Hi all. I've seen a couple of threads started on here recently that are putting it out there that you can make $400-$500 per week by submitting articles to sites like Ezine Articles and ArticlesBase. It's kind of making me sick to see all of these newbies (and others) eating this up like it's some kind of new miracle money making system. This is why I feel compelled to dispel the rumors. Can you make money by writing articles and direct linking to affiliate pages? Yes, you can. However, it's a lot less than these threads are putting out. I learned a long time ago that article marketing would best serve me when used as a source of traffic to my squeeze pages, so that I could build my list. Now, I have solid evidence that I am going to share with you. I have a personal Clickbank account, and this is the one that I started about 3 years ago when I was new to internet marketing and only doing Bum Marketing. I bought into this whole thing jyust like many others. Fact is, it used to work really well, that is until about 2-4 years ago when everyone and their mother got into article marketing and started spinning and resubmitting like crazy, etc. Another thing that has killed it is the whole video hysteria. A lot more people are watching videos instead of reading articles. That's why I have developed a great formula for turning my articles into videos and slides, PDF's, etc, but that's another thread. Anyhow, to make a rather long story shorter, I'm going to share with you my Clickbank stats that are just from article marketing alone. I currently have around 250 articles direct linked that are working for me. Here are my October stats: These are the typical results that you can expect from 250-300 articles. Granted, my articles are all keyword optimized and many have SEO and backlinks as well, so take that into consideration. I'm not trying to burst anyone's bubble, or rain on anyone's parade. I'm just trying to show you that 250-300 articles will realistically make you $200-$300 per month, NOT $400 per month. If you can get 1000 articles submitted, you may be able to make $800-$1000 per month. Bottom line - It's just not worth it. You need to BUILD A LIST. I can make $200-$300 in 15 minutes with my list, and it isn't even a huge list! So do with this what you will, but I am an experienced internet marketer, and I'm just laying it out straight for you.