Step Five: Write Articles
For some people, it’s the first step that they take, but for me, I use article marketing as a way to scale my campaign once it’s shown to be profitable.
Before we dive into step five, here are the others to catch you up to speed:
With article marketing, I get a two-fer, and I rarely go through the process with only half of the benefit in mind. By correctly implementing this article marketing formula, you not only funnel insane amounts of traffic back to your websites, but you also dominate the search engines by building links back to your pages.
I’ve become known as a bit of an SEO authority over the years, and it has come not by my own claims, but from other people noticing that I can dominate almost any term that I target. To be honest with you, though, I don’t know much more of the “technical” side of search engines than the average person. My real expertise comes from generating a ton of links… and the majority of my links come from this article marketing strategy.
I call it the Affiliate Funnel, and here’s how it works:
1) Find 25 terms that I can easily dominate (I usually use Micro Niche Finder).
2) Write or outsource articles to be written about each key term.
3) Post the articles on EzineArticles.com and HubPages.com
4) Link the articles to one another.
5) Ping them at PingOat.com
6) Submit them to RSS feeds at FeedSubmitter.com
7) Bookmark them at SocialMarker.com
8) Submit them to Article Marketer and link back to the source.
9) Put them through Unique Article Wizard and link back to the source.
Basically, I follow Travis’s Bum Marketing Method, but I do it very aggressively, because I build a bunch of backlinks to each article. In fact, if you followed only up through step seven, you’d still be able to dominate most bum marketing terms that you target.
The reason that I go through this entire process is two-fold: first, it gets my articles onto the front page of Google for its key terms, and second, it elevates the quality of the backlink to my site.
In reality, I don’t really care if I dominate the front page of Google unless those pages have links back to my website, because my ultimate goal is to drive traffic to my website and have it be in the top three listings of Google for my “money” terms. And because I’ve already tested the market with PPC, I know which terms are going to be profitable.
Following this method, I build a pyramid of links: my RSS feeds and pings draw attention to the articles, and the Article Marketer submissions build links back to the original source. The bookmarks build high PR links back to the article, and the article links to my money page.
This is best outlined in this image that I totally ripped off from Todd at LongTailTreasure.com:
Following this method (and mixing in pings, bookmarks, and submissions to other directories), it is easy to achieve front page listing on Google for a long tail keyword.
I then “funnel” that traffic back to my money page and use a keyword-rich link to guide them there. In this way, I get on the front page for my 25 terms and “funnel” the traffic back to my money site.
And of course, I get my two-fer in the fact that all 25 articles link back to my original site, helping it climb the ranks of the search engines.
After one round of article promotions, you can rank all over the place for your selected terms, brings tons of traffic back to your web pages and affiliate links, and start making sales. I usually see a jump in sales after completing this process, but I don’t stop until my web page is at the top of the search engines.
I caught word this week that I’m the #1 affiliate for a very popular Clickbank product. You wanna know how I did it?
A month ago, I was seeing a big drop in sales and decided that I had to get my web page to the top of Google. I ran the Article Funnel strategy on it THREE times, and I’m now at the top of Google for my terms. This month, my sales are up almost 50% for this product, my advertising costs are down, and I’m their #1 affiliate.
This month, I’m also seeing a 50% jump in my best selling, most profitable affiliate promotion. You know why? I ran the Article Funnel on this campaign, bringing lots of traffic to my articles, and my web page now has a double listing on the front page of Google.
I could go on and on about the benefits of using article marketing, but all you really need to know is that it will get you traffic to your web pages, and linking back to your sites will increase its Google ranking.
But it simply isn’t enough to write ONE article and wait. Please don’t do that. Do not agonize over a campaign and then stop and hope for the best. No, you need to write and write and write and build and build and build. Once you’ve tested a market with PPC and have found key terms that convert, you need to build that sucker until he’s on the front page of Google. You need to write articles on long-tail keywords so that you can capture those visitors and turn them into sales.
Bottom line: article marketing is a super-fast way to get your content in front of the market and take advantage of search traffic. You can funnel all of your article readers back to your websites, which contain your affiliate links. And over time, building links back to your site will increase your Google ranking, which will skyrocket your profits.
This stuff takes time, and it isn’t mindless work. You need to HUSTLE. You need to hustle your articles to the top of Google, and you need to hustle to get a lot of them out there for their link juice.
People want to know where you can get free traffic… well, this is how. Put your stuff out in front of the market by writing on topics that they care about. How do you know what they care about? Find what they’re searching for. Don’t know what to write about? Hire somebody to do it, or pick a different niche that you CAN write about.
Put something valuable in front of the market, and they’ll come back to your site and get connected… whether that be with a product, with your character, or your email list… but that is for next week…