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    [2007] Article Marketing for Traffic - the right way?
    I've been reading the various threads relating to Article Marketing, and as a newbie I have a question about the proper etiquette for using this method.

    I recently, after reading posts here, invested in Article Announcer and have a few articles I've started submitting. But there are so many thoughts about the whole duplicate content issue, article farms that are just junk, etc. that it's given me pause.

    Am I better off just picking a handful of article sites that seem to be reputable, have a decent page rank, etc. and limiting my submissions to them?

    Is there a magic number? 25? 50?

    And since most only allow linking to your home page, is there a better way to utilize the content of an article for more deep-linking? Are there blogs you can submit to that allow this or something?

    And lastly, are there ways to capitalize on the whole "social bookmarking" craze with your articles?

    As always, if I've missed this information covered somewhere here (there's so much to read!) please point me in the right direction. And thanks again for taking time to help out a newbie.

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    Submitting the articles manually takes a lott of time. I have read in other forums that people send your article manually to a number of article sites for a small fee. Something like $25 for 50 article directories.

    If you have written a quality article it will be picked up really fast also by other directories and sometimes they get used in newsletters. This is all free promotion and can really boost your business. I love article marketing. Good luck with it.

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    I have never had a hugely positive view on article marketing. A lot of the time i find that the articles would be better suited as content to your own website then content to someone elses....and remember content brings the search spiders running.

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    I've always wondered the same thing regarding article marketing and duplicate content. Here are some of my thoughts:

    Do article marketing if:

    1) You don't mind writing the articles. If you are a good writer and can pump out content quickly, then you wont resent the work involved.

    2) You don't put up the same article on your site. Let everyone else use your article, but don't let the search engine see the duplicate content on your site. If you write a really good article (aka: Linkbait), put it on your own site and add all that social bookmarking to it. If people like it and link to it (or digg it, etc.), then you are 10 times better off than submitting the article for hundreds of other people to post on their own site.

    3) Can combine your efforts with another webmaster. Articles with only one source (your site) look spamy. Use several sites in your articles, and have those webmasters use you in the articles that they write. It is mutually beneficial and the reader will be more likely to take your article seriously.

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    Personally, I'd rather write the article for my own site and then submit it to social news sites to get traffic. Seems like a more direct way with no duplicate content penalty.
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    Article marketing is a money maker for those selling tools for article marketing, it is a loser for the content creators themselves. Keep the content for yourself, build your site. It is a much better investment of your time.

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    With article marketing I get someone to write the articles for me and then I use isnare.com for the distribution of my articles. For around $1 - $2 per article they will distribute it for you to a wide range of article banks and publishers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sthbodyjewelry
    I have never had a hugely positive view on article marketing. A lot of the time i find that the articles would be better suited as content to your own website then content to someone elses....and remember content brings the search spiders running.

    Yes, but if you submit just one article to say ezinearticles.com, and 200 people pick it up and post on their sites, you will get a LOT of backlinks this way and SE's love this even more!

    It's only one article, and it could float around and last anywhere from 6months to 6 years, depending on the quality and information...

    Content is definitely the way to go on your site, but you would be fine with submitting 2-3 articles every other month, and still build content for your own pages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MINDsprinter
    Personally, I'd rather write the article for my own site and then submit it to social news sites to get traffic. Seems like a more direct way with no duplicate content penalty.
    How so? Won't SE's see it on your site and then on all the others and think it's duplicate? Thanks for explanation. :-)

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    I tried article submission once for about 2 hours. Like a fool, I submitted an exact copy of an article that I wrote that is on my website to one directory.
    Within 2 hours it had been downloaded 13 times. Then I came across and article somewhere else about duplicate content I freaked! Deleted my article in that directory and thought about how much time that article took me to research, write and how much more time it would take to rewrite (change it up) it again for submissions.

    I decided, for me personally, I'd rather keep my articles on my site alone.
    Call it spoiled only child syndrome, but I guess I'm selfish that way....lol

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    I'm using article marketing for all my traffic.
    The rule is to submit your article to good article directories. Submitting to hundreds of them is useless. Right now there are more than 500 article directories and most of them are junk.

    Just create articles everyday and submit it to ezinearticles.com then, after Google index your article, submit it to at least 10 article directories like searchwarp, goarticles, and so on.

    I submit it manually, because it's free and more effective.

    About duplicate content, Google won't give you a penalty to have duplicate content everywhere. But the content will be indexed only once. They don't put the same content in their SERP. Make sure you write original content, and submit it first to the best article directory, or to your own site.

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    What I find is that a lot of article directories and web masters who use my articles don't link back to my site from the author resource box, which is the "rule" and the only reason I give them reprint rights. This makes me crazy because the ones who don't add a live link in the author box invariably don't have any contact information on their sites so I can't ask them to remove my copyrighted material from their site..

    I still submit new articles to some of the bigger article sites after first adding it to my own, although I'm not as excited about the possibilities as I once was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexanne
    What I find is that a lot of article directories and web masters who use my articles don't link back to my site from the author resource box, which is the "rule" and the only reason I give them reprint rights. This makes me crazy because the ones who don't add a live link in the author box invariably don't have any contact information on their sites so I can't ask them to remove my copyrighted material from their site..

    I still submit new articles to some of the bigger article sites after first adding it to my own, although I'm not as excited about the possibilities as I once was.
    Well, sometimes that happen.
    But, from my google analytics record, very few traffic comes from content sites. Lots of traffic comes from article directories. Looks like the visitors come to my website after reading in ezinearticles.com and click my resource box.

    I don't know are they anyone who take my articles in their website. But, I'm sure there is no traffic from them.

    My reason to keep writing to ezinearticles is to branding my names as the expert in my niche who has written so many articles. If people see your name listed in the 10 ten of author rank, it will boost your credibility

    Quote Originally Posted by bghouse
    Is there a magic number? 25? 50?
    I have a friend that do the experiment, and he said the magic number is 200 articles. After you reach 200 articles, the traffic will comes in autopilot. I don't know if this right or not I have written around 60 articles for one of my niche, and it looks like it's already getting traffic everyday

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    Ronald, you are building yourself to be an expert in a field where you advertise that you earned "$34,004.76 In Just 7 Days!" Or do you not use your own program? Maybe you should, because that means in just 28 days you would have made 136019.04 (i love that they add the .76).

    Instead of trying to be the sleaze king, why not try and actually do something that benefits someone? Why would anyone ever take advice from someone who has to dishonestly push such rubbish? Rexanne, you are right. Look at who is telling you are wrong and then ask yourself if that is the person you want to take advice from, or do you want to listen to yourself?

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    I use article marketing
    I have been using article marketing for a little while now and have had pretty good success with it.

    I have had my articles downloaded a couple of hundred times form the various article directories. I get a decent amount of traffic from the article directories themselves and I have had some traffic from the downloaded articles as well.

    Plus I have had a jump in my ranking for my less competitive keywords that I am targeting. I have not been doing anything else for these keyword so I assume it is the article marketing. That traffic converts at a higher rate than other traffic, so it has been pretty good so far.

    Plus one article is going to be published in a magazine with a distribution of 30K next month. I am not sure how traffic it will send to my site but it was pretty cool regardless.

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    I had saved this link a little bit ago as I know I need to start doing articles. I felt there was some helpful advice -

    http://www.affiliateclassroom.com/magazine/march08.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by wentzco
    I had saved this link a little bit ago as I know I need to start doing articles. I felt there was some helpful advice -

    http://www.affiliateclassroom.com/magazine/march08.pdf
    Hey, thanks for that link. I've not yet tried article marketing -- which seems a bit odd, doesn't it, for someone with the forum name "writerguy"?

    I have, however, downloaded a bunch of stuff about "bum marketing" or "article marketing." I have to say that a quick look through the PDF you've linked to here seems as though it's more useful than anything I've seen so far.

    Very useful, very encouraging.
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    Which article directories have the best PR? would it be a good idea to just targeting those, or ones with lower PRs as well???

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    Articles are a great way of getting traffic with out spending single peny.
    Always remember, one of the reasons articles are such a powerful way of branding your name, they prove to others that you are a specialist in your field. There are gigantic possibilities with articles. Articles are a great source of information for a number of reasons. Just as websites began popping up like wild flower a few years ago, articles are now being produced by the hundreds on a daily basis. Articles are supposed to be short and right to the point. They are another way of getting people to your site. I have laid down a few tips I have summarized here: *REMOVED*
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    I tried article marketing for a little while, but never really made too much $ with it. All in all, I should have spent the time doing soomething else

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    When writing your articles for the first time, it could be really scary, but look on the bright side, when each of us started, we were where you were. Personally, I have over 5 campaigns and writing 3-5 articles weekly to each one, connecting them to by blog (landing page) There are just 10 article sites that I know of that I submit them to. Do you know these sites? Best of luck to you

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    Is it the right way ? It is one way and can be a good tool but unless you are a very prolific writer it should probably be just one of a host of methods to gain traffic.

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    Has anyone here actually made a test to see which gives better results? articles on your own site or articles on an e-zine site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostdeviant
    Has anyone here actually made a test to see which gives better results? articles on your own site or articles on an e-zine site?
    My guess is, given the BILLIONS ( ) of articles and article marketers out there, someone has done such testing. But I haven't seen or heard about it. It would be an excellent collection of data to get, wouldn't it?

    Biggest problem I've found with my very limited article marketing experience to the directories is the obvious -- people ripping off the articles and running them as their own with NO links back to your sites, no author bio, nada.

    But I dunno. Maybe that's not a major issue? Anyone else??

    Oh, hey, I am willing to be someone somewhere has at least one or two ebooks about site articles v. directory articles they'd be happy to sell you for $60-$160.
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    What's really wild is that if an article is really good, it CAN send you 3-5 visitors forever.


    Just got to make it gooood


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