you've written (or had written for you) in the wake of Google's
Panda/Farmer update and the resulting drop of EzineArticles.com
ranking in Google's eyes.
A lot of good advise is scattered all through the forum, on
multiple discussion threads, sometimes buried among other
conversations. And it isn't cohesive or coherently organized
to help a struggling article marketer figure out what exact
sequence she should follow with the work she has created.
Here's an attempt to put it all together into a formula (even
though article marketing is anything BUT formulaic!)
Hope it helps.
1. Consider Your Purpose:
What do you intend using that article for?
* Getting more traffic to your website or blog?Each of these purposes will require a slightly different style of
* Attracting more fans to your writing?
* Solving a problem for your end-user audience?
* Being published across many other resources?
action, so knowing it before-hand can help guide you to doing the
2. Define Your Target and Goal:
A few weeks or months from now, where do you SEE this article being?
* At the top of Google's SERPs (search engine results pages)Knowing this will help you plan a specific set of actions AND monitor
for specific keywords?
* On dozens of directories around the Web?
* Featured on hundreds of blogs and sites, not necessarily connected
to your topic?
* Spotlighted on the very best industry publications (online and off)
in your niche?
* Reprinted in newsletters and ezines of other publishers?
the impact of what you do - so that you'll learn what works or doesn't
... and then tweak your action steps the next time around.
3. Get Your Content Published:
The obvious question is "Where?"
The not-so-obvious answer is "It depends!"
Read this first. And also get an overview of what
Google considers to be 'duplicate content' and how it deals with such
content by reading this from Google Webmaster Tools.
Done? Now you have a fair idea of how a specific course of action
will affect your content/article - and you will be able make a
reasoned decision about where to submit first, where next, and so
on. Here are some places you may want to publish your content:
* your own blog
* your own website or article directory/archive
* your own email newsletter
* article directories (for being viewed by others, and perhaps syndicated)
* private blog networks (for back links)
* other blogs, as guest posts
4. Get Your Article Indexed:
Once you have submitted your article to a content resource (your
own or others), it is often desirable to have it ranked on search
For that, it must first be 'indexed'. The benefits are two-fold.
Indexing is the first step to entering SERPs. And it also places
on record the fact that you have published the content first.
Otherwise, it is possible that someone may rip-off your hard work,
re-publish it and have THEIR version indexed faster... leaving you
struggling to convince the world that it was originally yours!
Not desirable - at all
How to get an article indexed? Everyone has their own preferred
method. Here are a few that work well for me:
* publish it to your blog, and then ping services likeAll work well to get fresh content 'indexed'.
Pingomatic. As your blog grows established, indexing may happen
literally within SECONDS!
* publish it to a popular article directory like EzineArticles.com
- content often gets indexed within hours of 'going live' on the
* Link to it from frequently spidered services and sites like social
networks (Twitter, Facebook, Mixx, Digg, Diigo, Delicious etc.)
* Post a link to it from a popular forum (like this one!)
5. Get Your Content Syndicated:
The 'Holy Grail' of most effective article marketers is to make
their content widely accessible... to the right audience,
and in a manner that does not compromise their own best interests
in any way.
Why do I qualify my statement? Because some article marketers are
arguing that publishing ALL their content on directories like
EzineArticles.com is a viable strategy with long-term benefits -
while in reality, such an approach may end up with your content on
the directory's website ranking HIGHER than your own resources under
your control. Which means, any time a shift like the recent Google
update happens, your "business" is at risk!
Another reason is to highlight that "less is sometimes more".
You don't gain much value by having your content in front of
unqualified viewers. You want to target your syndication to reach
your best/ideal audience, and targeting your efforts to a certain
extent will bring you much better results than taking a shotgun
approach to "creating the widest damage"!
Also, read this - "YOUR Article Marketing Strategy - That's The Bottom Line"
for an overview of what I mean.
How and where to get syndicated?
Here's an action plan you could follow or adapt to suit you:
* Launch a blog of your own, and publish the articles thereThis last action is more time and effort intensive, as you'll have
(and link back to it in ALL your syndication request messages to
showcase your other work, in case a publisher likes another article
better or wants to syndicate a lot more of your content!)
* Submit copies (rewritten, or as-is) to article directories (at
least the top ones, EzineArticles.com, ArticlesBase.com,
GoArticles.com and maybe few others)
* Contact ezine publishers in your niche and ask if they'd like to
publish your articles in their newsletters - for free
* Submit your work to niche Web publications that are 'authority
sites' and that are looking for (and accept) guest submissions
* Contact popular bloggers in your niche to ask if you can submit
'guest posts' from time to time (or on a regular basis)
* Use article distribution software (like 'Article Bot') or services
(like 'Unique Article Wizard') to submit your content widely
* Look for 'syndicators' or 'syndication services' in your niche,
or even publicists who work with content publishers, and ask if
they'll help spread your work (sometimes, you'll have to pay for
* Submit your work to offline publications like newsletters,
magazines, newspapers etc. - and ask if you can become a regular
columnist for them.
to either get on the phone, or send a letter by post, or even get
out of the house and go meet the people face to face. And because
of this "barrier to entry", you will have VERY little competition
- so your chances of getting syndicated are much higher. Also,
the reach you'll get from offline syndication is extensive.
All of this will help spread your name and brand widely.
Whenever a reader comes across your writing on a 'remote' site and
likes it, they will search for more articles from you - and land
on your blog, where they can read more, subscribe to your email
list or RSS feed, and become your 'fans' and 'followers'... or
writing clients, if that's what you want!
6. Get Your Content Repurposed:
Too many article writers stop after basic syndication efforts are
done. They move on to the next article. And even with this
minimal attempt, the benefits from article marketing are well
But you've probably heard the phrase, "No traffic jams on
the last mile"
It applies to article marketing, too.
Advanced syndication is one untapped avenue of article marketing.
Re-purposing content is another.
What if you did any (or all) of these things?
a. add every article you write to your email autoresponderThere's more you can do with every article you write or order.
b. compile related articles into a short special report for sale
or as an incentive to build your list
c. slap a rebrandible affiliate link on them and let your
affiliates re-publish on their site, being paid for sales
d. convert the article into a PDF document and distribute it
online (various resources accept PDF submissions)
e. convert the article into a slideshow and do the same
f. turn it into a video and do it again
g. read it aloud and record it as an audio version, then turn
it into a podcast or distribute it online
h. pack a big collection of relevant articles into a cohesive
narrative, and turn it into a book (ebook, Kindle book,
printed book, whatever!)
And that's what will make it worth paying $50, $100, or even
(like some of my writing clients do) $500 for a single article
- because you can squeeze a LOT more from top quality content
On average, if you get this right, you can generate $1 PER WORD
from every article you write - over the long-term. (I do -
which is why I write so much! )
Do the math on your writing. See if you are hitting this target
If not, change something so that you get closer to this mark.
I'll leave you with an inspiring message I first learned from
"I don't start writing an article until I've figured out
26 different ways to profit from it!"