Article Directories 101

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Article Directories 101

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Have you ever considered making money as a writer?
The advent of the Internet has brought about unlimited opportunities for writers to earn extra income. Article directories are of particular interest to these resourceful individuals.

Article directories are basically websites that house free articles. These articles are usually promotional tools that are posted by the copyright owner. By placing the owner’s byline beneath the article, the reader is able to identify the author or copyright owner, and easily contact them directly or visit their website for more information.

Placing your articles on directories is a great way to get readers and make money. People who are interested in your product or service will read your article, view you as an expert in the subject, and will be enticed to visit your website. This is the method of choice for many people running affiliate websites. Acquiring professionally written articles can be mean expensive up-front costs, but it’s an investment that will pay off through affiliate sales or by selling your own services. Once the articles are purchased from the authors, all proceeds from then on are pure profit to you.

For example, let’s say that Mac is an accountant who chooses to work from home. Mack prepares an article on a particular accounting topic, and places it on various article directories. Internet users who are searching for information on that accounting subject will read the article and find that Mac has the knowledge and skills they require in an accountant. The readers will visit Mac’s website or contact him via email. The small amount of effort that it took to write and post the article has earned new clients for Mac’s home business. Now it’s up to Mac to provide great service to ensure that the client keeps coming back with return business. Using article directories can and will bring in ongoing profits.

The real beauty of free article directories is that they allow affiliate website owners the freedom to access all posted articles, and use them on their own sites. Of course, in order to use an article the byline must be attached to it, giving the owner full credit. If an affiliate reposts your article, you will benefit from the traffic that the host website receives. In this way, your contact information and website can gain unlimited exposure.

Many article directories are available online for you to access and use. To gain maximum exposure, post a copy of your article on every one of them. This will eventually bring more traffic and customers to your website, and more money in your pocket.