When I was first introduced to IM almost 6 months ago, I dove into article marketing/bum marketing like so many newbies do.
I was lucky to choose a great converting niche right away and made my first sale within a week of my first article going live on EZA. I was hooked.
By meticulously following the advice of Travis Sago and other bum marketing pros, I was able to get my income to around 1k per month pretty quickly. I figured if I just scaled my efforts up a few notches, my income would start to rise exponentially. Nope. That didn't happen. I hit the 1k per month mark and stuck there. My best month was around $1600.
I don't want to give the impression that I'm complaining. I'm actually thrilled to be making money in IM. I know a lot of newbies struggle for months or even years before making a steady income, so I'm definitely grateful.
But I figured I'd be a lot further along, especially after 436 articles published. Several of my articles have hit the most viewed and most published for my niche on EZA. My CTR started out around 20% and has risen to around 35%. I read everything I can about article marketing, my articles are optimized for SEO, my keywords are high-search, low competition, etc.
But I can't get the vast majority of my articles to rank very high in the serps. Only about 15% of my articles are on the 1st page of google. And those are for long tailed keyword phrases that aren't very popular. If a keyword phrase has a lot of adwords displayed on google, I can't seem to get on the first page.
Since the majority of my articles are not getting ranked very high in the serps, my article views are coming almost entirely from people visiting EZA directly. That's great and all, but it also explains why I've hit a plateau with my sales. My goal was always to create residual income from articles ranking high the serps.
Yes, I've tried creating backlinks to my articles. Dozens of hours of social bookmarking and backlinks from other article directories, blogs, etc. Still, they just won't budge. Right now I'm creating backlinks using high PR sites (a service from a fellow warrior that comes highly recommended). It's too early to tell how that will work out.
Which leads me to my question:
Any suggestions on the best way to use these 436 articles, the majority of which are basically sandboxed?
I'm eager to move on to other IM methods, but I feel like I have some unfinished business with these articles. It seems like a waste not to put them to some good use.
Any feedback/suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance...