Raking in serious profits from one article alone is about one of two things - the article gets tons of publicity in a highly trafficked site, or it gets high search engine rankings because it is optimized very well.
When you optimize an article well for a keyword that gets tons of searches and it enters the top few rankings, you can easily get 20,000 plus views for an article. I personally have not done it, but others have. They found a real keyword that is a real goldmine (not too much competition but tons of searches) and really spent a lot of time optimizing that article and even linking to it so its get some backlink juice. And that shoots it up the search engines.
When you do that, yes an article (even a free one written by yourself) can reach 3 figures certainly. 4 figures is possible. With 20,000 plus page views for an article (and there are a few like that on some article directories) you can hit 4 figures with the right offer and an article that you have written yourself and you know is absolutely top quality.
So if you want to focus on one article and really get serious results from it, spend a few hours writing it, optimizing it for your chosen keyword and then linking to it once it's ‘live’ on the article directory. That will give you the best chance of shooting up the search engine rankings and funneling in the traffic from the search engine.
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