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How I Make $210 a Day with Bum Marketing

February 11th, 2008 posted by · 17 Comments

CashOn 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.”
  5. 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:
      <?
      header("Location: http://www.affiliate-network.com/affiliateID=1234");
      ?>

      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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17 Comments so far
  1. Josh Proxy MyAvatars 0.2

    I might give this a try. Thanks!

  2. Jason Boom MyAvatars 0.2

    That redirect idea is good to know. I’ll have to use that on my site. Good article too. I do a lot of freelance article writing, SEO related mostly. I’ll have to look into what you’re doing.

  3. Jackie MyAvatars 0.2

    How can your brain exude 5-10 articles a day? 😯

  4. James Mann MyAvatars 0.2

    Great post Chris

    I write articles for my blogs, about a dozen blogs, and every so often I write one and publish it.

    I think it would be good if I could just clone myself and have him write articles to publish on article directories and I will keep writing posts for my hobby blogs. :)

    Seriously I know I need to write more articles and get them out there.

  5. AgentX MyAvatars 0.2

    Hey Chris this was an excellent follow up to your previous BUM Marketing article 😎 . If you write another article on this subject 💡 , I’d like to see you cover landing pages. A marketer could crank out 5-10 articles a day and get decent pageviews/clickthrus, but if your landing pages suck, you won’t make any money
    and you’ll be ready to join the “BUM marketing method doesn’t work” club.

    @ Jackie & @ James Mann: Andrew Hansen created an excellent guide on how to quickly write articles – I believe it’s called “Speed Content Writing”. You can also use plr. Armed w/ a little niche research, some half decent plr & DupeFreePro, you can easily crank out 2 totally unique articles for every plr article you have.

  6. Sukosaki MyAvatars 0.2

    I have noticed that most article sites won’t allow affiliate links. Ezine allows top level domain only. So, does that mean, http://www.whatever.com/redirecthere.php won’t be allowed?

    Good article it gave me motivation to try this approach again!

  7. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    Some sites will allow a php redirect from a top level domain and some won’t. For those that don’t, it’s best to make a blog post about what you’re promoting and then link to the post in the article.

  8. Sukosaki MyAvatars 0.2

    Thanks. Can we see an example of your writing?

  9. Forex Articles MyAvatars 0.2

    I love article marketing, and bum marketing is a great way of making money, but I also think it’s important that you write articles linking to your own websites as well so you’re building links to your sites and growing your online business.

    Failing that, it’s also a good idea to promote residual income affiliate programs so that you get paid month after month for each referral you make from your articles rather than on a one-off basis.

  10. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    Sukosaki: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Chris_Jacobson

    As I said in my post, I write under many different names. It helps keep things fresh. :mrgreen:

  11. TzuVelli.com MyAvatars 0.2

    Thanks for outlining a full method for “bum marketing”. Especially, for the examples at ezinearticles.com. Having the examples is really a great help. I am with AgentX, it would be great to see landing pages covered. Thanks again.

    Beau Hooks

  12. Fred | affiliate marketing,make money MyAvatars 0.2

    Chris, I just don’t understand how in the world you can put links in your articles and get by? I tried Ezine, Go articles and a couple of others, I built a Squidoo lens. All where rejected and my lens was banned. I have just about given up ever making a dime on line. I have a Blog that I don’t think has ever been viewed also. Fred

  13. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    Fred: If the article site I happen to be publishing to doesn’t allow affiliate links, I link to a blog post that contains the affiliate link contained within a PHP redirect. So far, so good!

  14. Fred | affiliate marketing,make money MyAvatars 0.2

    Thanks for the reply Chris I will give that a try. Keep up the good work on this info Blog. Fred

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