To Help With Tiff's 30 Day Article Marketing Challenge...Updated Sept 28

by Steven Wagenheim 44 replies
It's been pointed out to me that lately, I've been too consumed with the
negative stuff in my life. So I'm going to try to start to rectify that problem
right now starting with this thread.

Those of you who are in Tiff's article marketing challenge may find these
little tidbits helpful with your writing, research, keyword selection and what
have you.

Research

Some of you, or maybe even most of you, will be writing about things for
this challenge that you already know about, so research won't be an issue
for you. However, for those of you tackling a subject that you know very
little about, these tips may come in handy.

1. When you research anything, you MUST use multiple sources.
Researching just one source and paraphrasing is still plagiarism. The rule
of thumb, as I was taught, is no fewer than 3 resources and then you
take all the information, assimilate it and then write it all in your own
words. If you have to state any facts, cite them in your article.

2. What about the product itself? I assume you're going to be sending
people to a review page. If not, I recommend it. If you're going to review
the product, you MUST get yourself a copy of it. There is no way around
it. Now, once you do that, you want to review the product on two levels.

First, you want to point out all the features of the product and what it
does. If it's an ebook, what I do is actually outline the chapters. Go
through each one and tell people what the chapter is going to teach them.

Then you need to review the book on the level of what benefits the person
is going to get from reading the book. For example, if it's a book on acne,
tell them that they'll end up with beautiful skin after using this treatment
and won't have to be embarrassed about being seen in public. You have
to get the person emotionally worked up over getting this product. That's
how people buy.

3. Another great research strategy is to research the competition and
point out the flaws in the product. This way you can show how YOUR
product is better. Not many people do this. It will give you an edge.

Keyword Selection

EZA is a bitch. They only allow you 100 characters for your keywords.
Let me tell you, that is NOT a lot. So this is what I do and it works very
well for me. I have never shared this tactic with anybody before.

For every niche, you have keywords that fall into 3 main categories.

Broad
Targeted
Long Tail

What I do is the following. I pick one keyword from broad, two from
targeted and one from long tail. This way I am reaching a diverse segment
of readers. I find this method gives me the most views and clicks. Yes,
my CTR is going to be a little lower because of the one broad phrase, but
the massive views bring me more clicks. I don't care about CTR if I get
more clicks. Besides, I still have 3/4 of my keywords doing very well for
my CTR...the targeted through direct EZA searches and the long tail
through placement in the SEs.

So again, in chart form

1 Broad
2 Targeted
1 Long Tail

Trust me, it's a nice balance.


Article Writing

This is the deal breaker. I am going to give you my tried and true cookie
cutter approach to writing articles strictly for the purpose of getting
readers to your resource box

You don't have to write like Hemmingway to write a decent
article that people can read and get something out of.

In order to demonstrate this, I am going to write an article
in real time...right before your eyes.

It's going to be on a subject that I am sure we all know
quite a bit about since we spend a lot of time here...forums.

The article is going to be about how to get people to make
the most out of their forum experience. But we don't want
to make the title so dull and boring that nobody wants to
read it. We want to come up with something that has at least
a hint of excitment.

Off the top of my head, I have come up with this.

"3 Tips For Turning Forums Into Your Personal Gold Mine"

Okay, a little strong and certainly it will appeal to the
greed factor. But let's face it...if you're in the make
money niche, you're reaching an audience that wants to get
rich...so you have to cater to that audience. This title
will, if nothing else, get them curious.

Okay, the next thing we have to do is come up with an intro
paragraph. This is where we tell people what they can expect
to find in this article.

You don't want to do something like this.

"In this article, you'll find out how to make a profit from
forums."

For one thing, that's not a paragraph...it's a sentence and
not a very good one. It's too short, it's boring, and it's
going to leave you with a ton of writing to do if you're
going to hit at least a 400 minuimum word count. You want
to pad but also say something. This is where a little
creativity helps.

Anyway, this is what I came up with at 8:40 this morning
still half asleep.

"Forums can be an amazing resource and a great way to add
to your income online. The trouble that many people have
is that they just don't know how to use forums effectively.
In this article, I am going to give you 3 killer tips for
turning ANY forum into your own personal gold mine. They're
easy and they won't cost you a dime to implement. So sit back
and relax and get ready to discover the secrets to
becomming a forum expert in no time flat."

Not bad. 87 words. I usually try to make my intro about
100 words so I'll have to work a little harder on the rest
of the article.

Okay, did you see what we did with the intro? We literally
set up the rest of the article. We told the person that
we're going to give them 3 killer tips for making forums
work for them. All we have to do now is give them the 3 tips.
Each one will be in its own separate paragraph.

"The first way to turn your forum participation into a
rewarding time that not only adds to your bottom line but
also makes you a lot of friends, is probably the easiet way
of all three. Provide lots of value for the forum. What do I
mean? Whatever forum you're a member of, there is a reason
why you are there. Most likely, it's an area that you have
some knowledge in. If so, share that knowledge with other
members of the forum and do this freely. After a while, they
will begin to see that you are a giving member of the
community. How does this help? See tip number 2."

112 words. See how we not only told the reader the first
tip but also set them up for the second tip.

"The second way to turn that forum into a gold mine is your
signature. Now you have to be careful here. Every forum has
different rules when it comes to signatures. Some will allow
affiliate links in them and others will only allow links to
a web site that is your own. Okay, how do signatures help?
Well, once you've become a respected member of the forum
you're frequenting, other members are going to start checking
your signature to see what you have to offer. I mean, after
all...if you're giving away this much info for free, what
you're selling must be off the charts. At least that is
going to be the perception. So make the most of your
signature. Make it as exciting and appealing as you can so
that others will WANT to see what you're offering. Want to
know what to offer? Check tip number 3."

150 words. That was pretty wordy even for me. Okay, we've
now set them up for the last tip.

"Make your offer a free report. That's right. Give them
even more value and don't charge them anything for it. Show
them how much you give while still not costing them a penny.
Of course, in your free report or autoresponder newsletter,
or whatever it is you're giving them, you will naturally
have a pitch for your product, whatever it may be. At this
stage of the game, you've given them so much value that if
they don't become a paying customer, they're probably just
a freebie seeker and wouldn't have bought from you no matter
what you did. Nothing lost here. You did everything you were
supposed to do."

110 words. Perfect. We're up to 479 words already and we
haven't even done on closing. Yes, you want to close. How
do you close? The easiest way is with the recap. You simply
tell people what you already told them...like this.

"Forum participation, when done correctly, can literally
put thousands of dollars in your pocket. By provding value
to the community, having a dymamite signature and a follow
up free offer that blows away most $97 ebooks, you'll have
more paying customers than you'll know what to do with."

48 words. Done. We have a 527 word article, more than fit
for EZA or your blog or whatever.

But we're not done...oh no, not by a longshot.

Finally we have your resource box.

This is where so many people drop the ball.

Here's your typical resource box by somebody who doesn't
have a clue.

"John Doe is a rocket scientist at Fairfield University and
has written books on the subject of...blah, blah, blah"

Nobody gives a rat's behind who you are or what you've done.
What they care about it what YOU can do for THEM.

Now naturally, depending on what you actually have to
offer, this is going to be different, but he's a general
example of what I'm talking about.

Here's a resource box that works.

"Want to discover the secrets that will have you raking in
a 6 figure a year income without spending ONE DIME IN AD
COSTS? Check out my site at...URL"

Now THAT is going to get somebody interested.


The formula, in summary, is simple.

1. Write a title that will get the reader's attention and make them read
the article.

2. Write an intro paragraph that tells the reader what they're going to
find in the article themselves. Try to make bullet points in the intro so
that you can write about each bullet point in the body of the article. In
the case of the above article, the bullet points are the 3 killer tips.

3. Write each bullet point in a separate paragraph. Each tip, in this case,
is one paragraph.

4. Write a summary paragraph that tells the reader what you just told
them. Yes, it's redundant, but it reinforces what they just read and keeps
it fresh in their minds.

5. Write a resource box with a strong call to action. The reader MUST see
what's in it for them by going to YOUR site.

And that's it. Folks, this isn't rocket science. I have been doing this
everyday for years now and I make a good part of my living (about
$67,000 a year) from writing articles. So I must be doing something
right.

Good luck with the challenge.

Now go out and make some money!

Sept 28 Update

In response to Andrew Cavanagh's post, I'm going to go a little bit
more into keyword research. Everybody has their own ways to go
about this, and if you have your own system, by all means keep
using it. But if you don't, this may help you.

First off, let me start by saying that if you're looking for a keyword
research tool that is 100% accurate, you've got a long wait. I'm
not even totally sold on Google's own research tool.

Having said that, what I find that works best for me is to pick one
tool and understand how it reports its results and learn to interpret
them. The best way for me to explain that is with an example.

I don't mind sharing my IM keywords because everybody probably
uses these anyway. Point is, by seeing the kind of results the
keyword tool gives you and how many views and/or clicks your
article gets, you'll get a feel for how to interpret the keyword
results.

Okay, first of all, the tool I use is Wordtracker. I use it because
it's free and I took the time to interpret the results as opposed to
reality.

So let's take the keyword "Internet Marketing Tips"

If you go to Wordtracker right now and look up this phrase, you
will see that the daily searches are 7. Not a lot.

However, after my first day of submitting an article for that keyword
phrase, I get an average of 25 views at EZA for it. So this would
lead me to believe that this figure is a little low. But, I also use
more than just that one keyword for my Internet marketing articles.

I also use internet marketing strategy

That gets 111 daily searches. Ah, now all of a sudden it appears
that maybe the figures are a little high.

But...you have to understand...not everybody who looks up these
words is going to read YOUR article. You have to figure competition
too.

Now, I use other keywords as well for my EZA articles and if I add
them all up, it comes out to well over 300 daily searches. For that,
I get an average of 25 hits.

Okay, how does this translate to other niches though? Is it
consistent?

Well, in another niche, I use these keywords, among others.

digital photography tips

Now, this keyword gets, according to Wordtracker, 139 daily
searches. If I add the other keywords I use to this niche, it also
comes out to about 300 daily searches.

But...I get over 100 views to my articles the first day for this
niche.

So what does that tell me about the keyword tool, if anything?

Honestly, not much. But it does tell me something about the
niche.

It's outside of IM and performs better.

So, using this same example for a non IM niche, if I take another
one of my non IM niches and look at those keywords (again, they
total over 300 daily searches) my average number of views on the
first day is over 100.

So what this tells me is that if I go outside of IM and see that
Wordtracker gives me about 300 searches for my keywords, I
can expect about 100 views on the first day, again depending on
how competitive that niche is.

It isn't an exact science and can never be, but having as much
experience as I do with various non IM markets, I know that if I
get a niche with 300 plus searches a day, I can be fairly confident
to get 100 views my first day.

And that's using Wordtracker.

What you have to do is get comfortable with YOUR keyword tool
and get a feel for what you can expect given what that tool
tells you.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    What a fantastic post Steve...

    Great stuff...

    You really do provide in abundance for people in this forum...

    Rock ON dude

    Peace

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  • Profile picture of the author flnz400
    Thank you for taking the time to write that Steven. I've actually never used article marketing as a traffic source, but I may have to try it out.

    Did I mention you could sell that?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronnie Nijmeh
    You're incredible Steven!! Thanks so much for taking the time out to help us all out.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Cotter
      Great post Steven, That will help out a lot. Makes it so simple, as it should be.
      Im off to start writing again..

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      • Profile picture of the author PavanKumar
        Steven... Great post as usual from you.. simple way to effective article writing...


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  • Profile picture of the author waken
    If you like the step by step live example Steven is doing, his "The complete article writing and marketing guide" shares 3 more examples like this.

    I'm glad I grabbed a copy at a deal when he launched the "Summer Blowout".

    I'm like on a Mr Wagenheim Craze and really start falling for more of his products.
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    • Profile picture of the author summer07
      Thanks Steven! I've got to write several articles today, and was kind of dragging my feet. This post is just what I needed to get me into the article writing mindset for today.

      This post is also getting printed out for the reference notebook I keep next to my computer. Thanks again!

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    • Profile picture of the author JazzOscar
      Originally Posted by waken View Post

      I'm like on a Mr Wagenheim Craze and really start falling for more of his products.
      Me too.

      Kind of start feeling like a groupie.
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  • Profile picture of the author ezrock
    Perfect. Exact same outline as any high school essay! There's a reason for this - it works! It's the exact same method I use too, except you're much better at creating the excitement throughout
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  • Profile picture of the author artgirl
    Kudos to you Steven for this great post. You truly have a God-given talent for writing. And it is very clear that you use this talent to help others achieve their goals.

    Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oland
    Wow Steven, thank you for sharing this with us! Are you sure this thread doesn't belong in The War Room?
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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      That was a very positive post, Steven! Keep it up! LOL

      Good stuff,
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      • Profile picture of the author Carol J Smith
        Awesome post, I like these kind a whole lot better than the other ones.

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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Originally Posted by Carol J Smith View Post

          Awesome post, I like these kind a whole lot better than the other ones.

          Carol
          Carol, they're the only ones you're going to see from now on.
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          • Profile picture of the author George Wright
            Hey Steven,

            I hit the thank you button, gave you the highest star rating and then looked for the beer mug. LOL

            Steven this is the WSO that got away. Thank you so much. I've asked for something like this on many occasions. I really like the step by step with examples method you demonstrate here.

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            • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
              Originally Posted by George Wright View Post

              Hey Steven,

              I hit the thank you button, gave you the highest star rating and then looked for the beer mug. LOL

              Steven this is the WSO that got away. Thank you so much. I've asked for something like this on many occasions. I really like the step by step with examples method you demonstrate here.

              George Wright
              My pleasure George. Glad it was of help to you.
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          • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
            While I'm not in Tiff's challenge, only because I've only written one article thus far, I do have a question that others may have been thinking, but not asking.

            This is different from the "how to write the article" question.

            Ok, so I have an article written. I'm an affiliate, so I have a referral URL to the vendor's sales page.

            Now, in places like EZA, you have to send your visitors to a domain you own, and to the index page only. I just re-read the guidelines last night again and you can not send them to www.site.com/page.html, but only to www.site.com.

            So, bascially, I have to buy a domain name and hosting, and create a website, for each affiliate product I want to sell?

            Am I missing something obvious, or is that how it is done?

            And Steve - thank you for the original post - I definitely learned a few more things and now I have to go back and tweak some stuff *grins*
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            • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
              Originally Posted by Barbara Eyre View Post

              While I'm not in Tiff's challenge, only because I've only written one article thus far, I do have a question that others may have been thinking, but not asking.

              This is different from the "how to write the article" question.

              Ok, so I have an article written. I'm an affiliate, so I have a referral URL to the vendor's sales page.

              Now, in places like EZA, you have to send your visitors to a domain you own, and to the index page only. I just re-read the guidelines last night again and you can not send them to www.site.com/page.html, but only to www.site.com.

              So, bascially, I have to buy a domain name and hosting, and create a website, for each affiliate product I want to sell?

              Am I missing something obvious, or is that how it is done?

              And Steve - thank you for the original post - I definitely learned a few more things and now I have to go back and tweak some stuff *grins*
              Barbara, the short answer to your question is yes, that's how it's done
              UNLESS, you do what I do.

              Get a blog at Blogger. Write a review of the product and put it on the blog
              with a link to the sales page at the end of the review. THEN, have your
              EZA article resource box point to the blog.

              I use this method and it works very well for me.
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              • Profile picture of the author Joseph Johnson
                Hi Steven,

                You always give great info and free at that. Have you ever thought of doing a monthly membership course on article marketing?

                Joseph
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                • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
                  Originally Posted by Joseph Johnson View Post

                  Hi Steven,

                  You always give great info and free at that. Have you ever thought of doing a monthly membership course on article marketing?

                  Joseph
                  Joseph, there really isn't that much to teach about article writing and
                  marketing that can't fit in an ebook.
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              • Profile picture of the author sylviad
                Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

                Barbara, the short answer to your question is yes, that's how it's done
                UNLESS, you do what I do.

                Get a blog at Blogger. Write a review of the product and put it on the blog
                with a link to the sales page at the end of the review. THEN, have your
                EZA article resource box point to the blog.

                I use this method and it works very well for me.
                Actually, the only issue with EA is redirects from the index page. I have one book site that contains pages related to different products I promote as an affiliate. When I write my resource box for EA and other directories, I provide a link to the specific page for that product. So, one article might link to ebook- haven.com/ dogtraining and another might link to ebook-haven.com/ travelbooks. I've never had a problem with EA using this method.

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                • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
                  Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

                  Actually, the only issue with EA is redirects from the index page. I have one book site that contains pages related to different products I promote as an affiliate. When I write my resource box for EA and other directories, I provide a link to the specific page for that product. So, one article might link to ebook- haven.com/ dogtraining and another might link to ebook-haven.com/ travelbooks. I've never had a problem with EA using this method.
                  Really? The guidelines for EZA specially says not to use site.com/page.html
                  HMMMMM. Now I'm confused LOL
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                  • Profile picture of the author Justin Jordan
                    Originally Posted by Barbara Eyre View Post

                    Really? The guidelines for EZA specially says not to use site.com/page.html
                    HMMMMM. Now I'm confused LOL
                    That's for a redirect to an affliate page - so if a reader clicks on it they are taken straight to a sales page from Clickbank. I think Sylvia is talking about putting review pages on your website.
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                  • Profile picture of the author buckapple
                    Steven,

                    What you delivered was very impressive. To me it was teaching on different levels, not only did you teach article writing and how to get the most out of it, your example of how to use the forum was priceless also. There was good info packed into that post.

                    Thanks,
                    Gary
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                  • Profile picture of the author derrickp
                    Barbara,

                    You can redirect with www.site.com -> to affiliate site

                    But you can't do

                    www.site.com/page1.html to affiliate site
                    www.site.com/page2.html to affiliate site

                    So it has to be the direct .com goes to the affiliate site, not any other page.

                    Derrick

                    Originally Posted by Barbara Eyre View Post

                    Really? The guidelines for EZA specially says not to use site.com/page.html
                    HMMMMM. Now I'm confused LOL
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            • Profile picture of the author Sami
              Originally Posted by Barbara Eyre View Post

              ...

              So, bascially, I have to buy a domain name and hosting, and create a website, for each affiliate product I want to sell?

              Am I missing something obvious, or is that how it is done?
              Hi Barbara

              There's an easier way ...

              You buy a $9 domain name but you don't need hosting. You simply go into the domain control panel and redirect or forward it to your affiliate product.

              Then you place that domain name in your bio.

              The advantage here is that the reader goes direct to the sales letter. This may work in your favor given the fewer hops for the reader. On the other hand you don't get to warm them up further with a review. You need to test your alternative strategies for your market.

              When you redirect or forward your new domain, the only thing to be careful of is that your affiliate id does indeed register at the merchant's site.

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              • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
                Steve,

                Thanks so much for the help. I did not realize that a free blog, like Blogger, was allowed at EZA. That does make things much easier!

                Sami,

                That is another great alternative. I forgot about that feature with the domain account, as I haven't had need to use it.

                These options do help me a great deal!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason_V
    Steven,

    Thank you for sharing, great tips as usual. There is one question I think a lot of people may want to know. We know what a broad term is like say "Dog Training." Of course long tail would be something like "Dog Training for Miniature Teacup Yorkshire Terriers" What exactly do you mean by: "Targeted?"

    Thanks,

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  • Profile picture of the author sevenish
    i didn't think that Tiff's 30 Day Marketing Challenge needed help; it was pretty damned inspiring on its own.

    Why not post your helpful ideas to her thread instead of starting your own?
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by sevenish View Post

      i didn't think that Tiff's 30 Day Marketing Challenge needed help; it was pretty damned inspiring on its own.

      Why not post your helpful ideas to her thread instead of starting your own?
      Why not stop being such a negative Nellie all the time? :rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author George Wright
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Why not stop being such a negative Nellie all the time? :rolleyes:
        LOL. Steven considering the BIG picture you have a BIG sense of humor too.

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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
      Originally Posted by sevenish View Post

      i didn't think that Tiff's 30 Day Marketing Challenge needed help; it was pretty damned inspiring on its own.

      Why not post your helpful ideas to her thread instead of starting your own?
      Jeez...are you the type who would whinge about being given 6 million bucks because you really wanted 7?

      C'mon, fella, inspiration doesn't need to be encapsulated in a single thread. Steve has done everyone a huge favour with his post.

      Tsk.

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  • Profile picture of the author onlinemoney00
    That's a great post, its worth more than some so called gurus charge just to teach you article submission and writing
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    Excellent tips as always, Steven!
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    Great post Steve,

    Glad to hear you're back to you old self

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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      Absolutely outstanding tips Steven.

      This is a simple step by step plan for article marketing that anyone can use.

      Very, very nice.

      Do you mind sharing what tool and process you used to determine your keyword phrases?

      That's the only part of the process you didn't cover.

      Kindest regards,
      Andrew Cavanagh
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by AndrewCavanagh View Post

        Absolutely outstanding tips Steven.

        This is a simple step by step plan for article marketing that anyone can use.

        Very, very nice.

        Do you mind sharing what tool and process you used to determine your keyword phrases?

        That's the only part of the process you didn't cover.

        Kindest regards,
        Andrew Cavanagh

        Andrew, I've actually left out quite a few things. I'm going to make an
        edit to the original post later today or tomorrow and include some other
        things that I think are important, including keyword research in more
        detail.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    I think it's a great idea to have a helpful hints thread set apart from the stats and progress thread - in either case, you wouldn't necessarily want to weed out the stuff from one to read the stuff from the other.

    I'm not taking part in the challenge, but I've been following the progress of everyone else with interest. This thread is likely to give a real boost to the results of those participating, and make the other thread even more fascinating reading
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenAitchison
    Steven These are great tips for article marketing. I've found I can write 3 -4 articles every hour just by reading 4 web resources, taking the information in and rewriting it in my own words and giving my understanding of the subject.

    You've broken down what most people think is hard work and given an easy to follow blueprint.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark-Dickenson
    Now that is a good post. I too like these version's better
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt D
    Steven,

    Incredible post!

    I've been experiencing a little info overload in regard to article marketing - thank you for lining this up in such a simple manner. This should help remove some of the blocks I've had recently.
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