SEO SOS #14 - Article Publishing

Posted by Peter Heinicke on Tue, Aug 07, 2012 @ 09:35 AM

One of the most viral forms of Internet marketing relates to the creation and publication of articles related to your business. There are several websites that offer articles for use on your website for free and these are the sites where you will publish your article for free use by others.  Free?  Well, the price of admission to your article is the resource box at the bottom of the article that has links back to your website and gives you credit for writing the article.

Let's look at the rules of article publishing for creating and generating web traffic to your website.

Article Title

You want to use a title that generates interest as well as utilizes your main keyword.  Time spent on coming up with a good title is time well spent.  You are competing with a lot of other articles, so you want to stand out from jump.  It is not always possible to come up with a title that is both interesting and contains your keywords.  When you publish your article, you will be identifying the category.  Therefore, it is sometimes more important to write a
catchy title that does not contain your keywords than to incorporate your keywords in a dull title.  As an example, I wrote an article about meditation called "The Mind is Like a Frisky Monkey," that has spread virally very well across the Internet.Even though it does not contain the keyword, meditation, it has
done very well and is published on over 550 unique websites.  Each time the article appears it contains the resource box that leads back to my meditation websites.

Article Length

Ideally, your article will be from 400 to 800 words in length.  It will be keyword rich, of course, but be sure not to extend the length beyond 800 to 900 words.  If the article is getting longer, break it into multiple parts and publish as part 1, part 2 and so on.

Who Writes the Article?

Not everyone is comfortable with writing.  If you have difficulty writing your own articles, the time involved may be too lengthy to make authoring your own articles practical.  Consider a ghostwriter if this is the case.  There are many outlets for ghostwriters including www.elance.com to www.rentacoder.com.  You may want to engage these ghostwriters to write several articles for you that will become your property.  You can then take these articles and break them into multiple articles or blog postings.  A blog posting can be as small as 200 words and still be very effective.

Precautions About Unique Content

There are several places where you can post your article:  on your website, to several article directories, and to your blog. However, for every different location that you publish your article, you will want to change the article by at least 25%.  This is not difficult to do; simply rearrange sentences, paragraphs and
headings.  When you publish to an article directory, such as www.ezine.com, if your article becomes popular, it will be replicated over and over across the Internet.  However, this is not a problem with duplicate content since you are not doing the re-publishing.  Where duplicate content becomes a problem is when the content is duplicated throughout your web of influence.  Your blog and your website are related to each other with the same links, names, and keyword content. So the rule of modifying your content by 25% relates to whatever and wherever you publish.  The article that you post at the article
directory should also be different from the article published on your website because you are leading people back to your website via your web link.  You do not want the search engines to make this discovery of duplicate content on your website with articles that are published outside of your website.  All other locations outside of your web world can be duplicates, just be sure not to publish an exact duplicate of an article on your website that you post to a directory.

How Often Should You Publish?

It is a good idea to set up a regular interval of publications, perhaps once every week or two if possible.  However, if you do not have the time to do this, don't succumb to the temptation to spend one day publishing 10 articles to article websites.  A barrage of article publishing is not as well received as one article every 10 days.  Besides, the process of publishing an article can take a considerable amount of time without publishing software.

How Do You Publish Articles?

One of the best tools available for publishing articles is a software program called Article Announcer . AA allows the writer to publish to multiple article directories and keeps track of what, when and where your articles have been published.  It also allows you to prepare your articles and have someone else do the publishing with the free version, Article Announcer Lite. Otherwise, without this tool, you will have to sign up for various article sites, format your article according to their specs and slog through the process slowly.  If you only want to publish to one or two sites, this is not difficult.  However, you probably
want to publish to several article directories and Article Announcer works very well.

Formatting Your Articles

The article directory may or may not allow HTML formatting and may only allow simple text formatting with line length not to exceed 65 characters.  You will want to format your article as a text article with 65-character lines for basic publishing.  If the directory you are posting your article to does allow HMTL formatting, you should not use this option unless you are familiar with some basic HTML formatting codes.  Plain text will work just fine if HTML is a
problem for you.  Make the article accessible by not going overboard; that is, avoid bullets, italics, bold, etc.  Remember you are trying to get your article picked up by directories and other websites looking for web content on your subject -- make it easy for them to do this.  In addition, it will be easier for you
to publish your article and avoid non-text formatting codes if you write your article in WordPad or TextEdit or some other simple text format program.  If you use Word, you will have to strip out all the special codes that Word uses to make your document look pretty to make it simple, vanilla text-formatted.

This lesson is a basic introduction to article publishing and if you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us for more information.  There is a tremendous value to publishing articles; however, to do it right takes a little effort.  But the payoff is great traffic generation.  One of my articles was picked
up by a major article syndicator and that one day alone when it was published as a feature article increased my web traffic by 30 times!  It does work with a little work.

Copyright (c) 2012 TAO Consultants, Inc. All rights reserved.
Reprinted by permission.
Chesa Keane has been designing and developing web sites with an eye toward search engine optimization and traffic generation since 1995.  TAO Consultants offers online web and SEO courses to help you make the most of your web business and investment at the
www.computergoddess.com website.

Your homework this week is to look around your business and find articles that would be of interest to those looking for your products and services.  If you want to get an idea of how these articles should look, do a Google search on Article Directory and look for articles related to your business.
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