Update: I put this post up just before Anik went into launch mode, so the directory link below points to a sales page at the moment. I’ve emailed Anik to find out how to get free access to the directory again and will update the post as soon as I find out myself! Sorry about the confusion – this surprised me too!
Update 2: Anik just sent me the link. To go straight to the article directory, go to http://affsphere.com/. The links below will take you to a page that sells a $10 report on how Anik has been using article marketing to make money during the previous four years before you get to the directory.
A long time ago I conducted an article marketing experiment to promote my blog using the article directory site EzineArticles.com. The experiment didn’t go brilliantly, however there were good reasons – I just didn’t do it for long enough.
I’ve remained wary of article marketing since then, preferring to outsource the work if I do it at all. I still believe it’s a good system to build traffic, it’s just not going to blow you away in a short period of time. Like most things when it comes to online marketing, it takes time and consistent testing to deliver a good result.
This week a recent new friend of mine, Anik Singal, released a new article marketing directory called AffSphere.
Here’s a video explaining what AffSphere is –
The core function of AffSpehere is like any other article directory service – you submit articles and they are syndicated across the web. In return you get traffic when a person who reads the article clicks the link in your signature file.
That’s where the similarities between AffSphere and other directories end. AffSphere has a few more features that designed to help you make money, including -
- A credit system that triggers each time you submit an article or refer other people into AffSphere. You can use those credits to run your own banners or AdSense across the AffSphere network.
- You are permitted to include affiliate links in the articles you submit, although as Anik notes, you reduce the likelihood your article will be picked up by others if you have obvious promotion in your articles.
- The opportunity to earn commissions for referrals into the AffiliateClassroom training course (one of Anik’s training courses). This could be quite lucrative as all AffSphere new sign-ups are offered a $1 trial into AffiliateClassroom.
There are more benefits on top of this and you can watch and listen to Anik explain the details in this video -
What I like about AffSphere is the greater return on investment you get for each article you submit. Time will tell whether the syndication of articles will deliver results, but regardless of this outcome, you are guaranteed additional benefits just for using the system.
You might want to consider adding this one to your “to-do” list as a marketing experiment. If you usually outsource your article marketing, this is definitely a site you want to include in your submission list.
Here’s the link to sign-up to AffSphere (for free) -
Now I’m going to go try a little test myself and see how it goes and use the credits to run the Blog Mastermind banners across the network.