Best place to send high quality articles

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Hey guys,

Okay, i have just written an article that took me 7 hours to complete. Would it be be a better to put it onto my own website first, then send it to article directories in the hope that it's picked up by other quality webmasters, or, would I be better off sending it to a high traffic website as a guest post. My goal is to drive traffic back to my website in the hope of getting opt-ins to my free offer.

If i am to continue to put this much time into writing articles, what do you think will be my best strategy for the highest return of invested time.

Thanks in advance.

Declan.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Shaw
    I would put it on your own website and book mark it to stumble upon and digg. With the wave of curation at the moment there is agood chance someone will used some of the information and link back to you as the source. You could also add it to technorati.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by retsced View Post

    Okay, i have just written an article that took me 7 hours to complete. Would it be be a better to put it onto my own website first
    Yes. Do nothing else with it until it's been indexed on your own site.

    Originally Posted by retsced View Post

    then send it to article directories in the hope that it's picked up by other quality webmasters
    You can certainly do this. I do, with all my articles. It's actually the last thing I do, but it can produce some further passive syndication in the way you mention. In ezines and/or on websites. Ezine Articles is the directory in which most ezine publishers and webmasters look for content. I submit all mine there (eventually). For me, there's no real value in using other article directories additionally, but I do sometimes put a copy in either GoArticle or ArticlesBase as well. I can't really recommend any others, though.

    Originally Posted by retsced View Post

    or, would I be better off sending it to a high traffic website as a guest post.
    Not one that requires "unique content" and will take your initial indexing rights from you.

    But you'd be better off submitting it yourself to plenty of relevant ezines and relevant websites. Relevant ones, that have targeted traffic for you.

    Originally Posted by retsced View Post

    My goal is to drive traffic back to my website in the hope of getting opt-ins to my free offer.
    Indeed. Exactly so. This is article syndication. Here's how I do it: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794

    Here are a couple of other posts that might help/interest you ...

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post3188316

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

    Good luck with it, Declan!
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I'd put it on my site first. Personally i put my content on my blog first, then submit them to the article directories. I used to post to the article directories first, then to my site. But i soon saw that this was an exercise in futility.
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    YES 100% YES....your site first ALWAYS, then the directories. You will get more out of it on your own site than anywhere else, most of the time. If you have any questions of this nature, you can refer to these threads as they helped me quite a bit:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...mith-myob.html

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  • Profile picture of the author Heath Allison
    I think you would be best submit your high-quality, original article to ezinearticles.com
    for more exposure, credibility and traffic back to your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cheryl Low
      If you haven't got a lot of traffic to your website already, I would put it in ezine first. It'd stand a better chance of being read there. Also, Ezine may not accept your article if it's non unique because it's already in your site.

      Saying that, since you plan to do lots of article writing anyway, then plan to distribute them around - on your blog, on ezine, other article directories, guest articles, etc. You'll also get more backlinks to your site that way and improve your SEO ranking.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Cheryl Low View Post

        Ezine may not accept your article if it's non unique because it's already in your site.
        This is completely wrong, Cheryl. (Just a little tip, but sometimes it helps to read the thread before replying to it ).

        Article directories don't require previously unpublished content. (And it would make no sense at all unnecessarily to give away to them the initial indexation-rights to any).

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post6555459

        As is true of hundreds of other people making a living from article marketing, every single article I've ever had published in Ezine Articles, in each of 8 different niches, over the last 4 years (and widely syndicated from there, to other sites, which is of course the purpose and function of an article directory), has previously been published on one of my own sites, and many of them in a number of other places, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    You should put it into your website first. then spin it and put in other directories/ web 2.0 and other section of link building. But spin it to be safe.
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  • I would go with spinning it and putting it up on a site like hubpages or ezines
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  • Profile picture of the author Larry Leggett
    As Alexa Smith said earlier, do nothing unless the article is indexed from your own site. After that you can submit it into article directories like ezinearticles, articlebase, goarticles, sooperarticles etc. Especially hubpages and squidoo. Do not miss these 2 sites to submit your articles. Because they are web 2.0 sites and they have billions of readers everyday. If you article is good quality, it will rank high easily by doing nothing. Which will lead towards more traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author payment proof
      I would also put it on my own website, bookmark it, promote it, etc. But I wouldn't publish the same article elsewhere as search engines can penalize for duplicate content.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimbo159
    Your site first, wait for it to become indexed. Then distribute it to various article directories and web 2.0's.

    I don't think Google will penalise you for duplicate content this way, since it was on YOUR site first. The most important part is making sure it actually gets indexed before you move onto anything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexSid
    Hey Declan,

    If you're going to create a high quality article and if you are spending 7 hours to create it, then it would be foolish to submit this to article directories. Guest posting to high quality sites is another thing entirely because this is a much more high leveraged and high impact source of both traffic and authority (if you choose the blogs you submit to properly).

    So it's definitely a good strategy to have remarkable content on your blog and then create remarkable content for guest blogging submissions. After I have created an article on my Website I will send it to Twitter (using Buffer for timed submission), send an update message to ping.fm (this unfortunately cannot be done anymore - looking for a good substitute), send to Facebook fan page, add to social networks such as digg, stumbleupon, reddit (this is done through Synnd) and also start a bookmarking campaign in Synnd also. Additionally, I will send a broadcast email to my list of subscribers about the content.

    Rarely do I do submissions to article directories anymore as it's just not worth it when there are better options for distribution, for example guest posting.

    I hope that helps,

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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    No way would I invest 7 hours into content that was going on external sites, unless those external sites had a rep. of delivering massive direct traffic when content hit the external sites front page.
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  • Profile picture of the author retsced
    Thanks for all your pointers girls/guys. I completely forgot about this thread as it was moved from the copywriting section.

    I understand the whole process of publishing to my own website first. I have been blogging for a while now. Great content on my own website is a given, but if I am to spend a few hours on just one article, I definitely want the best bang for buck so to speak.

    It's been a while since I started this thread and since then I have tested out different strategies (as one must do) and found guest posting to yield the highest results for me. That's not to say it's the best strategy, just that I am not up to speed on how to market my written content for syndication as of yet. One step at a time

    Thanks again everyone for your answers, I appreciate your time.

    Declan.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by retsced View Post

      I completely forgot about this thread as it was moved from the copywriting section.
      Oooh, I see: I just saw the first reply (post #2) last night, added one, and never noticed that the OP had been made a while ago!

      Hope the guest posting's going well for you, Declan. There are always plenty of article marketers and guest posters around, to chat.
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      • Profile picture of the author retsced
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Oooh, I see: I just saw the first reply (post #2) last night, added one, and never noticed that the OP had been made a while ago!

        Hope the guest posting's going well for you, Declan. There are always plenty of article marketers and guest posters around, to chat.
        Thank you Alexa, really appreciate your posts, they will no doubt help me when delving further into article marketing. I usually pay for my traffic, but I think it's smart to do both for long term benefits. Have a great day.

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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by riverview View Post

      ArticleBase accepts articles instantly but your links are "no-follow".Ezinearticles is good but it take more time. however the links are "do-follow", which is a nice way to send traffic.
      Whether the links are do-follow or no-follow has nothing to do with "sending traffic". Traffic arrives when people click on the link, whether it's no-follow or not. "No-follow" attributes affect only SEO, not traffic.

      In any case, for all the reasons explained in this post, no article marketer should want to get potential customer traffic coming to their site from an article directory. That isn't what article directories are for, at all.
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      • Profile picture of the author cityhunter66
        Alexa, thank you for your posts on articles, i think i understand a little bit more about how articles work...i think. So if all i have is a squeeze page, should i just post the articles i write to ezine? (Since i don't have a content blog)
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by cityhunter66 View Post

          Alexa, thank you for your posts on articles, i think i understand a little bit more about how articles work...i think. So if all i have is a squeeze page, should i just post the articles i write to ezine? (Since i don't have a content blog)
          If you're writing/buying/producing the articles anyway, why not make the decision to have more than just a squeeze page, instead?

          You have some sort of hosting for your squeeze page anyway, presumably, so it would cost you no more to have your own site, publish all your articles there first and have them indexed there, and then put them in Ezine Articles (and/or wherever else). That way you'd gradually be building up your own business and traffic instead of someone else's?

          There's no point in trying to get potential customer traffic (potential opt-ins) to go from Google to an article directory (where you'll lose a big proportion of them) and only from there to your own site/squeeze page. Not when - instead - you could choose to have them going directly from Google to your own site and not lose a big proportion of them.

          Doing it the way you suggest above would be trying to use an article directory for a completely different purpose from the one it's there for (and losing most of your traffic in the process), really. Article marketers don't put articles in directories to attract potential customers. They're there for potential publishers.

          Posts #2 and #6 of this thread clarify: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5075780
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          • Profile picture of the author cityhunter66
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            If you're writing/buying/producing the articles anyway, why not make the decision to have more than just a squeeze page, instead?

            You have some sort of hosting for your squeeze page anyway, presumably, so it would cost you no more to have your own site, publish all your articles there first and have them indexed there, and then put them in Ezine Articles (and/or wherever else). That way you'd gradually be building up your own business and traffic instead of someone else's?

            There's no point in trying to get potential customer traffic (potential opt-ins) to go from Google to an article directory (where you'll lose a big proportion of them) and only from there to your own site/squeeze page. Not when - instead - you could choose to have them going directly from Google to your own site and not lose a big proportion of them.

            Doing it the way you suggest above would be trying to use an article directory for a completely different purpose from the one it's there for (and losing most of your traffic in the process), really. Article marketers don't put articles in directories to attract potential customers. They're there for potential publishers.

            Posts #2 and #6 of this thread clarify:
            Yup, read those threads...guess i'll have to do up some additional pages for those articles for it to be more effective. Thanks Alexa.

            What i find extraordinary about you is not just your knowledge about article marketing, it's the willingness and patience to share it repeatedly again and again with newbies and old-bies with misconceptions. Simply amazing. Truly appreciate your selfless sharing.
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    try some popular freelancer site
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  • Profile picture of the author autumnsmith
    Originally Posted by retsced View Post

    Hey guys,

    Okay, i have just written an article that took me 7 hours to complete. Would it be be a better to put it onto my own website first, then send it to article directories in the hope that it's picked up by other quality webmasters

    Declan.
    I don't think it's better, coz I think it's the BEST thing to do! Have it on your site first, get it indexed by major search engines Then do the process of article syndication by submitting them to high quality and relevant article sites. As Alexa mentioned in different/other posts relating to article marketing, customers search in Search Engines (Google) while publishers search in Authoritative article sites (Ezine, goarticles). See the Difference, eh?

    You want direct and indirect traffic but you don't want to lose potential customers at the same time... by having that article on your site and in high quality article directories, you get to choose which copy you would like them to have in SERP's.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamk
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    I would follow alexa's advice. Its better to use high quality articles on your site rather than selling them or using else where.
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  • Profile picture of the author 2ndopkate
    Hey Declan,

    Do you get the feeling 7 hours was too long to create an article? I know you wanted to make it the best possible reflection of your writing and your product. If for no other reason, that is why you need to post it to your own website or blog. You want to establish yourself as an authority spokesperson.

    When I started out, I did NOT post to my blog first, because I didn't have one. I had a one-page website as a landing page. And that wasn't for list building. LOL I just referred the reader on to the merchant site from that landing page.

    The point here is that this method left my income to the whims of ezine directories and Google shuffles. Alexa is an absolute authority on article marketing. Do what she says and you'll be ahead of the game.
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    • Profile picture of the author icoachu
      Originally Posted by thinktank1 View Post

      If anyone needs a place to post high quality articles, contact me. Only quality articles are allowed.
      Wow. You are asking for quality articles and you don't even have a link or any other way for us to determine if you are legit. Wow! Deal of the Week! Where do I sign up?
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      • Profile picture of the author Aarav
        If you are looking for best place to post high quality articles then there are many genuine sites are available such as Squidoo, Wordpress, Weebly, Hubpages, Ezinearticles and many more where you published the articles for get huge traffic and better results.
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    The amount of time you took to write an article is just ONE indication of its quality. Just because you spent a lot of time on it doesn't necessarily make it a quality article. With that said, why not offer it to blog or site owners in its niche? In exchange for a link inside the article going to your squeeze page, they get to offer your article as premium content on either a squeeze page on their site or as a funnel filter link on their lists? WIN WIN situation. You might end up making more money off the article doing this than flogging it the normal way as described above.
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    Ezine should do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author VHSEOMike
    At first on your site, then consider high PR guest posting. I prefer gust posting to directories.
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by retsced View Post

    Hey guys,

    Okay, i have just written an article that took me 7 hours to complete. Would it be be a better to put it onto my own website first, then send it to article directories in the hope that it's picked up by other quality webmasters, or, would I be better off sending it to a high traffic website as a guest post. My goal is to drive traffic back to my website in the hope of getting opt-ins to my free offer.

    Declan.
    What do you want your article to DO?

    That's the first thing to decide.

    Next...

    Who will deliver the result you want from your article?

    Think "prospects".

    Then...

    Where do those prospects hang around online?

    That's where your article needs to go.

    First.

    Second.

    Or last.

    Until it gets there, nothing much will happen.

    When it does, magic will.

    Once you know where you want to go, finding the best route is easier.

    The hard part is nailing down your 'target audience' - and locating
    them correctly.

    There isn't anything quite 'formulaic' or 'one-size-fits-all' about this.

    If your blog or website is brand new, and your article is an excellent
    one about your niche, I would personally recommend guest posting it on
    the leading industry blog in your niche (where you'll get recognition,
    brand awareness, traffic, and positioning in front of a large crowd of
    your ideal potential prosects) rather than on your own site where the
    best you can expect from it is the warm fuzzy feeling of "ownership"
    of your content!

    Just saying.

    All success
    Dr.Mani
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    Always post to your own site first, and then add to the directories, or as someone else pointed, do some guest blogging.

    The key though, is to add to your site and wait to be indexed. That way you are seen as the original author and everyone else is viewed as syndicated content.

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    • Profile picture of the author minisitetycoon
      Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

      Always post to your own site first, and then add to the directories, or as someone else pointed, do some guest blogging.

      The key though, is to add to your site and wait to be indexed. That way you are seen as the original author and everyone else is viewed as syndicated content.

      BP
      Yes I agree with pro, because if you don't have it on your own site first, then other people can look like the original author, and you as the originator can end up looking like the syndicated content.
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  • Profile picture of the author jumanorbert
    You said your aim is to drive traffic to your opt in offer...For that i'd advice you to also give guest posting a shot..try blogs with high traffic that are closely related to yours..here you're more likely to receive targeted traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author Imogene
    For driving traffic, you ca directly get traffic on your website, if you have researched some keywords, I mean low competitive keywords.
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  • I would go with a keyword related niche article directory before a regular one.
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  • Profile picture of the author DylanC
    Definitely put on your website first and then send to the top directories such as Ezinearticles, Goarticles, Articlesbase etc.
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    • Originally Posted by DylanC View Post

      Definitely put on your website first and then send to the top directories such as Ezinearticles, Goarticles, Articlesbase etc.
      OHHH, I didn't know that you are allowed to do that.
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      • Profile picture of the author DylanC
        Originally Posted by internetmarketer1 View Post

        OHHH, I didn't know that you are allowed to do that.
        This is called content syndication. As you own the rights to your articles, you can syndicate them to other article directories to be published. It is very helpful as they allow you to provide a backlink to your site or wherever you want the link to point to.

        Do take note, however, that when you syndicate your content to them, you are also adhering to their terms of service, which may include giving other people rights to further publish your work. Which may be a good thing if that is what you are after.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheLinks
    Use it on your own website and use spin article/content for other stuff like Article Directories/Web 2.0 Etc.
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