If you've been involved with online marketing for any length of time, you're probably at least relatively familiar with the terms "article marketing" and "bum marketing." If you're not, do not fret. This article will explain these two things for you. They're actually really simple concepts to grasp, so it will not take long for you to learn them. Then, we will discuss their current effectiveness (or lack thereof) as an internet marketer's business model.
What Is Article Marketing?
Quite simply, article marketing is the process of writing simple articles and submitting them to websites known as "article directories." Such directories include sites like EzineArticles, ArticlesBase, and GoArticles. At the end of each article you submit, you are able to include links back to your website (or landing page), where you make your offer.
What Is Bum Marketing?
"Bum Marketing" is a term that was coined a few years back by a top internet marketer named Travis Sago. It is essentially the same as article marketing, but incorporates the use of all types of free social media sites, commonly known as "web 2.0 properties." In addition to the article directories, bum marketers will be submitting their articles to sites such as Blogger.com, WordPress.com, and the "big daddy" of the bum marketing world, Squidoo.
How Effective Are These Business Models?
The truth is, both bum marketing and straight article directory marketing were once incredibly powerful business models. All sorts of folks were making healthy online incomes using one or both of these methods. Unfortunately, if you fast-forward to a few Google updates later, the story changes dramatically.
You see, the name of the game in the world of free online marketing is to get your content ranked high in the organic results of the search engines, especially Google. And articles submitted to article directories and web 2.0 sites used to consistently rank on the first page of the engines, sending droves of free traffic to these articles, which would in turn send lots of great targeted leads to the marketer's offer pages.
Sadly, this is no longer the case.
Today, self-hosted websites get the lion's share of search engine love. This is not to say that article marketing and bum marketing techniques do not still have their place. They most assuredly do. But their primary role has shifted dramatically.
Instead of using these particular strategies to send direct traffic to your money sites, it is now far more advisable to use both the article directories and web 2.0 sites to gain valuable, in-content, anchor text backlinks pointing to your self-hosted web pages in an effort to get these pages themselves ranking in Google and other search engines.