I did a "happy dance" around the kitchen this morning when I saw my view numbers. That meant that people were reading the web articles I had posted!
Article marketing to promote a business website can make the numbers grow right in front of your eyes. Writing articles for other websites with links back to your site will drive traffic where you want it to go-home to you! Just count up the article views and the clicks back to your site.
In writing the articles, search engine optimization is an important step. This means including at least six SEO words per search to help drive traffic. If you are writing about Costa Rica farmland to promote your website, you should have "Costa Rica farmland" and your web address in the article at minimum five or six times. This will help rank your article at the top of Google or Yahoo searches when someone looks for Costa Rica farmland. And the clicks continue.
The more you write, the more your words are linked all over the web and you are considered as an expert in your field. This creates publicity for you and your websites, which leads to more article recognition, which leads to more traffic back to your site. And the threads get stronger and longer as you stick with it.
When I launched my two websites together – my personal freelance site and my health site CoconutWaterPureHealth.com – I learned about article marketing. Since I cut my writing teeth on articles (newspaper, magazine, online for years), I figured that I was the "Article Queen" and this would be where I should focus my efforts.
But when I looked at the magnitude of my plan, I did not feel like dancing. I was paralleled with my hands hovering over my keyboard. Where do I start?
I made the plan too big. I wanted to submit hundreds of articles to 20 different websites because I like to do things fast, fast, fast. I made myself crazy with too many ideas, signing up on too many article websites. I thought about spending 75 hours churning out top quality articles that would send massive links to my sites.
OK, slowww down. (Always a daunting challenge.)
- Choose ONE site to start.
- Decide on one or two topics to focus on.
- Write one article every two or three days.
I decided to post articles to EzineArticles.com and write about healthy coconut water and promotional writing skills. These would create links back to both of my sites. That was my plan. You know what they say about the best-laid plans …
The coconut water articles took off! Should I go with that path only or force out links to the other? I had to gauge my heart-meter, and went with doing more for the health side of my sites.
EzineArticles.com keeps article-view numbers for you. In my first 20 days, I had:
- 8 articles
- 438 article views
- 20 author profile views
- 33 clicks through to my