This can be a costly mistake as one of these types of marketing is very much in use today and thriving and the other is a dead duck and could actually harm your business.
Every person writing content and writing articles needs to know the difference between these two and which one of these is the one to follow and which one is not so good.
To get better picture lets take a look at both and see if I can help clear this up.
Affiliate Article Marketing
This sort of marketing is going strong and getting stronger. Webmasters and bloggers use it daily to drive traffic to their sites and conduct business.
It is simply creating content that helps someone solve a problem and posting it on your website.
Be it buying the solution from you, or sending them to a place that can help them in exchange for a lead generation fee, or selling a product from an affiliate site by following a link in your content, this is all affiliate article marketing..
If you create good quality content that will help someone or instruct them to a place that will help them and you use a low hanging fruit keyword or phrase in your title and first 160 caricatures of your first paragraph and you SEO images properly you will have a great chance of ranking this content on page one in the search engines on that keyword or keyword phrase.
We know this means traffic!
The more articles you rank high the more traffic you will receive. Add some social sharing and you might be surprised how quickly the traffic adds up.
This type of content is what makes the whole affiliate marketing concept work and this should not change for the foreseeable future, and you are reading one of these types of article marketing right now. 🙂
Awhile back article directories came along and became a whole new way of creating traffic and making money online.
You could write articles and post them at one of these article directories with a one to three links posted in the body of the article back to just about any site you chose. You not only got the customer to your site of choice, you also got credit for a quality back link to said site.
Blogger, Squidoo, your own website, any would do as long as you had a buffer between your article and the affiliate site.
This worked really well for quite a while and then along came the darker sides of the internet and pretty much ruined this method of marketing.
Too many link building scams, duplicate content, (the article directories would sell your articles to multiple sites) and Google pretty much decided that these directories had to go.
Here is the man himself, Matt Cutts talking about article directories, back links and why not to use these anymore in your marketing strategies.
Well, there we have it from the man himself, do not use article directories.
Now being a member of Wealthy Affiliate University I was taught this awhile back and thus I can share it all with you people and you just might want to come on over and get YOUR free starter account and see what we are all about.We can help you build your own affiliate article marketing business, and many other ways to build a home business online.
I do still send people over to Street Articles to help them learn how to write articles correctly on the internet.
I learned how to write articles there myself and held the number one spot of top writer several times. When I first came to the internet and wanted to be a writer I was completely lost, and a fellow WA member sent me to Street Articles to learn how to do it the right way, and here I am, writing content for several websites daily.
This site has some great training and a 30 in 30 challenge that really can help develop the proper writing style for today’s’ internet readers.
Just do not link your articles you publish there or at any other article directory to any of your websites.
I hope this helps clear up any confusion between affiliate article marketing and article directories.
If you have any questions or comments please share them below in the comments section!
Until next time, happy building!
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