23 Dec 10 9:38 pm
When I say $5 that is for a simple rewirite. For fresh articles, with a rewrite I personally wouldn't pay less than $10/ article, and that is really low. You can pay less than that, but in my experience, you get what you pay for. IF you want cheap, expect poor writing, bad grammar, no or little research.
IF you are working on a shoestring budget, and cannot afford any of the software that does mass submissions, then you shouldn't even waste your time with article directories, and ama in my opinion. You need to make every single article count.
One thing I would recommend is that you could cancel your ama subscription and outsource to http://www.thearticlemarketingcenter.com/
(no affiliation, just a happy customer)
she will write and submit your articles to ama as well as hundreds of directories for you, and it is a lot less work for you. take the money you would spend on Ama and paying a writer to pay for it. It will save you hours of work, and will be cheaper in the long run, because she is submitting to a lot more directories, which means she gets you more links than you could get manually out of each article.
The fact is, if you are just using ama and manual submissions to say 20 directories, you will need at least 2-3 articles/ per page on your site to make a difference, using her services, I am getting good results, with just one.
if you think about it, you are saving money that way. lets say you have a 20 page site. doing it manually, and using ama, you will probably need 2-3 articles per page, so that will mean paying say even $5/article, you will need $300 for the articles, plus the $45/month for ama.
with her service, you can get more backlinks than that will give you for less than $150 (her biggest package offered). That package will generally give you enough coverage to do one AJP style site.
Then, while she is doing the article submissions, focus your efforts on blog commenting, bookmarking, and forum commenting.
I am following that with one of my AJP sites that I am building up, as well as my new blog, and I am already seeing some movement in the search engines as well as getting direct traffic through my social efforts.
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