No reply on the latest query letter yet.  And still no reply from Sunset magazine on the query letter I sent them.  So I must admit that I am a little discouraged.  However, I know that this process is all about numbers, so I’ll keep at it until I sell the idea to an editor.
In the meantime, I’m working a bit more on internet marketing.  I must admit that for the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what “internet marketing” actually was.  Now I understand it to be the process of promoting a product or service on the internet, by building credibility with the search engines and getting listed as close to the top of the first page of search results as possible.    Once you start appearing on the first page, people are more likely to click your link and visit your site.  If you present an appealing web page for them to read, you then have the opportunity to try to get them to “do” something.  Maybe you want them to buy a product.  Or maybe your goal is to get them to click a Google ad, or perhaps you want them to click an affiliate ad or link so you can earn a commission if they buy something.  Whatever it is, the concept of internet marketing is to get targeted traffic to your site.  People who are motivated to buy something make the best kind of traffic.

I spent a lot of time reading up on various internet marketing systems, courses, books and classes.  None of these ever inspired me to buy – until I took a good look at The Keyword Academy.  They have a program that is changing and evolving.  I took advantage of their free trial and liked what I saw.  I’m currently working on their program and I’ll describe what kind of success I have with it in later posts.  This is a long term program and I don’t expect to see real results for a year or more.  But, when I do get results, I’ll share them with you.

I have a vacation coming up in 2012.  We’re going to Italy and I’m working harder than ever to figure out how I can get the go-ahead on some articles so I can earn an income, albeit a small one, on this trip.  I need to break into the writing business.  If you can’t sell an idea for an interesting article on a trip to Italy, well …..

So who has had success selling travel articles?  I know travel writing is very competitive.  But there’s always room for a few more.  So let me encourage you to keep at it and success will come to all of us!

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