I have a huge amount of respect for article marketing, not just because article marketing works so smoothly and is so inexpensive, but because article marketing has been very effective for me.
I have been online building a list of internet marketers for less than 3 months and have built a list of over 1000 current subscribers (out of 1282) total subscribers. About 80% of my subscribers have come from reading an article of mine and clicking through to my squeeze page, then opting in to my list, but I have only spent about 20% of my traffic generating time on article writing. I have spent a lot of time testing other methods of traffic generation, and due to my results, article writing and marketing has become the backbone of my list building efforts.
So what have I done?
1) I write a lot of articles. I am currently at 270 articles, and trying to write 10 per day. That is actually quite easy, because I have about 15 different niched categories for which I write, so I simply write less than 1 per day per category. And it really is easier than it sounds. After writing that many articles, I can crank one out like the one you are reading, in about 10 minutes - or around 5-6 per hour. Is it worth 2 hours of your time to have massive traffic and, even more importantly, a massive, responsive list?
2) I include two different landing page links in each article. I do this so that if someone is interested in one topic, they can opt in there, if they are not, but might have an interest in something else I teach, they can opt in there. Many people opt in to several of my lists, which is fine for me - many of them buy several of my products.
3) I submit the articles to the big article directories. Note: submitting to multiple (hundreds) of directories is fine if you are looking for backlinks for search engine optimization, but if you are looking for pure article-reading visitors, stick to the big directories. Spend the time you save writing more articles.
That is about it. I know it sounds easy, almost too simple, but it is what I have done. I believe it is easily duplicatable.
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Sean Mize is a full time internet marketer who has created over 270 articles in print and 7 published ebooks online.