Internet Marketing Article Secrets

by: Mark Abrahams

I do internet marketing of my online business using article marketing as my primary method of lead generation. Now the reason I do this is that I like to keep things simple. The more convoluted your business model the easier it is to slip up. Before I was doing search engine optimization, ffa marketing, banner adverts, ppc and ezine marketing. These methods do work, but with the increase in competition they are becoming a lot more difficult to get effective results. I could spend hours optimizing my web site and with a new Google algorithm change my rankings could suffer. Alternatively if I used one of the other methods of marketing I would not see a profit immediately. Article marketing if used properly as a long term term strategy for marketing your articles will provide you with so much leads that you will not have the time to even promote your business using the other methods and it is free too.

When I first started with article marketing I really struggled to write good quality articles that would get accepted by the high quality article directories. The reason for this is that with any new skill that you learn you need to practise until you get very good at. Writing did not come naturally, but with practice I have become quite good at it. Now I enjoy marketing my internet business using articles as it is a lot more fun. Before I was using a lot of other methods for traffic generation, but I found them to be very frustrating.

The big advantage of using article marketing over the other methods of traffic generation is that your leads are a lot more qualified. For a visitor that reads your article to click on your web site they must really be interested in what you say. What I found is that these leads convert a lot better. So even though I get less leads than a lot of other methods of traffic generation these leads are highly targeted and convert so much better.

If you spend time sufficient time doing things properly to market your internet business using article marketing you can easily create a profitable business generating thousands of dollars of profit a month.

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Published in: on May 12, 2007 at 11:25 pm  Comments (6)  

Listbuilding, Can you build your list with articles and where to learn it.

You can use articles to build your list. I am sure you have been getting a lot of emails on list building and offers from various list building masters and gurus. I am sure you have heared of Erik Rockefellers List Monster. I was one of the lucky winners of his course, and what a course, (not that I wouldn’t have bought it anyway). You have the biggest listbuilding masters all in one place.

Eric Rockefeller went out and created a monster.
He was able to come out of nowhere and get 16 big
named List Building Gurus on a product spilling there guts
about how to build monster lists and why that is so important.

This List Building Million Dollar Arsenal is awesome.

But right now if you hurry you can sign up and get a chance to win it before
you can buy it. Just go there now and signup there is a chance to win one of
seven packages being given away. (There is only one left it seems.)

This offer is amazing and he is offering you the chance to win it before you can
buy it, I already signed up and won.

So hurry up and go here now!

Published in: on September 12, 2006 at 7:56 pm  Comments (2)  

Article Directory Website Design: Clean Up Your Content!

By: John McQueen

Article directories have taken the internet by storm. That is a good thing, as it allows authors to distribute their content and allows publishers to grab content for their website, but unfortunately, many article directories are offering a huge disservice to authors and publishers due to poorly designed directories. Listen up article directory owners; let’s think about some ways to serve our visitors in our article directory designing!

Style Elements

I have stumbled across many article directory websites where there are a number of mixed alignings, ten different color combinations, excessive bold and italicized fonts, and numerous style “enhancements”. While these different design elements can be good, there comes a time when, as the webmaster, we need to be okay with simplifying the visual end. When a visitor enters your directory, or website for that matter, their eyes cannot help but to expect unity and clarity. If they are presented with a jumbled, disorganized mess, they will do one of two things. They will either (1) quickly jerk the mouse to the back button or (2) continue to browse your site but grow frustrated from the chaotic presentation and then eventually leave. You obviously want to prevent both of those things from happening.

When applying style elements such as colors, size, and images, we need to make sure these things help bring the visitor in contact with the content and message of the website. There comes a time when a line is crossed between beneficial and distracting. I have visited some article directories in which images and graphics push the navigation bar down the page. You do not want to have your visitor scroll down the page to have to find where click to other portions of your site. Make it easy on your visitor to get around your directory. Keep your navigation bar towards the top of your site. If your visitor does not know how to get around your article directory they will get frustrated and leave. Bring your visitor in contact with the content!

To expound more on the use of font colors and styling, remember to maintain consistency. Choose three or four colors to create a color scheme for your article directory. Stick with this color scheme. This provides unity in your content and makes the visitors viewing experience a lot more pleasurable. Continually ask yourself the question, “Is my article directory home page easy to read? Is it organized? Is the directory inviting?”

Advertisements and Images

As the webmaster of your article directory or web content site, it is obvious and understandable that it is a must to push your ads and affiliate programs so you can generate income. However, do keep in mind while placing your ads that you want your visitor to receive your web site’s content. Your visitor wants to find valuable information. That is why they visit your website. They do not come for the ads! Understanding that, make sure your ads relate and apply to your directory’s content. It is vital that your ads do not block your website’s content. Integrate your ads so they do not intrude on your website content.

Before you start plastering your article directory with ads and “cool” styling, keep it mind that your website’s content is first and for most. Overall, people are coming for your content—they could care less if you used pastel pink or neon green! Article Source:


Brett McQueen is freelance author, web designer and programmer and the administrator for the Article Cat article directory at

Published in: on August 13, 2006 at 8:14 am  Comments (154)  

Expired Domains Targeted Website Traffic

By: gottapays

An average of 19,260 domain names expire every day. This number has increased tremendously since the same time last year when expired domain name figures were more like 1,200 daily. The expired domain name market is becoming increasingly popular with webmasters, who are locked in a fierce competition to stay one step ahead and get all the best domain names. The question is why do webmasters find someone else’s old domain name so interesting?

What happens a lot of the time is people register a domain name, or purchase it for a year, they develop a web site and advertise it, to get targeted traffic. This takes a lot of time, money and effort, then due to unfortunate circumstances they may forget to re-register their domain, either they have lost interest, over looked a reminder that domain renewal was due or changed their e-mail address during the year that they used to register. Then just like that the domain name is up for sale.

Because of this, the domain, or address that they have created and all targeted traffic with the domain name becomes available for purchase. Thousands of these expired domain names are available every day. There are several tricks to knowing how to find these domain names, and how to know which domain names are valuable and which are not, and, most importantly, how to get to them first.

There are many benefits for picking up an expired domain name, unlike a new domain name, the expired name already has traffic that can come from search engine promotion, directories, forums, back links and a whole host of other promotion methods. Webmasters are using this to their advantage, either selling the domains for a profit, selling a web site with traffic already entering the site, or use as valuable sub domains for their own enterprise, thus increasing traffic to their own sites.

Quite often webmasters will register with an online service that notifies them daily of pending expiry of domain names, that will soon be up for purchase. This can keep a web master that desired extra step ahead of competitors. Competition for expired domain names, especially one word, catchy .com names is fierce, as they are in high demand and easy to remember, having most likely been around for a long time. So it is not surprising that some of them can be very valuable, for instance, a domain name could sell for $1M, yet it only costs $10 to re-register.

Benefits for acquiring an expired domain name are numerous, depending on what you want to do with it. For a small sum of around $10-$15 you have the potential of increasing traffic to your web site instantly, saving you a considerable amount of time, money and bother. It could be the cheapest targeted web site traffic around.

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Published in: on August 13, 2006 at 7:57 am  Comments (3)  

Help! My Blog is Boring!

By: John McQueen

So you have this really great idea to start a blog on a particular niche. And perhaps, maybe you even want to make some revenue off of
AdSense, Clicksor, or other contextual advertising. Super. You’ve wrote your heart out and posted some blog content. Great! No problems
there. But what do you do to keep the content fresh and insightful? Are you feeling that the content you offer on your blog just
“lacks”? Is your blog boring? Maybe you can’t even pinpoint what exactly is “lacking”, but you just feel it. Possibly, you just do not
have the time to put forth to writing 1000 word articles every couple days. If this is you, it is time you look into using other
people’s articles!

“WHAT?” you say.

No, I am not suggesting you rip or copy others articles. However, I am suggesting that you utilize websites that offer free web content
on your particular niche. There are many free web content sites or ‘article directories’ that offer free articles for you to use on
your blog or website. You are able to use these articles totally free without a problem. The only thing you are required is to give
credit to the author who wrote the article. Fair enough?

Now you ask, “Why would I want to use someone else’s articles? How lame is that?!”

It’s actually not lame at all. Think about it. There are thousands of other people offering new, unique insight on exactly what you are
writing about. You will find that people offer a different point of view or perspective on the particular subject. A different
perspective or a new idea can be very refreshing for your blog. To even go further, find those articles that offer new thoughts and
respond to the author’s thoughts.

Consider the benefits of using free content articles for your blog or website:

  • When you use other quality articles, you are offering your visitor with useful content, and in effect, your visitor comes back
    for more.
  • Using free web content will allow you to keep your blog fresh and updated on a daily basis with valuable
  • Other people\’s articles can inspire new thoughts and ideas for your blog.

How do you find quality free web content for your blog? When you find an article that you would like to put on your website, make sure
you are permitted to actually use it. You can usually find that information right on the article page or the website’s terms of
service. When you are positive that you can use the article, read it over to make sure it is even applicable to your website. Do run it
through a spell check to make sure that level of quality is portrayed in the article. If there are a bunch of errors, do not change the
errors because that would violate the terms for the article. Instead, move on to finding another article.

So do some searching and reading. Find that interesting web content and post that interesting web content for your readers! Delight
your readers with something interesting and exciting!

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Brett McQueen is freelance author, web designer and programmer, and the administrator for the Article Cat Article Directory and Catalog. You can begin your search for quality free web content articles at

Published in: on August 5, 2006 at 9:04 pm  Comments (8)  

SEO – General Guidelines

By: Andreas Obermueller SEO is an acronym for Search Engine Optimizing and refers to a set of good practices that teach you how to improve your website so that it would be easily tracked, indexed and ranked by search engines. Getting your site indexed by Google and other major search engines will help you attract visitors and increase traffic.

SEO is an exciting and ongoing process that involves not only an initial optimized website, but also permanent maintenance and evaluating search results on a regular basis. With the ever-changing Internet technology, SEO experts sometimes have contrasting opinions on what makes a good website. However, there are some general guidelines most of them agree on.

Design & Content

• You should build your web pages for human beings and not for search engines. A clean design and a strong content will ultimately drive search engine spiders to your site.
• Make a clear hierarchy and provide text links to each page.
• Don’t put to many links on a single page (maximum 100).
• You should include a site map to help users navigate easily through your website.
• Make sure you have clear TITLE tags, no HTML errors and all the links work.
• You should use text instead of images to display important elements, as search engine crawlers may not recognize a text inside an image.
• While keeping your content useful and clear, do use keywords that you know users would type to get to your page.
Technical Issues
• Most search engine crawlers see your website similar to the way a text browser sees it. Consequently, you should use a text browser, such as Lynx, to check your website. If you can’t see the whole page because of JavaScript, session IDs, DHTML or Flash features, search engine spiders will probably have trouble with crawling your website.
• Check with your web host to see if the server supports the If-Modified-Since HTTP header. This header tells Google whether the website content has changed since its last visit.
• While it is advised session IDs to track visitors’ path through the website, you shouldn’t do this for search bots.
• The robots.txt file on your web server tells spiders which directories can be crawled and which cannot. Make sure it’s updated and it doesn’t somehow block search engine crawlers.

Website Promotion

• After you’ve built your website and put it online, try to get high PageRank sites link to it.
• Submit your website to major search engines (Google, Yahoo/Altavista, MSN) to get it indexed, along with a site map that will tell them the site structure.
• Submit your website to relevant directories, such as Yahoo and Open Directory Project.
• Get involved in community based websites, blogs and forums and build a strong reputation.

Whether you choose to implement these techniques yourself or go to a SEO expert, no one can guarantee a #1 ranking on Google and other search engines. Search engines change their crawling algorithms often and competitor websites appear all the time. However, following these basic SEO guidelines will improve your chances of increasing your website traffic and is a better practice than looking for a way to cheat on search engines in order to get your pages indexed.

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About the Author: Andreas Obermueller is webmaster of – Marketing Related Information and recommends Marble Host as reliable Web Host

Published in: on August 5, 2006 at 8:59 pm  Comments (1)  

How to Get a Guaranteed Top Position in the Pay Per Click Search Engines – For Free

By: Chris Towland

Getting a top position in a Pay per Click Search Engine can often be a very costly affair. For many popular search terms, the cost for every single click can often be in excess of $1, $5 or even above $10. Figures that are out of reach for many ordinary Internet marketers.

Similarly, Google’s recent changes have meant that many marketers who have been happily getting clicks through to their sites for less than 5c or 10c are now being forced to either increase their minimum bids to $5 (or even more) or simply lose their Adwords ads. For many, this has meant that the major source of visitors to their website has disappeared, literally overnight!

However, although the outlook may be increasingly bleak for low cost, high quality PPC traffic, a ‘new kid on the block’ in the pay per click search engine world is already starting to shake up the market and really place the power back in the hands of the internet marketer.

The Search Engine I’m talking about is already seeing enormous traffic numbers but very surprisingly …….. is giving Internet marketers the chance to grab the very top spot for their choice of keyword at absolutely no cost ….. and keep it for good!

That means that your website will always show at number one in their listings for your choice of keyword. No-one can ever knock you off top spot by out-bidding you.

The downside of course, is that there can only be one free top spot for each keyword, and once your keyword has gone ……. it’s gone. The good news for us at the moment however, is that although this search engine is receiving massive traffic (it’s Alexa ranking is already below 25,500) it has not yet been spotted by most other Internet marketers.

And there’s more good news! Usually, when you open a new pay per click account you need to hit your credit card to add some funds to get you started. This PPC search engine however, is totally free to join and immediately gives you $50 in free PPC cash. What’s more, when you join you are given your own search portal and every search you do on your own portal gives you extra PPC $’s (you could use your portal as your browsers homepage for example and simply do your own searching from there) or you could add your search portal to your website so that every search anyone makes gives you additional dollars.

There’s a lot more I could tell you about this new search engine and how it is perfect for you and me as Internet marketers, but while you’re reading this someone else could be grabbing your perfect top keyword from right under your nose.

Therefore, I’d suggest that if you’re interested in getting your hands on a top spot for free, you take a look at the search engine straight away by following the link below. Then, to reserve your keyword and get your $50 in free PPC cash, simply click the link at the bottom of the page.

Here is the link you need:

I hope you’re in time to get hold of your perfect keyword so that you can always appear at position number one and get tons of targeted traffic month after month.

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Chris Towland
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Published in: on August 3, 2006 at 12:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

What One Expects From Google

By: jamia

Small Entrepreneurs Ain’t that Beautiful

Search engines like Google moves forward with a damn good amount of expectation from its clients. But what we see around gives a glimpse of negligence, a client should always be expecting from them. Now if that, as I claim, is for Google to maximize profit, it surely has to be explained with logical clarity. Let’s start with one of the most reported of Google’s deficiencies. Suppose you wish to sell a product quiet unique in its own respect yet not something that everyone would always require. You might have been thrilled with Google’s claims to promote the small entrepreneur; but then in the course of your journey, you realize that being small ain’t all that beautiful.

Why care for the Small

Deep inside the processing houses of Google, there they sit stretched on the chairs, are made to mingle with men of the same thoughts and habits, the outside world slowly fading with the glamour of the lights inside. They hence might not feel that it is worthy of addressing the queries of a small entrepreneur. He is now struck with a problem. His product was decided to be sold online, using a Google ad campaign, with target words hard enough to enable clients to each him, or as he believed. However, Google says that the person in question has words with low “quality scores”. He should hence be penalized with higher word costs. An ad with a low “quality score” was often disabled by Google which our friend was unlucky to have. Probably if you pay more, your ads have a greater chance to remain but with less success, which shall force people like our entrepreneur to close the deal with Google.

Be Large to Campaign

Google’s system works less with key words and more with campaigns. In a campaign when you have a keyword performing poorly, the rest of the words get affected with it. This necessitates targeting the campaign than the keywords for which the need of the day shall be to turn into a big advertiser with a broad range of items.

If that does explain quite a big fallacy of Google search engine operations, then the prevailing click frauds shall appear more disgusting. When Google makes money each time someone clicks the ads, there remains a chance that a fraud could click and click yet buy nothing out of those ads. While the advertiser is charged with a hefty bill as rent for Google, his product still remains unsold or probably undersold in the ad world. Google in most cases have proposed to make things right but has been hazy in its actions. This is where one stops over to think right about the claims and demeanor of Google- what has been stated by this search engine yet remains to be verified.

I stumbled across the site and found something for the webmasters to rely upon; fighting against the supreme monopoly of the search engines. Everybody can come together and Raise Your Voice against them.

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How do I know these things? Because Google has been open about what they are looking for. These are not theories based on observations; these are things that Google has discussed openly through employees, at conferences.

Published in: on July 31, 2006 at 10:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Over-Optimization and the Google Sandbox

By: Joel C. Carlson So you put a lot of work into creating a really great website only to find that noone can find it and Google doesnt rank your site very highly. You hear about a thing called “search engine optimization” and decide to give it a try. Before you go adding your keywords to every element of your pages and building links any way you can, take a step back and remind yourself of the old saying, “sometimes less is more”.

Search engine optimization, or SEO, has really taken off over the last five years as more and more fledgling webmasters have created websites, only to find that noone comes to visit. As they search around for ways to get more visitors, most of them quickly find resources on how to optimize a web page for the search engines and go right to work sprinkling keywords everywhere and building links from any place they can get them.

This causes problems for a search engine because, lets face it, you are trying to manipulate the search results and they are trying to avoid being manipulated. After all, just because YOU think your site is a great resource on a topic doesnt mean that it is. Google has already adjusted for the webmaster that is over-optimizing their website, and its called the Google “sandbox”. The sandbox is a name that disgruntled webmasters have given to the situation where a new site that should rank well for a keyword is nowhere to be found in the rankings, only to suddenly appear one day several months down the road. What is this sandbox effect and what could cause it?

My theory is that the “sandbox” is actually more of a “trustbox”, meaning that Google looks at many attributes of your site to determine if you are attempting to manipulate the search rankings. The most obvious, and the twp traps that most beginning webmasters fall into, I believe, is over-optimizing your on-page content and building too many low quality links too fast.

I believe that the newer your domain is, the less tolerance Google has for over-optimization of pages, or suspiciously fast link building. Once you trip the filter, youre placed in the holding cell (“sandbox”), because Google suspects you of trying to manipulate the results. I also believe that the tolerance for over-optimization varies based on the industry, so spammy industries such as pharmaceutical drugs are far more sensitive to over-optimization than most. That can cause some discouragement by many who are hoping to find fast success, since those industries are already competitive enough that you NEED highly optimized content and lots of links to possibly compete for top rankings, but you cant do it too quickly or you will be sandboxed.

At a recent WebmasterWorld conference, Matt Cutts from Google stated that there really wasn’t a “sandbox”, but “the algorithm might affect some sites, under some circumstances, in a way that a webmaster would perceive as being sandboxed.” This means that avoiding the sandbox is merely a matter of optimizing your site without tripping the filters in Googles algorithm.

Ask yourself these questions to avoid over-optimization penalties:

- Is your title a single target keyword phrase and nothing else?
- Is your keyword phrase found in several of the following locations: title, header, subheaders, bold or italicized words?
- Does the page read differently that you would normally speak?
- Are you in a competitive industry that is frequented by spammers?
- Have you acquired a large number of low PageRank links quickly?
- Do you have very few high PageRank (6+) links pointing to your site?

In summary, the current theory about Googles “sandbox” is that it is actually more like a holding cell where the Google “police” keep your website when it is suspected of possibly trying to manipulate the search results. As the domain ages, most sites eventually gain enough “trust” to escape the sandbox and immediately start ranking where they normally would. Remember that Google is not manually ranking every website – in the end it is simply a computer algorithm and those who are able to score well in Googles algorithm WITHOUT tripping any filters will achieve top rankings and profit the most.Article Source:


Joel Carlson works for Bitwise Logic, Inc. – a professional web development company based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota which provides web site optimization services that help companies of all sizes acquire free targeted leads through top search engine rankings.

Published in: on July 27, 2006 at 9:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

12 Top Tips For Up And Coming Article Writers

By: Ken Hill

1. Make your articles available on your site.
You’ll have an easy way to get more sales by showing your visitors that your are an expert on the topic your visitors are interested in.
2. Use lots of white space. Keep your sentences and paragraphs short and to the point.
3. Write for your target audience.
You’ll have a better chance of attracting people to your site that are interested in purchasing your products.
4. Use numbered lists.
Your numbered lists will help you to effectively share your tips with your readers while making your article easy to read.
Use your numbered lists to share points on your article’s topic, list your directions when writing a how to article, or to deliver the content of your article if you wanted to write a list article.
You can also use numbered lists to share resources related to what you talk about in your article along with your descriptions of those resources.
5. Use the active voice.
With the active voice the subject does the action while with the passive voice the subject receives the action expressed by the verb.
For instance:
Active voice: The dog bit the mailman. Passive voice: The mailman was bitten by the dog.
Use the active voice to keep your sentences from being awkward or confusing and to liven up your article.
6. Make your writing more personal by using the word “you” a lot within your article.
A simple way to accomplish this is to write your article to one person.
You’ll naturally use the word “you” a lot within your article, and your readers will feel like you’re talking directly to them.
7. Don’t be afraid to share your personality with your readers.
You could inject a little bit of humor into your article, or share an opinion, story or anecdote that relates to the topic of your article.
8. Offer a subscription to your e-zine or a freebie in your resource box.
Writing articles will help you to get your site promoted on relevant sites and e-zines at no cost to you.
Maximize the profit you get from writing your articles by giving your readers a subscription to your e-zine, or a freebie that they’ll find valuable enough to go back to again and again.
9. Once you’ve written your article, wait a couple of days, and then reread your article.
You might be able to add new points that you might have missed before, add more detail to information you covered in your article, or reword parts of your article that are unclear.
10. Use current topics whether online or in the “real world” to get ideas for your articles.
Your articles will be cutting edge and newsworthy, and will have an excellent chance of being published by e-zine publishers and webmasters.
11. Always check and double-check your articles for errors.
Use your spell checker and go over your articles for words you might have omitted, run-on sentences and for faulty punctuation.
Also look for words used incorrectly; for instance, if you used “effect” when you should have used “affect” or if you used “there” when you should have used “their.”
12. Submit your articles to article directories, article announcement lists, and to e-zine publishers.
Your submissions, although time consuming if done manually, will help you to successfully get your articles published.
Be sure to submit your articles to my article directory at and to visit where you’ll find a list of article directories and article announcement lists.
For a handy listing of e-zine publishers that want article submissions check out
Also search other e-zine directories for publishers that want article submissions and submit your articles to e-zines that you are subscribed to that accept article submissions from their subscribers.
Article by writer, Ken Hill. Save loads of time promoting your articles with this powerful, promotional tool for e-zine publishers and article writers. Learn more at:
Published in: on July 25, 2006 at 12:01 pm  Comments (3)  

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Writing Articles.

By: Anna-Marie Stewart
So how do you get started? What do you write about? What do you actually DO with your articles once you`ve written them? It seems daunting, I know. I was petrified myself when I first started writing articles, I still get nervous every time I start submitting a new article all over the net.Getting Started:Do you have a passion? Are you particularly well-versed in a certain topic? Are you willing to invest time in doing research? Either one of these are all you really need, but if you`ve got all 3, then you`re definitely on the right track.

Grab a cuppa, a smoke, whatever you need to relax with, open up notepad/wordpad or even grab a pen and paper. Write down a 5-6 line bio about yourself and/or the product/program you`re promoting, this is commonly known as your “Resource Box”, and should be at the bottom of each and every article you write. The “Resource Box” is THE only place you should promote ANYTHING at all in the article.

Next you need to focus on a topic. Start jotting down thoughts, and don`t worry about how mixed up they may seem to be at first, just keep going. If you can`t think of many things at first, save your work, and look it over another day, more ideas will pop into your head.

Once you feel you have enough, start moving things around until they really begin to make sense to you. Keep going until you`re happy with what you`ve got. Remember, articles don`t need to be mega-long, so long as they are helpful and informative. Write as you would speak, and make it personal, as if you are talking to a good friend. Let your personality shine through.

What to write about:

As I mentioned above, anything you are passionate about, or are well-versed on is a great start. You`re not passionate about anything? Not an “expert” in any subject at all? Well do some research. Start by thinking about what YOU would like to read about, what kind of information would YOU find helpful? Thought about it? Go to and type it in, see what comes up, start looking into the various things you find. You could even ask friends and colleagues what THEY would be interested in reading articles about.

What, still can`t come up with anything? It gets like that sometimes, so relax, take a deep breath, and start visiting forums/message boards. What questions are being asked? What do people need help with? Hang out in chat rooms, ask the same questions there, get as much feedback as you can, then start working from there. Eventually, you`ll find you`ve managed to write a GREAT article, in plain English, offering helpful/useful information.

Let a couple of your closest, most honest friends read through your articles for you. Don`t get offended if they make suggestions, some of them might even be good ones…hehehe, but make sure you stick with how it feels best for you.

So now what:

This is where the REAL hard work comes into play, cos now you`re ready to start submitting your articles to the world :~) Ok, if you want to go the easy way about it, stop reading now, go buy yourself some automatic submission software and get stuck into submitting your articles with it.

Personally, I prefer hard graft, and sometimes a bit of the personal touch. So for starters, I subscribe to a LOT of ezines that cover the topics I write about, then I offer the publishers my articles. Most of them are like me, and LOVE being first to publish well written articles. A nice personal mail usually gets that wheel turning ;~)

Then there`s all the article directories, and there`s TONS of them. It`s hard work submitting manually to them all, but then at least you know for definite that they WERE actually submitted. Don`t worry, I`m not going to make you search for them, I`ll list all my favourites here for you, and that`s gonna at least cut down a little on your work-load…hehehe

So here goes:

The first one is my personal favourite, as they make a webpage for your article and submit it to search engines for free. The rest are in no particular order:
Use these ideas and resources to promote yourself with, and even though it`s scary at first, it DOES get better with practice, take it from a gal who`s been there. Always add your “Resource Box” and copyright information with EVERY article and EVERY submission, it`s free advertising for you, and if your articles are good enough, they will be used over and over again.Good Luck, Happy writing and submitting, and have fun!
May you be prosperous in everything you do.
Anna-Marie Stewart

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Writing Ain’t for Everyone, But Article Writing Is!

 By: John McQueen

Ready…Set…Go! If you are not submitting articles to article directory web sites, which pertain to your site’s content and theme, you are missing the proverbial boat on gaining additional popularity for your web site and valuable, one-way links back to your site which are critical for good placement within the search engines. Many formerly well-ranked, front-page sites have found themselves re indexed and tucked away on page 15 of google. Sound familiar? Who’s going to find you on page 15? Answer: No one. You may want to check some of your top 5 keywords on Google, Yahoo, and MSN to see where you are located. Different that what you expected? Is your site traffic down? Then, you’d better do something and do it quickly. Sites which refuse to write and publish content are “on their way out,” as one web designer and SEO expert has said. Let’s take a look at this issue a bit further. In recent months, it has become absolutely critical for web site owners to submit content-rich articles for publication on major article directory sites, ezines and newsgroups. Gone are the days where it was relatively easy to get front page placement for your site for a few, or even several, key search words (“keywords”). Why the difference? Because the search engines are continually changing their search algorithms to provide more relevant search data to their consumers/customers. The “Big 2,” Google and Yahoo, compete fiercely to supply relevant and cutting-edge results for these searches in order to get people to come back for future searches. In review, the game goes a little like this: Let’s say Sally is taking her lunch break at work and wants to look up some information on shopping in Madrid. Sally fires up her browser, surfs to google and enters “shopping in Madrid” in the search box. On the date of this article, there were 19,600,000 results for this search phrase and only the top 10 are listed on page one. Even though less than thirty percent of people will click to page two, Sally decides she would like to copy-n-paste the first 20 results into an email to her home computer, so she can check the search results in detail when she gets off work. She creates the email and sends it off and does, in fact, research the top 20 results when she gets home. Sounds like “shopping in Madrid” had 0.0001% of all available results indexed actually looked at by a google customer in this instance. Question: What if your web site has a major section devoted to downtown shopping in Madrid? Do you think, with your current level of web presence, that you have a chance of being on the first two pages of google? Would someone like Sally even know you existed? Chances are, she wouldn’t know your web site from a bale of hay! How would you like to *know* that the major portion of your site, which you have spent thousands of dollars developing, pertaining to “shopping in Madrid,” has a very good chance of getting high placement, maybe even front page, on google? While there is no way to “guarantee” this, it is important that you begin writing articles about “shopping in Madrid” and submitting them to the major article directories. Not a writer? Not a problem! Read On! You’d be surprised that once you simply open up your notepad.exe file and begin typing, the ideas just seem to come forth. Type each of these ideas about what you would like to say on a separate line, pressing the enter key twice after each thought. Think of as many things as you can, regardless of how good or sorrowful they might be, and type them out, each on a single line. Tip: Think of what is already on your site and try to dovetail some of this content. Then (we’re almost there…), after you have more than a handful of ideas, go back and put an asterisk by the ideas you think would have the making of some decent content. Save this file as “Topics.txt” on your computer’s desktop and place the icon right smack-dab in the middle of your screen. Now, go get a diet coke or a cup of coffee and think about what you just did. Come back to you computer, open up the file that you just saved, choose one of the topics that you placed an asterisk beside, go to the next line and begin typing whatever comes to mind about that idea. Congratulations! You have just gotten over the hump of writing your first article! I have found that 90% of the “battle” is just selecting the topic. Obviously, you already know at least something about the topic you selected or you would not have written it down in the first place. Now, do a google or yahoo search on your selected topic and see what comes up in the search engines. I bet you see where I’m going with this… Webmasters and site developers, you don’t have to be Truman Capote to write a 600 word article. Most people speak 600 words before they get out the door to go to work in the morning with a cup of coffee in-hand. Do you think you can put together 15 or 20 organized sentences on a topic that you are “supposed” to know a little bit about? I bet you can. Simply begin writing additional ideas below the topic you have selected and form them into a few paragraphs of organized thought that you think someone would be interested in reading. In the above example, “shopping in Madrid” I might see what the new happening place is to get good deals on Spanish antiques. Look up a few sites, select a shop, do a little research and then start writing. The process of writing articles is really not that difficult once you get the hang of it. The above method is a very basic one that should work for many people. Also, please be sure to list the article on your own web site for additional new content which the search engines seem to really like. Once you have this information on your site, you may be surprised what could happen. Let’s say, the Spanish antique dealer which you wrote your article about might just contact you requesting a link or a banner ad be placed on your article page. How did they find your page? They did a search on google for “shopping in Madrid” and found your article listed and contacted you! Ah…success! While this probably won’t happen, you have the assurance that you are going through the right process to promote your web site and gain exposure in the search engines. There are many article directories to submit articles to. If set up properly, with one click of your mouse, you have the ability to create over 400 one-way back links to your web site. How long would this take you if you were doing the old reciprocal link campaign? Go! You have invested countless hours and extraordinary effort to have a successful online business. It’s now up to you to keep it! By the way, the above article took less than one hour to write, revise, proof-read, and submit to over 400 article directories…and this writer ain’t no Truman Capote. Good luck! Article Source: John McQueen is an author, Internet entrepreneur and web site developer who has developed his article directory into one of the largest on the Internet. Please visit to submit your article or learn more about developing valuable one-way, inbound links for your web site.

Published in: on July 10, 2006 at 2:28 pm  Comments (1)  

How To Get Your Business Noticed

  by David Riewe

Many people will tell you that to get your web site noticed you need to ‘optimize’ your site for the search engines. You are then led up a path where you have to keep changing your web site as the search engines change their ways of listing things. As fast as you ‘optimize’ your site, Google and the others have moved the goalposts, meaning you have to keep optimizing over and over again.Now consider some facts. Most people in the world are not users of the Internet. Let’s repeat that. The vast majority of people who you want to reach don’t use the Internet. It doesn’t matter how well you optimize your web site, they simply will never find it.

Here’s another fact. Some of the best Internet marketers make most of their sales ‘offline’. They sell their books, CD-ROMs and so on at seminars, workshops and conferences. Indeed, for many ‘Internet marketers’ these ‘offline’ sales represent the bulk of their income.

So what do these facts tell us? They show us that ‘offline’ promotion is more important than online promotion. You may be able to optimize your web site to get high rankings in a search engine. But that doesn’t mean you’ll reach the vast majority of people who could buy your product or use your information.

This was confirmed recently by one study that showed most people go to an Internet address (URL) after having read it in a newspaper or magazine, been given it by a friend or colleague, or having heard it being mentioned by someone speaking at a meeting or on TV. In other words, it seems that significant numbers of people who get to your web site will do so having heard the URL somewhere outside the Internet.

You can get many people visiting your web site, even if you are not ranked highly by the search engines. You can do this in two main ways:

1. Write articles for use in regular publications – newspapers, magazines and so on. Always include your URL in the article and you’ll get millions of people to notice your web site address.

2. Speak at every opportunity. Make presentations to business clubs, chambers of commerce, local societies – you name it, you should speak at it. Every time you speak, announce or your web site address.

Although these are the two principal ways of gaining offline publicity for your web site, don’t neglect your business stationery, posters, car stickers and so on. The more your web site address is visible outside the web, the more visitors you will get regardless of how kind the search engines are to you.

About The Author:
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Published in: on July 10, 2006 at 2:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article Submission on Steroids

By: Larry Westfall
We all know the reasons for submitting articles online to all of the many, article depositories that reside on the Internet. Writing an original article and submitting it will get you massive exposure, your credibility will be enhanced, and you will receive quality and relevant leads to your website. The more sites you submit to, the more exposure you will receive.Submitting your articles establishes you as an expert in whatever field you have chosen to write about. If your articles have relevant content, they could be picked up by numerous other websites, Blogs and eZines getting you additional exposure.

Ensure that you use original content, write articles that are straight and to the point, and have something important to say. Search engines look for meaningful, original content and are quick to spider something fresh and new. And we all know how important it is to be indexed by the major search engines and also to be constantly checked by the spiders for updated material. A stale and stagnant web page will get nowhere in search-engine land.

There are many web site owners, eZine publishers and eBook creators that are starving for quality content and would jump at the chance for fresh, quality content. We all get tired of seeing the same old stale material on every web site we visit, so publishers are always on the lookout for quality material.

The problem we all face is manually submitting the articles to the hundreds of article submission sites. Having to copy and paste each individual field, different formats and requirements for each and every site, and then being rejected because of some minor problem. This is an extremely time-consuming and tedious process but well worth the effort if one wants their site exposed all over the Internet. AN automated article submitter is your answer.

So, make sure that you write quality material, your content is accurate and fresh, and that you submit your articles to as many sites as possible. In this case, exposing yourself is a good thing.

About the author:
Larry Westfall
Submit your articles to over 200 sites with just a few clicks of your mouse button.

Published in: on July 3, 2006 at 9:48 pm  Comments (8)  

Article Equalizer

By: Sanjib Ahmad
A website without fresh content is a stagnant website. Generating constant fresh content everyday can be a difficult task. Among other methods, articles are a great way to add new content. The “Article Equalizer” software claims to do exactly that – generate fresh content and pages to your site from selected articles.As a webmaster you have many things to do: you have to manage services, provide customer support, reply to emails, maintain websites and more. The more automated you can make your daily tasks, the more productive you can be.The process with Article Equalizer works as below:

1. Run the software “Article Equalizer”
2. Choose a data source and category has to be chosen (for example, Computers and Internet)
3. The software collects up to 1000 articles
4. It generate pages from selected articles
5. You then upload final pages to your website

I think a product like “Article Equalizer” can minimize a webmaster’s daily work schedule. Therefore it might be possible for a webmaster to:

* Create content-rich and large sites
* Tap into a continuous supply of targeted content
* Automatically insert content into pre-designed site templates
* Keep a site fresh by adding new content regularly

I remember that I was so busy with client work that I could not update my website for 2 months. Slowly my traffic started declining, and when my client work was finished I didn’t have anything new to work on. I hope you can avoid similar mistakes.

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About the Author
Sanjib Ahmad, Freelance Writer and Product Consultant for Best Selling Computer/Internet Books and eBooks. You are free to use this article in its entirety as long as you leave all links in place, do not modify the content, and include the resource box listed above.

Published in: on June 22, 2006 at 9:57 am  Comments (3)  

Home Business Articles

By: Donna Sweat
The following articles are available by autoresponder.Title: Home Biz Tips- Some do’s and don’ts if you run a business
from your home.

Title: An Inside Look at Proofreading.- The basic mistakes and
errors made when we check our work for accuracy. What to look

Title: Ah….R-E-A-D-I-N-G? Do Folks Still Read?- Do you really read your mail? or scan through it? Check this article out to see what you might be missing.

Title: Which Affiliate Program is for Real?- Affiliate programs are a dime a dozen, but which one will make you money? This is a bit of what to look for in choosing that money maker.

Title: You Can Succeed Working at Home. Don’t Let the Experts Tell You Otherwise.- Misconceptions about the work at home person. Experts claim we can’t do it. I am doing it as a work at home mom!

Title: Trials and Tribulations of a Confused Computer-
Be aware your pc can break down at any given time and without notice.
Just a list of those little bugs and ideas to keep your pc in shape for

Title: What’s in a Listing? Do a Search of your Site or Ezine.
Have you ever done a search for your ezine? This article relates to some
of the stumbling blocks you will find when doing so.

Title: Does Your Site Qualify for a Web Site Award?
Have you ever tried for a website award? It brings prestige to a business
and makes your customers have more faith in you. This article will help
you change or upgrade your website to qualify for the prestigious award.

About the Author

The following articles are written by a home-based publisher/editor.
Donna Sweat has a home business website, and free newsletter.
She also offers proofreading, editing, and typing services and writes
home-business related articles.Also listed here are affiliate programs,
low-cost classifieds, and an ezine list.
You may email her at
or visit her site at

Published in: on June 22, 2006 at 9:52 am  Comments (9)  

Article Submitter Pro Review

By: Joseph Tierney
If you have ever submitted articles to gain website popularity, then you know how long the pain-staking process takes. Well, there is a new automatic article submitting software that was just released last week called Article Submitter Pro. This software automatically formats your articles, rotates bio boxes, and converts the articles from text to HTML – whatever the article directory requires.I submitted an article last week titled "The Truth – Adsense Click Fraud Can Not be Stopped" to less than half of the directories in Article Submitter Pro. The process took me roughly 20-25 minutes. As of right now my article has been picked up 55 times in Google, 32 times in Yahoo!, and 739 times in MSN. MSN updates faster than the other search engines so I am expecting the others to increase soon. These are real results that I have received using the Article Submitter Pro software.

Each of the websites that picked up my article has my bio box at the bottom with my link in it and the anchor text that I requested. As you can see I am targeting the keyword phrase "Auction Fraud Protection". Not all of the websites let you include HTML formatting, so your link will only appear in this way, but this still gives you PageRank.

Article Submitter Pro also has a great feature that grabs your article off of a website. This is useful if you have already submitted your article and you want to go and grab it off of a website that has picked it up already. After grabbing the article, you can easily convert it to text and HTML in a snap.

You may have seen the software package Article Announcer that was released in June. Honestly, Article Announcer and Article Submitter Pro have basically the same features, but Article Submitter Pro is the smarter purchase.

Why is it a smarter purchase?

1. Article Submitter Pro is an instant download so you can get started immediately. With the Article Announcer package you have to wait for the man in the brown truck to arrive with your package. Some people have been seeing delays of 3 weeks for delivery.

2. Article Submitter Pro is adding many of the user-requested features. I just received an update (one week after release) with a new feature that has been requested by a Article Submitter Pro user. You can submit the features that you would like to see in future releases of the software.

3. Article Submitter Pro is less than half of the price of Article Announcer.

I recommend you purchase this software if you write and submit articles to make your website popular (The easiest way unless you want to pay an arm and a leg!)

You will definetly increase your search engine rankings, backlinks, and website traffic overall even if you just use Article Submitter Pro one time. Imagine submitting one article per day? The results are endless.

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Published in: on June 6, 2006 at 7:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

10 Reasons Why Affiliates Should Submit Articles…

By: Anik Singal
I see affiliates complain all the time about a lack of traffic and how they think “it’s too hard” to get qualified traffic, etc… But then when I ask them one simple question, 98% of them never answer correctly.I ask them “Are you submitting articles?” They answer “no…”Well, how can you run an affiliate business if you’re not using one of the best forms of traffic generators in the business! Submitting articles is one of the best ways to guarantee yourself mass amounts of traffic that lasts forever!

Here are 10 reasons off of the top of my head of why you should be submitting articles…

  1. You'll brand your web site, business and yourself by submitting articles to e-zines. You could include your name, business name, your credentials, web site address and e-mail address in your resource box.
  2. You will become known as an expert on the topics you write about. This will give you and your business extra credibility which will help you compete against your competition.
  3. Your article might also be placed on the publisher's home page. If they publish each issue on their home page this will give you some extra exposure.
  4. You might get extra exposure if the e-zine publisher archives their e-zine on their site. People might want to read the back issues before they make the decision to subscribe.
  5. You’ll get free advertising. This will allow you to spend your profits on other forms of advertising. You could buy advertisements in other e-zines that don't publish your articles.
  6. You might get extra income from people wanting to hire you to write other articles, books, or even ask to speak at seminars. This is a great way to multiply your income.
  7. You could allow e-zine publishers to publish your articles in their free e-books. Since people give them away, your advertising could multiply all over the internet.
  8. You’ll get your article published all over the web when you submit it to an e-zine publisher that has a free content directory on their web site. They'll allow their visitors to republish your article.
  9. You'll gain people's trust. If they read your article and like it, they won't be as hesitant to buy your product or service. You will then be able to increase your profits.
  10. You could get your article guaranteed to run in an e-zine. You could agree to run one of their articles in your e-zine if, in exchange, they run yours in their e-zine. It's a win/win situation.

Honestly, if I wanted, I could just keep on going! If you’re struggling with traffic or just want to MORE – start submitting articles immediately.

Copyright 2005 Anik Singal

About The Author
This article is written by Anik Singal, founder of

Anik Singal has developed his own affiliate system that helped him earn well over $10,466 in just 60 days. Now, he's looking for a few students to train one step at a time.

Published in: on June 6, 2006 at 7:35 pm  Comments (4)  

Write An Article – Get Noticed!

By: Peg Bastin
Last year someone suggested I write an article. Who me?
What do I write about, I'm a 'newbie' for heaven's sake!
How do you write an article? Why should I write an
article?Let me try to answer these questions. There are lots of
reasons to write an article:1. Get your name and your business noticed
2. To help others
3. To teach others
4. To share experiences
5. Free advertising for your business

What do I write about? First, I write whatever thoughts
come into my head on a sheet of paper. I make a list,
then put it into some sort of order. Then I expand on
each thought. Where do ideas come from? I don't know.
When I try to think of a subject for an article – nothing
happens! Just a bunch of unrelated thoughts – then all
of a sudden an idea pops into my head and voila! the
words come pouring forth faster than I can write them
down! It's a fascinating experience!

Usually I wake up sometime during the night with ideas
running through my head. I write them down as they come -
in the dark – try reading THAT in the morning! It's no
use trying to go to sleep, it won't let me alone. If I
didn't write these thoughts down as they occur – they
would be gone in the morning – lost forever. My best
ideas seem to come after lights out! This article was
no exception! So far, my articles have all come from my
own experiences. I guess that's what I know best.

How do I write an article? Once I have my thoughts on
paper, I organize them so the ideas flow naturally.
Next, I type a rough draft in TextPad. I never submit
the first draft, I rewrite, recheck, retype, spell check,
then proofread a zillion times.

When it's finally the way I want it, I count the words.
I usually try to stay around 500 words and format to 60
characters per line. It's easier to get published if
the article is not too long and is correctly formatted.
Also, more people will read a shorter article than a
much longer one.

After I'm satisfied with the final draft, I'll write a
short cover letter to each editor, personalized with
their name. I tell them the title, word count, and a
short two to three sentence description of the article.
I then copy and paste it into the email below the cover
letter. I do NOT send it as an attachment. Attachments
do not get opened due to all the viruses we have. I
always send as plain text, never HTML format.

Next, I get my list of editors that I submit to and
start submitting to them individually, according to
their guidelines. Some editors prefer you to request
to submit an article, and when I do, I tell them the
title, word count and brief description of the article.
Most will let you submit the article at once with
"Article" in the subject line of the email. I usually
receive an acknowledgement from the editors with a
personal comment on my article, and the date they
expect to publish it.

And that's all there is to it! I'm always surprised to
see myself in print. I never thought of myself as a
writer, (except email!) And now I've received several
requests for weekly or monthly articles.

Guess I'd better get busy!
About the Author

Written by Peg Bastin 2002
If your PC is a Pain in the ya know where – Learn
"How" and "What" to do!

Published in: on June 6, 2006 at 7:32 pm  Comments (43)  

“Are You Submitting Your Articles…?”

By: Robert Leggett
You have permission to publish this article in its entirety, electronically or in print, free of charge, as long as Robert Leggett's byline is included. A courtesy copy of your publication would be appreciated.ARTICLE WORD COUNT: [686]

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SUMMARY: I anticipated a reaction to the introduction of this new software [Jason Potash's "Article Announcer"]. I was right. I chose to submit last month's article, "Penury Perpetuates Poverty" the "hard way," one by one to various submission sites on the Internet. Out of about 80 submissions, I discovered about 25% have temporarily (I hope) ceased accepting new authors/articles. Some submission pages came up with a 404 Error upon clicking the "submit" button.

Copyright 2005 – by Robert Leggett – All rights reserved

* * * * * * *

Last month, I began promoting Jason Potash's "Article Announcer." I always take time to research new products on the market. I don't believe in "magic bullets." There is a principle taught in physics, chemistry, biology and even Algebra 101. Nature seeks dynamic balance, equilibrium. If you add something to the left side of the = sign, the right side moves to balance it.

I anticipated a reaction to the introduction of this new software. I was right. I chose to submit last month's article, "Penury Perpetuates Poverty" the "hard way," one by one to various submission sites on the Internet. Out of about 80 submissions, I discovered about 25% have temporarily (I hope) ceased accepting new authors/articles. Some submission pages came up with a 404 Error upon clicking the "submit" button.

One came up with the following: "Wére being plagued by so many automated submissions, duplicate article submissions, etc. that we spend too much time in selecting the real articles that matter. For this reason we are temporary not accepting new submissions until we have implemented some security measures to block bad submissions. We hope you understand. Please come back in about 1 month to submit your articles."

Some have extremely obtuse instructions. Some simply don't work. Some are very specialized. Some are email submissions only (which opens the door to being spam'd). Some of these bounced. One may have had his ISP overloaded, shut down, and later began accepting articles again.

Right now I'm checking each site if my article was accepted. I know it is "loading the dice" when I access Google, Yahoo, MSN and search on ["Robert Leggett" Penury]. I was getting over 600 listings and dominated the first few pages of these search engines. I'm even listed on sites where I never submitted.

Of course just after doing my first "submission run" I periodically checked Google. Wow! Exposure just kept growing! Then, one day, I got no listing at all on Google. Yahoo still liked me a little. The following day I was baaaaaack. I need to research why Google didn't like me that one day. Now my search engine hits have settled down to a more realistic number.

Shortly after going to press, I continued checking latest submission and submitted my next article, "Discover your Creativity." I am "paying my dues." I must know how this all works. It is new to me. Once I see everything has settled down and a more stable balance has been achieved, I will seriously consider purchasing Jason Potash's "Article Announcer" – if it saves me time. Always intelligently automate whenever possible!

"Doing it the hard way" I have discovered my articles must have strong headlines. They must contain words search engine spiders like. They must have valuable content. Don't take my word on this. Check out a lot of "Submission Guidelines" at different directories. Through necessity, I must become a better writer.

This exercise was time intensive. I have profited more not taking a "magic bullet" approach. Other benefits include "sharpening up" our webZine "Cyberspace Marketeer," offering greater content and more user-friendly design. I have just added a new page which includes 37 user-friendly Article Submission Directories.

Recently I received the following [edited] message from one of these Directories: "You can now save your default RESOURCE BOX and up to 2 additional RESOURCE BOXES for your default author and alternate author accounts – SAVING YOU THE TIME from having to copy and paste it each time you send in a new article. :-). Think of the additional time you can save with this new feature? Perhaps you might want to head to the gym earlier or better yet, send in another article now that you can do it in less time! :) *hint hint*"

They want you! Write and rewrite your articles you plan to submit. Research different submission sites. If you publish your own eZine or webZine, some sites accept these listings, too. Some sites also accept News Releases. Get a feel for these submission sites. Work with them. When you eventually decide to put much of this on automatic, you will have a much better overview of the process.
About the Author– Robert Leggett serves individuals and business owners globally. He helps them grow their business and enrich their lifestyles.

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Published in: on May 29, 2006 at 7:58 pm  Comments (1)  

How To Write Your Make Money Article

By: Jeff Schuman
How To Write Your Make Money Article
Written By Jeff SchumanFirst of all keep in mind that you are writing for your audience not for yourself.
Make your article simple and easy to follow. Stick to the point of your article.

You can win a Noble Prize another time. For now just be informative
and if possible be enjoyable.

Some basic things to keep in mind when writing your article.

1. Try and keep your article 600-800 words in length.
2. Take the time check for spelling and grammar errors.
3. Read your article over. Then take a break and read it again.
4. How to articles, tips, top 10 list etc. make for a good title.

I like to use the AIDA format when I am outlining my article.

1. Attention
2. Interest
3. Desire
4. Action

Here are 4 easy steps to follow when writing your article.

1. Introduction….Attention! Here is what my article is about
2. Body….Create interest in your subject
3. Conclusion….Desire to have or learn more
4. Resource Box…Call to action. Your classified ad on you.


This can be as short as one sentence. Your goal here is to
tell your readers what they can expect in your article. Get their attention.

The Body

Be interesting.

Keep the focus on the content you are writing about.
Don't jump around and get off of the topic of your article.

This can be as long as you need it to be to cover
all of the key points you are trying to convey to your audience.

Use bullet points to highlight key content.

Fill the body up with keywords that relate to the topic you are writing about.
Search engines crave fresh content and keywords help draw attention to your article.

The Conclusion

It can be a whole paragraph or it can be one short sentence.
Your goal is to finish your article and let the reader know there is nothing
else to be said.

If you are writing an article that is pursuading your reader to take further
action then you want to do that in the conclusion. Give them the desire
to take another step.

The Resource Box.

Can you explain what you do or what you sell in 5 lines of no
more that 60 characters each. This is a great place to promote
yourself, your website, your newsletter, an eBook etc.

The resource box is basically a classified ad that in a non-threatening
way leads your reader to want to learn more.

If you want to make money at home writing articles is a great way to do it.
It is also an inexpensive way to do it. In our next article we will talk about
getting your article read and some of the best places to submit your article online.

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Jeff Schuman helps people make money online
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Published in: on May 29, 2006 at 7:56 pm  Comments (2)  

5 Critical Promotion Mistakes People Make With Articles

By: Jim Edwards
(c) Jim Edwards – All Rights reserved

=====================================Did you realize that writing and publishing articles online
represents one of the best-kept website traffic secrets?It's true! In fact, if you learn some basic principles, you
can drive thousands of visitors to your website without
spending any money on advertising. Publishing articles not
only establishes you as an expert in your chosen field, but
also allows you to fly under the natural "radar defenses"
your prospects have against advertising.

But, beware! My experience as a syndicated newspaper
columnist has shown me that people who would otherwise
succeed massively promoting with articles actually fail
because they consistently make one or more of these five
critical mistakes!

Mistake #1 – NOT Defining Your Target Audience

Many article authors make the serious mistake of not
clearly defining a niche audience before writing their
article. Successful article authors always know the exact
"niche" audience they want to reach before they write the
first word.

When targeting your audience, remember this rule: Narrow
and Deep! Always pick an audience with a specific,
pressing, or major interest in a narrow topic!

Mistake #2 – Spamming Ezine Editors

In their desire to cover as much ground as possible, many
article authors resort to spam techniques for submitting
their articles. Instead of tightly targeting appropriate
ezines that cater specifically to their audience, these
authors try to hit "everyone."

By trying to save time, they actually waste every minute
spent writing their article because most ezine editors will
just delete their submissions as spam!

Mistake #3 – Milktoast Topics

You can write the best article in the world, but if your
headline doesn't grab a reader's eyeballs and pull them
into your article – you lose!

Article authors should spend at least half as much time
writing the headline as they spend writing their actual

In fact, an "average" article can get superior results
simply from having a great headline at the beginning.

Mistake #4 – "What's In It For Me"

If they manage to make it past the first 3 pitfalls, many
article authors trip on their shoelaces at this stage of
the process! Don't write about what you want to write
about, only write on topics of high interest to your target

In other words, give them exactly what they want and they
will love you. Nobody cares how much of an expert you rate
on a particular topic until they know you can deliver
information they need in a way they can use – now!

Mistake #5 – "No Shoe Polish"

You could write an article worthy of the front page of the
Wall Street Journal, but as soon as somebody spots a typo
or misspelling, they immediately put your article lower
than a Sunday sales circular.

Seriously, if you want to undermine all the good you can do
with a great article, send it out without proper spell-

No matter what product or service you sell, once you
understand the promotion power of free articles, you'll
never look at website traffic generation the same way.

But remember, if you abuse the power, spam ezine editors,
or blatantly pitch people instead of providing real
information, you might as well skip the whole process

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your website for weeks, even months… without spending a
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About the Author

Jim Edwards is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the co-
author of an amazing new ebook, "Turn Words Into Traffic,"
that will teach you how to use free articles to quickly
drive thousands of targeted visitors to your website or
affiliate link!

Published in: on May 28, 2006 at 9:19 am  Comments (2)  

Article Writing Errors

By: Richard Lowe
Having trouble writing articles? Here's my list of some
common mistakes that writers make.Not being a writer – This is the number one mistake that
writers make. If you are a writer, then you had better be
writing. You cannot publish what you don't write. Don't talk
about what you are going to write, don't discuss your articles
before writing them, and don't spend endless hours trying to
find people to purchase your articles. Just write: query
letters and articles. Write them fast and furious. That's
what a writer does.

Not writing constantly – If you call yourself a writer, then
you had better be writing. In fact, you should be writing
constantly, every single day if you can. What do you write?
Write an article on something, anything, that you feel you
can write about.

Giving into writer's block – You can defeat writer's block.
You are a writer, so write. Can't write? Just start writing
and don't worry about what comes out.

Re-writing too many times – Some writers like to edit and
rewrite an article over and over again. Personally, I write
a pretty good article the first time and one quick edit
usually finishes it up. Some people need a few more edits.
But don't over edit. Your job is to communicate words
and concepts on paper, not edit them to death.

Not editing enough – No matter how good your first drafts are,
be sure and look it over at least once for spelling mistakes
and grammar errors.

Plagiarizing – It's perfectly okay to get ideas from other
articles, books, movies, and even television shows. It's not
okay to steal another writers work, and it's also not
acceptable to paraphrase an article. You can quote from other
sources (this is called "fair use") but you cannot make
other's work your own.Talking about an article before writing
it – I know of very few people who can talk about an article
concept with another person and then successfully write that
article later. Writing is communicating on paper (or on a
computer), not talking about what you want to write.

Asking people if your writing is "okay" – If you are taking a
class in writing, then this is a fine thing to do. Otherwise,
I wouldn't bother trying to get criticism from anyone except
a professional editor. Before I learned this lesson, I
stopped writing more articles than I can count simply because
of others tearing my work apart. Now, I don't ask for or
accept criticism on my works, unless it's from a professional
editor to whom I am attempting to sell one of my articles. It
is acceptable to get criticism from one's agent, as that is
one of the tasks that an agent is paid to do.

Worrying about what to write about – Don't worry about what
to write: just write. That's what writers do, they write.
There is no need to waste time to find a subject or something
that will sell or anything else. Just pick something you know
well and write about it.

Not using query letters – If you really want to get your
articles published, you need to be sending out dozens of query
letters every single day. How is this done? Simply pick up your
most recent copy of Writer's Market, pick a magazine or other
publisher, think of an idea they might be interested in, and
write a letter pitching that idea to the magazine (or other)
editor. Be sure to follow the guidelines given by the magazine
(you can get this from Writer's Market, on the web or by
sending a request to the publication). You may only get one
bite out of a hundred, but if you don't ask you won't get any
at all.

Why use query letters instead of writing articles? Writing an
article can take a significant amount of time. It's wise to
find an editor who is at least marginally interested before
taking the time to write a full article. Query letters must be
written fast and often to be effective.

Writing in someone else's style – You are a unique individual
with your own talents, faults, goals, objectives, abilities
and characteristics. You also have your own unique writing
style. Be yourself when you write; if you are someone else
(and you write like someone else) you will never make the big
times. This does not mean you shouldn't experiment with
different writing styles; it means you should make each style
your own as you write.

Asking other writers for advice – This is fine if you are
taking a class taught by a writer. In most other instances,
unless the writer is a good friend, you have to understand
that other writers are competitors. Unless they are very
ethical, it's very likely they may be trying to discourage you
or move you away from their own preferred market.

Keeping poor records – Create a record-keeping system and
stick to it. There is little more embarrassing (or time-
wasting) than sending out the same article twice (or more) to
the same editor who rejected it the first time.

Not treating writing as a business – Keep good records of
expenses and income, and treat it all as important and vital.
You have to pay taxes and you may need to account for any
money. Also, expenses (and even your home office) are often
write-offs on taxes.

Not checking facts and doing proper research – Getting a fact
wrong now and again won't kill you, but it does effect your
credibility. Get major facts wrong too often, and you may find
that you cannot sell anything anymore.

Not handling copyright infringement – If someone steals your
work without compensation, handle it fast and efficiently.
Talk nicely, then not so nicely, then call in the lawyers.
You own the copyright, so enforce it.
About the Author

Richard Lowe Jr. is the webmaster of Internet Tips And Secrets
at – Visit our website any time to
read over 1,000 complete FREE articles about how to improve your
internet profits, enjoyment and knowledge.

Published in: on May 28, 2006 at 9:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Full Steps To SEO WordPress Blog

By CY Tang

To optimize your wordpress blog, simply follow the following guidelines:

Friendly permalink structure
The first thing to do before creating any post is to change the permalink. Always do this before you post anything. The most friendly permalink structure should be what this site has, with the structure "". I have seen a lot of people tend to use the date and month in the middle of the url, which is not a good thing, as the deeper you put your post in, the harder it gets found, unless you really have a good content.

If you have already used these formats and want to change to my suggested one, then the only thing you can do is to create redirection manually for each pages. Do not try editting htaccess because it won't work. I have tried it but the next day you woke up, you will find htaccess being rewritten back to the default. It seems like WordPress will automatically rewrite htaccess file. The only way you could do is to create "permanent redirection" for each page. It is important to choose permanent redirection instead of temporary as it is the one that is seo friendly. From my experience, using this method can successfully changed top ranking pages to point to the new url without losing any ranking. If you are already using the default structure, which is, then simply no need worry. Just changed the structure and it will keep the old pages active instead of error page. Sooner, spiders will update your ranked pages with the new url.

Use suitable tags and structure
Make sure every post you make, the title has h2 tag, instead of some other name created in css. If it has something like "post-title", change it to "h2" in the stylesheet. It is important to have h2 tagged titles in every post you make. Always choose a good title for your post. Try not to use the newspaper style of headline. If you are writing about advantages of playing tennis, simply call it "Advantages of Playing Tennis", it's strong enough itself. Always put bolds on the suitable wordings or sentences. Adding "li" tags can be a powerful way to make your post looks more orgnaized. Some WordPress theme has h2 tags on some wordings that should not deserve, such as "Leave a comment" or "Category". Always change them to smaller as they will not do any goods to you. Always put the correct links in your blog that can allow spiders to follow. Never hide your archives and categories links. Put them at the sidebar. It is important to realise that, without having a link to somewhere, search engine spiders will *never* know the existance.

Use optimized title
The default title WordPress uses is less friendly to be used as it puts the post title at last. It is better to move the title infront. You can download a plugin called optimal title, which allows you to put on the title, which can show the title anywhere you want. You can use the format "Post Name" – "Site Name", which is the most effective way. But do remember, don't always change your mind after making the modification. If you change the format 5 times in a month, it is unlikely your posts will be indexed high and you will be wasting your time.

Install related post plugin
This can be the most powerful thing to do. Always install this plugin, it is an effective way not only making your website looks more valuable and also a great way to improve page views. People who read your article will always want to read more, and at least 5 related articles link put aside or below the article should attract them to go ahead and read more. Try download the related plugin and change it to display 10 related articles instead of 5, if possible. This plugin can also help your post looks more valuable to spiders and making other related posts easier to be indexed too.

Link exchange with quality blog
Never neglect the importance of outbound link in your blog. If your blog has already had some pagerank, you should probably find some link partners easily from forums and blogs. Always choose those with related content to be your partners. It will make your website seen more quality to spiders. If you are starting out and have no partners at all, it can take sometimes to search for the right partners. Always make friends in forums, post actively there. Leaving your blog's url in signature of every post for many big forums can be a powerful and effective way to promote your blog. Some forums are popular enough that they have high pagerank on showthread.php file or others, it is a good way to increase your PR too!

Get rid of spamming comments and links
We all know people can leave comments in every post, but how valuable are comments? I must admit, comments are extremely valuable. They can make your post rocks so high on a competitive keyword, but only if the content is good enough. Related comments can add more context to your post, in terms of the view from spiders. Having nice people leaving related words is a great way to improve the value of your article. However, there are spammers in the blogging world. Often times you will find people leaving stuff like "buy viagra, cigrattes, etc" in the comments and leave whole bunch of links to unrelated content. These should always be taken as a serious issue because they are killing your post! Do always filter new comments before approving it. There is a nice function in WordPress that you can use to hold a post if it contains a particular word, or if it has x number of links. Simply go to Options -> Discussion, at the part where it says "Hold a comment in the queue if it contains more than…", enter the number as 1. Now, if anyone places a link or more in the comment, the comment will automatically be put on hold. Below it is the Comment Blacklist feature, put in the words that you want to block to prevent undesirable wordings to appear in your blog.

Top viewed posts plugin
Another powerful method you can do is to install the top views plugin. This plugin can display the most popular posts in your blog, thus attracting more readers and improve your pageviews. I think you can change the default number to display, I usually will display the top 15 most viewed posts.

Customize your error 404 page
Always remember to edit the error page. Often times when a post is deleted and there is new visitor coming, wordpress will bring the visitor to the 404 page. Now, you don't want to miss any new visitor to know more about your site. One thing you can do, is to copy the index.php coding and paste it to the error page. This can let the visitor seeing your homepage instead of a blank page saying the page is not found. Alternatively, you can leave the correct link on the error page, asking the visitor to click on it to arrive on the correct page.

Keeping a fast loading blog
I often see a lot of bloggers putting all sorts of weird codes and frames inside a blog. Never do that, as it slows down the loading of a page and keeps visitors away. Internet users are mostly lazy people, I should say, they rather close the window and go and get a Subway, than sitting there waiting for something to be shown for 2 minutes. You should always make sure your blog has easy navigation for people to browse through the whole site. The default "Next" and "Previous" links are good enough, but you can try to change the anchor text to something like "Read more about %sitename%" and "Read old topics on %sitename%".

Google sitemap for WordPress
It was quite a buzz last few years when Google announced that webmasters can use sitemap as a way to communicate with spiders to help getting their pages indexed. According to Google's website, it states "The Sitemap Protocol allows you to inform search engine crawlers about URLs on your Web sites that are available for crawling. A Sitemap consists of a list of URLs and may also contain additional information about those URLs, such as when they were last modified, how frequently they change, etc.". Fair enough that a sitemap should do some good to your blog. Learn how to generate a Google sitemaps and submit it to Google to help boosting your indexing power.

CY Tang is a search engine profession, helping websites to get ranked higher with better search engine visibility. Visit his seo blog for any seo tips and advice.

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Published in: on May 27, 2006 at 11:06 am  Comments (9)  

Article Marketing 101: The Perfect Author Resource Box

By Christopher Knight

If you want to really make your article "SELL" then you've got to craft the perfect RESOURCE BOX. This is the "author bio" that is below your article body and it's also known as your "SIG" (short for SIGnature).

Here are the essential items that should be in your RESOURCE BOX:

  • Your Name: You'd be amazed at how many folks forget to include their name in the RESOURCE BOX. Your name and optional title should be the first thing in your resource box.
  • Your Website Address: in valid URL form. Example:
  • Your Elevator Pitch: This is 1 to 3 sentences that encapsulates the essence of what makes you and your offering unique. Also known as your USP (Unique Selling Proposition).
  • Your Call To Action: You've got them warmed up and now it's time to lead them to BUY from you or visit your website. This is where you "Ask For The Sale." Best to only give (1) specific call to action.

Here are some optional items you could include in your RESOURCE BOX:

  • Your Ezine Subscription Address: While getting your interested visitor to surf your website is nice, capturing their email address can help you begin the confidence/trust process. If you're going to do this strategy, include a URL for your ezine subscription address and do not use an email address for the "join" address.
  • Your Contact Information: Such as your business phone number or how to reach you for interviews or your press/media kit. Keep in mind that article marketing is a timeless strategy and you may not have an easy ability to retract what you put in your article once it hits major distribution.
  • A Free Report: This could also be part of your call to action or your free bonus report that further enhances your credibility as the expert on the topic of your article.
  • Your email autoresponder: I'm not a big fan of this strategy due to the fact that spammers will text-extract your autoresponder address and add it to their spam list. Perhaps this strategy was best for the 1990's and has now run its course.
  • An anchor URL that is related to one keyword or keyword phrase that you want to build SEO strength for. Example: if I wanted to build search engine relevance/strength for the term "Article Marketing," I'd link up that term in my resource box to my website. This is an intermediate to advanced level strategy and should not be abused by over-doing it. Keep it simple.

What NOT to include in your RESOURCE BOX:

  • A listing of every website you own. There is no faster way to dilute your credibility than by posting a half dozen irrelevant URLs that have nothing to do with each other. Best to only post ONE URL that is related to the topic of your article.
  • A listing of every accomplishment you've achieved to date. No one cares. Keep your resource box brief and to the point. Yes, your resource box should be benefit oriented so that the reader finds value in reading it rather than your ego being justified.
  • Advertisements or pitches for products that are not relevant to the topic of your article.
  • Keep the size of your resource box so that it's no larger than 20% of your total article size. Too often I see resource boxes that are 50% of the size of the total article and this is abusive.

Your Perfect Resource Box Conclusion:

The BODY of your article is where you "GIVE" and the RESOURCE BOX is where you get to "TAKE" for your article marketing gift of information. The resource box is the "currency of payment" you receive for giving away your article. Be sure to include your name, website address, your unique selling proposition as briefly as possible and a simple call to action.

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Christopher M. Knight invites you to submit your best articles for massive exposure to the high-traffic directory. When you submit your articles to, your articles will be picked up by ezine publishers who will reprint your articles with your content and links in tact giving you traffic surges to help you increase your sales. To submit your article, setup a membership account today:

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Published in: on May 27, 2006 at 11:03 am  Comments (3)  

SEO – Finding (Niche) Keywords

By: Andreas Obermueller Finding the most suitable keywords is one of the major factors in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) that can boost the website ratings, determined by a search engine, of your webpage. The keywords of your website should have a close relation with the content so that it can help the search engine understand what your website is all about. Optimizing the keywords in your website is the best way to attain a good traffic, which is also the key for ranking well in Google as well as in other major search engines. Also study the keywords used by other competitors' websites.

The popularity of your keyword that is, does the users search for your keyword, and the competitiveness are two major factors to be kept in mind while choosing keywords for website. In competitiveness you may have to focus on the research of – is there other websites using your keywords and how many specific and unique keywords do you webpage holds.

There are many specialized tools in SEO that helps in determining the competitiveness and popularity of your keywords. Word tracker tools are available online that helps to track the keywords which are often used by the Internet users. These tools will give you a log report mentioning the priority of each word for searchers. These reports with keywords of log statistics programs display the most frequently typed keywords by the users. The use of such keywords will help them find your website and promote your website for a better ranking. Looking for such keywords using these log statistics program or server logs will give you a clear idea about keywords which in turn help in bringing your website among the top list of websites.

The latest SEO technique, white hat SEO top-left-down method, will help in optimizing the keyword using the most appropriate keywords for your website. The top left down keyword optimization strategy has just two steps for a successful keyword optimization. The first step in this is the keyword selection, which need to be selected by keeping a clear idea about what is your website explains and then research for the priority words used by the customers for searching. Then prepare a list of keywords based on the above studies.

The second step is keyword optimization, where the selected keywords have to be sorted according to priority starting from top left to downwards. The top left keyword in the series will be given more weight by Google and other search engines. Thus sorting the keywords in the descending order of their priority is a good practice in SEO. Moreover, these selected keywords have to be applied to the appropriate pages such as title tag, header tag, and meta tags. The method of stuffing HTML tags with keywords which has no match with the actual content of the website can mislead both the search engines as well as the users. You are also permitted to use the keywords repeatedly, but make sure to avoid spam.

Some of the relevant factors about these keyword used by the search engines are the keyword density, the place where it appears in the body text and tags, and the mode of arrangement of these keywords according to the relation to one another.

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Published in: on May 24, 2006 at 5:03 pm  Comments (1)  

SEO – General Guidelines

By: Andreas Obermueller SEO is an acronym for Search Engine Optimizing and refers to a set of good practices that teach you how to improve your website so that it would be easily tracked, indexed and ranked by search engines. Getting your site indexed by Google and other major search engines will help you attract visitors and increase traffic.

SEO is an exciting and ongoing process that involves not only an initial optimized website, but also permanent maintenance and evaluating search results on a regular basis. With the ever-changing Internet technology, SEO experts sometimes have contrasting opinions on what makes a good website. However, there are some general guidelines most of them agree on.

Design & Content

• You should build your web pages for human beings and not for search engines. A clean design and a strong content will ultimately drive search engine spiders to your site.
• Make a clear hierarchy and provide text links to each page.
• Don't put to many links on a single page (maximum 100).
• You should include a site map to help users navigate easily through your website.
• Make sure you have clear TITLE tags, no HTML errors and all the links work.
• You should use text instead of images to display important elements, as search engine crawlers may not recognize a text inside an image.
• While keeping your content useful and clear, do use keywords that you know users would type to get to your page.
Technical Issues
• Most search engine crawlers see your website similar to the way a text browser sees it. Consequently, you should use a text browser, such as Lynx, to check your website. If you can't see the whole page because of JavaScript, session IDs, DHTML or Flash features, search engine spiders will probably have trouble with crawling your website.
• Check with your web host to see if the server supports the If-Modified-Since HTTP header. This header tells Google whether the website content has changed since its last visit.
• While it is advised session IDs to track visitors' path through the website, you shouldn't do this for search bots.
• The robots.txt file on your web server tells spiders which directories can be crawled and which cannot. Make sure it's updated and it doesn't somehow block search engine crawlers.

Website Promotion

• After you've built your website and put it online, try to get high PageRank sites link to it.
• Submit your website to major search engines (Google, Yahoo/Altavista, MSN) to get it indexed, along with a site map that will tell them the site structure.
• Submit your website to relevant directories, such as Yahoo and Open Directory Project.
• Get involved in community based websites, blogs and forums and build a strong reputation.

Whether you choose to implement these techniques yourself or go to a SEO expert, no one can guarantee a #1 ranking on Google and other search engines. Search engines change their crawling algorithms often and competitor websites appear all the time. However, following these basic SEO guidelines will improve your chances of increasing your website traffic and is a better practice than looking for a way to cheat on search engines in order to get your pages indexed.

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Published in: on May 24, 2006 at 5:02 pm  Comments (1)  

The Secret To Promoting Sites With Articles

By: Halstatt Pires
Publishing articles on the Internet is a tremendous way to increase the number of inbound links to your site. As articles are assimilated into search engine indexes, they also begin to act as landing pages generating traffic for your site. Whenever possible, you should publish articles to promote your site.Article Content

The content of your articles should be directed to the most basic elements of your product or service. Whenever possible, try to write “how to” or “introduction to” articles. Topics like these will garner the biggest interest and be picked up by other sites. Articles that cover finer points of a subject work as well, but you should expect a smaller readership.

Article Tone

Your articles should be packed with information, not sales pitches. When writing articles, one tends to concentrate on how to get potential readers to visit your site. This approach is a mistake. You have to think of both the readers AND webmasters that will be looking for articles.

Image you are a Webmaster that needs content for your site. You go to one of the article directories looking for material to add to your site. Are you going to select articles that are sales pitches designed to take your visitors to another site? No. You are going to select articles that provide your visitors with some valuable information. Don’t write sales pitches!


Articles are a great way to quickly build the link counts for sites. The search engines universally appear to like them, a rare event these days. So, what’s the best strategy for using links in your articles?

The best linking strategy for articles involves putting not more than two links in your byline. This is admittedly a personal preference, but I find more than two links looks “clunky” and many depositories won’t allow any more than two.

Regardless, the two links in the byline of your articles should go to two distinct pages of your site. The first might be to your home page, while the second goes to a page that is related to the subject of the article. With each new article, you should change the links to new pages. This allows you to build link popularity for both your home page and internal pages of your site. I have found Google, in particular, heavily favors sites that multiple pages with high link counts.

HTML v. Text Links

With some depositories, you have the opportunity to place html code in your bylines. This, of course, lets you avoid typing out the URLs for your site pages, but should you? I would encourage you to type out the URLS for one reason. It is important to make it as easy as possible for Webmasters to republish your article on their site. Don’t make them figure out the domains of your hyperlinked text, particularly sub-domains.

In Closing

I have used article campaigns to market many sites. As long as you go about it correctly, you should be able to do the same thing for your site.
About the Author

Halstatt Pires is with an Internet marketing and advertising company. To read more marketing articles, visit

Published in: on May 22, 2006 at 10:46 pm  Comments (1)  

3 High-Impact Article Promotion Techniques

By: Brett Krkosska
Well-written, tightly-focused articles are in high demand by thousands of online publishers. Why? Because publishers view good content as a value-added asset, enhancing their own brand awareness and deepening relationships with clients and customers.As a content provider, you can attract a substantial and continuous flow of new prospects from online venues that might otherwise be inaccessible. And unlike other promotional methods, you get this traffic without spending a penny on advertising.The three techniques below make it easy for publishers –your willing and enthusiastic partners– to find and publish your material.

1. Syndicate Your Articles

Syndicating your articles makes it easy for site owners to put your content on their website. It's a real time-saver and totally hands-off for webmasters.

Automation is a big selling point of online syndication. The syndicating site simply inserts 2 lines of code on their web page, and your articles are distributed from your server to their web page automatically. You have total control over content and style, while the webmaster never lifts a finger again.

It's an ideal situation for you. Once a site agrees to accept your articles through syndication, you are freed from the job of marketing each article individually to the site owner. A marketer's dream!

For details on setting up your syndicated feed, read this article by William Bontrager:

One of the first places to start marketing your syndicated feed is on your website. Post a sample article so others can see the quality of your work, and show them how to set up their web page to accept your articles.

For additional marketing muscle, solicit webmasters from the resource box of your article. Include a line to let them know your column is available for syndication.

Lastly, get listed in syndicated article directories such as those found at and Traffic from directories is highly targeted and more likely to result in a syndication arrangement.

2. Publish Your Own News Channel

Your own news channel allows you to broadcast your content to the Web with one text file. The protocol to accomplish this is called RSS. This stands for Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary, depending on who you talk to). Weblogs are an example of content commonly available in RSS.

Once created, your RSS content file can be read by news aggregator programs. By registering with aggregator sites, your feed is indexed and made available for sites interested in receiving your feed. You can see my own news feed in action at

Here are some excellent sites with articles on setting up and registering your news channel:

Mark Nottingham's RSS Tutorial

Technology at Harvard Law


3. Submit To Article Directories and Announcement Lists

Many publishers subscribe to announcement lists and browse article directories for content. High-quality articles are regularly picked up from these sources. It's not uncommon for a good article to be published in several ezines with combined readerships in the tens of thousands.

Here is a listing of popular spots to submit your articles online:

To begin posting your articles on announcement lists:

There you have it! Three great ways to market your articles and give publishers what they need, while you enjoy no-cost advertising.

Brett Krkosska is a freelance writer and syndicated columnist. He is the owner and founder of an idea center for small/home-based business owners.

Published in: on May 22, 2006 at 10:43 pm  Comments (1)  

One Well-Placed Article Nets 616 Mentions in Google

By: Dr. Lynella Grant
Copyright 2005 Off the PageEvaluation of a Home-Run ArticleI’ve been writing articles and posting them online for several years. But it took a while before I learned writing well and developing a long list of places to post them weren’t enough. Articles that deliver fresh, specific, how-to are a solid plus for readers. But writing each around carefully-defined keywords is a must for the search engines.

Other factors influence how successful your article marketing efforts will be – like the Page Rank of the posting site, whether they provide a LIVE LINK back, and how specific their niche or readership is. Some of that is beyond my control. But as a writer, it’s up to me to craft each article to cover as many of those bases as possible.

Take the time to think through your article marketing strategy, rather than sending them out willy nilly There’s more pay-off to write a number of articles, each adding greater depth, around a recurring theme.

My articles raised my name from 100 Google mentions to over 3,000 in a relatively short time. They established my expertise in several niches – article marketing and Yellow Page ads. These abilities come together in this example.

You don’t Know the Winner until After the Horse Race

One never knows when sending out an article, which ones will get the most play. So write each one like your reputation depends on it (because it does). The article described below got widespread attention because it’s timely. And there’s considerable interest (and pain) on the topic.

It addresses a serious problem that no one is talking about – the declining response rates to Yellow Page ads. Advertisers feel they’re paying too much for the amount of business their ads bring, but didn’t know about their choices. Since this article went out, there have been so many additional changes working against Yellow Page advertisers that an updated article needs to be written. This level of online visibility indicates there’s considerable interest.

Keep track of how widely each article you write is received. That’s one of the ways to stay on the pulse of your readership – so you deliver more of what they want.

Your Title is the Hook for the Article

Most readers (skimmers, actually) won’t get past the title. So make it a grabber. Give them the reason to keep reading. In this case, it’s long (which I’m convinced works best). This title has three sections – which track with the body of the article.

Yellow Page Advertisers: Your Calls are Going to Decrease – Here’s the Remedy

A. Tells who the information is for – Yellow Page Advertisers
People can tell whether or not it applies to them. I increasingly write audience-specific articles and address them (consultants, speakers) in the title, rather than writing for the less-focused "everyone in business."

B. States the problem – Your Calls are Going to Decrease
It backs up the claim with a bulleted list stating why

C. Tells there’s a remedy for the problem – if they just keep reading
The article provides a 4-step list stating how to get ready and protected

That’s a lot to accomplish in 750 words – read it yourself at: Since the website itself provides visitors helpful free resources, it needn’t all be included in the article itself. Interested readers can explore further at Besides, I’ve sent a barrage of related articles, which further build on each other.

Build Your Professional Reputation

616 mentions in Google is an impressive yield for a single article. Admittedly, not all cites provide live links or appear on high Page Rank sites – but some do. (And there are duplicates in that number.) But given the amount of my effort involved, I’m well repaid.

Now, think past any single article, to the impact that niche-specific articles can have on your professional standing. Let me prove it. Search Google for "Yellow Page ads" (in quotes). When the query results show 38 million pages, enter "Lynella Grant" in the Search within Results box. The outcome: 5,000 pages related to Yellow Page ads refer to me. That’s a ripple in the Internet universe, but certainly positions me for other activities in that arena.

Don’t you think you or your website can profit from similar online visibility? Writing articles is the way to go.

–Dr. Lynella Grant Consultant and Author – Promote yourself, business, website, or book with online articles Free how-to. Or let me write and submit your articles online for you. No learning curves (719)395-9450

Published in: on May 21, 2006 at 7:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beat Google’s Dampening Link Filter With SEO Articles

By: Glenn Murray
Most Search Engine Optimization (SEO) experts agree that links back to your site have a great impact on your ranking in the major search engines. Think of it like an election; your site is a candidate and every link to your site is a vote. Of course, it was never quite that simple (high ranking, relevant sites have more voting power) but now it may have gotten even more complicated.The Dampening Link FilterIt seems that Google may have introduced something called a “Dampening Link Filter” into its indexing algorithm. I’ll give you a layperson’s overview of this filter, but for more intimate details, check out

More and more people are realising the importance of links back to your site (or “backlinks”). For some time, companies have been engaging in all sorts of link campaigns designed to generate thousands of backlinks. Many of these campaigns haven’t really paid too much attention to the context or lifespan of these links. And Google knows it. Because these campaigns are designed to artificially generate the perception of a site’s importance – to trick the search engines into thinking they’re important – it’s been suggested that Google has decided to put an end to it. Apparently, there’s evidence to suggest that Google has introduced a new link filter to dampen the effect of new backlinks. So if your link generation campaign has just created 500 links in a day from seemingly irrelevant sites, Google will suspect it of being artificial, and refuse to pass on the full effect of those links – at least for a while. Well, that’s how the theory goes, anyway.

It has been argued that you can avoid being penalized by this filter by generating links:

• more slowly;
• from relevant sites; and
• which have a long lifespan.

The wisdom of relevance and lifespan is already well established; the dampening filter is simply one more reason why people should start to heed it. Writing and submitting SEO articles for online publication is one way to do so.

This article explains how SEO articles satisfy each of these three conditions. (For the basics of SEO article writing, take a look at

Build Backlinks Slowly

Writing quality articles takes time. It’s as simple as that. Even an SEO copywriter can’t just bang an article together in a morning – it has to be well considered. It must be accurate, informative, interesting, well written, and topical. And once you’ve written the article, the real work begins. You then have to submit it to your favourite article submit sites. And as they all have different requirements and idiosyncrasies, submitting your article to 50 submit sites can take you all day!

Once submitted, even the best articles will only be published gradually. A good article can be published 2 or 3 times a day for a week or two, then interest tapers off. But still, over the course of 6 months a single good article can be published hundreds of times! And remember, each time is a link.

Build Backlinks From Relevant Sites

As soon as you choose the topic of your article, you define the type of site that will publish it. All online publishers have an agenda; they want to generate traffic. Whether for commercial or benevolent reasons, they want particular kinds of articles for very specific audiences. Your article won’t be published on irrelevant sites simply because the publishers of those sites get nothing out of it.

Of course, your article may be published on sites that are only marginally relevant. For instance, this article may be published on general copywriting websites, advertising websites, web design websites, home business websites, etc. But the beauty of a well written SEO article is that you get to optimize it for the keywords that you want to rank for. So even if the keywords on the publishing site don’t quite match your own target keywords, the page containing your link (i.e. your article) does.

What’s more, you even have the power to optimize the links themselves. For instance, as an SEO copywriter, I can distribute backlinks throughout my article that use my target keywords as the link text (e.g. copywriter, SEO copywriter, advertising copywriter, and website copywriter ;-). Some submit sites don’t let you do this, but most will – at least in the byline.

And one other thing – other people link to good articles. This can increase the Page Rank of the site containing your article, which, in turn, can increase the page rank of your own site. It’s a win-win situation!

Build Backlinks With a Long Lifespan

The quality of your SEO article determines the lifespan of your backlink. Write a very helpful article, make it easy to read, and choose a topic which isn’t going to go away in a hurry, and your article will stay online for years.

In any event, most publishers tend not to clear out their article libraries simply because it’s better for them to have lots of content available to both readers and search engines.


While it’s no new phenomenon to SEO veterans and SEO copywriters, the writing of SEO articles to generate backlinks is a tactic which offers much in the way of ranking. The possibility of a Google dampening link filter simply increases the value of that offering.

Happy writing!

About the Author: * Glenn Murray is an advertising copywriter and search engine (SEO) copywriter and heads copywriting studio Divine Write. He can be contacted on Sydney +612 4334 6222 or at Visit for further details or more FREE articles.

Published in: on May 21, 2006 at 7:57 pm  Comments (8)  

Promoting your Affiliate Programs with Articles

By: Vickie J Scanlon
If you are not creating articles for your website and your affiliate programs, you should. Why? Even though it may seem like a lot of work, and it may take you time to build — articles add a valuable commodity to your site — content. And my friend, the search engines and people alike are always on the lookout for good content.If you are creating articles, you are always looking to find ways to get your article out to the masses – and the more exposure your article has the greater the opportunity that people will read your article and want to visit your website. Should you submit your articles manually or should you use an article marketer submission service that will choose for you — where your article goes? Is an article submission service a good option for you when submitting articles? I hope to show you both the pros and cons of this service and let you be the judge.

Pro to Article Submission Service

Article Submission Service can be a great help when your time is limited and you want to get your articles to all the article sites and groups. However, when the service is tiered, based on what you pay and don’t pay – you have to be aware of what you are getting..

All services give you a sampling with a free service – and I did find the free service to be on the, well, expected side. After submitting to the free service of an article submission service I received the following:

1. I received several emails that stated my article had been received by a site and would be looked at. This is usual, and a good sign.

2. I received emails from the yahoo groups, which is a good sign but I didn’t partake because I knew that I would be receiving articles from other authors on a regular basis and did not want to overwhelm my private email address. Thus, be aware, use a yahoo email address and keep your private email address separate.

The article submission to the article sites such as Ezine Articles (Which, by the way, is one of my favorite sites) and Go Articles will require a small outlay of money for each article on a monthly basis. Thus, I would use a submission service if:

1. I had a separate email address to catch the other authors’ articles that I would be receiving from the yahoo groups.

2. I wanted to part with my money to take advantage of the service.

3. Needed more time.

4. I have a desire for a wider exposure of my articles and thus, more traffic to my site.

Cons of Using an Article Admission Service

When looking at anything new, you must determine when it is to your advantage to use a service or to do it yourself. These are some of the issues I would have to overcome:

1. If I do the submission myself, I know that the article or articles have reached it expected destination or destinations – but the exposure my article gets will be limited by the sites that I know.

2. If I’m restricted by General Titles will the article sites kick my article out because of not possibly abiding by the rules.

3. If I do it myself, I can target my article to the specific, intended audience.

For me, I will use the paid submission service when I am low on time and I have the money in hand. However, I will not waste my time on the free service because the return is very limited and from what I have seen offers little benefit to my site.

To conclude, you need to try different methods of getting your articles out to the masses. And the success of these different methods is dependent on your own satisfaction or lack there of, of the results rendered by such services. My advise, experiment and determine for yourself what services will help your business, who knows, that one service may be the punch in the arm your business needs to grow. And if you want to try an article submission service or would like additional information, you can go to my site at and take a look at the Article Submission Service and what it has to offer for yourself.

To your success.

About The Author
Vickie J Scanlon has a BBA degree in Administrative Management and Marketing. Visit her site at: for free tools, articles, ebooks, how to info, affiliate opportunities, services and products – to meet your budget and needs

Published in: on May 13, 2006 at 9:07 am  Comments (1)  

How To Setup Your Site\’s Article Directory

By: ed Duvall
How To Setup Your Site\'s Article DirectoryUnless you\'ve been living in a cave on the edge of god
only knows what wasteland, you\'ve heard that having
your own article directory filled with relevant articles
gives your site a content rich, search engine friendly
site that will drive unlimited visitors to your website.The problem is how to go about setting one up and
what tools you need to help you get the content that
will drive search engine traffic to it.

The tools are the easy part, this of course depends on
whether you want to go the free route or pay high prices
for software programs to automate the process. You
can do it either way. I\'ll give you the free tools and a
method that you can use to get started immediately.

What\'s your first step?

The first thing you\'ll want to do is set up a folder on
your website for your article directory and article pages.
You can call thix anything you like but for this article
we\'ll call it /articles

So the link to it would look something like this:

Inside this folder you\'ll have a page named index.htm
This will be your main article directory page where you\'ll
list the categories your articles will cover.

You can see an example of how one looks here:

Let\'s say for example your site is about dogs. Some of
the main categories might be:

- Dog Training
- Dog Grooming
- Dog Health
- Weight Loss For Dogs

The best way to do this is to create a template page
that you can use throughout your directory so as to
keep the look the same.

Remember, the main goal of the article is to provide
relevant content for you visitors as well as attract the
search engine spiders in order to help improve your
site rankings.

You also need to keep in mind that you should spend
some time optimizing those pages for the search engines
so that you present a well developed directory loaded
with content that the search engines will want to return
to again.

OK, so you\'ve got the main index.htm page set up so
now you need to create a sub folder for each category
of article you\'re providing to your visitors.

The structure should look something like this:


And again inside the sub folder you will have an index.htm
page On the index page you will list the articles with the
link that leads to it. The link path will vary depending on
whether you set up individual pages to the article on your
site or whether you provide a direct link to the article on a
different site.

Either way works, and a combination of both is good
because it gives you outgoing links for the SE\'s to follow.

Once you have the basic structure in place and a template
page to work with then the rest is simply a copy and paste
process that can be done a few articles a day. If you add
just 2 articles a day you\'ll have more than 60 articles by the
end of a month

That\'s good, solid content rich pages that search engines

Step 2 – Where do you get articles?

I think you\'re going to love this short cut I\'m going to give
you here. You can get all of the Free articles you want
about your particular \'niche\' by utilizing the search engines.

But, you\'ll want to pursue one search method above the rest
because I\'ve found that it gives you very high quality, targeted
articles that will provide useful, relevant content for your site.

Click on the following link:

Once you\'re there then look at the upper right hand corner
for the \"Advanced News Search\" link, and click on it.

You\'ll be sent to a page with a form that you can list your
keywords to search for the kind of articles relevant to your

There are 4 different search types so you can experiment to
find the content you want. Google Advanced News Search
searches over 4500 sources for new and old articles that
can provide content for your site.

Let\'s say you do a search for \"dog training\" and it returns
60 or more articles. You can copy and paste the summary
of all of the articles listed on the pages returned in the search
into your template page or you can go to each article and
copy and paste them to individual pages that you host on
your website.

Either way you choose to add the articles to your pages,
you now have loads of fresh, relevant content for your site.

Copyright 2005 Ed Duvall.
Guru\'s drive unlimited traffic to their sites – why can\'t you?
Free ebook shows you how: \"8 Steps To Claiming YOUR
SHARE Of The Enormous Traffic Available Everyday From
Search Engines…\" AND get Free marketing tools weekly

Resource box must remain as is if republished.

Published in: on May 13, 2006 at 9:06 am  Comments (3)  

How To Write A Profit Pulling Article

By: Rich Hamilton, Jr
Having an article published is one of the fastest and easiest ways to build your credibility as an industry expert. At the end of the each article you are given the opportunity to gain free exposure for your online business or affiliate program.As more and more people realize the true power of having your article published, the Internet has become saturated with them. Everywhere you turn there are plenty of articles to choose from, making it tougher to get yours noticed, let alone read.If you can't get your article noticed, then it won't be read, therefore, no free exposure or profits. But getting your article noticed is only the beginning, you also need to hold your reader's attention with good quality content.

In this article we are going to go over the key elements of writing a succesful article and how to get them noticed. We will also go over how to turn an article into an unstoppable profit generator, even if you don't have your own product or service. That's right, you don't need your own product or service to take advantage of this golden opportunity.

Research Before Choosing A Topic

When most writers write their articles, they only write about what they want to write about. This is not an effective way to write an article. The most effective and recommended way to write an article, is to write one on a topic that your targeted market is already interested in. To find out what kind of article your targeted market is interested in, will require some research.

You should always do the research before you actually pick a topic to write about. When researching for your article you should try going to forums that cover your targeted market. Observe to see what they are talking about and even looking for. The best approach to use, is to find a problem, then write an article that resolves the problem.

By using this approach you are showing your dedication as a problem solver. When you help people resolve their problems and/or endeavors, you will strengthen your credibility and then the profits will soon follow.

Article Title

Choosing the title of your article will be one of the most important decisions you will make and will determine whether or not it will be read. You need to take your time, when it comes time for you to select an article title and it will require you to do some brainstorming.

Your article title should reach out and grab the reader's attention and compell them to want to read it immediately. The best thing to do when trying to come up with an article title is to write the biggest benefit that your reader will receive while they are reading it. The biggest benefit may not be the exact article title, but it is a good place to start.

When I choose a title for an article I write down several before I intially select a one. So don't choose just one title, write down several different ones, get the feel of the word variations, and tweak the weak areas.


Most of the articles out there are nothing more than an abstracted sales pitch or material that does not contain any valuable information, therefore is useless to the reader. The best way to get your article read, is to educate the reader. Any good article will be educational to their readers and have some sort of value. If you can't sell your article, than don't publish it.

If you publish a poorly written article, then people will not read it. This will have an impact on your credibility and on any future articles you publish, so do it right the first time by educating them.


If you want to make some cash with your article, then at the end of it, will be the time to promote your product, service, or affiliate program. Make sure that the product, service, or affiliate program is relevant to the article, you'd be suprised at how many people get this wrong.

Not sure, let me give you an example, I previously wrote an article that was entitled "The Wrong Email Format Can Destroy Your Offer". In this particular article I discussed the advantages and disadvantages of text and html email formats. At the end of the article I presented an autoresponder that is capable of performing both formats.

If you promote a product, service, or affiliate program that corresponds with the article, your chances of getting a click through is very high. If you don't have a product or service that corresponds with the article, then I recommend finding an affiliate program that does.

Rich Hamilton, Jr is the CEO/President of a.k.a. Elites Marketing, Inc and the Author of "Inside
Internet Marketing". Unlock the absolute truth internet marketing without ever paying a cent for advertising.

Published in: on May 12, 2006 at 6:30 pm  Comments (1)  

Articles … The Best Form Of Free Advertising

By: Elena Fawkner
Articles … The Best Form Of Free
Advertising© 2002 Elena Fawkner

Those of you reading this who run your own online
businesses know that the aim of the game is traffic -
qualified, targeted traffic – and lots of it.

There are a number of ways to drive qualified traffic
to your site – some of it costs you money, some of it
costs you time. Some of it costs you both and doesn't

This article is all about the best form of free advertising -
writing articles.

How can writing articles give you free advertising? As
you probably know, there are hundreds of thousands of
people publishing an ezine (electronic newsletter) on a
regular basis. For some of these people, publishing the
ezine is the central plank of their business – they set out
to create a business involving, primarily, the publishing of
the ezine. Others, however, publish the ezine only as an
adjunct to their website – a way to get their site in front
of their ezine subscribers in the hope that this will
generate repeat traffic.

Both types of ezine publishers have one thing in common.
The need for great content. If you've spent much time
online you'll no doubt have signed up for more than your
fair share of free ezines. You'll have come across some
that are really good, some that are OK and some that are
nothing short of woeful, with content that looks like the
publisher has picked up the first piece of regurgitated
whatever he happened to come across today to fill up the
space between the ads for his numerous affiliate programs.

Your site may include links to your affiliate programs.
After all, that's how you make money, right? But rather
than go the road of the ezine publisher who thinks she
can serve up any old porridge to her subscriber base and
they'll eat it up, spend the same time writing just one
good article on a subject matter relevant to your target
market and invite publishers of ezines with complementary
subject matter to publish that article, together with
your resource box at the end (the four or five line blurb
you see at the end of articles that give a little information
about the author and the author's website together with
a link to the site).

Now, here's the important point if you expect others to
publish your work. Your ad is your resource box, it is
NOT your article. Your article is content. Your article
should not mention your product, your site or anything
related to it. Your article must stand alone as an
independently useful piece of work (and when I say useful,
I mean it must be useful to the READER, not the author!).
Don't insult your readers' intelligence by dressing up an ad
as an article. They're not stupid – they'll see through it and
you immediately, they'll put you on their blacklist for insulting
their intelligence and no publisher worth their salt will run
your articles anyway.

The whole purpose of writing the article is to make it such
a worthwhile piece of work that many publishers will want
to put it in front of their subscribers. Get a good article
published in an ezine with 10,000 subscribers and see
what that does for your traffic when hundreds of those
subscribers click on the link to your site that you've
included in your resource box.

Beginning to see how this works? And the best thing of all
is that it only costs you time – maybe an hour, two tops
to write a decent article. Commit to writing one a week
and getting them published and you'll have a nice little
traffic flow going, believe me (AND, if you make sure that
you write about subject matter relevant to your site, that
traffic will ALSO be targeted, qualified traffic – so much
the better).

OK, so now you can see the power of writing articles as
a method of generating traffic to your website. How the
heck do you find other people to publish your work?
Thanks to the fact that so many publishers out there
don't have the time or (so they believe) ability to write
their own articles, or are looking for articles to supplement
their own, you have a ready-made market of thousands
of publishers who are always on the lookout for quality
content to present to their readers. You just have to
find them.

Here's a partial list to get you started:

Yahoo Groups (submit from the Yahoo Groups website
at – you'll need to subscribe
to these groups first):

and these …

When submitting your articles to the above websites, be
sensitive to the types of articles the site is looking for.
Some accept articles on any subject under the sun, others
are looking for articles on specific subjects such as internet
marketing, for example.

Over time, you will be able to add to this list. If submitting
to individual ezine publishers, don't be surprised or offended
if you don't receive a response. Most ezine publishers of
any size receive dozens of article submissions a day. Time
normally doesn't permit a response to each submission. Also,
try and find out from the publisher whether they even accept
article submissions. Many don't (me, for example). I receive
many article submissions a day which just get deleted unread.

The point is, just work up your own list, write articles
consistently and submit consistently. Over time, you'll
develop your own style of writing and attract a following.

Although it may be slow to start, you'll start getting a trickle
of new traffic from people who have come across your article
somewhere, some place and were interested enough to click
on the link in your resource box. Over time, that trickle will
become a stream, then a river, and then a flood.


** Reprinting of this article is welcome! **
This article may be freely reproduced provided that: (1) you
include the following resource box; and (2) you only mail to a
100% opt-in list.

Here's the resource box to use if reprinting this article:

Elena Fawkner is an attorney and editor of A Home-Based
Business Online … practical business ideas, opportunities
and solutions for the work-from-home entrepreneur. She
offers discounted, fixed-rate legal services to her ezine
subscribers and site visitors within the United States.

Published in: on May 12, 2006 at 6:26 pm  Comments (2)  

Free Content Articles: How To Optimize Your Free-reprint Articles

By: Glenn Prialde
I have been around the internet for quite sometime — offering outsourced services and software products. I see a lot of internet marketing techniques on how to get more traffic and attract more paying customers, but only one technique seemed to work for me considering my tight budget.So what is this technique?

This technique is called free content article marketing or free-reprint article marketing. It is basically writing an article with topics covering your products/services. The main idea of this is to keep your article ratio at 70% quality and useful information/tips to 30% advertisement. The 30% advertisement refers to your bylines or the resource box at the end of each article.

Your bylines or “about the author” content is the key to article marketing. This is the part where you can make yourself as an expert in your field, the part where you can ask readers to visit your site and the part where you can mention what you offer and do.

I already wrote an article, what now?

Is your article optimized?

Optimizing your article is always the first thing to remember. There are lots of ways to optimize an article, but let me share to you mine.

Before writing an article think of a keyword, be sure to include that keyword in your title. Make those search engines love your article by first optimizing your title.

Do not quote your title! Search engines will not like it, for example, “Five Ways to Effectively Market your Product”. Get rid of the quotes!

If possible put the keyword first in your title, for example, European Cruise – You Deserve Only the Best.

When your title is ready, try to spread your keyword several times all over your article. Try to keep a decent keyword density and do not try to spam the search engines.

Do not sacrifice your credibility for optimization. Some authors are fond of inserting dots between words that are considered as spam. Just like the word “free”. If you are trying to sell a product or service make yourself credible and your articles professional.

Ok I’m set! Now what?

Submit your article to article directories and article announcement lists. There are hundreds, if not thousands of article announcement lists and article directories. Article directories is where you can let your articles reside and Article Announcement lists announce your articles to a variety of targeted audience.

Here are a few article directories you can use:

There are thousands of article announcement list, is there a site to do the submissions for me?

Yes, indeed there are sites that do the submissions for you, but there is a payment for each article you send or if not, a monthly payment.

Try checking these sites for Article Announcement offers: – Distribute as many articles as you can for $35/month with an option to request for proofreading before distributing your article. – Amount depends on the number of articles you distribute – I haven’t looked at this one yet – $49.00 introductory six month renewable membership
About the Author

Glenn invites you to submit your free content articles at

Published in: on May 12, 2006 at 6:20 pm  Comments (1)  

Niche Marketing : The Power Of Articles

By: André Anthony
If you haven't considered the power of articles as part of your niche marketing strategy, then you should.Articles are a great way to drive targeted traffic to your web site, no matter what your niche market may be.

When you provide good information that people want and can use, your reputation and credibility will increase exponentially, making your site visitors more likely to buy your products and services or those you recommend to them.

We've all heard the mantra "Content Is King". Based on that premise there is nothing more versatile than using keyword rich articles to :

* Boost your search engine ranking

* Increase your daily visitor count

* Provide viral marketing opportunities

* Attract unlimited prospective customers

* Build a trusting relationship with your customers and subscribers

* Establish yourself as an expert in your niche market

Here's some of the things you can do with the articles you write :

* Post keyword rich articles and content on your web-site for better search engine placement.

* Compile a number of them into an ebook related to your niche and sell it.

* Use them in the form of "special reports" and "manuals" with your product and affiliate links embedded in them, which you can offer as free gifts for your visitors, subscribers and customers and bonuses for your products and services.

* Create multi-part email training courses to build that all important mailing list.

* Set up your own Ezine and use them for content to establish your bona fides with your subscribers and customers.

* Allow your visitors to use them, with your "resource box" attached, in their free ebooks which they can then distribute to their visitors, subscribers and customers.

* Submit them to "content hungry" web sites and newsletter publishers, with your "resource box" attached, to generate more visitors to your web site from their lists.

* Submit them to Article Directories, which rank highly on the search engines to provide inbound links to your niche web site.

* Monetise them on your web site with keyword-related, context ads. like Google Adsense, Affiliate Power Ads. or TrafficShowcase.

* Contact offline print publications and offer them your articles – some of them pay for this sort of copy so you could make some extra income and establish yourself in a new niche as a freelance writer.

I think you'll agree that there aren't many forms of promotion with this level of versatility. And the great thing about the strategy is – it's free! All it takes is time.

With the cost of paid advertising spiralling ever upwards, can you ignore the power and versatility of using articles as a major part of your niche marketing strategy?

Copyright © 2005, André Anthony Niche Market Know-How

About the Author

André Anthony owns and operates Niche Market Know-How a resource for beginning Niche Marketers. Visit today to find strategies, tips, tools, products and resources for effective niche marketing. Get his Niche Market Know-how Mini Course here:

Published in: on May 11, 2006 at 7:34 pm  Comments (1)  

Good And Bad SEO Practices

By: Andreas Obermueller Search Engine Optimizing is a set of practices developed to help you get a high traffic and PageRank, while simultaneously building a useful and functional website that will respond to the needs of your potential users. While some website owners are getting their site indexed by following and enhancing these guidelines, others are looking for a way to sneak in and crawl up search engines by developing various strategies to cheat spiders.

Most search engines have their specific rules on which SEO practices are legitimate and which are not. While they disagree on some borderline issues, they do have a set of basic principles in common.

Good SEO Practices

• creating logically-structured pages
• logical paragraph use
• including a site map
• providing clear links to each page
• using descriptive and not too long meta-tags
• validating you code
• providing information-rich content that visitors would find useful
• creating your website content based on the users' needs as if search engines didn't exist
• using spell-check
• avoiding duplicate content

Bad SEO Practices

• using invisible text and links to create false keyword density
• using non-compliant HTML to manipulate relevancy (e.g.: a title that doesn't have anything to do with the page content)
• using CSS to manipulate relevancy (e.g.: using hidden elements by executing code to reveal them)
• sending automated requests to search engines
• using doorway pages created just for search engines
• using machine generated code to produce keyword-rich content
• cloaking – presenting a different content to users than to search engine spiders
• linking to spammers and other bad websites
• participating in linking schemes to increase PageRank
• creating pages that install viruses and other badware
• using unauthorized software to submit pages, check ranking etc.
• re-submitting the website without any reason

Borderline Issues

• inserting comments in the HTML code
• using invisible form elements to hold keyword values
• using HTML elements for keyword stacking (e.g.: image alts)
• using machine generated code for usability reasons (e.g.: in order to check for browser versions)

These borderline issues are controverted and ambiguous techniques. Most of the time it is very difficult to say whether these techniques were used to trick the spiders or only for usability purposes. The search engine is the one who has to make the ultimate decision.

Major search engines are constantly fighting against illicit techniques to get your website indexed and increase your PageRank and developing new and improved automated solutions to detect them. They even encourage users to report any website that is trying to abuse SEO guidelines. Thus using illegitimate ways to crawl up search engines may result in your website being banned. Once it's been removed from the search engine index, it will no longer appear in search results.

Google, as well as other search engines, are trying to develop a pro-active attitude among website owners and convince them it's more efficient to make use of legitimate SEO practices. One thing you should always ask yourself when building new features and writing content is whether you would be doing it even if search engines weren't there at all. This is the best way to drive traffic to your website and get better ranking.

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Published in: on May 11, 2006 at 7:30 pm  Comments (4)  


By: Robert J Farey
I don't know anyone who has an internet connection who doesn't subscribe to one or more newsletters or e-zines.
Every one of them has at least one article, sometimes two that offer advice on some aspect of internet trading. It is seldom that these articles are written by the author of the e-zine or newsletter. They obtain them from specialist Article libraries that act as agents for the people who do the actual writing.What's in it for the writers of these articles? You will notice that every one of the articles has a by-line at the bottom giving you a little information about the author plus a link to some aspect of the his/her business.This is one of the most effective methods of advertising that there is. Not only that, it's free. A well written article will often be used by a dozen or more newsletters and e-zines over a period of a few months, each with a readership of thousands. Sometimes tens of thousands.

Each one of these readers is a potential customer of the writer of the article. The author of the newsletter will only use articles that relate to the type of person who subscribes to that particular newsletter. You have, in effect, access to a target audience who have opted in to read your article.

I don't know any other way of reaching so many interested people with so little effort and as I said before, it will cost you absolutely nothing to do it.

That article could have been written by you. Yes you. You can do it. Anyone could do it.

If you have never written an article for publication I would like to give you a few tips on how to go about it.
Over the next week, read as many articles that you can get hold of. Subscribe to a number of newsletters and e-zines that are of interest to you. Read and re-read the articles. Get a feeling for the way they are composed.

When you have studied a couple of dozen you will start to get the feeling "I could have done that." Now is the time to go back to the beginning and read them over again. You will soon realize that there is nothing that you could not have done yourself.

The next thing to do is to pick a headline from an article that you have not read. With the headline as your inspiration, proceed to write your own article of about three hundred words. You will probably need to do a little research to make sure that you have your facts right. That is par for the course.

When you have finished. put it away for at least two days before getting it out and reading it again. Now is the time to do some extra editing. Cut out all of the waffle. Stick to the facts. See if you can re-arrange some of the text to reduce the number of words. You may feel the need to re-write the entire article. That's good. You're getting the hang of it now.

Now is the time to read the article who's headline you used. Isn't it amazing that two people using exactly the same headline can each write an article that is so different from one-another.

When you send your article to one or more of the libraries I suggest that you use a similar but different headline. You don't want to be confused with another writer who possibly is not as good at it as you now are.

By line.
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Published in: on May 9, 2006 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

5 Dynamite Ways to Find Ideas for Parenting Articles

By: Terri Pilcher
The key to selling reprints to parenting publications is the creation of dynamite ideas followed through with professional writing. Here, I’m focusing only on finding those lucrative topics.

Most topics in regional parenting publications are straightforward: finance, parenting tips, health, sports, and education. The trick is to twist them in an unusual way.
1. If you’re a parent, what do you wish you knew about a topic? Write down questions that you have as you go through the day. When I was driving the other day, I complained to myself about bad teenage drivers. Then I wondered, “What can parents do to encourage good driving?” If you already know the answer to the question, it won’t make a good article unless you’re an expert on the subject.
2. Take a generic topic and make it seasonal. Choose a season about four months away, because the lead-time for parenting publications is 2 to 6 months. Four months from now is April. What happens in April (or would be published in April) that I can combine with a topic like health? In April, parenting publications start printing their summer guides to camps. What can parents do to make sure their children stay healthy at camp? What are the traits of a safe camp? Change to camping plus another topic like education or finance to create unique articles.
3. Who do you know who has an unusual or remarkable story – something that affected children? What did the parents learn? Write an article using the anecdote as an introduction to the information you want to give. A great anecdote can sell a story.
4. Visit online parenting forums and read the questions people ask. Use some of these as a basis for your article ideas.
5. When you research a piece and talk to experts, look for what you don’t know. “Joe says insurance is important for families,” won’t make an article interesting. Too many people know that insurance is important. But a quote like, “Joe says disability insurance is the most neglected area of insurance, but it protects young families from the biggest threat to their security,” will make parents keep reading.
If you give editors timely articles that readers will want to read, you’ll sell your work over and over again.
About the Author
Terri Pilcher edits a FREE weekly e-zine for writers, “Writer’s Guidelines Magazine”, that provides 10 fresh, editor-approved, writer’s guidelines and useful marketing information. She recently published “MONEY Markets 2005: 101 Publishers That Pay in 6 Weeks or Less”. Her website contains the writer’s guidelines for almost 200 parenting publications.

Published in: on May 9, 2006 at 7:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

SEO – Selecting A Domain Name

By: Andreas Obermueller Selecting a good domain name is the key factor for attaining a better page ranking. The most commonly used aspect while choosing a domain name is the usage of keyword in the URL. You can take the idea of selecting a domain name that has low competition but with good demand can ultimately help in Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

There are many factors to keep in mind while naming your domain. A good domain name should be short and easy to spell by the users. By avoiding long domain name will help the searchers to find your website and also to remember the name much easily. The keyword used in your domain name can be descriptive to help the internet users to memorize.

Make sure to include the domain name that is unique and at the same time keyword rich. Usage of more keywords in your domain name will help in a better ranking which in turn may also help the searchers to find your website. The use of more than two keywords can bring a negative impact, as it can make the domain name lengthier and the chance of misspelling is more. So it better to use a maximum of two keywords. Another drawback is that it can also make your email address long. So it is recommended the use of shorter and catchy domain names.

Among a large number of steps while choosing a domain name, the most important and foremost one is whether you are choosing a free or paid domain. In all these, give consideration to the customer so that your potential users can find your website.

Another important factor to be remembered in domain naming is the use of hyphens (-). If you are using two or more keywords, without separators, as your domain name it can be interesting, but at the same time the search engine may consider it as a single keyword. In this case, it is advised to use hyphen to separate the keywords. But for internet users the domain name without hyphen will be easier to remember and the one with hyphens tend to bring confusion for the users. A main solution for this issue is that you may use hyphened domain name during the registration with a search engine and for online advertising. At the same time go for a domain name which uses no hyphen, so that it may help the people who prefer just keywords during the searching.

Taking these tips into consideration will help you in selecting an excellent domain name for your website. You can register multiple variants for your website at the price of a single domain name. Also, make sure to avoid the use of numbers in your domain name as it may prevent confusion. In place of keywords you can also use some unique brand names for your website

Selecting a good business and domain name can draw a good traffic, and makes the entire process of optimization much easier. All you require is a shorter and unique web address that can bring your website among the top listing.

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Published in: on May 8, 2006 at 7:50 pm  Comments (2)  

How To Top Google By Writing Articles

By: Glenn Murray
Search engines determine their rankings based on two things:
1) Is your site relevant? (Optimized for certain keywords)
2) Is your site important? (Many links back to your site from other sites)
Only when you address both of these considerations are you guaranteed of making an impact. Your degree of success depends on how hard you try and how many other people you're competing against (and how hard they're trying).Optimizing your site for keywords is the easy part. (See for more information on SEO copy.) Generating links back to your site is much more challenging – and time consuming (especially considering Google’s dampening link filter – see But it can be done; and you don’t need a huge budget.The key to topping Google on a budget is writing articles.

Here’s how it works…

STEP 1) You’re an expert in your field so you possess knowledge that other people want.

STEP 2) You write a helpful article – sharing your hard-earned knowledge and expertise.

STEP 3) You submit your article to recognized “Article Submit” sites on the Internet.

STEP 4) Publishers of online newsletters, ezines, etc. gather content from these sites for free.

STEP 5) Helpful, well written articles are snapped up by thousands of publishers from all around the world.

STEP 6) The only condition is that they must publish the article with a functioning link to your site.

STEP 7) 300 people publish your article – you get 300 links back to your site.

Below are some FAQs about article writing that will help you write your articles and manage your campaign.

Q) What should I write about?

A) Write about what you know. Make sure it’s related to your business (so you can use the keywords you want to rank with) and helpful (so it gets published). For example, if you’re a manufacturer of industrial plastics, you might write an article – or series of articles – on how best to handle teflon tubing prior to installation. Once you get thinking about it, you'll probably find there are hundreds of articles you could write that are helpful. You may even have some of them partly written already in your instruction manuals or installation guides, etc. Another good idea is to think of all the questions you get asked by customers and potential customers. These questions show you what people are interested in. If you write an article answering every one of these questions, you'll get published, and you'll also show yourself to be a credible expert. (You may even cut down phone support time!)

Q) How long should my article be?

A) The best articles are only as long as they need to be. Keep it short and sweet – there’s nothing wrong with a 400 word article. By the same token, if you need 1500 words to say all you need to say, that’s fine as well.

Q) What kind of writing should I use?

A) Simply write in a style that your audience will be comfortable with. If they’re from the old school, don’t write like I am. Don’t use contractions, don’t end sentences with prepositions, and don’t start sentences with “and” or “but”. But if they’re not old school, just use conversational English. In fact, the more of yourself you include in the article, the more engaging it will be. The key is to make it readable.

Q) Should I focus on keywords?

A) Yes! Yes! Yes! Any SEO website copywriter will tell you that just as you need to optimize your website for specific keywords, so too should you optimize your articles. If possible, turn keywords into links back to your site. And always try to include keywords in the headline and byline of your article. And don’t worry about being seen as Spam; if your article provides good quality information and guidance, it won't be seen as spam by the search engines even when it’s very keyword rich.

Q) Where should I submit my article?

A) There are hundreds, if not thousands, of submit sites on the Internet. Too many to include here. Do a search for “article submit” and just find the ones that are most applicable to your industry and offer the most subscribers. Alternatively, you can purchase a list.

Q) Who will publish my article?

A) Generally people publish pre-written articles because they want “eyes on paper”. In other words, they want to generate traffic to their site. Helpful articles are one way of doing that. It also sets them up as credible authorities on a particular subject. And it develops customer loyalty. There are hundreds of thousands of companies (maybe even millions) publishing online newsletters, ezines, and article pages. No matter what your industry, you’re bound to find quite a few who are interested in what you have to say. In fact, once a few publishers recognise you as a good source of content, they keep coming back looking for more (and even email you asking if you can send them directly).

Q) How will I know when my article has been published?

A) As one of the conditions of publications, you can request that the publisher notifies you when they use your article. Of course, most don’t bother to do this, so it's a good idea to set up a Google Alert ( which notifies you when your URL has been published on a web page. Google doesn't pick them all up, but it picks up a lot. Whenever you receive an alert, you make sure the article in unchanged and the link back to your site is functioning.

Q) Will the publisher change my article?

A) No, generally not. Changing articles is just extra work. In fact, that’s why publishers like good articles and consistent content providers – because that means they don’t have to do any extra work. I’ve had many articles published, and don’t recall a single instance of an article being changed without my permission. If you’re worried about it, you can include an instruction not to change the article in your conditions of publication.

Q) Can I get an SEO copywriter to write and submit my articles?

A) Yes. Any SEO copywriter should be able to write keyword rich articles and submit them to a number of high traffic article submit sites.

Q) What kind of information would I need to supply an SEO copywriter to write my article?

A) You’d need to tell your SEO copywriter something like, "We want to write an article which helps people install teflon tubing. The kinds of people who'd be doing it are… They'd be doing it because… The benefits of our tubing are… The difficulties they'd face are… Here are the key steps to successful installation…" Using this information, your SEO copywriter should be able to put together a very readable article which would be bound to get published.

Q) Will my reputation suffer if my article appears on a dodgy site?

A) It shouldn’t. Most dodgy sites will be either unrelated or have very low traffic. If the site is unrelated, the publisher won’t go to the effort of publishing your article. If it’s related but has very low traffic, very few people will see your article there anyway. And besides, even if your article appears on a dodgy site, it probably won’t be changed because – dodgy or not – publishers don’t create extra work for themselves. So your original presentation, content, and intent will be unaffected. Write a good article, and it always reflects well on you, no matter where it's published.

Q) How long will it take for my ranking to increase?

A) There are no guarantees in SEO. It all takes time. For a start, the search engines can take up to 2 months to update their index of pages. And a single inbound link generally won’t have much impact. Depending on how much competition you’re facing for keywords, and where the links are coming from, 100 inbound links may not make much of a difference. (Links from high PageRank sites are more beneficial to your ranking – see for more information on PR.) So don’t expect anything to happen too quickly. But if you’re dedicated, and you’re prepared to write quite a few articles, you’ll definitely see results within a few months.

Happy writing!

About the Author: * Glenn Murray is an advertising copywriter and search engine (SEO) copywriter and heads copywriting studio Divine Write. He can be contacted on Sydney +612 4334 6222 or at Visit for further details or more FREE articles.

Published in: on May 8, 2006 at 5:58 am  Comments (1)  

This Is A Money Making Article

   by Steve Gillman 

Is this a money making article? Watch it make money. It is an article about writing an article that makes money. Once I have written it, I will then give away the article. Maybe it seems like one of the more unusual ways to make money, but it is right in line with the way the internet works.

Creating A Money Making Article

1. First you have to write a title that catches attention and has the right keywords in it. This has the keyword phrase "money making article," and apparently caught your attention. Make the title relevant to the article content, of course, or the reader will feel tricked, and may stop reading.

2. Have a short description that pulls the reader in. You might use the first couple sentences of the article for this. Tell the readers what they will find in the article, and leave them curious. You read this far, so that seems to be working.

3. Have useful information or good stories. It is even better if you have both.

4. Put the keywords in the body of the article, and in sub-headings, so search engines can find your article. Note that I used "money making article" in the sub-heading above, and I just used it again.

5. Create an "authors resource box" that makes the reader want to visit your site. Talk very little about yourself and more about why the reader should go to your web site. I'll be watching to see how well mine works in this case. Be sure the link to your website works.

6. Make money from visitors to your site. You could be selling your own products, or getting a commission for selling other people's products, or just be getting paid for the advertising there.

7. Submit your article to the best article directories on the web. This is where you "give away" your articles. Directory visitors read them there, and other web site owners take them and use them. Generally, they can't change a word in your article, and they have to make that link to your site (in the author's resource box) active. This is how you get traffic to your website.

8. Let the readers learn something, but let them know there is more. This gets them to your site, to learn more. For example, I outlined the basic process above, but I'm leaving out the list of the best article directories to submit to. Of course, in the resource box I will mention that it is on my website. This is how you create a money making article.

Steve Gillman has studied unusual ways to make money for thirty years. To learn more, and to get a list of the best article directories, visit his website, Unusual Ways To Make Money:

Published in: on May 7, 2006 at 10:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Thinking in Articles

By: Dina Giolitto
I have a confession to make.I think in "articles."

As a freelance copywriter working with a shoestring budget, I use articles to promote my writing expertise on the web. And it really works! But I must tell you, it's taking over my brain.

I started doing this about seven months ago, and over the past couple of months I noticed some "article chatter" happening in my head.

Now, instead of "I think I'll write Cathy an email about my new Betta fish, Harry Peesalot," it's "Maybe I'll write an article about Betta fish and post it on the web!"

The article starts flowing from my brain before I can even get to the keyboard.

What the heck is going on here? Was I brainwashed by some weird article-writing cult? Possibly, but I think it's a blessing, and I believe it can only mean wonderful things for my business.

Article Exposure: Worth the Extra Effort

Are you an aspiring freelance copywriter? Do you want to open yourself up to new opportunities in a new, specialized niche? If so, article marketing is the way to go.

Some writers will argue that it takes too much time and effort to write articles. But really now, what else are you doing with your time? Watching TV? Writing emails and complaining about how lame your life is to friends who *pretend* to be interested?

Stop writing those emails and start writing articles. You spend enough time writing down your thoughts, why not take it a step further and let yourself be heard and known as the expert you are!

Advertise Your Business for FREE with Articles

Some writers will argue that article writing doesn't offer instant payment for them. That may be true… but not if you think of the articles as free advertising. Free advertising is LONG TERM PROFIT, and that's far better than a few bucks thrown your way for articles that you write under somebody else's name and get absolutely zero recognition for.

More about advertising: The majority of advertising is paid for by the person who wants to promote their brand. Nobody thinks twice about this. You want exposure, so you pay money…. sometimes a lot of money.

Article writing is advertising exposure… but the beauty of it is, it's FREE.

I'll say it again: It's Free!

I hope this is making sense to you, because once it clicks, the articles just start flowing. And every time you contract a new writing job, you gain specialized knowledge that can be turned into 10-15 articles at the very least. What a fantastic way to build your credibility.

Two Article Authors for Twice the Exposure

Here's a thought: Let's say you have writing experience in a specialized industry, such as pharmaceutical… and I have experience in a different area, such as technology. Well, what if we got together on one website, advertised our unique writing strengths, and then each wrote 25-50 articles that highly targeted our own category? That would be double the visitors, double the job inquiries, and double the number of contracts, which could potentially snowball into something even bigger– who knows what!

But you'll never know the potential if you don't try. So why not take a gander at article marketing! Sign up for a free membership with the friendly folks at and start writing about what you know. It's fun, it's cathartic, and it's good for your business.

(FYI: I don't get paid to say these things. I'm just really gung-ho.)

To your freelance writing success!

Dina Giolitto

About the Author

Dina Giolitto creates core-driven copy for small business owners seeking guidance on matters of grammar, punctuation, word choice, structural organization, Search Engine Optimization – and above all, Guerilla Marketing Tactics for their websites and print materials. Add your name to her roster of talented writers. Visit

Published in: on May 6, 2006 at 12:39 am  Leave a Comment  

“How To Ensure Your Article Is NOT Published”

By: Azam Corry
I bet you've heard that submitting articles for publication in
ezines is an excellent, low-cost means of promotion.And it's true.There are hundreds of thousands of ezines and newsletters. Most
rely on contributed content, giving you a wonderful opportunity
to connect with an endless ocean of prospects for free!

The rub is that most would-be authors get pretty shabby results.
They conclude that they can't write, or that submitting articles
isn't an effective means of promotion. At least not unless you're
a "big name."


Almost anyone can write articles of acceptable quality to be
published online. You needn't be a literary wizard, nor
well-known. It's simply that like most things in life, there's a
right, and a wrong way to do it.

Below are several easy ways you can get an editor to trash your
article – EVEN if they LIKE what you say!

* Don't Check Spelling And Grammar Thoroughly

Even with electronic spell checkers, this is still a killer. Be
particularly careful with words that sound alike but have
different meanings (homophones). Should that be "there" or
"their"? "Your" or "you're"?

Another trouble spot is the apostrophe ('). An apostrophe should
be used to indicate possession (John's car), dropped letters
(don't) and characters/words mentioned as themselves (ID's). And
remember, "it's" means "it is."

Most editors don't expect you to be perfect. However, a piece
littered with obvious errors is unlikely to be published.

* Write In Long, Dense Paragraphs

Long, unbroken runs of text are visually unappealing, and act as
a subconscious block to reading (looks like too much hard work).
People are in a hurry, so information needs to be presented in a
way they can scan for points of interest.

* Ramble And Use Wordy Sentences

Providing great information is not enough. People read to learn,
but also seek excitement. Instant gratification. They lack the
time to be patient, so stick to the point.

When you've finished writing, start deleting. Cut unnecessary
sentences. Look for superfluous 'filler' words and repetitions.
Delete them. Add more punch and drive by killing adjectives.

* Use Gratuitous Self Promotion

There's no greater turn-off than an article that proclaims the
author or their product wonderful. People want to discover your
qualities for themselves. Your article is the medium.

If you want to sell yourself; display your knowledge, innovative
thinking, character. To promote a product, talk about a common
problem or need, educate, perhaps tell a story. Provide
interesting information. Only mention the product subtly, or not
at all, leaving it for your by-line.

* Over-indulge On Your Resource Box

It's generally accepted that your resource box, or "About the
author" by-line should be no more than 6 lines in length. Many
publishers will object to anything longer, and unless your
article is particularly exceptional, they'll bin it.

* Don't Use The Standard Format

Most ezine editors expect your article to be in this format:

Plain text, hard wrapped at 60-65 characters per line.

It's the only way to guarantee the piece appears as intended.
Anything else creates extra work for the editor, either
reformatting, deleting HTML code, or fixing incorrectly printing
characters. To save time, such articles are passed over.

* Send Your Article As An Attachment.

Attachments require opening, something that may be put off and
forgotten about. Worse still, the legitimate fear of virus
infection means many people delete them on sight. Paste your
article into the body of the email, so editors can scan through
it immediately.

* Send Multiple Copies

It's tiresome to have to delete 2 or 3 copies of your article
each time you make a submission. And it tells the recipient you
don't value their time. A source of annoyance, your article will
lose points in comparison to other articles of equal merit: The
subconscious mind is a powerful thing!

Check your submission list for duplicate domains. Those from free
email accounts are usually obvious, but if you're unsure, check.
It takes less than a minute to paste a domain name into a browser
and load the site. How much money would you make if your article
was published? Worth a minute?

* Say How Wonderful Your Article Is

All too often I receive article submissions that start something
like this:

"Hi! Here's a great new article for your ezine that your
subscribers will love!"

Few ezine editors will appreciate YOU telling them your work is
great. Or that THEIR subscribers will love it, especially when
it's obvious you don't even know the editor's name, nor the title
of their ezine. This tactic might work on a new publisher, but
will lead many of the more seasoned to ignore you.

Most of the articles an editor receives are passed over for one
reason or another. The secret is to stack the odds in YOUR favor.
Give editors what they want and you WILL be rewarded!

About the Author

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Published in: on May 6, 2006 at 12:36 am  Comments (3)  

Find article and Free content in 3 easy steps !

By: Ashish Thakkar
Fuss about web content ? :

One of the biggest challenges of a web developer is the challenge of managing rich web site content for an already designed web site.Some companies have a content development team which take care of the whole web site content matter.The team’s aim is to create fresh web content for the site.This requires lot of time and effort on the part of the team.Well, Not everyone has a content development team nor does everyone have the time to find free web site content and apply it to their webpages.It can be a tough job for a website owner running the entire website all by himself to find free article and apply it to his website pages and blogs in the form of content.This can be done and is an answer but it requires a commitment, daily time, effort and lot of searching just to find article relevant to the site.Content is "the" king :
PS: Fresh web content with text ads , adsense is one of the hottest money makers currently.

If you have any of the problems listed below then you belong here :

  • I do not have web content for my blogs.
  • I do not have enough content for my web site.
  • I do not have time to write web site content.
  • My website and service is good but i am not getting visitors because of content on my site.
  • I have a topic but i want free content and articles for them but am not able to find them.
  • I cant get my search engine rankings higher.
  • I am not able to get repeat visitors at my web site.
  • My website hits are getting lower.
  • I do not have time to find articles.
  • I do not know how i can get free web site content for my site.
Search engine are looking for web site content :
Major Search engines like MSN, Google and Yahoo! are looking for high quality content sites that update on a daily basis.If you plan to write content for your own site then it will surely take you a long time to finish a good number of quality pages.Hiring a content writer freelancer to write good quality web content or articles is a good option but only for those who have a lot of money to give away.Even after that you cannot be sure that it’s your money’s worth and you will get good content pages which will have no grammatical errors in them.

Q:What do you in such a situation when you are out of content and articles.
A:You find article which are free and use them on your blogs and websites(It is important that you follow the rules, policy of the available article, example : Not changing the text or links of the article).

It is as simple at that.This is one of the best ways around to get content for your site.

To make this simpler there are tools available which will make the whole "find free article , free web content" procedure as easy as 1-2-3.

One of them is Article extractor for content by Jvw.

  1. Just type your niche keyword(step 1).
  2. Choose the article you want(step2).
  3. Extract and save/ftp it(step 3).Getting Free content was never easier or faster.

    This is surely a MUST for every web developer, SEO professional and Internet marketing people around !
    About the Author

    Ashish Thakkar is an Internet marketing consultant and an SEO Specialist.
    He provides training and guidance on Website promotion and email marketing to individuals and top executives.Most of his Web marketing and promotion softwares are available at .

Published in: on May 3, 2006 at 7:46 pm  Comments (1)  

Using Anchor Text Optimization In Your Article Viral Marketing

By: Carl Seppanen

What is Anchor Text Optimization?
Anchor text optimization consists of the visible hyperlinked text on a webpage (e.g. in your article). Here's an example of anchor text optimization: Articles for Ezines. Putting your keywords into the anchor text has been discovered to be a significant factor in search engine rankings, as found in Google.
The History of Anchor Text Optimization.
Anchor Text Optimization was discovered by bloggers and has also been referred to as 'google bombing'. The bloggers in an experiment, put the anchor text of 'miserable failure' into their links, all pointing to the presidents website. Now, when you type 'miserable failure' into Google, the top result returned is the presidents website.
Importance of Keywords.
Writing free reprint articles is a great way to drive traffic to your sites and increases your business sales. However, much care must be taken in order to be sure that your article is actually using keywords that users are looking for in the search engines. Research suggests that 70-80% of all traffic to websites come directly from the search engines.
Benefits of Carefully Chosen Keywords and Anchor Text Optimization
If you write your free reprint articles based around carefully chosen keywords, your articles stand a strong chance of receiving significant traffic. It also helps if your article is optimized for the search engines. Typically, this involves having the keywords in the title, meta-tags, etc. By Anchor Text Optimizing your articles you will have in place the same mechanism that the bloggers successfully used. Imagine having your article posted on 30 different websites using this method. You would have 30 sites that link to your site via the authors resource box. And in this resource box is your Anchor text optimized link. It has been found that it can be done with as little as 20 inbound links. Your site may very well be ranked higher in search engine results for your chosen keywords as a result of utilizing this method. Good Luck!
Carl Seppanen is an internet guru and frequent contributor to is Your Source for FREE and License Based articles for writers and small biz: .
Published in: on May 3, 2006 at 7:43 pm  Comments (2)  

Article Writing & Promotion…Your Fast Track To Sales Pro

By: Thom Reece
Writing articles, and promoting them for publication, is one of the most productive long-term promotional tactics available. Well researched and written articles… which provide valuable, useable information, are highly sought after by newsletter publishers, magazines, ezines, etc.It is a marketing truth that "Content Is King". Good, keyword rich, content is what drives online traffic through search engines and gives the visitor a reason to keep coming back to a website. This is often referred to as "sticky content". As a traffic-generation tool it is unsurpassed.

Webmasters and publication editors have an insatiable appetite for tightly written "niched" articles that are relevant to their web sites or publications themes.

This need is your opportunity…

An editor of an ezine, newsletter or magazine has a never-ending need for good content. Each issue they publish must be filled with useful, relevant content that will appeal to their readers or subscribers self-interest. A publication that cannot provide great content will not long survive.


"An editor of an ezine, newsletter or magazine has a never-ending
need for good content.


By regularly supplying the media with well written articles, you build a never-ending supply of links and traffic to your own websites.

How?… Well, the secret is in the bio. Each article you submit for publication has your own "authors bio" that gives full attribution and links to your site. This is the payment you receive for having supplied the articles… it is a payment which gives you long-term dividends!

Not only will your article be presented to many thousands of subscribers initially… but those same articles (with your bio and links) will be archived on the publications websites. Those archived articles become fodder for search engines which not only provide on-going traffic to the publishing site… but to YOU as well. It is truly a Win/Win proposition.


There are countless freelance writers who will "ghost write" articles for you and… giving you the copyrights. I know of many well-known names in the industry who have articles plastered all over the internet…and they have never written a word themselves. I know this because I have written some of their articles. :-)

If you need such services try elance or do a Google search for "ghost writing" or "freelance writers". There are many highly educated, english speaking, foreign-based professionals who will write articles for very nominal fees.


Having a good article is only the first part of the equatiion… now you need to get the articles distributed to those editors and publications who will welcome your contribution… and publish your work.

There are three primary means of promoting your articles:

==> Article Directories

==> Article Announcment Lists

==> Your Internal List

==> Paid Distributiion Services & Software

Here is a breakdown of each… and a list of resources to
get you started…


Article directories are websites which categorize and archive your articles… and promote them to editors and publishers. Most are free… but some are fee based. They all provide a submission system for you to provide your articles to them. In addition, most have their own internal list of editors and publishers that they announce your new article to.

TIP: The simple act of listing your articles in the directory archives will provide you instant incoming links to your website which could increase your site traffic and page ranks.

Here is a partial list of article directories. (Please note
that companies go out of business occasionally and you may
run into a link which no longer works.)


Announcement Lists are email newsletters, lists, or
ezines, which allow you to "announce" your new articles
to thousands of editors and publishers instantly. Most
of these announcement lists are sent out daily to their
subscribers. This means that you can have your article
circulating to key editors and publishers within hours
of completion.

Here are a number of important Article Announcement Lists
that will give you a simple and fast mechanism for distribution of your articles…


Over time you will begin to build a list of editors and
publishers, who have used your articles in the past, and
find them to be relevant. This list is "your private goldmine". Each time you finish an article the first step you want to take is to send it, in a private mailing, to your in-house user list.

You might want to consider doing a "mail merge" to this list and personalize your submission to the specific editor by name.

Remember, this list could be worth thousand of dollars to you over the coming months and years. Do not treat it lightly. This list is truly a center-of-influence list that you will want to spend time and effort nuturing. Remembering them at holidays and on special occasions, goes a long way to building a profitable relationship.

Pick up a phone and call them. Let them know that you appreciate your relationship… and let them know you are available for special writing assignments. (Here is an example of how strong and beneficial this simple act can be… About two years ago I sent a small holiday gift [a screen-saver of tropical Hawaiian images] to a magazine editor who had used a number of my articles in the past.
I waited until the package had time to arrive and then I picked up a phone and called her. She was delighted with the thoughtfulness of the gift and then stunned me with the news that one of her regular columnists had been forced to resign… and "would I be interested in replacing him?". So… that simple telephone call resulted in a regular column in a print magazine that serves one of my niche marketplaces. A marvelous result that may not have happened if I had not "nurtured the relationship".

Ask them "What Articles Do You Need?"… and listen closely to their answers.

By doing so… you will develop a sense of what materials are needed and wanted in your marketplace. Write specifically to those needs and you will develop a strong editorial following that will pay off in huge traffic flow, increased sales and profits, and an enhanced image and reputation. These are pretty hefty benefits for some time spent researching and writing articles!


Two recent innovations that have burst on the article marketing scene are: (1)custom distribution software (Article Announcer) and (2) web-based article distribution services (Article Marketer). My experience with these systems are that the web-based service is much more cost efficient, easier to use, and has the built-in advantage of having the most current and up-to-date database of publishers seeking your content.

(c) Copyright 2005 Thom Reece All Rights Reserved
About the Author

Thom Reece is the CEO of On-Line Marketing Group, a direct response marketing agency with headquarters in Hawaii. He is the creator of the Online Marketing Resource Center [ ] & the major portal for the
network marketing industry- [ ]. Thom can be reached by email at:

Published in: on May 2, 2006 at 9:05 pm  Comments (4)  

Can I publish articles too?

By: Benjamin Wigoder
Can I publish articles too?It was only a couple of days ago I thought to myself, having read dozens of articles about article publishing, why don't I give it a try? Article publishing is the latest craze to hit the internet, but it is so much easier than you probably think!Benefits of article marketing: You gain 1-way links from many related sites back to yours. Your link is targeted and therefore quality because it points from a relevant article. You can showcase or mention at least one of your products. It help spreads your company's reputation across the web. Your article will continue to be reprinted without any further input! What can I write about?

Anything! Any topic you have advanced or professional knowledge of, from gardening or caring for pets to SEO it does not matter! As long as you write well, and your article is interesting and original, you cannot lose! 

Target, target & target!As with any marketing, you have to target your article! Don't forget who your audience is, and like any SEO, set out the keywords you wish to use in advance, then you can tweak your article to perfection before you publish it.Its about volume!

The more targeted visitors to your site the more potential sales (obviously!) – your article will spread the web so quickly and you can expect a small boost to visitors each time you publish an article. This means you should publish articles regularly! Keep writing more and more, relevant to the latest issues in the topic you specialize in, and before long not only will you be making more sales but you will become a recognized expert in your field!

The inevitable search engine benefit!

When the search engines see more and more 1-way links back to your site building up over time, your search engine positions will rise higher and higher! Whichever way you look at articles, you cannot lose!

So what do I do? Write your article.Write your 'about the author' box, take a look at how other people do this before deciding on yours, I change mine for each article.Visit – complete the quick sign up – and publish your article in the corresponding category.Conclusion

Well there you have it – Article Publishing in a nutshell! Just remember that one article is not enough! To achieve top rankings you need to publish many varied articles over time – so keep writing and good luck!
About the Author

Benjamin Wigoder is a part-time webmaster who has proven that anybody can be successful on the web.Visit for more info on website building.

Published in: on April 26, 2006 at 9:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

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