An article is something that appears so simple to the untrained eye, but requires such complex techniques to build and market properly. The methods used are varied and change drastically across the web, depending on the site or company. However, some of the same core principles are always used and reused when you want success and they will be discussed here.
If your article is already included on your own website, do not submit it to article directories. Many search engines have rules about duplicate content, and you do not want to have your article removed because you put it in multiple places. Instead, rewrite the article (a content ‘spinning’ software program can be really helpful) and submit the rewritten article to the directories.
Research outsourcing to see if it is the best option for you. If you’re not able to spend the time writing articles, or if you’re not skilled enough to compete with other writers, hiring someone may be the only way to go. While this will cost a bit of money, you are saving time and possibly increasing website traffic with regular posts.
Work on your word count. A good article should not be too long to be entertaining, or too short to be informative. Different article directories want different sized articles as well. Most look for articles between three hundred to eight hundred words, so if you consistently stick with five hundred, you should be fine.
Never copy anyone else’s work or ideas. Doing this is not only unethical, but it could be illegal. Nothing kills your credibility like someone commenting on your article that you stole it from someone else. Do your own work, and always give credit where it is due to protect yourself from these issues.
Publish articles in as many of the free top 10 article directories as possible. Make sure your articles are unique and well written. Familiarize yourself with the submission requirements of each directory, as well as its terms and conditions. Some directories have minimum word counts, and one, Buzzle, will not accept an article that has been published anywhere else on the web prior to their publication of it.
When you are trying to market your articles, always remember that providing information should come first. You can sell yourself, just do not make it too obvious. The readers are looking for things that will benefit them, and when you only attempt to sell yourself, the reader will have no benefits.
In article marketing, the “call to action” is vital. You should include calls to action in every article you create. The term is grandiose, but the idea is simple: Your article needs a hook that urges readers to participate in some way. The classic example is urging your readers to register at a website, but even pointing them towards another article and asking them to read it is a call to action.
This is a blueprint for the base of an excellent article marketing campaign and something that should be taken to heart if you wish to promote your site without spending huge sums on other forms of advertisement. It is crucial and hard work, but in the end worth every penny and second that is consumed.