My article marketing stinks...work hard and earn little money..how to improve it?

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Okay I am going to give you my stats:



Those are my stats for last month.

Here are the stats for the month before that(the month I started promoting it):



As you can see the hops per sale amount for my traffic is pretty steady. It took a little more to make a sale last month than the month before that.

Well the niche is the Xbox 360 repair guide niche.

My traffic comes from only 2 sources, yahoo answers and ezine.

I wrote several articles for that niche and ezine sent out a average of JUST 6 click outs per article.

If you do the math you see that it would take like 20+ articles PER SALE. The sale of that product is worth a bit over 20 bucks or maybe right under, I forget but that means that each article is ONLY worth a buck.

250 words for a buck??!!!???!! I mean come on I could do better writing for some article sites!

Now I promote more than one niche, several niches infact. They all convert at around 130 hops. It varies per month...

Traffic from ezine is basically steady for all my niches, 6+ click outs per article.

Now what would you do to improve my money making with article? I have tried posting my articles to onlywire but that seems to do SQUAT.

Thanks for any advice! I sure need it! I am a diligent worker who just wants to make 700 or so a month online to start with. Currently struggling to get 300+!
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  • Profile picture of the author petelta
    It might be the product...that is if your keywords are good and your articles are good.
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  • Profile picture of the author cowsgonemadd3
    But they all convert at about the same amount of hops. Check out my articles:
    Mike Lovatt - EzineArticles.com Expert Author Bio

    The forex articles are not minx but anyways....
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  • Profile picture of the author yst
    May I ask how long you've been doing this? It might just take time.
    Also, as a successful blogger once adviced, build traffic slowly (just articles will not likely create a traffic flood) and then leverage what you've got (e.g. you've got one viewer, befriend him and then offer him something to give to his friends like a free ebook or something). Best of luck, let me know if you want more feedback.
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  • Profile picture of the author petelta
    I actually posted a message earlier about article marketing. Take a read.

    If you are doing all the things I talk about in that post, then it's either the product or the market. Some markets aren't worth your time.

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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Do some backlinking to your article. Consider buying a WSO that tells you how to really dominate article marketing.

    I think Jeremy Kelsall's (sp?) latest WSO may have something to do with article marketing and evidently is pretty powerful.
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  • Profile picture of the author cowsgonemadd3
    May I ask how long you've been doing this? It might just take time.
    Article marketing, on and off for a year now. The articles get like no traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Wakunahum
      If you are ranked on page one for your keyword phrases, then you picked words with too little traffic.

      If you aren't ranked up very high, you need more backlinks or to target different phrases.

      One thing I do is take the article, change the title, and submit it to a few other article directories with one link pointing back to EzineArticles. It helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author mlord10
    You can convert your traffic much better with articles, but you have to know how to format the article. First off all you need to write an article does that does not have much fluff. People come to the internet to look for a solution, and it is your job to give them one.

    However, do not give away too much in the article itself. This is something that kills a lot of article marketers, and it is something that used to really hurt my own article campaigns.

    The key is to keep the reader captivated, then at the very end of article have a call to action. You want to make the reader feel as if they are really missing something by not clicking through to your website.

    A strong resource box is also essential to a great article marketing campaign. I do some article marketing for clients who operate both online and offline, and the key is to set the potential customers up to where they must visit your website!

    Try to work on your call to action, and also review your landing page to make sure that your review is not "hard-selling." The article should peak interest, the landing page should pre-sell, and the actual sales page should do the selling.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sour
    It could just be the niches you're in don't get a lot of traffic. One of my niches will average a couple hundred hits per article while another will only get me 10-50 hits.

    Looking over your author page, though, it doesn't seem like you're SEOing your articles that well. Make sure to target a new keyword each article, and keep the keyword as the first words in the title. Here's an example: "How to Fix the Red Ring of Death - 5 Steps To Do It!" Your keyword would obviously be "how to fix the red ring of death". Then do a new article such at "Fixing RRoD - How You Can Do It", etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      What did you expect?

      1. You're writing articles for an incredibly competitive niche. You're going to
      get very few views per article without a ton of supporting work.

      2. You've written a few articles. So what? As you yourself have pointed
      out, you're going to need to write a ton to get just one sale.

      Okay, so what can you do?

      Well, a lot more than just writing articles.

      1. Set up an authority site on the topic with tons of content giving info
      on the topic.

      2. Create videos on the topic and send people to your site from the
      videos.

      3. Join Twitter and follow people who are interested in this niche as
      buyers...not sellers. Send them links to your articles.

      4. Social bookmark your articles.

      5. Build a list for this niche and send them a newsletter on Xbox with
      relevant content.

      6. Use PPC, though if you don't know what you're doing, with this niche,
      you can go broke.

      This is just off the top of my head.

      Bottom line...you picked a nightmare of a niche.

      So again I ask...what did you expect?
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  • Profile picture of the author cowsgonemadd3
    You can convert your traffic much better with articles, but you have to know how to format the article. First off all you need to write an article does that does not have much fluff. People come to the internet to look for a solution, and it is your job to give them one.
    That is harder said than done but I try to do that.

    Looking over your author page, though, it doesn't seem like you're SEOing your articles that well. Make sure to target a new keyword each article, and keep the keyword as the first words in the title. Here's an example: "How to Fix the Red Ring of Death - 5 Steps To Do It!" Your keyword would obviously be "how to fix the red ring of death". Then do a new article such at "Fixing RRoD - How You Can Do It", etc.
    Not as good as I should but the title thing, I do that. The articles do not rank on their own. I have never got a article to rank. I don't know hardly anything about ranking and I always fail because of it for the most part.
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    • Profile picture of the author marketingva
      Hi,

      I hope you're doing more than article marketing. It's a great technique and one I use a lot but there are so many more marketing techniques you need to use too. Don't depend on one thing is my best advice.

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  • Profile picture of the author cowsgonemadd3
    So again I ask...what did you expect?
    I expected, Lots of interest, lots of sales and that there should be enough room for me to get a sale easier than this.

    So how do you determine a good niche for article marketing? I have market samurai(the trial).
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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
    Originally Posted by cowsgonemadd3 View Post

    Okay I am going to give you my stats:



    Those are my stats for last month.

    Here are the stats for the month before that(the month I started promoting it):



    As you can see the hops per sale amount for my traffic is pretty steady. It took a little more to make a sale last month than the month before that.

    Well the niche is the Xbox 360 repair guide niche.

    My traffic comes from only 2 sources, yahoo answers and ezine.

    I wrote several articles for that niche and ezine sent out a average of JUST 6 click outs per article.

    If you do the math you see that it would take like 20+ articles PER SALE. The sale of that product is worth a bit over 20 bucks or maybe right under, I forget but that means that each article is ONLY worth a buck.

    250 words for a buck??!!!???!! I mean come on I could do better writing for some article sites!

    Now I promote more than one niche, several niches infact. They all convert at around 130 hops. It varies per month...

    Traffic from ezine is basically steady for all my niches, 6+ click outs per article.

    Now what would you do to improve my money making with article? I have tried posting my articles to onlywire but that seems to do SQUAT.

    Thanks for any advice! I sure need it! I am a diligent worker who just wants to make 700 or so a month online to start with. Currently struggling to get 300+!
    Time for a little cold water.

    The niche you picked isn't going to bring you many sales. Most people would rather pay a tech like myself than fix it themselves, mostly because it's kinda involved to work on one.

    Hate to say this, but what you're getting is probably about the best you're going to get. If that were me, with what you're working with, I would give myself a pat on the back and move on.

    You know what you're doing, just find something more lucrative and go there instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author cowsgonemadd3
    You know what you're doing, just find something more lucrative and go there instead.
    How do you determine that? What should I look for BEFORE making a pre-sell site for a niche(domains add up if they never make there money back).
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    • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
      Pick a different niche. This one is a tough nut to
      get into.

      Pick something less competive and use it to get better at writing.

      Then scale that up on more competive products.
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    • Profile picture of the author Floyd Fisher
      Originally Posted by cowsgonemadd3 View Post

      How do you determine that? What should I look for BEFORE making a pre-sell site for a niche(domains add up if they never make there money back).
      Forgive me if this sounds rude, but in your case, I used common sense.

      Who besides a tech head like myself is really going to want to repair one?
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  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    Hi

    Have you thought of building your traffic through other sources and not just yahoo answers and ezines?

    Get those backlinks moving and have fantastic seo and then you will get more traffic and more sales.

    Im sure it will pick up soon

    kind regards


    sam
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicola Lane
    Threads asking how to do Article Marketing come up quite often here - so I have a standard reply - I hope this helps:

    Two brilliant threads to read about article marketing are these:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...marketing.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...eza-first.html

    Read them both - all the way through - and take notes.

    For further information I recommend the following directory - It is education in article marketing - a guide book and monthly newsletters - with a directory thrown in! You can read what Warriors think about it here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...alks-walk.html

    Article Directory - Article Marketing Community

    I can also recommend the WSO's from this guy:

    View Profile: Zeus66

    This guy also has some good stuff - some article marketing some on other things

    View Profile: Steven Wagenheim

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnmags
    I am promoting the same niche and I have observed that demand for products fluctuates; depending on the time and season. In this case, xbox problems due to overheating becuase of extensive use.

    Now how many people do you think are playing games for many hours at this time? Only few compared to summer time. Hence, try to look for other niche to concentrate at this time of the year in the US (major online buyers). Come summer time in June to Sept then that is the time to give more focus on xbox.

    Cheers
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