My Ezine Articles Are Getting Tons Of Traffic....

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Here's the story: Almost a year and a half ago I wrote a bunch of articles and submitted them to ezinearticles.com. I then got busy with other things and I kind of forgot about the whole thing.

Then, just this morning while drinking a cup of coffee and sitting in front of my laptop, I decided to login into my account to see how my articles are doing.

To my total chagrin my articles have received 24K views....an impressive number.

The trouble it appears is that my CTR is only a mere 3.7%. The reason for this is apparently because I forgot to include any kind of link back to my blog or squeeze page in most of the articles...I guess I was really in a hurry when I submitted the articles, lol!

I haven't kept up to date with all the latest ezinearticle traffic techniques so I'm not really sure how to go about increasing my CTR and getting serious traffic from my articles.

Would splitting the articles up and offering a link back to my blog be effective? How about a link to a video of some kind?

I'd love to know what my fellow warriors are doing with their ezine articles these days and would love to get a thread started on this topic
#articles #crazy #ezine #tons #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author Matt Morgan
    Originally Posted by Zachary R. Skinner View Post

    Here's the story: Almost a year and a half ago I wrote a bunch of articles and submitted them to ezinearticles.com. I then got busy with other things and I kind of forgot about the whole thing.

    Then, just this morning while drinking a cup of coffee and sitting in front of my laptop, I decided to login into my account to see how my articles are doing.

    To my total chagrin my articles have received 24K views....an impressive number.

    The trouble it appears is that my CTR is only a mere 3.7%. The reason for this is apparently because I forgot to include any kind of link back to my blog or squeeze page in most of the articles...I guess I was really in a hurry when I submitted the articles, lol!

    I haven't kept up to date with all the latest ezinearticle traffic techniques so I'm not really sure how to go about increasing my CTR and getting serious traffic from my articles.

    Would splitting the articles up and offering a link back to my blog be effective? How about a link to a video of some kind?

    I'd love to know what my fellow warriors are doing with their ezine articles these days and would love to get a thread started on this topic
    Nice story, but when you said "Here's the story:", in that story I was kinda expecting Goldilocks to come and steal a bowl of porridge .

    But seriously,
    -Do you have a strong call of action to for them to click on your link?
    -Are you backlinking to your articles?
    -Are you using keyword written articles?
    -Are you bolding, underlining parts of the article in the resource box?
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    • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
      I don't use Ezine Articles, however, I do know that quite a few people here have tremendous success with it. I am considering adding it to my broader online strategy....eventually.
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    • Originally Posted by Matt Morgan View Post

      Nice story, but when you said "Here's the story:", in that story I was kinda expecting Goldilocks to come and steal a bowl of porridge .

      But seriously,
      -Do you have a strong call of action to for them to click on your link?
      -Are you backlinking to your articles?
      -Are you using keyword written articles?
      -Are you bolding, underlining parts of the article in the resource box?

      I don't think I'm doing any of those things.

      -I know what a call to action is but I'm not sure what would work best. I suppose I could do some research and find out.

      -I'm not sure what you mean by backlinking to my articles?

      -I am targeting certain keyword phrases with these articles but I'm not sure what the optimum keyword density would be.

      -I'm sure the best way to bold or underline in the resource box
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  • Profile picture of the author David Raybould
    Hey Zachary,

    I have a free report in the war room that
    will help you increase your CTR.

    My own average CTR is something like
    30% on average, and I've had over 3 million
    article views.

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    • Only 3 million views huh?

      I think you really need to pick up the pace david!

      I will check out the report and get back with you, thanks for the info!
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    • Profile picture of the author beatcoach
      David (Raybould). I wished you included a hyperlink to your free report ... 'cause unable to locate it :-)
      cheers,
      upbeat
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I average about 1,000 views per article ... not bad for 15 minutes of work IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    David's report is good.

    I've published only one eZine article and it hasn't had many views (compared to similar HubPages). To be fair though I published it for a backlink and so it's not a keyword targetted article designed to do well in search results.

    Is there a secret to getting more views on the site? I'm actually only testing eZine for the backlinking potential but from what I've seen so far HubPages is the new eZine. I do like eZine's potential for shifting affiliate products though, but on the downside you don't get the adsense revenue like you do with HubPages.
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    • Profile picture of the author iamjohnathan
      Originally Posted by brettb View Post

      David's report is good.

      I've published only one eZine article and it hasn't had many views (compared to similar HubPages). To be fair though I published it for a backlink and so it's not a keyword targetted article designed to do well in search results.

      Is there a secret to getting more views on the site? I'm actually only testing eZine for the backlinking potential but from what I've seen so far HubPages is the new eZine. I do like eZine's potential for shifting affiliate products though, but on the downside you don't get the adsense revenue like you do with HubPages.
      What's the point of wanting to make a few cents from adsense when you can make more selling products? There is no "downside". If you can put an article on ezine, get 2 - 4 sales from a 30$+ product, you would make a lot more then adsense. . . Adsense is a joke.

      Johnathan
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      • Profile picture of the author David Jackson
        Originally Posted by iamjohnathan View Post

        What's the point of wanting to make a few cents from adsense when you can make more selling products? Adsense is a joke.
        If your website has decent traffic, and you take the time to learn how to use Adsense correctly (which includes proper ad placement), you can do quite well with Adsense. The problem is most of the websites using Adsense don't have a clue what they're doing. As a consequence, they aren't making any money.

        Adsense is a tool. And just like any tool, it is only as good as the person using it.

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      • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
        Originally Posted by iamjohnathan View Post

        What's the point of wanting to make a few cents from adsense when you can make more selling products? There is no "downside". If you can put an article on ezine, get 2 - 4 sales from a 30$+ product, you would make a lot more then adsense. . . Adsense is a joke.

        Johnathan
        These aren't mutually exclusive monetization methods. You CAN do both with a single piece of content...if you choose the right platform and do it right. Adsense, and affiliate marketing, can be extremely valuable monetization methods when used in conjunction....of course, like David had mentioned, Adsense is only as good as the website's owners who are using it. (Whether you are using it on your own site, or are using it on a Web 2.0 site, like HubPages) Owners, who KNOW what they are doing, will continually be researching, and testing, various ad placements/etc in order to maximize their earnings for themselves, as a company, and for their users.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Zachary R. Skinner View Post

    I'd love to know what my fellow warriors are doing with their ezine articles these days and would love to get a thread started on this topic
    I do get some good traffic and some good income from EZA.

    I'll just make 8 "personal points" about how I'm using EZA, very quickly:-

    (i) I always publish articles on my site first and get them indexed there before EZA submission;

    (ii) I don't change them at all (apart from the resource-box, obviously!) before submitting to EZA;

    (iii) I never make backlinks to the EZA copies (only to my own site) because I want to build up my own sites, not other peoples', and I don't want article directories outranking me in the long term for my own keywords!;

    (iv) I'm using EZA primarily because it's where webmasters of high-quality authority sites go in search of content for their sites and ezines/newsletters (that's what an article directory's there for, obviously, and is the reason it exists), and a lot of my income comes from future syndication of my articles by other people. I therefore write them "for that purpose" (which overlaps with "my own site's purposes" anyway to a large degree) and make sure they're articles that people will look at and say "Wow, yes, I want this one on my site";

    (v) I make far more money with a lower CTR than with a higher CTR, and I regard the objective of "increasing your CTR" (as an "objective" in itself, I mean) as a deeply mistaken one: I acknowledge that it's absolutely ideal for one model of "article marketing" - the fast clicks/traffic/rinse-and-repeat model - but in my opinion that's a crummy model of article marketing anyway, and isn't really building a "proper business" at all;

    (vi) Regarding traffic, I think of article directories as places to get traffic from, not places to send any future traffic I'm generating myself (by backlinks/SEO) to (for "my" traffic to feast on all EZA's AdSense!).

    (vii) The serious money, in article marketing, comes from syndication, not from fast clicks and fast traffic;

    (viii) It's a good plan to think "beyond article directories". Preferably well beyond them. Although I do well from EZA, it's far from the only fish in the sea, and has some problems and drawbacks, too. I'd hate to be entirely dependent on it, but using it certainly does help me to get my work syndicated in other, better places.
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    • Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      I do get some good traffic and some good income from EZA.

      I'll just make 8 "personal points" about how I'm using EZA, very quickly:-

      (i) I always publish articles on my site first and get them indexed there before EZA submission;

      (ii) I don't change them at all (apart from the resource-box, obviously!) before submitting to EZA;

      (iii) I never make backlinks to the EZA copies (only to my own site) because I want to build up my own sites, not other peoples', and I don't want article directories outranking me in the long term for my own keywords!;

      (iv) I'm using EZA primarily because it's where webmasters of high-quality authority sites go in search of content for their sites and ezines/newsletters (that's what an article directory's there for, obviously, and is the reason it exists), and a lot of my income comes from future syndication of my articles by other people. I therefore write them "for that purpose" (which overlaps with "my own site's purposes" anyway to a large degree) and make sure they're articles that people will look at and say "Wow, yes, I want this one on my site";

      (v) I make far more money with a lower CTR than with a higher CTR, and I regard the objective of "increasing your CTR" (as an "objective" in itself, I mean) as a deeply mistaken one: I acknowledge that it's absolutely ideal for one model of "article marketing" - the fast clicks/traffic/rinse-and-repeat model - but in my opinion that's a crummy model of article marketing anyway, and isn't really building a "proper business" at all;

      (vi) Regarding traffic, I think of article directories as places to get traffic from, not places to send any future traffic I'm generating myself (by backlinks/SEO) to (for "my" traffic to feast on all EZA's AdSense!).

      (vii) The serious money, in article marketing, comes from syndication, not from fast clicks and fast traffic;

      (viii) It's a good plan to think "beyond article directories". Preferably well beyond them. Although I do well from EZA, it's far from the only fish in the sea, and has some problems and drawbacks, too. I'd hate to be entirely dependent on it, but using it certainly does help me to get my work syndicated in other, better places.
      Thanks for taking the time to post this, really good stuff!

      What exactly do you mean that you focus on syndication? Does this mean you focus on writing good articles and hoping they get picked up and spread around?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mangozoom
    I love article marketing as it deliver quick, free, long term traffic.

    My highest CTR is 73% but I average 10 - 25% I think.

    Would say amen to Matt Morgans reply ... with the addition of ensuring that your resource box is written properly i.e. you create continuity and not just a lame signature

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  • Profile picture of the author Adriana Copaceanu
    Originally Posted by Zachary R. Skinner View Post

    The trouble it appears is that my CTR is only a mere 3.7%. ...
    I haven't kept up to date with all the latest ezinearticle traffic techniques so I'm not really sure how to go about increasing my CTR and getting serious traffic from my articles.
    Zachary, to increase your CTR you need to make sure your resource box resonates well with your article content. Make your resource box a continuation of your article, a place where people continue to get more great information.

    Done right, you can get a lot of visitors from an article. It also depends on your niche: some niches won't get a great CTR no matter what you do. Others will do amazing.

    Just to give you an example, in one niche I write for, my average CTR is 19.0%. I get some articles with 0%, don't get me wring, but some are as high as 42%. Here is an example:



    Write good content people will want to read and put a lot of thought into your resource box: you'll see good results.
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  • Profile picture of the author hourox95
    I'm not good at converting my CTR but getting TARGET free traffic sure beats PPC!
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  • Profile picture of the author lacraiger
    if you have a low ctr then you can always edit the article and redo the resource box.

    you MUST make your readers click, otherwise you wrote the article for nothing.


    here's my ezine account stats

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  • Profile picture of the author spennyc
    Oh man Zachary! I feel awful for you! If they had links back to your site you'd be making some cash.
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  • Profile picture of the author activetrader
    Originally Posted by Zachary R. Skinner View Post

    Would splitting the articles up and offering a link back to my blog be effective? How about a link to a video of some kind?

    I'd love to know what my fellow warriors are doing with their ezine articles these days and would love to get a thread started on this topic
    I used to submit articles and got decent traffic. Some of my article received a big deal of traffic with CTR ranging anywhere from 10% to 70% depending on the article with average CTR 50% for all articles.

    It really depends on the subject and the keywords. If you find a niche that gets lots of traffic with not too many competing pages you can do well on ezinearticles.

    Here is what has stopped me personally from writing articles - I realized that writing articles is a great free tool BUT it's not as instant as AdWords traffic.

    Now, look at ezinearticles; every page is covered with AdSense. They now serve more ads per page than ever before. I find it more time efficient to just pay AdWords to place my ad on those articles that someone has the time to write and submit.

    What it really comes down to - do you want to spend money or time? It's your choice, but placing your link on ezinearticles in a form of a resource box or in a form of ad on AdSense is still a good way to get traffic.

    And I still do get traffic from those articles I submitted 2 years ago!
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  • Profile picture of the author wiifm
    You seem to have lose ends all over the net, I did a Google to try and find you with no success and it looks like the PM is not on this forum anymore??? Anyway I did find one of your EzineArticles that was linked back to a dead end. Anyway, I would like to publish the article and would like your permission, but maybe you would like me to change the link first.
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    Nice thanks for the info.
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