Do articles on your site bring in traffic for you?

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I am newish to blogging, but not new to websites.

However... i see loads of the top sites in google are mainly articles. like if you search a question... you go to a website with around 300-1000 words per post.

Is there much benefit to writing long posts like this? i try to keep my posts less than 100 and put pictures in it instead, as i think its very boring. But if google are going to rank me low cause i don't write "enough" i shall write more.

if anybody could advise me i'd appreciate it
#articles #bring #site #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author hardinflash
    If you want to rank & get traffic from search you pretty much need to have a decent amount of content which well you answered your own question 300-1000 word article. Images seem to help pages rank as well & if you add some keywords into the alt tag & I change the file names as well you can even get traffic from people searching for pictures.

    On the other hand if you don't care if you rank for Google or them other guys out there & you're getting traffic from something else then it shouldn't matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kadztheman
    OK thanks for your comment.
    So do i just need to post longer articles.. of course they will be unique and quality content.

    instead of a short readable amount thats user friendly. i mean long articles i write will be user friendly too.
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  • Profile picture of the author ledmaster
    Another advantage of posting longer articles is that it will bring visitors to your site through keywords you didn't targeted, but are inside your article.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kadztheman
      Originally Posted by ledmaster View Post

      Another advantage of posting longer articles is that it will bring visitors to your site through keywords you didn't targeted, but are inside your article.

      Ok that was the answer i pretty much wanted! i got 20 or so articles i wrote im going to make a site and add them up... they will be open for the public to use and re - edit if they want. + get traffic for my site!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kadztheman
    Posted 19 articles to a free blog i just made see if i get any traffic.

    Free articles
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      I took a look at your site, what are you trying to do with the site ? It will get traffic but it looks bland. I would think you will have a problem with a high bounce rate the way it currently looks.

      Are you going to turn this into an Adsense site ? I would add a few pictures to your blog besides the word content. Also you should build a list off this site. Great job on taking action, but now spruce it up some.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Yes, a lot of us are making our money by posting in depth articles on our website (and syndicating them to other places as well). The true value behind a website is in the content it provides its readers: be it the written word, audio, or video.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kadztheman
      Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

      Yes, a lot of us are making our money by posting in depth articles on our website (and syndicating them to other places as well). The true value behind a website is in the content it provides its readers: be it the written word, audio, or video.
      I totally agree. Hopefully this all goes well and i can join you guys making money from your posts as well as posting good information that helps the readers find what they want
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by hardinflash View Post

        If you want to rank & get traffic from search you pretty much need to have a decent amount of content which well you answered your own question 300-1000 word article. Images seem to help pages rank as well & if you add some keywords into the alt tag & I change the file names as well you can even get traffic from people searching for pictures.

        On the other hand if you don't care if you rank for Google or them other guys out there & you're getting traffic from something else then it shouldn't matter.
        When I read the OP, I thought to myself "long 300 word articles? :confused:" 300 words for a topic worth writing about is a good warm-up. Reader's Digest, a magazine devoted to condensed versions of longer works, used to pay for filler of around 250-300 words. This was used to fill extra space at the end of the real articles, unsold ad spaces, etc.

        hardinflash, I don't understand the appeal of getting traffic from people searching for pictures. Those people are not looking for what you offer, they are looking for pictures. So they may click to your page, look at (or, more likely, steal) the image they are interested in, and bounce. Unless you are selling ads via CPM, that visitor is worthless. If you are, you should likely name all your images something like [hot actress name]NipSlip.xxx. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Originally Posted by Kadztheman View Post


    Is there much benefit to writing long posts like this?

    "i see loads of the top sites in google are mainly articles. like if you search a question... you go to a website with around 300-1000 words per post."
    I've rearranged the order of the sentences in your post because you've answered your own question.

    It's all about quality content.
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  • Profile picture of the author webtechrider
    I think only few article sites brings traffic for site not all the article sites send traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lakshmi SEO
    Visitors may get bored with lengthy articles. Instead, we can try to make it short and attractive article through which we can make them to navigate to other posts too ( if content is informative).
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  • Profile picture of the author esk
    Yeah you definitely need to writer longer posts. I'm writing at least 1000
    words of excellent content and I'm getting a lot of traffic
    from Google which converts to subscribers and customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author GreenSeoService
    Yes, It gets traffic as the quality of the articles are high quality.. Quality matters a lot..
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Kadztheman View Post

    Do articles on your site bring in traffic for you?
    I'm an article marketer for a living, and article marketing is my primary source of traffic.

    But actually the articles on my site, though they do bring traffic, are by no means a major component of my income. (Mostly because that's only SEO traffic, which is my worst-converting and least-buying form of traffic, in all 8 of my niches).

    What brings in the traffic from which I'm making my living and building my business are all the subsequently published copies of those same articles on other people's sites and in other people's ezines, where the targeted traffic already hangs out regularly, i.e. without my needing to target it.

    This is how I'm using my articles to generate non-SEO (i.e. far better quality) traffic: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    Yep I've written hundreds of articles and they generate lots of traffic for me. Some articles earn £50 a year and some nothing, but the more you post the better your chances of bringing in visitors and revenue. Also try to add affiliate links into each article to boost revenues further
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  • Profile picture of the author Aarav
    Articles are always very effective to bring traffic, so make sure that article that you write is must be an unique and informative for users where they get some interesting stuffy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    I write more articles that are 1800 words long than I do that are
    under 500 words. Maybe it's just me, but I have trouble saying
    much of real value in just 300 words

    Articles without pictures may bore you, but articles that talk
    about your readers problems, and about solutions to them is
    what brings in the traffic, and keeps them on your site.

    Using pictures and videos do add variety, and also naturally
    grab the eye in search engine listings.

    With long or short articles, I tend to focus on long-tail keywords.
    With longer articles, you can actually do fairly well on long-tail
    keywords that relate to your topic without even having to
    give it much thought.

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  • Profile picture of the author infinityplr
    Yes it does. And I m just talking about my personal blog site here. Without any marketing effort, no back linking, no promotion yet it gain 80-60 readers a day. I know, its pretty a low number but considering that i am not doing anything aside from updating my blog entries and tagging it carefully, for me it is already a decent number of views.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kadztheman
      Thank you for your input i've learnt a lot!

      Btw i just knocked up that quick blogspot to see how well the traffic goes.. if ANY!

      I would never use a free blog to try monetise on a big level. I have a nice server for that! I'm currently coding my own website.. once thats done i shall start writing articles about whatever subject i think.

      and its true what the guy said about the pictures haha! they only come on to steal it if its just a picture. i made a site that got around 2000-3000 unique's a day and it was just a picture website. not really any text. but it did make good money kinda. if it was with articles i think the traffic would of been huge!

      the blogspot article website i made is already getting traffic from google? how the hell is that LOL!
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Willie Crawford View Post

        Articles without pictures may bore you, but articles that talk about your readers problems, and about solutions to them is
        what brings in the traffic, and keeps them on your site.

        Willie
        Willie, you likely know the names involved, but I can't pull them up right now...

        One of the old-time direct response copywriters was having a similar discussion to this one with a client. The copywriter presented an ad dense with copy, and the client wanted something with more pictures 'because no one would read that much text in a newspaper.'

        The copywriter bet the client $1,000 that he could create a full-page spread with nothing but a headline and normal, dense copy and the client would eagerly read every word on the page. He'd make the bet, and even tell the client what the headline would be.

        They shook hands on it.

        The copywriter then announced the headline: "Every Word on This Page is About [Client Name]"

        The client sat for a moment, stunned. Then he keyed his intercom and asked his secretary to bring him the company checkbook...

        The rest of the story is that the original, copy-dense ad ran very profitably for several years.

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        • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          Willie, you likely know the names involved, but I can't pull them up right now...
          John,
          I had heard this before too, but don't know from who. I've
          read so much from so many great copywriters over the years

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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    It is not really a matter of how good your articles are. I mean, it is important because you don't ever want to write crappy articles. The big thing that I learned over the years is that you need to write new articles all the time and have lots of them all over the place.

    I know some people who have 1000's of them and are getting lots of free traffic every single day. It is just a matter of being consistent.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      It is not really a matter of how good your articles are.
      Damn, the secret's out.

      For all these years so many successful, experienced Warriors have been successfully perpetuating the most massive bluff in marketing history, pretending day after day, week after week and month after month that quality was the single most important aspect that translates directly into income, and even making out that one truly high quality article published in front of tens of thousands of highly targeted readers consistently earns more than 500 "ordinary articles" spread all over the web, or just published on your own site and nowhere else, and we even had hundreds of people believing it, too ...

      And now you've blown it for all of us ...

      Originally Posted by Kadztheman View Post

      I'm not looking to add my articles to directories or other websites. I want them on my website only.
      You wouldn't want them to be re-published in places where all the already-targeted traffic in your niche already goes? Ok ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Kadztheman
    I plan to do regular articles.
    I have a smart phone so i plan to use that to write articles wherever i am and on the go. (provided i have an internet connection).

    I'm not looking to add my articles to directories or other websites. I want them on my website only.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kadztheman
    If you google a few phrases you know that quality articles aren't always at the top.

    it is a matter of opinion at the end of the day.

    however...
    can anybody define ... "quality articles" for me please LOL!
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Kadztheman View Post

      If you google a few phrases you know that quality articles aren't always at the top.
      That might be connected with the fact that article marketing isn't an SEO method: it's a way of attracted highly targeted traffic that doesn't intrinsically depend on anyone using a search engine.

      Explained here, if it helps you: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794

      Originally Posted by Kadztheman View Post

      however...
      can anybody define ... "quality articles" for me please LOL!
      Yes. Very easily indeed.

      It's one of the key concepts of using articles for marketing ...

      "Quality articles" are articles by which people who already have the targeted traffic in your niche are so impressed and/or entertained that they choose voluntarily to share them (including your links) with their own readers, visitors and subscribers.

      It's a simple, functional definition - because that's "what works".

      That's how article marketers earn money.

      If you take away nothing else at all from this thread, at least appreciate that quality is everything, and that without it, you have nothing.

      Just as in many other aspects of internet marketing, quality leads everywhere (including eventually to quantity); quantity alone leads nowhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author fedor50
    Write high quality articles on your website does bring good traffic.But building high quality backlinks will help bring you even more traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by fedor50 View Post

      building high quality backlinks will help bring you even more traffic.
      It will.

      But, unfortunately, that'll be SEO traffic, which doesn't convert, opt-in or buy very much, compared with many other kinds of traffic.

      And in the long run it's also outside your control, because (as so many Warriors have discovered - some to their very great cost - over the last couple of years) Google can change their algorithms whenever they feel like it, so a business which depends on Google for its traffic can never be more than one algorithm-change away from a potential accident ... or even a potential disaster, to judge by a few hundred recent threads here, bemoaning how very precarious that sort of traffic is. Perhaps not quite the optimal way to build a business?
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  • Profile picture of the author jimmyab
    Originally Posted by Kadztheman View Post

    I am newish to blogging, but not new to websites.

    However... i see loads of the top sites in google are mainly articles. like if you search a question... you go to a website with around 300-1000 words per post.

    Is there much benefit to writing long posts like this? i try to keep my posts less than 100 and put pictures in it instead, as i think its very boring. But if google are going to rank me low cause i don't write "enough" i shall write more.

    if anybody could advise me i'd appreciate it
    Hey Kadztheman... I think you need to consider what the search engines are looking for. They want UNIQUE content... that creates buzz and interest... cos they know that this is satisfying the searchers need!

    So it probably doesn't matter if it was 100 words or 1000 words... what matters is 'does your content engage your visitor?'

    If it does they'll spread the news and you'll get the search engines 'spreading the love' with your site by giving you higher search results.

    So whatever you are adding to your site ask yourself 'will this engage my audience and keep them wanting more?' If yes, then how much or how little does'nt really matter.

    Hope this helps

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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by jimmyab View Post

      Hey Kadztheman... I think you need to consider what your readers are looking for
      Fixed that for you.
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