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    Never Underestimate the Value of a Ghost Writer
    Copyright 2004, Bill Platt

    As you are aware, I occasionally participate in the various
    Internet business forums out there on the web. And, occasionally,
    I see comments that I cannot let pass without comment. Today
    was just such a day.
    
    Here is the message that prompted my typing fingers to get to
    work. This post was seen at:
    
       http://ozemedia.com/cgi-bin/webbbs/webbbs_config.pl?read=19271
    
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       Subject: Re: Article Submission Marketing
    
       Affiliate marketing is, after all, supposed to mean more 
       money for less work and becoming a full-time writer 
       certainly isn't my idea of less work. 
    
       Heather 
    ----------------------------------------------------------->
    
    
    Here is my response:
    
    
    Heather,
    
    Article writing and submission works. Of course, if you know 
    who I am, you also know that I have a reason to be biased. 
    
    I run http://thePhantomWriters.com , so I have been involved in 
    this industry for a long time. In the early days, my business 
    model was designed around writing articles for people who did 
    not have the time, skills or confidence to write their own 
    articles. 
    
    From the beginning, I understood full well that the value of 
    an article is not in the words and the flow, but in the ability 
    of getting the article in front of the greatest number of 
    publishers who would actually consider reprinting the article.
    
    I dedicated a portion of my program to developing methods to 
    get articles written for my clients into the hands of the 
    largest possible audience.  
    
    In November of 2002, I began offering my distribution service 
    as a stand-alone service. In September of 2003, I stopped 
    writing articles for clients and devoted my entire business to 
    growing my distribution service and my distribution reach with 
    the service. Right now, I am able to reach more than 12,000 
    publishers and webmasters who have requested to receive articles 
    for consideration.
    
    
    As you can see, I really am biased to this method of Internet 
    promotion. Despite this, the method does work. Until 2004, I 
    promoted my business utilizing ONLY article writing. In the 
    early days of 2004, I purchased two long-term ads in targeted 
    websites. In July of 2004, I opened up my first Google Adwords 
    account. 
    
    When it comes to advertising, I play it very conservatively. 
    When it comes to growing my distribution reach, I make it a 
    daily journey. When it comes to writing my own articles to 
    promote my own business, I try hard to do one article per week 
    averaged over the month.
    
    Promoting with articles works for me and my business. Promoting 
    with articles also works for the more than 100 online writer's 
    my company represents. If promoting with articles did not work, 
    then my clients are throwing their money away. Instead, they 
    keep coming back, and some have made a commitment to themselves 
    for one article per week to be written and distributed.
    
    
    I have taken the long way around here, but I have a reason.
    
    While I do not offer ghost writing services at this time, there 
    are in fact 100's of writer's out there in the world who would 
    be happy to write your articles for you. Many of these writer's 
    are very good at what they do. 
    
    You might have to pay $300 to get one article written, but if 
    your time is worth anything at all, this $300 investment will 
    more than pay for itself down the road.
    
    Remember what Kathy said previously in this thread, "I have 
    articles that bring me steady streams of traffic even though 
    the articles were published years ago."
    
    This applies even to articles I have written. I wrote my first 
    in March of 1999. My second was written in July of 1999. My 
    second article has been distributed twice in those five years 
    and does get published again and again. It was last published 
    in July of 2004. I have more than 65 in circulation and all of 
    these articles still generate traffic for my sites.
    
    If you honestly believe that writing your own articles is too 
    much work, then you should shop around for a ghost writer whose 
    style you like and whose article topics appeal to your target 
    markets.
    
    Thank you for listening to my ramble.
    
    
    P.S. A number of my clients are regular participants in this 
         message board. Visit my archives to see who you might 
         recognize:
    
         http://thephantomwriters.com/free_content/d/index.shtml
    
    
    Bill Platt - Owner
    http://thePhantomWriters.com 
    

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