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                                 Are Article Directories An Adsense "Cash Cow"?
                                                          By Ric Raftis

    This article has been spawned as a result of being online with an Article Directory since March 2006
and it is now the end of June 2006. Including these dates will assist this article to maintain some
relevance in terms of dating.

It seems that there are a couple of people now floating around online trying to sell Article Directory
scripts with the promise that you can have an Adsense “cash cow”. Well nothing could be further from
the truth in my experience and I daresay in the experience of several other article directory owners.

First of all, if you really want an Article Directory, search for Article Dashboard on Google and you can
get a totally free, good quality script. You don’t have to buy one. It does need some tweaking, so you
will need to know some html in order to "differentiate" your site from all the others out there. If you don’t
do that, then you will certainly have duplicated content from a search engine perspective.

The next thing you need to know about Article Directories is that they are a lot of work. Sure, you can
set them up and simply approve everything that comes in, but it still won’t come in categorised in the
correct areas. This being the case, you will end up with a directory with 12,000 articles in the
Miscellaneous category. Now that’s well presented isn’t it? If you’re going to do it, then at least do it
properly. That means reviewing every article, checking the word count and categorising it correctly.

At the date of writing, I have nearly 5,000 articles in my directory and over 10,000 pages indexed in
Google and today, according to my stats, I attracted all of 35 new visitors. Now if you work on the basis
that several of these people would have been visiting to submit articles, that reduces the number of
information seekers. My adsense income for the site today was zero. That’s right absolutely zero. I was
earning a few dollars a day up until recently, but that was because I made a serious mistake.

I had several hundred dollars in Adwords credits, so I ran a campaign to attract authors and visitors.
Well I couldn’t work out why I was getting so many clicks on the index page, but now it all becomes
clear. I’ve even given a name to these visitors, I’ve called them “clickers”. Yes, they “click” on the
Adwords ad, visit my site and then “click” out again from the index page. I would have been
experiencing a net loss on every visitor in this way. Yes, it was my fault for not monitoring the Adwords
campaign and I didn’t’ realise what was happening until I got my credit card statement. Of course,
since then there have been several more charges, so I am “down the gurgler” for the lot.

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So how do you make a profit out of an article directory? The only real way is to develop a great
relationship with your authors. They are effectively your list and under your Terms of Service, you
should have the right to email them with offers and product information. Under no circumstances
should you abuse this with emails every day like some internet marketers, but once a week should be
fine. You don’t always have to promote a product, sometimes it is appropriate to provide a tip or even a
free download relevant to authors.

Whatever you do, don’t be taken in by the “spin doctors” that article directories are Adsense “cash
cows” and don’t involve any work. I know for a fact that one “guru” is planning on bringing out a “How
To” program about article directories and I don’t want to see people sucked in by hype.

If you are still keen on owning and running an article directory, then I would suggest a niche as
opposed to a general one like I have. Work hard at developing your reputation and you will succeed
but don’t expect a million from Adsense.

Ric Raftis is one of the webmasters at No Bull Internet Marketing at and also
owns the article directory Best Content Articles at

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                                  Money Stinks! - Can You Smell Your Cash Cow?
                                                       By Wendy Hershey

The smell of money is probably right under your delicate, little nose right at this moment. Stop for a
minute and take a big sniff. Can you smell the strong odor? If you are like 97% of home business
owners, you can't smell a thing. You have never smelled a cash cow. If you can't smell your cash cow -
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 Many home business owners are literally scared to death of the smell of money. They unconsciously
are afraid to allow themselves to be attracted to the smell of money. Perhaps this thinking might stem
from an incorrect Biblical interpretation. People are under the impression that money is the root of all
evil. But the Bible says that the "love of money" is what is evil. Not the money itself. If you have a
passionate love for stock piles of money, then this might be where you find yourself getting into trouble.
Worshipping piles of money does not bring long-term happiness.

 There is nothing evil about becoming a cash cow. As long as this is not your single purpose in life.
Most millionaires will tell you that the love of money is not what made them millionaires. But they will
tell you that money stinks and you will have to be aware of this odor to succeed. If you can't smell it,
you won't find it. The smell is what attracts you to proven money-making businesses. People aren't
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 Getting a whiff of your first cash cow is when you start generating a significant income. Everything
begins with that first scent. You unplug your nostrils and get ready for action.

 When you first get wind of your cash cow, it's quite stimulating! Your offactory senses literally go wild
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 You will reach an income level where you notice that money does stink. You can smell it! This is when
you start to become a cash cow. You might even let out a big MOO when you are taking the money to
the bank. This is a very exciting time in the life of a home business owner. Making money smells

And what is the very best way to become a cash cow?

 I highly recommend that you get yourself into a proven system that guarantees the scent of money! By
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