On Wednesday of last week I wrote about Bum Marketing for the second time. One of the comments on that post was, “Would love to see you write about how you are implementing it to bank that $210 a day.” No problem. Here is how I accomplish an average earning of $210 a day by simply writing articles.
- Create good content. This is the most important factor when getting an article the exposure it needs to make you money. Anyone can write a few lousy paragraphs and consider it an article, but you’ll have a reputation for being lazy and not giving a damn. You probably won’t make any money either. Aim for at least 500 words and be truthful in your writing – don’t make stuff up. If you don’t about the topic you want to write on, do your research first.
- Write 5-10 articles a day and submit them to the major article sites. The articles I write aren’t all about ‘making money online’. I dabble in other niches and write under many different names to help keep things fresh. The major sites I submit my work to are: Ezine Articles, Articles Base, Articles Factory, Article City, Buzzle and Go Articles.
- Promote yourself every chance you get. Many article sites offer you a biography box to enter some information about yourself, such as what you do, your website etc. Readers like to know a little bit about the person whose information they’re reading. Use this opportunity to brag a little, share your experience in your field and link your site. Most article directories use the dofollow tag, so you’re also benefiting from being linked by a higher ranking site (in most cases).
- Choose related affiliate offers that pay out substantial amounts. Promote a product from your chosen network that’s related to your article content. I try to select an offer that will pay at least $20 per purchase or lead. There are several ways to incorporate an affiliate link into an article. The odd time I link to it within mid-sentence if I’m describing something that readers may not know about. The other times I simply write a few short lines at the end of my article, such as, “For more information on blah, blah, blah and to learn more, visit www.give-me-money-now.whatever.”
- Don’t post your affiliate links in an article. Most article sites won’t approve your article if you have obvious affiliate links posted throughout your work. You’re probably thinking now, “Well, how do I make money then?” The key is to link to another site containing your affiliate link, such as a blog post you wrote on a related topic to what your article is about. The odd time you’ll find an article site that allows redirected affiliate links, not direct ones. The difference between the two is pretty straight forward.
- Direct affiliate links are when you use the exact same link as the offer you’re promoting gave you. Example: http://www.affiliate-network.com/affiliateID=1234. This is something you want to avoid. It looks very obvious that you’re trying to make money using such a link method, and people can also steal your commissions using black hat techniques by viewing your affiliate ID.
- Redirected affiliate links are a little more subtle and you’ll notice I use them throughout this blog, especially on my Make Money page. I simply use a PHP redirect and upload it to my server. Here’s the code I use for each link I create:
Obviously you would replace my fake affiliate URL with your own. Now that you’ve got the code, open up NotePad or TextEdit and paste this into it. Save the file as whatever name you wish, but make sure it ends in .php. From now on you can link to yoursite.com/filename.php and your readers will be redirected to the offer you’re promoting and you’ll still receive the commission for their purchase.
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