17 Jul 10 5:30 pm
Hi paige, welcome to affilorama.
You do need to write everything yourself. also you need to set up your own site. you are not allowed to put affiliate links in your articles on most directories.
as far as writing your articles, you can do a review of the product, but I personally dont recommend doing that without having seen the actual product. You should either get a review copy, (which usually you will need to have a site set up with at least one article that is promoting the product already to get one) or buy the product.
instead, take time to identify your market of people. who wants this product, and what problems are they trying to solve? do some research into the problems at the local library, in forums, or on poplular websites within the niche, and write articles that help people to identify the problem.
When you write your articles there are 4 questions that you should answer in your content.
1 identify the problem, and why is it important to solve this problem
2 what it takes to solve the problem
3 how to solve the problem ( this is usually your call to action to buy the product that does it for them)
4 (and this is the one most people miss) why should they listen to you.
each one of these should be at least adressed in each article that you write. it can be one sentence, but at least acknowledge it in some way.
now, as far as copywrite issues, you dont want to copy word for word what someone else has said. but, you can take an idea, and write it in your own words. use your own opinions and personal expereince to flesh out the article, and you will connect with people better, (and it answers #4.)
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