I've been writing and submitting articles for about 6 months now with very little luck. I've made about $1200 total from Clickbank up until today. I have, I'd say, 180 or so articles (on average I submit at least 1 per day) on about 20 different directories for a total of about 3600 articles floating around on the internet. I probably also have 15-20 press releases that I managed to get listed on Google News. Up until today, I'd get a sale here and there, with my best day coming about a month ago (3 sales). I also have a premium account at USFreeAds that really doesn't give me too many commissions. I'm always hearing about how people can submit 1 optimized article and make $50-$100 per day from it. I never really believed it. Until today, that is. My method has always been to find a Clickbank product I like, set up a .info domain redirect, and submit at least 30 articles around keywords that I think I can rank for. Well, the results haven't been so great, and it's not that I wasn't getting traffic. I usually average 100-150 hops per day for the products I promote. After analyzing the situation, I figured I just wasn't promoting the right products. So, I decided to experiment. I looked around through the dog and cat niche and found a product about dog separation anxiety. It had a nice sales page, so I gave it a shot. I wrote a sales page-like article with some decent content (around 600 words). I get articles approved immediately at Articles Base so I submitted there. I also submitted to Article Snatch and Snipsly (because they index quickly and rank well). I submitted the article this morning around 10 am and when I checked my CB account 30 minutes ago, I had 138 hops to the sales page and 3 sales! Now, I also did something else differently. I did some careful keyword research and targeted 3 long-tail terms with around 3000 searches per month each and competition of less than 20,000 search results when searched in quotes. I managed to rank in the 8th position on page 1 for one of the terms and in the 2nd position on page 2 for the other. I didn't rank at all for the third term (or it was so far back I couldn't find it). My questions are: Is this a flash in the pan, one-time thing? Will the results continue, or will the search results drop without SEO? Is this a normal occurence for experienced article marketers?