Yes, it does take a bit of time at first to get used to writing articles on a consistent basis, but once you make it a habit, article marketing will come easy and will become an effective way for you to get targeted traffic.
You see, when I first started in Internet Marketing, reading great traffic generation techniques like the ones all the “Gurus’ and “experts” talk about sounded awesome and got me so excited.
BUT when it came down to actually take action and generate web traffic I found myself overwhelmed and confused on where to begin and which methods to use first.
So…my honest advice to you, as a newbie (if you are one) is STAY AWAY from paid traffic for now and especially stay away from…Google Adwords -- if you have no idea what the heck you are doing!
And instead focus your efforts and time with FREE SIMPLE traffic methods like Article Marketing. Here are a few simple yet powerful steps that you can apply to get great results with article marketing:
STEP #1: Keyword Research
Go on Google’s Free Keyword External Tool and search for keywords that are relevant to your topic and have a search volume of over “3,000″. Then search for your keyword in quotes (” “) on Google; I always search for competition 30,000 or less because then you have a much higher chance of showing up on the first page of Google.
Once you’ve found your best keyword following the criteria above, put it in your TITLE. For example, if my keyword were “article marketing” then I would have a title like “Article Marketing – Most Effective Way To Generate Web Traffic for Free”.
If you just make sure that the TITLE and the opening paragraph of your article contain popular “keyword phrases” and by that I mean terms that people in your niche might be searching for on the Internet, then you have done 90% of the work. This is the most important part of getting serious traffic from your articles. DO NOT skip this step.
Also, try to place your keywords, 3 to 4 more times in the article, but remember to follow the “Keyword Density” Rule. All this means is that you have to place your keywords at least 300 words or whatever the distance the guidelines say your keywords have to be apart from each other.
This avoids overcrowding of keywords and makes it look original and readable.
STEP #2: Write the article
Write an article with a solution. This is the key to successful article marketing.
The best articles are those that address a problem in the title and then go on to offer a solution in the body. Put your article’s title in quotes and conduct a search at Google. If the results are not in the millions (I always aim for under 40,000) then you might have a very good chance at making the first page on a Search Engine Results Page. A 4 or 5 word keyword rich title works (known as long tail).
Make sure your article delivers on your title’s promise.
However, if you hate writing or weren’t ever really good at it, you can just outsource it for as little as $3 an article, depending on the topic. Guru.com is a great place to find freelancers who already have article marketing experience.
The articles should be about 500 -550 words in length, with nice short paragraphs. (But let me be the first to warn you that the less you pay the less quality your article your article will be).
So, if you’re a person who strives for quality in their work then pay a little extra, say like $10-$15 and if that writer does a good job you can hire him or her again for more work and can make a deal to actually pay less in the long run.)
STEP #3: Write a killer resource box
Really use your resource box. Remember the MAIN point of your article is to get a reader to click your link to go to your site. You put your details at the end of the article, a.k.a the resource box.
This is where you make you really shine and capture the attention of your reader! Really sell your site. As a matter of fact, offer a solution to a problem. If you have a FREE gift let them know about it right here!
This is your free advertisement. Make great use of it and do it powerfully.
Also, make it almost sound like an extension of your article
Ex. Want my secret method of curing your fatloss problems this weekend? Get them all in my free fat loss training newsletter: http://freefastlosstrainingtips.com
STEP #4: Submit 1-2 articles a day to YOUR BLOG First
The reason why is because if you submit your articles to other directories before you publish it on your own blog or website those directories like EzineArticles will have ownership over your content. Therefore, you want to publish your content on your blog FIRST because your blog is your ASSET and what happens when you build your assets?...More opportunity and better results.
So, after publishing it on your blog, submit it (as is) to Ezinearticles.
I have to mention that the first directory you should submit to is Ezinearticles, because 1.) they are the “Facebook” and “Google” of the article directories and 2.) they will run a check, when your article is in “pending review”, to make sure that you’ve submitted original content a.k.a your own content.
And if they find another article having the same content as yours, your article will most likely not be published. But, if you submit to them first, your article will be published.
After submitting and getting approved on Ezinearticles go ahead and submit to Goarticles, Articlesbase, Isnare, Assoicated Content, and any other directories you want to submit to.
STEP #5: Be Consistent and Keep Going!
Continue submitting 1- 2 articles a day and you will start getting some
So, just focus on these 5 steps and be consistent. Please don’t feel frustrated or overwhelmed, because article marketing can be a little slow at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll feel like nothing the next time you do it.
Remember, article marketing is the king of long term targeted traffic and when executed properly the results you will experience are nothing short of amazing.
So, I want to know what's YOUR best article marketing strategy?...
And if you have some questions or confusions I'll do my best to help you out.
I hope you got some value out of this post.
Just Do It!