How much traffic do you get from your articles?

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Hey all,

I'm just asking out of curiosity. I've been writing articles hoping to get backlinks and more traffic, and it did help (since I got better ranked), even though I heard that most article directories put nofollows on your links (sorry, I'm not sure if I spelled that correctly).

Anyway... I started writing articles on June 8th, I didn't work that much. I maybe submitted 20 articles to ehow, 25 or more to goarticles, around 10 to articlesbase and a few to articlealley. Oh yeah, and I've answered around 100 plus questions on yahoo answers, anyway, it wasn't hard work at all, I guess I could have done a lot more if I wanted to.

The results are... 4100 visits to my website. Which is good, I guess. I guess the good part is that these articles stay, some of them even get ranked well in the search engines over time so I get even more traffic from them, and maybe someone decides to copy them and leave the source box.

So I'm just about to start a little project and write around 50 more articles and then just submit them to a bunch of places, but I want to know if it's really worth it.

What are your experiences and results? Why am I asking? Well, I need more motivation, I need to know what numbers are possible, what results are possible. It's kind of easier for me to see that if other people could do it, then I can also do it, and if it was worth it for other, it's probably worth it for me too.

Thanks in advance,
#articles #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author liza31n
    I made one article since i worked at IM.It did gave a lot of traffic to my site.Link building to articles are effective depends on number of factors,content,ways or marketing strategy and how you made it known through your advertising technique.
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  • Profile picture of the author rlrlphs
    I think it is between 500-1k unique visits per day according to Google Research and according to use by readers. I don't have a article.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andrew G Gowans
      Hi Jack,

      In a sense it doesn't matter what results any of us get from article marketing - there are so many differentiating factors such as the niche within which we operate, the keywords we use, the headline or title we create, the quality of content, and our bio or sig to name but a few.

      Your motivation should come from the way you started this thread. You have proved to yourself that you have the knowledge and ability to generate traffic to your website.

      So, should you continue, of course!

      There is one caveat to all of this, why are you driving traffic to your website? Are you getting the calls to action you are hoping for - sales, sign ups, whatever the action may be.

      So, is the traffic tightly targeted or not?

      Of the 4100 visitors, how many followed through?

      Better to get 1000 visitors and 50 sign ups than 4000 visitors and 10 sign ups

      Andrew G.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jackbgd
        Thanks Andrew. I guess you're right about that, I just kind of still can't make myself believe that article marketing works, I guess that's the only problem, so I can't make myself write more articles because I don't completely believe in the whole thing.

        So far I figured out that better, higher quality, and longer articles get a lot more clicks than the short one's. Of course, as you've said, the title is very important, the only thing I don't understand is why do sometimes the short and stupid articles get really well ranked in the search engines? Google is weird sometimes...

        In my case, the point was to get these visitors to make a sale, to buy a book, the problem is that there is absolutely no way for me to figure out if those particular visitors bought anything, since I get traffic from other sources as well. (organic etc.)

        Thanks for your reply and clearing that up for me,
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  • Profile picture of the author iblbuilder
    Article marketing can work is people link to the articles as well as from direct traffic. You missed ezine articles, I recommend trying them out as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author cgallagher93

    I'm new to the forum. My name is Connor and I'm a 16 year old marketer from the UK. I recently looked at Brad Callens Search Marketing Elite and found their site very helpful in this department.

    What I learnt was that although writing articles can help get traffic to your web site over a longer period of time, it is more the importance of getting your links out there that improves your Search Engine ranking and helps generate the big traffic.

    I find that I can write a decent article in about 15-20 minutes. The problem is formatting it so that it reads well on various directories can be a bit tedious. The most important part of your article from a ranking perspective is most certainly your bio box. Although the content MUST be good, it is more the link itself and surrounding text that counts.

    In-context linking is extremely important because Google rank web sites for their relevancy. Therefore, if your content is closely related to your article itself and your anchor text (blue underlined link) is also relevant to the keyword phrase you're looking to optimize for, you should achieve a high ranking in a relatively short space of time if you sustain posting.

    Posting 10 articles in your first week and then never posting another for six months will do little to generate traffic and in a lot of cases will harm your SE ranking.

    Also, you need to be submitting to the highly-trusted web sites with a page ranking of 6+. I'd recommend Ezine Articles, Go Articles, eHow, Articles Base and Buzzle initially.

    In addition, it's important to get your link on topical directories. If you search Google for some niche specific article directories, you should find a few. Link directories are also just as important as Article directories. There are free ones such as Dmoz and relatively inexpensive ones such as Joe Ant, Go Guides and Gimpsy. It's all down to budget really.

    Having said that, it's not really necessary to spend a penny on advertising. Just prepare for it to take a little longer. What is important is to get your links out there on high PageRank sites. You can see the PageRank of a site by downloading and installing the Google toolbar.

    I'd recommend Wikipedia as this is a highly valuable traffic source and open encyclopedia, meaning that absolutely anyone can add content to a specific article. But if you're clever, you can add a link to your web site at the bottom of the page.

    I'd also recommend getting links on Social Networking sites: YouTube especially, Facebook, Myspace, Live Spaces etc. Blogging is really hot right now so sign up for a Wordpress account and get posting!

    In my experience, a good Press Release can be just as effective, if not more so than a bunch of articles. Well-written content that adheres to certain guidelines can often get picked up by the press. If this happens you've immediately got mass exposure. What I will say is that this isn't easy to do. But as much as 90% in some cases, of what you read in the newspapers IS NOT the publishers own content. So there's a big market for this kinda stuff if you take time to get it right.

    Look at popular Press Releases with a lot of views and structure your Press Release like theirs. Go to and follow their guidelines. If finances are a problem, start with, Beta News and Directions Mag.

    Hope this helps,

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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    Andrew (above) makes some great points. It can vary greatly between niches and depends on WHERE you submit the articles.

    You could submit to a hundred article directories and get a ton of traffic. But you could also submit it to a single site or Ezine and get the same amount of traffic and, if the traffic is targeted enough, get more traffic and sales from that single source.

    Here's my suggestion, if it means anything - lol -

    Stop thinking and start testing. You'll never know for sure until you get out there and give it a shot!

    Allen Graves
    Every day I check the obituaries. If I don't see my name there, then I know it's going to be a good day!
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