This Article Has Been Viewed 9,386 times - How did they do it?

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I have found an article on ezinearticles.com that was published on 3 September 2010 and in two months got 9,386 views.

The question is: can anyone, please, explain how they did it?

My analysis of the article showed the following:

- it ranks on the first page of Google for 4 long tail keywords, but... wait a minute.. according to Google keyword tool, these keywords actually have big fat zero monthly searches
- these same keywords do not even register in other keyword tools, so they must be unimportant
- it is just an ordinary affiliate review and
- it has zero backlinks

I really do not see it being published in an e-zine and am lost for ideas where these views could come from.

If anyone knows: please, shoot your best ideas. I think I am not the only one interested in solving this mystery :confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
    People use scripts and shady tactics to inflate the view account so they can get into the "most viewed"category.

    I am not saying this is the case here, but it might be.

    Talk soon,

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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    I have articles that according to Google receive 0 searches per month or not enough data, yet these articles have Thousands upon Thousands of views and made me a nice little bit of dosh on the side.
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    • Profile picture of the author Val Kilner
      Originally Posted by bravo75 View Post

      I have articles that according to Google receive 0 searches per month or not enough data, yet these articles have Thousands upon Thousands of views and made me a nice little bit of dosh on the side.
      Do you mean your article keywords get 0 searches according to Google, but your articles actually get views? From Google?

      That's interesting... Maybe the case with my article in question. Please, confirm. Thanks.
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      • Profile picture of the author excuzemee
        Originally Posted by Val Kilner View Post

        Do you mean your article keywords get 0 searches according to Google, but your articles actually get views? From Google?

        That's interesting... Maybe the case with my article in question. Please, confirm. Thanks.

        If you are looking for how they are driving traffic to the article... they may not even be using google as a traffic generating source.

        They may have a list that they send there... you know, "hey look at this article i wrote about _____! It'll show you a VERY handy way to increase_____."

        Or through a FB page, or MS or other social sites.

        Some people have 25,000 50,000 and even 100,000 people lists. So there may be no searches for it because people are just being linked to it.

        simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author keliix06
    Google lies about search numbers. It wouldn't make any sense for them to tell the truth, because then competitors would have too much info on them.
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  • Profile picture of the author neodarth
    There is two reasons for that.

    The author is a top noch writer and the article is freaking awesome and people love to read it.

    The author paid to people to click on his article. There are sites where you can paid about $30 per 5000 clicks. Now... if the keyword that the article aim has no Google searches the views on an article means close to nothing... yet... I might be wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author excuzemee
    They could also be Joint Venturing their content on multiple lists too. Dependence on Google traffic isn't the ONLY way to make money on the internet.

    The guy could have done a seminar and had people give him thier emails there, he just inputed them into a database and sent out an email with that linked to the topic he was talking about on his seminar run. Everyone is so jazzed after seminars that they follow through the links he places.

    This is one of the reasons why learnign to build a list can be beneficial to your business model.
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  • Profile picture of the author copycashvalve
    They could be using proxies and rotating them each time they view the page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Adams
    I would go with the theory that somebody pointed to it in their email list or a large online group like a facebook page.

    Also possible it went viral on a social bookmarking site, although that's less likely
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    Scrapebox has a way to up your Ezine numbers.
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        • Profile picture of the author thecableguy
          Inflating the number of views to get in the "Most Viewed" section doesn't seem to have a SEO benefit any longer as the articles don't show any backlinks or PR anymore. So it may be that the article is ranking for a keyword phrase that you're not aware of, it could have been published on other sites, or maybe they're using stumbleupon, twitter, etc. to drive traffic to the article. Depending on the keyword the number might not be unusually high.
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        • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
          Originally Posted by AFI View Post

          I'm confused at your confusion. LOL

          no need to be confused... it is just plain old spam :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author abnation
    I've actually wrote a little script to do this with Scrapebox (since the old pingback method is not working anymore)... Hey, don't blame me, it's all for education's sake
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewStark
    If your based in America then you can use Amazon Turk to get backlink publications for $0.05 which will get your article into the most published which is on the pages within your catagory of ezinearticles.
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  • Profile picture of the author jjnmconte4
    Someone, is most likely using some type of 'black hat' technique to increase the view count. Unless, the article has some unusually good content in a very sought after category.
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  • Profile picture of the author TomBuck
    Strange, my guess They are a friend of google some how Or as mentioned above Black hat methods.
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  • Profile picture of the author biggame5
    Sounds fishy I would not be surprised if it was.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronny Kibet
    Originally Posted by Val Kilner View Post

    I have found an article on ezinearticles.com that was published on 3 September 2010 and in two months got 9,386 views.

    The question is: can anyone, please, explain how they did it?

    My analysis of the article showed the following:

    - it ranks on the first page of Google for 4 long tail keywords, but... wait a minute.. according to Google keyword tool, these keywords actually have big fat zero monthly searches
    - these same keywords do not even register in other keyword tools, so they must be unimportant
    - it is just an ordinary affiliate review and
    - it has zero backlinks

    I really do not see it being published in an e-zine and am lost for ideas where these views could come from.

    If anyone knows: please, shoot your best ideas. I think I am not the only one interested in solving this mystery :confused:
    Alright this is a pretty good question but let me give you another mystery before solving this one.what this guys are doing is called articles niche domination.if you type on google "most published articles" you will realise that the most published articles are only from 3 authors which raises suspicion.what this guys do is buy junk traffic then their articles get alot of views then they appear in the most published articles in 60 day category of ezinearticles where there is a ton of hundreds hungry publishers.i have implemented this strategy before and as you can see in the below i have taken 2 screenshots of one of my ezinearticles accounts.you can see the effect of the strategy in the sense one articles has almost 5000 views and believe you me it is making me sales.i have a little blueprint i have created that explains this strategy exactly.PM me.
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    • Profile picture of the author MWZ81
      It is as simple as this....

      Your article gets published on another site: every time someone visits that site where your article is published it counts as a view on EZA.

      So if that site gets 1,000 people to view that page where your article is published, you get 1,000 views according to EZA.

      This is not to be confused with someone "posting" your article. This happens to "published" articles. Simple as that...... :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Val Kilner
    Thank you so much everyone for the ideas. Much appreciated.

    So, where do we go from here?

    If all these "viewed" and "published" figures can be inflated, it looks like you have to do the same to get on the most viewed and most published list... But if they are just untargeted views, then there's no real traffic benefit from them.

    With all things changing, I think the most working strategy would be still to try and get the article into Google search results for targeted traffic and clicks to my site.

    So, how do we do it?

    Find some niche keywords with decent search numbers, optimise the article for them, get it published then get ton of backlinks to the article?

    Will it have a chance of showing up in Google then?

    What about Bing and Yahoo?

    Just want to figure out how to drive traffic through articles, that's all. Please, help. Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author abnation
      Actually, landing in the "most viewed" category has a number of benefits. As well, you landing up there will result in a lot of additional views (depending on the category).

      I can also pretty much guarantee that those views are inflated (again though, I might be wrong here... But in most cases, they are inflated. At least a bit). And it's very, very easy to do so (with Scrapebox, with a custom script, iMacros, etc.)

      Should you do it? That is really up to you...
      Originally Posted by Val Kilner View Post

      Thank you so much everyone for the ideas. Much appreciated.

      So, where do we go from here?

      If all these "viewed" and "published" figures can be inflated, it looks like you have to do the same to get on the most viewed and most published list... But if they are just untargeted views, then there's no real traffic benefit from them.

      With all things changing, I think the most working strategy would be still to try and get the article into Google search results for targeted traffic and clicks to my site.

      So, how do we do it?

      Find some niche keywords with decent search numbers, optimise the article for them, get it published then get ton of backlinks to the article?

      Will it have a chance of showing up in Google then?

      What about Bing and Yahoo?

      Just want to figure out how to drive traffic through articles, that's all. Please, help. Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author sikaz
    l'm very well tutored by all the contributions.So many things are going on and one really needs to learn how they work.Great ideas indeed,but obviously some people truly cut corners in this business just to make names.
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    • Profile picture of the author excuzemee
      Originally Posted by sikaz View Post

      l'm very well tutored by all the contributions.So many things are going on and one really needs to learn how they work.Great ideas indeed,but obviously some people truly cut corners in this business just to make names.
      I don't know about cutting corners or mysterious/unknown "black hat" techniques... IM is about sales. you wouldn't publish an article for pure education. the minute you place a link that will hopefully end up in a sale...

      let me share a story about my dad and his first open house in real estate.

      They put the new people in the open houses, because the guys who are making money are dealing with listings (selling houses). The open house is a way for the company to meet the public and generate a relationship with them----LEADS on other words.

      Very few people were coming in, looking around in the house my dad was baby sitting. However, across the street at the competitor's open house people were lining up to get in the door. It was super busy....

      My dad, having some spare time on his hands, walked over. He found the realtor, and introduced himself as the y guy across the street. He asked the guy how he got so many people into his open house, because his was advertised as well and they have bits of food and coffee for people who come in.

      The guy told him that he hired a girl and for three days a week, she phones the phone book to get people down to the open house, out of this he would usually help 2 - 3 people sell their home and build a huge list of prospective people at the same time.

      My dad changed what he was doing and hired a girl to do the same thing. It worked better than advertising in the paper, it worked better than waiting for people to hopefully drop by.

      Accelerating views to get listed high on google, or to get more people to see your message, depending on your business model, is just as good as hiring a girl to call people blindly and asking them to visit your website.

      I would take note. only three people listed? wow.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    This is what how I view article views.

    If the article rocks, the views are probably legit. If it's crap, the views are doctored. Either way I take views with a grain of salt.

    The proof is in the content.

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  • Profile picture of the author mkpoway
    I'd guess that for a mere $5, you could pay someone on fiverr to inflate you article views.
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  • Profile picture of the author chris_duport
    they paid Mturk or a similar crowd sourcing service to view the article a lot of times
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  • Profile picture of the author Topgunb
    Traffic xchanges

    They hit the site themselves, and their friends

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  • Profile picture of the author COBSolutions
    Not that google keyword tool and all other tools out there gives you correct data, also that there are services and scripts available which can jack up the view counts, though ezine article is very stingy and bans the accounts if foulplay is found, but still guys get away with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ladida
    Well, there seem to be MANY possibilities, after all. Very interesting...
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Dean
    Buy 'expired domain traffic' by the tens of thousands and soon you have many clicks on the article url.
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    • Profile picture of the author dawnbreaker
      Originally Posted by Tony Dean View Post

      Buy 'expired domain traffic' by the tens of thousands and soon you have many clicks on the article url.
      In that case you need to expend more money top get you a viewers for you articles, a unique viewers from you social media will help you generate this number of views.
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  • Profile picture of the author UncleDearest
    I had an article like that back in the summer of 2008. It had no backlinks either. It just happened to be a good set of keywords in a very popular theme for the time. I've had other articles that did real good too, but that one was way over the top with over 100 views a day and and a 30-40 percent click through rate. The article still does well (for being somewhat outdated) and is still on page one of Google amongst a pagefull of paid ads!
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