**Make sure you read my update at the bottom of this post** If you are looking for article marketing services where you submit an article and have it distributed for you, please first see my Article Marketer review. Article Marketer is a service I have paid the lifetime membership for and my review is detailed and thorough.
I know many of you who have read that review and have considered Article Marketer are looking for other options as well due to the price of the service. So today I give you an alternative which has just recently been unveiled called Article Marketing Automation. This is a nifty service I must say that is most definitely worth a look if you are interested in having the bulk of your submitting done by a service. This service was in Beta and now open to everyone for a little over a week at this writing.
Most if not all article submitting services and software submitters submit your articles to article directories. The links you provide can only be at the very bottom in a resource box. If you are hoping to get traffic from your articles you have to hope that readers actually make it all the way down to the bottom to see that resource box. Personally I don’t care about the traffic I might get because I am only interested in the anchored links I will get back to my sites.
With Article Marketing Automation, your articles will be published on other people’s blogs and your links can (and should) be in the articles themselves. This is different and quite exciting as any article you write may be published on dozens of related blogs rather than the usual article directories. Your anchored links will be contained in the body of your article rather than a resource box.
When you sign up for Article Marketing Automation, you will have two things you can do. The first is to submit as many blogs as you wish to their network that you want to allow others to publish articles on. You can sign up for free if you only want to do this option. For instance, you can make as many Blogger blogs as you want, about any number of niche subjects, and have other people post the content for you!
What Kind of Site Can You Add?
The main requirement is that your site must have a remote publishing API,for it to be added and become part of the ArticleMarketingAutomation.com network. Any of the following sites qualify:
- Self-hosted WordPress blogs (WordPress 2.0.x and later)
- Any blog on Tumblr.com (e.g., yoursubdomain.tumblr.com)
- Any Drupal site (must have the Drupal XML-RPC API enabled)
- Any Joomla! site (must have the Joomla! XML-RPC API enabled)
- Any other site that has either an XML-RPC API or an Atom API.
You, the owner of the blog, can have the articles automatically posted or you can easily set it up where you have to approve each article. I have mine set up where I have to approve an article first so that I can weed any out that are poorly written or are off topic. However, this makes making a niche blog about the easiest thing ever! I was approving articles literally within minutes of setting up my blog and submitting it to Article Marketing Automation. The only drawback for this is that you have to set up your blog so that anyone can have access to publish on it. You have to make a special user name and password so that the AMA system can get in and publish the articles you approve. I am kind of paranoid about this kind of thing and so I would never submit a blog like DayJobNuker.com (the one you are reading) into the system because I am not that trusting. All the Blogger niche blogs I have submitted were blogs that I only marginally care about.
Example of two articles I have yet to approve
It is free if you wish to only submit blogs and have other people post their articles on them. I assume this is because they need as big a network as possible. However, if you want the real benefits of the system which is to be the one distributing the articles, then it is a monthly fee of $47.00 which is most definitely not cheap. That translates to $564.00 per year and by contrast Article Marketer is now $269.99 per year so it is more expensive. Right now Article Marketer has a lifetime membership at $599.99 which looks like a bargain now compared to Article Marketing Automation.
For your $47.00 per month you are able to submit unlimited articles and also to take advantage of a “spinner” which will help you create many different versions of each article you submit and hopefully avoid any duplicate content penalties. Unfortunately, the spinner does take some work as you have to manually rewrite every title and phrase that it prompts. Depending on how many versions you want to make, this can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes extra per article. Whether there is a real benefit of having your articles that are distributed be slightly different instead of all the same is a separate debate that will probably never be agreed upon.
As I mentioned before, this is a very slick service and it does work. An added benefit (they say) to this Article Marketing Automation service is that there is a “drip” feature where your articles are not submitted all at once as blog owners have to individually approve articles and your articles also get submitted over time to new blogs that get entered in the network. I am not sure, however, that I am totally comfortable of being at the mercy of other blog owners to decide whether to publish my articles. When I am paying $47.00 a month, I want to “know” that my articles will be published and not “hope” that they will. There is no data section in their system either of who or where your articles are published, it just tells you how many have been published. The only way you can find your articles is to manually look for them in Google by putting your article titles in quotes and searching. (also I have noticed I am getting some Trackbacks to some of my blogs)
I am sure in the end there will be many people who swear by this service as being the best because of the ability to “spin” your articles and have them posted on blogs rather than article directories. There is also no waiting time frustrations as there is with Article Marketer. Once I put my articles in the system, I have seen some of mine get accepted to other blogs almost right away or at least within the hour. With the added benefit of your anchored links being part of any sentence you choose and worked into the article content, this service is indeed different than the others. This sets it apart from any other article submitting service or software I have seen. The price at $47.00 per month will be a hurdle however, and I could find no mention of a lifetime or yearly price.
If you have gotten down this far with my Article Marketing Automation review, I will reward you by giving you a tip if you are thinking of signing up for only for the free service where you put your blogs into their network. You should at least give the free part a try and submit a test blog if you are debating whether to pay the $47.00 per month. That way, you can see how it works on the blogs you submit and you will get a much better idea of how it all comes together. The main page does not give you the free sign up option (how strange!) and I had to poke around for quite some time before I figured out that all you had to do was fill out the form with your username, password, address, etc and then click on the “Click Here To Order” button. Then just back out of that payment page without paying and I think that works – you will then be signed up for the free part of Article Marketing Automation.
As always, let me know if you have any questions and I will try to answer them.
**10/20/08 UPDATE – If there is a negative with AMA it is that your articles are in the control of the individual blog owners. These blog owners are not supposed to change or delete any of your links but there is nothing stopping them from doing it. I want to say though, that I have seen no evidence of this but then if they delete your links then there would be no trackback for me to find my article to see that they deleted my links.
AMA only tells you how many blogs your article has been posted to and the only way you can find any of your articles is by trackbacks and maybe by searching for them on Google. Let me tell you though, the trackbacks have been streaming in. They just keep coming, and coming, and coming.
This is what I did. I already had about 90 articles written before I joined Article Marketing Automation . So, from day one I was entering my articles in the system and it took me well over a week to do it. Now I am just sitting back watching all the trackbacks come in and checking to see what my articles look like on other blogs. Sure enough, they are there with my anchored links intact and everything. With over 90 articles in the AMA system, they have been published for a total now of almost 4000 times combined!