Before continuing with the article you need to understand one important thing. People consume information in different ways. Whatever you’re looking for you can pretty much get the same information by reading a blog post, watching a video, going through a slide show, reading a PDF, listening to a podcast and so many other methods. So how do your create new traffic sources from existing content? By reformatting your existing blog posts and presenting them as slideshows, videos and PDF’s. So here’s a list of formats and places to submit them. [Read more…]
How to get traffic to new blogs is common problem faced by many blogger who are new to blogging. Having a blog is useless if your not getting any visitors so this is a valid concern. It is important to understand that it hard for new blogs to get traffic. Don’t expect to write a few posts and get a flood of visitors. Thousands of blogs are created everyday so you need to give a reason for people to keep coming back to your blog. Below are few things you can do to get traffic to new blogs. [Read more…]
Successful article marketing is about one thing and one thing only: delivering answers to your customer’s questions. When you are trying to drive traffic to a sales page within your sales funnel this simple truth still applies. In fact, it is essential to your success.
So What is Article Marketing?
The magical buzz word we call article marketing is the process of writing posts on one or more article directories with the hope of having prospective readers click on your author resource box (or link within the body text if that is allowed by the site). Building the articles for your marketing campaign and directing traffic is all about delivering answers and relying on the higher page ranks of article directories to get your stuff on google search results. These sites are not doing this for free, as they make money from having advertisements on your writings so the more you write the more they make. That being said, many of these sites have tight restrictions, especially the good ones, and it’s up to you to make sure that your writings follow their guidelines or else you’ll see much of your work rejected by the article directory in question.
SEO Article Strategy
The basic strategy for writing articles online is to pick one article directory (I recommend Ezinearticles.com) and get to their maximum authorship rank before working on another account. Each article you write should be unique or at least altered (if you are rewriting stuff from your blog or website) so as to comply with the site’s writing guidelines. Once you have achieved the highest level of authorship (it only takes 10 accepted articles in a row to get to the top of ezinearticles.com) then you can consider working on publishing your content on additional directories at the same time. But for the time being focus on one directory and try to write 1-2 articles every day. It will take a good week before anything gets published but once you get going with article marketing the things you write will continue to drive traffic forever and you never know if one of your articles will randomly become very popular.
Knowing what question to discuss and potentially answering it in your article is part of understanding your audience and why they would want the product in your sales funnel in the first place. Think about what people want to know who would also be interested in your product when you write your articles.
Your title, keywords and final destination anchor text should contain at least one word in common which you’d like google searchers to find you by. If I was writing about choke collars that don’t hurt a dog then I would write “Safe Choke Collars For Your Dog” as the title, “Choke Collars, Safe for Dogs” as the keywords and “Find Safe Choke Collars” as my anchor text. If you don’t follow this simple guideline for writing your articles then you will most likely not rank well on google search results for your topic of choice.
Remember that the whole purpose of your title is to ask a question on your reader’s mind. If they ask the same question in google then hopefully they will find your article while looking for a solution to their problem.
Answering the Right Way and Resource Boxes
There is a wrong way and a right way to answer questions of your potential audience. Think about the last time you googled for information online. If the article you found answered your entire question then you probably closed the window after finding your answer and forgot all about the author. Maybe you never even read his or her name, let alone their website. Part of writing great articles is to give the answer to the question but in such a way that your audience will want to learn more. A great way to do this is to offer a solution which also asks an additional yet pertinent question. You’ll also want to be concise with no more than 700 words in your article. After all, the whole point is to get your audience to read the entire work and to investigate your resource box, so if your content is too long, they may never get that far. That resource box is where you will place one to two sentences about how the reader can click on your link and learn even more about the subje
ct matter at hand. I never ever use the same resource box for an article, since I try to make each one its own sales pitch and tailored to the question/answer combination at hand.
Your article resource box should send potential customers to a pitch page in your sales funnel where you answer not just the question at hand but additional ones as well.
Look at how I structured this presentation for you today. You are now informed enough to want to know more about article marketing as well as delivering traffic to your sales funnel. You’re probably thinking how do I find the questions my audience is asking or how do I write concise articles, or any number of side topics. If you want to learn more about driving traffic to your site, blog or yes even your sales funnel then please check out The Traffic Blogger.
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BlogEngage is similar to Reddit and Hacker News in some ways. You can submit your articles and other will vote up if they like your article. But there are few things that separate BlogEngage from other social voting site. This BlogEngage review will cover the basic functions and the unique attributes of BlogEngage so you can decide for yourself if the service is worth your time.
Registration and Article Submission
You need to be registered to submit articles. The registration process is simple and straightforward. The article submission process is also very simple. You add the article URL, a unique title describing your article and add some tags that best fits the article. After that you can select a category that best fits your articles. Most users in the service are bloggers so you’ll find many categories catering to that niche. But most of the general categories are covered in the service. Then you can add a good description further explaining the article and give a teaser to others to check the article.
Once you register you can set what sort of content you want to see in your feed. I’m interested in online marketing so my setting show article related to SEO, blogging and traffic generation. There are custom RSS feeds if you want to keep yourself subscribed to some set of categories. Home page shows the popular ones while there is a direct link to recent submissions from the top navigation. Nothing extraordinary but a well designed site build for easy navigation.
- Not Free – It requires a one time fee of $20 to join the service. This keeps the service getting cluttered with people who are looking to dump links. I’ve joined BlogEngage at the very beginning when it was free to join and I think Brian who runs BlogEngage made the right decision by not allowing free registrations. But if you’re really interested there is a way to get a BlogEngage account for free.
- Useful Pro Features – Don’t have time to manually submit blog posts? Well there are plans available for busy people like you. They will automatically do the submission and depending on the plan do some social media marketing too. Probably not useful for a blogger that runs a single site but if you’re managing few blogs then this might be just the thing for you.
- Social Elements – Sure most other social bookmarking sites allow you to make friends but BlogEngage allows you to chat with them within the site. Now this is very useful for networking because in general more blogging friends you have more traffic and links you’ll get. This is also useful to ask for a vote for your BlogEngage submissions.
Your Thoughts on this BlogEngage Review
I hope I have given you enough information to try out the service. The $20 fee might be a barrier for some people so it would be nice to have a free trial option. But then again I guess it defeats the purpose of having a registration fee in the first place. From the time I have spent there I have found it extremely useful if your in the online marketing niche. It is also a great way to increase your referral traffic without much effort.Have more questions about the service? Want more details? Do let me know in the comments section.