Has anybody had success with ONLY 2 or 3 directories?

by marxwarfor 14 replies
Hi Guys,

I was wondering if anybody has submitted articles to no more than 3 directories..okay 4 max, and has had success?

I ask this because i really enjoy article writing, it's actually one of my greatest strengths in the whole IM biz, but after putting so much compelling, riveting, mind blowing, head-spinning content in my first 2 articles of the 'same topic' or 'same product', my energy and creative juices have completely run dry.

Afterward, if i have to write additional same material over and over again, I start to detest the process, then the work and content suffers.

I don't want to dislike article writing because i really enjoy it. Therefore, I was wondering if anybody has had good success with just using 2 or 3 directories?

I realize 'owning' the internet as John Reese says, certainly makes sense - getting as much content out there as possible. I 'm with him on that I want to go forth with guns blazing, but just not spewing out spun and twisted articles of the same product continuously - that's my issue - NOT because I don't want to write - just not about the same topic a hundred times over.

If somebody demanded that i write 10,000 articles about 10,000 different topics or products, but only 1 article per topic, I'd say - "bring it on!"

BUT, to do 10 articles of the same product and make them unique??? Put an ice-pick in my eye now!

I can't break up my articles as people have suggested, because upon doing so, I always lose and leave valuable segments of the info. i lose the flow and continuity of the piece. I can do it 2-3 times, but then i plummet into an abyss with nothing left in the tank.

so anyway, is anybody out there making money with just using 2-4 directories, or will I really be slicing my neck not to submit to more, even if the miserable repetition kills me?

Thanks a bunch for listening!
Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author fredhopkins
    Sorry Mark,

    I have to tell you that 2-4 sites to submit articles to will not be enough if you want to do more than just a little business. My most successful articles have be submitted to hundreds to 1000+ sites. Part of what builds you as an authority is that your target market seems to always run in to you when they search for information. That builds trust subconsciously and will assist you in long terms sales.

    I am sure that someone will have a counter point but my recommendaton is to put your content on as many sites possible.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      I am probably not the norm, so don't go by results (that's a very serious
      disclaimer here)
      but I have had amazing results with just ONE directory...

      Ezine Articles.

      Having said that, I also write articles for my own blog and submit articles to
      blogs as a guest author.

      I honestly have no way of knowing if what I do will work for you. With EZA,
      a lot depends on the niche you choose. Some niches are incredibly profitable
      as I am just finding out.

      With your own blogs, depends on how much you write, what niche and how
      quickly your blog gains popularity.

      With guest blogs, depends on how popular they are to begin with and how
      much traffic they send to your own site.

      Everyone's results with whatever method are going to be different
      depending on the variable factors (niche, how well you write, etc.)

      Hope this helps.
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      • Profile picture of the author marxwarfor
        Thanks Steve, I appreciate your input.

        Is it just me, or is ezine an awfully 'dry' and 'formal' directory?

        I 'm not knocking it per se, as i appreciate that it's one of the best, if not 'the' best.

        but my style is very personal and converstational and i've yet to find any articles on ezine that are like that...they are mostly very 'matter-of-fact' and straight to the point - very little story-telling

        maybe i'm wrong and i'm seeing it differently, and i do respect both the directory itself and the people who submit to them - you included.

        but i'm just a littel worried that no matter how informative my content is, that my more personalized style might not gel with their format?

        i realize that it also depends on what topic you're writing about, but i'm just talking 'generally'
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        • Profile picture of the author Asher
          Hi Mark,

          With regards to your writing style, might I suggest that you go ahead and create
          your articles? What I see that's happening to you is what has happened to me and
          countless others - which is Paralysis By Analysis

          Don't think so much. Just create more and more articles and submit them to the
          various ezine articles. You can do what Steven and so many others did by submitting
          only to EzineArticles.com or you can submit to the many other article directories.

          Kind of like submitting your website to Google only or submitting your website to
          Google, Yahoo, MSN, Altavista and various other search engines.

          Just create your content and submit them to the directories - they will review it
          and let you know what it is you need to work on. If you don't submit it, you will never
          know. So just submit to the article directories and get their reviews - then if need be,
          adjust your articles accordingly!

          Asher
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          • Profile picture of the author JMartin
            I use about 3-4 directories in my marketing mix (but other stuff as well). Not sure why anyone would just focus on articles --> sale anyway.

            As far as content goes, the "good" stuff is on my own sites. The "regular, make you click" stuff is submitted to other sources, like EZA.

            In years gone past, I submitted everywhere. Today, I just don't care. My testing hasn't shown any drop off from focusing on the "good" places to use.

            But, everyone has their own system.
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            • Profile picture of the author marxwarfor
              Hi J..thanks for your response.

              No, I certainly wouldn't just rely on articles for my sales, as that's just one peice of the puzzle.

              However, like everybody seems to say, that it's a numbers game and it's certainly trial and error.

              I will start with 3, see how it goes and reach out further if need be.

              i'm like you in the sense, that my good stuff definitely remains on my site, but i just don't want to compromise my credibility too much, for putting too sub-standard content on the directories also.

              Thanks again for listening!
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              • Profile picture of the author Asher
                You're welcome, Mark. Glad to be able to help.

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                • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
                  Automate or outsource the submission thing! Automation might be a ittle tyime consuming initially but is well worth it. You can watch a movie while they are bing submitted automatically!
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                  • Profile picture of the author SeanIM
                    To piggyback on what Asher said...

                    Throw that spaghetti on the wall and stop thinking about it.

                    One caveat...track track track. Every niche is different so submit and track what brings you traffic and conversions.

                    When you find those golden nuggets that make you cash...replicate like there is no tomorrow.

                    Focus on two things...the pitch & the eyeballs. Refine both...but the most vital step is the first one...that's simply taking action.

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                    • Profile picture of the author marker08
                      I was stuck in much the same position not so long ago. I enjoy writing the articles but getting them posted was a real chore.

                      But, then also I was reading right here in PIP's, a discussion on a few of the automated article posters. I jumped on board with submityourarticle.com for some of the "other" qualities it has. It allowes you to leverage your articles, and submits it to many directories each and every one of them unique.

                      The monthly cost may be deemed a little high, but compaired with the time it takes to maunually post, I think it's a bargain for getting the momentum rolling.

                      my results... 1 1/2 to 2 months about ten articles, I just search google and found those 9 articles (in various forms) posted over 1000 times and rising.
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                      • Profile picture of the author David Raybould
                        Hi mark,

                        Yeah like a few of the other guys I've had great success just using Ezinearticles. You can still have success using the other directories however, but it's generally going to be ezinearticles that bring you the biggest bang for the effort.

                        If you have the time though, it can be good to submit to more than one place, and the duplicate content penalties that people mention from the search engines are generally nothing like people think they are anyway.

                        Hope that helps

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          • Profile picture of the author marxwarfor
            Thanks Asher, for taking the time to reply.

            Yes, you're right, if it's not out there, how will you ever know its success?

            Thanks again! Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author marxwarfor
      I really appreciate your reply

      and what you said, i really deep down alreayd knew, but i was holding on for some hope, as one poster on thi siite makes around 3000 grand submitting articles to only ezine, so that's why i wanted to know if others had the same luck

      but i digress, i knew what you said already, as it only makes sense, i just can't handle the continued repetition of just that one specific product a hundred times over - it's not the writing, i can do that until the cows come home, it's just the redundancy that's getting to me

      Thanks though
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  • Profile picture of the author Marilyn Roberts
    Mark,

    I think I know what you mean. I have a product I am promoting and I know I need to submit at least 50 or more articles on this one product. After 3 or 4 articles it is not easy to write about the same product without saying the same thing.

    I have started getting some of the articles written for me and then I will use those and come up with 3 or 4 more articles on each of the ones I have written for me. That helps but it is still difficult if you want to submit a half way decent article. Even just changing the words around you are actually just saying the same thing.

    I use Ezine and have just submitted 1 article to Isnare for more exposure and will probably submit to both Ezine and Isnare in the future.
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      I only EVER submit article to Ezine...

      I use squidoo and hubpages for articles and content too..

      BUT for just articles I only use Ezine

      Jay
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