How do articles make money?

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I have read along the way here somewhere that "articles" written months or years ago are still making people money. I'm wondering how exactly that works? Is somewhere in the article a link to a site and then there is a sale or PPC/PPA action? Or is there something else going on ?

And what ways / services do people use or recommend to distribute said articles?

Thanks JD
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    An article makes you money because it promotes a product or service. Sometimes you can use an article to drive traffic to your squeeze page, which in turn allows you to promote a product or service to a list.

    An article can also generate advertising revenue for you, especially if you rock Adsense on your sites.

    I'm no pro on distribution of articles, but there are plenty of experts on this forum that will be able to help you out.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    You write a quality article about a product or topic and then back it up with a product you want to sell via a link in your resource. Some article directories allow you to link within the article as well. These articles if they get popular enough or backlinked enough to be ranked can make money for months maybe even years.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmdigital
    Write about your niche and direct readers to your Squeeze Page at the end of the article. This way you will have more chances of converting sporadic visitors into customers effective. An autoresponder can do that - if properly configured.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by ghettoracer View Post

    I have read along the way here somewhere that "articles" written months or years ago are still making people money. I'm wondering how exactly that works?
    Good question.

    In my case (and this is also true for many others here) it works by gradual syndication of the article, so that targeted audiences continue to see it and click the link(s) in the resource-box at the end, arriving at one of my websites, where they're presented with further information about the subject, product reviews, other articles, and a prominent opt-in on every page of the site (together with a prominently promoted "offer" on the front page, explaining why they might want to opt in for a free book on the subject and occasional email updates giving still further information about it). Personally, after a lot of split-testing in several niches, I no longer use "squeeze pages" because although I can build bigger lists that way, I earn more from them over the long-term if I use the system outlined above, instead. Different people opt in to each.

    Every new article I write is initially published and indexed on my own site (for all the long-term SEO reasons explained in this thread), and then sent by email to the network of people I know who've previously re-published my work on their targeted, relevant sites/blogs with my backlink in place, and then submitted in identical form to Ezine Articles (and often to one or two other article directories, too, though there's no value in overdoing this). I've "found" many of these people through their having syndicated one or more of my articles from EZA.

    An "article directory" is a depository of online content which is freely available (within the TOS of each directory, of course) to be syndicated by webmasters and ezine/newsletter compilers. That's what article directories are there for, and that's the purpose they serve.

    I continue to submit almost all my articles to EZA, because the more of them I have there, the more likely they are increasingly to become further syndicated, attracting further targeted visitors to my sites (as well as some additional, valuable context-relevant backlinks for my site, though EZA's own backlinks are close-to-worthless by comparison). EZA has served me far better for this purpose than any other article directory.

    There are also huge numbers of ezine publishers actively looking for content, who are happy to publish high quality articles on any subject you can imagine. These can be found from such sources as the "Directory of Ezines".

    Getting your articles syndicated (whether by yourself or by others, via the article directory route) is a way of developing an asset-based business which produces gradually increasing residual income from work already done.

    If it interests you, I posted a bit more about the general considerations of "article marketing" yesterday, in this post.
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    • Profile picture of the author Richnana
      You just provided more information than those $97.00 products. Great information. You should find some free ebooks about article marketing and distribution. Fabian Tan gives a great ebook away for free. I think you may have to do your own search on this forum for Fabian and get his ebook. It will provide you everything you need to use article marketing for your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author stackcash
    Alexa pretty much summed it up. Your article will have a link to your money site within the text. Over time, people will read the article and eventually click the link. This, in turn, sends people to your money page which may result in a conversion.
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  • Profile picture of the author steven90210
    They also provide you with targetted traffic to your site which in turn generates you some revenue.
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  • Profile picture of the author omk
    You're pretty much correct about the links in the article or author's link. But the other thing that is going on is that after a while you can start building yourself as an authority in whatever niche area you choose to write about. People are very impressed when they see that you have numberous articles to your name. This shows that you are not just after the quick dollars, but that you take your work seriously.
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  • Profile picture of the author O0o0O
    Articles make money by directing human traffic through the link inside the author's resource box. Hopefully the website in the link can keep the visitors there long enough to make them pay for something.
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    • Profile picture of the author ghettoracer
      Wow you guys are great... I'm amazed at how freely you all give information which I guess I would consider "trade secrets"... it's nice to be involved with people who are not only out to succeed for themselves but also nurture those of us who could easily be led astray and taken advantage of.

      Now what I have not been able to wrap my head around is how so many of you have so man niche's but are able to write intelligent traffic promoting articles... How can you be an expert in so many areas at once and are you all English / journalism majors? I'm no dummy but I find it hard to believe that I could write that many different things on one niche?

      Again thanks VERY much for your feedback!

      JD
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      • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
        Originally Posted by ghettoracer View Post

        Wow you guys are great... I'm amazed at how freely you all give information which I guess I would consider "trade secrets"... it's nice to be involved with people who are not only out to succeed for themselves but also nurture those of us who could easily be led astray and taken advantage of.

        Now what I have not been able to wrap my head around is how so many of you have so man niche's but are able to write intelligent traffic promoting articles... How can you be an expert in so many areas at once and are you all English / journalism majors? I'm no dummy but I find it hard to believe that I could write that many different things on one niche?

        Again thanks VERY much for your feedback!

        JD
        There are only two niches / markets that I currently write for since I am an expert in both of them. In other markets I have the writing outsourced. When I first got start I would hire other Warriors in this forum and/or hire community college students. Of course, they would have to pass a writing test and an interview.

        When I used to be in the dog training niche, I went out and interviewed several local dog trainers. I found one that had a ton of credibility, was willing to share case studies, and we worked out a deal where he supplied 100% of my content for a flat fee and % of the profits. He then bought the website and product line from me.

        For article writing, you'll want to find a writer who knows how to do their due diligence. This way they can write about virtually any topic.

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  • Profile picture of the author dhanediesil
    Originally Posted by ghettoracer View Post

    I have read along the way here somewhere that "articles" written months or years ago are still making people money. I'm wondering how exactly that works? Is somewhere in the article a link to a site and then there is a sale or PPC/PPA action? Or is there something else going on ?

    And what ways / services do people use or recommend to distribute said articles?

    Thanks JD
    JD,

    Articles make money because of the links in them.

    As long as the site is still up, or the affiliate product, then once someone finds and reads (more than likely skims) the articles that were written months or years ago, if they like what they read they'll click the link, which sends them to that article authors money site.

    Try it out yourself.

    Find some solid affiliate products (if you don't have any products), then write 4-8 articles about the benefits of the article (or one article per benefit) and then publish them to articles directories..

    If you've create amazing content, and follow it up with an amazing product, then you too will be making money from the articles you wrote months or years ago.

    Boom!

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    • Profile picture of the author megaEZmoney
      Your website could not even be recognized by the search engine and the article can get you traffic if it has links to your website. If you get your article accepted in Ezine articles you can get traffic to your website because Ezine Articles is ranked high in the search engine. When someone types in the topic of your article in Google, there you are maybe number one in google. After I submit articles I like to do searches in google. Sometimes your name will be everywhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author exchangepro
    Hi, this is my very first post, and on a topic I like. Articles can gain you money from advertising revenue with Adsense..as already mentioned..and in several other ways. For example, articles help establish you as an expert in your field (if written correctly and helpful to the reader). That means that once they're done reading if they want more info, or need additional help, where do they go? Your Resource box at the end of the article, or to your profile...which if you're smart leads them to your squeeze page or a site where they can complete a call to action and become a paying customer. So Adsense, Resource Boxes, and even pay for performance (ex. Yahoo Contributor Network....the more readers you get the more money you make in performance pay.) can build revenue long after the article is written. Similarly, Hubpages allows you to post links to the Amazon affiliate program at the end of the article--if the Amazon products are relevant to the article material, you probably have a good chance for sales conversions.

    Lastly, it would not be a bad idea to take several of the articles you've written...and if there are nonexclusive rights granted to the article database...to take those same articles (perhaps revise them by about 20%..headings, titles, body, etc.) and turn them into an ebook. Yes...repurposing your articles into ebooks (etc.) is an additional revenue stream.. Hope this post was helpful. Best.

    David
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