So, how do you do it? Well first, lets take a look at what we need to do to achieve our goal. Go to ezinearticles.com, and on the main page, look for your target category. For example, I would choose "Internet and Business --> Forums". This is what I see: Internet-and-Businesses-Online - Forums EzineArticles
Go ahead and click on the first article. The article itself isn't important. Scroll down to where it says "Most Viewed EzineArticles in the Internet-and-Businesses-Online:Forums Category (80 days)".
Click on the last and first articles in this category, and scroll down so you can see how many views these articles have. From this, I can see that the #1 article has had 72 views since it was posted on Setember 30th of this year, and the #10 article has 32 views since it was submitted on October 22nd.
This tells me that in order to get into the top 10, I need to get at least 33 views to my article within 80 days. To get #1, I need at least 73 views.
Easiest. Thing. Ever.
Go to big-boards.com and find one or two forums in your niche. In my case, the warriorforum would be a good fit.
You want to join these forums and start to build up your reputation. Be an active poster who contributes high quality content regularly. Next, when you article goes live, simply do this:
Link to your article from your signature.
That's it. Make the title the anchor text, and you're done. Create a new thread, post in some other threads, and do the usual stuff you do in a forum.
This will do two things:
1) It will get you dozens, if not hundreds of high quality backlinks to your article, which will boost your SEO.
2) More importantly, it will get traffic to your article. You could easily get 10 or more views per day.
Heck, you could even ask members to rate your article in your signature. And if you make an extra effort to make sure your article is the best you can make it, you WILL get natural backlinks, which will help your article go viral.
Now, a few more tips:
Take your author RSS feed and submit it to the top RSS directories. This will automatically get hundreds of backlinks to your articles, and help them get indexed faster by google and other search engines.
Next, do you have a twitter account? If you don't, get one, and start getting followers. Remember, twitter is like a forum, you shouldn't spam, you should be a normal person. Talk with people, and post links to awesome pieces of content that don't belong to you.
A cool feature of EZA is that you can automatically send a tweet to your followers once a new article goes live. Just edit your profile settings and put in your account and password (it's safe with EZA, they just use this information to make the tweet happen).
This will get you even more traffic.
Next, bookmark your articles, your twitter account, and your RSS feeds. This will get even more backlinks for your article, and it can get more traffic.
Some good sites are:
Those are just a few, but you get the idea.
One more thing about bookmarking sites; they are social sites. Network with other people by making comments on their bookmarks, so more people will go to your profile and see your bookmarks. Participate in bookmark exchanges to get more links and traffic.
Some people say EZA is dead. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you use it right, you can get huge amounts of traffic.
Imagine if you researched 30 keywords that had 1,000 or more monthly searches, and had low competition (less than 10,000 in quotes, web 2.0 sites on the front page, etc.), you then wrote one article per keyword per day, and applied the promotional methods I outlined above.
Think of how much traffic you would get.
Something to think about.