I can't get it to work...
Basically, I'm failing with article syndication, and I'm not sure why.
For a bit of background history: I've been trying this for roughly 12 months now. I've been in three different niches, and currently on my 4th. Just to add - I'm from Australia, and English is my native language. I've been writing all my life, so, really, it comes naturally to me.
So... where to start...
I'm currently in a health and fitness niche, and have been for the last 3-4 months. Right now, I have roughly 10 articles written. I've been published in over 50 places, and have made a grand total of two sales and 50~ subscribers..
But it gets worse..
I suspected that the reason I wasn't getting traffic was because I was sending to small, insignificant publications - and not carefully selecting where I wanted my articles to be displayed. Because of that, I started sending to solely publications with thousands/hundreds of thousands/millions of social media followings. And, after roughly 1-2 weeks of sending to those criteria-fitting publications, I not long had roughly 10 publications willing to use my article(s).
Yesterday, two finally got around to publishing one of my articles - and the results were more than depressing.
These publications had, combined, more than half a million Facebook followers alone. And, most were active.
This publication had roughly 200k followers. Once my article was published and shared on Facebook, it got, on Facebook, 100 likes, 12 comments, and one share. On the website itself, it got over 100 likes. It produced a grand total of three visitors - and I think two were from me, making sure it all functioned correctly.
This publication was far more prestigious than the previous one. With over 300k followers and a verified page (highly renowned fitness person) - with activity through the roof, I was absolutely positive this would produce a flood of traffic. But, I was far from impressed with a total of zero visitors, despite, once again, getting mostly positive feedback from the comments and whatnot.
I currently have roughly 5 more publications lined up. Some with more, and some with less of an audience. But given previous results, I don't know what to expect.
Right now, I'm at the peak of frustration. Everyone I've spoken to has no problems with article syndication. I, technically, have no problems with it. I'm having no troubles getting published in some large places. I was even wondering if maybe there was a hosting issue, because the results just seemed to not add up. They're almost irrational: I've had more clicks from places with dismal followings, with just being placed on the website, and not shared in any way.
To use an analogy, without disclosing my niche. I'll pretend to be in the skydiving niche (consistency, of course).
Articles I write:
1. 5 Things to NEVER Take With You When Skydiving
2. 8 Things You NEED to Know Before Jumping Out of a Plane
3: Skydiving: The New Way To Get Fit?
And so forth...
I'd then send them to... Skydiving publications, adrenaline publications, health/fitness publications (refer to article 3), outdoor publications, regional publications, national publications, etc...
Publications include magazines, blogs, newsletters, ezines, newspapers; anywhere I can think of.
Am I seriously this unlucky? I'm almost tempted to disclose EVERYTHING, but for obvious reasons, I cannot do that.
From the 50 subscribers I have on my list, I get between 3-15 clicks per day on average across all three products - and I had one sub send me a personal message the other day, telling me how much they enjoyed my emails.
I don't know if anyone can help me with this or not, without more information. I've been in regular communication with numerous warriors who are renowned for article syndication. I even ended up rewriting ALL of my articles, which helped in terms of getting more hops, but I simply don't know what to do.
I'm writing this in hopes someone can shed some light on my predicament. I'm also writing it, because it feels pretty damn good to spill my frustrations, which have admittedly been somewhat bottled up.
My host, if it helps, is the dreaded hostgator; Shared, to be exact.
But, to conclude, if anyone has been in a similar situation, please let me know - or if you may know why I can't get anything out of all my efforts (spending 6-12 hours a day, 6-7 days a week, doing the same thing, and not getting anything from it, really takes its toll after 12 months).
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