How to “Make Money Now Online” with “Affiliate Article Marketing”
A Resource for the Home-Based Entrepreneur
• How to choose an effective keyword/phrase for your article
• How to get your article seen on the 1st page of Google
• How to get buyers from your article to your website
The secret to success is to (1) write your article around a keyword that some people are looking for, but not too many, and that has some competition, but not too much; and (2) choose a publisher with the highest possible page rank for your purpose.
Hello, Everybody ...
The other day, a friend of mine sent me an SOS. What he's trying to do is to make money now online using affiliate article marketing. (Note: For educational purposes, these two keywords/phrases will be italicized in this article so you can see where and how often they occur.)
My friend is having trouble sorting out all the things he's supposed to do in that regard, and the order in which he's supposed to do them, so he appealed to me for help. I'm no "guru" on the subject, but I have had a few things published, so I shared with him what I have learned, as follows:
When we key into Google a phrase like -- low-fat bacon -- we get all the results for the word "low" and all the results for the word "fat" and all the results for the word "bacon" and all the results for various combinations of these words ... totaling 1,290,000, in this case.
When we put quotes around it -- "low-fat bacon" -- we get all the results for just that one particular phrase ... totaling 4,180, in this case. And what this tells us is that there are 4,180 websites that have this particular phrase on them.
The reason we want to know this is, if the number is small enough, then there is some hope that an article we get published in EzineArticles, say, or AssociatedContent, or any other article directory, will actually get shown on page 1 of those natural search results ... free of charge!
Mind you, if a searcher doesn't put quotes around the phrase, then our article probably won't get seen by that particular searcher because there are so many millions of competing results for it, but lots of people do put quotes around their search terms because they want to pull up all the good stuff, too ... all the best results, in other words. Also, there are exceptions to the rules of thumb as to which articles get seen and by whom.
For example, if you type the word -- blastomatic -- into Google, you will see that there are 16,500 results. Despite this, a blog post I wrote way back in October of 2006 is still in the #2 position on the first page. Every now and then somebody pops into #2 ahead of me as a result of some tricky-dick linking strategies, but it never lasts. Eventually they disappear, and I'm back up in the #2 spot just as before.
I admit that I don't perfectly understand what is happening, here, but my guess is that "content is still king" and that sooner or later the cream will rise to the top.
I don't mean to imply by this that there is anything especially remarkable about what I wrote in that post ... unless it is the fact that it is 2,800 words long!
I'm simply pointing out that, while normally you wouldn't expect an article to climb over much more than 5,000 results to get to the 1st page, there are exceptions to that rule of thumb, and this would seem to be one of them, since it has climbed over 16,500 results. (Note: This is another way of saying that, if you want to increase the probability that your article will get seen, then what you do is write it around keywords/phrases like make money now online or affiliate article marketing which have much less competition than, say, "money" or "affiliate".
However, according to the Overture Keyword Selector Tool, "blastomatic" was only searched on about 40 times last month. Even if you multiply that by a factor of 8-10 for Google, you still only get about 300-400 searches, and this may not be enough for what you have in mind. If what you're trying to do is make money now online, and if the way you're trying to do it is by affiliate article marketing, then you may need to look for keywords/phrases that are searched on more times each month than this one.
But even if this is sufficient search activity for your purposes, there is another matter to take into consideration, and that's the fact that there is only one sponsored ad or paid result on the first page of that term. What this tells you is that the people who are searching on this term probably aren't buying anything but rather are just looking, so maybe it might be a good idea to rethink your plan to target that term and research some other keywords/phrases that are searched on more often, and which have more paid advertisers on the first page, as well, because that's a signal to you that somebody is making money with those other keywords/phrases ... and that somebody might just as well be you!
For example, I chose the term (with quotes) -- "make money now online" -- because I wanted to see if I could get an article published there. I figured that, since there were only 890 competing websites on Google using that exact phrase, I might stand a chance of getting my article on the 1st page despite the fact that anything having to do with "make money" is fiercely competitive.
As of this writing, there's an entry in the #6 position under that term, Elizabeth Adams's Content Producer Page - Associated Content, so I guess I made it. Also, there's lots of sponsored ads over on the right, so I know I'm in a place where people are spending money, because if they weren't, then there wouldn't be any ads there at all. If I'd known then what I know now, I would have put my product site 1000perday in my resource box in addition to my theme site elizabethadamsdirect, but all's well that ends well. People are still finding their way to my product site as a result of that article under that search term.
If you type into Google -- "reverse-margin marketing" -- with quotes and hyphen, you'll see an example of what Kyle and Carson are talking about with respect to being first in regard to a particular search term. Before my article was published on the 4th of February (my wedding anniversary!), there were exactly 3 natural search results under that term and 0 sponsored results. Now, all the results on the 1st page are mine and most of the results on the second page are mine, too, and the total has grown to 240! The sponsored ad over to the right on the 1st page is mine, as well, but I would appreciate it if you wouldn't click on it. If you would like to see the particular page my husband made for it, then please *right-click* on the top link of the ad, go to "properties", copy/paste the big long Google url into a browser, hit return, and you'll be taken to my website via another route. This is a good thing for everyone to remember, that you can satisfy your curiosity as to what an ad is about without costing the advertiser any money in order to do it. Remember: What goes around, comes around. Someday it will be *your* ad that people are clicking on!
In case you didn't notice it, that article title actually has *two* keywords/phrases in it: "make money now online" and "reverse-margin marketing". I did this deliberately because I wanted to see what would happen if I put a "high-competition" term in juxtaposition with a "low-competition" one. I'm reporting here that it had the happy effect of getting my article seen in two places on Google instead of one!
And that brings up another point: Your article, once it's published, will get picked up and re-published by many other websites across the internet. You can see for yourself that this is true by looking deeper into the search results for "reverse-margin marketing". When you do, you'll see dozens upon dozens of references to "Pays 100% $1000 Directly To You Immediately". Websites all over the world are hungry for good content, so if you are willing to provide it, you will be richly rewarded by plenty of exposure. And it's all free!
Tip: The 8th result on the 1st page (as of this writing) and the 4th result on the 2nd page is a different article I wrote on the same subject. It was published by Amazines.com, which I discovered quite by accident is more lenient in regard to articles sounding like sales pitches or press releases, so if you're having trouble getting published by EzineArticles or AssociatedContent, for example, you could try submitting your article to Amazines and see what happens. Be aware, though, that the page rank of Amazines is lower than that of EzineArticles or AssociatedContent, which means that it doesn't have quite as much "pulling power" when it comes to how many thousands of results it can climb over in order to get your article seen on the 1st page of any particular keyword/phrase, so you're going to have to compensate for this by selecting a keyword/phrase with somewhat less competition.
Notice how the 8th result on the 1st page above is a link to a *directory* of articles where it would be very difficult for a visitor to find my article, and the 4th result on the 2nd page is a link to the *actual* article, "E. D. C. Gold Changes Lives in Days Not Years". One of the things I see more and more is Google listing a general directory of articles rather than a specific article. I'm not sure why this is happening, but it may have something to do with Google wanting its visitors to have a "positive user experience" and thinking that a listing showing many articles is preferable to a listing showing only one. I don't know if there's anything you can do about it -- whether striving to improve the quality of your content would have any effect on it, for example -- but I think you deserve to know that this is going on because it's bound to have an effect on the visibility of your article.
Warmest Regards ...
P.S. I know that this whole article-marketing thing can seem completely non-sensical just at first. The best advice I can give you is to make sure through the Overture Keyword Selector Tool referenced above that at least some people are actually typing in the keyword/phrase you're proposing to use, because it's the people who are typing it in that you're trying to get in front of, right? Right! Also, 100 searches a month in Overture translates to roughly 800-1000 searches a month in Google, so keep this little tidbit of information in mind as you make your selections. Also, be sure to include your keywords/phrases in your resource box in the form of bold anchor text (words that are hyperlinked to a website). This is what helps search engines to find and list your article under those keywords/phrases so people searching the web can find them ... and you! Tip: Another thing that helps is offering something of value to your readers in your resource box, as this will inspire more people to click on your link. I like to offer The Encyclopedia of Free Online Advertising because it includes access to $1,200 worth of free pay-per-click advertising, which can be a big help to people who are trying to jump-start their business.
N.B. The important thing, here, is to get to that "a-ha!" place in your head where all the confusion suddenly melts away and you "get it" ... the main points of it, anyway ... the fundamental principles. The internet being what it is, things having to do with how to make money now online with affiliate article marketing are likely to shift and change and never be exactly the same from one day to the next, but at least you can reach a point in your head where you feel like you get the general idea. When you stop and actually think about it, it's no more nor less than what you do every day of the week, yourself. Something comes up, you get on the internet and type it into Google along with +reviews or +articles or +forums or whatever in an effort to find out more about it, and whatever it is you're hoping to find when *you* type in how to "make money now online with affiliate article marketing" is just exactly and precisely what you should put in your reviews and articles and forum posts or on your website or in your blog or squidoo tag. Do as you would be done by, as the saying goes. Cast your bread on the waters, and it will come back to you buttered!
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