Article and IM experts, I have "leftover questions"...can you help?

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Hey guys (and gals),

I've learned so much here. At the same time it can be discouraging to learn how much I don't know.

So I have a question for article experts out there. And other IM related experts too as I don't know how to classify all my questions.

I've been (finally) looking to write and get great content and articles out there as a means to drive some traffic. And there are a lot of great threads out there. So for the last week I've been diligently studying and making notes from most of the well-known threads.

So first of all, a big thank you to the following: TheRichJerksNet, Alexa Smith, Allen Graves, Alexa Smith, JayXtreme and John McCabe. Those folks have provided incredible roadmaps and more on a few different threads that seem to come up in this area. Not to mention there are many more who have handed over what amounts to be free gold in education, but for now they slip my mind. So thanks to all who contribute so much here.

So. Furious note taking, diet dew and horrible late night infomercials has been my life for the last week as I've been studying and searching awesome threads here. (I almost bought the most pointless , yet cool looking "gravity-defying" ball called the luigi or fuigi ball or something like that...wait, found it...it's "fushigi". *Note to you guys: no matter how much you try you can NOT duplicate those cool stunts with your dog's chew toy. Uh-uh. Totally sucks. Plus you get weird looks from your dog.)

So here are my questions to clear up some leftover thoughts. Basic stuff for most of you.

1) For articles, is it easy to change my resource box for different articles? In the past I've been confused about the bio/resource box and how it seemed (at the time) to be the same for every article. (Maybe they're different?) I have still yet to read the entire downloadable EZA guide. Still reading threads.

2) RSS! Yikes. This is a big one. What the heck do I need to know to understand one, use one, and submit articles/blog posts to one. Any good tutorials? I've read several different "methods" and am not sure what is good for beginners to know. A good, solid non-convoluted approach. My goal in the end is to use them to submit articles on my site first to get them indexed - if I understand it correctly. Which leads me to...

3) Indexing? So I understand I need to get my articles indexed on my site first. But how is that done? There's obviously not an "index" button. Don't laugh. I quickly looked "back when". This seems to have many answers and methods subject to personal preference. If you were new to this like me, what is the most "idiot proof" (Read: someone who almost bought a Fushigi ball) way to do this?

It sounds like posting on Digg does this? And will a brief tour of Digg allow me to get a handle of it for myself?

4) Can anyone recommend a good way to start becoming familiar with Squidoo? A nice tutorial to understand how to use and make the best use of it? Or do I just "jump right in?"

5) Here's a quote from a thread: "Locate my Rss Feeds on the bookmarking sites and scribd and post them to Rss Directories" How do I locate my Rss feed? Am I even asking the right question? Do you think I need to do this?

6) I've seen blogs that display only snippets of posts/articles. Is this the summary that people talk about when referring to posting summaries of your blog? Or do I post a summary myself on another blog that points to my main article on my main blog? What's the plugin (if there is one) on WP that can show only blog summaries/snippets if I want it to?

7) Hub pages. These can help right? Where are they? What hub pages do you suggest I start with?

Those are a lot of questions. And I've looked up a lot, but there seems to be a lot of knowledge assumed on the parts of some of these steps. I'm not completely clueless (despite what my wife says) but I feel like it.

So forgive my ambition in this post - I appreciate your help very much! You don't learn if you don't ask right?

Nathan
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  • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
    ...well, dang. I had a long response typed out, was on the seventh question, and hit the Back button. Second try lucky?

    1) Yep, you can create a resource box and save it for easy access later (through a dropdown menu when you go to submit an article). You can also create a custom resource box on the spot when submitting an article.

    2) RSS is hard to understand! Do a little Googling on "what is RSS?" and similar topics so you can understand just what it is, which will help you use them and help you know how to get them. You don't submit to them -- they're automatically generated from wherever the RSS feed is generated from. For instance, if you have an RSS feed for your blog, it would update automatically when you make a new post. I'm sure others here can explain them better than me though.

    3) Indexing isn't any magical secret. A lot of people don't know how to do it, and it's never guaranteed. Here's what helps: having quality content, submitting your site to Google, having a site map... I could keep going on and on. There are a lot of different ways people try to get their pages indexed quickly, but it's all up to Google/insert-search-engine-here in the end.

    4) Here's one quick, easy step by step I just found: How to Build a Squidoo Lens I'm sure WF has plenty of info, too. I think the easiest thing to do is jump in and create one after reading the site rules carefully. You'll understand them and how to use them a bit better when you're familiar with the medium.

    5) See my answer to 2... you'll understand the answer to this question better once you understand just what RSS is. Frustrating, I know, but a little knowledge here and there will add up to form a clearer big picture.

    6) Not 100% sure what you mean here... yes, these "snippets" are summaries of your posts (or the beginning few paragraphs of a post). You can use them to drive traffic to your site by posting the snippets on other sites, then linking to your site for people to read the full article. Yet some sites don't let you do this... because you're taking their readers. I think others can better answer this one, too.

    7) Hub pages can be very useful, and quite a good stream of income, too. HubPages is the site; it's similar to Squidoo in some ways. Again, starting by creating a Hub is a good way to learn. Here's the link to a tutorial about how to make one: Earn A Part-Time Income Writing On Hubpages.com (I just found it through a bit of Googling.) You create a page, add content like writing, videos, pictures, and so on, then add monetization. You can also add links to your related sites, but you're a bit limited (to prevent spamming).

    Being proactive about learning is great. You'll go far. If anything I said doesn't make sense, ask me (or I might edit this once my pre-lunch brain fog clears up ).
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Alexander
    Thanks Zabrina, I appreciate your answers. I'm checking out your links now. You've definitely given me a little more confidence.

    (And I might take you up on further questions!)
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  • Profile picture of the author g2114
    Hi Nathan. This forum has a lot of great information and tips, but at the same time it can be overwhelming. When creating Squidoo, Hubpages, etc., make sure you link it back to your site. The best thing to do is create anchor text and hyperlink it back to your site. This will help you rank for your keyword.

    You can google for free site submission and rss feed sites. I offer a free web indexing software to the forum. It's easy to install and you can submit as many sites you want to get it indexed. Just click on my signature link.

    Ezine Articles will allow you to change your resource box and you can add additional pen name if you want. I have learned you don't want to be too boring in your resource box and try to use anchor text as well when linking to your site.

    There is a lot you have to do to get traffic to your site, but in time you'll learn all the ropes. Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Alexander
    Thanks you two. Those are the suggestions I'm looking for. For the life of me, I haven't googled it, just searched here. Hmmmm......

    Duh. So I've got yet more learning on the way for this evening. (After I catch up with "Person's Unknown" of course. Awesome show.)

    Thank you...
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Originally Posted by Nathan Alexander View Post

    1) For articles, is it easy to change my resource box for different articles? In the past I've been confused about the bio/resource box and how it seemed (at the time) to be the same for every article. (Maybe they're different?) I have still yet to read the entire downloadable EZA guide. Still reading threads.
    Yes, it is easy to change, depending on where you want to change it...

    If you post it on EzineArticles, you can always change it at EzineArticles at any time, but doing so will send the article back through the approval process which may take a few days...

    If another publisher gets the article from EzineArticles, then it is not so easy to change the resource box, as you have to find the contact info for the publisher, submit the change request, and pray they respond...



    Originally Posted by Nathan Alexander View Post

    2) RSS! Yikes. This is a big one. What the heck do I need to know to understand one, use one, and submit articles/blog posts to one. Any good tutorials? I've read several different "methods" and am not sure what is good for beginners to know. A good, solid non-convoluted approach. My goal in the end is to use them to submit articles on my site first to get them indexed - if I understand it correctly. Which leads me to...
    Not your concern...

    The article directories where your articles are published take care of all of the hard stuff...

    You just go to your profile on the article directory and get your RSS Feed Url, which can be added to your blog and you can submit the URL to other locations...


    Originally Posted by Nathan Alexander View Post

    3) Indexing? So I understand I need to get my articles indexed on my site first. But how is that done? There's obviously not an "index" button. Don't laugh. I quickly looked "back when". This seems to have many answers and methods subject to personal preference. If you were new to this like me, what is the most "idiot proof" (Read: someone who almost bought a Fushigi ball) way to do this?

    It sounds like posting on Digg does this? And will a brief tour of Digg allow me to get a handle of it for myself?
    I don't think it is at all necessary to get the article indexed on your site first, and I am certain many of the people who have advised you until now will agree...



    Originally Posted by Nathan Alexander View Post

    5) Here's a quote from a thread: "Locate my Rss Feeds on the bookmarking sites and scribd and post them to Rss Directories" How do I locate my Rss feed? Am I even asking the right question? Do you think I need to do this?
    Here is my RSS Feed from EzineArticles: Bill Platt - EzineArticles Expert Author

    Here is my RSS Feed on my own directory (the only directory where I put ALL of my articles): Bill Platt's Recent Articles
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    • Profile picture of the author bluewillow
      Help! I wrote my first article and submitted to Ezine Articles.

      I was not able to put anchor text in the sig box. There is not wysiwyg box there. I downloaded a .pdf from EA that explained the html code to write, but I couldn't get it to work.

      This is what they gave us, but I guess I don't understand it. (2) How to Create an Anchor Text Link:
      <a href="http://www.Your-Company-Name.com/"> Your Website Address</a>will make
      Your Website Address a clickable link.

      I see the dashes now. I didn't include them. Is that my problem?
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  • Profile picture of the author tess47
    Are you talking about the dashes in Your-Company-Name.com? No, that isn't your problem. For example, it your domain name is allaboutdogs.com, you don't want to put dashes in between the words. This is all you have to do to make a clickable link:

    <a href="http://www.yourdomainname.com">clickable text here</a>

    That's it! Hope this helps
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