[Questions] Article Marketing and Making Money from It

by SaranK
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Hi Warriors -

I've spent a few weeks understanding (reading and absorbing posts by Warriors - multiple times!) Article Marketing, and last week I put up 3 niche blogs. A special mention to Alexa Smith, who's posts I have gleaned much from - Thank you!

I'm writing an article per site per day. In fact, I'm loving the writing... it's fun and I look forward to it because most of them are ramblings (structured...might I add :p) about my favourite topics, like Surfing for example

A few of my articles on my own sites have been indexed so far, and those I have submitted to Ezine.

So right now I am at the exciting stage where soon I should see some traffic; actually I've had about 76 unique's to one of my blogs already.

So my real question is: What kind of process or thing's should I start to do now to earn income?

I have selected some clickbank products - should I "casually" mention them at the end of each article?
I hope I'm doing the right thing by not having lots of links in the article itself, linking to my Clickbank product!

Some of my articles don't talk about the product at all so how can I smoothly bring up the subject with my visitors?

Should I have a seperate page on my site with the Clickbank product's salespage?

Simply put - I'm rapidly approaching the "ask for money" stage, and I'm having some hiccups on how exactly I should go about it.

Thankies

Kim


Edit:

P.S. I haven't signed up for Aweber to build a list yet! Have a optin box for a free report on the top right of every page right?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

    I'm writing an article per site per day.
    Wow, I would not be able to manage that!

    Three articles per site per month is plenty for me. (Admittedly I have 8 sites, now). It takes me some hours to write an article of the quality needed to achieve widespread syndication. One per day is my limit - I have all the rest of my business to run, apart from producing the content. (And that's when I'm not posting here).

    Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

    What kind of process or thing's should I start to do now to earn income?
    1. Achieve widespread syndication of your articles, which need to be written for syndication.

    2. Don't rely on passive syndication (e.g. from Ezine Articles): it can be outstanding, and it's how I got started, but it's too slow, precarious, variable, unreliable, etc., to build a business just from that. You need to use active syndication, too: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794

    Apologies if you've seen those two posts before.

    Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

    I have selected some clickbank products - should I "casually" mention them at the end of each article?
    Definitely not: you'd almost never get an article syndicated at all, that way. Articles are for niches, not for products.

    Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

    I hope I'm doing the right thing by not having lots of links in the article itself, linking to my Clickbank product!
    Yes, indeed. That would also undermine the entire purpose and dramatically limit your readership.

    Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

    Some of my articles don't talk about the product at all so how can I smoothly bring up the subject with my visitors?
    They shouldn't (mention the product). You bring up the subject with your visitors by having things like product reviews on your website, perhaps, and mostly by opting visitors in and promoting the products (among other messages and information) in your autoresponder series.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5210243

    Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

    Have a optin box for a free report on the top right of every page right?
    I do ... and on the landing page it's prominently incentivized, with a detailed explanation of why visitors should opt in and exactly what they'll get, and when, when they do. ("Expectation setting" and "continuity maintenance").

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author SaranK
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Wow, I would not be able to manage that!

      Three articles per site per month is plenty for me.
      Thank you - I am on full steam :-) The niches I have chosen are all close to my heart so I have plenty of ideas to talk about from personal experience, and it's been very fun so far Actually I have slowed down the last few day's and I am in the habit of saving the draft and coming back to it when my mind is fresh. I like to have a real "hook" before I think an article is ready - (my way of saying that I can feel some flow in the words when I read it back to myself).

      If I am connecting the dots properly then I also assume it's good practice to email your subscribers when you publish a new article? In that case, when I sign up for Aweber, I will be able to load the auto responder with some of the articles that I have published already.

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      I do ... and on the landing page it's prominently incentivized, with a detailed explanation of why visitors should opt in and exactly what they'll get, and when, when they do. ("Expectation setting" and "continuity maintenance").
      What do you mean by the landing page - is that your homepage? I assume on the main body of your homepage you have your latest article, much like a blog?

      Thank you for the links, I have them tabbed and will be reading them - some again because I am getting something new, and a "aha" each time I read them.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

        I am on full steam :-) The niches I have chosen are all close to my heart so I have plenty of ideas to talk about from personal experience, and it's been very fun so far
        For what it's worth, this is nearly always a good indication, for me: the ones I've really enjoyed writing (and the ones in which I've been most facetious/jokey) always seem to work out ok.

        Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

        I am in the habit of saving the draft and coming back to it when my mind is fresh.
        Yes, I do this ... I don't often write a whole article "all in one go".

        Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

        I also assume it's good practice to email your subscribers when you publish a new article?
        Well, there are various ways of doing this.

        You want to have your emails to subscribers automated, and to email them exactly as often as you've said you will ("continuity" and "expectation setting").

        But as you produce new articles, you can always use them (or parts of them) to add further email messages to your automated series, which eventually they'll all catch up with. The art, with emailing them, I've found, is to try to stick to "series" and not use "broadcasts", for all the reasons explained here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5847491

        Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

        In that case, when I sign up for Aweber, I will be able to load the auto responder with some of the articles that I have published already.
        Yes, and/or slightly varied versions of them, and/or links to them on your site, and/or their first halves with a "click here for the thrilling dénouement"?

        It's good to try to get your subscribers used to clicking links you send them, expecting and finding something interesting. Even if it's just a link to your own site. The more you get them used to link-clicking, the more of them will go to a hoplink when you sometimes send them that.

        Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

        What do you mean by the landing page - is that your homepage?
        Yes ... usually, in my case, but it doesn't necessarily have to be.

        A landing page is just "the page you want your traffic to land on", i.e. the one you use as a primary off-site link to your site. (Some sites even have more than one).

        Originally Posted by SaranK View Post

        I assume on the main body of your homepage you have your latest article, much like a blog?
        Actually I don't quite do it that way, but you can, and plenty of people do. I have fairly static home pages.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
    Alexa, your amazing! Your posts are incredibly helpful. Just one quick question...

    I have a blog, and if I started to work with article marketing, would my articles I send to article directories (and my future syndication list) and my blog posts essentially be the same?

    Also, how do you build a syndication list? Do you just keep track of the people who use your articles on EZA?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Brendan Carl View Post

      I have a blog, and if I started to work with article marketing, would my articles I send to article directories (and my future syndication list) and my blog posts essentially be the same?
      Hi Brendan, well, this is up to you. I think all the really successful article marketers here would say "yes", though, for themselves. (As I do, for myself). There's certainly no great point in giving (and no need at all to give) an article directory the initial indexation rights to any content that hasn't originally been indexed on your own site. Explained in this post (and in post #6 of the same thread): http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

      Originally Posted by Brendan Carl View Post

      Also, how do you build a syndication list? Do you just keep track of the people who use your articles on EZA?
      No - that's only passive syndication (submitting your articles in EZA and waiting for people to re-publish them). That is one syndication method, though, and you'd certainly want to add those as well (and contact them, and offer them more, and so on) - all as described in this post: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post3188316

      But more important than that is to build your list actively, by contacting people yourself (ezine publishers and webmasters), because many don't know they need content until someone offers it to them, when they'll happily accept it. As described in this post: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    I use my articles for syndication which gets me a lot of targeted traffic. I send them all to the squeeze page to get them on my list immediately.

    Then, they are immediately taken to my blog. The first email gives them the free gift via a page they are sent to for the downloads and told to bookmark the page and I post other offers on their regularly.

    I have not yet promoted my blog or my other sites in any other way other than the list but my stats show that they get a lot of hits a month and I get sales regularly so I believe this is working very well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
    Thanks Alexa!

    I will definitely pursue active syndication, but how do I find ezine publishers and webmasters to contact? Do I find them on the EZA website? Do I go to fellow bloggers and email them?

    Also, what should I say in the email? Just something like, "Hey, I have a bunch of articles for you to use, check out this one: ______ (link to my article on EZA)."?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Brendan Carl View Post

      how do I find ezine publishers and webmasters to contact? Do I find them on the EZA website?
      No ... unfortunately that's the harder part.

      Ezine publishers:
      Directory of Ezines (excellent, includes a good advisory service too, but not free)

      Ezine Directories Top 20: The pick of the best ezine directories on the Net (not as good/helpful)

      Webmasters:
      Use search engines to find sites in your niche ... and this article by expert article marketer Anne Pottinger will help, too: Article Syndication To Benefit and Grow Your Business | Internet Marketing and Publishing

      Originally Posted by Brendan Carl View Post

      Also, what should I say in the email? Just something like, "Hey, I have a bunch of articles for you to use, check out this one: ______ (link to my article on EZA)."?
      No - send an article (just one, the best one you have that's most appropriate for their site), not a link to one. And not one that's on EZA (yet).

      And send it in the email, not as an attachment (which often won't reach their inbox and/or won't be opened).

      But you'll need to say a lot more than that, and write it from their perspective. Tell them why you like their site so much, what you got from it, why you think your article will be of particular relevance and interest to their readers, and so on.

      The initial email you send is the start of the relationship you plan to build with them, and as the saying goes, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. It needs to be very carefully written. Put yourself in their position and ask yourself what would interest you most, and what you'd say "yes" to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
    Thank you so much, Alexa. You are truly a great help.
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