfront payments, and I find it odd that I get so little traffic for several days at a time and then it surges for another block of time. I do not trust their page-view counts at all.

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  3. I just happen to read these two complaints about Yahoo Contributor Network and they make me be conscious about two real points:
    Regina is absolutely right about whenever you feel comfortable writing publicly, move on and feel free to fly out, however, leave always behind the door open because you might need to come back. Secondly, Yahoo! Contributor Network is only an intermediate between you as a writer and the people who are reading whatever you choose to. Now, if your article don’t have a major impact among people, you might have to write a different one.
    Zoila(::)

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