Article Marketing - Is It Dead Yet?
Basically, Josh wants to sell you his eBook for $29 (it does come with a money back guarantee). Which is all fine and dandy, except for one thing - article marketing HAS BEEN DEAD for at least two years. The results it provides are modest at best.
Josh does practise what he preaches. He does write and submit his own articles. I found his profile on EzineArticles. As you can see, you can get about 70-100 "views" in a single month. "View" basically means a click. It does not mean that the article has been read entirely or any action has been taken.
In a year and three month that Josh has been a member of EzineArticles he wrote 124 articles and got about 30000 views. Is this a lot?
Here are just some numbers for comparison from articles on this blog. 10 Totally Stupid Online Business Ideas That Made Someone Rich got 184644 reads (it was published in February of this year). It's not unusual for an single article on this blog to get over 30000 "views" in a matter of days.
I used to submit my own articles to EzineArticles and I no longer do. The reason - it does not work. First, I get 100 times more readers from my own blogs than from article websites. Second, I do collect ad revenues from blog articles, but not from article websites. And third, article websites don't let you insert hyperlinks in the text, only the footer.
The way I see it, the only way to promote your business with articles is to GET YOUR OWN POPULAR BLOG. Sorry Josh. I don't care how good you are at writing ebooks, but when something stops working (like, say popups or banner advertising), it stops working. And 'article marketing' has been long dead.