Posts Tagged ‘Article Writing’

How to Start Affiliate Marketing: Cutting Through the Clutter

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Everyone thinks making money online is easy – after all, the news is full of stories of mommies who blog for millions while raising six children, and 12-year-old whiz kids who somehow manage to create a game more viral than anything Nintendo could come up with, right?  Well, if you’ve ever tried it you know how hard it really is!  Courses that purport to be aimed at newbies often contain so much information that you’d need to hire a team of experts just to interpret each step.

So if you’ve taken the first step and figured out that there are companies like Amazon, for example, that offer you a commission every time a sale is made from your website, you are probably wondering how to start affiliate marketing.

In the simplest of terms, start by taking a manageable bite of the apple!  You didn’t learn how to spell the first time you saw the alphabet – why would affiliate marketing be any different?

Pick one product and one strategy to promote it, and then stick with that technique until you’re successful.  And hint: successful means that you practiced it and practiced it until you got it right, not that you tried it once.  Be so tough on yourself as to set a sale as the measure of success.

Too often would-be affiliate marketers get caught up in the clutter of online money-making techniques, jumping from one strategy to another, reading everything they can, and then suffering from ‘analysis paralysis’.  In trying to do everything, they end up doing nothing at all.

The only sure-fire way to success isn’t to keep searching for the right guru, the right set of tools, or the right on-sale-for-just-3-hours-longer offer: it’s to execute on one strategy.

At, we have one strategy that we teach you: writing high-quality content.  When founder Dan Ho was left at home with twin babies and desperately wondering how to start affiliate marketing, he took a product he was passionate about and he started to research, and to write.  He tried lots of styles, lots of sites to publish on, lots of keywords, and he eventually developed  a world-class system that he eventually started to teach other new marketers so that they too would know how to start affiliate marketing – how to start it, how to refine it, and how to sustain it.

Everyone has something they like to do – some people like to design sites, some people like to measure and test search engine ads.  But those who like to write, who are genuinely curious, and who are willing to put time and effort into researching their topic, becoming an expert, and sharing their knowledge, are sure to find success at  If that describes you, join now!

Bring It On

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Are you game?

Are you game?

Maybe it was the sugar high, maybe it was that last glass of eggnog. . . regardless, over the holidays a few members of my family were talking a good game about article writing, and how good they’d be at it.

Of course, it’s mid-January now and not a soul has written a word, so I decided we’d better make it a challenge if we were going to see at least one of our New Year’s Resolutions through! So we set a little wager for 100 articles, starting Monday . . .

Telling Dan about it yesterday brought about a chuckle from him, and a suggestion that I might want to expand the challenge out to a few of you hardy souls.

So here it is, the 10 Weeks to 100 Articles Challenge.

That’s right, for 10 weeks, you’ll keep up with the keyword delivery pace set by AAW. Every week, you’ll write at least 10 articles. Know you have a school play to attend next week? Ping me and I’ll send your keywords out early.

To sweeten the pot a little (since I can’t buy all of you dinner if I don’t make it to 100!), here’s how the prize structure will work at AAW:

If you sign up for the challenge, you get a little bling for your forum account, to mark you as a contender.

Each week you complete 10 articles, you’ll get a little more bling for your forum account.

If you make it to 100 articles, you’ll get a free article from us.

And if you have the most articles after 10 weeks, you’ll win five free articles from us.

Are you in? Click here to go to your dedicated forum for complete details and to sign up for the challenge.

Article Writing Tip: Planned Breaks

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Article Writing TipHere’s an article writing tip that may help you!

If you’re like me, there are days when you’re staring down the quota of articles you set for yourself and you just don’t think you can get through it.

Or I start to research a particular keyword, and before you know it I’m 20 pages deep at Amazon with a lovely new book or DVD on my wish list!

It can be hard to stay focused and on course, but like most people, I respond well to rewards.

After much experimentation, I’ve found that if I take time to play a game after each article, I am able to stay focused and not get overwhelmed by the keyword list in front of me.

My phone has a fun word game on it called “Shake and Spell”. (If you’ve played Boggle before, you know exactly how this game works.) You can set the time limit on it to three minutes (the max, but hey, why not go all out? After all, it’s my reward!) I finish an article, then treat myself to a game. Just one mind you! Because it’s a word game I feel like I haven’t gone too far off course, and I am constantly thinking of new words when I am playing, which helps me to write when my break is over.

I find this article writing tip has helped to keep me from following “bright shiny objects” that crop up in the course of researching an article. I know that if I can just stay the course, I can relax for a few minutes.

Because it’s the same game every time for me, my mind is trained to ‘relax and catch its breath’ for a short time, and then it knows that we have to get right back to work as soon as the game is done.

Other tricks help me to start an article, or to find a unique angle, but this one in particular just helps me to stay the course and get through the list I have set for the day. If you’re like me, crossing off a goal on your to-do list gives you immense satisfaction, and it helps you to feel optimistic about your odds for success.

Do you have an article writing tip that helps you get through your list for the day? I’d love to hear about them!

Easy Article Writing Secrets That Can Boost Your Online Income Quickly

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Article marketing as a means to generate leads and sales has been around for several years now, and despite some loud claims of its impending obsolescence, it’s going to remain a viable marketing vehicle for many more years.

However, like all other marketing methods, don’t perceive this one to be easy. Many people read about how easy article writing is and think it’s going to be their key to riches. Sadly, when they find out it takes real work and consistent work, they give up and never reap its true and long lasting benefits.

On the other hand, there are article writing secrets you can employ to make your article writing easier. Secrets is a word that is often overused, but when I use it, I just mean these are things most people simply aren’t aware of and don’t employ, even though they should. Not that they are secrets in the sense that there’s some conspiracy to keep them from you.

One of the best article writing secrets I can give you right now is to write your articles in sets. This means to group your articles in related themes and write as many of those as you can before moving onto another set.

For example, if you are writing about health or nutrition related issues, like I often do, then I might break my article writing into sets about the benefits of fish oil for heart health and write as many articles on that topic as I can before moving to another theme.

Why does this strategy work so well? It’s because to write well about a topic, the most time consuming part is actually the research that goes into the article. If you do the research beforehand, you can write articles almost nonstop on a set without having to keep looking for new reference material.

In addition to employing this easy article writing tip above, another strategy you’ll want to use is to write the actual article titles out for several articles before writing the article bodies themselves.

Why is this a powerful technique? Because the article body must deliver on the article title. So by coming up with some interesting article titles first, you’ve already steered the direction you need to go with the article body itself. I find that when I use this technique, the articles naturally flow from me almost effortlessly when I begin writing.

Try these and other article writing secrets out before you judge, and you’ll find out for yourself just how much they can boost your productivity and online business!

Effective Article Marketing: Is There A Secret To Making This Internet Marketing Strategy Work?

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Making a living online is a dream for many people, especially in this economy. Is it really as simple as cobbling together a few words and watching the sales roll in? Well, not really… but there are a few tricks that can help you. Here are some effective article marketing tricks.

Give People Good Information First

When you’re first starting out online, it’s tempting to just give people lots of information about a product, without first giving them information about their problem. You see, people don’t search for products, they search for solutions. It’s an important distinction.

Think about it – when was the last time you searched for “a product to cure my wrinkles”? It’s much more likely that you searched for “wrinkle cure” or “how to smooth away wrinkles” or something similar.

Give people helpful tips they can use, and give them thorough scientific reasoning they can wrap their heads around before you give them product advice. Effective article marketing depends on you winning the trust of your reader, and what better way than to give them free, helpful advice.

Get the Click

By nature, when you are writing to gain search engine traffic, your articles will appear in lots of different places. Although I said in the point above that it’s important to give your reader lots of good information, it’s equally important to withhold some information so that they have incentive to click through to your website.

Without the click-through, it won’t be possible for you to earn a commission on a product that they have purchased.

Be sure to give them the information you promised them in the title, but keep back one little tip or tidbit that can really make the reader want to click through to your website.

Find Your Voice

Don’t take the tone of a college professor (unless you’re trying to get people to buy college books!) Remember, your reader won’t be impressed by all the big words you know: they’ll be impressed by how clearly you can communicate a solution to their problems to them. Effective article marketing relies on you communicating to your reader that you have that solution: without that, they are always only one click away from the ‘back’ button.

Establishing a friendly but knowledgeable tone is key to engaging readers and making sales.

These are three general tips for effective article marketing. is filled with detailed strategies and techniques you can use to get readers to click through to your website or link. If you’re ready to refine your writing and take your skills from average to supercharged, join our program today and learn the effective article marketing strategies that super affiliate Dan Ho has perfected over years of marketing online.

How To Write Articles For Money Using The Affiliate Marketing Model

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The writer’s dream? To engage in his or her creativity while managing to make a living from it.

Sooner or later, most of us realize we won’t be the next Stephen King or John Grisham, so we use our writing skill for more practical matters: like generating a useful income online.

There are several ways you can write articles for money online, and some are better than others. I will cover just two basic ways here.

First, there are companies and places online that will pay you a modest fee, usually a fixed one, if you create content for them or pen blog posts that they will publish. Sometimes they will give you a byline (meaning author credit), and other times they will want to run it under their own name or brand (you play the role of ghostwriter).

Although freelance writing or creating content for blogs is a viable way to write articles for money, it’s not my preferred method for a couple major reasons. First, you are simply trading time for dollars without building any equity for your efforts. Secondly, the pay scale is usually very low because there are a lot of writers online who are willing to do this sort of writing for cheap.

The second way to write articles for money is to use your writing skills through the prism of affiliate marketing. If you direct your writing talents toward a leveraged system, you can actually build equity through your writing efforts.

What do I mean?

Consider this: for many years I have been promoting affiliate programs that pay me lifetime income. This means, if I bring a customer to the company, the company pays me every time that customer comes back to buy — again and again.

That means by writing even a few articles, I am beginning to build equity, because I can get potentially paid over and over again for the one time effort of those articles. This means I am no longer trading time for dollars in a strict sense.

The second factor that makes this work is to apply the article writing via a system. The scatter shot approach of trying to write articles on a whole bunch of affiliate programs, constantly changing from one to the other, is a sure fire way to dilute your success or prevent your success from happening altogether.

This is why when I created an affiliate training system based on article writing, it had to be a system — one that kept people focused and one that was scalable — and only on carefully selected products and companies that pay for life.

Writing articles for money won’t be an overnight road to riches, but it can be a viable method to generating a useful income online.

Freelance Article Writing: Making Money In A Tough Economy

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Are you looking for a great way to earn money from home, either while you look after young children or aging parents? Perhaps you’re trying to replace some income that was lost in this tough economy. Regardless of your reason, one low-cost way to start making money is with freelance article writing.

Writing For Other People

One way to make money with freelance article writing is to look for work on websites such as Odesk or Elance. These sites allow you to post samples of your writing, and you can get notified when people are looking for writers who match your criteria.

The downside? It’s “work once, get paid once”.

Work Once, Get Paid Forever

There is a smarter way to do freelance article writing: use article writing as a marketing strategy to get traffic to your affiliate link.

An affiliate link is a cookie that gets set on someone’s computer when they click on an article you have written. You get that cookie from a merchant who has items for sale online.

When you use this strategy, you write articles that contain a link back to the merchant’s site with your cookie, or to your website that also has a link back to the merchant’s site.

A potential customer clicks on it, and if they buy something, you get a commission on the sale!

What’s the Forever Part?

If you pick the merchants wisely, you can find some that give you what is called a “lifetime commission”. In short, that means that every time the customer in the example above purchases something, you will get a commission, for as long as that person remains a customer. Even if it’s years.

So instead of your freelance article writing only netting you a couple of dollars on one of those websites I mentioned above, your articles potentially earn you money for life. Now, doesn’t that sound like a better deal?

In addition, your articles can reach more than one person (obviously!). If you do the work correctly, you can get highly ranked at search engines for the topics you’re writing on, and that’s when the money will start to flow in.

It isn’t easy to find the right merchants to partner with, of course. It’s critically important that you don’t waste time with shady or untrustworthy affiliate partners.

It’s also important that you have a strategy around the keywords you use in your articles to get people who are looking to buy.

To find out the best programs to work with, the right keywords to use, and to get lessons on how to do freelance article writing so that it makes sales for you, visit our website today.

Article Writing and the Lizard Brain

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

One of the most common things we hear from students who are struggling is that they ‘can’t.’ Can’t compete with other writers, can’t write more than one article a day, can’t get over writer’s block, can’t make the time to execute the program.

But article writing, like all writing, demands that you push past the excuses and fearlessly carve your niche in the marketplace. Our most successful students ignore the fears and push through. They get busy ‘doing’ and don’t allow time for worrying. They understand that the law of physics say it’s easier to keep something moving in motion, then it is to start something moving from scratch, so they put the majority of their effort into getting the motion started and know that it only gets easier after the first couple of weeks.

Renowned marketer Seth Godin recently blogged about the source of the fear and excuses, the Lizard Brain. Although Seth wasn’t commenting directly on article writing, the parallels are striking. Check out Quieting The Lizard Brain if you need a little push to get through the toughest part of the new program.

A few thoughts to end on. As Dan always says, “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” (Henry Ford)

And my favorite quote that applies to article writing and really all of life: “You can only coast in one direction.”

What motivates you to quiet the lizard brain?