Last week here, I wrote about my foray into affiliate marketing. And if you’re a regular reader of my posts you know that I’m an avid article marketer – it’s how I promote my ebooks, as well as my affiliate product. I only have one at the moment, but have several more lined up to promote as soon as I can catch my breath.

I received quite a few emails asking me which article directories I use. I answered in the comment section of one post, but wanted to spell it out here for all to see.

Now remember, every product is different so you may experience more or less success with the specifics I outline below. In my limited experience with affiliate marketing, one thing I now know for sure is that your success depends a lot on what you’re promoting. IE, you need a “hot” product.

Another thing I want to say up front is you will only get out of article and affiliate marketing what you put in it. Most want to write a few articles, submit them to a few directories and sit back and watch the money roll in. It doesn’t happen like that. It takes a consistent effort.

I’m amazed at how my sales drop off when I don’t submit for two or three days (I rarely go longer than this without writing and submitting a new article).

So with all of that in mind, following are some specifics of my article marketing plan.

Article Directories I Submit to Manually

I submit to five or six directories manually. They are EzineArticles, Amazines, IdeaMarketers, AfroArticles, GoArticles and ArticleonRamp. If I’m really rushed, two I absolutely submit to are EzineArticles and Amazines.

How Often I Submit to Article Directories

As I alluded to above, I’m pretty consistent. I submit 3-5 times a week. I rarely go more than three days without submitting. Usually, I miss Fridays and of course I almost never submit on the weekends.

ArticleMarketer.com: Submit to Thousands of Places at Once

I recently signed up to ArticleMarketer.com, which I discussed here. Love, love, love the service. My first article was distributed on January 11th and my affiliate sales have almost consistently doubled since I started with the service.

FYI, I still submit to the above directories manually – call it force of habit.

PRLog.com: Another Good Place to Submit Articles for Distribution

There are hundreds, if not a few thousand, free press release distribution sites on the web. I sometimes rewrite articles in a more journalistic style and submit them to PRLog.com. I do this because this site has good search engine juice (ie, it gets indexed by search engines a lot). This means your material hits the web that much sooner.

Basically, that’s it. That’s all I do as far as article marketing.

I can’t stress enough that this is by no means a get-rich-quick, make money online scheme. Your articles have to be well written. That way, when they’re distributed, publishers will want to reprint them on their site, blog, newsletter, etc.

Some of my articles have even appeared in print (ie, local newspapers) because they are so well written and relevant. This of course means wider distribution.

What I’ve Learned So Far about How to Make Money as an Affiliate Marketer

If you decide to pursue article marketing to promote an affiliate product, remember, choose a “hot” product. Then, write very good articles of 400-500 words and distribute them far and wide. With this formula, you practically can’t help but make money as an affiliate marketer.

With my one little affiliate product, I consistently make $100-$200/day. And that’s the payoff of good affiliate marketing, powered by a consistent article marketing campaign.