Ezinearticles newsletter about 1,000 articles - shock!

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I just read Ezinearticles latest newsletter wherein they claim to make any impact today with article marketing you need a minimum of 100 articles in your niche, with 1,000 being optimum. So, now that I am over the shock enough to be able to write coherently, what are your thoughts? It seems impossible. How on earth can you write 1,000 articles, even in a year? And what if you have multiple affiliate sites like I do? (which are earning me zero income despite having excellent training in how to set them up) Frankly I am very discouraged. It seems it's not possible to make money online any longer without teams of people at your disposal. Are the days gone now of ordinary people being able to make a living internet marketing?
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Merit
    Haven't read the newsletter yet, but that also has to be balanced with this blog entry from Chris Knight where he identifies problems with Googles algorithm changes and how traffic is down at Ezine.

    Search Engine Algorithm Changes

    This suggests that they're having a purge on "thinly crafted" articles and are looking to raise the minimum word count to 400, with the norm being 600+ words.

    As you say Carolyn, generating 1,000 totally unique quality articles for one niche seems rather excessive and you also have to question whether the ROI is even worth it!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Rob Cornish
      This is really interesting and I think you're spot on by raising the question of ROI Cheryll. I suspect that the ROI from article marketing has been declining for some time now and the algo update is the latest catalyst for this.

      After an extensive bout of article marketing last year I've pretty much given up on this method of driving traffic. Maybe I didn't see results because I was doing something wrong but to be honest I see much more ROI from approaching other marketers and offering my articles to them as free content rather than submitting them to eZine (or any other article directory).
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      • Profile picture of the author exite2010
        Originally Posted by Rob Cornish View Post

        ... to be honest I see much more ROI from approaching other marketers and offering my articles to them as free content rather than submitting them to eZine (or any other article directory).
        That's a great idea! Never thought of that. Thanks a bunch
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      • Profile picture of the author carolynblake
        Rob, could you elaborate on your method, especially since you say you offer your articles for free? I am 4 1/2 months into my article marketing business, and things are changing so fast, and I am always open to hearing other approaches. What I am doing now certainly is not earning income, but I had passed that off to needing more time to get established in rank. I do have a lot of my articles appearing in the top 10 Google searches, even a few at position 1. Thanks!
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        • Profile picture of the author Rob Cornish
          Cayorln - yes, I basically write an article then consider my options. I ask myself, how can I drive the most traffic using this article?

          Often, the answer is approaching other marketers in my niche and offering it to them for free. The advantages of this are:

          1. They are happy because of free content.

          2. Their readers are happy because of some different (hopefully!) interesting content.

          3. I am happy because of traffic to my site (there is a link in the article).

          In a simplistic form, this is more commonly known as "guest posting". But that term implies blogs. In fact there are hundreds of site owners that are in need of content.

          For example, even though I haven't actually done personally this I suspect the best is to offer free content to a membership site. This way your content is constantly being viewed which equals constant traffic back to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernie Lo
    Who is to even say that all these changes EZA are looking to do, will even reverse the so called "stamp down" Google has given them.

    I'm not happy with some of their changes like the no follow resource box, but ones like 400min words is not unexpected and make sense I guess.

    In the end they can do what they like, it's their directory.

    They have lost a huge chunk of their ad revenue basically overnight and in all honesty they are desperate to get that $$$ back.

    Google will always put money ahead of the people who put the life in their business (us webmasters) and EZA will do the same as we have seen. Of course they try to put a positive spin on things saying its for the "users" but it's all about the big mighty dollar.

    Internet marketers may just need to adjust like we always do...
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    • Profile picture of the author carolynblake
      Hi Ernie, I did take into account that of course Ezines is drumming up business for themselves, so though they are the top directory, it is not to be taken at face value without careful thought.
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    • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
      Originally Posted by Ernie Lonardo View Post

      Who is to even say that all these changes EZA are looking to do, will even reverse the so called "stamp down" Google has given them.

      I'm not happy with some of their changes like the no follow resource box, but ones like 400min words is not unexpected and make sense I guess.

      In the end they can do what they like, it's their directory.

      They have lost a huge chunk of their ad revenue basically overnight and in all honesty they are desperate to get that $$$ back.

      Google will always put money ahead of the people who put the life in their business (us webmasters) and EZA will do the same as we have seen.
      Of course they try to put a positive spin on things saying its for the "users" but it's all about the big mighty dollar.

      Internet marketers may just need to adjust like we always do...
      I agree with Ernie, especially the bolded.


      This mass hysteria about Ezinearticles lately, cracks me up. ( I am not directing this at the OP...just to be clear....this has been the 4th or 5th one I have seen lately)

      As you can probably tell I'm not a writer. I get any copy writing or article writing done by people who specialize.

      If your depending on Ezine Art. for so much of your "ads" then you definitely need to diversify. Remember, eggs...basket?

      Even if article marketing is your primary source of traffic, they are hardly the only game in town.

      As John McCabe pointed out there are other ways even within article marketing to accomplish, what basically boils down to advertising.

      EZ is the classic example of catering to the SE's, instead of the people that made them rich.

      1000 articles optimum, yea... I bet...let them try making that adsense revenue with 50 optimized articles.
      Yea, I'll get right on it.

      They are busy shooting themselves in the foot and I say...see ya...
      They have long been the most arrogant people on the net.

      Roll with the punches and let their long overdue smackdown work for you and diversify your advertising as much as you can.


      Stop making them rich.


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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    Hello Carolyn,

    it really depends on your strategy. Are you playing the numbers game hoping that people will randomly come across your articles and click the links in your resource box?

    Or,

    are you creating content of very high quality which people would read and feel compelled to share with others? Syndicating your content across the web, building up your reputation and sending you tonnes of highly targetted visitors for years to come? In which case, quality over quantity is the order of the day.

    (I know which I would choose)

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    • Profile picture of the author carolynblake
      Hi Chris,
      I do pride myself on the articles I publish. None of them are shorter than 400 words and often more. I work with my best friend and she is the primary article writer, and I do all the site construction and design. We have 11 sites now, with so far 20 articles minimum for each one. So you can see, having chosen article marketing as our current strategy, how we are a bit daunted at producing articles at that level. And again, I do take into consideration that Ezines is looking out for themselves. And I have been surprised to see junk on Ezines..obviously spun, and not corrected for non-native English speakers' writing errors. Thanks for the great replies everybody.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

        And what if you have multiple affiliate sites like I do? (which are earning me zero income despite having excellent training in how to set them up) Frankly I am very discouraged. It seems it's not possible to make money online any longer without teams of people at your disposal. Are the days gone now of ordinary people being able to make a living internet marketing?
        Put the pen down and step away from the computer!

        lol

        Ok, I think you might consider monetizing just one of those niches first.

        I would take a favorite of the bunch, and as mentioned up top - 1,000 is only 3 articles a day which can be done in a couple hours a day easy - and talking about high quality and informative. BUT...

        I wouldn't do that. Consider doing one article, making a rewrite on it for submission to other directories, and making it into videos and mixing up your marketing efforts a bit.

        What other places are you submitting content to?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kierkegaard
    I write around 300 articles a month. So it takes a little more than 3 months to write 1000. In order to do this, you need three things:

    1. Knowledge and understanding. If you enjoy the subjects about which you write you will pick up a lot of knowledge in this area. 500-1000 words on the subject should be no problem.
    2. An article writing system. You need a method that allows you to write a large quantity of high quality articles quickly and painlessly.
    3. Discipline and Endurance. It takes time to build up your endurance. In the same way a person who can run marathons starts off finding a couple of miles a tall order, a writer must build up his stamina and be able to last the distance. Not burn out after three 500 word articles.
    The trouble is that most article writers are passing themselves off as experts in areas they know very little about. On top of this they have very little writing experience. It is little wonder they find article writing so hard going.

    I've lost count of the number of threads about writing articles for EZA and so forth by people who have just got into their niche. Someone who decided to try their luck in the IM niche on Monday starts submitting articles on IM on Tuesday in the hope of being an 'expert' on Wednesday.

    The reason EZA are having to take radical steps at the moment is because their directory is full of drivel.

    Sorry if this sounds harsh. None of it is directed personally towards the OP.
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  • Profile picture of the author wanna-succeed
    It's not that hard, just set yourself 2-3 hours of writing everyday. On the weekends spend 4-5 hours a day. You'll see results in a couple of weeks...
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  • Profile picture of the author AnnaHamer
    It's a load of crap. We do very well with affiliate niche sites and have no where near that amount of articles. Perhaps in some niches, such as weight loss you may need that many.

    Methinks ezine is frightening people to write more articles for their site to boost their add sense revenue. And to combat the fact that they are losing their power in google, which is causing articles to slip down the rankings.

    They let a lot of junk content be approved, and now they are paying the price. There are smarter ways to get rankings in google and eyes to your site. I will never be one of those people that waste time writing articles to build up other's sites. My time is valuable and I will spend it boosting my own sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author carolynblake
      Hello Anna, I am VERY interested in your methods if you can explain further.
      Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author Marketing Merit
      Originally Posted by AnnaHamer View Post

      It's a load of crap.
      lol I like your style Anna!!

      Originally Posted by AnnaHamer View Post

      Methinks ezine is frightening people to write more articles for their site to boost their add sense revenue. And to combat the fact that they are losing their power in google, which is causing articles to slip down the rankings.

      They let a lot of junk content be approved, and now they are paying the price.
      I think you've knocked the nail on the head there Anna!!

      Personally, I think Chris Knight is in denial myself...
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

    How on earth can you write 1,000 articles, even in a year
    3 per day.

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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

    . How on earth can you write 1,000 articles, even in a year?
    a) You use an ultra-spinnable article and submit it 1000 times?

    b) outsource

    c) you sit down and type on your keyboard

    d) ?

    e) profit!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
    Several years ago ezinearticles worked well for me - each article that I wrote got excellent clickthrough, sent several dozen visitors to my blog, and earned me several dollars in adsense clicks, and after a couple of months of writing articles I stopped - and the several dollars a day in adsense clicks continued. And, my ezinearticles alone got me a pagerank of 3.

    I recently tried this again with a similar blog in a similar niche...and was SHOCKED at how few visitors each article got. It was like night and day. I kept trying for weeks, and finally gave up. I also looked at the other articles on ezinearticles.com's home page, and it seems as if across the board, all of the articles get waaaay fewer views then they did several years ago - in every niche.

    Ezinearticles was a great traffic driver back in the day, but unfortunately, for me at least, it seems to be completely dead. Once upon a time, the whole "bum marketing" thing - writing articles and using them as your main or only method to drive visitors to your site - worked beautifully, but the internet has evolved and I doubt that model works well for anyone any more. I've switched my business model completely.
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    • Profile picture of the author TimG
      Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

      1,000 is optimum? I'm not sure how Chris Knight worked that one out. However, I do agree with him on doing 100 articles before giving up.

      Now I stick to the low competition. Here, Google is less discerning and only looks for a source of keyword-relevant content.

      Many people stay away, they think "it's not worth writing an article for a keyword that gets 20 or 30 views per month". However, this is a dumb way to look at it.

      If you do hammer out 100 good articles then they will give you solid traffic for a long time. My ROI is the highest that it has ever been lately.
      I don't remember seeing 1000 articles mentioned but they did specifically pointout that 200-500 articles might be needed to achieve a good ROI for a niche.

      I also definately believe in targeting the low hanging fruit/long tail keyword phrases. If you have 100 of those types of phrases you can easily generate 2000-3000 views/visitors a month with one article per keyword phrase.

      Some marketers are seeing horrible results from the new change and others are seeing a nice increase in ROI. If you were conducting article marketing correctly I would expect that your results will not be drastically affected.

      Unfortunately if you were practicing bad article marketing habits than there is a good chance that you are in dire straits at the moment.

      Respectfully,
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Rob Cornish View Post

        Hi John, Yes, I never thought of it like that! So, this is just a wider definition of article marketing, right? I am certainly no expert but have just found that thinking about my options for an article I've written is more fruitful than just the default mindset of posting it to Ezine (what I used to do).
        Rob, I've been doing some variation of article marketing since 1996. It's only been in the last few years that the concept was narrowed down to simply posting to a single directory.

        Even back in the CompuServe/AOL days, there were areas within subject sections where one could post text files (what are now known as 'articles'). If you wrote a good article, it would be downloaded thousands of times. I had several published in paper-and-ink newsletters and magazines.

        Travis Sago's Bum Marketing along with the announcement that backlinks had become a very important factor in search ranking created a kind of perfect storm of 'article marketing for backlinks'. Add in the realization that some article directories, notably EZA among them, tended to rank well in the results, and the tipping point tipped.

        I remember being on a teleseminar with Chris Knight several years ago, and he granted a few people licenses to use more than the normal 25 articles per year on their sites. I was lucky enough to secure a 250-article license, to be spread over two sites.

        The hardest part back then was choosing which articles, among hundreds of quality articles, to use. I rejected articles then that I would be thrilled to find today.

        For me, and several others, "article marketing" was always much more than simply posting to EZA. Your approach, of considering where the optimum results come from rather than blind posting, is a wise one...
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    • Profile picture of the author theemperor
      Originally Posted by Dana_W View Post

      Ezinearticles was a great traffic driver back in the day, but unfortunately, for me at least, it seems to be completely dead. Once upon a time, the whole "bum marketing" thing - writing articles and using them as your main or only method to drive visitors to your site - worked beautifully, but the internet has evolved and I doubt that model works well for anyone any more. I've switched my business model completely.
      Are you saying that Article Marketing Is Dead?

      :p
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    • Profile picture of the author mwoolerymedia
      Dana--I am currently studying travis sagas Blog Mom project. That is the owner of Bum marketing owner. Is this a waste of my time and energy? Sorry Im am new to this and was just wondering.
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  • Profile picture of the author JordanFrancis
    So Chris Knight is considering changing to an "exclusive to EzineArticles.com" business model, which I believe is how Buzzle.com operate.

    Hmm.

    According to the data provided below, Buzzle.com did not escape the reach of this latest algo change either:

    Google Farmer Update: Quest for Quality - SEO-Blog
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by JordanFrancis View Post

    So Chris Knight is considering changing to an "exclusive to EzineArticles.com" business model, which I believe is how Buzzle.com operate.
    It is how Buzzle.com operate, and if anyone's interested I'm offering big odds that Chris won't follow their example.

    If he did, there'd certainly be a few hundred/thousand professional writers who would never submit there again. Chris won't be shooting himself completely in the foot any time soon: that's just not going to happen. :p

    Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

    I just read Ezinearticles latest newsletter wherein they claim to make any impact today with article marketing you need a minimum of 100 articles in your niche, with 1,000 being optimum.
    Well, look ... if I owned EZA, I'd want everyone to believe that, as well.

    I suspect that he's talking about the "rinse and repeat" model of article marketing, in which you use article directories primarily for backlinks and traffic. And I suspect it may be "sort of true-ish" for most of those following that model, actually? Without unusually good writing skills, it's probably going to take most people 100 of "those articles" to get far, isn't it?

    For myself, I don't (and wouldn't be willing to) write more than 1 article per day, which with multiple niches doesn't produce that much collective output for a long time, of course. But then again, I'm not using an article-directory-dependent, Google-dependent, "rinse and repeat" model of article marketing, because I don't believe in it, couldn't make a living from it when I originally tried it (knowing no better at that point), and see most people who try it understandably failing with it.

    Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

    How on earth can you write 1,000 articles, even in a year?
    Well, it all depends what you mean by "article", doesn't it?

    If you mean "chunk of 400 EZA-acceptable words, including some relevant keywords, to which a resource-box can be attached" then yes, it's trivially easy to write 1,000 articles in a year: that's only 3 per day, and "articles" like that can be written in half an hour. But that's not what you and I understand by the word "article", of course. (And it's not building a business from which you can make a living either, of course, as thousands have discovered and thousands more are on the way to discovering, but that's another matter altogether).

    Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

    It seems it's not possible to make money online any longer without teams of people at your disposal.
    Noooooooo, I don't accept this at all. I don't have people at my disposal, don't work full-time and am building a solid, growing, asset-based business through article marketing, as an affiliate. (I've been doing it more than 2 years now, I admit: it's not as though I started yesterday).

    Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

    Are the days gone now of ordinary people being able to make a living internet marketing?
    I don't think so. Arguably it depends what you mean by "ordinary people". Clearly it's not as easy as it was 5 years ago. But clearly it's still possible for people willing to follow a viable business model, see behind all the "urban myths of internet marketing", question intelligently and examine for themselves much of the nonsense they're so widely told, and set up their business as a business. (It could, of course, be argued - from one perspective - that all of that excludes "ordinary people", in which case you have a point).
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      It really does not take huge quantities of articles to make an impact in any niche. Just a few well-written and well-placed articles can make a nearly immediate impact in even the most competitive niches. As with any article directory, Ezinearticles is only one type of resource among myriads.

      Consider writing directly for targeted ezine publishers in your niches. Many of my articles never even get submitted to the article directories either because of prior committments to my syndicated network, or because they are just too damned good to be sitting around in such repositories. :p

      If you can get your articles published in national, regional, or special interest print magazines (most of which have online components), you have the potential of reaching millions of subscribers. Many times that number of eyeballs could be reading your articles, as they are passed on to friends, business associates, and others.

      My most used resources for locating niche markets is the Directory of Ezines (directoryofezines.com) and writer's market (writersmarket.com - also available as hardcopy in major bookstores) There is no need at all to be working so hard.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Rob Cornish View Post

        This is really interesting and I think you're spot on by raising the question of ROI Cheryll. I suspect that the ROI from article marketing has been declining for some time now and the algo update is the latest catalyst for this.

        After an extensive bout of article marketing last year I've pretty much given up on this method of driving traffic. Maybe I didn't see results because I was doing something wrong but to be honest I see much more ROI from approaching other marketers and offering my articles to them as free content rather than submitting them to eZine (or any other article directory).
        Rob, I hate to break it to you, but what you are describing here is "building your own syndicate", a part of old-school article marketing that I've been preaching for years.

        You're still "doing article marketing" - you are just doing it better...
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        • Profile picture of the author Rob Cornish
          Hi John, Yes, I never thought of it like that! So, this is just a wider definition of article marketing, right? I am certainly no expert but have just found that thinking about my options for an article I've written is more fruitful than just the default mindset of posting it to Ezine (what I used to do).
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    The thing is your ezine articles will not pull in many search results. There are always bigger site that will outrank your ezine articles in many cases. what do you do about it? You build a blog and use your own unique articles on it and input your seo into keyword research, keywords in your title of the blog post etc. By creating yourself a niche blog instead of using ezine your far more likely to rank (over time) and stay ranked. It requires more work but article marketing I only use it with my junk articles and for backlinks. They dont pull in the traffic like they used to
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  • Profile picture of the author unclepennybags
    Ugh. First the FTC, then Google, now the top article directory? Good thing I stuck with one niche and learned how to type fast. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author joymarino
    wow... I haven't read the article, perhaps it was a typo? That is 3 articles a day, every day...for a year....I cannot fathom that at all. I will have to go and read that today. Thanks for the heads-up!
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  • Profile picture of the author kayden57
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    That's ridiculous! I think it's an attempt to beef up their database so they can get more articles which in turn means more views and more Adsense revenue for them.

    I'm kind of glad they got a kick in the pants! Maybe it will bring them down to Earth!
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  • Profile picture of the author kayden57
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    Using myself as an example, I currently have 55 articles in a certain niche that promotes one product on EZA and several other directories. I make $300-$500 per week consistently from those articles. However, the product pays a $66.50 commission per sale, so I only have to make 5 or 6 sales per week, which 55 articles easily does.

    Honeslty, I post one article every day but I usually take about an hour or so to do keyword research, look at other articles in the niche and see how many views they got, etc.

    I can't wait until I have 1000 article online in that niche! I'll be making $1000+ per week EASILY!

    Chris Knight just pulled that one out of thin air I think. Must have sounded good to him at the time, or maybe he had a few too many.
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    • Profile picture of the author carolynblake
      Thanks Kayden,
      I must say I am very impressed with your results. You are certainly doing something right. I am still new enough that I am trying to just make that first sale! I am up to 10 articles in 1 niche, less in the others. I would be interested to see if this new Ezines and Google event has an impact on your situation. Hope not! May I ask, what do you do keyword research? I am trying to settle on one method. I own MNF and Market Samurai. Both are a challenge to learn. I have also used Google External Keyword Tool.
      Thanks for the reply.
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  • Profile picture of the author NateRivers
    Guest posting is the new article marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Marker
      Originally Posted by NateRivers View Post

      Guest posting is the new article marketing.
      Guest posting looks like becoming the latest source of spam. Instead of submitting bad articles to directories every newbie and no-so newbie will be sending out emails asking to guest post.

      ... and you can send out many more emails per hour than you can submit articles.
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by Frank Marker View Post

        Guest posting looks like becoming the latest source of spam. Instead of submitting bad articles to directories every newbie and no-so newbie will be sending out emails asking to guest post.

        ... and you can send out many more emails per hour than you can submit articles.
        How long will it last though if they nearly all send out total crap?
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Frank Marker View Post

        Guest posting looks like becoming the latest source of spam. Instead of submitting bad articles to directories every newbie and no-so newbie will be sending out emails asking to guest post.

        ... and you can send out many more emails per hour than you can submit articles.
        Frank, as someone who has invested the time, effort and money to build an authority website (taking you at your word from another thread), you might not know these newbies and not-so-newbies very well.

        It's possible that you might see a temporary spike in email requests to guest post, granted. But, for most of them, a few rejections will send them back here (and other forums) claiming that "guest posting doesn't work." A few of those, and your email volume should go back to normal.

        As for myself, I have three primary sources of syndication or guest posting opportunities...

        1. Publishers who have picked up one of my articles from a directory or similar site.

        2. Publishers who openly solicit guest posts.

        3. Referrals from the above two.

        Very occasionally, if I find a site that dovetails well with my content, I may drop a single, custom-written, email inquiring about interest in seeing my content.

        No answer or no interest? That's okay, no harm, no foul.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    What a great group of advice flowing out of the mouths of MYOB, Alexa, Chris Worner, and John McCabe's mouths....if you did not hear what they said I'd advise...



    Then go back and listen to what they said again...

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  • Profile picture of the author MarkMOZ
    No way that's true. I've made more money with far less articles.

    But you seem to be "shocked" about the article quantity, and to tell you the truth I don't even think you work hard enough.

    If you can't come up with at least 30 articles per day, I have no idea then. A thousand articles can be achieved, all you have to do is write 30 or so per day for a month. And that's a bare minimum, I've outsourced a whole lot more.

    In the end, why are you in the kitchen if you can't stand the heat?
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    • Profile picture of the author kayden57
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      You do not need to write 30 articles a day. All you need to do is spend enough time on keyword research and write one very good 800-1000 word article.To answer the poster who asked what I use for keyword research, the answer is the only tool you really need, the Google Adwords External Keyword Tool. Never found any info from all of those fancy expensive softwares that was any better than Google tool or Wordtracker. So, do not waste your money.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    If you write 3 per day, you will have over 1000 articles at the end of one year.

    If you are writing articles only for back links, then that may be good advice.

    Also keep in mind that EZA profits from as having more articles on its site.

    If you are writing articles for any value beyond back links, then that advice is pure and simple, bull****.

    I have made a good living for more than a decade, and my revenue has been generated using article marketing for 98% of my promotion. Yet, I have fewer than 400 articles out there promoting all of my websites, under a variety of pen names in a variety of niches.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      I have made a good living for more than a decade, and my revenue has been generated using article marketing for 98% of my promotion. Yet, I have fewer than 400 articles out there promoting all of my websites, under a variety of pen names in a variety of niches.
      400 articles making a full time income? I wish I was as balla as you.

      Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author AzzamS
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      If you write 3 per day, you will have over 1000 articles at the end of one year.

      If you are writing articles only for back links, then that may be good advice.

      Also keep in mind that EZA profits from as having more articles on its site.

      If you are writing articles for any value beyond back links, then that advice is pure and simple, bull****.

      I have made a good living for more than a decade, and my revenue has been generated using article marketing for 98% of my promotion. Yet, I have fewer than 400 articles out there promoting all of my websites, under a variety of pen names in a variety of niches.

      Are you using the 400 articles purely for the basis of backlinks or do you create them with the intention of gathering visitors from the articles as well?
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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by AzzamS View Post

        Are you using the 400 articles purely for the basis of backlinks or do you create them with the intention of gathering visitors from the articles as well?

        I do article marketing with the intent of having major publishers pick up my content and getting visitors directly from the articles.

        The SEO-boost is a natural by-product of this strategy.
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  • Profile picture of the author joytierra
    That would be possible if you will hire writer to do that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Casper C
    Keep in mind that good articles only need to be 400-600 words. It's easy enough to write at least a few good quality articles per day at this length, meaning you can easily have 1000 after a year if you just keep at it.

    I can write 15 per day, but I like to do around 5 and then spend the rest of the time doing my research, backlinking, rewrites, etc. I'll probably eventually outsource those tasks so that I can write more articles. I don't think I'll ever outsource my articles though as I deal with niches that I enjoy, so it really shows in my writing.

    Anyway, don't be discouraged, just keep in mind that it takes time to build up a full time income, otherwise everybody would be doing it. Also, 1000 articles is not a number that automatically applies to everyone. A lot of factors go into effective article marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigjara
    I have found that longer, more in depth articles have a greater chance of being pick up and republished by other websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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    Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

    I just read Ezinearticles latest newsletter wherein they claim to make any impact today with article marketing you need a minimum of 100 articles in your niche, with 1,000 being optimum. So, now that I am over the shock enough to be able to write coherently, what are your thoughts? It seems impossible. How on earth can you write 1,000 articles, even in a year? And what if you have multiple affiliate sites like I do? (which are earning me zero income despite having excellent training in how to set them up) Frankly I am very discouraged. It seems it's not possible to make money online any longer without teams of people at your disposal. Are the days gone now of ordinary people being able to make a living internet marketing?
    Ok, take a step back and read what they said: 100 minimum, and 1,000 optimum. That's a big spread. You're fixated on the 1,000, while ignoring the 900 other options in between.
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  • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
    While it does seem daunting, it is a very possible task.

    I actually haven't obtained 1,000 articles so far. I'm around 350-400....I've had alot of other obligations though that have caused me not to write (or write very little) the last few months. The 350-400 were written over about 4 months....roughly 75% or so of those articles are above 1,000 words.

    Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

    I just read Ezinearticles latest newsletter wherein they claim to make any impact today with article marketing you need a minimum of 100 articles in your niche, with 1,000 being optimum. So, now that I am over the shock enough to be able to write coherently, what are your thoughts? It seems impossible. How on earth can you write 1,000 articles, even in a year? And what if you have multiple affiliate sites like I do? (which are earning me zero income despite having excellent training in how to set them up) Frankly I am very discouraged. It seems it's not possible to make money online any longer without teams of people at your disposal. Are the days gone now of ordinary people being able to make a living internet marketing?
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  • Profile picture of the author terrapurus
    Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

    I just read Ezinearticles latest newsletter wherein they claim to make any impact today with article marketing you need a minimum of 100 articles in your niche, with 1,000 being optimum. So, now that I am over the shock enough to be able to write coherently, what are your thoughts? It seems impossible. How on earth can you write 1,000 articles, even in a year? And what if you have multiple affiliate sites like I do? (which are earning me zero income despite having excellent training in how to set them up) Frankly I am very discouraged. It seems it's not possible to make money online any longer without teams of people at your disposal. Are the days gone now of ordinary people being able to make a living internet marketing?
    Carol, with all due respect you just defined yourself as a hobbyist and not a businesswoman.

    Let me reword the email for you -

    Welcome to ezine articles and thankyou for choosing us as your preferred marketing medium. While the level of commitment to your business is up to you, we strongly recommend that you have a marketing budget of atleast $5000. This will give you a broad range of exposure of potential clients to your business.

    A business has a marketing budget.

    A hobby does not.

    There is nothing wrong with a hobby, but if you have an expectation of making a living from a hobby, then you will come unstuck. The same reasoning goes for offline businesses that fail - 80% fail in the first 5 years and the majority did not have a business plan. As for me, I have a 16 step business plan that every site I do follows - what is yours like?
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by carolynblake View Post

    How on earth can you write 1,000 articles, even in a year?
    'Instant Expert' is a MYTH. Too many have bought into it.

    I estimate my article count on my main niche to be around 5,000 articles.
    They have been written over 15 YEARS.

    Who said it has to be done in a year, a quarter, or a month?

    But let's say it must... there's still a way to throw money at the project
    and get it done - by freelance writers who are good at the subject.

    At $20 per article, that's a $20,000 investment. All that's left to work
    out is the ROI on that investment! With the right niche and strategy, it
    could be well worth it.

    All success
    Dr.Mani
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    Seriously, I know that EZA wants to take back their profits but its not acceptable to force everybody to go and make a massive thousand articles. Right now I am thinking of switching my attention to other article directories instead and forget about Ezine. I will focus in my site's content rather than stressing about this new rule by the almighty EZA.

    Andrea
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter Gehr
    It's unbelievable how much useless content EZA has accepted over the years, and I'm convinced that their latest guidelines can be put down to scaremongering.

    EZA make a living from Adsense, and with Google's latest changes, they are panicking and scrambling for improved content to boost their otherwise compromised revenue.
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