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Making Money with Article Directories?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by bantoncookies, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. bantoncookies

    bantoncookies Regular Member

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    I have alot of unique articles and am thinking about setting up an article directory instead of selling them to AC.

    Anyone has experience in setting up one of those? Should I just set it up and sell it? or should I earn some adsense from it as a long term business. I really have no clue in how to promote an article directory and monetize it.

    Do you think it's a good idea?
     
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  2. Vashtai

    Vashtai Junior Member

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    I never really understood SEO'ing an article directory, myself. I mean seriously, with the topic of each page completely different... Doesn't Google rate you lower, or something? I mean, the whole site consisting of many different topics and all.
     
  3. goodrat

    goodrat Newbie

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    I think it's an idea that worth a try.
    I would advice you not to spend too much time writing the articles yourself.
    Better spend the time to promote your article directories and let others do the hard work to write the articles and submit them to your directories.
     
  4. mesol

    mesol Junior Member

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    i did make money with article directory + tnx.net. good for long term making money
     
  5. armaan

    armaan Registered Member

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    If we make articles directory. Then People will submit articles.

    What about Google duplicate content problem?
     
  6. twinkle88

    twinkle88 Junior Member

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    If you are seting up an article directory

    1) You should invest so much time or
    2) You should employ editors to moderate the articles, thus you have to spend huge amounts of money also.
     
  7. cashflowprofit

    cashflowprofit Newbie

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    I am no expert on making money online. But I am not sure that adsense is the way to go. I read some ebook on people flipping article directories which can earn you much much more than any amount of adsense.

    Just my 2 cents.
     
  8. twinkle88

    twinkle88 Junior Member

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    Think about this once.
    People who write articles are marketers mostly.
    Marketers clearly know that if they click ads, you will get money.

    Out of those marketers, Frankly speaking- most out of them will be jealous to clik ads.
     
  9. teague

    teague Junior Member

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    Just an idea, but what about grouping your articles into their larger topics, then making a blog for each topic?
     
  10. e46jc

    e46jc Newbie

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    Let me know if you decide to try, thought about it b4 but never got to it
     
  11. bannor

    bannor Newbie

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    What article directory script are you planning on using? Article Dashboard is free but I heard there are some serious security flaws with it.
     
  12. shaqsquash

    shaqsquash Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    The "duplicate content" problem is overblown in my opinion.

    For example, I googled a term the other day (forgot what it was) and saw to sites with the exact same article (from exine articles lol) at the 1st and 3rd position in rankings.

    Google knows that people reference otehr peoples content all the time, even on high-authority, trusted sites. Duplicate content filters is just this this persistent mythical thing in SEO thats really overblown.
     
  13. shaqsquash

    shaqsquash Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Too much work really. In terms of SEO and getting a decent authority so that you get more submitters and traffic.

    There are other business models that provide a much higher and much quicker return on investment.
     
  14. mr4army

    mr4army Regular Member

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    directorys are GOLD you get a page with your link on it for every article 1000 articles=1000 links + members will start posting giving you more links article directorys sell for 12k ish that how much there worth really
     
  15. gifmore

    gifmore Regular Member

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    Folks,

    Here are some other options for article scripts:


    Code:
    
    [CENTER][COLOR="Red"][B]http://www.articlefriendly.com/
    
    http://www.yourarticlesdirectory.com/
    
    http://www.e-soft24.com/article-directory-script-p-338.html[/B][/COLOR][/CENTER]
    
    


    Now, the backend i.e. the script is fairly important, I would think, especially from the perspective of security, SEO-friendliness, ease of use, and versatility in regard to features and functions etc.

    However, I would love to hear what you folks think about setting one up and being able to profit from one of these article directories.

    We all know the popularity and perhaps "notoriety" of
    Code:
              http://ezinearticles.com        
    because all the gurus and even ebooks tout this website whenever article marketing is talked about.


    i think the 3 main areas that need to be addressed are:

    1) Populating and filling your article directory - Sure, you can buy the script but it is not a case of "build it and they will come". You'd need some critical mass of articles and authors (or appear to have these) in order to appear attractive to more authors and web marketers, I thought?

    Questions for consideration and for discussion:

    a) Where and how to populate your article website with articles and authors ?

    b) Would the same concerns apply for duplicate content? NOTE:
    Now, some of us at one time or other may have submitted more than 1 copy of the exact same article to 10 or more article directories. I wonder why the duplicate content penalties don't apply to these high PR article directories. I mean if I had an exact article on 2 of my websites (even on different C-class IPs) big brother g00gle might not like that?

    c) Similar to a forum, to maintain the quality of one's article directory, there needs to be a good editor review and article approval process. These in themselves can be a full time job and I wonder how successful article directory owners manage to pull this off?

    2) Marketing the article directory or positioning the directory as:

    a) a platform to share knowledge - less important from a marketer's perspective, I figure?

    b) a platform to get backlinks - this works better only if your page rank is decent, maybe?

    c) a platform for publicity for your website or affiliate link or whereever your article aims to drive traffic to.

    d) a platform that can potentially enable you to become a guru and/or authority figure in your niche.


    3) The actual marketing of the article directory site after (1) and (2) from above have been solved?

    I figure that conventional internet marketing techniques like backlink building, banner advertising, using web2.0 etc. might work pretty good, maybe?

    a) If you folks have tried and tested ideas for marketing an article directory, please do share. :p

    b) If you folks have ideas on marketing an article directory (from an owner and operator's perspective), please do share :p


    (X) Blackhat bent? toward operating an article directory:

    i) Could an article directory be used as a platform for cooking stuffing? (Or article directories are already doing this and I was too naive to know about this or that CS-ing had been going on?)

    ii) What might be some of the blackhat methods you know of, or think will work, or would want to try out in article directories? (okay, "blackhat" here is used to mean "unconventional", "creative" but NOT illegal or fraudulent, please).

    I've just posted some thoughts of mine and might be ranting a little. I don't have any experience with an article directory or the marketing of this type of website.

    Please share your thoughts, ideas, and experience, particularly if you are an owner or operator of an article directory, okay?

    Thanks y'all.

    Merry Christmas and Cheerio :)


    :flame: :flame: :flame:​
     
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  16. leftbrainer

    leftbrainer Registered Member

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    hey dude this is a nice, unique share - the kind of stuff that is hard to fine online is the coolest stuff. i give you extra props for sharing it!
     
  17. ebizz4all

    ebizz4all BANNED BANNED

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    Try the following: Article Directory Script + SQL Database with 283k+ articles
    DEMO: hxxp://3w.gatorarticles.c0m/

    Article Directory Script:
    hxxp://rapidshare.c0m/files/116135885/articledirectory.zip
    Database:
    hxxp://rapidshare.c0m/files/116138067/articles_db.zip.part1
    hxxp://rapidshare.c0m/files/116138143/articles_db.zip.part2
    hxxp://rapidshare.c0m/files/116138121/articles_db.zip.part3
    hxxp://rapidshare.c0m/files/116138020/articles_db.zip.part4

    Sorry for the way I posted this, but hope this will be helpfull
     
  18. Subject

    Subject Power Member

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    ebiz4all, this thing is floating in internet for some time... honestly if you use this, you will get a duplicated article directory.. And I once tried to download the first part and it was 100 mb in size... 4 parts together will be some 400 mb..
     
  19. dexterfly

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    @Subject

    we are getting to the point that 75% of all information is duplication from something else.
    I don't think google will go nuts about that. Sometimes I spin an article 10 times and they all get indexed.
     
  20. ezcoin

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    I had an Article Dashboard article directory for two years and for me it was a pain in the ass. It took way too much time to sift through the articles to approve and take out the crap which you get a lot of. One day I had enough of it and put it up for sale on SitePoint. 3 days later it sold for $1500 with around 70K articles in it. I don't miss it because it only produced around $100 a month of Adsense revenue. Not worth my time for that. It was one of the many things I tried but wasn't worth the effort.

    I believe it's much more profitable to build blogs and use articles as posts. If you want Adsense revenue, I've found that putting a 336x280 Adsense block on the upper left side of the content and wrapping your content around it produces the best results. I use this code to do that in my posts.
    Code:
    <table width="336" border="0" cellpadding="3" align="left">
            <tr>
              <td>
    <script type="text/javascript"><!--
    google_ad_client = "pub-";
    google_ad_width = 336;
    google_ad_height = 280;
    google_ad_format = "336x280_as";
    google_ad_channel ="";
    google_color_border = "FFFFFF";
    google_color_bg = "FFFFFF";
    google_color_link = "0000FF";
    google_color_url = "336699";
    google_color_text = "333333";
    //--></script><script type="text/javascript"
      src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js">
    </script>
    </td></tr>
          </table>
    
    Duplicate content has never been a problem for me even if I take the artiocles as is from any article directory and use it for blog posts. I do mix it with a lot of original content I write myself. Anyway, that's my 2 cents.