Monday, March 16, 2009

What is Article Marketing?

'Article Marketing' is a good subject, and one that you will need to become very familiar with in the months and years to come as you develop and grow your Internet business.

Here is a good directory to submit your articles to:

That's my affiliate link. It will be yours too, of course. In fact, this is a good time to make an important point: you can NEVER have too many legitimate affiliate programs if you intend to either supplement your income with online marketing or do this full-time.

Anyway, back to article marketing. That link I just gave you has a decent free version that fits with my Free 30-day Success System. You can find it at the top of this blog's first page - upper right corner.

Now, technically, this really isn't a good topic for the high-speed GDI Gold Rush concept (which is a component of my system). But, then again, it is. Here's the truth about article marketing: It takes a long time, but you need to do it.

What I mean by that is, you can submit your article to lots and lots of directories but it takes time for them to be accepted and approved. It takes even longer for them to be discovered by the 'web-crawlers', and it takes even longer still for that to result in readers who will check out your linked site. But you know what? It works! Yes, article marketing is an excellent way to drive traffic to your site - LONG TERM - and it's worth it.

You see, part of the problem with explaining the ins and outs of building a real online business is that most people don't want to hear it. What they want to know is, how many thousands they are going to receive in the next 90 days and if they are going to have to 'do' anything. Those are the two things that they want to know.

Hopefully, that doesn't apply to you. However, you do need to think past the initial 30-day effort in my Success System. You are going to need to start laying some markers, setting some beacons and establishing the foundation of a long-term BUSINESS that you will build and grow like any other business. And that involves article marketing.

Did you know that you don't even have to write the articles yourself? Article ghost writers are a dime a dozen. Just use Google. They're easy to find. Same thing for software that generates articles for you. If you want to go that route, it's not a problem but you DO need to produce some articles.

So what does all this mean? Let me sum it up. What you do is generate a short piece (which can range from 5 or 6 paragraphs to as many pages) on a topic related to your sales page. Then you simply link to your sales page at the bottom of the article. That's it. That's all there is to it. In fact, this blog post is an 'article'.

Like I said, you can write them yourself or have someone else write them for you. This isn't hard. The KEY is your link at the end of the article. Your link at the end of the thing is the whole point of the thing.

Article marketing is a big, big deal. Do yourself a favor, do a little research and look into it. It's a must.