I am trying to come up with a sensible methodology before I go and spend all kinds of time and money (weakness of mine, I know) but that means I need to have some metrics that make sense, and one of the metrics I need is how to measure results when posting to article directories.
The best metric, of course, is money ... but when you start out the money is going to be very small, so I need some other metrics to evaluate what I do and to be able to correct mistakes and/or improve the results.
Looking at the Article Syndication area, assume that the following pre-conditions will hold:
1) Reasonably good article (i.e., well-written, correct syntax etc.)
2) Topic relevant to the intended niche
3) 1,200 to 1,500 words
4) Posted to top 1-3 Article Directories (EZA plus maybe 1-2 more niche-oriented directories)
5) All original content, no spinned garbage
A) What would you consider to be a good response?
B) How would you measure the quality of the response?
C) What kind of metrics (other than money!) do you use when you evaluate your results?