I am often asked, "Does article marketing still work?"
Definitely, the Internet is crying out for content. There are billions of web pages with millions more being created every day. And every single one of them needs to have something to say - some content to attract visitors. Satisfying such a huge demand is how dreams are made real.
Many people make good money online simply by writing a few articles on a regular basis. Many people can't see how this can be profitable so if you haven't made your millions yet, rest assured that it is not your fault. Read on to see how huge the results can be, but first...
.... I have some bad news for you :-( Google does a lot of research and they have found that the average visitor to a website will return to it on average 7 times before buying anything even if your product or solution to their problem suits their needs exactly and your price is excellent.
Keep this information in mind no matter what kind of online business you eventually get into.
People just don't trust, but don't be afraid...
The good news is that there is an easy solution: email marketing. Visitors to sites are encouraged to leave their email addresses so they could be sent free stuff. The central idea here is that they are giving the website owner permission to visit them through their inbox! Done properly, this builds incredible trust very quickly.
This is a great way to get around the awful 7 visit barrier mentioned above.
Most websites have opt-in forms to get people to leave their email address in exchange for a freebie of some sort like a free ebook, report or video. Forms like this one are in common use. They worked for a while, but people quickly got tired of free reports, ebooks and so on.
The minute they see these little boxes, they scramble for the back button. A company named Leadpages changed the whole process.
They suggest that your freebie not be an ebook or report. Instead, they suggest a blueprint, resource or small set of digital tools that the average visitor might find useful. People want something useful and short.
People want instructions, how to and so on. The best example I have seen for something like this was a Youtube video on how to build a picnic table. The instructions were very good.
At the end, he asked people to swap their email address for a simple, 1 page PDF list of materials they would need to bring to the lumber yard to build their own picnic table. The idea worked great.
People want something simple like a plan, a blueprint or a simple list. This is what Leadpages teaches you how to do.
And now, for the real magic. Instead of a little plain, boring opt-in form like the one above, a company named LeadPages introduced a whole new ball game. If you visited a winter vacation website, would you be more tempted to fill in a plain little form like the one above or the Leadpages example below?
Uh-huh, I thought so. Remember that all these squeeze pages open in a full screen representation like this.
The next example was created by someone who has a website dealing with comic books. Beautiful, isn't it?
The one below is one of their top performers that gets a really good click through rate.
Anything can be changed with a couple of mouse clicks. Background images, styles of boxes, which information is asked for and so on.
This one is my personal favorite and gives me a great CTR. Give it a moment to load the video. You can change the video to anything you like. Imagine a gardening site with flowers waving in the wind, an aircraft site with airplanes floating above the clouds or ... well.. you get the idea.
Most people are not aware of the 7 visitor phenomenon that Google found and it kills their dream of independence and freedom. They work and work to build a great site, they get traffic and little money comes in because they are not aware of and dealing with that 7 visit phenomenon.
Opt-ins are a brilliant and fun way to build trust and Leadpages offer the best in cutting edge squeeze page technology for about a dollar a day.
By the way, would you like to see more of what Leadpages can do to help you achieve your dreams like they did for me? The best way for me was to sign up for one of their 2 free weekly live webinars. You can reserve your spot here.
NOTE: What I liked the most is that you don't have to be one of their customers to gain immense benefit from what they teach.
Most people don't know beans about this form of marketing and how it can be an immense benefit to someone working hard to make something of themselves on the web.
So what is article marketing for, is it as easy as they say and what kind of results can you expect?
Article marketing can be as
simple as writing a series of articles to put on your own blog or
website. If you've ever written a blog post that ran to more than a few
hundred words, you've done it already. That is fine, as far as it goes,
but why go to all that effort of writing something to only use it once?
Article marketing is about leveraging the effort you've put into creating an article in the first place and getting as much benefit from it as possible.
You do that by syndicating your article for other people to use, with the condition that every time they publish it on their website, they also include a resource box that you specify. That resource box will usually include a link back to a website, or product offering of your choice.
Syndication of your work is easy: there are hundreds of article directories on the Internet who are happy for you to post your work. EzineArticles is perhaps the biggest and best known, but there are many, many more that you can use. The article directories serve two purposes for article marketers: they are a central source for website builders to go to to find content, and they are also quickly indexed by search engines so you'll get backlinks even if nobody else uses your work.
Is Article Marketing as Easy as They Say?
For some people, writing articles is very easy, but for others it can be a chore. Fortunately, like any other skill you need to learn in Internet marketing, the more you practice, the easier it gets.
The best articles for beginners to write are how-to and tips articles. Both formats start out by identifying a commonly asked question, such as 'how can I stop my dog barking?' or 'what's the best way to make money online?' and provides an answer.
The how-to format is very straightforward - the article would start with a paragraph that expands on the question, move on to four or five paragraphs that explains the solution and ends with a paragraph that sums up both question and answer.
To write a tips article, on the other hand, you would first research 3 or 5 solutions and then, instead of the 4-5 paragraphs in the middle of the how-to article that explains just one solution, you'd have a separate paragraph - perhaps as bullet points - for each tip. The intro and outro paragraphs would be very similar to the how-to ones.
Once you've written your article (allow anywhere from one to two hours for each one until you get more proficient) your main job is then to get it onto as many article directories as possible. Although you can do this by hand, it takes a lot of time so I would strongly recommend using one of the many article submission services who will do the job for you.
What Kind of Results Can Article Marketers Expect?
The answer to this question depends on how much work you are prepared to put into it.
Frankly, if all you do is write one article a month and submit it to just one or two directories, your results will be very poor.
Professional article marketing people write a lot of articles and build up a big online presence for their body of work over time. That can bring them a huge number of backlinks to websites of their choice, a constant flow of traffic to their money sites and, most importantly, a stream of income that once started, is almost impossible to turn off.
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These Will Give You An Unfair Advantage:
Lesson 1: Keyword Research - Effective online marketing is all about getting maximum returns from all of your efforts and keyword research is the way you do that - it focuses you on what counts instead of randomly writing and building websites that are not cohesive or targeted.
Lesson 2: Niche Marketing - One of the big success secrets is to concentrate your efforts on a monetizable niche market. So what is niche marketing and how do you find a niche that you can make money from?
Lesson 3: Information Products - Creating and selling your own information products is a very viable method of building an online business - and can be an extremely profitable one too. Before we look into the ways that you - or anyone - can start to create your own information products, we first need to define what information products actually are.
Lesson 4: Search Engine Optimization - What makes Google, or any other search engine for that matter, put some sites right up at the top of the first page of their search results listings, while other sites struggle to even get into the index?
Lesson 5: Affiliate Marketing - Affiliate marketing is an alluringly simple idea: you show an offer from
a third party company to your website visitors or newsletter readers
and if they click through and buy, you get an agreed commission. Those
commissions can be anywhere from ...
Lesson 6: Private Label Rights -Private label can really be like magic: someone else does all the hard work in writing and then for a tiny outlay you can buy the rights to do almost anything you want with the product.
Lesson 7: Membership Sites - Membership sites are big business and despite the worldwide recession, continue to grow in importance.
Lesson 8: Traffic Generation - A website on its own is like a store at the wrong end of a one-way street: it can be the most wonderful thing that you can possibly create, but with no passing trade the sound of the tumbleweed will be louder than that of the cash register.
Lesson 9: Article Marketing - Article marketing is about leveraging the effort you've put into creating an article in the first place and getting as much benefit from it as possible. You do that by syndicating your article for other people to use, with the condition that every time they publish it on their website, they also include a resource box that you specify.
Lesson 10: Email Marketing - Legitimate email marketing can be very profitable, but the most successful, and ethical email marketers go to great lengths to ensure that they are only sending emails to willing recipients and that their emails comply with local regulations such as the American Can-Spam act.
Article marketing is a very effective branch of online marketing that can bring excellent results for those who have the writing skills and the determination to build a big body of work online. It is unlikely that any individual article will make very much impact on its own, but 200 or more scattered over the Internet can bring many long term rewards.
Whatever you do to make money online, it is certain that you will need to find the right keywords for your articles, blog posts and web pages. Ignore it at your peril.
to get started is a tough one to contemplate. The service I use is
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Does it work? This is my site. It is built around the keyword phrase 'home online incomes'.
Doing a Google search today, it comes up as #2 against 417,000,000 competitors (the number on the top left). This thing works. It does require effort, however. This is not a get rich quick thing.
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Best wishes always!
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