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ATTENTION Beginners: I Need Your Questions!
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When you’re a beginner, you often think of yourself as being the one who is always asking others for help. This time the tables are turned– I need to pick your brain!

It’s been a while since I’ve been a beginner, but I have a heart for teaching newcomers to this field the art of article marketing. In order to teach beginners though, I need to know what you need. That’s why I’m asking for your help:

Please ask me your questions about writing articles or article marketing in general.

Is there anything that is holding you up? Is there anything that is standing in your way and making you delay giving article marketing a shot? Is there anything you’re confused about? Don’t hold back–tell me everything…

I will gladly answer your questions, and you may just see your question turned into a post on this blog.


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11 Responses to “ATTENTION Beginners: I Need Your Questions!”

  1. Sheila Hall says:

    Steve, I have several questions:

    1. I’ve read reports on article marketing and am now confused. I’ve read that acceptable word counts range from 250-500; 300-500; and 300-800. At what word count should an article be divided into a Part 1 and Part 2 series?

    2. Can I use a verbatim reading of the articles I submit to directories on my website as well (when I set it up)? Or, do I have to reword them? I can’t plagiarize myself … or can I?

    3. Is it ethical to promise “5 Tips…” but only give 4 in my article … as a way to ensure that readers of article directories click over to my website?

    4. I’ve read that those who practice article marketing should create an eZine of their articles. If this makes sense to you, how would that work? Is that preferred over a Newsletter that would be sent to subscribers each month?

    Answers to these questions would be most helpful and useful. Many thanks. Shalom!

  2. Steve Shaw says:

    @Sheila Hall: Hi Sheila,

    Great questions, here are my answers:

    1. The lowest word count that we (and most quality publishers) will allow is 400 words, so you can go that low, but I tend to go higher for my own articles.

    For my own articles I aim for 600-800 words, as that length is desirable with most publishers, and it gives you enough space to provide useful information.

    2. It’s not about plagiarism–you could technically republish your articles on your website and there would not be anything legally wrong with it, but I do advise that you not put your free reprint articles on your own site for SEO reasons.

    You see, you want to keep the content on your own site unique. When you put an article out there as a free reprint article, it is no longer a unique piece of content because it’s being republished on other websites (which is what you want).

    For your own site though, keep the content unique. If you want your content to do double duty, I would publish it on your own site first, then totally re-write it, and only then would you submit it as a free reprint article.

    3. The article has to deliver on what the title promises. So if you promise 5 tips in the title, then the article must provide 5 tips. If you were to submit an article that had that discrepancy, it would be declined by a lot of quality publishers.

    4. I’m not sure about creating an ezine (or how that would be different from a newsletter–I’m thinking that an ezine and an e-newsletter are the same).

    What I can tell you is that you can use your articles for other marketing purposes.

    You can create an e-book from your articles, with a little tweaking. And then you can use the e-book as a free giveaway for people who sign up to your list.

    You can also include your articles in a newsletter, if you have one.

    I hope that helps!

  3. Mo Yusuff says:

    Hi Steve,

    I’ve been Using Article X since April and some of my keywords go in and out of the top 100.

    One keyword went up as high as 33 and now its been out out of the top 100 for about 6 weeks.

    What should I be doing to improve this?

    Best wishes

    Mo

  4. Steve Shaw says:

    @Mo Yusuff: Hi Mo,

    I’d advise looking at the internal SEO on the site in question to ensure that supports the same keywords you’re trying to rank for using ArticleX, i.e. the site itself has to indicate to Google it is genuinely ‘about’ those keywords.

    I’d also look at supplementing the article marketing link building with other link building strategies, such as press releases, video submissions and so on, so the article marketing forms a part of a broader link building strategy. Sometimes it can just take time though and you may well find the site jumps back up in the rankings again after a few weeks.

    Hope that helps!

  5. Slaven says:

    Hi,

    I have couple of websites I recently built, and I am looking to start with your services.

    My first question relates to number of recommended articles to be submitted. You recommend 8 articles per month.
    1.) Now, to what pages of your website should these articles link to?
    should it be all to homepage or homepage + deep-linking to a other page?
    If you have 20 page website, how can you cover this with 8 articles/month?
    Or, is it 8 articles to submit per page.
    I did manual article posting in the past – to homepage + deep-linking to another page. And did this for every page on the website.

    My second question is regarding your article spinner – article leverage.
    1.) if I understood correctly from your newsletter there is also an advanced article leverage feature – is this included in your gold subscription too?

    My next question is related to article subjects:
    if one is covering i.e. Aitkins diet, some articles may contain info on recipes, some on books and resources, some on general info about Aitkins, some on list of foods to be used, etc.
    When submitting through your service, how could you classify this? I.e, Aitkins recipes articles can be classified under
    Food & Drink
    Health & Fitness
    Home & Family

    As it touches on each of these subjects.
    Or exercising plan with relevant eating plan?

    And lastly, once articles have been submitted, does not get a report of accepted articles with links for each? I would find this rather important.

    Thanks for great and informative emails.
    Your soon-to-be-new-member

  6. Steve Shaw says:

    @Slaven: Hi Slaven,

    Thanks so much for your questions. Let me go through them one by one:

    1.)

    Now, to what pages of your website should these articles link to?

    It should be an assortment of pages–sometimes the home page and sometimes to other pages on your site that are related to the topic of the article.

    For example, when I write an article, it is always based off of a post on this blog. When I’m inserting my links for the article, I will often link back to the original blog post as well as to one of the other pages on my website (my home page, or our article directory, etc).

    Remember, you have two links per article, so you can link to two different pages. It is good to do deep linking and don’t make all of your links go to just one page.

    2 -

    If you have 20 page website, how can you cover this with 8 articles/month? Or, is it 8 articles to submit per page.

    First off, it’s 8 articles a month per website, rather than per page. The goal is not to link to every single page on your site each month, but to link to a variety of pages. On my sites, I have tons of pages and there is no way that I’ll link to all of them in one month. I just link to a variety of pages.

    3 -

    My second question is regarding your article spinner – article leverage. If I understood correctly from your newsletter there is also an advanced article leverage feature – is this included in your gold subscription too?

    We have two versions of ArticleLeverage–one is the standard version which is available on the Silver Level and the Gold Level. In the standard version, you can make variations for titles, sentences or paragraphs, introductory paragraphs, resource boxes, etc. You do this without using spinner syntax–you just type in the variations you’d like to create.

    Advanced ArticleLeverage is available on the Gold Level only, and that is the one where you can create variations using spinner syntax.

    4 -

    My next question is related to article subjects:
    if one is covering i.e. Aitkins diet, some articles may contain info on recipes, some on books and resources, some on general info about Aitkins, some on list of foods to be used, etc.
    When submitting through your service, how could you classify this? I.e, Aitkins recipes articles can be classified under
    Food & Drink
    Health & Fitness
    Home & Family

    We are pretty flexible on the categories that you choose, as a long as the category you select is someone related to your topic we leave that up to your preference. For Aitkins articles, I would go with Health & Fitness, as that seems to be more closely associated with the topic.

    5 -

    And lastly, once articles have been submitted, does not get a report of accepted articles with links for each?

    We’ll soon be providing members with full reports listing exactly which sites each article has been submitted to, including links where possible where the actual article is published.

  7. Hi Steve,

    I have yet to understand, after writing articles for to submit for marketing can I post copies of these on my website? Or do I have to wait for another site to publish them and then add the link to my site? Will I know when/who publishes the articles?

    Thanks for your help, Tara

  8. Steve Shaw says:

    @Tara McClintick: Hi Tara,

    I recommend that you *not* post copies of your articles on your own website, and this is for SEO reasons. It is to your advantage to keep the content on your own site unique.

    If you want to make your articles do double duty with the content on your website, then publish the content on your website first, then totally re-write the content before submitting it as a free reprint article.

    It may seem like a pain, but it’s worth it. And it’s a lot easier to re-write content than to make it up from scratch, so you are saving time.

    You had asked if you will know when/who publishes your article–at SubmitYourArticle.com, we’ll soon be providing members with full reports listing exactly which sites each article has been submitted to, including links where possible where the actual article is published.

    In the meantime though…

    In our own article directory, you can see how many have viewed an article (on our site) etc. via the stats we provide. Member authors are also provided with their own RSS feed for articles, which they can always use a service say like FeedBurner to track and promote if they so wish.

    If you’d like to see where your article is being published, you might also do a Google search for your article title (putting quotations around it). That should give you an idea of what sites have picked up your article for publication. Please note, however, that even after an article reaches the distribution network, that some directories take 2-3 days to approve and publish the article to their site. So, you might want to give it a few days, and know that as time passes, the likelihood that your article will be picked up by more and more sites increases.

  9. Thanks so much! This is very helpful information for me, I appreciate!
    @Steve Shaw:

  10. Another couple questions – are tags and key words two different things? If so, am I responsible for figuring out the best of these to use with each article I write?

    Also, embedded links, you mentioned you can use two per article – is that correct?

    Thanks again!

  11. Steve Shaw says:

    @Tara McClintick:

    Hi Tara,

    About your question–”are tags and keywords the same thing?”

    Short answer … yes. Longer answer … tags are often used with blogs, where a number of blog posts might have the same ‘tag’ indicating they are about something in common, and clicking the ‘tag’ can show you all posts that share it, but essentially the ‘tag’ is a keyword they both share.

    And for your second question–if you are on the Gold Level membership at SubmitYourArticle.com, you may have up to 2 anchor text links in the article body.

    If you’re on Silver Level, then you can use anchor text links (or just the written out URL) in the resource boxes.

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