Yes, you read that right - Associated Content has now become the Yahoo! Contributor Network (YCN). We have known for months that Yahoo! purchased AC and now they are completely taking over. So, what does this mean for current AC writers?
Changes at Yahoo! Contributor Network
For the most part, there won't be many major changes on the new site for now. Your sign-in e-mail and password is the same and you will still earn the same on the articles you have already contributed. The main changes are the site looks different, and now you will get the opportunity to earn money from other Yahoo! sites as well as from the YCN. The Featured Contributor program will also continue and assignments for your featured area will still occur monthly. Basically, the YCN is the same as AC except you have a better chance to earn more money if your articles are chosen for other Yahoo! sites.
YCN is also still accepting new contributors, so if you don't already have an old AC account then you may want to consider joining YCN. In the months ahead, I think it may be a good opportunity for writers. While the pay isn't the greatest, the exposure on Yahoo! may be good for writers trying to make a name for themselves. And who knows, maybe you will land higher-paying opportunities through Yahoo! too.
Is There a Down Side?
Maybe, depending upon how you want to look at it. Some writers will think that this is Yahoo!'s opportunity to fill the pages of their websites with material from writers who are being paid pennies. That may be the case; we won't know for sure until several months down the road. However, if your article appears on any of the other Yahoo! sites, you will be paid per view from that site as well as for the views on YCN. So this could be an opportunity for writers to earn more per article instead of less.
That is all I know about the new changes for now. As changes occur, I will update you. Let me know how you feel about the new changes at AC/YCN.