Ask Us 1st - The Next Step In Online Article Marketing

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The newcomer site strives to combine Web 2.0 strategies with that of the traditional article directory. The advertising revenue created from the site is shared with the authors. has opened a new entertaining, yet informative site on the information highway that is the Internet. Enlightening articles on a diverse selection of subjects are available, some of them provide an even richer experience by integrating video illustrating the point the author is making. The amount of content will grow rapidly, as new authors join the network.

The best of several worlds

Extremely popular website formats right now are article directories, social networking sites and video sharing sites. Ask Us 1st combine elements from all of these, in order to provide the richest experience possible to its online audience.
Providing easily assimilated information on a diverse array of topics, Ask-us-1st is destined to become a popular place for doing online research. Interactivity between authors and readers is made possible through the integrated commenting and rating system.

Although the highest goal of the site is the experience of its end users, will certainly appeal to writers looking for syndication channels for their articles. Besides offering the usual benefit of authors being able to promote themselves in the author's resource box, Ask Us 1st offer two great additions: revenue sharing and the "article sense network".

Direct source of revenue

Following the example of interactive portals like Hubpages and Squidoo, Ask-Us-1st will share the revenue generated from on-site advertising with all of its authors.

  • We thought it unfair that the article directory alone would be the only one to actually make money from all the hard work that has gone into the articles published on our site. For that reason the advertising revenue will be shared 50/50 with the authors. Active authors will thus not just build up their reputation as experts in their field, but will actually create a direct source of income from their work, says Michael Hawkins, chief editor of

Authors submitting their original articles will also gain another benefit by using the services of this new hybrid website. uses something it calls "article sense network" in order to directly syndicate all new content on a carefully selected network of partnership sites. This network of websites is growing rapidly, and will assist the marketing efforts of the article authors by giving them added exposure as well as added back links to their private websites or blogs - all from submitting their article one time, in one place.

If the author wishes the process can also be enhanced even further through integration with several popular social bookmarking sites, thus including this aspect of web 2.0 marketing in one go as well.

Being a part of and its associated network is entirely free for authors and Internet users alike. The goal is to be one of the first channels people turn to when looking for information online.

  • There is so much knowledge out there. We encourage all authors to submit quality articles to us, and are prepared to pay them for their work, Michael Hawkins summarizes.

The Ask Us 1st portal is now officially open for visitors at the address:

More information on becoming an author is available at:

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