"Set It And Forget It" Article Marketing - The Only Way To Article Market

by Michael Franklin 198 replies
I am going to share with you how I article market....That is, write your article once and truly get traffic month after month from the same article.......

When I first started article marketing, I thought it was so cool how my articles ended up on Google. Yes, the traffic would come in at first but inevitably it would die down....All except for a few articles. A few of them kept yielding traffic every month.

Here's what these winning articles all had in common:

1) They had proper keyword density (no surprise)

2) They were informative and were user friendly (no surprise)

3) They all were among the top 3 results on Google's page one - Aha!

You see, so many of us start to hoot and holler when our article shows up on Google. Yet, statistics have shown that most clicks only occur among the top 3 results on Google. Think about it....Most of the time when you search on Google, which results do you tend to click on first?

In short, it's not enough to just write an article and rest on your laurels when you are in the ninth or even the fifth spot on page 1. You have to get it within the top 3.

Here's what you have to do to improve your odds of being among Google's top 3.

1) Research the competition on the Page One results. It does you no good to pursue a keyword phrase any further if places like Microsoft, Ebay, or Amazon (High-Authority, Established sites) are dominating Google's page 1 with that phrase. You can often tell just by looking at the domain names what you're up against but to be sure, use a Page Rank checker to see what you're competition is like.

Now, if I notice that the top spots on Google are nothing but Web 2.0 properties (Squidoo, Ezine Articles, GoArticles, blogs, etc.) then I will proceed to write up my article using proper keyword density for that keyword phrase. I make sure that it is informative and flows well. AND, I use a property that is not currently among the top 10.

That is, if I see Ezinearticles and Squidoo but no GoArticles, I might write up an article on GoArticles. The point is that Google leans towards diverse domains. Therefore, use whatever domain that has a high enough Google PageRank but not currently in the top 10 for that keyword phrase. Some of my favorites are:

Squidoo
WordPress
GoArticles
EzineArticles
BlogSome
WetPaint
Vox

2) Keep backlinking until you are consistently in the top three. Why do so many people publish an article and not even watch it's progress in the SERP's? It's crazy! You should put as much (if not more) effort into maintaining your article's ranking in the SERP's as you put into writing your own articles.

Until your article cracks the top 3, you have to get enough backlinks so that your article will crack the top 3. There are many great backlinking resources on here to help you get started.

Even when you make the top 3, your article will still do the "Google Dance" and fall out. I keep adding backlinks until the dancing is almost nonexistent. Backlinking is time consuming, but it is the crucial piece of the puzzle.

Your goal is twofold: 1) Publish articles 2) Get them within the top 3 on Google. That's it!

Only when you have an arsenal of articles that end up within the top 3 on page one can you honestly say that your article marketing is passively bringing in traffic every month. Until then, you will be spinning your wheels, writing article after article and end up on here saying "Article Marketing Doesn't Work!"....It does work but it is up to you to make it work!
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  • Profile picture of the author ScottTrimble
    good post, i've found consistency in what you said among my own results also
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Spencer
    I really liked your post. As someone who publishes articles frequently, this really helped me out!

    What bookmarking methods are you using?

    Cheers,

    Brad Spencer
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by Brad Spencer View Post

      I really liked your post. As someone who publishes articles frequently, this really helped me out!

      What bookmarking methods are you using?

      Cheers,

      Brad Spencer
      Hi Brad,

      The funny thing is that I am not big on bookmarking tools. I rarely use them. I spend more time going after backlinks. Dofollow blogs are are great place to start. I'll even go through the list of web 2.0 properties that I mentioned in my first post and spin my original article and place them in those properties. I then place anchor text to link back to my original article.

      I am strictly going after long-tail keywords and I have found that just focusing on the backlinks will usually do the trick. You can always outsource the bookmarking but to me the return for the time or money invested never seemed to be worth it.

      Has bookmarking worked out for you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Afterglow
    Awesome thread this really works as I've used similar tactics before. One of my examples in an old article in Ezine Articles that I now need to edit due to dead links it titled: "Bad Tatoos Last Just As Long As The Good Ones - FOREVER!" It's just information now since the links are dead.

    Hope this helps your belief in his post, It does mine.
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    • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
      In theory, I knew I was supposed to do some backlinking, but in reality, I often forget. Thanks for pointing out just how worth it this can be!

      And there were some cool other little tips in there too ;-)

      Thanks!

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    Thank you all for the kind words....

    Be sure to go through all of your existing articles out there...You can still breathe new life into your old articles! Take all of them regardless of how old they are and run them through steps 1 and 2 of my orginal post in this thread. You probably will find many of them are excellent candidates.

    I have hundreds of old articles that I'm going through and adding new backlinks too. Many of them are already climbing up the rankings.

    You probably have a lot of valuable content that's just itching to get to the top of Google. Try it out and see. You will be pleased with the results!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Steel
    I really appreciate your posting. I was kind of confused about the article thing - but you really clarified it for me...thanks a bunch...

    js
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    • Profile picture of the author melanied
      Another great way to get backlinks to Web 2.0 properties is through blog networks like Free Traffic System - there are paid networks as well. They're quick and they work!
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      • Profile picture of the author elle56
        Originally Posted by melanied View Post

        Another great way to get backlinks to Web 2.0 properties is through blog networks like Free Traffic System - there are paid networks as well. They're quick and they work!
        I subscribe to an article network membership site. It's an article re-writing and spinning software. I still have to manually re-write though. It's works for me as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    Those of you with lots of old articles, you're probably wondering which articles to add backlinks to. This should help you.....

    A good rule of thumb is take a look at your article stats in Ezine (or other articles sites) and see which articles have the best click through rates for your links. Those are the ones I would focus on.

    Some articles just don't make an impact on the bottom line, so focus on your best performing articles and you will see good results!
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  • Profile picture of the author Preben Frenning
    Great tips! Thanks
    However, I have a few notes...

    1. I have spot 2 and 3 with 2 different articles for the same keyword - Both on EZA.
    2. Instead of doing a regular search for the long tail keyword, use the "allintitle:long-tail keyword" in google. That shows the websites with the keyword phrase in their title - Which is what google relies on the most. So if few of the autohrity pages show up using that command, you can be sure to dominate it
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    • Profile picture of the author Geode
      Thanks for that Mike, good information.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by Preben Frenning View Post

      Great tips! Thanks
      However, I have a few notes...

      1. I have spot 2 and 3 with 2 different articles for the same keyword - Both on EZA.
      2. Instead of doing a regular search for the long tail keyword, use the "allintitle:long-tail keyword" in google. That shows the websites with the keyword phrase in their title - Which is what google relies on the most. So if few of the autohrity pages show up using that command, you can be sure to dominate it
      1) Obviously, if you can dominate all of the top three, then you'll really be sitting pretty!

      2) allintitle:"keyword phrase" is an excellent way to look at the true competition. I take it a step further to determine which web 2.0 property I will use for my article....If I find a keyword phrase is an excellent candidate, then at Google I will enter: site:"domain name" allintitle:"keyword phrase" for each domain (squidoo.com, vox.com,etc.) to find which domain has the LEAST competition for that keyword phrase. The domain with very few or no results is the winner and that's the property that I use for my article.

      The reason being is that Google will favor new properties in the top page rankings over the same ones.

      Again, to find which property has the least competion for a keyword phrase, enter at google:

      site:domain name allintitle:"keyword phrase"
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      • Profile picture of the author wordwizard
        Originally Posted by MidwestMike View Post

        1) Obviously, if you can dominate all of the top three, then you'll really be sitting pretty!

        2) allintitle:"keyword phrase" is an excellent way to look at the true competition. I take it a step further to determine which web 2.0 property I will use for my article....If I find a keyword phrase is an excellent candidate, then at Google I will enter: site:"domain name" allintitle:"keyword phrase" for each domain (squidoo.com, vox.com,etc.) to find which domain has the LEAST competition for that keyword phrase. The domain with very few or no results is the winner and that's the property that I use for my article.

        The reason being is that Google will favor new properties in the top page rankings over the same ones.

        Again, to find which property has the least competion for a keyword phrase, enter at google:

        site:domain name allintitle:"keyword phrase"

        That's excellent advice. Also explains a few things... Thanks so much.
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      • Profile picture of the author sarafina
        Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

        1) Obviously, if you can dominate all of the top three, then you'll really be sitting pretty!

        2) allintitle:"keyword phrase" is an excellent way to look at the true competition. I take it a step further to determine which web 2.0 property I will use for my article....If I find a keyword phrase is an excellent candidate, then at Google I will enter: site:"domain name" allintitle:"keyword phrase" for each domain (squidoo.com, vox.com,etc.) to find which domain has the LEAST competition for that keyword phrase. The domain with very few or no results is the winner and that's the property that I use for my article.

        The reason being is that Google will favor new properties in the top page rankings over the same ones.

        Again, to find which property has the least competion for a keyword phrase, enter at google:

        site:domain name allintitle:"keyword phrase"
        What constitutes few results? 50,000...5000, 1000? Please clarify.

        Also if I have a blog and I am posting articles to my blog and I am also posting articles elsewhere is it ok to:

        1. Have the SAME article on my blog as I have with eza or goarticles or will my site or the article site suffer in the serps?

        2. Can I post the same exact articles on eza and goarticles or should I aim to outfit each article site with different articles?
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
          Originally Posted by sarafina View Post

          What constitutes few results? 50,000...5000, 1000? Please clarify.
          When you do intitle:"keyword phrase" site:"domain.com" among the various web 2.0 properties, you will find that in practically all cases, that at least one will significantly have less result than the others.

          When I say few results , I mean less than 10.



          Originally Posted by sarafina View Post

          Also if I have a blog and I am posting articles to my blog and I am also posting articles elsewhere is it ok to:

          1. Have the SAME article on my blog as I have with eza or goarticles or will my site or the article site suffer in the serps?

          2. Can I post the same exact articles on eza and goarticles or should I aim to outfit each article site with different articles?

          Regarding duplicate content, I find that you can use the same content in all of your articles EXCEPT FOR the opening paragraph....Why? Because out of all of the areas Google looks at, it pays the most attention to the opening text of articles.

          So spin your first paragraph (or at least the first 100 characters) of each article.
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    That's one reason why SENuke existed...
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    I think that in another thread, it was advised that you link to your eza article from the other article directory submissions. That way, your eza article gets to the top with the added link power.

    TomG.
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    • Profile picture of the author ademartin
      Originally Posted by tommygadget View Post

      I think that in another thread, it was advised that you link to your eza article from the other article directory submissions. That way, your eza article gets to the top with the added link power.

      TomG.
      This is so true! Always promote the promoters.

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      • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
        Originally Posted by tommygadget
        I think that in another thread, it was advised that you link to your eza article from the other article directory submissions. That way, your eza article gets to the top with the added link power.

        TomG.

        Originally Posted by ademartin View Post

        This is so true! Always promote the promoters.

        Ade
        Actually I think this is not necessarily true. At first this seemed like a logical idea to me, but also thought that linking articles to other articles woul be confusing for the reader, I posed this q to Mike who confirmed it would be confusing. Still, I guess that doesn't mean it wouldn't assist in raising the rank of the article being linked to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    Mike,

    Great post. Do you find that setting up backlinks to goarticles is more effective than to ezinearticles? I have seen threads on the forum backlinking to ezinearticles though I think Angela says that backlinking to goarticles works better. Also since I think there would only be 2 links in google to the same phrase per domain (ie ezinearticles) than if you see an article with the phrase in top 3 already in ezinearticles would you still try to get yours in since there is a nice benefit for being in the most viewed in 90 days section.

    Debbie
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    • Profile picture of the author Preben Frenning
      @MidwestMike - Wow! That is pretty hardcore!
      And I'm sure it works like a charm!

      Perhaps you could make a "Keyword Competition Research" software based on this formula? That might be a nice WSO

      I'll definately try that out some time

      Thanks again
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by Yogini View Post

      Mike,

      Great post. Do you find that setting up backlinks to goarticles is more effective than to ezinearticles? I have seen threads on the forum backlinking to ezinearticles though I think Angela says that backlinking to goarticles works better. Also since I think there would only be 2 links in google to the same phrase per domain (ie ezinearticles) than if you see an article with the phrase in top 3 already in ezinearticles would you still try to get yours in since there is a nice benefit for being in the most viewed in 90 days section.

      Debbie
      Actually, they both work....EzineArticles and GoArticles are both excellent! GoArticles tend to respond faster to backlinks most of the time. However if I see 2 GoArticles on page 1 for a keyword phrase and no EzineArticles, I will lean towards EzineArticles. Be sure to do your domain research as I mentioned in my original post.

      Of course it's nice to have additional readers of your articles when you are in the most viewed section on EzineArticles! But, only by reaching the top of the organic results can you see passive results from your articles every month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hersh
    Well said!

    There is a lot more to article marketing than just writing an article and post it in the article directories. You should always check how it's going on the search results and try to get it to a better place.

    Good information,

    Mike G
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  • Profile picture of the author rooperoy
    Very useful tips. Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author PrettyJenny
    This is such a great guide, I'm doing a big part of what you were mentioning. I'm normally lazy to build backlinks, this will motivate me a bit
    Thanks a lot!
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  • Profile picture of the author TMJonsson
    Thanks for the motivational message. I know I certainly need to ramp up my (non-existent) Article Marketing efforts.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Coverdale
      Originally Posted by mrkrabs View Post

      Nice post!
      Originally Posted by Geode View Post

      Thanks for that Mike, good information.
      Originally Posted by rooperoy View Post

      Very useful tips. Thank you
      Originally Posted by andywang View Post

      Thank you for your post!
      Guys, there is a thank you button that you can use to show your appreciation for an informative, helpful post, which this is.

      The OP will appreciate your thank you, you won't get your "post count up" but it still shows you like the info.
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        Originally Posted by Mark Coverdale View Post

        Guys, there is a thank you button that you can use to show your appreciation for an informative, helpful post, which this is.

        The OP will appreciate your thank you, you won't get your "post count up" but it still shows you like the info.
        FYI, I found you need to have 15 posts before the Thank You button is available.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mark Coverdale
          Originally Posted by bluefoot View Post

          FYI, I found you need to have 15 posts before the Thank You button is available.
          So post something with substance. I'm sick of those crappy one liners of "thank you for a great post".

          90% of these people release a WSO as soon as they hit 30 posts. It smothers the real marketers here trying to add value like the OP has done.

          Anyway, back on track.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gallery Sites
    Originally Posted by MidwestMike View Post

    Some of my favorites are:

    Squidoo
    WordPress
    GoArticles
    EzineArticles
    BlogSome
    WetPaint
    Vox
    How do you post on WordPress?
    Are you referring to a blog?
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  • Excellent tip - backlinking to articles is probably the most overlooked method of article marketing success...
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    Great information and I agree on all the advice!
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  • Profile picture of the author TelegramSam
    "Set It And Forget It" Article Marketing - The Only Way To Article Market.


    This sounds great. But most people "Forget" to "Set It" in the first place.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
    Originally Posted by MidwestMike View Post

    2) Keep backlinking until you are consistently in the top three. Why do so many people publish an article and not even watch it's progress in the SERP's? It's crazy! You should put as much (if not more) effort into maintaining your article's ranking in the SERP's as you put into writing your own articles.

    Until your article cracks the top 3, you have to get enough backlinks so that your article will crack the top 3. There are many great backlinking resources on here to help you get started.

    Even when you make the top 3, your article will still do the "Google Dance" and fall out. I keep adding backlinks until the dancing is almost nonexistent. Backlinking is time consuming, but it is the crucial piece of the puzzle.

    Your goal is twofold: 1) Publish articles 2) Get them within the top 3 on Google. That's it!

    Only when you have an arsenal of articles that end up within the top 3 on page one can you honestly say that your article marketing is passively bringing in traffic every month. Until then, you will be spinning your wheels, writing article after article and end up on here saying "Article Marketing Doesn't Work!"....It does work but it is up to you to make it work!
    Bingo! This is very true.

    Not until recently did I stop submitting articles and focus more on backlinking the ones I already had...

    If you have an article that is already geared towards a high volume keyword and it isn't getting views...what do you do? You backlink it until it's on the front page and THEN you get those views. Backlinking an article with a PR6 already is way easier than backlinking your PR0 site and bumping it into the front page. Backlinking is key and the more you do it the easier it gets, at first it seems like one hell of a long road.
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  • Profile picture of the author Floyd Bogart
    For me the most useful part of this post is the reminder to hit the articles themselves with backlinks. I tend to concentrate on the site I am trying to create traffic for. Boneheaded I know as I have read this advice many times before...

    I will now go and do what I already knew I should have been doing!

    Lol
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  • Profile picture of the author ildarius
    Great post!

    So you mean to say that once the article reaches the top 3 position in Google it usually stays there, as opposed to article that rank below 3 and then disappear?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by ildarius View Post

      Great post!

      So you mean to say that once the article reaches the top 3 position in Google it usually stays there, as opposed to article that rank below 3 and then disappear?
      Not necessarily....

      You need to check every day to watch your position on page 1.

      If you're bouncing all over the place, continue to backlink.

      If you find that you've maintained a top three position, still backlink BUT at a much slower pace....Let's say you do 5 backlinks/day and your site is now in top 3 and has stayed there for the past 2 days. You do another 5 backlinks and the next day, it's still in top 3. Now, reduce backlinks to 3/day. If still in top 3 by the next day, reduce again. IF NOT, increase backlinks. You will increase or decrease based on how well your site is maintaining among the top 3.

      Ultimately, you will get to a point where you are solidified in the top 3 every day without having to backlink anymore. Congratulations! Just remember to check it once in a while. But for the most part, you can now focus on other articles and repeat the process.
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
          Originally Posted by SimonP View Post

          In reality how many backlinks should you require on a site that is in the top three...a rough figure?

          I wish I could give you a good rule of thumb but every keyword phrase is different.

          My philosophy has always been the more backlinks the better. Obviously, you don't want to be doing it 24 hours a day (although you might find some good outsourcers for that!). Still, the only way you will know is by testing.

          I tend to look at the competition in the top 3 currently and use a FireFox tool like SEOQuake to get an idea of their pagerank and backlinks so I know what I'm up against and then go from there.
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            • Profile picture of the author daria19
              Hi Mike,

              I take a slightly different approach in that I tend to target the article directories or web 2.0 properties that ARE ranking in the top 3, rather than ones that aren't there.

              But I will definitely try out your method as well, thanks!

              By targeting existing article directories, I find that during the backlink building process you sometimes get the bonus of showing up as a 'double listing' in Google. Also, sometimes the top ranked article has so many backlinks that a 'double listing' is good enough for me.

              In terms of keyword density, although I think it is somewhat relevant I tend not to focus on it that much. I have found that backlink anchor text is much more important.

              Thanks again.
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              • Profile picture of the author Ray Erdmann
                "..Keep backlinking until you are consistently in the top three..."
                What recommendations would you suggest in this area? (back-linking that is?)


                Thanks,


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                • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
                  Originally Posted by Ray Erdmann View Post

                  What recommendations would you suggest in this area? (back-linking that is?)
                  I highly recommend Angela Edwards' monthly backlinks. She really saves you a lot of the time and hassle of finding high PR sites to backlink from. Best of all, they work!

                  Look for her backlink package in the WSO section.
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              • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
                Originally Posted by daria19 View Post


                In terms of keyword density, although I think it is somewhat relevant I tend not to focus on it that much. I have found that backlink anchor text is much more important.
                I agree....If I had to choose which factor is more important, I would have to say backlinks. Plus, sometimes your articles will flow better if you don't optimize the keyword density. It's a judgment call but one that you get used to as you do more and more articles.
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                • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
                  Originally Posted by john7334 View Post

                  Mike, how many niches are you currently in, if you don't mind? How long have you been doing this, too.
                  Hi John! I have been doing this for about 3 years but only over the past 6 months have I shifted to this approach to article marketing. I am active in 5 niches but I have old articles in other niches that I'm slowly reviving with this technique.


                  Originally Posted by john7334 View Post

                  I'm only in a few, and am fairly new, but I'm really starting to rank in one niche. I figure I want to get really entrenched in this niche before I move on.
                  That is so key! And let me add that you should consider going after your niche with multiple keyword phrases....You're probably at a point where you know your niche fairly well. Take advantage of your knowledge base and take a stab at branching out into other keyword phrases in your niche. Try a couple of new articles that have other keyword phrases.


                  Originally Posted by john7334 View Post

                  Posting comments on blogs and other sites really sounds like a drag, so I'm not doing that so far because I'm doing that all myself. Do you do a lot of comments and that kind of thing?
                  Anyway, thanks alot.

                  When I'm on other sites, I either setup my links in my profile which will backlink to my articles as long as the website does not have "nofollow" links OR if you cannot setup a profile, I link to my article in my comment or blog post. With commenting, you have to post a thoughtful and somewhat detailed post. Otherwise, you will be kicked off.
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            • Profile picture of the author Wordpress Champ
              This is really a great. Am also starting with my article marketing campaign and this really gives me a refreshing idea for my next online project.
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            • Profile picture of the author DanGTD
              Great tips.

              It's also important that your article have time-insensitive information, that is information that was as true ten years ago as it will be ten years from now. Don't write time-bound articles, like news or thought of the day.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kalidasa
          Originally Posted by SimonP View Post

          In reality how many backlinks should you require on a site that is in the top three...a rough figure?
          siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/ Find a site that you want to out rank, and enter it in siteexplorer, then click on the inlinks box, this will bring up another dropdown to the right of it. Select 'show inlinks except from this domain' that will give you a rough idea. You may need many more links though if you're trying to beat out an authority site.
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          • Profile picture of the author tdj
            Originally Posted by Kalidasa View Post

            siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/ Find a site that you want to out rank, and enter it in siteexplorer, then click on the inlinks box, this will bring up another dropdown to the right of it. Select 'show inlinks except from this domain' that will give you a rough idea. You may need many more links though if you're trying to beat out an authority site.
            I use Webcompanalyst. Shows number of links and also the site links. Many times you can beat out a top 10 keyword listing even though some sites have a lot of backlinks. The reason is that Google gives Ezine a lot of weight and the site has over 2.6 million site links.
            A lot of sites may have backlinks, but a majority of their backlinks may be duplicates from the same source.

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    • Profile picture of the author redrossero
      This is a good strategy for competitive keywords. However, before go wild and build backlinks you must be sure that you choose the right keywords in the first place.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by redrossero View Post

        This is a good strategy for competitive keywords. However, before go wild and build backlinks you must be sure that you choose the right keywords in the first place.
        Of course choosing the right keywords is EVERYTHING!

        I am actually in the process of detailing this entire process so that you can see everything....proper keyword selection...writing the articles...getting into the rankings...how to build upon your results...etc.. I even have a good sample campaign that you can run with.

        It turns out that all of these details have become too lengthy for a post so I will make it available as a free report. It should be available soon....I'm just trying to add some finishing touches as well as proofread my own writing (which can be hard to do on 4 hours worth of sleep!)

        Anyways, I'll keep you posted as soon as it's available.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nigel Greaves
    Mike,

    Thanks for such an informative post and sharing your knowledge even further with the follow-up posts you've made. I'm sure a lot of Warriors who build backlinks to their main site never even think of doing it with submitted articles.

    It reminds me of the quality posts that we use to see all the time on the WF.

    One thing in particular struck me a pure gold:
    "Now, if I notice that the top spots on Google are nothing but Web 2.0 properties (Squidoo, Ezine Articles, GoArticles, blogs, etc.) then I will proceed to write up my article using proper keyword density for that keyword phrase. I make sure that it is informative and flows well. AND, I use a property that is not currently among the top 10."

    Thanks again,

    Nigel
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  • Profile picture of the author pearlydean
    Hi Mike, I have just started using article marketing this week so this is very valauble information for me. I have found some great long tail keywords for the niche I am researching and am beavering away writing articles as we speak. I have cut and paste the info you provided (hope you don't mind!) and will add it to my processes now.

    Cheers Keith
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  • Profile picture of the author ReyRey
    Very good post. I never really though about certain things you mentioned. I hardly ever use goarticles. But will definitely try them more often to see what results I can get from them.

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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    Mike,

    Do you find there is a freshness bump with ezinearticles? I sometimes see a new article will crowd out one that was there previously for same keywords , even if there are some backlinks.

    Debbie
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by Yogini View Post

      Mike,

      Do you find there is a freshness bump with ezinearticles? I sometimes see a new article will crowd out one that was there previously for same keywords , even if there are some backlinks.

      Debbie
      Good question....Yes there does seem to be a freshness bump. Most articles do not have any backlinks pointing to them so every time a new article comes out on that same topic, they tend to get bumped.

      But backlinks always prevail over freshness. When you have enough backlinks to your article so that your article is solidified in the top 3, it will not be susceptible to the "new article bump".
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim45
    Hey Mike, I'd like to get a look at some of your articles so I can get Ideas and maybe learn something. Also what is your best method for getting back links?
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  • Profile picture of the author havefunandlive
    This is very informative!

    Thanks for the info.
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    • Profile picture of the author Terry Kyle
      Hi MidwestMike,

      Great post and a few more detailed questions that answers will hopefully add more value to this thread:

      [1] What keyword density do you aim for?

      [2] Do you have rules like, keyword phrase in the first paragraph, last paragraph and bio box etc?

      [3] Do you aim for a secondary keyword as well as your primary one with each article?

      [4] Have you noticed an optimum word count (or range e.g. 250-275 words) for an article? What do you aim for?

      [5] Do you use the identical anchor text for your backlinks (as per Angela's advice) or do you apply another formula?

      [6] Have you played around with GoArticles formatting options like bullet point lists, italics etc to improve readability/conversions?

      [7] What's the maximum number of links you've ever put in a GoArticle article (not the bio box) and gotten away with it?

      [8] Do you recommend link cloaking or is not worth bothering with? Obviously GoArticles let you have aff links in the article.

      [9] Have you had reasonable conversions from GoArticles? There's a lot of debate about this issue...

      Many thanks again Mike for a valuable thread!
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      • Profile picture of the author Terry Kyle
        Many of these are answered in your free report Mike - thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by Terry Kyle View Post

        [6] Have you played around with GoArticles formatting options like bullet point lists, italics etc to improve readability/conversions?

        [7] What's the maximum number of links you've ever put in a GoArticle article (not the bio box) and gotten away with it?


        [9] Have you had reasonable conversions from GoArticles? There's a lot of debate about this issue...

        Many thanks again Mike for a valuable thread!
        Hi Terry,

        Thanks for the nice words!

        Most of your points I address in my report but I want to answer those that don't get covered in the report.

        6) I haven't really played around with the formatting options but I always tend to gear my articles towards skimmers since that's what so many article readers do. So I try to use bullet points or numbers as well as very short paragraphs.

        7) I strictly use text in the article portion and only use affiliate/squeeze link in the resource box

        9) My conversions on GoArticles have been around the same level as EzineArticles. Plus, as mentioned in other threads, I do find that Angela's backlinks have a better effect on my articles on GoArticles than on EzineArticles.
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    • Profile picture of the author shirland
      I am new to article writing, What is back linking an article?
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      • Profile picture of the author einfohound
        Originally Posted by shirland View Post

        I am new to article writing, What is back linking an article?
        "Backlinking" or "getting a backlink" is when one web site links to another web site. Having links back to a website (hopefully yours) improves your sites "appearance" to Google. This is VERY simplified, but the more backlinks you have the more Google (and Yahoo, etc) likes your site and the better your chance of ranking highly on searches.

        This is why you do article marketing - you insert links in your articles or your author bio that point back to your website. This helps your rankings.

        If you are just getting into article marketing, I would also suggest a relatively new service - Free Traffic System. As the title states, it is a FREE service that will let you put your "articles" on up to 30 blog sites (with backlinks to your site).
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    • Profile picture of the author DennisFMaloney
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    • Profile picture of the author Davmac40
      I have to be a little careful here because I am going to mention a product that I use that ensures top backlinks. I am an affiliate and to remain within the spirit of the Warriors Forum I will not give any links.

      Check out pete-in-oz who has the Brute Force system that puts everything I write on to page 1 of Google by means of backlinking to high PR sites.

      My best effort was for a long tailed keyword that Google showed over 18 million competitors. In less than 1 hour after publishing I had two entires in page 1 of Google. Next morning I had 14 of the top 20 positions for that keyword phrase including positions 1 & 2.

      Yes it did fade as all articles do, but imagine being able to link all the pages of your website thru this system and getting good rankings throughout. But backlinks don't fade so easily.

      pete in oz (Peter Drew) is a member of this forum so I'm sure you can find him. Only sad thing is that he only allows a small number of subscribers access to his software and the doors just closed yesterday. But it's still worth checking it out and getting on the waiting list.

      Regards,
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      • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
        Originally Posted by Davmac40 View Post

        Check out pete-in-oz who has the Brute Force system that puts everything I write on to page 1 of Google by means of backlinking to high PR sites.

        My best effort was for a long tailed keyword that Google showed over 18 million competitors. In less than 1 hour after publishing I had two entires in page 1 of Google. Next morning I had 14 of the top 20 positions for that keyword phrase including positions 1 & 2.

        Yes it did fade as all articles do, but imagine being able to link all the pages of your website thru this system and getting good rankings throughout. But backlinks don't fade so easily.

        pete in oz (Peter Drew) is a member of this forum so I'm sure you can find him. Only sad thing is that he only allows a small number of subscribers access to his software and the doors just closed yesterday. But it's still worth checking it out and getting on the waiting list.

        Regards,
        Davmac40
        Sounds great Davmac, perhaps pete will give me some special consideration as a fellow aussie, unless of course his Oz has lots of little people and a big yellow road.
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    • Profile picture of the author GaryEarle
      The question I have...and granted...it's a newbie one..When you backlink to your article...are you using contextual backlinks....Hopefully I phrased that correctly...and I must say..you are one of the few that I have read among many so called article marketers...that even mention linking TO the article.
      This whole thread is solid information...well..except for the random Thank you's in a one liner.

      Gary
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by GaryEarle View Post

        The question I have...and granted...it's a newbie one..When you backlink to your article...are you using contextual backlinks....
        Hi Gary!

        I backlink using the actual keyword phrase in the link.
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    • Profile picture of the author multimastery
      Great informative post! It is true that most people just skim and click on the first few domains lol... that definitely what I do most of the time - but sometimes I do delve down deeper listing if the description happens to grab me.

      Another site to ad for good PR sites to write on is HubPages! They definitely can't be left out because Google and other engines love them. I have found that HubPages outranks Squidoo in a heckuvalot of cases.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaypick
    Thank you for the information, It gave me something to think about when writing articles. What exactly is backlinking I don't quite understand it yet. Is that just the research you do to see if your ranking in the top 3?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by jaypick View Post

      What exactly is backlinking I don't quite understand it yet. Is that just the research you do to see if your ranking in the top 3?
      Backlinking is the process of placing links to your article on various other websites. It can be time-consuming but very effective! To effectively backlink:

      1) The anchor text of your link should be the keyword phrase you are trying to rank for....If your keyword phrase for your article is "stop persistent migraines" then your actual link on another website will say "stop persistent migraines" and link back to your article.

      2) Your links should be placed on high Google PageRank sites that allow backlinks. To see if a site will allow backlinks, check the source code of the website and see if you find any "nofollow" tags in the links section. If you don't, then you have a good site to backlink from.
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    Hi Nigel and Co.

    I came across this thread while trying to find out more about article submission software and have found it fascinating. I began article writing several months ago and from reading all this I obviously had no idea what I was doing. Basically I was adding contect to my site, writing articles about that content then manually submitting those articles backlinked to that page to as many article sites as I could. Talk about labour intensive!

    I figured from the beginning it was more about quality content than quantity, that made obvious sense to me, but i still felt I wasn;t getting the results i expected and must not be getting it quite right. I could see that some of my articles were continually working for me but I was confused about how I could continue to maximise on those successful articles without duplicating content....it had never occurred to me to backlink to articles themselves!

    So my questions are mostly in relation to auto submitting software:

    Are these programs worth the investment or would I just be duplicating my content in a big way?

    Article sites have so many different formats and rules, minimum and maximum words etc, so I can't help but wonder how the auto submitter can submit a fluid article and I wonder if using one can increase the risk of badly written articles through editing them incorrectly.

    Is it okay to just edit the successful articles to re-submit to the same site or is it better to try and rewrite them and give new title etc so as not to have them rejected.

    Hope my questions are not too dopey, lol, but would appreciate some advise.
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  • Profile picture of the author glucose
    how do you normally build your link?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim45
    I have found that trying to promote to many niches is doing yourself a disfavor. That has been my problem for a long time. You'd be better off monetizing one niche at a time to it fullest no matter how long it takes. If I would have done that five years ago when I started in IM, there's no doubt in my mind that I'd have one heck of an income compared to what I have today.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian.expert
    That is really the right idea! One has to definitely be at the top rankings, surely 1 to 3 for all the mind one has put up in the article writing. Getting good and high ranking backlinks would really serve your purpose. But I would suggest getting links from relevant category and that would really get you the conversions.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by Brian.expert View Post

      Getting good and high ranking backlinks would really serve your purpose. But I would suggest getting links from relevant category and that would really get you the conversions.
      I used to think that relevancy of the backlinks was everything! In actuality, the number of backlinks has far greater weight in affecting your SERPs than the relevancy of the backlinked sites.

      My mantra is "quality" for your articles and "quantity" for the backlinks.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by john7334 View Post


        Anyway, I was curious how many new articles you pump out a day per niche?
        Hi again, John!

        I try to spend as much time on backlinking as I do on new articles. I try to get out at least 5 articles a day all in different niches. I limit myself to 4 hours a day for new articles and then the rest of my time is spent on backlinking and other fun stuff!

        Since I have quite a glut of articles out there, the logistics can be crazy to try and backlink all of them so I only focus on the winning articles....Still, time is at a premium so I probably will end up outsourcing most of my backlinking. I'm just so stubborn to give up control but somethings got to give!
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
          Originally Posted by john7334 View Post

          I think article marketing sounds like a whole lot of grunt work to a lot of people, including myself at times, but it's starting to come together for me. I think it's just about building a system that works and then scaling it up with outsourcing and the like. I'm still learning how how to properly set up that system. And I can't outsource until I know how to properly perform a method that I want outsourced. At least that's I think at this point.

          One great performing article is worth more than a 100 articles that get a surge in traffic from EZA or whatever article directory and then fall off the face of the earth. So, writing article after article without keeping an eye on how they are performing seems like work just for the sake of doing work. That's what I've done for basically 4 months.

          Take any given niche and look at the top performing articles in EZA. Almost all of them have at least 100 back links. The best have over 1000 or more. If I want a chance at beating those articles, I better get backlinking.

          Thanks again, Mike
          You've expressed the kind of sentiment that most article marketers feel....That is, feeling like you're doing work just for the sake of doing work.

          Article marketing is not as immediate as PPC which is why so many people are so eager to jump to PPC. Still, I would bet that as you start to backlink to a lot of your old articles and start getting sales from old articles, you will truly see the fruits of your labors.

          I had an old article that I managed to bring back from the dead and just recently crack page one. I even managed to eek out a sale from it. That alone was all the encouragement that I needed to press on. If I can make a sale at position #10, just imagine what it would be like at the top!

          Keep the faith...we're in this together!
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        • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
          Originally Posted by john7334 View Post


          Take any given niche and look at the top performing articles in EZA. Almost all of them have at least 100 back links. The best have over 1000 or more. If I want a chance at beating those articles, I better get backlinking.

          Thanks again, Mike
          Hi John, how can you find out how many backlinks an article has?
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  • Profile picture of the author AnthonyWilson
    Hi Mike,

    You have just exposed a real secret here!

    Everyone (should) know about creating backlinks with articles and various web 2.0 sites but it has often been overlooked that you can compound your results with actually promoting your promtional articles!

    Also everyone take note of Mike's other comment that it is the keywords you initially select that you must focus upon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim45
    Another good way to get back links is to answer questions at yahoo answers. What I'd do is set up a blog on blogger.com and relate it to the niche I am in and then just answer questions. For instants, howtorepairplumbing.blogspot.com If a person is looking for "how to repair a leaky faucet" I'd answer that question and then put a link to my website explaining more in detail.

    I know this is elementary but I think its worth going over.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by Tim45 View Post

      Another good way to get back links is to answer questions at yahoo answers. What I'd do is set up a blog on blogger.com and relate it to the niche I am in and then just answer questions. For instants, howtorepairplumbing.blogspot.com If a person is looking for "how to repair a leaky faucet" I'd answer that question and then put a link to my website explaining more in detail.

      I know this is elementary but I think its worth going over.
      Yahoo Answers has its merits.....It is an excellent place to give your articles a good boost.

      Still, matching your answer to your link is so crucial. If there is even a slight variation between your answer and your link, you stand a good chance of getting flagged.....

      Overall, it is a great alternative to giving your articles an immediate boost!
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  • Profile picture of the author ayolov
    This looks like an interesting post, can anyone tell me if google will give more value to an old article when you update it, or will a rewrite (in a new page) one be a better idea?

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by ayolov View Post

      This looks like an interesting post, can anyone tell me if google will give more value to an old article when you update it, or will a rewrite (in a new page) one be a better idea?

      Thanks!
      Google trusts older pages more than newer pages. Therefore, stick with your old article. It has more value. Update it and (more importantly) add backlinks!
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      • Profile picture of the author vicone
        Another good way to get back links is to answer questions at yahoo answers. What I'd do is set up a blog on blogger.com and relate it to the niche I am in and then just answer questions. For instants, howtorepairplumbing.blogspot.com If a person is looking for "how to repair a leaky faucet" I'd answer that question and then put a link to my website explaining more in detail.
        Tim, this method - and variations of it - can also be an effective way to attract traffic from Yahoo Answers. What has been your experience of this as regards traffic flow?

        Traffic from Yahoo Answers would also seem to me to be prime targets for an opt-in page where a free report is being offered which explains in more detail the answer to their question.

        It could also help if you had a friend who asked the right questions!

        Ivan
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    Hi Midwest Mike, this post has been so fantastic. Thanks for the heads up on using anchor texts in our backlink as opposed to just the regular web url. Can you or anyone tell me what I am doing wrong with mine below as it is not showing as a link? Is this because i have not been in the forum making enough posts yet or is it the wrong code?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

      Hi Midwest Mike, this post has been so fantastic. Thanks for the heads up on using anchor texts in our backlink as opposed to just the regular web url. Can you or anyone tell me what I am doing wrong with mine below as it is not showing as a link? Is this because i have not been in the forum making enough posts yet or is it the wrong code?
      Go to "User CP" which is your user control panel.

      Next select "Edit Options"

      Then go the bottom to the section entitled "Miscellaneous Options." From there, select the WYSIWYG option.

      After you do that, you will have a more robust post editor to work with.

      To do a hyperlink, just highlight the words and then click on the hyperlink icon (globe with link picture). Now you can put in your web address.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Mike, sorry if this has already been covered and I missed it. Just wondering what you do to get your backlinks. I know you mentioned posting or commenting on dofollow blogs, but are there any other methods that you use for getting your backlinks? Do you write more articles and link them to the original article that you are working on or do you mainly stick to the blogs?
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    • Profile picture of the author Oland
      Originally Posted by Sheryl Polomka View Post

      Mike, sorry if this has already been covered and I missed it. Just wondering what you do to get your backlinks. I know you mentioned posting or commenting on dofollow blogs, but are there any other methods that you use for getting your backlinks? Do you write more articles and link them to the original article that you are working on or do you mainly stick to the blogs?
      Sheryl, earlier in this thread Mike recommended subscribing to Angelas backlinking package and I do too.

      You can find it in the WSO forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Thanks Oland, I have subscribed to Angela's backlinks, I have used them for my sites but didn't think to do it for articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Preben Frenning
    Have you tried SeNuk'ing the articles? I think that would DOMINATE the search engines completely
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    • Profile picture of the author feefondo
      How do you find do follow blogs?
      Shouldn't you backlink to your own site or sales page? I thought articles were made for the backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    Mike,

    When your article backlinks to a website you own do you find that it will get a higher ranking than the article itself after a certain period of time?

    Also if you write 4-5 articles a day what percentage of those will do backlinks for? I have gotten some with just 2 backlinks into page 1 so it doesn't necessarily have to be very time consuming but it still is a lot of tracking to know where you link from etc and locating new places to link from for multiple articles. How do you keep track of that?

    Debbie
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    Hey great and very timely post for me!

    If one were writing say 5 articles on the same topic would it be good to cross link the articles with each other as well?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

      Hey great and very timely post for me!

      If one were writing say 5 articles on the same topic would it be good to cross link the articles with each other as well?
      Thanks Rus!

      I've always found better results with just one link in my article going to my affiliate/squeeze page....I figure, give them less choices and they're more likely to click on your sales link!
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  • Profile picture of the author joan007
    Mike,

    Thank you for posting this information, however I have a question that I am confused about and maybe you can clear it up.

    When I click on an ezinearticle that is listed on the first page of google for a particular keyword and check for the number of links it is showing, it always lists more than a million plus, using an Seo Book Tool for Firefox.

    But I have noticed in some cases that websites (not authority sites) sometimes just 2 or 3 page sites that have 30 to 50,000 backlinks (paid backlinks) are outperforming better than the ezinearticle article. EzineArticle will be listed as number #2 and not number one even tho it has many more links. However, in other cases, sometimes the website with less links will be number #2 instead.

    My question is why would you be adding more backlinks to EzineArticle when it already has more than a million links associated with it because it is already an authority site. Any explanation on this subject would be appreciated. Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author einfohound
      Originally Posted by joan007 View Post

      Mike,

      Thank you for posting this information, however I have a question that I am confused about and maybe you can clear it up.

      When I click on an ezinearticle that is listed on the first page of google for a particular keyword and check for the number of links it is showing, it always lists more than a million plus, using an Seo Book Tool for Firefox.

      But I have noticed in some cases that websites (not authority sites) sometimes just 2 or 3 page sites that have 30 to 50,000 backlinks (paid backlinks) are outperforming better than the ezinearticle article. EzineArticle will be listed as number #2 and not number one even tho it has many more links. However, in other cases, sometimes the website with less links will be number #2 instead.

      My question is why would you be adding more backlinks to EzineArticle when it already has more than a million links associated with it because it is already an authority site. Any explanation on this subject would be appreciated. Thanks
      Joan,

      Pardon me if I am jumping in on your question to Mike.

      What you are seeing from what I think you are asking is "total site backlinks". EzineArticles (and many other huge websites) have so many pages that they have thousands (even millions) of backlinks. This means to ALL OF THE SITE. The number of links to that specific page (or article) will be much less. The point isn't to add links to EzineArticles. The point is to add links to your article (page) on the EzineArticles site.

      More than one page from the same site can rank well for any given search term. This happens often - you will notice it on the search results as an entry that is indented in the search results.

      Hope this helped.
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  • Profile picture of the author freemoney
    i agree with you. its really work for me!
    thanks for your info.
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  • Profile picture of the author oregoncountry
    thank you Mike, I am fairly new but I am trying what I believe sounds logical. I like your post and I ordered your ebook. I sort of consolidated your info with Jeffrey's(can't think of his lastname)and also Dianes. I feel I am finally going to be making some headway. Thank you so much for sharing your tried and true methods denise
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    I wouldn't backlink my articles personally. Lots of sites ask you to do this but why bother, it's more important to backlink to your own website or blog as that is where the real money is.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by Paid Surveys View Post

      I wouldn't backlink my articles personally. Lots of sites ask you to do this but why bother, it's more important to backlink to your own website or blog as that is where the real money is.
      Of course if you have an established website then by all means, backlink them instead!

      However, if you don't have an established website, my method will get you much better results.

      Think about it....you can piggyback onto established, HIGH PR article sites like EzineArticles. Now, when you backlink, your site will move up faster! In fact, WAY faster than if you had a brand new website.
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    Nice post! One thing I was guilty of early on was trying to do article marketing through quantity, rather than quality. When I started paying attention to quality, backlinks, etc. Things got easier.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by absolutelee View Post

      Nice post! One thing I was guilty of early on was trying to do article marketing through quantity, rather than quality. When I started paying attention to quality, backlinks, etc. Things got easier.
      Having quality articles in many cases makes it easier on the backlinking as well .....Many times you'll have other websites or blogs interested in your article when you offer quality information or even a fresh perspective on a regular topic. So, they will link to your article!

      Of course, they're not linking with anchor text but still having the inbound links definitely helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author willzoboy
    So many webmasters submit their articles to the article directories and just forget them. Talk about a waste of time. Far better to build up some links to them which may help them to stay indexed by the SE's for months or even years, which in turn is going to bring in a consistent flow of traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author diamondseeker
    Fantastic post

    This is going to help me a lot. Great information and something that no one has ever taught me before.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    Mike,

    Great post and free report. Is there a reason you use broad rather than phrase match when you count the searches per month? Also, if you don't see any web 2.0 on page 1 (ie squidoo, goarticles, ezinearticles etc) would you still do it if the intitle results are below 700? Finally, you didn't mention hubpages- do you find that a good web 2.0 propery to use?

    Debbie
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    • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
      This is a very good post.

      I have a few articles at the top of Google.

      Now I know how they got there, because Ezine Article featured them at one stage and it gave them some authority.

      I wish that someone knew the seret to having your article feeatured on Ezine you'd be on a winning steak every time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by Yogini View Post

      Mike,

      Great post and free report. Is there a reason you use broad rather than phrase match when you count the searches per month? Also, if you don't see any web 2.0 on page 1 (ie squidoo, goarticles, ezinearticles etc) would you still do it if the intitle results are below 700? Finally, you didn't mention hubpages- do you find that a good web 2.0 propery to use?

      Debbie
      Hi Debbie,

      Just to be different, I'll answer your questions from last to first (must be the summer heat!)

      I avoid HubPages like the plague. They shoot down a lot of my pages that have even one affiliate link. They have gotten stricter in terms of linking. My philosophy is that I can deal with similar PR Web 2.0 properties with less headache!

      If I don't see any Web 2.0 properties on Page 1, I look to see what's there currently. If you have aged, highly-backlinked PR 8 - 10 properties, it will be very hard to outrank them. If you have a "free for all", meaning various low to medium PR pages that can be "outbacklinked", then go for it.

      No particular reason why I use broad but basically it works for me. I could probably develop a criteria for phrase match but if it ain't broke, I'm not going to fix it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    This thread is just giving me the boost I needed to get my articles working for me. There is a lot of information for newbies like me to process but i am very keen to grasp it all. I currently have about 40 articles out there, some getting lots of interest, some not. I was submitting manually and therefore only to about 4 sites. I have now decided to get into it all much more seriously and have purchased automatic article submitter. I have registered with many article sites and am now ready to apply the most stand out techniques I have got from this thread (I'll need to go back a re-read the thread at some stage too as there is just so much I am sure i am missing).

    So just to make sure I have got it right:
    1. I am taking my most popular article already published with ezine articles and will be editing it to ensure it is keyword rich.
    2. Then I will resubmit to ezine articles with two links in the resource box, both to my site.
    3. Next I will auto submit the same article with the first paragraph spun to a load of other article sites, however these other articles will have an anchor text backlink to the original article published by ezine articles, plus a backlink to my actual site (as far as I know the artcile sites allow 2 links in the resource box)
    I know there was some discussion about searching the article directories to see which place was the best to submit the original article but I can't remember that just yet so will stick with ezine artcles for my original.

    So am I on the right track?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

      So just to make sure I have got it right:
      1. I am taking my most popular article already published with ezine articles and will be editing it to ensure it is keyword rich.
      2. Then I will resubmit to ezine articles with two links in the resource box, both to my site.
      3. Next I will auto submit the same article with the first paragraph spun to a load of other article sites, however these other articles will have an anchor text backlink to the original article published by ezine articles, plus a backlink to my actual site (as far as I know the artcile sites allow 2 links in the resource box)
      Hi Sarah,

      Getting your article across as many different directories as possible is good just as long as you realize that it should be secondary to your main goal which is to get your articles in the top 3 of Google.

      You do that by using long tail keywords and backlinking. Once you write the article (or edit your old articles to be keyword friendly), you work every day to add backlinks to your article to get it to rise in the Google rankings, until it reaches the top 3.

      Now, while you work on each published article to get into the top 3, you should also try and leverage your articles by getting them on as many article directories as possible. That's definitely a good thing!

      By the way, when you put your article on multiple sites, you don't have to backlink to your original article...It would confuse your reader. Just link to your affiliate product.

      So remember that cracking the top 3 in Google comes first.
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      • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
        Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

        Hi Sarah,

        Once you write the article (or edit your old articles to be keyword friendly), you work every day to add backlinks to your article to get it to rise in the Google rankings, until it reaches the top 3.

        Now, while you work on each published article to get into the top 3, you should also try and leverage your articles by getting them on as many article directories as possible. That's definitely a good thing!

        By the way, when you put your article on multiple sites, you don't have to backlink to your original article...It would confuse your reader. Just link to your affiliate product.

        So remember that cracking the top 3 in Google comes first.
        Mike, you are so helpful, but I'm a bit confused about the backlinking to the article thing.

        So all my articles should link to my site (this makes sense, the idea that backlinking one article to another confusing readers had already crossed my mind coz it confused me, lol).

        Then once I have got the article all juiced up with keywords I should use other methods of gaining backlinks to my articles, such as blog comments etc? Have i got the right idea now?
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    Also, what is your take Mike on choosing your particular keyword phrase you are trying to rank in? I have been told to use one that is less competative, even least competative. I have chosen "Successful Kids Parties" for my site which is now listed at #1 for that phrase in a google search. Does this mean i should now be trying to rank on one that is a little more competative?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

      Also, what is your take Mike on choosing your particular keyword phrase you are trying to rank in? I have been told to use one that is less competative, even least competative. I have chosen "Successful Kids Parties" for my site which is now listed at #1 for that phrase in a google search. Does this mean i should now be trying to rank on one that is a little more competative?
      Hi Sarah,

      Your site does rank high for "successful kids parties" but the problem is that it is not a phrase that others are using.

      My suggestion would be is to research which phrases that others are currently using in your niche and from there you can start to build your content.

      Let Google make it easy for you! Head over to:

      Google Keyword Tool

      Click on the "Website Content" button and enter your website address. Then, click on the "Get Keyword Ideas" button.

      Voila! Now you have keyword phrases related to your site that others are entering into Google every month. Start from there and you will be on your way. (My report covers the steps in more detail so you can refer to that if you're still stuck.)
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    Hi Mike, me again, I have gone to Google Keyword Tool as suggested but cannot see the link 'website content'?

    later that evening.......

    ahh, I think that feature is not showing because I have never actually set up a campaign before and apparently you nned to do that to activate the account. DOH!
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    wowsa, sorry to be taking over this thread....
    just set up an official adwords campaign and put it on pause in order to access the 'web content' tool as mentioned above, but when I went to the keyword tool, 'web content' was still missing. Hmmmmm, lots of head scratching going on.

    then I noticed in the list of tools that a 'new' tool is featured, the search based keyword tool, is this what your talking about mike? if so it was really really really useful so big thanks. I now know that the simple phrase 'kids parties' which I thought to be the most competative keyword is not as common or popular as 'Party Bags', and lo and behold I had just written an article on that very subject last week, booyeah! just thought i'd share
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  • Profile picture of the author Dana_W
    Fantastic info, OP!

    Observation: it is of course a good idea to pick a keyword phrase that is getting a decent amount of searches every month. Ranking well is extremely important, but if you rank well for a phrase that gets 3 searches a month that doesn't help you much.

    Question - how are y'all backlinking to your articles? Social bookmarking sites like Onlywire? I've had fantastic success writing articles linked to an adsense blog, but honestly, I've never used backlinking.

    As in, I've never backlinked to my articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    This is really interesting Michael and your report has some great info. A few questions;

    I personally have a lot of articles that are very highly ranked over millions of results in Google (and have been for months) for very competitive keywords and I rarely use backlinks, however I do write them to be keyword rich. So with no backlinks how would you explain that?

    In your report you use keyword phrases with 1300 results but thats only 43 searches a day. I tend to look for phrases with 30,000 results or more and then look at competition. What is the max amount of daily searches you go for? Do you feel 30,000 is to much?

    You also mention using Yahoo answers and looking for active topics. How many open questions is to few? I am now entering a very competitive niche and found only 44 active topics at Yahoo using your criteria.

    Also in your report you mention that if certain places like eZines already have an article in the top Google results to go to a different directory. Yet I read from an article marketing guru on these forums that you WANT to use sites that are already in the tops for your article marketing for that topic because Google gives value more to some sites than others on certain topics. And if a certain directory is valued for those keywords (and in the tops at Google) one should use the same directory for their own article to increase chances of getting to the top of pile. Your thoughts appreciated.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post


      I personally have a lot of articles that are very highly ranked over millions of results in Google (and have been for months) for very competitive keywords and I rarely use backlinks, however I do write them to be keyword rich. So with no backlinks how would you explain that?
      Luck? Perhaps! More likely that other sites have gotten a hold of your articles and have linked to them. Have you checked with Yahoo Site Explorer or other sites to see if others have started to link to your articles?

      Also, when you say highly ranked, how high are you talking? Page 1...Page 5....Page 10? Some sites are fortunate enough to hover among the top 10 pages of Google without having to do much work to them. Unless you are on page 1 though, being on page 2 or 3 is equivalent to page 100 or 200. The hits drops off significantly after page 1.




      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

      In your report you use keyword phrases with 1300 results but thats only 43 searches a day. I tend to look for phrases with 30,000 results or more and then look at competition. What is the max amount of daily searches you go for? Do you feel 30,000 is to much?
      My experience has been that 90% of all phrases that I use end up having a monthly search result of 1,000 to 6,000. Once you go beyond that, the competition goes way, way up.

      Sometimes if I'm lucky I can find some results near 10,000 worth pursuing but once you go beyond that it will be more hassle than it's worth, at least for my method.



      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

      You also mention using Yahoo answers and looking for active topics. How many open questions is to few? I am now entering a very competitive niche and found only 44 active topics at Yahoo using your criteria.
      If you had 10 or less I would avoid it altogether. 44 is a decent amount. I might look at what forums are devoted to this niche and how active they are. An active forum is one where posts are constantly coming in and threads are quite long (Warrior Forum is a good example!). If it is active enough, I will test out the niche.


      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

      Also in your report you mention that if certain places like eZines already have an article in the top Google results to go to a different directory. Yet I read from an article marketing guru on these forums that you WANT to use sites that are already in the tops for your article marketing for that topic because Google gives value more to some sites than others on certain topics. And if a certain directory is valued for those keywords (and in the tops at Google) one should use the same directory for their own article to increase chances of getting to the top of pile. Your thoughts appreciated.

      Quite a few gurus say to stick with the directories that already have a presence for that keyword phrase. They could be right. I am only writing from experience and my experience has always been that it has been extremely tough to rank an article from an article directory when two from that article directory are already showing up.

      Is it impossible? No. But I have had numerous cases where I could not crack the top 10 with an Ezine Article with a phrase that already has EzineArticles there....And yet, I will write almost the same exact article on GoArticles and it breaks through all the way to the top.

      The reason behind this is (which gurus of the opposite camp have preached ) that Google facors diversity in the search results. Maybe Google's perspective is that diverse domains in the search results mean a more rich experience for the end user.

      You could always test it out for yourself and see....But I figured that my experiences with it might save you the time! Still, it never hurts!
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    LilBlackdress has raised some excellent points there.

    It is clear now that in my early work as an article marketer I had advice from some people who seemed to know what they were talking about, but in fact only knew the absolute basics.

    Mike's approach makes so much more sense and since reading his e-book I have found a fantastic formula I that now mean I can approach the task of writing articles in a systematic way...I'm pretty excited about this.

    But like LilBlackDress I often wonder where the balance is between finding phrases that are frequently searched and therefore worth writing about and ones that are not so competative as to make the task of getting a rank in the top three nigh on impossible....at least I think that is what you are wondering LBD?

    One thing I know for sure is that a lot of people have a different approach that they claim works for them, which makes it hard for us newbies to know who's advice to follow. PerryMyk says EA is junk, others say its the key to google ranking. Some say submit articles to squillions of sites, other say stick with the ones that matter and so on.

    Anyway, I too am particularly interested in your thoughts Mike on LBD's query about choosing where to put your article............geez, this is all so fascinating, thankyou all for rekindling my article writing desire
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      • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
        Originally Posted by PerryMyk View Post

        What I said is that the articles in EA are junk for the most part - like the TV nightly news that distills down to 2 minutes of actual news and 28 minutes of junk.

        EA is a force to reckoned with and you MUST publish your article there; they seem to have the attention of Google and that's the only reason to publish there. Google likes certain cites and that's all that matters.

        I view EA as buffalo wings - not much to munch on but everyone seems to clamor for them.
        Thanks for clarifying that PerryMyk
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    I have page 1 results for a number of articles. In one case I have spots #1 and #2 for articles written using keywords that have tons of searches and literally millions of results. No backlinking or bookmarking on these. They went to the top almost right away and have stayed there for months. Also Google Pages 1-2 for tons of other keywords. I tend to look for keywords with around 30,000 searches per month so these are competitive and I rarely bookmark or link.

    In the past I have gotten keywords with less competition in Google on front page in position 3 or less and just did not get the traffic. A couple I also bookmarked and they stayed on first page but not in top 3. For me it seems to work better to target more competitive words and take a shot at them being very high up but if they land lower they still get traffic cus there are more searches. And it saves time because I don't have to write articles and direct them to the articles where hopefully they will then find my website. Instead they go directly to my article and hopefully my website or a website I am writing for.

    I like your idea of looking on Yahoo Answers for activity related to the content very much. I have used Yahoo Answers but not that way before. Using your method, it was really interesting to see the questions asked regarding the competitive niche I am going full blast into. It gave me ideas for a full line of articles to complement the site that I had never thought of! Thank you!

    BTW what is the best way to use the Yahoo Site Explorer? Can you explain a little on how that works?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post


      BTW what is the best way to use the Yahoo Site Explorer? Can you explain a little on how that works?
      Yahoo Site Explorer allows you to check out which websites are linking to your site.

      Just enter your website address at the top and click the "Explore URL" button.

      Then on the next screen, under the Results area, click on the Inlinks button AND make sure that after "Show Inlinks:" you select "Except from this domain"....Now, you will get the number as well as a breakdown of the outside sites linking to your site.
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    Thanks for the info, much appreciated!
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  • Profile picture of the author selcor
    I strongly disagree with "google likes diversity"... If you want to get something to rank high, go with whats already ranking high (don't reinvent the wheel, or don't waste time trying to outguess Google!)
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Michael I tried that with Yahoo Site Explorer and it does not make sense to me. For example one of my sites (lets call it Site Y) has a bunch of links from another one of my sites where I mention it only once. Yet each time I wrote an article on Site X, Site Y shows up. I have Site Y as a link in the sidebar on Site X just one time.

    On most of the articles I wrote that are high in google they are on a content site (not google) and lumped in with the thousands of other articles on the site. I am unable to see individual links to them..is that because it is a nofollow site?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

      Michael I tried that with Yahoo Site Explorer and it does not make sense to me. For example one of my sites (lets call it Site Y) has a bunch of links from another one of my sites where I mention it only once. Yet each time I wrote an article on Site X, Site Y shows up. I have Site Y as a link in the sidebar on Site X just one time.
      Whew! I haven't seen this many X's & Y's since Algebra! Try this video and see if it helps you:


      If you're still stuck, PM me and I'll se what I can do to help.

      Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

      On most of the articles I wrote that are high in google they are on a content site (not google) and lumped in with the thousands of other articles on the site. I am unable to see individual links to them..is that because it is a nofollow site?
      It's possible. You can either google the name of the content site with the word "nofollow" to see if others have discussed it being a nofollow site. Or, you can look at the actual site's source code and do a "Find" for the word "nofollow".
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Hi Michael,

    The video restates what you said on how to look up links...and I do understand that.

    However how valid are the link results when you consider my X and Y example. I post a link to site Y on site X. I put the link in the sidebar. Every article I write on Site X shows up as a link to site Y in the Yahoo Site Explorer results, even though I only have the link there once (in the sidebar) and it is the same site.

    I guess when Yahoo Site Explorer spiders the article it picks up the same link as it is on the side bar. So doesn't that mess up the actual link results a lot because the link really only appears on the site one time?
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    • Profile picture of the author feefondo
      Michael,
      I just read your free report and I gotta thank you for the to the point no fluff info you so eloquently mapped out. Great resource I will be going back to it on a regular basis. I have a couple Q's:

      In this method you are suggesting setting up my own domain and redirecting to my affiliate url. Will redirecting work? will I get the credit for a redirect or does the user need to physically click from my site? Will some affiliates frown on this practice?

      This method wont work if you have a shopping site with many products because of the terms ezine has in place. No linking to inner pages only index pages. So I cant do this mydomain.com/product1.html but I can do this product1.info.

      Will this method work for physical products?

      Thanks Again!
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by feefondo View Post

        In this method you are suggesting setting up my own domain and redirecting to my affiliate url. Will redirecting work? will I get the credit for a redirect or does the user need to physically click from my site? Will some affiliates frown on this practice?
        When you set up a .info domain to redirect to your affiliate link, it is automatic. The user clicks on the .info link in your resource box of the article and it goes right to your affiliate. Both the article sites and the affiliate sites are fine with this type of setup.

        Originally Posted by feefondo View Post

        This method wont work if you have a shopping site with many products because of the terms ezine has in place. No linking to inner pages only index pages. So I cant do this mydomain.com/product1.html but I can do this product1.info.

        Will this method work for physical products?
        I have never tried it out for a shopping site. If EzineArticles is in fact strict about these sites then your best best is to write articles focused on a specific product on your shopping site (or focused on problems that your product can solve) and then link to that specific product's page on your shopping site. I would try that and see.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I've posted 2 videos on another thread here at WF that gets into this, if anyone likes to watch it instead of read about it. The OP nailed it... don't just write articles and move on. First do proper keyword research. THEN write the article. THEN get some backlinks. ONLY THEN will you reap on-going traffic that is truly set and forget. It's a simple formula and it amazes me how many article marketers still don't do it all. If you do, you absolutely will build a traffic monster to your site from nothing but your article marketing efforts.

    Videos are in my signature.

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  • Profile picture of the author Shane Hale
    Awesome article! Very well explained!
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    • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
      I think thanks to this thread and Mikes fabulous e-book I have finally got the whole keyword research thing down pat, it definately is part art part science, and I really needed the science part, so thanks to everyone contributing on this post.

      Last night i put Mikes sytem into play and re-wrote an old article after some intensive keyword research (which i now have on a very scientific spreadsheet). I chose the 5 best key phrases and wrot the article using one of them. I submitted to GoArticles as that one had a big fat zero when searched for matching keyword articles. I am now waiting for it to index so I can begin backlinking.

      I am still confussed about what to do next as far as submitting to other sites....my original one is submitted to GoArticles....do I submit the article spun with each of the other four best keyphrases also to GoArticles, or do I spin the article once for 4 other article sites such as EA and Squidoo etc?

      And when does using the auto submitter to mass sites come into play?

      And seriously Mike, your e-book is so informative and clearly written I recommend it to anyone who really wants to get into this traffic generating method.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
        Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

        Last night i put Mikes sytem into play and re-wrote an old article after some intensive keyword research (which i now have on a very scientific spreadsheet). I chose the 5 best key phrases and wrot the article using one of them. I submitted to GoArticles as that one had a big fat zero when searched for matching keyword articles. I am now waiting for it to index so I can begin backlinking.
        You don't need to wait for it to index. You can backlink as soon as your article is up and running!

        Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

        I am still confussed about what to do next as far as submitting to other sites....my original one is submitted to GoArticles....do I submit the article spun with each of the other four best keyphrases also to GoArticles, or do I spin the article once for 4 other article sites such as EA and Squidoo etc?
        Write 5 different GoArticles using the 5 different keyphrases. Backlink to them every day. Watch how they rank and keep backlinking until you get into the top 3.

        For each of the 5 articles, you can spin and submit them to as many article directories as you want. There's no set number.

        Sarah, for today, focus on just getting your 5 GoArticles out there. I'll send you an e-mail later today about how to spin them properly.

        Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

        And when does using the auto submitter to mass sites come into play?
        That's completely optional!
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        • Profile picture of the author housefinder
          Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

          You don't need to wait for it to index. You can backlink as soon as your article is up and running!



          Write 5 different GoArticles using the 5 different keyphrases. Backlink to them every day. Watch how they rank and keep backlinking until you get into the top 3.

          For each of the 5 articles, you can spin and submit them to as many article directories as you want. There's no set number.

          Sarah, for today, focus on just getting your 5 GoArticles out there. I'll send you an e-mail later today about how to spin them properly.



          That's completely optional!
          Interesting advice. Michael, why in your opinion is goarticles the one to focus on first when writing 5 keyword rich articles as opposed to submitting them to ezine articles first?
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  • Profile picture of the author vs8598
    Thanks for the report. Excellent!
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    Hi Housefinder,

    I chose GoArticles over EZ based on my own research into which site would give me the best ranking opportunities based on the formula Mike uses. Normally I would have submitted to EA without even thinking twice, but since downloading Mikes e-book I know know there is more of a science to choosing where to submit first.
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    Well, I think my brain is bleeding, lol. I'm hooked on this process, it is so satisfying to be doing more than just putting your heart into an article and sending out into space hoping it might come back and thank you one day.

    As per Mikes formula I have now completed my 5 articles using the 5 different keywords and submitted them to the appropriate directories...now working on backlinks and have joined Angela Edwards program as many of you have recommended.

    Mikes email just arrived re getting mileage out of articles, thanks Mike and it brings to mind the recurring question of auto submitters. In order to ensure EVERY article has a unique intro surely it means we must manually submit? I havn't actually used an auto submitter yet, and when/if I do I hadn't planned on letting it auto spin something with my name on it, so I figured I would auto submit the 10 of one version to 10 sites,then 10 of another version to 10 different sites and so on. (You must have read my mind Mike) If I did this I would indeed have 10 carbon copies of each article on 10 different sites.

    So, I know you have said auto submitting is a personal choice, but my personal choice is to follow Mikes system, so to auto submit or not auto submit, that is the question.

    Also, and this may seem like a silly question, but just how do you track you placement with google? Do you type in your keywords then laboriously look for your article?
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  • Thanks Michael for this golden post about Article Marketing.
    It's really impressive and I will work on your advices.

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  • Profile picture of the author ken_p
    really helpful. lately i am focusing, on finding good keywords, but i never thought of the density in my article. i've always thought, once I have that good keyword, im set to go.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dima Kritchevski
      That's a really interesting perspective on targeting high PR properities that ARENT currently ranked on the first page...

      very counter-intuitive but makes a lot of sense!

      Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Tim45
      Originally Posted by ken_p View Post

      really helpful. lately i am focusing, on finding good keywords, but i never thought of the density in my article. i've always thought, once I have that good keyword, im set to go.
      I write my articles so that the keyword phrase is inserted every one hundred words or so. If I write an article that is 500 words long, the keyword phrase is inserted 5 times.
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    • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
      Originally Posted by ken_p View Post

      really helpful. lately i am focusing, on finding good keywords, but i never thought of the density in my article. i've always thought, once I have that good keyword, im set to go.
      Seeing as Mike is being loved to death by us and is probably about to collapse I thought I'd share his recomendation and that is: use your keyword/phrase in your title, then in the first 100 characters of the body and no more than three times in the entire article as this would be like keyword stuffing or spamming.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim45
    Hey Mike, If we submit our articles to a bunch of directories, isn't that considered duplicate content and eventually we will get penalized?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by jpaduchak View Post

      Are you only posting your original articles to either Goarticles or EZA directories or are there others?
      95% of the time, I post my articles to one of three places:

      EzineArticles
      GoArticles
      Squidoo
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    This quote from another thread about duplicate v's original:

    "The thing is you should do both, You should write some decent quality articles purely for traffic generation and submit those to say 10-20 directories, this isnt necessarily for backlinks but for traffic etc and then you should write some quicker articles and not worry too much about the flow of the article purely for backlinks these articles should be spun and submitted to 50-100 articles directories".

    This sounds like good advice, what is your take Mike?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

      This quote from another thread about duplicate v's original:

      "The thing is you should do both, You should write some decent quality articles purely for traffic generation and submit those to say 10-20 directories, this isnt necessarily for backlinks but for traffic etc and then you should write some quicker articles and not worry too much about the flow of the article purely for backlinks these articles should be spun and submitted to 50-100 articles directories".

      This sounds like good advice, what is your take Mike?
      Hello again, Sarah!

      For my method, I take my article and submit it to ONE directory...The one that I feel that has very little competition within that directory for my keyword phrase (which I talk about in my first post of this thread). As you know, I then do whatever backlinking I can to get it into Google's top 3.

      So for this example I have just one article on one directory. Now, just so that I can get more views and ultimately clicks into my affiliate/squeeze page link, I will then take the original content of the article and spin it slightly and distribute it into various article directories. However, I only target 15-20 additional ones because I find that the drop off in views is significant after you get past certain directories.

      I'm a big fan of putting articles on other directories as long as:
      1)You can outsource our automate submissions
      2)You still stay focused on the primary method which is get your original article in the top 3 and backlink.

      It's a much simpler version than what is suggested by the person you quoted....It works great for me and it will for you too!
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      • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
        Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

        So for this example I have just one article on one directory. Now, just so that I can get more views and ultimately clicks into my affiliate/squeeze page link, I will then take the original content of the article and spin it slightly and distribute it into various article directories. However, I only target 15-20 additional ones because I find that the drop off in views is significant after you get past certain directories.
        Ok, I think I have it, if I am on the right track with what I am doing so far I could understand this as "I have '1 article for each of my 5 keywords' and I take each of those 5 original articles, spin slightly...and bake in the oven at 200 for 20 minutes....lol, it really is like following a recipe isn't it. Seriously, spin each of the 5 and submit each of the 5 to 15-20 other articles sites! (which I am assuming are those article sites with higher page rank)

        Have I got it now?
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
          Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

          Ok, I think I have it, if I am on the right track with what I am doing so far I could understand this as "I have '1 article for each of my 5 keywords' and I take each of those 5 original articles, spin slightly...and bake in the oven at 200 for 20 minutes....lol, it really is like following a recipe isn't it. Seriously, spin each of the 5 and submit each of the 5 to 15-20 other articles sites! (which I am assuming are those article sites with higher page rank)

          Have I got it now?
          You got it, Sarah! In terms of which article sites...Choose the highest PRs from the link below, except ehow or helium

          Article Directories by Alexa Ranking
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    When placing backlinks, should we be linking to all 5 articles (which for those who haven't got Mikes e-book yet, are the same article using different keywords)?

    Backlinking is an arduous task even when using Angela's package, and some sites allow for many baclinks, but what is best practice here?

    What I have done thus far is place 2 backlinks on each site as I would in an article, 1 to the page my article is about and one to the original article itself, but I'm a little confused as to which of my articles I should consider the original and thus the primary one I should be backlinking to as they are all original, just using synonyms and different keywords, but still original.....therefore when backlinking should I backlink to all 5 in one place?

    Hope I'm making sense?
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

      What I have done thus far is place 2 backlinks on each site as I would in an article, 1 to the page my article is about and one to the original article itself, but I'm a little confused as to which of my articles I should consider the original and thus the primary one I should be backlinking to as they are all original, just using synonyms and different keywords, but still original.....therefore when backlinking should I backlink to all 5 in one place?

      Hope I'm making sense?
      Hi Sarah,

      Ideally, you want to backlink to all 5 articles in one place. Keep in mind that for all 5 links you want them each to consist your 5 keyword phrases.

      However, many times when you backlink from user profiles you will be limited to 2-3 backlinks. Plus, for some backlinks you are not using profiles but actualy blog posts or comments. In those cases, I wouldn't go beyond 2 backlinks.

      So it's a good idea to have 2-3 accounts/profiles setup for each site that you are placing your backlinks.

      Sound good?
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      • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
        Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

        Hi Sarah,

        Ideally, you want to backlink to all 5 articles in one place. Keep in mind that for all 5 links you want them each to consist your 5 keyword phrases.

        However, many times when you backlink from user profiles you will be limited to 2-3 backlinks. Plus, for some backlinks you are not using profiles but actualy blog posts or comments. In those cases, I wouldn't go beyond 2 backlinks.

        So it's a good idea to have 2-3 accounts/profiles setup for each site that you are placing your backlinks.

        Sound good?
        Sounds great! I have been doing the right thing then, well as of today. I have always been careful with links on comments, but with angela's help I am placing links for all five articles in the appropriate sites that allow it.

        It has taken me hours and hours just to go through the first 30 sites from Angela, but now that I have set up some accounts with these places there are quite a few that I am willing, even happy to go back to as they have relevence to me. It's slow going though.

        Now back to the multiple submissions, I will now be spinning and submitting to other sites...Think I will manually submit to the good ones then use the auto submit option for another 50 and see where I go from there. I'm eager to get onto another article but I can see form the amount of time it takes to research keywords and back link that I could only deal with one article at a time.
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
          Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

          It has taken me hours and hours just to go through the first 30 sites from Angela, but now that I have set up some accounts with these places there are quite a few that I am willing, even happy to go back to as they have relevence to me. It's slow going though.
          Hi Sarah,

          Keep in mind that there are at least 3 different backlinking services being offered on the Warrior Forum right now. They all have gotten great feedback from members.

          Backlinking is time consuming so I would get in the habit of tracking exactly how long it takes you to backlink. Once you get the hang of it and start earning some money, I would take some of your earnings and invest it in these services so that you can free yourself up of your time.

          Another option is to have family members help you out. I have a nephew who is on summer break and he's been helping me get backlinks as well. Like all his other teen friends, he's an Internet whiz, so he gets things done a lot quicker than I could and it costs me a lot less!

          Anyways, keep your options open!
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          • Profile picture of the author feefondo
            I submitted articles to ezine and go 2 days ago. No index yet not listed in G or Y. Is there a particular time they review the articles? Maybe Mike's system created an avalanche of articles so now they're swamped.
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            • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
              Originally Posted by feefondo View Post

              I submitted articles to ezine and go 2 days ago. No index yet not listed in G or Y. Is there a particular time they review the articles?
              EzineArticles sometimes takes a while to approve article submissions. As for GoArticles, I would double check and make sure that you submitted everything properly because it should be in their listings fairly soon after you submit.
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              • Profile picture of the author feefondo
                Well in go articles they have the url of the article setup and I can visit the page with my article on it but when I put the exact url into G or Y they say it doesn't exist. I guess it takes time for the spiders to crawl them?

                Also ezine still has my article in the review state as specified in my control panel. I guess they are pushing for people to join their premium membership.

                BTW I'm doing backlinking a little bit different from you. I get the sites that are ahead of me in the serps and I check their backlinks and see if I can get those also. Your way is probably better but that's what I fell into.

                Cheers
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            • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
              Originally Posted by feefondo View Post

              I submitted articles to ezine and go 2 days ago. No index yet not listed in G or Y. Is there a particular time they review the articles? Maybe Mike's system created an avalanche of articles so now they're swamped.
              Hi Feefondo,

              From my 6 month experience of regularly submitting to EZA they can take anywhere from 24 hours to a week to approve your submission, but on average I have had approval in 48 hours.

              goarticles publishes right away, and if you've been following the thread you'll know I just submitted 5 articles to them, each one took about 48 hours to index. So perhaps they are swamped.

              Mikes system is great as it really focuses on quality over quantity, if you really take pride in your site then its a great program for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    one more thing, and sorry if I'm taking over the thread, being in Oz I'm busily working on this task which has suddenly given me so much purpose, while you all are sleeping.....

    So, about the 5 articles again. I submitted all 5 articles to GoArticles 2 days ago, and one, which is actually the true original is getting loads of requests, 10 times the requests of the others, SO, fortunately that is also the one I have been backlinking which was a fluke as at the time I was doing the backlinking I didn't knowwhich article to backlink to so just choose the first version........hang on......maybe thats why its getting the requests...DOH! *head slap*

    Just trying to follow this formula systematically...somebody please stop me if I'm getting it wrong
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  • Profile picture of the author jefferyjansen
    Thanks for that information I can put it to good use!!!

    Thanks a million!
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  • Profile picture of the author MavisAA
    Hi Micheal, Thanks for the info. I have a question - what do you mean by backlinking and how do you go about doing that once your article is on Google page 1 - 1st three results via ezinearticles?
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    • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
      Originally Posted by MavisAA View Post

      Hi Micheal, Thanks for the info. I have a question - what do you mean by backlinking and how do you go about doing that once your article is on Google page 1 - 1st three results via ezinearticles?
      Hi MavisAA,

      Backlinking is the strategic placing around the web of keyword rich anchor text links that lead spiders, crawlies bots etc and of course traffic, back to your article (and/or site), thus in the long run improving your page ranking with the search engines.

      If your article is getting to the top of page one without that then you are a lucky girl,
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  • Profile picture of the author simmonsmike7
    Gosh this is going to help me so much with my article marketing efforts.

    Pr..in..ti..ng!!
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    You're the man Mike!

    So what don't you like about eHow and Helium? I haven't used either of them before. I do have an account with buzzle which is #4 on the site but also have never used it as they seem to be pretty clear that they want absolute original content, how do you get around that?

    Squidoo isn't there, but I am guessing that must be due to it's lens approach rather than article as such.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

      So what don't you like about eHow and Helium? I haven't used either of them before. I do have an account with buzzle which is #4 on the site but also have never used it as they seem to be pretty clear that they want absolute original content, how do you get around that?
      eHow and Helium want original content and you cannot market affiliate links in your article.

      Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

      Squidoo isn't there, but I am guessing that must be due to it's lens approach rather than article as such.
      Despite their lens approach, I've always considered it to be just like the other article sites. It's tops on my list!
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      • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
        I see, how do you go with buzzle then or have you never used that on either? I also noticed articlecube want unique also. I created a slightly spun version of it's own to submit to that one, so will be interesting to see if it is approved. Not sure whether to do the same for buzzle.

        i think squidoo is excellent, more interesting on the eye than many article sites and more bloggish which is also appealing.

        What I am doing now is putting my article on my blog first. Then when some article sites allow for an extra link or two I'm backlinking to my blog, then the blog is backlinking to my site, and to my original first article submission....

        think I'm getting the hang of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JAIDEEP2959
    Great ideas, I did not know that backlinking is such important.
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  • Profile picture of the author darrin_cooper
    It's all great in theory, but there is routine to this madness & a "beat" to it.
    Because, you can't just take 2 months to accomplish these tasks; there is something that has to be done on either a daily or weekly basis.

    What's actually being done on that daily or weekly basis? How much is too little? How much is too much?

    What methods have you automated? What tools do you use? How much time does it take you?


    Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

    I am going to share with you how I article market....That is, write your article once and truly get traffic month after month from the same article.......

    When I first started article marketing, I thought it was so cool how my articles ended up on Google. Yes, the traffic would come in at first but inevitably it would die down....All except for a few articles. A few of them kept yielding traffic every month.

    Here's what these winning articles all had in common:

    1) They had proper keyword density (no surprise)

    2) They were informative and were user friendly (no surprise)

    3) They all were among the top 3 results on Google's page one - Aha!

    You see, so many of us start to hoot and holler when our article shows up on Google. Yet, statistics have shown that most clicks only occur among the top 3 results on Google. Think about it....Most of the time when you search on Google, which results do you tend to click on first?

    In short, it's not enough to just write an article and rest on your laurels when you are in the ninth or even the fifth spot on page 1. You have to get it within the top 3.

    Here's what you have to do to improve your odds of being among Google's top 3.

    1) Research the competition on the Page One results. It does you no good to pursue a keyword phrase any further if places like Microsoft, Ebay, or Amazon (High-Authority, Established sites) are dominating Google's page 1 with that phrase. You can often tell just by looking at the domain names what you're up against but to be sure, use a Page Rank checker to see what you're competition is like.

    Now, if I notice that the top spots on Google are nothing but Web 2.0 properties (Squidoo, Ezine Articles, GoArticles, blogs, etc.) then I will proceed to write up my article using proper keyword density for that keyword phrase. I make sure that it is informative and flows well. AND, I use a property that is not currently among the top 10.

    That is, if I see Ezinearticles and Squidoo but no GoArticles, I might write up an article on GoArticles. The point is that Google leans towards diverse domains. Therefore, use whatever domain that has a high enough Google PageRank but not currently in the top 10 for that keyword phrase. Some of my favorites are:

    Squidoo
    WordPress
    GoArticles
    EzineArticles
    BlogSome
    WetPaint
    Vox

    2) Keep backlinking until you are consistently in the top three. Why do so many people publish an article and not even watch it's progress in the SERP's? It's crazy! You should put as much (if not more) effort into maintaining your article's ranking in the SERP's as you put into writing your own articles.

    Until your article cracks the top 3, you have to get enough backlinks so that your article will crack the top 3. There are many great backlinking resources on here to help you get started.

    Even when you make the top 3, your article will still do the "Google Dance" and fall out. I keep adding backlinks until the dancing is almost nonexistent. Backlinking is time consuming, but it is the crucial piece of the puzzle.

    Your goal is twofold: 1) Publish articles 2) Get them within the top 3 on Google. That's it!

    Only when you have an arsenal of articles that end up within the top 3 on page one can you honestly say that your article marketing is passively bringing in traffic every month. Until then, you will be spinning your wheels, writing article after article and end up on here saying "Article Marketing Doesn't Work!"....It does work but it is up to you to make it work!
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by darrin_cooper View Post

      It's all great in theory, but there is routine to this madness & a "beat" to it.
      Because, you can't just take 2 months to accomplish these tasks; there is something that has to be done on either a daily or weekly basis.

      What's actually being done on that daily or weekly basis? How much is too little? How much is too much?

      What methods have you automated? What tools do you use? How much time does it take you?
      Ok...let me breakdown what I do daily and the average time involved so you can get a better idea. My daily goal is to get 5 articles out there with this method.

      1) Keyword Research - Research good long-tail keyword phrases for my articles (30 minutes)

      2) Article Submission - Write up 5 articles based on 5 long-tail keyword phrase. Also, proofread articles and make sure it is optimized for Google indexing (2 1/2 hours)

      3) Submit Backlinks - Submit backlinks for current and past articles on various "dofollow" sites. Also, check rankings of past articles to determine backlinks for tomorrow (3 hours).

      Total average time spent on this method daily - 6 hours.

      Right now, I do most of these activities myself. Currently, my nephew has been helping me out with the backlinking....But up until recently, it was all done by myself.

      Obviously, you can slice your time significantly by outsourcing some or all of these 3 steps.

      Every article will index differently so there's no magic formula. All I do is write the articles and backlink them - that's it. Some articles will rank in the top 3 in a matter of days, and others will take a few weeks. But if you do this long enough for a large amount of articles, the results really start to snowball.

      You don't have to do 5 articles, but that's what works for me. Go at your own comfortable pace.

      I hope this helps you out!
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      • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
        Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

        1) Keyword Research - Research good long-tail keyword phrases for my articles (30 minutes)

        2) Article Submission - Write up 5 articles based on 5 long-tail keyword phrase. Also, proofread articles and make sure it is optimized for Google indexing (2 1/2 hours)

        3) Submit Backlinks - Submit backlinks for current and past articles on various "dofollow" sites. Also, check rankings of past articles to determine backlinks for tomorrow (3 hours).

        Total average time spent on this method daily - 6 hours.
        Thanks for giving us a good schedule to aim for. It sounds like a really doable day Mike. The first question that comes to mind for me though is regarding the backlinking. If you submit the 5 articles, then do the backlinking for those articles and articles you have done before, at what point do you stop backlinking particular articles? I mean obviously the more articles you are getting out there the longer your list of anchor text backlinks get, so at what point do you say, ok, I've focussed on backlinking that article now I'm focussing on the next?

        I have found that writing the 5 articles is easy enough, but then spinning each of those various articles manually and submitting takes way more than 2.5 hours for me. I have chosen not to use my auto-submitter at this point as I really want to be in control of what I am submitting, and of course, as I get more experienced, even my manual effort will speed up a great deal I am sure.

        At the moment my process is about 1 hour for keyword research, and with time I am sure I'll get that process down to half hour like you.

        2 - 3 hours writing 5 articles and doing a few spin versions of each

        3 - 4 hours manually submitting got me into about 15 directories...granted though I had to set up accounts for many of them.

        I'm guessing about 5-6 hours backlinking to around 30 sites, mainly only backlinking two anchor texts per site so as not to risk spamming...once again, had to set up lots of accounts in this process. I'm assuming you alternate between anchor texts each time you backlink in order to overcome the spamming risk?

        From this experience I think I could focus 1 day on the article itself, and then another day on backlinking. So my goal is to get it down pat and be able to do both in around 6-8 hours like you. At that rate I'd be able to get two articles out a week which sound like a good place to start for me anyway.
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
          Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

          Thanks for giving us a good schedule to aim for. It sounds like a really doable day Mike. The first question that comes to mind for me though is regarding the backlinking. If you submit the 5 articles, then do the backlinking for those articles and articles you have done before, at what point do you stop backlinking particular articles? I mean obviously the more articles you are getting out there the longer your list of anchor text backlinks get, so at what point do you say, ok, I've focussed on backlinking that article now I'm focussing on the next?

          You stop backlinking particular articles once your articles is in the top 3 of Google and stays there consistently every day.

          Keep in mind also that as you have more articles out there, the logistics of backlinking goes up so it's okay to either outsource a good chunk of it OR keep the backlinking minimal for each article....Even if you did one new backlink per article per day, it would do wonders over time!

          Keep this in mind...A huge majority of article writers never backlink to their articles...at all. So you will have a huge advantage over them!

          Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

          I have found that writing the 5 articles is easy enough, but then spinning each of those various articles manually and submitting takes way more than 2.5 hours for me. I have chosen not to use my auto-submitter at this point as I really want to be in control of what I am submitting, and of course, as I get more experienced, even my manual effort will speed up a great deal I am sure.

          At the moment my process is about 1 hour for keyword research, and with time I am sure I'll get that process down to half hour like you.

          2 - 3 hours writing 5 articles and doing a few spin versions of each

          3 - 4 hours manually submitting got me into about 15 directories...granted though I had to set up accounts for many of them.

          I'm guessing about 5-6 hours backlinking to around 30 sites, mainly only backlinking two anchor texts per site so as not to risk spamming...once again, had to set up lots of accounts in this process. I'm assuming you alternate between anchor texts each time you backlink in order to overcome the spamming risk?
          First of all, the more you do this, the more efficient you will get! Honestly, you will be amazed how much you slice your times in a matter of a week or two.

          Second, I always keep the anchor text the same. I have never run any spamming risk by having multiples of the same anchor text all linking to the same article.

          Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

          From this experience I think I could focus 1 day on the article itself, and then another day on backlinking. So my goal is to get it down pat and be able to do both in around 6-8 hours like you. At that rate I'd be able to get two articles out a week which sound like a good place to start for me anyway.
          Just take it slow. I did that at first and I am amazed how far I've some since then!
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  • Profile picture of the author nevillealston
    Well the number three option to get results with this really threw me for a loop!

    Since I 've started article marketing, I've noticed that yes, it does indeed help you to be in the actual top three search pages of google , for that particular search term...

    So yes, I totally agree, and now since i'm pretty much dominating my niche, I've managed to find just the right key words and also long tail keywords that helps to get me launched at over 75% of the search results!

    And trust me that this has REALLY helped with my profit margin!

    But seriously though, great post!

    I can see where your coming from with all that information..

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author vicone
      I have chosen not to use my auto-submitter at this point as I really want to be in control of what I am submitting, and of course, as I get more experienced, even my manual effort will speed up a great deal I am sure.
      A simple way to speed up manual submission to Article Directories (other directories, too) is to prepare a list of, say, 20-30 links to those preferred directories and place that on your website as an html file. This means that the links are clickable.

      As you go to each directory, make sure your browser is set to remember the password and UserID so that you can quickly log in on arrival.

      Then just copy and paste your article form the text file you've already saved on your computer. This file will already have an article summary, resource box, keywords, and title prepared for copy and paste insertion.

      When the submission is finished for each directory, just return to the list of Directory Links and click on the next one.

      Ivan
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  • Profile picture of the author Good News Now
    Thank you for this post. Well-Done in sharing some insights …very helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author opportunity_kno
    I am new to this as well, can someone tell me how to do back linking etc in the first place? or do people just hire someone to do this? As well, too much backlinking can cause a person to be banned on some article websites, I have heard, what does anyone have to say about this?
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    • Profile picture of the author vicone
      I am new to this as well, can someone tell me how to do back linking etc in the first place? or do people just hire someone to do this? As well, too much backlinking can cause a person to be banned on some article websites, I have heard, what does anyone have to say about this?
      Have a look at some of the offers concerning backlinks being made in the Special Offers section of this forum. They'll also advise you on how to do backlinking safely.

      Ivan
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      • Michael, I've got a question.

        On 9 June I did 30 backlinks using Angela's latest packet for 5 of my articles on goarticles, using 4 of my own keyword phrases and the one she used as an example in her free WSO. The keyword phrase was "panic heart attack symptoms" in her free WSO.

        I've just used site explorer to see how many backlinks the #1 result in Google has for "panic heart attack symptoms" and it's only 19 links! The #1 result is a Goarticles article and I knew that when I wrote my own article with 1% keyword density and backlinked it.

        I didn't read your report then otherwise I would have chosen another article directory other than Goarticles.

        So, considering I did 30 backlinks, do you think I can beat out this #1 article with the backlinking I've already done?

        So far I'm not even in the top 30.
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        • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
          Is anyone out there using isnare.com? It has a PR of 4. However, unless you are a paid member you can only include a single link to your web page. However, paid members get their articles "submitted to thousands" of directories, basically outsourcing, and have a dedicated bio page attached to all articles in which they can load it with links. Of course they have loads of testimonials, but has anyone here got any experience with them?

          Also, Goarticles are now monetising articles with product links throughout our articles. I'm not happy about this as it detracts from our own links so have decided not to backlink to the articles I have submitted to them...annoying considering everything i have done this week has been backlinking to go-articles, grrr.
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          • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
            Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

            Is anyone out there using isnare.com? It has a PR of 4. However, unless you are a paid member you can only include a single link to your web page. However, paid members get their articles "submitted to thousands" of directories, basically outsourcing, and have a dedicated bio page attached to all articles in which they can load it with links. Of course they have loads of testimonials, but has anyone here got any experience with them?
            In terms of distributing your articles, I hear it's pretty decent. I wouldn't use it though for my method, based on the PR.

            Originally Posted by sagasu44 View Post

            Also, Goarticles are now monetising articles with product links throughout our articles. I'm not happy about this as it detracts from our own links so have decided not to backlink to the articles I have submitted to them...annoying considering everything i have done this week has been backlinking to go-articles, grrr.
            I am still seeing good results with GoArticles. There has been a slight decrease in traffic since these product links have been popping up but not enough to stop me from using them.

            The product links will be ending in early July since it is an experiment being temporarily conducted (which has really backfired on them!). So if you want to deal with them after this experiment is over, just wait a couple more weeks. Still, you might want to try some of the other options that I mention in my first post in this thread.
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            • Profile picture of the author traceye
              Michael, great ebook - had some real gold nuggets of information in there.

              I'm a fairly proficient article marketer but I found some things that you do that I'm going to try to see if I can boost my articles.

              I too don't like the hit and miss strategy of writing articles and just hoping one will stick, so your method is absolutely hands down a much better way to go.

              Thanks again
              Tracey
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            • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
              Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post


              The product links will be ending in early July since it is an experiment being temporarily conducted (which has really backfired on them!). So if you want to deal with them after this experiment is over, just wait a couple more weeks. Still, you might want to try some of the other options that I mention in my first post in this thread.
              okay Mike, thats good to know.

              In another thread someone put forward a good strategy to overcome the risk of your keywords being pinched by the adverts and linking to other sites; hyperlink them first as there are no restrictions on placing links in the actual body with goarticles and thus you still ensure maximising your own keywords.

              If I use Goarticles for my original article again (which I'm sure I will) this would be something to keep in mind even if they don't continue with the advertising.
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
          Originally Posted by JenniferChristine View Post

          On 9 June I did 30 backlinks using Angela's latest packet for 5 of my articles on goarticles, using 4 of my own keyword phrases and the one she used as an example in her free WSO. The keyword phrase was "panic heart attack symptoms" in her free WSO.

          I've just used site explorer to see how many backlinks the #1 result in Google has for "panic heart attack symptoms" and it's only 19 links! The #1 result is a Goarticles article and I knew that when I wrote my own article with 1% keyword density and backlinked it.

          I didn't read your report then otherwise I would have chosen another article directory other than Goarticles.

          So, considering I did 30 backlinks, do you think I can beat out this #1 article with the backlinking I've already done?

          So far I'm not even in the top 30.
          Hi Jennifer,

          It's okay to write a GoArticles article even if there is one there already. I wouldn't pursue it much though if there's more than one GoArticles article among the top 10 on Google for that keyword phrase.

          Still, I think you could get into top three considering that the #1 has only 19 backlinks. For now, I would keep adding backlinks from high PR sites.

          Where did it rank as of today?
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    Question....what is article rebranding?

    As I am setting up new article directory accounts I am noticing some saying this is not allowed. Is this referring to spun versions of articles and thus this site requires 100% original content?
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    Originally Posted by John McEachern View Post

    Hey Mike, what automated tools do you use, if any? Social Bot? RSS Bot? Micro Niche Finder? Any of those?
    Hi John,

    As of now I don't use any automated tools. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've been outsourcing a lot of the backlinking to my nephew.

    I don't have Micro Niche Finder but I have seen it in action and it is a wonderful tool. I'm so used to Google's Keyword Tool and my Page Rank checker, that it does a good enough job for me!

    I don't touch any of the social bookmarking tools....

    In terms of RSS, I only ping my Squidoo RSS feeds occasionally, but I'm starting to find that even doing that is no longer necessary.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by John McEachern View Post

      Oh, do you build any review sites for the products you promote, like that Conduit Method stuff?
      Hi John,

      I currently don't....All of my articles are truly articles.

      I have heard some good things about the Conduit Method on the War Room.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I know it's been said here and elsewhere, but it bears repeating...

    PICK GOOD KEYWORDS!

    For article marketing, the most important skill is often the least developed, and that is learning how to properly evaluate niche keywords. You need to keep a simple formula in mind: As high a # of monthly searches as possible + as low a # of competing pages as possible = traffic.

    If you just write articles - even good ones - without a keyword frame of reference, you're whistling in the wind. You'll get a bit of traffic from the freshness bump and being highlighted on the homepage of the article directory (sometimes), but then you'll hear crickets chirping. Taking the time to build a list of keywords first and then drilling down that list and writing at least one article around each keyword = giving yourself a very good chance of opening the search engine traffic floodgates.

    It makes all the difference, seriously. In a niche I'm involved in, I have an article at EZA that is the #1 most viewed in its category for the past 90 days. Because I first found a keyword that gets a good number of monthly searches (8,000) and has hardly any competition, it only took me 5 backlinks to reach the Top 10 at Google. The article has been viewed about 2000 times in the past 8 weeks or so. The #2 most viewed in that category doesn't even have 1000 views.

    That's the power of finding good keywords. Do that and you absolutely will nail some high rankings and lots of that good free TARGETED traffic! Sometimes you don't even need backlinks.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author sagasu44
    I just checked mine and it isn't in the top 500, lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author havefunandlive
    This eBook is magnificent.

    Reading through it, I have new confidence in my campaign.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to help people like me!
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    • Profile picture of the author mkayius
      Yeah....many thanks to Michael. This is truly a very informative ebook. Noobs like me need people like you.
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      • Profile picture of the author modikai
        A question for mike:

        In your ebook(great ebook by the way), you did not mention about the keywords competition in quotes. Is it not important? Is the alintitle with quotes for the keyword is enough o determine the competition level?

        What if I have a keyword with less than 700 allintitle under quotes but have competing pages of about 15,000 under quotes? Can I still get rank for top 3?

        Thanks
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
          [quote=modikai;903326]A question for mike:

          In your ebook(great ebook by the way), you did not mention about the keywords competition in quotes. Is it not important? Is the alintitle with quotes for the keyword is enough o determine the competition level?/quote]

          Thanks for the kind words....I don't even bother looking at keyword competition in quotes. The allintitle with quotes has always been a more accurate barometer for me.

          Originally Posted by modikai View Post

          What if I have a keyword with less than 700 allintitle under quotes but have competing pages of about 15,000 under quotes? Can I still get rank for top 3?
          Absolutely! I have done that many, many times!
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