A Discussion on Article Marketing and Article Writing to Consider
Over the past 5-years I’ve done a lot of research and enjoyed lots of practical knowledge in the article marketing and article writing realm. So, perhaps it might be a good idea to listen to some of my thoughts considering this venue. You see, many aspiring online marketing small business people contact me and ask me many questions.
Indeed, I’ve decided that it really makes more sense to write a bit about this topic and answer the questions for everyone online rather than one-on-one through email, phone calls, or personal meetings. Does that make sense to you?
Good, okay, so, I’d like to take a recent set of question which I was asked and make them into an article here to help everyone who wants to make money, or increase their brand-ability online. Let’s begin.
“I’m so amazed at how you got so many views and you made your goal of 20,000 articles.”
Yes, that was an unbelievable amount of work indeed. The “article views” is an interesting concept because, each of my articles is syndicated or placed elsewhere an average of 17.8 times and therefore each article gets viewed in all those places as well. Thus, I could have up to: 17.8 X 450 article views X 20,000 articles = 160,200,000 article views total. So, in reality, things are very nice that way.
“I have goals as well. I decided I will promote 14 affiliate products by writing [on the top online article directory online as you have] articles and I plan to write 42 articles every day. My goal is to write 3 articles for each 14 products.”
Whereas, this is possible, it is very hard work, and it is no less than 8-10 solid hours of work each day (minimum). That is if your articles are of quality. The entire “affiliate products” thing does not really turn me on, and I am bothered by most affiliate marketers as they are less than ethical, at least by percentage, and they definitely over-hype stuff, and sell lots of useless trinkets, which I believe to junk up the Internet. You mentioned you do some online research before you write your articles, well then you know what a bummer it is to keep seeing all this garbage in the search engine results.
“After my articles are approved I was going to build high quality back links to them by using Blog comments, forum signatures, and Social bookmarking.”
I have heard of people doing this, I never have, and I think some online article websites might take issue with this, although you could ask them. Now with that said, I do occasionally make a blog post somewhere that refers to an article because of limited spaces in comment boxes, but I’ve never had that as a strategy. Then again, I am not really into selling anything online, that’s not my purpose. Many people are upset about this “comment spam thing” it messes up forums when they are inappropriate in nature.
“I’m hoping to make 1k each week from all my articles from the products I will promote. Is this possible?”
I have personally met people who have, but the reality is most do not make money online, or so little it is kind of a joke really. I suppose it matters what you are selling, how you sell it, and if you are wise with your marketing once you get the traffic there in the first place.
“Have you been able to make a living from your articles?”
I have never attempted to make a living from writing articles, and my standard of living is pretty high so, it doesn’t make sense for me. I do not consider myself a writer, and I’ve become somewhat disgusted by the way article-marketers have played their hands, I do not hold them in a favorable light really, not all are bad, but enough I do not wish to be associated with the industry.
Indeed, I read so much, that I find 80% of what I read is obvious, ridiculous, shallow, or that I’ve wasted my time reading it, often online article directories are filled with such stuff. So, to answer your question; No, I suppose I could if I wanted too. I feel as if it is beneath my ethical standards to do so, and find the entire industry filled with questionable characters, I refuse to be one of them.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s online article marketing question and answers, there will be more I assure you, I have 100s of pages of questions and answers to some day turn into articles to help you succeed in this online small business of yours. Sincerely, Lance