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How To Submit Articles: Getting Started
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Recently a beginner contacted me with some great questions about how to submit articles. Since we have so many beginners, I thought that it was worth it to share my reply.

This beginner asks:

What should I write? Having written an article, where should I put it? On my blog? Do I submit it to article directories, if yes which ones? If you submit to directories does this mean that the article has to be re-written every time because of duplicate content? What do you do with your articles Steve?

These are all excellent questions, and I’m happy to go through them with you…

1- What should you write?

The topic of your articles is determined by the topic of your website. Whatever the topic of your website, that is the sort of thing that you should write articles about. Ideally, your website would have a very focused topic.

I’ve looked at your website, and it sounds like you intend your website to be devoted to doing reviews and posts about “what’s hot at the moment”.

Now, that’s a great start, but it would be really helpful for your marketing efforts if you would narrow your topic even further. For example, narrow your topic to what’s hot in social media, what’s hot in internet marketing, what’s the latest thing in the world of cell phones, or some very specific topic that you have an interest in.

The topic of your website really should be something that is interesting to you, that you enjoy to write about, because you’re going to be writing on this topic for a long time.

Once you have your topic, you can write reviews (you had mentioned on your website that you wanted to write reviews), and you might also write articles that teach your readers how to do something. Let’s say your niche is “What’s hot in the realm of laptop computers”. You could do computer reviews, but also some “how to” articles like “How to Find the Best Laptop for Your Needs”.

2 – Once you write an article, where should you put it?

Great question–you have a choice between submitting articles manually (that would be you going to a directory and putting the article on there yourself), or you can submit articles automatically using a service like SubmitYOURArticle.com.

If submitting manually, you have to be very selective because you only have so much time and energy. Some of the biggies are EzineArticles.com, GoArticles.com, and IdeaMarketers.com. There are tons of great article directories, but those 3 can get you started.

When you submit articles automatically, you submit the article one time to SubmitYOURArticle.com, and then we distribute it for you to our very large network of publishers. We submit to blog publishers, website owners, ezine editors, article directories, as well as sending the appropriate articles to some publishers via email.

From my own experience, I’ve found that submitting automatically is the best use of a person’s time and effort.

3 – Should you put the article on your blog?

No, don’t put the same article that you submit as a free reprint article on your blog.

You can sort of tag-team your writing for your blog and your articles, but there’s a special way to do that. First, write a blog post and publish it on your blog. Then re-write the blog post and submit it as an article. That way the content on your own site stays unique, which is beneficial for search engine optimization.

4 – If you submit to article directories, does this mean that the article needs to be re-written every time because of duplicate content?

Good question. If you’re submitting manually, would recommend re-writing the article so that each of the directories that you submit to can have a new version of the article.

On SubmitYOURArticle.com, we have an easier way of creating article variations–it’s a special tool called ArticleLeverage that helps you create high quality variations of your article, so that each publisher we submit to can potentially receive a unique version of the article.

5 – What do I do with my own articles?

First I publish a post on my blog (the posts on this blog are not free reprint articles–they’re written to be published on this blog alone), then I re-write the blog post and submit it as a free reprint article.

I have a little system going that I do every month–write the blog post first, then re-write the blog post as a free reprint article, then submit the article via SubmitYOURArticle.com.

Here’s a resource you might find helpful. This is a beginner’s guide to submitting articles.

And here’s a resource about how to turn use a blog as part of your article marketing campaign.

Any other questions, just let me know.


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8 Responses to “How To Submit Articles: Getting Started”

  1. Rick says:

    Very informative…Thanks Steve.

  2. This is great. Got all the gist therein….Thanks Steve

  3. The thing is, you DON’T need to spin the original article. Just wait for the blog to get indexed, then go ahead and reprint it wherever you want to.

  4. Steve Shaw says:

    @SEO Article Marketing Blog – Ron: Hi Ron,

    I disagree – even if the content on your blog is indexed first by Google, you have no control over whether Google continue to see your site as the originator of that content. For example, if the same content is published by EzineArticles.com or any other site, Google could decide that this other site is instead the originator.

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