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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Mark Abrahams is a full time internet marketer who has helped others to earn a living online.

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Published in: on May 12, 2007 at 11:25 pm  Comments (7)  

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
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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!

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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: www.niche-article-library.be

 

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

Published in: on August 13, 2006 at 8:14 am  Comments (157)  

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.

Article Source: www.niche-article-library.be

 

Author, Mike Freije, contributes articles on Internet Marketing for www.GlobalNewsArticles.com and www.freeinfoarticles.com . For more information on Expired Domains, visit : www.yourexpireddomains.com

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
    information.
  • 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!

Article Source: www.niche-article-library.be

 

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 ArticleCat.com.

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.

Copyright © 2006 Andreas ObermuellerArticle Source: http://www.niche-article-library.be

 

About the Author: Andreas Obermueller is webmaster of Hit4Biz.com – 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: http://www.searchbigdaddy.com/look

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.

Article Source: http://www.niche-article-library.be

 

Chris Towland www.no-cost-software.com/
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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 http://www.organicspam.com 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: http://www.niche-article-library.be

 

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 http://www.netpromarketer.com and to visit http://www.netpromarketer.com/directoriesandlists.html 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 http://www.ezinelocater.com.
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.
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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 http://www.google.com 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:

http://freezinesite.com/articles.cgi?action=add

http://niche-article-library.be
http://www.searchwarp.com/Register.asp

http://www.ideamarketers.com/writers.cfm

http://www.marketing-seek.com/articles/submit.shtml

http://www.ezinearticles.com

http://www.netterweb.com/articles

http://www.allnetarticles.com

http://www.web-source.net/syndicator_submit.htm

http://www.web-source.net/articlesub.htm

http://www.articlecentral.com

http://www.certificate.net/wwio

http://www.connectionteam.com/art.html

http://writerexchange.about.com/arts/writerexchange

http://www.content-exchange.com

http://www.dime-co.com

http://www.ebooksnbytes.com/articles/submit.shtml

http://www.womans-net.com

http://www.writers-free-reference.com

http://jogena.com

http://businessknowhow.com

http://www.selfgrowth.com/submit-article.html

http://www.ezadsuccess.com

http://www.opportunityupdate.com/doorwaytosubmit.html

http://www.ezine-writer.com.au

http://www.clickforcontent.com

http://www.family-content.com

http://www.boazepublishing.biz/articledir

http://www.hitsnclicks.com/hnc/contribute/contribute.asp

http://amazines.com

http://www.mailbiz.com/mailbiz/magcat

http://www.authorconnection.com

http://www.HerAssistant.com

http://www.ultimateprofits.com/index_author.htm

http://www.webbers.com/newcontent
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: http://www.niche-article-library.be 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 ArticleCo.com 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:
david riewe – Internet Marketer and Publisher – Try his free Ezine “The Ultimate marketing Tips” that that will Make your business An Outstanding Success! http://www.riewe.com

Copyright David Riewe – http://www.riewe.com

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.
http://tinyurl.com/dbkq4

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.

For more information on this product you can visit http://computer-internet.marc8.com/ebook-info.php/name/article_equalizer/toc_id/6-0-6-4/
About the Author

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.
mailto:dsweat@getresponse.com

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

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.
mailto:reading@getresponse.com

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.
mailto:realaffiliate@getresponse.com

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!
mailto:succeedwork@getresponse.com

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
business.
mailto:confusedpc@getresponse.com

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.
mailto:mylisting@getresponse.com

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.
mailto:websiteaward@getresponse.com

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 mailto:donna@sosbbs.com
or visit her site at http://www.homebiandmore.homestead.com

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 http://www.stopauctionfraud.com, 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.

About the Author

Visit Article Submitter Prohttp://www.article-submitter-pro.com for more information.

Published in: on June 6, 2006 at 7:37 pm  Comments (4)  

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 AffiliateClassroom.com.

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.

http://www.AffiliateClassroom.com

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
LEARN to UNDERSTAND YOUR P.C. in SIMPLE language!
If your PC is a Pain in the ya know where – Learn
"How" and "What" to do!
http://www.bastinmarket.com
mailto:peg@bastinmarket.com

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]

KEY WORDS: submit,articles,Jason Potash,Article Announcer,dynamic balance,equilibrium,new authors,articles,Google,Yahoo,MSN,always intelligently automate whenever possible,strong headlines,valuable content,Submission Guidelines,become a better writer,Article Submission Directories,submission sites

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.

Article Archives: (http://www.CyberspaceMarketeer.com) Products & Services: (http://www.EarnYourLiving.com) Robert Leggett's BLOG: (http://cyberspacemarketeer.blogspot.com)

Published in: on May 29, 2006 at 7:58 pm  Comments (3)  

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.

Introduction

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.

About the Author

Jeff Schuman helps people make money online
and make money at home with his 4 websites.
http://www.team-schuman.com
http://www.ezine-in-a-box.com
http://www.sites-plus.com
http://www.make-money-bay.com

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
http://www.thenetreporter.com
=====================================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
article.

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
audience.

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-
checking!

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
altogether.

Simple "Traffic Machine" brings Thousands of NEW visitors to
your website for weeks, even months… without spending a
dime on advertising! ==> "Turn Words Into
Traffic"

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 http://www.internet-tips.net – 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 "domain.com/post-name". 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 domain.com/?p=5, 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.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=CY_Tang

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: http://Your-Company-Name.com/
  • 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.

Christopher Knight - EzineArticles Expert Author

About The Author:

Christopher M. Knight invites you to submit your best articles for massive exposure to the high-traffic EzineArticles.com directory. When you submit your articles to EzineArticles.com, 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: http://EzineArticles.com/submit/

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Christopher_Knight

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.

Copyright © 2006 Andreas ObermuellerArticle Source: http://niche-article-library.be

 

About the Author: Andreas Obermueller is webmaster of Hit4Biz.com – Marketing Related Information and recommends Marble Host for reliable Web Hosting

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.

Copyright © 2006 Andreas ObermuellerArticle Source: http://niche-article-library.be

 

About the Author: Andreas Obermueller is webmaster of Hit4Biz.com – Marketing Related Information and recommends Marble Host as reliable Web Host

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!

Links

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 MarketingTitan.com– an Internet marketing and advertising company. To read more marketing articles, visit MarketingTitan.com.

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:
http://www.homebiztools.com/syndication.htm

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 Freesticky.com and StickySuace.com. 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 NetBizHelpers.com.

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

Mark Nottingham's RSS Tutorial
http://www.mnot.net/rss/tutorial/

Technology at Harvard Law
http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss

O'Reilly XML.com
http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/12/18/dive-into-xml.html

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:
http://www.homebiztools.com/article-dir.htm

To begin posting your articles on announcement lists:
http://www.homebiztools.com/article-lists.htm

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 http://www.HomeBizTools.com. 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 http://www.promotewitharticles.com/strategy100.html 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:
http://www.yellowpagesage.com/article253.html 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 http://www.yellowpagesage.com 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.
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–Dr. Lynella Grant Consultant and Author – Promote yourself, business, website, or book with online articles http://www.promotewitharticles.com 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 http://www.webpronews.com/insiderreports/searchinsider/wpn-49-20050407GooglesNewLinkFilter.html#google.

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 http://www.divinewrite.com/seoarticles.htm.)

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.

Conclusion

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 mailto:glenn@divinewrite.com. Visit http://www.divinewrite.com 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 http://www.myaffiliateplace.biz/Affiliate_Free_Tools.htm 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: http://www.myaffiliateplace.biz 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:
yoursite.com/articles

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:
http://www.cashway.com/articles

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:

/articles/dogtraining
/articles/doghealth
/articles/doggrooming
/articles/dogweightloss

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
love.

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:
http://news.google.com.

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
site.

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
http://www.cashway.com/biz_rm.htm
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.

Content

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.

Promote

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rich Hamilton, Jr is the CEO/President of http://www.ElitesMarketing.com 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.
http://www.InsideNetMarketing.com

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
work.

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 http://groups.yahoo.com/ – you'll need to subscribe
to these groups first):

aabusiness
aageneral
aainet
article_announce
ArticlePublisher
articles_archives
epub
hersmallbusiness
Free-Content
publisher_network
PublishInYours
and these …

http://www.ideamarketers.com
http://www.marketing-seek.com
http://www.womans-net.com
http://www.boconline.com/sub-art.html
http://www.connectionteam.com/submit.html
http://www.certificate.net/wwio/ideas.shtml
http://www.mailbiz.com
http://www.UltimateProfits.com
http://www.atozines.com/content/subartic.htm
http://opportunityupdate.com/articles
http://www.selfgrowth.com
http://www.internetday.com/submit
http://www.marcommwise.com
http://www.vectorcentral.com
http://www.goarticles.com
http://www.hotlaunch.com
http://www.ezinearticles.com
http://www.webmasterslibrary.com

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.
http://www.ahbbo.com
http://www.ahbbo.com/legalhelp.html

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:

http://www.isnare.com
http://ezinearticles.com
http://articlecity.com
http://ideamarketers.com

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:

http://www.isnare.com/pbenefits.php – Distribute as many articles as you can for $35/month with an option to request for proofreading before distributing your article.

http://thephantomwriters.com – Amount depends on the number of articles you distribute

http://www.ezineannouncer.com – I haven’t looked at this one yet

http://www.articlesubmissionsites.com/ – $49.00 introductory six month renewable membership
About the Author

Glenn invites you to submit your free content articles at http://www.isnare.com

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 http://www.nichemarketknowhow.com today to find strategies, tips, tools, products and resources for effective niche marketing. Get his Niche Market Know-how Mini Course here: http://www.nichemarketknowhow.com/course.htm

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.

Copyright © 2006 Andreas ObermuellerArticle Source: http://niche-article-library.be

 

About the Author: Andreas Obermueller is webmaster of Hit4Biz.com – Marketing Related Information and recommends Marble Host as reliable Web Host

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

ARTICLES

By: Robert J Farey
ARTICLES.
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.
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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. http://www.powerpenmarketsearch.com

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.

Copyright © 2006 Andreas ObermuellerArticle Source: http://niche-article-library.be

 

About the Author: Andreas Obermueller is webmaster of Hit4Biz.com – Marketing Related Information and recommends Marble Host for reliable Web Hosting

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 http://www.divinewrite.com/seocopy.htm 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 http://www.divinewrite.com/googlelinkfilter.htm). 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 (http://www.google.com/alerts) 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 http://www.divinewrite.com/seotradesecrets.htm 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 mailto:glenn@divinewrite.com. Visit http://www.divinewrite.com 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: http://www.UnusualWaysToMakeMoney.com

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 Ezinearticles.com 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

Wordbrains.com

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 http://www.wordbrains.com

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."

Wrong.

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

Online since 1998, Azam Corry can help you succeed. No-Bull
Marketing Help, Tools & Resources: http://NowSell.com/?NOTpub
Huge Discounts on Top eBooks: http://eBookSaver.com/?NOTpub

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
    http://www.jvwinc.com/internet.html .
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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 ArticleWareHouse.com. ArticleWareHouse.com is Your Source for FREE and License Based articles for writers and small biz: http://www.articlewarehouse.com/?-articles-ezines .
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.

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

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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.

NOT A WRITER?… NO PROBLEM…

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.

OK… YOU HAVE AN ARTICLE… NOW WHAT?

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…

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.)

http://www.allmerchants.com/
http://www.allnetarticles.com/
http://amazines.com/
http://www.articlecity.com/article_submission.shtml
http://articleresponder.com/index.php
http://www.articlesubmissions.com/index.php
http://www.boconline.com/
http://www.businesstoolchest.com/
http://www.certificate.net/wwio/index.shtml
http://www.connectionteam.com
http://www.dime-co.com/
http://www.ebooksnbytes.com
http://www.echievements.com/
http://ezineadhelper.com/cgi-bin/articles/articles.cgi
http://www.ezinearticles.com
http://www.goarticles.com
http://www.internetbasedmoms.com/bb/index.php
http://linksnoop.com/
http://www.mailbiz.com/mailbiz/magcat/
http://www.SimpleSteps2success.biz
http://thewhir.com/find/articlecentral/
http://webmarketingspecialists.com/articlesubmit.htm
http://www.webmomz.com/users/login.shtml
http://www.zongoo.com/index.php

ARTICLE ANNOUNCEMENT LISTS…

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…

http://topica.com/lists/articlereview/
http://topica.com/lists/freeezinecontent/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/article_announce/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/article_announce_list/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Free-Reprint-Articles/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Free-Content/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Free_eContent/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freezinecontent/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/internet_marketing_articleblaster/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/netwrite-publish-announce/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/publisher_network/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QC_Reprint_Articles
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ReprintArticles-Paradise/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/reprintedarticles/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheWriteArticles/

YOUR INTERNAL, IN-HOUSE, DISTRIBUTION LIST…

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!

PAID DISTRIBUTION SERVICES…

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 [ http://www.e-comprofits.com ] & the major portal for the
network marketing industry- MaxxMLM.com [http://www.MaxxMLM.com ]. Thom can be reached by email at: thomATe-comprofits.com

Published in: on May 2, 2006 at 9:05 pm  Comments (5)  

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 http://www.goarticles.com – 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 http://www.benwiggy.com for more info on website building.

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

15 Commandments To Submitting Articles – Article Submission

By: Martin Lemieux
15 Commandments To Submitting Articles – Article Submission Sites By: Martin Lemieux1) Don't use all capitals in your title:

People don't like to be yelled at. USING CAPITALS is the same as yelling and looks awful. There aren't many article submission sites that accept ALL capitals in your title.

2) Only use HTML when asked:

There is nothing worse for an editor when he/she has to strip out HTML because you failed to follow the guidelines. If the website asks for NO HTML then don't add any.

3) Only use simple HTML:

If you are allowed to use HTML, just use the basics. Ex. (P)aragraph, (B)old, (I)talicized, (LI)st bullets, (A)link, etc. These HTML codes are considered basic and are usually accepted when submitting your article in HTML format.

4) Don't use articles to advertise your services within the content:

There is nothing worse than reviewing an article and seeing 5/10 links that are owned by the author embedded within the content of the article. Granted, sometimes you have something unique to help others with and you need to get the word out, I like to see such promotion but ONLY if it is useful for the readers and it is FREE, not a paid service or product. Try not to use this unique information within every single article that you write. This info will then become a little useless for the editors and they may even delete that section. Please remember to READ the "Author Guidelines" before you start submitting your articles.

5) Don't submit press releases as tips:

There is a distinct difference between a press release and an informative article. Press releases are strictly for announcing news about your company. Informative articles teach people about a specific subject (not about your company).

6) Have your articles edited by editors:

These days, there are so many authors trying to make their mark. It is imperative that you get your article edited by an editor, friend, colleague, or someone who is really good at checking for spelling and grammar.

7) Try to write something unique to the industry:

People all over the world are writing about the same thing. If you truly want to shine, try writing about topics that aren't covered by everyone. If you discover something new, do some research on what people are saying about it. If you can't find any other content, you may have found a gold mine.

8) Don't copy other people's content:

This topic is seriously funny. We have caught people actually stealing our articles and simply changing the title of the article to call it their own. How pathetic! If you use someone else's content, only use it for study, not for your own promotion and recognition. If you "quote" someone else, make sure to give credit where appropriate.

9) Find 5 new article submission sites to submit to:

If you submit articles once a week, try and make it a habit to find 5 new article submission sites to submit to. I guarantee you that new article submission websites popup almost weekly. We are still finding new sites to submit to, there is no limit to your search. Go within Google and do a search similar to "article submission sites", or "Where to submit articles to?".

Here are 5 newer article submission sites:

9.1) http://www.article99.com 9.2) http://www.a1articles.com 9.3) http://www.activeauthors.com 9.4) http://www.articlepros.com 9.5) http://www.free-articles-zone.com

10) Keep your author bio short & sweet:

Try keeping your author biography short & sweet. There is nothing worse than seeing an article submission and realizing that most of the article content is within the author bio. Use one sentence and a couple of links. Most submission sites will accept up to 3 links within your resource box.

11) Don't buy articles from other companies and call them your own:

Commandment #11 is sweeping the world and is giving the article writing industry a bad name. Please don't even consider buying articles from people that claim that they will write a "UNIQUE" article for you to promote. Trust me when I tell you this, the article that you buy has been sold and re-sold many times. You will be doing your company no justice at all by buying articles. Article submission websites frown down on this method and will ban you from ever submitting articles again if you are caught.

12) Try not to attack others within your articles:

Being libelous is not good karma. Attacking others will give a negative effect for your articles. In fact, most article submission websites won't accept articles that are libelous.

13) Use copyright information at the bottom of your article:

Adding your copyright information at the top won't help you at all. I've come across many websites that simply delete your copyright information if it is listed at the top. That's what your author bio is for. Add any reprint rights and copyright information within your bio.

14) Affiliate links should never be used:

DO NOT USE AFFILIATE LINKS PERIOD! Promoting affiliate links within articles is a no no. Most article submission websites have a rule against listing affiliate links within author's articles (body content) and your author bio. If you absolutely need to use an affiliate link, try creating a "short link" that simplifies the link into a smaller, more compact link.

15) Setup For Manual Submissions:

Most link submission softwares aren't the answer. There is nothing better than personalizing your submissions by submitting them manually. Granted, this can take up to 2-4 hours per week if you write one article a week BUT submitting manually will get your article listed within two times as many article submission websites than the software's can. Many websites require a login or show you an image to "enter the characters shown" to login and submit articles. By using a software, you will never be able to submit to such companies.

Many article submission websites have different and unique fields that they require for you to enter. If you use a software, you will never have that personal touch that each individual website & editor is looking for and your articles will never be accepted.

If you follow these commandments, you should have no problem getting your articles listed on 1000's of websites and get a great deal of promotion for your company.

Keep writing and keep submitting!

About The Author:Martin Lemieux is the president of the Smartads Advertising Network. Smartads is dedicated to helping you expose your business online and offline.

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Published in: on April 22, 2006 at 9:35 pm  Comments (1)  

The Real Value Of Free Reprint Articles

By: Trey Pennewell
Free reprint articles can dramatically increase traffic to your website by way of inbound links. Free reprint articles are articles that have either been written by you or by a ghostwriter and are given away to publishers so that you can get free exposure.Your articles should deal with topics in your area of expertise and the general topic that your website covers. Free reprint articles are generally informative and helpful to the reader. Once you or the ghostwriter have completed your article, you will want to get it distributed to publishers who will print it in their ezines and newsletters or on their websites. When a publisher uses your free reprint article, the publisher agrees to attach a textbox that contains the authors name and information, and a link back to your website. This is where your increased web traffic comes from.

Is it worth it for you to go to the trouble of writing an informative, good quality article that can increase your web traffic? Is it worth it to hire a ghostwriter to do it for you? Are you willing to pay a distributor to get your article out to the publishers? These are all questions that you must answer for yourself. Keep in mind that writing a single article and getting it published into niche ezines and newsletters that reach your target audiences can be extremely valuable.

If you did not use a free reprint article, how would you reach these targeted audiences? By targeted audiences, I mean that the readers are interested enough in the topic that you deal with to subscribe to ezines and newsletters that provide information on those topics. Many would say that they would simply pay to advertise in the ezines and newsletters that reach their target market. This is an effective, but expensive method of reaching your target audiences. Consider that on average, the CPM (cost per thousand subscribers) advertising rate for ezines and newsletters is $8 CPM. Now if an ezine has 10,000 subscribers, you will be paying $80.00 for an advertisement in that single publication.

Conversely, if you use free reprint articles to promote your business, you can possibly reach this ezine and ten others just like it. With some articles, you might be able to reach one hundred more ezines with the same size subscriber base, and some with an even larger subscriber base. I have been published in ezines reaching as many as 750,000 subscribers per issue. This is the beauty of using free reprint articles for business promotion; one article written and distributed one time could reach 10 thousand readers, 100 thousand readers, and possibly even millions of readers.

Suppose for example, you spend $600 to have an article written for you, and suppose you spend $200 to have that article distributed for you. In many cases, you can get a ghostwriter and a distributor for much less money. For the sake of our example, if you spend $800 to have an article written and distributed for you, and your article reaches 100,000 readers, then you will have spent 0.008 cents per reader to have your sales message delivered to your targeted market. This is the equivalent of the $8 CPM advertising we were talking about previously.

Now, what if you can buy a ghost written article and have it distributed for half or even a third this amount, and what if perhaps you can reach even more readers than the 100,000? Whenever you can spend less or you can increase the reach of your message, then you will have lowered the CPM cost of your sales message.

For the average businessperson, a free reprint article will be much cheaper than straight paid advertising, and the free reprint article will show the readers that you are indeed an expert in your field. Whether you sell services or products, the reader can see that you know your stuff by reading your article.

A free reprint article that is sent to targeted publishers by an experienced distribution service can reach thousands of potential publishers that have thousands or tens of thousands of readers. The cost of doing this varies, but the cost of distributing one article is almost always far cheaper than buying one advertisement in one ezine or newsletter. The distributors send the article, with the textbox and link back to your site, to the appropriate publishers. The publishers have generally developed an appreciation for the distributors and are often more trusting of material sent by the distribution services. Therefore, publishers may be more likely to use your article in their publications if you use a distribution service to get it to them.

Writing and distributing free reprint articles is definitely an effective and inexpensive method to generate traffic to your website and to gain new customers. If you do not feel that writing is your specialty, consider hiring a ghostwriter to write the article for you. When using a ghostwriter there is almost always a written agreement that you can use your own name as the author of the article. This way you become known as the expert and as one who offers the valuable information to potential customers.

A simple advertisement in a publication offers little real value to the reader. A free reprint article does offer value, because it gives the reader some real and useful information. For example, if you are running a website that deals with home improvements, then you may want to write an article that tells the readers how to make a certain home improvement. Give away some of your knowledge, and the readers will be more likely to visit your website. An advertisement simply shows the services that you offer, not that you actually know what you are talking about.

Free reprint articles are cost effective and can save you time, trouble and money. You can literally reach tens or hundreds of thousands of possible customers in a very short period of time.

I would encourage you to track several pieces of data in connection with your free reprint articles.

First, you should track where you have been published, how many readers you were able to reach, and the average cost of advertising in the ezines and newsletters where you were published. This allows you to gain an appreciation for the monetary value of the advertising you were able to acquire using your free reprint article. It also allows you the luxury of making an accurate determination as to whether the money you had spent to write and distribute your article matched up with the advertising value you received.

Secondly, you should track how much traffic you were able to have delivered to your website as a result of the publication of your article, how much of that traffic you were able to convert into buyers, and how many dollars those visitors spent at your site. This will allow you to determine how effective your advertising is against the cost of the advertising received. The reality is that some ezines charge $4 CPM and will not deliver that much value, while other ezines charge $50 CPM and they are worth every penny spent.

The actual numbers can vary widely from article to article. But, when you compare the results from a free reprint article to the results from a regular advertisement, the cost per visitor gained from a free reprint article will be much cheaper and your return on investment (ROI) will be much more long-term, than traffic gained from traditional advertising.

About the author:
Trey Pennewell is one of several ghost writers making his work available at: http://thePhantomWriters.com. thePhantomWriters is known for their ability to get your reprint articles distributed to 17.000+ publishers and webmasters looking for quality content. Now, they have a program available that allows you to purchase the rights to use an article for the promotion of your online business, from their Catalog of Pre-Written Ghost Articles.
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Published in: on April 18, 2006 at 10:46 am  Leave a Comment  

TurboCharge Your Site With Article Writing

By: Titus Hoskins
Writing articles related to your site's topic and syndicating these articles all over the web is a very effective way of marketing your site. This simple, yet effective marketing strategy will deliver targeted visitors, increase your rankings and boost your sales.In essence, article writing will 'TurboCharge' your site!

Although it sounds more like a catch-phrase from a marketer's hype-fest, its the most appropriate phrase to describe the effect article writing will have on your web site. It perfectly sums up the major benefits of article marketing.

Article writing will quickly:

* boost one-way links to your site * help you brand your name or site * help sell or pre-sell your products * bring in plenty of targeted traffic * give you and your site more creditability

The effects can sometimes be jarring…

One minute, your site is humming along at its regular pace, then suddenly, you check your web logs and your stats has doubled or even tripled. There is a massive flood of visitors coming to your site. Sometimes, it may only be one site which picks up your article and features it in their ezine, bringing in targeted visitors to your site. Other times, it may be many sites and ezines displaying your articles, causing a large influx of guests to your site.

All of the above has happened to me!

First, some background, I had heard other marketers sing the praises of article writing for so long I decided to do a test-run and see the proof for myself. Writing over 30 articles since January of this year, I kept track of my results over this six month period – to view these articles and find out where some of them ended up, just google my name "TITUS HOSKINS".

Finding and researching material for articles was not a problem. Online forums, subscribers' questions, and my own marketing tasks were a great source of ideas. Compiling and writing original articles that would stand out from the crowd was the hard part.

Here are some pointers that I learned about article writing that may also help you:

Find the Right Title – Choosing the right title will make or break your article, keep it short and put the main benefit of your article in your title, i.e. what will readers actually acquire from reading your article?

Keep Your Article Short and Concise – If you want your article to be pick up by ezines and placed on sites, keep it short (300-1200 Words) and to the point. I find articles in the 700 – 900 word range do very well, longer articles less so.

Do A Spell and Grammar Check – Use a spell-checker or WordPerfect to check your articles. I also use Google as my proof reader. Not sure of a word or phrase, just Google it!

Resource Box – Like the title, you must point out the benefits of clicking your links in your resource box which is displayed at the end of your article. Offering a free ecourse or ebook I found will improve your 'click thru rate'. Newsletter subscriptions also works. If you're keyword marketing, place your keyword or phrase in the anchor text of your resource box links. Google will reward you handsomely for this simple little detail. So will the other search engines.

Be Unique – Find your own voice. Be distinctive. Make yourself and your site stand out. But don't go overboard, writing concise, informative and helpful articles will bring enough interest and attention to your site. Narrowing and focusing in on one subject area will eventually make you an expert on that topic or subject.

Syndicating your Articles – Online article directories are very good for this. Listed below are the major ones I use to get my articles 'out there'.

http://www.goarticles.com http://www.ezinearticles.com http://www.ideamarketers.com http://www.articleally.com http://www.articlemarketer.com

Simple tracking tips, if you want to check the performance of difference article directories – just make a minor change in your article as you place it in each directory. Then as your article is spread around the web – you can check its source. To find out just how far your articles have traveled, just place your article's title between quotation marks and Google it…like this: "TurboCharge Your Site With Article Writing"

My experiences with article writing were very beneficial to me. I was a little surprised at the high quality sites picking up and displaying my articles: addme, sitepronews, thetechzone, bonafidereviews, wwwcoder, buzzle, icemelon, devshed… and many more.

It has tripled my site's links since January, Google indexed my site and started sending significant traffic my way. My traffic according to Alexa, is under 50,000 many weeks – my site even made it into the top 15,000 for a very short while. Those spikes in traffic also means more subscribers and more sales. I recently had over 200 subscribers to my ezine in one day – my site normally receives around 5-10 new subscribers each day.

I also found more people 'bookmarked' my site – resulting in more long term targeted traffic. My affiliate sales have increased, and since my page views are up, my Google Adsense earnings have also increased. I also believe article writing has helped in branding my site and also giving myself more creditability.

In fact, my results have been so positive, I feel a 'disclaimer' coming on! Your results will vary according to your skill, effort and resources but article marketing is one of the best free marketing strategies you will ever have at your disposal. If you try only one new marketing technique this year, make it article writing.

So go ahead, give your site the boost it deserves, 'TurboCharge' it with some of your best writing and experience the effects for yourself. Buckle up and both hands on the wheel!
About the AuthorWell respected Marketer Jason Potash has released some handy software that will syndicate your articles. Check it out here: Article Announcer Copyright © 2005 Titus Hoskins of www.bizwaremagic.com This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.

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Five Great Ideas For Your Next Article

By: Michael Southon
It's amazing how quickly free articles can generate traffic – my traffic sometimes triples within 24 hours of releasing a new article. But if free articles are your main marketing technique, you may run into a problem – how to come up with new ideas.Yesterday an interviewer asked me in an email: "How does someone come up with topic ideas? What do you do, for example?"

This was my reply:

The key to coming up with topic ideas for your articles is to be very aware of what you yourself are learning. As you know, e-commerce is a huge area and we're all learning new things every day. Every time you learn something new, write a short article about it. Because there are almost certainly other people who are going to have to learn what you just learned and your article is going to make it much easier for them to get that information.

The other thing to do is pay close attention to the questions people ask you. For example, I had a question last week from a man in the UK who wanted to know how to use articles to promote an affiliate link. So I answered his question and then wrote an article titled: 'How To Boost Your Affiliate Sales With Free Articles'.

You may notice that I'm using this technique here. Yesterday someone asked me a question and today I'm writing an article about it. It's that simple!

Here are five great ideas for your next article:

  1. Write a Book/Product Review
    This is an endless source of new articles. Every time you see a new eBook, write to the author and ask if you can have a 'review copy' (this is also an excellent way to get free copies of the latest new eBooks).Writing a book review is really very easy – just summarize the points that most impressed you. You can see some examples of book reviews at:

  2. Do an Interview
    Contact a well-known figure on the Internet and ask him or her if you could interview them by email. There's an art to doing a good interview and the best way to learn is to look at other interviews:

  3. Write a Business News Article
    Subscribe to one of the Internet News services, clipping agencies, or Press Release services and use the information you receive to write articles on the latest developments in your industry field.Here are some websites that specialize in Internet Business News:

  4. Write an Anecdote
    Have you had a strange or frustrating experience on the Internet, or have you made a big mistake that you learned from (people love reading about other people's mistakes). Write about it!
  5. Write a 'How To' article
    These kind of articles are always in demand. And it doesn't have to be very long – five tips that you've picked up in the last month on some aspect of running an online business. Maybe you learned how to choose a web host, how to choose a list server, how to deal with spam, how to get better results from your Newsletter, or how to succeed with affiliate programs? Why not share those tips with others?

I hope these ideas have given you food for your next article and the next surge of free traffic to your website!

(c) 2002 by Michael Southon

About The Author
Michael Southon has been writing for the Internet for over 3 years. He has shown hundreds of webmasters how to use this simple technique to get massive free publicity and dramatically increase traffic and sales. Click here to find out more: http://www.ezine-writer.com

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Published in: on April 11, 2006 at 3:44 pm  Comments (1)  

Building Websites with Articles

By: Richard Keir
Copyright 2005 Richard KeirI've been blogging occasionally over the last two months about my ongoing experiment with writing articles. This is a super hot topic lately with the changes going on at Google and Yahoo that are impacting many websites and basically freaking people out.

Now everybody knows that writing articles is a powerful technique. You knew that, right? And everybody is writing articles, right? No. Did I? Not until recently, though I wrote a lot in blogs and did post some articles I wrote on my sites. There's two parts to this for me. Writing, which I have been doing. Distributing. Which I hadn't been doing.

I finally came out of that fog and decided that I had to see what distribution might really do. Content, such as original articles is still the basic currency of the internet. People come onto the web looking for information. Content provides that information.

But, if the content is just sitting on a blog or posted in an article directory on one website, it has very limited exposure without links. Content may be the flesh of the web, but links are the bones, the underlying structure that allows things to found and accessed.

It's in our faces right here – the two basics that you can combine to really power a successful website. Content and links. Write articles AND publish/distribute them. Simple, basic, old style site building.

One technique many are using to build sites is to get other people's articles and put them up on their sites to provide related content. I do it, you do it, nearly everyone seems to. Other people publish ezines, but can't possibly write all the content they want to provide. This is the demand that exists, right now, for your articles. There is a deep, apparently bottomless need for quality content on nearly anything imaginable. And it won't go away.

Original content on your site is a great traffic booster. Distributing your content all over the internet gets you lots of incoming links – which over time could well continue to increase as your articles are picked up and redistributed. Plus you are generating a name for yourself and qualifying yourself as an expert. Experts write about what they know and discover. They share their knowledge. I'm not talking about anyone being a genius and discovering anti-gravity (and finally eliminating rocket science). I'm talking about what's already in your head and what you can learn, research and write about.

I wrote three articles on some basics concepts to keep in mind in building and developing successful eCommerce websites. They aren't hot hot hot 6 steps to infinite wealth type writing. They're basic and based on research. Then I distributed them to a couple (not all) of the big article directories and to a large group of relevant directories and lists through SubmitYourArticle.com (which I do recommend if you're looking for an excellent and reasonable article submission service). Here are the results as of this writing (June 28, 2005):

======== Pages Reported
======== Yahoo = Google = MSN = Pub Date
Article 1 . . . 610 . . . 320 . . . . 436 . . May 19th
Article 2 . . . 253 . . . 246 . . . . 269 . . June 1st
Article 3 . . 2060 . . .1000 . . . .239 . . June 14th

. . Total . . .2923 . . .1566 . . . .944

That's a lot of pages. Now, some of those won't have any live link. Yes, it does happen even though it really shouldn't. A lot of the sites it's on won't have much or any page rank and probably quite a few sites are not relevant. People aren't always careful about selecting relevant articles. Some will be on pages that won't pass rank. However, what's left are relevant incoming one-way links – some of which will be from sites with at least some authority. Say even 20% of the links are relevant and/or from sites with some rank. That's a minimum (I believe I'm being pretty conservative with the 20% figure) of over 1000 useful incoming links based on relevant content.

I was astonished. And then I felt really stupid – I knew this, but I really didn't GET it or I would have been writing and distributing from day 1. You're looking at the truth behind the power of articles and article distribution. No tricks, no fancy high powered tools, no big expensive anything at all.

Are you telling yourself you can't write articles? I'm telling you that you can. If you can talk, you can write. If you need help, there are lots of resources about how to write – some very good ones are free, some are quite inexpensive. Other tools are more expensive.

Ghostwriters are another alternative. A little tricky and possibly slightly expensive for really high quality work, but there's also a lot of information available on how to do it right.

My advice here is – whatever it takes, start publishing your own original content on your website and start distributing it now. For building long term success, there's very little you can do that will have anywhere near the same results.

About the AuthorRichard teaches, trains and consults, on and off-line, on business and professional presentations, programming, site building and eCommerce. Visit http://www.Building-eCommerce-Websites.com for eCommerce articles, information, resources and links and check our blog at http://www.Building-eCommerce-Websites/blog for opinion and ideas.

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Published in: on April 9, 2006 at 9:58 pm  Comments (1)  

Control your own Success

 – By: Magnus Gunnlaugsson

It is a sad aspect of live but not everyone is successful. In the world, we live in there are winners and losers. Most people want to be in the group of winners but unfortunately, many remain where they stand. As you well know, being successful means to stand above the others around you or to know more that the one sitting next to you does. Not being successful is simple: you make all the wrong choices, you work without ethics, you most likely lack responsibility and education is almost everything. Although it is not obvious, the lack of success is also a choice, but a choice that can be gained on the first try.You need to understand how to have more success than your colleague does and to work for success. Success does not come free or cheap, you have to pay for it. The price is not monetary but it is expressed in manners of time and effort, these being precious details that you cannot receive back once you gave them away. Success is hard. To be successful you have to work hard, be educated and have a little bit of luck. Often you have to try many times until you truly reach success.

Here is some practical advice on how to be successful:

– Alter your behavior and learn good manners.

– Always read, always learn and always communicate.

– Build up a purpose in life, create a plan and go on living by it.

– Cherish everything you have and get.

– Find out more, be responsible, learn about control and always stay informed.

– Give up watching so much television, or playing games.

– Give up bad habits and keep the good ones: eat well and regularly, get enough sleep, go to a gym or just go jogging.

– Keep your sense of humor but do not become rude.

– Try to work more in the shortest possible periods of time.

– Think and act fast when faced with an opportunity. If you see what you really want, do not let any chances pass you by. This one might just be the last you will get.

Anyone and everyone can have success but you just need to grab it for yourself in leaps or small steps or any way you can.

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Published in: on April 7, 2006 at 9:05 pm  Comments (1)  

MARKETING YOUR ARTICLES

By: Carol Woods
* Are you trying to promote a web site or online store?
* Are you a consultant or small business owner looking for new customers?
* Do you have an e-zine and want new subscribers?Writing articles and sharing them online can be a great way to meet all of these goals!

What to write about:
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Before you actually begin writing, get out a piece of paper and write down your goals for the articles. Are you trying to bring business to your online store? Do you want to locate new customers for an offline business? Write down specifically what you hope to accomplish.

Next, write down the type of people who you are seeking. What type of people are most likely to buy from your store, for example? Are they male or female, young or old, parents or single? Write down as many characteristics of your ideal customer as possible.

Then, look at the combination of your objective and your desired customer, and figure out some article topics that would be of interest to a person in your target group.

Heres an example to give you a feel for what Im talking about:

* Goal: bring customers to my online store, which sells birthday items
* Ideal Customer: a mother with children between 1 and 10 who is planning a birthday party for her children in the next few months.
* Topics:

    – How to plan a first birthday party
    – How to plan a childs birthday party
    – Kids parties on a budget
    – Unique party ideas for children
    – How to have a _ birthday party (dressup, zoo animal, etc etc)Write it:
    ——————

    Now, start writing your articles!

    Pick one of your topics to start. Develop an outline of the topics you want to cover. Dont pick too many; ideally your article will be only about a page in length.

    Write it! Keep it to the point, share as much information as you can, and keep the paragraphs fairly short. When youre finished, have someone else proofread it if possible.

    Finally, develop a short resource box to place at the bottom of all of your articles. This is only 4 – 5 lines, and tells a little about you plus has a link to your web site, an email address, or whatever else you want. If you include some sort of free gift or report for people who click through that will increase your click-through rate.

    For example, here is the one I use:

    Carol Woods is the editor of Work at Home Income, a weekly publication of Income Building Blocks. IBB offers free ideas, information and inspiration for moms who work at home – or want to! For lots of free ideas to help you find a work at home job or start a home based business, visit us at and sign up for Work at Home Income!

    Market it:
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    There are 2 components to marketing your article.

    First, post it to online directories that publishers use to locate articles they can print in their publications. The usual arrangement is that you post your article to a database, and the publisher can then reprint your article as long as they include your resource box at the bottom.

    These are the directories I use:

    http://www.ezinearticles.com/
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aabusiness (if your article is business-related)
    http://www.goarticles.com/
    http://www.authorconnection.com/
    http://www.ideamarketers.com
    http://makingprofit.com/mp/articles/submit.shtml

    Second, if you have time – do a search for ezines which you think your target customers might read at cumuli, http://www.cumuli.com/ezines/

    Once youve found some appropriate publications, send a copy of your article to the publishers of those ezines to see if they would be interested in including it in their ezine or on their web site.

    Here's where to learn more:
    ——————

    Netwriting Masters Course: A free 5-day email course. No matter what you sell on the Net… If you want to sell more, write better! Just click and send a blank email to mailto:twmsibb@sitesell.net to receive the course.

    Information Masters Course: A free 5-day email course on writing and selling your own e-book! Just click and send a blank email to mailto:timsibb@sitesell.net to receive the course.

    Ezine Announcer has lots of good information on article marketing; visit them at http://www.income-building-blocks.com/MoreSubs.html
    About the Author

    Carol Woods is the editor of Work at Home Income, a weekly publication of Income
    Building Blocks. IBB offers free ideas, information and inspiration for moms who work
    at home or want to! For lots of free ideas to help you find a work at home job or start
    a home based business, visit us at http://www.income-building-blocks.com and sign up
    for Work at Home Income!

Published in: on March 28, 2006 at 10:01 am  Comments (3)  

How to write an Article?

By: Lakshmi Menon
Most of us know that writing an article is the best and the
cheapest way to get targetted customers to your website. But how do
we go about it?You may be thinking, "I'm not a writer. I don't have the required
talent. I've not written anything in the past."One thing you must understand is you need not be a professional
writer to write an informative article consisting of about
300-500 words. All that is required is your knowledge about the
given topic which you want to write. This knowledge can be
attained through your own experience and reading through other
articles.

The best thing to do is just browse through the articles in various
ezines. Pick up the topic of interest to you and start reading as
many articles as possible preferably at a stretch. You will be
amazed to know that you too can produce such simple articles.

The next question which may pop up in your mind is "Already so
many people have written articles on this topic and how can I write
about such a topic again?"

Don't get disappointed on this issue. Please remember each one's
article is a unique piece when they write it in their own words.

If you have any doubt, give it a try. Give a topic to 10 people
and ask them to write an article on that topic. You won't believe
until you see them, all of them will be a unique piece.

You will be surprised to see that when you write your thoughts on
the paper and publish it as an article there will be lot of readers.
The only thing you have to be careful is that your article is
informative and easy to understand for a common man.
Once you start writing you will notice your depth of knowledge
on the subject and your hidden talent of writing.

If you can write an "How to" article you can be a successful
writer. Millions of people will be browsing through the net for
the "How to" articles.

Try writing your own experience when you faced a problem how did
you solve it. That information might of help for many others.

Just keep writing.

About the Author

Lakshmi Menon is the owner of
http://www.net4homeincome.com

Published in: on March 27, 2006 at 8:55 pm  Comments (1)  

Webmaster Interview : Article site owner

By: Lee Munson
yfs1 is an experienced webmaster and prolific forum poster who has recently started a new article submission site, http://www.ArticleDepot.co.uk Within just a few weeks he is receiving hundreds of new articles and also many hundreds of visitors each day.Below are his answers to questions we put to him on June 3rd, 2005.

What is the philosophy of your organisation?

The main goal for Article Depot is to provide a two-pronged resource for webmasters. The first is a place where they can distribute their articles and gain the SEO benefit of the links contained within. The second is to provide them with related and useful content to supplement their site and gain greater exposure. We combine these two things with a "Keep It Simple" philosophy. There are no confusing signups or new code to learn. Most article submissions take less than 20 seconds from start to finish.

What are the organisation's plans and goals?

Our goal is to become a leading article distribution site by constantly adding new features that benefit the people that make Article Depot what it is, the webmasters.

What do you consider to your site's strengths and weaknesses?

Our strength is our ability to adapt. We always have features in development. Our biggest one right now is to have an RSS feed which webmasters can put on their site and display articles in their chosen category as they are submitted. This would mean they could have fresh content and wouldn't even have to come to the site. Our weakness may be our passion for this type of site. We are always trying to see things through webmasters eyes which can be difficult when you have the level of involvement with a site that we do.

What made you decide to run an article site?

I am a webmaster myself and I saw a need for a certain kind of article site. I struggled to find it so at first decided to build one to meet my own needs. It has now taken off with over 2,000 submissions every two weeks and unique visitors increasing 10% a day. I believe in it and feel it's the future of SEO. Content will always be important and can often help protect you from Algo shifts.

As the owner of ArticleDepot, what do you find to be some of your biggest challenges?

By far the biggest challenge we face is SPAM. With any distribution site, most times you are judged on the value of your site by the quality of the articles. This is why each article is viewed by a human reviewer before being added. This ensures the quality of our database and ensures you are getting the quality you expect when you come to Article Depot.

Do you think that content is still king?

I still believe in Content as King in an overall sense. Most SEO's these days have taken to the phrase “Links are King, Content Is Queen” but I would disagree. I don't disagree for a moment that links are essential and important, especially with Google. What I would argue is that if content is used correctly it can excel in places links can't. The sandbox is a prime example. No matter how many links you manage to get, it is unlikely you will be able to escape the sandbox. However, by using content during this time, you can actually rank for 1000's of less competitive keywords that aren't held by the sandbox. Many times those 1000's together bring in significantly more traffic than the one competitive keyword.

How do you ensure that the quality of your content remains high?
The only way possible which is human intervention. Each article is read and reviewed to be sure it has the quality we expect at Article Depot. Most webmasters have a lot of pride for what is being distributed in their name so for the most part the majority of articles are approved within two hours.

Of all the articles that have been submitted to ArticleDepot, which one sticks out as your favourite?

In general some of my favourite articles are those where people show a passion. Recently we had an article where someone basically meant to vent out their frustration with returning something in a store. What followed was one of the funniest and well written pieces I have seen in a long time. If that person applied that passion to all of their writing, they would probably be quite successful.

What are your tips for writing a good article?

Write on what you know or have a passion for. This comes out in the article and gives it a quality you just can't fake. An authoritative article is better than a rehash every time.

Are backlinks from your site SEO friendly?

Absolutely. This was a major issue I saw with other articles sites. Most of them either limit the location of the links to areas that do not make sense or pass them through their own site in an effort to stop any benefit going to the webmaster. This goes against the ideals of a world wide web and at Article Depot we are very sensitive about the importance of links from both a SEO perspective and a visitor one.

Why should someone submit their article to your site first?

They should submit an article to us first because of the quickness in which our articles are spidered (Currently between 2-5 days), the SEO friendliness of our outbound links which are all static, and the fact that we have more and more webmasters coming to Article Depot to get content for their sites.

Most people submit articles to gain links to their sites. What, if any, other benefits do you see from posting articles to your site?

Its also about exposure. Many times in peoples' rush to just get links they forget about the benefit of having control over the content that surrounds those links. Most of our submitters see a signifigant rise in conversions (whether that's a sale or a signup) because people are more likely to click on a link when it is surrounded by content they are interested in. Footer links will never go away but the real power has always been in above the fold natural links.

About the Author

The author is a wannabe interviewer who has begun questioning prominent web site owners about their success. More interviews in the series can be found at http://www.info-sales.co.uk/webmaster-interviews.htm

Published in: on March 24, 2006 at 10:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pay Per Click advertising and Article Marketing Compared

By: Joel Teo
At first glance, Pay Per Click advertising seems to be the fastest way to send targeted website traffic to your websites online. You choose some keywords and add your website’s url and you are done. However, with most things online the competitive search terms are often very expensive and you spend lots of money to win the Pay Per Click wars.This article will list five reasons why article marketing may be better than Pay Per Click Advertising.

Permanent links
Anyone knows that once you stop paying for your pay per click results, you will stop getting website traffic. Articles on the other hand always stay on the pages of a high traffic website if added. This is like opening a shop in a busy shopping mall. You get more targeted website visitors this way quite easily. Once readers read the targeted articles and then click through to your website, they are in the mood to read whatever offers that you can sell and you tend to make more money this way as they treat you as an expert if they like your article. Thus in article marketing, you get traffic on a continuing basis and not just when you pay for it.

Viral effect
Not only that if publishers like your work, they put it on all their websites and send it to their newsletters with many readers and some of these readers will start clicking to your website and signing up or purchasing whatever you are promoting. Some readers if they like your article will forwarding the email to their friends and make you even more money. Some other publishers will start adding your article to their blogs and generate even more website traffic for your website that you are marketing. The more targeted website traffic the more money you will start making.

Page Rank
The basis of Search Engine Optimization (“SEO”) today is based on PageRank and website traffic. Granted that you know how you get added website traffic with article marketing, we now turn to SEO. The major search engines today looks at the number of inbound links from targeted website pointing to your website. This means that if you have a cooking website, the more links to your website from cooking websites the better. Article marketing works in the same way as if your business is on health for instance and you write health articles, your publishers are going to be health websites and your PageRank due to the number of inbound links pointing at your website will increase. Your search engine rankings will also start climbing and you will start getting more targeted website traffic and make more money.

Price
Writing your own articles and publishing them can be free as compared to paying for Pay Per Click Advertising and the more articles you write the more well known you will be and the more targeted website traffic you will get. Why spend hundreds each month on Pay Per Click advertising when you can start getting website traffic for almost free by writing articles on topics relevant to your particular internet business. But that said, time is what you will be spending so if you want the easy way out, get someone to ghost write an article for you. You can get it for $5 per article or less at websites like Elance.com or getafreelancer.com.

In conclusion, this article highlights four reasons why Article Marketing is a good way to consider especially if you are on a tight budget and its ability to send your website continuous targeted website traffic is something that you should consider carefully if you want to use this method of online promotion.

About the author:
Joel Teo is the successful owner of several successful internet business ventures. Click here to learn how you can start your own successful internet business today. http://www.massive-profits-online.com
Copyright © 2005-2006 Joel Teo the Coolest Guy On The Planet

Published in: on March 20, 2006 at 11:45 pm  Comments (4)  

The Ins and Outs of Article Submissions

By: Deborah Carraro
Congratulations! You’ve written your first article (or possibly your 10th or 100th!)As you no doubt already know, writing articles is probably the most effective way to establish yourself as an expert in your field and increase the traffic to your website. So you diligently write articles and then spend hours posting them to Article Submission websites. “There must be a smarter way?” you think each time you submit your articles. There is! Let’s look at simple techniques to get the most out of the time you will be investing in article submissions.Organization Saves TimeCreate a simple spreadsheet to organize each submission. The spreadsheet should contain the following:

  • URLs for all submission websites
  • User names and passwords for each site
  • Submission format (text, HTML, hyperlink URLs, etc.)
  • Submission date

Prep Your ArticleMost submission sites allow HTML coding, so spend the time to code your article before you start your submissions. Other sites post warnings that copying and pasting directly from Word will cause the article to be improperly formatted. Be sure you have a text version (created in Notepad) available. A few select sites require you to code the carriage returns into your article. Again, having a text file with HTML tags ready and waiting makes the submission process flow smoothly.

Know the RulesHere are some simple Do’s and Don’ts to help increase your success as a self-publisher.

Do’s

1.Always read the submission criteria before submitting your article. 2.Format your article to 60-65 characters/line when submitting to announcement lists or by email. 3.Use proper English, spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization and sentence structure. 4.Make time to manually submit articles. Most automated article submission services are frowned upon in the publishing industry.

Don’ts

  1. Do not write solo ads: You’re here to share your knowledge. No sales pitches allowed.
  2. Do not include affiliate links: Again, education is the goal, not sales.
  3. Do not submit more than one article per week: Most publishers receive thousands of articles daily. If you submit more than 1 article per week, chances are, your second submission will be discarded.

Remember: You don’t have to go it alone. If you’re overwhelmed by the writing or submission process, hire help.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deborah Carraro is the Owner of Vascorp VA
Services – the virtual support
specialty company for solo professionals and entrepreneurs.
We work late so you don’t have to! Vascorp brings you the
very best in virtual assistant services: shopping cart
integration, affiliate program management, web design,ebook
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more! Please visit us at
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Published in: on March 19, 2006 at 7:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

How I Write Articles For Profit

By: Steve Shaw

 Most Internet marketers worth their salt know how effective articles can be to generate promotion for their web sites. The major problem for many is simply writing the article.
 This article shows you the exact steps I usually take to construct an article to achieve maximum publicity for my web site. By following this model you will be able to do the same quickly and easily.
 

1. The Big Idea
 

The very first stage is to get the basic theme of your article. The inspiration for my own articles often comes to me when I am 'switched off' and doing something completely different.
 

The theme for your article should be closely linked to the theme of your web site, in order to attract targeted prospects.
 

2. Write The Title And Introduction
 

At first this is only a rough introductory paragraph or two, and I do not worry too much about the exact wording at this stage. My introductory paragraph(s) simply tell the reader what the article is about. I usually write my first idea of a title for the article at this point too.
 

3. Sketch Out The Content
 

I brainstorm the major points I want to cover, and write them down, one after the other. I do not worry about their order, my major concern is getting the ideas in my head down on paper. I may even write down the odd sentence or paragraph to back up each point.
 

Once I've got the basic outline, I look at the order of the points I am making, switch them around if necessary, and make sure I have written down everything I want to cover.
 

4. Fill In the Content
 

This is when the real meat of the article is written.
 

Each of the points I have briefly written down before need filling in. I need to explain what I mean, and go into further depth.
 

You should not fill your article with affiliate links to sites you want to promote, nor link to your own web site unless absolutely necessary. Publishers do not like it and many will ignore your article. If you want to link to a quality in-context resource, link to the main web site URL instead. You get ample chance to link to your own web site via the resource box at the end of the article (more details below).
 

Also do not make any part of your article sound like an advert. Publishers are looking for quality articles that will be appreciated by their subscribers, not solo ads for your web site. You have plenty of room to link to your own web site in the resource box.
 

For the maximum chance of your article getting published, you are looking at an ideal length of around 800 words. I would also ensure it is not less than 600 words, or more than 1000 words – although I must admit I do occasionally write longer ones.
 

Remember at first this is just a draft. I never expect it to be perfect straight away – I just get my words down and my points across. Once I have got the main body of the article in place, I go back over it and revise as necessary until I am happy with the content.
 

5. Write Your Resource Box
 

Many authors struggle with this part, but there really is no need.
 

The resource box goes right at the end of your article, and provides some information about the author. Think about the reader of the article – they want to know more about who wrote the article.
 

I include a bit of information about myself, and provide a link to one of my web sites that has some relevance to the article. Ideally a resource box should be brief and contain just two or three sentences. For an example, see the resource box at the end of this article.
 

Some authors attempt to cram the resource box with more than one link. Rather than achieving more promotional power from their article, it actually has the reverse effect by turning off the publisher, who may have otherwise published your article, and confusing the reader.
 

6. Leave It Alone
 

In my experience, this is the most essential stage. I save my article and leave it completely alone for at least a couple of days. So many people are impatient and do not do this, but I find it to be essential in boosting my chances of publication.
 

The idea is that you come back to it with completely fresh, but critical, eyes. This works like magic for helping to transform a fairly mediocre article with low chances of publication, to a high quality article that is more likely to get picked up by a large number of publishers and reward you with a flood of publicity.
 

7. The Final Edit
 

I open up my article again and read it. I usually spot parts of my article that do not flow very well, paragraphs that can be improved or condensed, sentences with words missing, and typos. This is where I polish up my article and ensure it all flows really well.
 

I have seen many articles that have obviously never gone through this stage, and they will only have a very slim chance of publication. Some minor editing would have improved them immensely. It really is worth that extra bit of effort to get your article up to scratch, otherwise all your hard work in writing the article will be wasted.
 

Copyright 2004 Steve Shaw
 

Steve Shaw works full time online, creating systems and software for effective e-marketing. His popular e-course provides a lot more information on how you can publish articles for profit, including how to submit them to potential publishers for a flood of publicity to your web site:
=> http://www.takanomi.com/publish-articles.php

Published in: on March 19, 2006 at 12:15 am  Comments (2)  

Best Places To Submit Your Articles For Viral Traffic Generation

By: Terence Tan
This article from The Mender (Issue 38),
Metamend's Web Site Optimization and Marketing Newsletter.If you've spent any time online trying to promote your website or business, you must have very likely realized that one of the most effective ways to generate tons of free targeted web traffic on a long term basis is to write your own informative articles and freely distribute them to other webmasters and ezine publishers for their use. Some of the benefits of this amazing strategy include:

-It's totally FREE and gets links to your website distributed to a huge number of other related websites on a permanent basis. No need to pay for the links… no need to give a return link on your own website to other sites.

-The presence of your links in many other websites also directly increases your Google PageRank and increases the targeted free traffic you get from search engines!

-When people see your name and website/company in the bylines of the articles on different sites, you will naturally be thought of as an "expert" in that field… This increases your credibility and makes it more likely that your visitors will take your recommendations to them more seriously.

The purpose of this article is to seek to create a comprehensive list of places where writers can submit their articles for distribution. By creating this list based on the contributions and "tip offs" of the visitors to HugeAffiliates.com, we hope to save you the large amounts of time searching the web for websites and article announcement services. (Yes, you can try to use google to search for "article submission sites" but you will waste precious time going through a lot of unrelated websites.)

If you find this useful, please bookmark it and use it whenever you have new articles to distribute. We will continue to update it with the latest links as we get "tip offs" from our visitors. If you have any links to suggest to us, please let us know using the "Contact Us" page on HugeAffiliates.com.

If you would like to reproduce this article and link resource in your website/ezine to increase your website's "stickability", please feel free to do so. (because of the convenience of finding all the possible submission sites on one page, many writers will bookmark your site if you have this resource on it.) Go ahead… Bookmark this page NOW! Please reproduce the whole article including any reference to HugeAffiliates.com though.

Here Are The Links:
http://goarticles.com/ulogin.html

http://www.ezinearticles.com/add_url.html

http://www.freewebarticles.com/index.php

http://www.certificate.net/wwio/ideas.shtml

http://www.ideamarketers.com/writers.cfm

http://www.womans-net.com/submit.php

http://www.netterweb.com/articles/articlesubmit.htm

http://www.allnetarticles.com/submitarticle.asp

http://www.articlecity.com/article_submission.shtml

http://cerebuswebmaster.com/onsite/articles/submit_article.html

http://www.huginc.com/secure/frmarticle_submission.asp?AuthorID=11286&FrmMd=ADD

http://www.boconline.com/sub-art.htm

http://clickforcontent.com/cgi-bin/epro/reporter.pl?signup

http://www.marketing-seek.com/articles/submit.shtml

http://www.addme.com/nlsubmit.htm

http://www.scamfreesuccess.com/article.htm

http://www.connectionteam.com/submit.html

http://www.vectorcentral.com/articles-form.html

http://www.marketing-of-training.com/motoarticles/submityourarticle.htm

http://www.work911.com/cgi-bin/links/add.cgi

http://www.businesstoolchest.com/articles/submit.shtml

http://thewhir.com/find/articlecentral/suggest.asp

http://top7business.com/submit/

http://www.upromote.com/newsletter/submit.html

http://www.digital-women.com/submitarticle.htm

http://www.coolpick.com/way/cool/submit1.html

http://www.freesticky.com/stickyweb/submitarticle.asp

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aabusiness/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aageneral/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aainet/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/article_announce_list/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/articles4you2use4promotion/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/articles_archives/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ArticlePublish/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ArticlePublisher/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/articlesubmission/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Free-Content/
Hope you found this article useful. Remember… bookmark this page and if you discover any other good sites to distribute articles through, let me know. Thanks!

About The Author

Terence Tan is the creator of HugeAffiliates.com, a web site dedicated towards the development of Multi Level Affiliate Programs as an alternative system of business.

Visit http://hugeaffiliates.com/ to learn how MLAP's can multiply your affiliate referral commissions AND for the most updated version of this list of places to distribute your articles.

This article was originally found on the Marketing Seek web site.

Other articles from this issue:
– Context Within Search and Optimization

Published in: on March 18, 2006 at 11:06 am  Comments (14)  

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 Filter It 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 http://www.webpronews.com/insiderreports/searchinsider/wpn-49-20050407GooglesNewLinkFilter.html#google. 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 http://www.divinewrite.com/seoarticles.htm.) 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. Conclusion 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 mailto:glenn@divinewrite.com. Visit http://www.divinewrite.com for further details or more FREE articles.

Published in: on March 17, 2006 at 11:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

14 Tips for Getting Your Articles Published More Often

By: Bill Platt

The writers who have learned the value of using free reprint articles as a promotional tool, go back to the well time and time again because it generates real results. Some writers have ended using all other methods of promotion because reprint articles work so very well.

It is a beautiful thing when one of my clients tell me that they need to stop article distributions for a spell because they are swamped with new business and need to have time to catch up. Of course, that is less money for now, but they will be back.

TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU GET GREAT RESULTS WITH YOUR ARTICLES TOO

1. Teach, Don�t Sell –

Article writers who generate a 1000 word sales pitch will not get the results they expect, if any at all. Publishers do not want to reprint sales pitches. They want to reprint articles that will teach or entertain their readers.

2. Tell an Interesting Story –

Just the other day, I saw an article in the lists that flat put me to sleep after two paragraphs. Did I finish the article? No. Do you think the article got republished? I doubt it. Did the article generate any traffic or sales? Not likely.

If you can capture the interest of readers and keep their interest through your whole message, you will have overcome the greatest challenge all writers face.

3. Trim Excessive Words –

Even I occasionally put together an article that should have had the excess baggage trimmed from it. One of my most printed articles ran 200 words longer on its first publication. On the first run, I received zero reprints. Trimmed and resent, the article has been published hundreds of times.

4. Select a Good Title –

A title should always catch the eye and tell the reader that it is an article they want to read. An article that is written well can fail to produce results if the title does not match the quality of the article.

5. White Space Management –

In newspapers and books, white space is not as important as it is when you are writing for the web. Short paragraphs are vitally important to keeping the interest of the reader. And extra white space to break up the ideas in an article are just as important.

Unless you can manage white space properly, reading on the web can be extremely difficult. The reasons for this are the smaller viewing area in electronic print, AND the eye strain that comes from looking at a monitor.

6. Highlighting Ideas in the Copy –

Some writers use a Numbered List like I am using here. This can generally produce good results. Better than a Numbered List is a Bulleted List with stars or dashes defining the different ideas.

Yes, I considered using a Bulleted List, but thought a Numbered List would be better for this particular article.

7. Highlighting Subtitles in the Copy –

Most articles I write do not fit the Numbered or Bulleted List scenarios. In those cases, I always use subtitles to differentiate my ideas. With subtitles, I either use ALL CAPS or Title Case for the subtitle. In most cases, I prefer using all caps for the subtitle to ensure that the title case subtitle is not mistook as standard body text.

8. Write an Effective Resource Box –

The Resource Box is otherwise referred to as your About the Author Information. When your reader reaches the end of the article, if you have done a good job in the body of the article, the reader will be interested in who you are and what you do.

Your goal is not to sell a product or service in your Resource Box. Your goal is to provide an intriguing biography that will entice the reader to actually visit your website URL.

9. Keep Your Resource Box Short –

The basic length restriction for your Resource Box is 9 lines by 65 characters.

Sure, you can put out a larger Resource Box, but the chances of getting published is greatly dimished if you spent too many words talking about yourself.

10. Leave Your Site URL�s in the Resource Box –

You should always try to leave links to your website in the Resource Box and not in the body of the article. The only links that should appear in the body of your article are links to URL�s where the reader can find additional documentation to support the basis of your article or where the reader can find additional tools or resources associated to the context of your article.

Your site URL is expected to be seen in your Resource Box. That is where it belongs.

11. Rules Governing Links to Your Site in an Article –

Many publishers and distribution list moderators believe that if you put your own links in the body of your article, then your article is simply an advertisement disguising itself as an article. Most publishers and distribution list moderators reject this type of offense out of hand without any recourse.

The only exception to this rule is when you are linking to a related resource on your website or providing a shorter-url redirect for another website.

Most publishers and distribution list moderators will check your on-site links to verify where they go.

12. End With a Solid Conclusion –

It is always good to conclude your article and wind everything up nicely. Sometimes we see bulleted list articles that would have done well, had they only told us that the article was over. When your reader gets to the end of the article and wonders where the ending is, then you will know that you have failed to reach your true potential.

13. Get Wide Distribution for the Articles You Publish –

Over time, you might be able to search out all of the resources available for distributing your article for free. There are literally thousands of them out there.

Figure out which ones have the widest possible reach and use those. Some places will never actually generate any reprints, so do be careful of your time. Make your assessments of a resource�s value over several uses, since not all articles will appeal to all publishers.

There are also services available that will help you to distribute your articles. If you search them out and use them, they can help you to spend more time writing and less time doing the tedious and time-consuming tasks of submission.

14. Persistance Is Your Most Valuable Tool –

A single article may not have the pulling power that either you or I think it will have. The marketplace is very fickle. Put yourself on a schedule to write one article a month or one article per week, and then follow through with your plans.

Four articles in the marketplace are more valuable than one. And, fifty articles are more valuable four.

The more articles you have in circulation, the more links you will have to your websites, and the greater a chance you will have to be reprinted and to generate new sales.

If you keep it up, in a few years you will find that you have become a household name and that people will seek you out to offer you new opportunities for real success.

IN CONCLUSION…

If you follow these tips and utilize them in your own articles, you will find that you will get published more often and gain greater results from the articles that you do write.

Good luck in your article writing endeavors.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Through his article distribution services, Bill Platt can
deliver your articles to 17,000+ publishers & webmasters eager
for fresh, good quality content. http://thePhantomWriters.com
When you visit, be sure to use our contact form to ask about the
possibility of having us Edit or Write your articles for you.
— 1400+ articles archived for easy reprint.
About the author:

Through his article distribution services, Bill Platt can
deliver your articles to 17,000+ publishers & webmasters eager
for fresh, good quality content. http://thePhantomWriters.com-
When you visit, be sure to use our contact form to ask about the
possibility of having us Edit or Write your articles for you.
— 1400+ articles archived for easy reprint.

Published in: on March 17, 2006 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Building Link Popularity with Topical Articles

By: Daria Goetsch
One of the important factors in ranking high in search engine results is link popularity. It is not enough to just have the best website in the world–other sites have to point back to you. The thought is that if your site is good enough for others to link to you, then you must have a great site.
How do I increase link popularity?

Building link popularity is hard work. You've searched endlessly. You've sent every reciprocal link email you can think of. What else can you do? Surprisingly, writing articles on your topic can lead you to a wealth of link popularity.

What are the benefits of writing articles? Think about it. If you write articles, you get to use them on your website and you build your website content. You can also submit your articles to other sites. With both methods you get a lot in return:

You build your content. More is better when it comes to site content.

You promote your website. With more keyword-rich text on more pages, you will increase the number of pages indexed by the search engines.

Other websites link back to your website content. Sites focused on related topics link back to you.

You receive a link back to your website from the site you submitted the article to. Remember to include a link in all guest articles you submit.

You become an authority on your topic. Search engines reward sites with a larger number of inbound links from sites dealing with similar topics.

What do I write articles about?

The saying goes "write about what you know." Sometimes it takes thinking in a creative way to open the door to a new route for link popularity success. Think of what your visitors might be looking for. Why do they come to your site? What can you help them with when they arrive on your website? Answer their questions about your topic. We all search to find information, so give them what they are looking for.

So what are they looking for? That is easy enough to find out. Review your web server logs to see what keywords and phrases your visitors are using when they find your site through the search engines. Run your own searches using those keywords. What kinds of sites are returned in the search engine listings? Pay attention to visitor feedback. Know your visitors. Answer the questions they are asking, or even those questions they do not know yet to ask.

Most importantly, write because you have something to say. If in the process of building your content and inbound links, you benefit your readers with your content, all the better in terms of providing visitor satisfaction. This is the best reason to write, which is the way of the web, to seek out and share information.

Where do you put articles?

On your site. The first and obvious answer is to put them on your site. After all, you have all this knowledge; why not share it with your visitors? You may want to create an Articles page on your site. This will give you a place to put your articles, and any new ones that you write. Make sure to add this new page into your site navigation, and especially to add it to your sitemap page. Add a link to your main articles page on your sitemap, and a link to each new article on your articles page, and you are on your way to having your good content indexed. Make sure your visitors and the search engine robots can find your new pages.

Adding article content not only answers your visitors' questions, it adds to your website. Your visitors will have a richer experience with your site when there is more content. Not only can they buy the widgets you are selling, but they can also learn more about how to select widgets, exciting news from the world of widgets, and so on.

The more pages you add to your website, the better chance the already visiting search engine robots will also pick up your new pages to be indexed. More pages mean more links. Be sure to make an archive of your articles on your website. Always keep your pages in directories close to the root of your site for optimum indexing by the search engine robots.

Submit to the search engines. As always you will want to submit your new pages to the mainstream search engines and directories. In addition, look for specialized, topical directories that deal with your particular subject. There are also many general business directories available.

Submit guest articles. In addition to submitting your articles to the various search engines and directories, think about submitting the articles themselves. Submit your articles to sites that accept guest articles. It may take a little detective work to find some of these locations. You can start small, submitting to lesser-known portals seeking information on your topic. Some sites are focused on one topic; others need articles about all sorts of topics. Get searching and you should be able to come up with a healthy list of sites to submit to. Searching in Google and in categories in Yahoo! and ODP (Open Directory Project/Dmoz) would be helpful.

Once you are featured as a guest writer on a website, you will notice that most sites archive these articles. How many articles can you write? How many articles are archived and linked? How many different search engines indexed those pages? You get the idea.

Always include a bio of the author, article re-print instructions, copyright information and a link back to your website. Add an active link in your link text in your submission or request one for your listing. Be aware of dynamically generated pages–a static URL also increases the chance that the article you have submitted has the optimum chance of indexing by the search engine robots.

What if I don't write?

What if writing is just not your thing? You are in luck, because there are sites out there that have free content and articles available to you. When you add them to your site, you still build the content on your website.

Legitimate links, no spam
The best part is that your new links are all legitimate and not just junk links. You add important information to your site, and that is good for your visitors and good for your image. Naturally, using your keyword phrases in your Title/META tags and the text of your articles as you would in your regularly optimized pages makes sense for good search engine ranking.

It will pay off

Be creative when writing articles and submitting your content for linking, it takes hard work but will be worth it in the long run.

[General Content]
GoArticles (free content/submit articles)
http://www.goarticles.com

EZinearticles.com (free content/submit articles)
http://www.ezinearticles.com/

ArticleCity (free content/submit articles)
http://www.articlecity.com/

World Wide Information Outlet (free content/submit articles)
http://www.certificate.net/wwio/

[Marketing Articles]
IdeaMarketers.com (free content/submit articles)
http://www.ideamarketers.com/

Marketing Seek (submit articles)
http://www.marketing-seek.com/articles/index.shtml

[Business Articles]
BPubs (submit articles)
http://www.bpubs.com/

[Internet and Web]
Web Source (free articles)
http://www.web-source.net/free_articles.htm

[Site Carrying Links To Free Content Sites]
Freesticky (free content)
http://www.freesticky.com/

About the AuthorDaria Goetsch is the founder and Search Engine Marketing Consultant for Search Innovation (www.searchinnovation.com), a Search Engine Promotion company serving small businesses. Besides running her own company, Daria is an associate of WebMama.com, an Internet web marketing strategies company. She has specialized in search engine optimization since 1998, including three years as the Search Engine Specialist for O'Reilly & Associates, a technical book publishing company.

Published in: on March 16, 2006 at 9:56 pm  Comments (10)  

How Article Marketing Will Make You a Fortune

By: Jeremy Hoover
Article marketing—the simple act of writing one 400 word article and submitting it to various sites—is the surprise online marketing medium of the past year. For a couple years, new marketers have been advised to promote their businesses by writing and distributing articles.This worked so well that recently article marketing has hit the mainstream. Sites like EzineArticles.com have helped to create perfect conditions for article marketing. Far from being an underground or little noticed way of marketing, article marketing has come into its own as a premier form of marketing.What’s best about this marketing form is that by and large it’s free to use. Simply write an article, do a little research to discover a premium list of article sites and email groups, submit your articles, and you’re done!

But what exactly does article marketing do?

1. Article marketing establishes you as an expert.
Your goal as an article marketer is to write several articles per week (usually 3-5) about the niche target your business serves. At this rate, over the course of a year you will have written between 150-250 articles. By the time you have written this many articles, you will know your subject or niche inside-out, and it will show! Any person who reads one of your articles and finds their way to your other articles or your business site will feel comfortable with you as an expert because of your knowledge.

2. Article marketing helps you rank well with the search engines.
Because you are posting each article on your own website and on numerous other websites, you are providing search engines with a number of paths back to your business site. When the search engines find your main site, they will keep returning. When you continue to update your site, your articles will be indexed, and as more and more searchers find your site via the search engines, your ranking will go up. All these factors help you to place better in the search engines.

3. Article marketing gives you a lot of exposure.
One of the best features of article marketing you want to tap in to comes from the article sites themselves. They exist to allow publishers and webmasters with information for their sites. When a publisher finds your article on such a site, she can reprint your article on her site or in her ezine. This clearly benefits you—the more times your article is reprinted, the more exposure you get.

If you only do one thing to market your business the rest of this year, make sure it is article marketing!

About the AuthorRead Jeremy's marketing blog at http://jhooverwebcopy.blogspot.com, or order articles from him at http://jhooverwebcopy.com.

Published in: on March 16, 2006 at 12:18 am  Comments (1)  

15 Commandments To Submitting Articles – Article Submission

By: Martin Lemieux
15 Commandments To Submitting Articles – Article Submission Sites By: Martin Lemieux1) Don't use all capitals in your title:

People don't like to be yelled at. USING CAPITALS is the same as yelling and looks awful. There aren't many article submission sites that accept ALL capitals in your title.

2) Only use HTML when asked:

There is nothing worse for an editor when he/she has to strip out HTML because you failed to follow the guidelines. If the website asks for NO HTML then don't add any.

3) Only use simple HTML:

If you are allowed to use HTML, just use the basics. Ex. (P)aragraph, (B)old, (I)talicized, (LI)st bullets, (A)link, etc. These HTML codes are considered basic and are usually accepted when submitting your article in HTML format.

4) Don't use articles to advertise your services within the content:

There is nothing worse than reviewing an article and seeing 5/10 links that are owned by the author embedded within the content of the article. Granted, sometimes you have something unique to help others with and you need to get the word out, I like to see such promotion but ONLY if it is useful for the readers and it is FREE, not a paid service or product. Try not to use this unique information within every single article that you write. This info will then become a little useless for the editors and they may even delete that section. Please remember to READ the "Author Guidelines" before you start submitting your articles.

5) Don't submit press releases as tips:

There is a distinct difference between a press release and an informative article. Press releases are strictly for announcing news about your company. Informative articles teach people about a specific subject (not about your company).

6) Have your articles edited by editors:

These days, there are so many authors trying to make their mark. It is imperative that you get your article edited by an editor, friend, colleague, or someone who is really good at checking for spelling and grammar.

7) Try to write something unique to the industry:

People all over the world are writing about the same thing. If you truly want to shine, try writing about topics that aren't covered by everyone. If you discover something new, do some research on what people are saying about it. If you can't find any other content, you may have found a gold mine.

8) Don't copy other people's content:

This topic is seriously funny. We have caught people actually stealing our articles and simply changing the title of the article to call it their own. How pathetic! If you use someone else's content, only use it for study, not for your own promotion and recognition. If you "quote" someone else, make sure to give credit where appropriate.

9) Find 5 new article submission sites to submit to:

If you submit articles once a week, try and make it a habit to find 5 new article submission sites to submit to. I guarantee you that new article submission websites popup almost weekly. We are still finding new sites to submit to, there is no limit to your search. Go within Google and do a search similar to "article submission sites", or "Where to submit articles to?".

Here are 5 newer article submission sites:

9.1) http://www.article99.com 9.2) http://www.a1articles.com 9.3) http://www.activeauthors.com 9.4) http://www.articlepros.com 9.5) http://www.free-articles-zone.com

10) Keep your author bio short & sweet:

Try keeping your author biography short & sweet. There is nothing worse than seeing an article submission and realizing that most of the article content is within the author bio. Use one sentence and a couple of links. Most submission sites will accept up to 3 links within your resource box.

11) Don't buy articles from other companies and call them your own:

Commandment #11 is sweeping the world and is giving the article writing industry a bad name. Please don't even consider buying articles from people that claim that they will write a "UNIQUE" article for you to promote. Trust me when I tell you this, the article that you buy has been sold and re-sold many times. You will be doing your company no justice at all by buying articles. Article submission websites frown down on this method and will ban you from ever submitting articles again if you are caught.

12) Try not to attack others within your articles:

Being libelous is not good karma. Attacking others will give a negative effect for your articles. In fact, most article submission websites won't accept articles that are libelous.

13) Use copyright information at the bottom of your article:

Adding your copyright information at the top won't help you at all. I've come across many websites that simply delete your copyright information if it is listed at the top. That's what your author bio is for. Add any reprint rights and copyright information within your bio.

14) Affiliate links should never be used:

DO NOT USE AFFILIATE LINKS PERIOD! Promoting affiliate links within articles is a no no. Most article submission websites have a rule against listing affiliate links within author's articles (body content) and your author bio. If you absolutely need to use an affiliate link, try creating a "short link" that simplifies the link into a smaller, more compact link.

15) Setup For Manual Submissions:

Most link submission softwares aren't the answer. There is nothing better than personalizing your submissions by submitting them manually. Granted, this can take up to 2-4 hours per week if you write one article a week BUT submitting manually will get your article listed within two times as many article submission websites than the software's can. Many websites require a login or show you an image to "enter the characters shown" to login and submit articles. By using a software, you will never be able to submit to such companies.

Many article submission websites have different and unique fields that they require for you to enter. If you use a software, you will never have that personal touch that each individual website & editor is looking for and your articles will never be accepted.

If you follow these commandments, you should have no problem getting your articles listed on 1000's of websites and get a great deal of promotion for your company.

Keep writing and keep submitting!

About the Author About The Author:Martin Lemieux is the president of the Smartads Advertising Network. Smartads is dedicated to helping you expose your business online and offline.

International: http://www.smartads.info Article Submission Website (Beta): http://www.article99.com Canada: http://www.smartads.ca

Copyright © 2005 Smartads Advertising Network – Reprints Accepted – One link must be active in the bio.

Published in: on March 15, 2006 at 1:15 pm  Comments (2)  

TurboCharge Your Site With Article Writing

By: Titus Hoskins
Writing articles related to your site's topic and syndicating these articles all over the web is a very effective way of marketing your site. This simple, yet effective marketing strategy will deliver targeted visitors, increase your rankings and boost your sales.In essence, article writing will 'TurboCharge' your site!

Although it sounds more like a catch-phrase from a marketer's hype-fest, its the most appropriate phrase to describe the effect article writing will have on your web site. It perfectly sums up the major benefits of article marketing.

Article writing will quickly:

* boost one-way links to your site * help you brand your name or site * help sell or pre-sell your products * bring in plenty of targeted traffic * give you and your site more creditability

The effects can sometimes be jarring…

One minute, your site is humming along at its regular pace, then suddenly, you check your web logs and your stats has doubled or even tripled. There is a massive flood of visitors coming to your site. Sometimes, it may only be one site which picks up your article and features it in their ezine, bringing in targeted visitors to your site. Other times, it may be many sites and ezines displaying your articles, causing a large influx of guests to your site.

All of the above has happened to me!

First, some background, I had heard other marketers sing the praises of article writing for so long I decided to do a test-run and see the proof for myself. Writing over 30 articles since January of this year, I kept track of my results over this six month period – to view these articles and find out where some of them ended up, just google my name "TITUS HOSKINS".

Finding and researching material for articles was not a problem. Online forums, subscribers' questions, and my own marketing tasks were a great source of ideas. Compiling and writing original articles that would stand out from the crowd was the hard part.

Here are some pointers that I learned about article writing that may also help you:

Find the Right Title – Choosing the right title will make or break your article, keep it short and put the main benefit of your article in your title, i.e. what will readers actually acquire from reading your article?

Keep Your Article Short and Concise – If you want your article to be pick up by ezines and placed on sites, keep it short (300-1200 Words) and to the point. I find articles in the 700 – 900 word range do very well, longer articles less so.

Do A Spell and Grammar Check – Use a spell-checker or WordPerfect to check your articles. I also use Google as my proof reader. Not sure of a word or phrase, just Google it!

Resource Box – Like the title, you must point out the benefits of clicking your links in your resource box which is displayed at the end of your article. Offering a free ecourse or ebook I found will improve your 'click thru rate'. Newsletter subscriptions also works. If you're keyword marketing, place your keyword or phrase in the anchor text of your resource box links. Google will reward you handsomely for this simple little detail. So will the other search engines.

Be Unique – Find your own voice. Be distinctive. Make yourself and your site stand out. But don't go overboard, writing concise, informative and helpful articles will bring enough interest and attention to your site. Narrowing and focusing in on one subject area will eventually make you an expert on that topic or subject.

Syndicating your Articles – Online article directories are very good for this. Listed below are the major ones I use to get my articles 'out there'.

http://www.goarticles.com http://www.ezinearticles.com http://www.ideamarketers.com http://www.articleally.com http://www.articlemarketer.com

Simple tracking tips, if you want to check the performance of difference article directories – just make a minor change in your article as you place it in each directory. Then as your article is spread around the web – you can check its source. To find out just how far your articles have traveled, just place your article's title between quotation marks and Google it…like this: "TurboCharge Your Site With Article Writing"

My experiences with article writing were very beneficial to me. I was a little surprised at the high quality sites picking up and displaying my articles: addme, sitepronews, thetechzone, bonafidereviews, wwwcoder, buzzle, icemelon, devshed… and many more.

It has tripled my site's links since January, Google indexed my site and started sending significant traffic my way. My traffic according to Alexa, is under 50,000 many weeks – my site even made it into the top 15,000 for a very short while. Those spikes in traffic also means more subscribers and more sales. I recently had over 200 subscribers to my ezine in one day – my site normally receives around 5-10 new subscribers each day.

I also found more people 'bookmarked' my site – resulting in more long term targeted traffic. My affiliate sales have increased, and since my page views are up, my Google Adsense earnings have also increased. I also believe article writing has helped in branding my site and also giving myself more creditability.

In fact, my results have been so positive, I feel a 'disclaimer' coming on! Your results will vary according to your skill, effort and resources but article marketing is one of the best free marketing strategies you will ever have at your disposal. If you try only one new marketing technique this year, make it article writing.

So go ahead, give your site the boost it deserves, 'TurboCharge' it with some of your best writing and experience the effects for yourself. Buckle up and both hands on the wheel!
About the Author
Well respected Marketer Jason Potash has released some handy software that will syndicate your articles. Check it out here: Article Announcer Copyright © 2005 Titus Hoskins of www.bizwaremagic.com This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.

Published in: on March 14, 2006 at 10:07 pm  Comments (2)  

Five Benefits of Article Writing

By: Nicholas Dixon
By Nicholas Dixon http://WWW.Oceanroc.blogspot.comA few years ago as a webmaster with no money, I looked around for the best free methods to drive traffic to my website.

Search engines were my primary source of traffic and due to the fact that this source took time to gain momentum, visitors were in spurts at best. Then I found a powerful technique that I could use to boost my marketing efforts for free.

These are some benefits that I have gain from writing articles.

1) Name Branding- If you type "Oceanroc' or my name in any search engine you will likely find hundreds if not thousands of returns. If you look at bit closer chances are those search results are pages which contain my articles.

2) Link Popularity- Last October I started a website Oceanroc.com and by April of this year it had a PR5 rating. Articles are the main source of the one way links pointing to my website.

3) Traffic- If I write an article that is interesting, then the reader may click on my link in the resource box to visit my site to find similar content. Imagine being on websites and in newsletters with lots of readers and think about how many traffic you could get.

4) Prestige- Up to a few months ago I was a Platinum writer over at Ezinearticles.com, the 1000 lb. gorilla of article sites. Heck I lost my status because of an affiliate link, so now I am down to Expert status. Seeing your writing being published especially without you submitting it to that source helps to reassure that you are a quality writer.

5) Free Advertising- I have had my ads placed for free in places that normally would have cost me hundreds of dollars. My resource box is my ad spot and publishers are required to include it if they use one of my articles. The resource box is the medium through which you generate traffic from you articles.

If it was not for article writing I don't think that I would receive some of the Joint Venture offers that I get. And the thing is that many writers share these same benefits. And there are even more…….

© Oceanroc Web Publishing

About the Author Writing tips, tools and techniques for the new and seasoned writer can be found at http://WWW.Oceanroc.blogspot.com

Published in: on March 12, 2006 at 11:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Reward Those Who Publish Your Articles!

 By: Martin Lemieux

=====================================================GOING TO PUBLISH THIS ARTICLE?
Send us a note of the location so we can add a link on
our site to where you have used the article!
http://www.smartads.info/contact
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Reward Those Who Publish Your Articles
By: Martin Lemieux

It is pretty obvious that content is king online. It is also obvious
that writing more content and submitting them to other sites will help
boost your popularity and bring more visitors to your site.

So why wouldn't you help boost those pages that have your articles on them?

I want to share a small tip that will help boost your articles popularity
all over the world.

See, most of us who do write articles are mainly concerned about getting
their articles published. Well why wouldn't you reward those who publish
your articles?

I am consistently finding ways to boost pr ratings for ALL of my pages
within my site, you should be too. If we are all trying to do this, then
why don't we help boost our articles on other sites!

Here's an example of this…

I have an article titled:
"Getting A Better Rank For All Your Pages"

Now simply listing this article on my site isn't enough. I also promote and
submit this article wherever I can. If by chance a web site publishes my
article, I will reward that site by adding a link on my site were that
article is listed.

Infact, if you've seen my marketing tip articles, there is a small resource
box at the bottom of each article that links to all the sites that have
listed that specific article. Being more specific, I don't link to their
main page, I link to my article.

Here's what that accomplishes…

Let's say your article is listed on "Artices R Us" and you want your
article to be found by anyone who searches for that company, boosting your
pr rating for your article on "Articles R Us" will help you get more
visitors from that site.

See, it's not only about listing your articles because we would all like to
have our articles found right away and 1st. Don't miss the chance to gain
more visitors by letting your article die out on the site that you listed
it in.

What if all your articles listed on other sites, had a pr rating in google
of (pr4) or more? That would be great!

That would be great because we all know that Google rewards your link
popularity when listed in a page that is pr4 or more!

So don't be shy to reward those who list your articles, doing so will only
boost your search engine ranking and also give you a lot more visitors than
before!

===================================================

About the Author

About The Author:

Martin Lemieux
Smartads – President

http://www.smartads.info
Affordable web site design & Web Site Marketing Tips

http://www.flyinggelatingames.com
ASES – Affordable Search Engine Specialists

Published in: on March 11, 2006 at 5:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Right Articles to Write for the Internet

By: Susan Dunn, Internet Marketing Coach and Cons
Writing articles for the Internet is one of the most effective marketing tools available. Writing and submitting articles to article banks accomplishes many important things for you:1.It drives qualified leads to your website.People who arrive at your website via a link in the byline (or signature line, or resource box) of your article are what is called “pre-qualified.” It isn’t random. They are already interested in you and what you have to offer. This is advertising “gold”.

2.It establishes you as an expert.

The written word still has clout. When people read articles by you repeatedly on the Internet, they come to know you as the expert you are in your field.

3.It defines a niche for you.

Articles associate you with a certain subject matter. You can’t be everything to everybody. You need a niche. (Important point: You may in actuality do many things, as I do, but to market, you need a niche.)

4.It’s repeat and endless advertising.

My articles show up in the most amazing places. Recently I walked into a real estate office and there was one of my articles in their regional magazine. Articles in article banks and on websites stay around indefinitely. Someone has just written me they’ll be using three articles I wrote about spring activities for families over 3 years ago. You write the article once and the reach – in space and time – are unbelievable. They have a shelf life longer than Strontium 90, if that means anything to you. Lazy advertising, yes?

5.It increases your link popularity.

Each of those bylines contains a link to your website, and each time your article is used on another website, you’ve appeared there. Among the complicated methods search engines use for placement, link popularity is the most comprehensible.

Furthermore, people will start writing you asking to exchange links.

IMPORTANT TIP: Be sure and demand that if they use your article, links be “activated on the Internet.” Otherwise, you don’t register with the search engines.

6.Increases search engine placement.

I have made it to #3 under “personal coach” on google, an extremely difficult feat, eclipsing people who’ve been there much longer. It’s hard to bump long-standing people. I’ve done this without spending a dime. Let me show you how to do it with Internet articles and a few tricks of the trade.

7.It increases your knowledge and your ability to communicate about your specialty.

Especially if you offer a service, and are professional and serious about it, as I am, writing articles makes you grow professionally. It is entirely true that you don’t really know something until you teach it, and that’s what you’re doing.

If you’re serious about your work, writing about it keeps you on the leading edge. You have to keep researching new topics and learning more, and then developing new ways to communicate about it. This is good for you! OK?

WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT

So, within your given field, or consistent with your products, what do you write about?

I recently reviewed the hundreds of articles I have on one article-bank site which tells you how many “visits” each article has gotten.

And BTW, you MUST do this kind of “market research.” Don’t just write, click and send; analyze! http://www.ideamarketers.com tells you how many people have visited each article. Take the time to go over this data every several months. Then the formula is simple: win-stay, lose-shift.

If many people have visited the article, write more like it, and vice versa.

Now here’s the tricky part. The single most popular article I’ve written is – are you ready for this? – “Emotional Intelligence and the Gentle Art of Conversation.” (http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/article.cfm?articleid=18584&wherefrom=LOGIN )

What do you make of this? That question – “What do you make of this?” must always be your TOOL in marketing. Is it the title that’s appealing? Of course, Emotional Intelligence is a very hot topic, but I’ve written hundreds with that in the title. It must be the other part – the gentle art of conversation. Who knew?

In fact I was asked to be on a radio show, and was also interviewed for a national newspaper as a result of this article.

I’m sorry to say I’m not the genius who knew ahead of time that “conversation” would be a hot topic. I hadn’t a clue. I was just anticipating the holidays and wondering what people might be thinking about. I know family get-togethers can be trying … and a bit of formal conversation can make the occasion more pleasant and less likely to degenerate into turf wars and old-wound licking.

When the newspaper reporter called me to interview me about “dinner table conversation,” I was truly amazed at the questions she asked. I grew up being schooled in the gentle art of conversation. Evidently it’s one of those things that got lost along the way. Through her questions, I formed ideas for many more articles.

TAKE HOME POINT: Figure out what’s popular and why, and do more of it.

FURTHER TRICKY POINT: This website tells you which articles were VISITED, not necessarily used. Take this into account. For instance, catchy titles will definitely get someone to look.

My second and third most popular articles are “An Emotionally Intelligent Workplace Culture: Is It for You?” and “What’s Going on with Mobbing, Bullying and Work Harassment Internationally.” Since I write many articles for individuals, and social and relational applications of emotional intelligence, this is valuable information for me. The workplace may be a better focus for my work. And the Internet is becoming a smaller world. I do international work. I’m glad it’s becoming popular.

The fourth most popular article is also amazing. Never – NEVER – underestimate the public. While we are told that people on the Internet are idiots with short attention spans who want their articles written at the 8th grade level, my fourth most popular article is entitled, “Special Report: What Do IQ Tests and the SAT Measure, and Where Does EQ Fit In?” That’s not pabulum!

Tricky part about marketing, part II: Could it be the use of “special report” that got them to access this article? It sure could be. It’s the latest buzz word in business, along with “white paper”, so why not use it? I did, and either it alone, or an intriguing topic that raised the bar, or both, made this article a winner.

Coming in at number 5, “The Top 10 ‘Hurtin’ ‘ Breakup Songs.” Love and heartache. The dynamic duo that never fails. If there’s anything that’s part of the human condition, it’s that. This placed far above the other two in the series – the getting-over-it love songs, and the “I’m so in love” love songs.”

Yes, “love” will always place high on our readers’ lists. Number 6 is “10 Emotionally Intelligent Questions to Ask Before You Marry.”
This one, BTW, has been popular in other countries besides the US, and was featured in a magazine in India. The editor told me it would sell because his readers were interested in avoiding the marriage of convenience, or arranged marriage, and wanted to make their own romantic and reasoned choice of a partner.

If you can write about relationships, dating, and romance, you should do well. Nearly half the adults in the US are now single, and they’re looking. The success of such sites as eharmony.com should give you a clue.

Number 9 on my list is also romantic: “Some Tips About the Wedding Toast.”

HOLIDAYS

Topical articles are a good idea. Editors will be looking for articles around Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Super Bowl, etc. I did something on guys grilling for Super Bowl that got placed on the splash page of a site that brought my services to the attention of a whole new crowd, and that’s what you want: exposure!

And what’s the #1 holiday? Christmas? Nope, guess again. My articles around Valentine’s Day were accessed far more often. It’s the love thing again, I guess. At any rate, if you can work Valentine’s Day into your products and services, do it, and write those articles.

TIPS

1.Suggested length: 900 – 1200 appears to sell best but there’s also a market for short, pithy “fillers” of say, around 300 words.

2.Use an article-submission service ( http://www.webstrategies.cc ) .

The most labor-intensive part is submitting the articles.

3.Use an article-writing service –
http://www.webstrategies.cc .

Commission them to write articles for you, and about you. As I say in my ebook, “How to Write Articles for the Internet,” ( http://www.webstrategies.cc/wsearticle.html ) this amounts to 3rd-party endorsement which is highly effective.

Placing among my top ten most popular articles is one I was commissioned to write entitled, “An Interview with an Expert on Introversion.” This article has brought the IntrovertzCoach lots of business!

4.Commission the article written by a writer with a reputation on the Internet.

Their name will carry the article and get it noticed, whereas yours might not. For instance, I am rated “A+” on http://www.ideamarketers.com, so article-searchers know to look for my stuff. They know they’ll find quality, and their time is short.

5.Don’t be afraid to raise the bar.

Sometimes a marketing client will tell me “the stuff on the Internet isn’t very good.” Yes, in some cases that’s true, but that doesn’t mean your “stuff” can’t be “good.” I repeat: Never underestimate the public. Placing among my top 20 is “Corporate Ethics, Your Ethics, Intentionality & Emotional Intelligence.” You almost need a dictionary to get through the title, and it isn’t any easier once you get to the article. And it’s about ETHICS!!

We folks here on the Internet are good, smart, ready and willing to learn. Give us some substance!
About the Author©Susan Dunn, MA, Internet Marketing Coach and Consultant, http://www.webstrategies.cc . Our job is to make your business succeed. One-hour consultation, article writing and submission service; web design; web strategies; market research; marketing plans and implementation; ebook editing and Internet launch. Mailto:sdunn@susandunn.cc for free ezine; put “Checklist” for subject line.

Published in: on March 9, 2006 at 11:24 pm  Comments (2)  

Why 95% Of Articles Are Useless For SEO Marketing

By: Dave Ryan
Many webmasters submit articles about their respective niches to gain incoming links from other webmasters in their niche or a related subject matter, but 95% of them are doing it WRONG!When you are writing an article for your niche to be used by other webmasters you need to optimize it for them. Remember, they are who you are writing the articles for; why would you want to give them junk that wont help them draw in customers? If you write articles that don't help out the webmasters who use it, odds are that they will choose not to use your future articles.The key to writing strong articles is simple, provide the content that they want for their site. Many authors will just write about the topic but not consider how well it will perform on others sites, and this is a fatal error. You need to use simple search engine optimization (SEO) tactics in your articles to get the best response from your articles. You need to help increase their page rank, be it on Google, MSN, Yahoo or any other search engine. If you optimize your articles in this way webmasters will definitely want to use your articles, not only that but are a lot more likely to check in on your future articles and use them as well.

So what are the search engine optimization (SEO) tactics you can use in your articles? Keywords, keywords, keywords. Now packing your article full of the related keywords will only do so much and it may actually deter webmasters from using your articles if the content isn't worth reading to a visitor. There are some simple to use guidelines for using keywords though, that if implemented will increase your syndication rate by leaps and bounds.

Headings, such as your title, will have greater search engine weight than the content in the article. So try to build your title around the niche using related keywords. The title is the #1 thing that will make or break your articles syndication so make sure to focus it on the niche and be creative. Remember your title not only draws in webmasters to use your article, it also draws in people to their site to read it. The more people you draw to their site the more likely they are to pick up your next article.

Bold content, relative to the article, will have a greater search engine weight than the normal text. This is powerful as it allows you to make certain words stick out to the reader, and the search engine spiders. Use this to emphasize key points, but be careful not to over use it as it will look lame and will drive off readers.

Check out article content sites such as E-Biz Articles to see how well crafted articles dominate over poorly constructed ones. There are a lot of article submission sites out there and they all want one thing, quality content for webmasters to use. So please don't submit articles that are not directly focused on the niche as it will be less likely to get syndicated and could wreck a webmasters site if it is automatically posted there(through RSS). Not only that but they will be a lot less likely to post your next article to their site. Always remember, your writing for webmasters. Provide them with quality and they will provide you with a syndicated article spot on their site AKA the golden feed for an article writer.

About the author:
Founder of the Evolution Business Network. Runs a blog on internet marketing at www.how-to-market.blogspot.comHelps others with niche products and mini-sites at www.nichebooks.net

Published in: on March 8, 2006 at 4:41 pm  Comments (1)  

Distributing Reprint Articles for the Best Results

By: Bill Platt
There are many writers who are utilizing article distribution services to get articles published in ezines and newsletters and on websites. These articles always have a link back to the website of the writer in the article's Resource Box — the About the Author information which typically follows an article. This has always been one of the best methods a webmaster could use to generate web traffic to his or her site.THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF DISTRIBUTING ARTICLES

When comparing the cost of preparing an article and distributing it to publishers and webmasters, your overall articles costs are still really small… Especially when you compare that cost against the cost of buying advertising in the same ezines, newsletters and websites that will publish your article. On top of that, when a website publishes an article that you wrote, the article will usually remain on the website for years to come. But, when you buy an ad for your business at a website, you need to pay that advertising rate every single month for as long as your want your ad to remain on that website.

When you want to measure the effectiveness of an article, you should measure the cost of advertising in the ezines and newsletters where you were published, plus the cost of advertising on the websites where your article was reprinted.

If you invest the time and effort to calculate the value of the advertising earned from a reprint article versus the cost of creating and distributing that article, you will quickly realize why so many people recommend this promotional technique.

TRAFFIC IS A TWO-SIDED COIN WITH REPRINT ARTICLES

When we first got into writing articles for promotional purposes, we were entirely focused on getting our articles published in ezines and newsletters. The all-important link back to your site can reach thousands of publishers, and through the publishers, you can quite possibly reach millions of readers. And these are not just ordinary readers either; they are members of YOUR target audience.

The ezines and newsletters that will publish your articles have already told their readers that they will be providing information on the topics that you have written about. And, the readers have all taken a pro-active step to add their email address to the mailing list of the ezine that is publishing your work.

While most ezines have a subscriber base in the range of ten to twenty thousand, there are still some really large ezines with subscribers in the hundreds of thousands out there that will be happy to share your materials with their readers.

These days, it is all about the search engines. Webmasters want to add fresh content to their websites regularly, so they can improve their search engine traffic. And, writers want to see their articles on third-party websites, so that they can build their link popularity and improve their own search engine positioning.

THE NATURE OF GETTING YOUR ARTICLES IN EZINES AND WEBSITES

Once, you have taken the time and effort to create your reprint articles, you will want to send them to the largest number of publishers and webmasters who have expressed an interest in publishing what you have written.

Many writers who are just getting started will try to do all of the distribution work themselves. They will search high and low to find the sites that accept reprint articles and they will look for the article distribution mailing lists that other writers are using. Then, they will commence the task of distributing their articles to the various sites and lists that accept reprint articles.

The entire process can be very time-consuming and frustrating for the writer. Most lists will only permit you to distribute your articles if you are willing to accept other writer's articles as well. If you find yourself subscribed to one of the bigger mailing lists, you could legitimately get hundreds of articles a day dropped into your mailbox. Add to this the fact that most writers are subscribed to up to seven different distribution lists, and then that one hundred articles a day could become seven hundred articles per day. Some people want out of the distribution lists the day after they start.

Then you have the added challenge of remembering what the posting rules are for each mailing list that you will join. Pushing the rules to the side and forging ahead could get you banned from participation in many of the article distribution lists.

Keeping everything straight and muddling through all of the incoming messages is tough enough for the average marketer. But, then you add the challenge of getting your article into the article databases that offer reprint articles to publishers. Each article archive directory generally requires for you to login and to follow their unique posting rules to get your articles into their database. This requires even more of the writer's time.

Most writers end up making some type of compromise in order to get their articles distributed. They will either set aside half a day to a full day for the distribution of a single article, or they will limit their distribution range to the mailing lists and article sites that make it easy for them to accomplish the greatest results in the least amount of time.

What many writers fail to realize is that some of the article distribution lists where they are trying to submit articles, are not accepting their articles. Others aren't accepting anyone's articles and haven't done so since 2000. Some are still accepting articles, but only from those people who were approved for unlimited posting privileges prior to the disappearance of the list moderator some time ago. These writers, who already feel pressed for time, are wasting more precious time submitting articles to lists and reprint article directories that are not accepting their article submissions.

SOMETIMES IT MAKES SENSE TO EMPLOY A SERVICE PROVIDER

There are a handful of well-established and experienced distribution services that can get your article to multiple publishers with very little time investment on your part. The distribution services will do this for a small fee and send your article to targeted publishers of ezines, newsletters and websites. Rates vary from service to service.

Many writers use a number of article distribution services to distribute their articles. The reason is that all services use SOME of the same distribution outlets, but all services also have unique outlets not available to the other service providers.

The writers who use a number of services do so to increase the overall reach of their articles, to maximize their results.

THE CHANGING MARKETPLACE

Recently there have been a number of new distribution services popping up who claim to be able to distribute your articles to publishers at a lower cost. These new distributors are offering bargain basement rates such as $40 for three months and unlimited article submissions. Sounds like a great deal right? Well there are a number of problems with using a cheap service such as this.

The primary problem with these cheap service providers is that you will put all of your articles into their database at your convenience. Then, the service will turn around and distribute all of the articles you have put into their database, on the same day that you put them into their database.

Here is the problem. Nearly every article distribution mailing list in existence has a limit of one or two article submissions per writer per day limit.

Suppose for example that you put 100 articles into the service's database in the same day. Then the cheap distribution service will turn around and send all 100 of your articles to the article distribution mailing lists on that same day. Your first or second article may get full distribution. Your next 98 articles will be deleted from the groups without ever having been posted. And, you will likely find yourself banned from future participation in the article distribution groups.

So, if you think that you are saving money by using a bargain basement newcomer, you really aren't. That $40 you spent will only get two of your articles into circulation. The other 98 articles you put into the cheap service's database will never reach beyond that service's website.

PROFESSIONALS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

A major article distribution company understands the intricacies of the world of article publishing, whereas a cheap newcomer is simply looking to make a quick buck off of you.

If you want your articles and links to reach the targeted publishers and targeted audiences that would be interested in purchasing your goods or services, then you should seriously consider spending a little more money to use a well established distributor from the outset. This will also save you the time and hassle of posting articles that will never see the light of day.

In the end, you want the best bang for your buck.

Sometimes the best bang for your buck requires that you spend a little more money upfront. With an established and experienced article distribution company, you might just find that you can get better results from each article, and you will still have an audience for your articles two weeks or two years from now.

You can make the most of your advertising when you use an article distribution company who will put your needs first — always keeping in mind what will help YOU to generate the best results for your investment.
About the AuthorAs the owner of http://thePhantomWriters.com, Bill Platt has been providing article distribution services since 2001. He can get your reprint articles delivered to 17,000+ publishers and webmasters looking for content. Bill will help you to get the best return-on-investment for your promotional articles. See for yourself what his clients have had to say about his services: http://thephantomwriters.com/testimonials

Published in: on March 7, 2006 at 11:41 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 http://www.netpromarketer.com and to visit http://www.netpromarketer.com/directoriesandlists.html 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 http://www.ezinelocater.com.
 

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: http://www.scstats.com/r.cfm?i=4604.

Published in: on March 6, 2006 at 8:56 pm  Comments (1)  

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 http://www.divinewrite.com/seocopy.htm 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 http://www.divinewrite.com/googlelinkfilter.htm). 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 (http://www.google.com/alerts) 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 http://www.divinewrite.com/seotradesecrets.htm 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 mailto:glenn@divinewrite.com. Visit http://www.divinewrite.com for further details or more FREE articles.

Published in: on March 5, 2006 at 12:36 am  Comments (32)  

What is Holding you Back?

By: Andreas Obermueller

Did you ever ask yourself one or more  of the following questions: How is life so hard to me? Why can’t I succeed? Why are all circumstances against me? Why don’t I have the money I want (and need)? Why do I have this boring job? Why…? Why…? Why….?????

Jesus, I’ m sure you Did! *grin*

Me too, so nothing worse about it. It’s just human!
The important thing is how long do you ask yourself these questions! What do you really get, if you ask them for yourself?
What do these answers, you get, do with you? Do you feel better, neutral or even worse really “upset” and “depressed”?

Do these questions really help???

You know the answer (or you really should do)! Most of the times you get negative feelings!

So, wouldn’t it be much better do ask yourself the following questions: WHAT makes me happy? WHAT I am proud of? WHAT in my life is wonderful or at least o.k.? WHAT can I really be thankful for?

You see “WHAT” has much more positive power than “Why”!

If you asked yourself the last question and found at least one thing (I’m sure you did!), did you feel the positive energy within you?
Just a little bit? Yes? Cool! You got it!!!🙂

Now you might be interested in finding some additional questions that assign more of these positive feelings within you.
If not it’s o.k. You now can stop reading here!😉

HOW did I know that you continue reading here? Am I an clairvoyant? No, I am not!
But I am sure that you want do feel better and find some good questions that assign those positive feelings and gain your energy and power!

“HOW” can you find those additional questions? You already found the next one à “HOW?”

“HOW”? can I become happy? “HOW” can I achieve financial security? “HOW” can I find my ideal mate? “HOW” can I succeed?
“HOW”… (find yourself an example her!)?

What does this “HOW?” cause? You get RESOLUTIONS!

Your thinking flows away from your “state of victim and drama” and hops into seeking for resolutions, ways to start, etc.!
That is very important! Dou you feel the power behind “HOW”? Fine!🙂

“WHO” can be an additional question. E.g. “WHO” has the information that I need? “WHO” can help me? “WHO” is willing to assist me?
“WHO” knows how to succeed? “WHO” is already an expert in what I am looking for? “WHO”… (find yourself an example here”)?

“HOW” do you feel now? Better? I hope so!
If not …. are you sure you didn’t cheat? *g*

As you see, questions can be very powerful!

So what questions will you ask yourself to start with more power into 2006?

WHAT is my goal for this year? WHAT is my next step into this direction? WHO is able to assist me? HOW can I find someone who is able to assist me in marketing? WHO else can find someone for me who is able and willing to assist me? …

Ask yourself the right questions and take action NOW!
NOW is the time to become the best person you ever were meant to be!

Andreas Obermueller is webmaster of http://www.hit4biz.com – a marketing related information portal that is built to assist other people in building, running, maintaining and succeeding with their own online business. He is also a NLP-MASTER-Practitioner and personally recommends Subliminal Software

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Published in: on March 3, 2006 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Is it possible to make a million dollars using only articles?

By: Christopher Kyalo

Here are two questions I get asked a lot about free articles as marketing tools. Do articles really work in generating leads and bringing in business?Can somebody make a million dollars by using only articles to promote their business?

Interestingly I get asked these questions by people who have heard about my services through one of my articles they came across. I am sure because there is no other form of marketing that I use. You would think that the fact that they got to hear about me and my services through the articles, in the first place, would give them a little more faith in this powerful form of online marketing and make them a little more confident.

Actually it is not that surprising when you consider that most people can hardly remember how they first came across a web site or business online.

While it is true that I stay in one of the less costly cities of the world (albeit away from my home country), I still have to support a wife, two children and a grandson. And I do it all from my online business.

You should also know that my income and leads generated through articles has been consistently growing at an increasing rate. That makes perfect sense because the facts are that as you increase the number of articles you have posted online and as the viral effect of your better articles getting re-posted all over the net takes place, the number of people exposed to your hybrid ads (that is exactly what articles posted on the net really are) increases dramatically. The inevitable affect of this is that you will get more leads and more business.

So the answer to the first question is YES.

The answer to the second question is also an emphatic YES. But I hasten to add that you will have to work very hard to reach that figure.

You will have to work very hard on the quality of your articles. And you will also have to be focused and focus all your articles, like a laser beam on a single subject, business and web site that you want to generate a million dollars for you.

For your articles to be really effective, they should strive to solve some pressing problem among your target market.
About the AuthorChristopher Kyalo is a writer/marketing expert who makes money online only by posting free articles. Get his free course at bizboom@freeautobot.com and visit his blog http://big-online-story.blogspot.com. He can be reached at strongwallafrica at yahoo.com.

Published in: on March 2, 2006 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Should You Hire a Famous Writer or Write Your Own Articles?

By: Bill Platt
 
 Proven and Exceptional Click-Through Results
 
Testing has proven again and again that promotional articles generate more click-through traffic than standard ezine advertising. And it is much cheaper than standard ezine advertising, even if you are paying someone else to write and distribute your articles for you.
 
Promotional articles that are distributed with free-reprint rights get published regularly in ezines and on websites and the results are long-term. Both publication outlets generate results, although both outlets generate different patterns of traffic to your site.
 

Creating Content
 

Either you know that you are capable of writing your own articles or you feel that you might need to hire a ghostwriter to help you with your task.
 

If you need a ghostwriter to help you create articles to promote your program, there are literally dozens of companies and hundreds of freelance writers out there that can help you complete your task.
 

Tips for Selecting Your Ghostwriter
 

One of my clients asked me the other day whether they should use their own in-house writer to develop their articles or whether they should hire a famous writer to write their articles for them.
 

That is a good question. It depends on how many articles you will want to have created for you.
 

If you plan on creating fewer than ten articles, it might make more sense to hire an already famous, professional writer. So long as your famous writer is known for the type of content you want to have created, then your famous writer will help you get a strong running start in that they already have a good reputation in the field you want your articles written.
 

If your famous writer is not known in your field, then it does not matter whether you use the famous writer, your in-house writer, or if you create a pen name for a fictional writer.
 

Gambling on the Long Term
 

If your intent is to have more than ten articles created, then it is my suggestion that you should either use your in-house writer using his or her real name or create a pen name for your in-house writer.
 

Whether you use the writer*s real name or a pen name, your decision should be made upon your confidence in your in-house writer. Sure, you can count on their skills or you would not be considering using their work. The real question you must ask yourself is how long you feel that the in-house writer will remain in your employment.
 

There is always a chance that your business will be built on the name of someone who goes to another job, taking his or her name recognition with him or her to the other employer. Using your writer*s real name or a pen name is always a gamble. Weigh all of the factors well before making your decision.
 

If It Were My Business
 

If I ran a brick-and-mortar business in a very competitive marketplace where personalities can shine brighter than the home office, then I would strongly consider using my in-house writer and providing him or her with a fictional pen name. There is no sense in building a name that will go on to promote your competition.
 

Manifesting the *Power of Seven*
 

If you have plans to develop more than ten articles for the promotion of your business, then it does not matter if your writer is already famous in your field.
 

I am sure that you have heard about the *Power of Seven.*
 

Many research companies have studied the question of how many times a business must be seen before the customer has confidence enough to spend money with the business.
 

The research has been conclusive. Seven is the magic number. Once a potential customer has heard of a business seven times, the business has rose above the first major hurdle in attracting the potential customer to their business. After a potential customer has heard of a business seven times, then the potential customer is much more likely to trust the business enough to spend their money with the business.
 

The *Power of Ten* in Publishing
 

A writer is very much like a business, and a publisher is very much like a customer. The *Power of Seven* plays an important role in getting the writer*s work published.
 

However, we cannot count on seven promotional articles to bridge the trust gap with the publisher. While publishers will see most of your articles, as they are made available for publication, usually they will not see seven articles in seven distributions.
 

Publishers are busy people and they do not check for new articles daily. But, publishers do check for new articles regularly as they need to continuously find materials for publication.
 

The goal is to send out ten articles to get seven articles seen and read by publishers. Once the publisher reads the seventh article, if the quality of the articles had been good, then the publisher will trust the value of the articles created by the writer.
 

More Figures Concerning Promotional Article Success
 

Ironically, the fact that the publisher has seen articles by a particular writer seven times is often good enough to get the writer published. The publisher only needs to read one or two good quality articles by the writer to cement the trust they will have in the writer.
 

Once the publisher has come to the decision that a writer is good and provides information important to their readers, the publisher will always notice the writer*s name as they are browsing for the next article that they will publish.
 

With my business, I have been distributing articles for my clients since early 2000. Any writer who has permitted me to submit articles for them for the length of six months remains to be one of my clients. Why do you think that is?
 

I believe it is because six months worth of article submissions — whether done weekly, bi-weekly or monthly — has enabled my client*s to bridge the *Power of Seven* with the publishers and webmasters who receive the articles that I distribute.
 

Some who distribute weekly cross the *Power of Seven* bridge well before the six months is up and they reaped fast rewards for their hyper-distribution schedule.
 

Publishers & Webmasters Are the Gateways to Buyers
 

With my service, I am able to get your articles into the mailboxes of more than 12,000 publishers and webmasters looking for good quality content.
 

If only 25 publishers — with an average of 5,000 readers each — reprint an article, then 125,000 potential buyers could read the average article. Add to that fact that several of my client*s get published in ezines that reach more than 700,000 readers, and my clients can reach nearly one million buyers with a single article.
 

The *Power of Seven* Could Make YOU Famous!
 

I always suggest that if you are doing more than ten articles, you should use your in-house writer*s name or a fictional pen name. The reason I say this is that after ten articles, you will be strongly on the road to becoming famous yourself. Once the name used to promote your business has become famous, and then your business will continue to reap the rewards for that famous name for years to come.
 

Bill Platt owns http://thePhantomWriters.com. Do you need free content for your website or ezine? Our archives deliver more than 700 free-reprint articles available for your use. http://content.thePhantomWriters.com. Do you write your own articles? Let us distribute them for you to our network of 12000+ publishers & webmasters http://thePhantomWriters.com/distribution

Published in: on March 1, 2006 at 2:41 pm  Comments (11)  

Website Promotion – Submit Articles, but Spread them Around By: Charles Essmeier

Writing articles on topics that are relevant to your Website’s topic and submitting them to free content sites is a great way to effectively promote your Website at little or no cost. There are many Websites that want topical content, and they frequently obtain this content from “free content” publishers. Those sites are always looking for articles and they’ll accept articles from most anyone. They offer no compensation other than a link back to your Website. This, as many writers have discovered, is a powerful incentive. Thousands of people have written and submitted articles to “free content” sites in order to promote their own Website, and it’s probably the most cost-effective tool for Website promotion. But there are hundreds of “free content” sites on the Web. Should you submit your articles to one site only, or should you submit to many different sites? I would appear that submitting articles to as many sites as possible is the best way to promote your site.In the six or seven weeks that I have been writing articles, I have been submitting them to multiple “free content” sites. I don’t just submit to any site; I have some criteria. The site must have a form that allows me to “fill in the blanks” to submit my article. I’m way too busy to deal with sites that require e-mail submissions or require me to join a Yahoo! Group. I also avoid sites that will not provide a live, clickable link back to my Website or sites that cover only topics that aren’t relevant to the topics of my Websites. Based on those criteria, I have a “core” group of eighteen sites to which I submit my articles. I have an additional group of seventeen sites I use for articles I write that are related to Website promotion, such as this one. Anytime I write an article, it is submitted to up to thirty-five different sites for publication. From there, each article could end up being published on thousands of different sites.

To date, I have written some 60 articles, published to many different sites. In roughly that same time period, another author who regularly submits articles to one of these content sites has written nearly twenty times as many articles. It would appear, however, that this author does not submit to multiple content sites, but instead submits his articles to this one site only. Still, with some 1200 articles written, this author must be reaping much greater rewards from his work than I am, right? That does not appear to be the case. This author’s Website actually has fewer incoming links than a site of mine that I have promoted through articles exclusively. If you do a search on Google for this author’s name and a search for my name, you will find that my name and his yield the same number of search results. Even more interesting is the fact that this author has written all of these articles to promote one Website, and my articles cover six different topics and promote six different sites! By submitting to one article to thirty-five different sites, I am obtaining the same promotion power as if I had written thirty-five different articles!

The statistical evidence would suggest that while it is important to find the best sites for submitting articles, it is well worth the writer’s while to submit articles to as many sites as possible in order to get the maximum amount of promotion out of each article. Writing the articles is the hard part; submitting the articles takes about one minute per site. That minute is well spent.

About the Author©Copyright 2005 by Retro Marketing. Charles Essmeier is the owner of Retro Marketing, a firm that operates several retail Websites, including AluminumChristmasTrees.net, a site devoted to vintage aluminum Christmas trees and accessories, and RarePinkFloyd.com, a site devoted to rare records, compact discs and by the band Pink Floyd.

Published in: on March 1, 2006 at 2:34 am  Leave a Comment  

The Best Places To Submit Your Articles For Viral Traffic By: Terence Tan

If you've spent any time online trying to promote your website or business, you must have very likely realised that one of the most effective ways to generate tons of free targetted web traffic on a long term basis is to write your own informative articles and freely distribute them to other webmasters and ezine publishers for their use.
 

Some of the benefits of this amazing strategy include:
 

-it's totally FREE and gets links to your website distributed to a huge number of other related websites on a permanent basis…
 

…no need to pay for the links…
 

…no need to give a return link on your own website to other sites…
 

-The presence of your links in many other websites also directly increases your Google PageRank and increases the targetted free traffic you get from search engines!
 

-When people see your name and website/company in the bylines of the articles on different sites, you will naturally be thought of as an "expert" in that field…This increases your credibility and makes it more likely that your visitors will take your recommendations to them more seriously.
 

The purpose of this article is to seek to create a comprehensive list of places where writers can submit their articles for distribution…
 

By creating this list based on the contributions and "tip offs" of the visitors to HugeAffiliates.com, we hope to save you the large amounts of time searching the web for websites and article announcement services (yes, you can try to use google to search for "article submission sites" but you will waste precious time going through a lot of unrelated websites).
 

If you find this page useful, please bookmark it…and use it whenever you have new articles to distribute…we will continue to update it with the latest links as we get "tip offs" from our visitors.
 

If you have any links to suggest to us, please let us know using the "Contact Us" page on HugeAffiliates.com.
 

If you would like to reproduce this article and link resource in your website/ezine to increase your website's "stickability", please feel free to do so. (because of the convenience of finding all the possible submission sites on one page,many writers will bookmark your site if you have this resource on it…Go Ahead…Bookmark this page NOW!)
 

Please reproduce the whole article including any reference to HugeAffiliates.com though.
 

Here Are The Links:
 

     

  1. http://goarticles.com/ulogin.html
     
  2. http://www.ezinearticles.com/add_url.html
     
  3. http://www.freewebarticles.com/index.php
     
  4. http://www.certificate.net/wwio/ideas.shtml
     
  5. http://www.ideamarketers.com/writers.cfm
     
  6. http://www.womans-net.com/submit.php
     
  7. http://www.netterweb.com/articles/articlesubmit.htm
     
  8. http://www.allnetarticles.com/submitarticle.asp
     
  9. http://www.articlecity.com/article_submission.shtml
     
  10. http://cerebuswebmaster.com/onsite/articles/submit_article.html
     
  11. http://www.huginc.com/secure/frmarticle_submission.asp?AuthorID=11286&FrmMd=ADD
     
  12. http://www.boconline.com/sub-art.htm
     
  13. http://clickforcontent.com/cgi-bin/epro/reporter.pl?signup
     
  14. http://www.marketing-seek.com/articles/submit.shtml
     
  15. http://www.addme.com/nlsubmit.htm
     
  16. http://www.scamfreesuccess.com/article.htm
     
  17. http://www.connectionteam.com/submit.html
     
  18. http://www.vectorcentral.com/articles-form.html
     
  19. http://www.marketing-of-training.com/motoarticles/submityourarticle.htm
     
  20. http://www.work911.com/cgi-bin/links/add.cgi
     
  21. http://www.businesstoolchest.com/articles/submit.shtml
     
  22. http://thewhir.com/find/articlecentral/suggest.asp
     
  23. http://top7business.com/submit/
     
  24. http://www.upromote.com/newsletter/submit.html
     
  25. http://www.digital-women.com/submitarticle.htm
     
  26. http://www.coolpick.com/way/cool/submit1.html
     
  27. http://www.freesticky.com/stickyweb/submitarticle.asp
     
  28. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aabusiness/
     
  29. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aageneral/
     
  30. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aainet/
     
  31. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/article_announce_list/
     
  32. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/articles4you2use4promotion/
     
  33. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/articles_archives/
     
  34. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ArticlePublish/
     
  35. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ArticlePublisher/
     
  36. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/articlesubmission/
     
  37. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Free-Content/
     

Hope you found this article useful…
 

Remember…bookmark this page and if you discover any other good sites to distribute articles through, let me know.Thanks!
 

Terence Tan is the creater of HugeAffiliates.com, a website dedicated towards the development of Multi Level Affiliate Programs as an alternative system of business. Visit http://hugeaffiliates.com to learn how MLAPs can multiply your affiliate referral commissions AND for the most updated version of this list of places to distribute your articles.

(Please feel free to to freely reproduce and distribute this article, so long as it is reproduced in full, including the hyperlinks)

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Published in: on February 27, 2006 at 1:14 pm  Comments (2)  

Building Link Popularity with Topical Articles By: Daria Goetsch

Just found this great article on link popularity.

One of the important factors in ranking high in search engine results is link popularity. It is not enough to just have the best website in the world–other sites have to point back to you. The thought is that if your site is good enough for others to link to you, then you must have a great site.How do I increase link popularity?Building link popularity is hard work. You've searched endlessly. You've sent every reciprocal link email you can think of. What else can you do? Surprisingly, writing articles on your topic can lead you to a wealth of link popularity.

What are the benefits of writing articles? Think about it. If you write articles, you get to use them on your website and you build your website content. You can also submit your articles to other sites. With both methods you get a lot in return:

You build your content. More is better when it comes to site content.

You promote your website. With more keyword-rich text on more pages, you will increase the number of pages indexed by the search engines.

Other websites link back to your website content. Sites focused on related topics link back to you.

You receive a link back to your website from the site you submitted the article to. Remember to include a link in all guest articles you submit.

You become an authority on your topic. Search engines reward sites with a larger number of inbound links from sites dealing with similar topics.

What do I write articles about?

The saying goes "write about what you know." Sometimes it takes thinking in a creative way to open the door to a new route for link popularity success. Think of what your visitors might be looking for. Why do they come to your site? What can you help them with when they arrive on your website? Answer their questions about your topic. We all search to find information, so give them what they are looking for.

So what are they looking for? That is easy enough to find out. Review your web server logs to see what keywords and phrases your visitors are using when they find your site through the search engines. Run your own searches using those keywords. What kinds of sites are returned in the search engine listings? Pay attention to visitor feedback. Know your visitors. Answer the questions they are asking, or even those questions they do not know yet to ask.

Most importantly, write because you have something to say. If in the process of building your content and inbound links, you benefit your readers with your content, all the better in terms of providing visitor satisfaction. This is the best reason to write, which is the way of the web, to seek out and share information.

Where do you put articles?

On your site. The first and obvious answer is to put them on your site. After all, you have all this knowledge; why not share it with your visitors? You may want to create an Articles page on your site. This will give you a place to put your articles, and any new ones that you write. Make sure to add this new page into your site navigation, and especially to add it to your sitemap page. Add a link to your main articles page on your sitemap, and a link to each new article on your articles page, and you are on your way to having your good content indexed. Make sure your visitors and the search engine robots can find your new pages.

Adding article content not only answers your visitors' questions, it adds to your website. Your visitors will have a richer experience with your site when there is more content. Not only can they buy the widgets you are selling, but they can also learn more about how to select widgets, exciting news from the world of widgets, and so on.

The more pages you add to your website, the better chance the already visiting search engine robots will also pick up your new pages to be indexed. More pages mean more links. Be sure to make an archive of your articles on your website. Always keep your pages in directories close to the root of your site for optimum indexing by the search engine robots.

Submit to the search engines. As always you will want to submit your new pages to the mainstream search engines and directories. In addition, look for specialized, topical directories that deal with your particular subject. There are also many general business directories available.

Submit guest articles. In addition to submitting your articles to the various search engines and directories, think about submitting the articles themselves. Submit your articles to sites that accept guest articles. It may take a little detective work to find some of these locations. You can start small, submitting to lesser-known portals seeking information on your topic. Some sites are focused on one topic; others need articles about all sorts of topics. Get searching and you should be able to come up with a healthy list of sites to submit to. Searching in Google and in categories in Yahoo! and ODP (Open Directory Project/Dmoz) would be helpful.

Once you are featured as a guest writer on a website, you will notice that most sites archive these articles. How many articles can you write? How many articles are archived and linked? How many different search engines indexed those pages? You get the idea.

Always include a bio of the author, article re-print instructions, copyright information and a link back to your website. Add an active link in your link text in your submission or request one for your listing. Be aware of dynamically generated pages–a static URL also increases the chance that the article you have submitted has the optimum chance of indexing by the search engine robots.

What if I don't write?

What if writing is just not your thing? You are in luck, because there are sites out there that have free content and articles available to you. When you add them to your site, you still build the content on your website.

Legitimate links, no spam
The best part is that your new links are all legitimate and not just junk links. You add important information to your site, and that is good for your visitors and good for your image. Naturally, using your keyword phrases in your Title/META tags and the text of your articles as you would in your regularly optimized pages makes sense for good search engine ranking.

It will pay off

Be creative when writing articles and submitting your content for linking, it takes hard work but will be worth it in the long run.

[General Content]
GoArticles (free content/submit articles)
http://www.goarticles.com

EZinearticles.com (free content/submit articles)
http://www.ezinearticles.com/

ArticleCity (free content/submit articles)
http://www.articlecity.com/

World Wide Information Outlet (free content/submit articles)
http://www.certificate.net/wwio/

[Marketing Articles]
IdeaMarketers.com (free content/submit articles)
http://www.ideamarketers.com/

Marketing Seek (submit articles)
http://www.marketing-seek.com/articles/index.shtml

[Business Articles]
BPubs (submit articles)
http://www.bpubs.com/

[Internet and Web]
Web Source (free articles)
http://www.web-source.net/free_articles.htm

[Site Carrying Links To Free Content Sites]
Freesticky (free content)
http://www.freesticky.com/

About the Author

Daria Goetsch is the founder and Search Engine Marketing Consultant for Search Innovation (www.searchinnovation.com), a Search Engine Promotion company serving small businesses. Besides running her own company, Daria is an associate of WebMama.com, an Internet web marketing strategies company. She has specialized in search engine optimization since 1998, including three years as the Search Engine Specialist for O'Reilly & Associates, a technical book publishing company.

Published in: on February 27, 2006 at 12:52 pm  Comments (131)  

Take Control over your own Success

It is a sad aspect of live but not everyone is successful. In the world, we live in there are winners and losers. Most people want to be in the group of winners but unfortunately, many remain where they stand. As you well know, being successful means to stand above the others around you or to know more that the one sitting next to you does.Not being successful is simple: you make all the wrong choices, you work without ethics, you most likely lack responsibility and education is almost everything. Although it is not obvious, the lack of success is also a choice, but a choice that can be gained on the first try.You need to understand how to have more success than your colleague does and to work for success. Success does not come free or cheap, you have to pay for it. The price is not monetary but it is expressed in manners of time and effort, these being precious details that you cannot receive back once you gave them away. Success is hard. To be successful you have to work hard, be educated and have a little bit of luck. Often you have to try many times until you truly reach success.

Here is some practical advice on how to be successful:

– Alter your behavior and learn good manners.

– Always read, always learn and always communicate.

– Build up a purpose in life, create a plan and go on living by it.

– Cherish everything you have and get.

– Find out more, be responsible, learn about control and always stay informed.

– Give up watching so much television, or playing games.

– Give up bad habits and keep the good ones: eat well and regularly, get enough sleep, go to a gym or just go jogging.

– Keep your sense of humor but do not become rude.

– Try to work more in the shortest possible periods of time.

– Think and act fast when faced with an opportunity. If you see what you really want, do not let any chances pass you by. This one might just be the last you will get.

Anyone and everyone can have success but you just need to grab it for yourself in leaps or small steps or any way you can.

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Published in: on February 26, 2006 at 5:33 pm  Comments (182)  

What can you do to prevent your website from being cut out of the search engines.

What can you do to prevent your website from being cut out of the search engines and how can articles help you do that.

It is not a secret any more, that the search engines are cutting of the websites that are made with many of the "push button software" that spits out websites that have little or no value for the visitors.

Marketing needs a new more organic way to grow and prosper and the good news is that there is a way that you can use. In the sense of getting, your websites up in ranking where you want them to be and keep the rankings you have worked so hard to get. Do you know how articles can increase your traffic & search engine ranking?

It is not a secret any more either, that submitting articles can increase your traffic and search engine ranking. It does not hurt though to know a little more about how to do that and what to look out for in that process.

My advise to you, if you have websites that are built with the software I have already mentioned is to at least add articles to your website to make them more valuable and less vulnerable to the search engines cutting knife. You need to take your websites to the next level and recycle them, remove the footprints that the software and the direct out of the box template, leaves and add value.

You can do this. How will you do that? By modifying and making, the sites unique in any way you can. Well sites that do not have the footprints that the software and templates leave are less likely to get penalized so you need to find a way to get your unique customized templates and add value to your sites.

Articles will add value to your website. You can write articles and put them on your website, better yet put a article section to your website. If you don't want write your own articles, that is not a problem there are thousands of article directories that can provide you with articles you can publish at your website or blog.

This also gives you another opportunity. You can market your business with articles by submitting your articles to those same article directories to get them published on other people's websites. It will also drive traffic to your sites and you don't have to relay on search engine traffic alone.

Article marketing is a great way to reach your targeted customers, get inbound links and make get your sites ranking up. Actually you need both you need to use articles or related content on your sites to make them more relevant to your topic. It is a little more to this than can be said in one small article, so I have put together a website that is a collection of articles that can show you the ropes and teach you what you need to know to succeed with article marketing.

Considering that English is not, my first languish and this is one of my first articles (I admit that it is not the best work you see). I am still learning the ropes and wanted to share with you my resources so to speak. Considering all this, just imagine what you can do.

Please feel free to freely reproduce and distribute this article, so long as it is reproduced in full, including the hyperlinks. The author of this article Magnus G. invites you to visit his websites to find more information on this subject and hopes it can be of help to you. www.makepuplishing.com
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Published in: on February 26, 2006 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment