I receive quite a lot of article jobs from private clients. I write them, they pay me. It's an easy way to earn money and I've learned a lot in the interim. But the other day it occurred to me to ask my client what he uses the articles for and how he makes back the money he pays me to write them. His answer opened my eyes and my mind.
You see, my client is an Article Marketer. He earns more money in a month than most people earn in a year. I emailed him back immediately and asked for more information on how it all works.
If you've never heard of Article Marketing before, the basics are simple. You write an article. You upload it to an article directory. This is where the method differs a bit between different marketers.
You remember to include a great resource box which includes a link back to your website where you entice visitors to join our mailing list and then proceed to sell affiliate products to them via your mailing list.
You remember to include a great resource box which includes a link to an affiliate product you want to sell. If people like the article enough they'll click through on the link. If they buy the product, you get paid.
I understand now why my clients don't bother writing their own articles and why they don't mind when you increase your writing rates a little. They're making plenty of profit from our work.
So... for all those writers out there working for $1 or $2 per article, I hope you read this and understand that you can increase your writing rates, earn more money and NOT lose a client. Your client is making plenty of profit from your articles, so don't cut your own income on account of them!