I was "offered" the incredible opportunity to write certain articles for Associated Content, in exchange for the chance of earning several dollars per article and eventually - if I'm really good and productive and get search engines to come to my "article" - potentially earn several dollars more.
It was never even tempting to me, I'd almost rather trade in some of my old CDs for a few bucks than whore myself out to AP, but I know some other talented writers who gave it a whirl, thinking it would at least be something for the ol' resume. That's their choice of course, and it's good experience for writers to write for the web where they can, and hone their writing skills, but too much of the writing on Ass. Content is poorly written (and hardly any of it seems edited at all), and scarcely worth anyone's time. I also found a number of borderline offensive political articles, most of which at least were filed under opinion/editorial, to be fair, but others were almost shocking to me, expecting at the worst some bland articles. It's clear the site is merely a sad repository for content in the most robotic sense of the word and not a place to become intellectually stimulated, engaged or educated (I'm making generalizations here, realizing there are also surely some good articles mixed in there with all the rabble).
At any rate, my advice to writers is don't bother. If you think you're good, hold out, take the time to research magazines, web sites, journals and so forth that at least pay decently and respect a writer's work. (And respect the idea of having an editor.) If you don't think you're good, then, well, with a bazillion writers out there already, there could be other vocations out there just waiting for you.