Associate Content is huge and growing. Like any growing company they are experiencing growing pains. The nice thing is they don’t let the fact that they get behind sometimes change the fact that they are honest in their dealings with their content providers. In a world of Enrons, it’s refreshing to find a company that will stand up and say, “Yep. You’re right. Our bad.”
Case in point their referral program. Like many web sites, AC gives perks and bonuses when you refer others to participate. They have changed the offer a few times. It used to be sign up 5 and get $5 each. Then they changed it to $3 a head. Right now they have a whole slew of new ways to pay.
I have been with AC since July 2006. According to their records, 14 people used my referral link to join. I had never seen a dime. Was this slight, dishonesty, maleficence? No; it turns out it was a simple oversight. After posting just such a question in the AC forum, I was asked by AC to send the list to a particular address.
Without so much as a “hiydee-ho,” I got a deposit email from PayPal for $42. The note attached was, “This payment is for 14 outstanding referrals…” Implied is, “Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Our bad.”
Shaking a stick or being the squeaky wheel have their places. It never hurts to ask. Some companies will blow you off. It’s always refreshing to deal with an honest company like AC. They are willing to listen and make things right. So much on the web today is a scam. The internet is full of “you pay us to write” sites. Associate Content is a rare internet company that does what it promises…pays you to write. The extra is they put a human face on your computer. There are actual AC employees who interact with the content producers.
If you’re thinking about joining the AC community or even if you are already a member, don’t overlook the AC forums. There is where you can find information that is available no where else on the site. Most of the participants try to help each other navigate the choppy waters that arise from time to time. It’s in the forum that you can make quick, direct contact when questions arise.
Somehow, somewhere the forum got a bad reputation. Like every free-for-all there are moments that devolve, but in the long run, the information and comradeship is irreplaceable.