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Article Writing - How to Make Money Fast

Updated on January 1, 2012

There's Money In Writing Articles

The Internet has made it possible for many people to make money online and achieve financial freedom so that they can escape the rat race.

There isn't anything worse than being in a mundane job you hate, or struggling with the daily commute because you have no other options. The bills are piling up, the mortage or rent is waiting to be paid or maybe you have a family to support, so you have no choice but to stick with the boring day job.

However, the Internet could give you one last chance to escape the manotomy and make some extra money or even enough money so that you can give up the 9 to 5 routine.

But what type of online money making opportunity should you join? Whilst there are a plethora of money making opportunities online, one of the easiest is article writing. You do not need a website, product or service to get started and it is virtually free of expensive advertising.

Thanks to the power of the Internet, you can leverage technology to do almost all the work for you. This was impossible to do only ten years ago, but with more and more people embracing the Internet, this is a market that will EXPLODE over the next decade.

The Power of Article Writing

Article marketing is very powerful. It is a medium through which you can brand your writing talents, provide information to a hungry market, and generate traffic to your affiliate links from which you can make money.

There is one thing you must bear in mind when writing your articles, who are you writing for? Evaluate your target audience, find out what they are searching for and what problems they need resolving, so that you can provide the answer through your articles.

Content is Key

The value of your article is in its content, therefore you must ensure that it contains high quality content to be effective, as well as being crafted so that it speaks directly to your target market.

This is where your keyword research comes in play. Using the Google Keyword Tool search for keyword phrases that can be used as potential article titles, this will attract people who are looking for information on a specific subject. For example, the keyword phrase 'Lose weight' could be used in a title as 'How to lose weight fast, ' this will not only attract people who want to lose weight but also those who want to lose weight fast.

The URL And Title

When choosing the url and title of your article you should consider using keyword and phrases that you have researched. This comes under effective SEO optimization and will get your article recognised more easily by the earch engines. One word of warning, you should ensure that your title reads sensibly and does not contain a rambling of keywords.

For example: The keyword phrase 'Lose weight fast' is popular search with a lot of competition from other websites. In order to make your title different and stand out from the other titles you could incorporate other words so that it reads 'You Can Lose Weight Fast On The Dukan Diet'. Here you are telling the reader they can lose weight fast and you are informing them on which diet they can lose weight fast.

The url does not have to use all the keyword just the key ones will be sufficient. Once again using 'lose weight fast' the url could read 'loseweightfastdukan.' This will pick up searches for lose weight fast, lose weight, and the dukan diet.

The Article Summary

The summary is a part of article writing that is often overlooked, but did you know the first few sentences you write is what will be spidered by the search engines and show up in the results?

That is why when you write a summary or the first paragraph of an article you should ensure that it capture the readers' attention so that they will want to read further to find out more information about the chosen topic. A good summary should give a short, accurate representation of the article giving the reader an overview of what the article is about.

Write about 2-5 sentences and be brief and catchy. Don't try to put too much in the summary or point out that 'this article is about' or this article contains...' etc

Avoid telling them how if they continue reading the article they will benefit. Rather show them why your article's is important. Appeal to the readers' sense of enquiry. For example: Let's say you are writing an article about weight loss; in the summary you could write about why diet A is particularly good for weight loss, and go on to make the final sentence an intro into how it causes weight loss, which the reader will have to read in the main body of the article if he/she is interested in finding out the' how'.

Do not under any circumstances use the summary, or indeed the main narrative of the article to promote any product or service your own, affiliate links or your name and email address. This is frowned upon and is seen as blatant self promotion and will get you blocked from many article directories.

However do use keywords and phrases that you have researched at least once in the summary.

Long Tail Keywords

Use long tail keywords, which are phrases that contain at least 3 words. ex. weight loss after pregnancy.

When searching for keyword phrases look for phrases that have a lot of activity but little competition. Using the example of 'weight loss, you will find that it has a lot of activity but also a lot of competition. But if you delve down further and use the keyword phrase,' weight loss after pregnancy', you will find that it is still a popular phrase but carries a lot less competition.

When entering your search term in the Google keyword tool always ensure that you tick the 'exact' box on the left hand side of the page. This will give you the true number of searchers made for the keyword you have queried. Never take results from the 'broad term' because it will give an inflated figure of the keyword searched. For example, the keyword 'weight loss' will return results for every search on the word 'weight' and 'loss' invidually and the search result my not have any relevance to weightloss. i.e. 'Cure for hair loss.'

To delve further in your keyword search you can find out how much compeition there is for the keyword by clicking the filter keywords and choosing from the three choices of 'competition', 'global monthly searches and 'local monthly searches'

The objective is to stay within the popular niche markets because they will be more profitable, but it is for you to research even further and find long tail keyword phrases that are consistently used but have fewer competitors.

When you have chosen your keyword phrase/s incorporate them within the title, summary and narrative of your article. But be wise and utilize the keywords carefully so that the article is readable and makes sense. So many times I have seen articles that contain keyword phrases just for the sake of it but are totally unreadable.

The Resource Box

The key factor in article writing and making money is the resource box. Most article directories have a resource box you can fill in at the end of your article. This is where you can advertise your product or service. Look at the resource box as a 30 second advert and try and capture the readers attention.

One of the main questions asked is, how can you get readers to click the links in your resource box? I always use the words 'Further reading on' (put you subject here) because if they are reading my article on weight loss they will be interested in reading any other articles I may have on the subject.

NB: Never ever put links to your website or any money making ads in the main body of your article. This is frowned upon, your artilce is supposed to share information only and not be a sales pitch for your product or service. Therefore use your resource box if you wish to pitch a product/service.


I also recommend that you offer something to the reader, for example:

A Free Report
A Newsletter subscription
A video guide
A free ebook
A Free Trial
A Free sample

Provided you offer your reader something that is relevant to the subject of your article, you should be able to generate a high converting resource box.

NB: Use an anchor text within your resource box so that it generates back links for the keyword phrases that you use rather than just for ranking your domain name.

For example use the wording: "Click hereto download your free article writing report" rather than "visit for your free report"

Article Directories

I recommend that you try to achieve writing up to 10 short 400 word articles a day and then submit them to the top 10 article directories below. Don't worry If you cannot write 10 articles daily to begin with. Take your time and build up to that number. Practice makes perfect and the more you write the quicker you will become and before you know it you are whizzing through 10 articles a day!

Sign up free to the following article directories

  2. Hubpages
  3. Squidoo
  4. Suite 101
  6. Go

Automatic Article Submission Software

You may want to use an automatic submission service to perform your article submissions. They are useful if you want to submit to several directories at once. Whilst there are many submission software services available online I recommend one in particular that leverages the power of article marketing.

  • It creates unique content derived from an article database.
  • The articles created from the database are then submitted to hundreds of article directories via a submitter script.
  • It usessing the power of Taguchi based optimization efforts, every campaign has undergone a rigorous amount of split testing to ensure maximum conversion rates and sales.

So if you are an internet marketer who writes articles and wants to make money from your skill this program is a perfect match, and even if you're not an article writer you can still benefit from joining this program, as it has the tools to assist you in automatically creating articles.

Don't worry you do not need to understand how it works to make money! Simply follow the step by step instructions in the free videos, and you could be set up in a few minutes and earning right away.



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    • Paul Kuehn profile image

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is well-written and very useful to anyone who wants to write articles on the Internet.

    • editorsupremo profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, England

      Thanks for your comments Dianemae and Jannthomassen.

    • jannthomassen profile image


      7 years ago from Norway

      Useful and well written hub, thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      Excellent! Great info on long tail..I didn't know that. Going to try your other suggestions.


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