Article marketing is a great way to make money online. In my 3 years of IM life, I started succeeding in article marketing only in the last 1 year. Everyone has different obstacles to reach success and mine was - Learning too much before taking action. I do not know if this post will help every newbie out there, but those who were like me would now know what to do...
You may have already heard about article marketing from various information sources, but I guess you are overwhelmed when people ask you to build a list, have a highly click-able headline and signature, care for you readers, have a good landing page for your product / affiliate product etc.
And to add more, people talk about spinning the article, using article re-writers, directory submission software, back-linking from other sources and this and that and this and that.
If you gained too much knowledge before taking action, you are probably overwhelmed and got the idea that this thing is too complex and that mindset may have prevented you from taking action. I am not sure if that rings a bell in your head, but this is what happened to me. Instead of getting started, I learned too much and it took a long time for to get started.
All the above "advanced" techniques work and will multiply your results... but to start making some money right away... you just need to follow this simple formula:
- Find an affiliate program (either a product or a service) about which you know something about.
- Create a simple landing page explaining the benefits of the product. No need of advanced copywriting skills, just write as if you are recommending the product to your close friend.
- Invest time in writing at least 50 articles. (Or invest money in outsourcing 50 articles. $5 x 50 = $250).
- Submit all of them to EzineArticles. Don't worry about submitting them to 100 different directories!
Now if you do not make $250 to break even, do not worry. At the worst case, you would at least make $100. Do not think you lost $150. You have actually invested $150 in learning something through experience. This is far more valuable than any information product that you may buy for $150.
If you make $250 or more, do the same thing again and this time you will learn something new even if you don't make massive profits.
If keyword research frightens you, stick with the above 4 steps. Else use the Google Adwords keyword tool to find what people are actually searching for and use those keywords in your headlines.
Your next stage of evolution would be gaining basic copywriting skills and then SEO and then some serious SEO and then some list building and finally creating your own product down the road. Just get started with the above 4 steps and later you will be attracted to such advanced techniques without forcing yourself to learn it.
"A Journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step."
So are you ready to take the first step? If yes, make a public commitment & get a leverage on yourself.
To Your IM Success,
P.S. Just remember that I am not a Guru in article marketing. I am just sharing what I have learned so far. There are better teachers out there.