Okay guys, here’s a method I’ve been using for around 4 months that has not only made me a decent amount of money, but has by far been one of the simplest methods I’ve used in a while, usually only taking around 5 hours each day.
Everyone knows about article marketing, but as of late I’m seeing a lot of users giving up, and going as far as to calling the method itself “non-working”..
Well, I’ve been promoting products on clickbank using only free articles, and no, not through Ezine. Articlesbase is the only one I’m really using, and has accounted for around 80% of my profits. Ezine has grown a bit too spammy, and the approval time for articles can be weeks at a time.
Articlesbase usually gets an article approved within a day or two, and after around 12-15 articles are written, you are then able to write unlimited articles on auto-approve. This is a huge time saver.
At the moment, I am making around $380 each week simply from promoting products through free articles. I also use Fiverr as an extra cash boost, which we will get to later.
Now, on one of my last threads, there were quite a few nay-sayers, but that will come when anyone doesn’t find the success with which I have regarding this method. The technique itself DOES work, the question is whether you are implementing it correctly.
And from what I can see, a big chunk of marketers, are doing just that.. Not working the method correctly.
There is no big secret to making this method work. But here’s what you need to take into consideration when choosing your product and niche.
You may have heard that when looking for a good product to promote, the Gravity is the first thing you want to base your decision on. This is right, but also wrong. A high Gravity will usually mean that the product is selling well, but with a high gravity, also comes higher competition. When looking for products, I will look at several things in making my choice, with the Gravity being last.
These are some very important things I look at when choosing a product to promote:
*The sales copy – Does it contain correctly formed paragraphs, spelling and proper wording?
*Site design – Professional graphics, buttons and logos are a key to whether you’ll get a sale.
*Subject matter – Is this something you would buy yourself? Does it tend to a problem many have?
*Bonus packages – Are they of good quality, or are they just a bunch of junk extra ebooks?
*Price of product – Use your common sense. The price can be a deciding factor of a product’s success.
*Gravity and Keyword competition – Is it worth your time to promote?
When looking for products to promote, you need to have a good eye.
What Your Going To Do:
– Pick 2-3 products each day
– Write 3-4 quality review articles for each
– Submit – Up the votes for visual appeal to readers
– Promote articles through Twitter, Bookmarking, Fiverr, etc. If you choose.
– Rinse and repeat. (Seriously, it’s that simple.)
So basically, I will choose 2-3 good quality products each day, and write 3-4 articles for each product, and no more than that.
You need to start thinking “quality over quantity” rather than the reverse.
When writing these articles, I try to personalize everything. Your not creating a s*les letter. This needs to be an objective review that warms the reader up and softly leads them to clicking over to the product page.
Don’t worry about hype, the product page will do this for you. Instead, tell the reader about your personal experience and how this product helped you.
When writing your articles, you want to be the least spammy as possible. Your readers don’t want to see a sales copy when they click on your article. Instead, take great care in making sure your article is personable and relative to the topic.
Many people like to flood their articles with affiliate links in the form of anchor texts. I find this yet again, to be a sign of a spammy s*les copy, something a potential buyer will spot miles away. Theres just something about most people, that will cause them to shy away once they find out you are going to profit in any way from a sale they make. So you want to make the article as normal and unsuspecting as possible.
Simply talk about the product, who created it, a little bit about the author, why it’s better than other products on the market and how it personally helped you. Once your article is complete, simply place one link at the bottom in the form of something like:
“When it comes to (article topic here), I HIGHLY recommend a wonderful resource called (Anchor Text with affiliate link here) Check it out!”
This will make you come across as a normal person simply supplying a link to the product site out of good nature. You can also place one link at the beginning of the article using the product name as the anchor text.
Now, unlike Ezine, Articlesbase allows you to place affiliate links in the article itself through the form of a url shortener. I Use ShrinkMyLink, and it works like a charm. This will take up less time in that you wont need to create a blog or purchase a domain.
Despite popular belief, direct linking to the product page has worked just fine with me, and commissions are rolling in. This is why the article needs to be of good quality, so that by the time they are done reading it, the only other place they’ll want to go is the main product page.
What’s the key to really pounding out solid traffic/commissions? – Your Title.
I’ll keep this short and sweet, as it’s actually pretty simple to do. When it comes to keyword research, this is the time when many marketers get a bit worried. I’m here to tell you that despite what you’ve heard, your not going to be spending hours on a bunch of technical SEO type stuff to get this done.
It’s as simple as going to Google and doing a simple search. What we want, is to find 3 or 4 good quality keyword phrases that competitors aren’t targeting. These phrases will consist of the product name, author name, and a few other general search terms. Let’s break it down below:
Let’s say your doing the product “The Last Traffic Secret”, which is written by Kelvin Houghton.
Here are some of the basic keyword phrases I use, and that you should check for in Google:
* The Last Traffic Secret by Kelvin Houghton
* Last Traffic Secret Ecourse
* The Last Traffic Secret – Is It a Scam?
* The Last Traffic Secret Ebook by Kelvin Houghton
* The Last Traffic Secret Ebook Review
The 5 basic titles that I have the most success with are:
“Product Name Ebook Review”
“Product Name by Author Name”
“Product Name + Software”
“Product Name + Ebook”
“Product Name – Is It a Scam?”
Now obviously, you may have to tweak or change these up a bit, but you get the idea. Simply look for exact phrases that buyers would search for, and whether they are being targeted by anyone else. More often then not, they aren’t. You will be amazed at the amount of keyword phrases that big-time competitors are NOT targeting. Blows my mind.
Many of the articles I submit will hit #1,2,3,4 spots on front page Google within minutes, and they’ll stay there. This is where most of your profit will come from, but the article directory itself will also account for many.
One more thing: PRODUCT LAUNCHES
This is where I make a big, big, big part of my profit. Targeting a product that is about to launch can get you over $400 in one day. Simply go to a few big name sellers, sign up through their opt-in on their affiliate page, and wait until they send you word of any new launches.
Write a few good articles, and publish them the day before, or no later than the day OF the launch. This will get you way ahead of the competition and help you rake in commissions like crazy. I did this for one of Rob Benwell’s last products and it made me a small fortune, and continues to bring in profit over a month later.
To Top It Off.. I also use Fiverr. I create gigs that I can easily complete, such as SEO work, video testimonials or whatever, and then I’ll push a product to the user once they are happy with the gig I did. It’s easier then you think, and plus you make money from the gig. I make around $150-200 off Fiverr alone each week. ANY method no matter how small, should be used if it will put more money in your pocket.
That’s basically it. Rinse and Repeat. Work on it every day, with a few products each day, 3-4 good articles each, submitted in different categories.
This method does work, in fact every other person I’ve shown this method to has made money within usually a day or two. Many of these their first commissions ever. It’s all about doing the method correctly. Flooding a directory with 30 articles on one product will do nothing but punk you out as a spammer, remember your readers aren’t dumb. Quality over quantity.
Here are some tips to sum everything up:
* Don’t hesitate to create multiple author accounts on Articlesbase – This will keep you covered in case any one of your accounts were to get disabled for any reason. This can also be used for split testing different niches and products.
* Remember, don’t just focus on IM products, as there are many other untapped niches available.
* Don’t place any affiliate links within your Articlesbase author box. Simply write an honest sounding description about yourself and where your from. Only place affiliate links within the article body.
* Use other forms of promotion to increase your article traffic and clicks. eg. Youtube, Fiverr, Digg
* Submit articles no later than one day after a new product launch
* Don’t over-promote the product, but simply tell a sad personal story that the reader can relate to
* Don’t over-complicate things! You will become a better writer with each passing day, and before long will be able to knock out articles within a few minutes apart.
* Don’t worry about low view counts, as we will make up for this through our wide range of products
* Tweet each article after publishing as it will add extra views and better ranking in Google
* Use a nice graphic or photo for your author pic – Girls work nice.
* If you do choose to publish articles on a directory that DOESN’T allow affiliate links, simply create a free Blogspot blog containing an extended review or testimonial of the product, with a link to the product page at the very top and very bottom of the blog post. This will save you money on a domain also.
* Don’t over-complicate things. Simple is safe, just take your time and work every day. You will see sales.
I continue to use this method and my sales are growing each week by around 15-20% – I’ll keep you updated with anything new I find that works.