We all know that the traditional article marketing method that everyone has been taught is quickly becoming an obsolete method of getting traffic.
This is primarily due to the Google Panda( a.k.a Farmer) update reducing the amount of listings it has in its search engine results pages from the top article directories by significant percentages.
We've all seen the Sistrix graphs, read the blog posts, seen the case studies, and have had to suffer through thread after countless thread about what people should do now since the traditional methods are in jeopardy of becoming obsolete.
The way forward is to stop giving all of your quality content away to article directories and actually posting it to your own properties exclusively.
I always thought it was an extremely dumb idea to build up another person's business for the pittance of a few clicks here and there.
I've seen people brag that they write X articles per day, and have XXXX published in EZA. I want to slap them upside the head and tell them how stupid they are for doing it.
You're getting clicks yea, but your content is being prostituted out by the article directory pimps.
They surround your articles with 20-30 advertising links, and all they allow you to have is 2-3 links, ON YOUR OWN CONTENT!
I cringe when I see postings where people are ecstatic when they achieve an article CTR of 25% or something equally pathetic.
I mean how dumb is that?
Think about how much your own site would be considered an authority if it had X,XXX unique content articles published to it.
How much Google PR would it have?
How many top search engine listings?
What would your CTR be if all of the traffic was only exposed to YOUR affiliate links, instead of you having fight an uphill battle with the article directories intrusive Adsense blocks everywhere?
Here's my proposed solution:
-Choose a profitable niche
-Pick an affiliate program(s) in that niche, and/or create your own product for that niche
-Create your own blog
-Post in-depth high quality content to your blog exclusively, recommend related products via banner ads, and extremely sparse promotional posts.
Then become an active participant in your niche by doing these things:
---Join niche forums, contribute to the conversation, answer questions, be helpful, and signature market your blog on them.
---When you post a new article on your site, post the first 300-500 words as a forum posting and then direct them to your blog to read the rest.
---Join Twitter and build up a targeted following there.
---Tweet every time you post a in-depth article to your blog.
---Participate in the conversation on Twitter, especially on any tweet having to do with your niche.
---Make your articles into videos and build up a Youtube channel, watermark your URL in all your videos, and put your blog URL in the description.
---Join Facebook groups related to your niche, participate in the groups, and promote your blog there.
---Create a Facebook fanpage for your blog, get likes, and post status updates every time you make an in-depth posting to your blog.
I've been doing this same strategy in 4 different niches, I get tons of traffic to my sites, I have no problem making money, and I could care less what Google decides to do with their stupid algorithm.
Because I create my content for the people in my niche, not for some soulless search engine software crawler robot endlessly looping on some server sitting in Google's basement.
I address the problems they are having, give them solutions via my content, and recommend products that will help them even more.
Doing this makes your business Google immune, because you don't care if you get any traffic from them.
More often than not you will start getting a lot of traffic from them anyways, because if your content is good, people will link to it without you even having to ask them to do so.
Also, you're primarily marketing on some of the most highly trafficked websites out there besides Google, where you can interact with and help actual people, not software robots!
Honestly, if you're aggressive you can get thousands of unique visitors per day like this.
The key for the whole thing to work is to make your blog posts extremely in-depth and of a very high quality to actual people.
Here's an example in a niche we can all relate to.
The subject is making money online.
Here's a traditional article marketing piece of content (# of words: 432 ):
Now ask yourself if you were looking for a real solution to help you get started making money online, is this piece of content really helpful?
And even if you did find it helpful, look at the insane amount of advertising the poor saps two little resource box links have to compete with.
Seriously, what percentage of the traffic that lands on this page is actually going to click on his links?
I counted 120 total links on that one webpage...and only TWO are linking to this guy's stuff!
That's just ridiculous, and I hope you can really see just how insane submitting your content that you slaved to create to these article marketing content pimps really is.
On the flipside, here is a high quality in-depth post by a well known marketer who is obviously using this method (# of words: 1,527):
A Profit Model That Almost Never Fails | Jason Fladlien's Blog
See how this guy actually gives some useful content.
Notice how each and every last link on that site goes to something that he either owns outright or will directly profit from.
That's right. What you've just seen is someone who is interested in building his own internet business and not the business of some content pimp article directory owner.
He has created an actual internet asset that has real value, both to him, and his customers and visitors who access his site.
What do you think his CTR is?
How much money do you think this one blog post funnels into his pockets?
Because he took the time to give an actual solution, instead of just writing for clicks or backlinks, I can guess its probably a decent amount.
So the solution to "beating" the Google Panda/Farmer update is to stop worrying about gaming the search engines!
Forget SEO, keyword density, LSI, mass submissions, slow submissions, content spinning, forum profile links, PR8 .edu links, link juice, link wheels, XML sitemaps, ping lists, comment spamming, and all of that other crap!
You make money in all forms of business by filling a need and asking for money for doing so, and internet marketing is no different.
So take some action right now!
Hope this was helpful to someone,