In late ’09, I stumbled across something called article marketing, which is the art of writing, and submitting articles to article directories.
I saw a testimonial with someone that was living in a caravan because his previous online business had collapsed. He took himself from living in a caravan to a very comfortable life with article marketing.
That simple story convinced me to try this thing called article marketing. I had already built up my niche site which was making around $500/month and growing without me, so I thought I’d jump into article marketing.
I put 100% of my focus into it. I was determined to succeed. I had tasted success with my niche website, so I knew that what mattered was relentless, and massive action.
I Wanted To Make Money Online
My desire for making money online was huge. I loved writing, I loved building websites, and I wanted to make a living doing this online thing.
Sure, writing was boring at times, but I was okay with it, because on some level I enjoyed what I was doing, and I was energized by the future income that was waiting for me.
You Can Almost Figure Out The Mindset I Had
I knew that thinking, doubting, and uncertainty wasn’t the way to succeed. Only action would take me to my final destination.
I had my instructions. I knew what I needed to do to make money with article marketing, and I followed those instructions to a tee.
I had confidence in the training program, because I had been chatting with the owner, and the people doing article marketing. All I had to do was write. The more articles I wrote, the more money I made.
I kept distractions out. That meant no looking at new launches, and other information that increased self-doubt.
How I Motivated Myself
Many have trouble motivating themselves, but I never had problems in that area. I constantly thought about the freedom I’d have, and the people I was helping. I was promoting an high-quality company, so I felt extremely good about it.
Sometimes I’d write 10 articles before noon, only to lie down, re-motivate myself, and start writing again. The mind is a powerful tool. Either you use it, or it uses you.
Article writing can quickly get boring if you let it. I kept my writing fun by playing with new article structures, new voices, and I switched things around to make it more interesting.
How I Did It – The “System”
Keep in mind, these articles were mostly short 300 word articles, so you can’t really compare them to a blog post like this one, which is a lot more in-depth, and requires more thought.
With that said, my system was very simple. Here are the main steps:
I usually wrote about three main topics: skin care, omega-3 fish oils, and natural multivitamins. I already knew a lot about these areas, because I’ve been interested in natural health since I was 16.
I did my research up-front, and kept many of the websites open if I needed to refresh my memory.
Let’s take an example, say I was writing about the health benefits of omega-3 fish oils. I would gather together 20-30 benefits, or as many as I could find.
I would then split these benefits up and put three to four of them in each article. Then I might’ve written about the possible side-effects, and done the same thing.
There are a lot of small strategies like this that I used that made writing infinitely easier, and faster.
I always started by outlining my articles. Sometimes I would outline ten to twenty articles before I began writing. This would give me structure, and help me write unique articles.
When you outline, just imagine a five-year old asking you questions. The questions you need to answer are simple: what, why, how, where, and when.
4. Mindless Writing
The outlines helped me get my mind out of the way when I was writing. I eventually got so good that I only had to do a minimal amount of editing once I was done.
It was crucial for me to be able to write without going into editing-mode. I wasn’t fast when I started writing, but a few thousand articles helped me practice my chops.
My mind wanted to get distracted. It wanted to do easier things, such as check my e-mail, hang out on facebook, or just browse the web, but I gently pulled it back to writing when I noticed this happening.
It’s not easy, but I’d trained my discipline muscle a lot while playing poker, so I had a pretty easy time doing it, plus I’m really good at motivating myself when it matters.
But Don’t You Run Out Of Things To Say?
This is something you may run into depending on how deep you can go within your niche, but if you’re writing about topics like I was, there are just so many nuances and perspectives you can write from.
It’s also natural to sometimes repeat what you already know. As long as you aren’t copy and pasting, you won’t get sent to the penalty box.
Action + Determination = Success
I no longer do article marketing at the level that I used to, but I still use it for things here and there. It’s highly effective for starting to make money online fast.
The practice I got from doing article marketing has proven to be very useful when writing blog articles, guest blogging, and creating products. It’s interesting to see how the skills I’ve learned in the past carry over to what I’m doing now.
All in all, I did what I did working full-time. It took me about 4 hours to write 20 articles. Sometimes more, and sometimes less. That doesn’t mean you have to go crazy like I did. Work with what you’ve got.
One of the most important points I want to get across is that it is the amount of action that determines how successful you will be.