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Article Marketing Basic Methods

Mar 20, 2008
There are many ways to cash in on article marketing on the Internet. You have probably seen more than a few ads online about cashing in on your writing abilities, making a fortune in your spare time. Of course, most of the ads paint a picture that is less than truthful about writing articles.

The fact is that writing articles for marketing purposes is big business. Article marketing is a big part of the wheel to generate traffic into targeted leads and sales for thousands of Internet marketers.

Ghostwriting is a very popular way for a writer to begin freelancing his or her writing talents and get paid for writing unique content for others. Ghostwriting is writing for someone else's purposes without getting credit for it, except for the payment.

Many Internet marketers and businesses use articles to market their services and products for promotional purposes. Many business owners do not have the time or cannot write unique articles, so they hire a ghostwriter to do the writing for them. There is a high demand for ghostwriters online.

Begin a Ghostwriting Service

One of the best ways to break into ghostwriting is to create your own promotional web-page. Include a few of your best article samples for visitors to see along with a bio and a few compelling references. Also, include payment information and options. If you are not familiar with website creation, there are several Internet site builder websites and free hosting services available for you to make your promotional page with.

After you have created your promotional web-page, this is your online resume. Begin visiting a few marketing forums and spend some time looking over some of the posts. Many of these members could be your future clients. Join a good marketing forum, pay attention to the rules about posting and let others know what you are doing. This will get you started.

There are several different ways to market your ghostwriting service. Generally, you have to market yourself. You become the marketer for your service until you build up a large enough clientele to keep you busy. It is not that hard to do, but it will take some time to get a steady supply of freelance jobs coming in to stay busy full time.

Promoting Your Own Website

Affiliate marketing is almost free if you do the article marketing on your own. Find a company with an affiliate program you like. They pay you commissions for every sale.

Create a website to promote the product via article marketing. From here, you simply write unique content about the product in your articles, then submit them to article directories with a link to the promotional website you created for the product you are marketing. This method can bring you a lot of targeted traffic if you do it correctly.

There are no real secrets on the Internet about article marketing. In order to write articles for submission to article directories, take some time to learn how to use search engine optimizing (SEO) in your unique content. This will get your articles picked up in the search engines when others are looking for information about your article topic.

These are a couple quick methods to generate money from article marketing. The important thing to remember is that you do not have to be the best writer on the web. Look over some sample articles at Ezine or Associated Content to get an idea of the different flavors others have writing their articles.
About the Author
Shawn Montgomery is article marketing expert who writes for an excellent informational website on article marketing at http://www.articlemarketingreview.wordpress.com
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