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How To Submit Articles: 5 Common Beginner Mistakes And How To Avoid Them
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There are so many times when I wish that I could get in a time machine with a client and go back to when they first started submitting articles so that those pesky, common mistakes could be dealt with on the front end.

Are you a beginner who is just learning how to submit articles?

Fabulous–this post will save you loads of time and help you see results sooner.

Or have you been submitting articles for a while but just haven’t been educated as to what to do and what not to do?

Don’t worry about the past–just start from where you are right now. Today is a brand new day!

Now, here are the 5 most common beginner mistakes and how to avoid them…

1 – Not doing keyword research.

So, you’re just starting to learn the basics about article marketing, and you’re wondering, “Can’t the keywords thing wait? It sounds complicated.”

The answer is that it’s really best if you learn at least a little bit about keywords from the beginning. It’s also not that terribly complicated once you’ve given it a chance to sink in.

Here is an introductory series on using keywords in your articles and doing keyword research:

Keyword Basics for Online Article Submissions

At the very least, you can use your keywords in your HTML resource box, which is pretty straightforward to do.

2 – A thrown together resource box.

You work hard to write your articles, and it is so tempting after the article is finally finished to overlook the importance of a well-crafted resource box in the rush to submit your article.

It is helpful to remember that the article is where you give, but your resource box is where you can take. You can’t talk about your website in the article, but you can talk about and link to your website in the resource box.

The article needs to be helpful and well-written, but don’t forget to also see to the part of the article submission that directly benefits your website–the resource box.

Here are some basic instructions for how to write a resource box.

3 – Not submitting enough articles.

In case you were wondering, here are some general guidelines for how many articles you should submit in order to make an impact:

If you’re using an automatic article submitter, such as, 8 articles per month per website is sufficient. Automatically submitting dramatically more than that is overkill and can work against you.

If you are manually submitting articles, you will need to submit significantly more articles–more than most humans can keep up over time.

Why the difference? An automatic article submitter submits your articles to tons more publishers. The more publishers you submit to, the fewer articles you need to submit.

Submitting one or two articles a month is probably not going to bring about the results that you desire.

Also, consistency is also crucial–you’ll want to submit about 8 articles each and every month using an automatic article submitter.

4 – Submitting too many articles.

I also see the opposite end of the spectrum, when a person is thinking, “If submitting 8 articles is good, then 50 must be better!”

That may be alright if you’re just submitting to one directory, but I doubt it would create the desired results if using a submission service and distributing widely.

At, we allow unlimited submissions, but we recommend submitting 8 articles per month per website for several reasons:

  • For one thing, a sudden upsurge in links could hurt your SEO, and would be damaging to long-term traffic trends; whereas a long-term article submission campaign which gradually increases links on a more consistent basis over time is likely to be more positive.
  • Also, it creates unnecessary work for you. One of the many perks of submitting articles automatically is that it makes your work easier. You spend less time submitting and you also can spend less time writing.

All you need to submit is 8 articles per month per website.

5 – Expecting immediate results.

It’s like when you first start a workout program, you want to see your body change overnight.Who hasn’t felt that way?

We can all relate to being impatient for results in every area of our lives, and article marketing is no exception.

Here are some truths to remember:

  • Article marketing is very user friendly and effective, but it is a long term marketing tool. Keep that in mind as you’re getting started.
  • It’s great if your article happens to be published in a major ezine and you have lots of visitors popping over to your site for a few days, but that type of traffic is short lived. The goal with article marketing is a higher search engine ranking for your website in relation to the keyword terms associated with your site. That is where the dramatic long term improvements to your website traffic can happen.

I think that’s where we’ll leave off for today–I can think of several more beginner mistakes that are so common that pretty much everyone makes them. We’ll cover those next time…

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8 Responses to “How To Submit Articles: 5 Common Beginner Mistakes And How To Avoid Them”

  1. Thanks for the information! Great content!

  2. Hello from Montana,

    Thanks for this great information. Even though I have been a writer for many years, I forget some of the basics.

    This was a great reminder of what each article must contain.

    Judy Helm Wright

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  5. Dee K. Brown says:

    After reading this article the mistakes you mention are so true. Not understanding the patience required for article marketing will cause frustration and move you to look at article marketing as wasting your time. The points made in the article reiterates that this process is a journey an not a quick fix. Also it would be good to a have service to submit your articles if your budget allows it.

    Dee K. Brown

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  7. will brennan says:

    “a sudden upsurge in links could hurt your SEO” worries me about any auto submission service. That’s why I tend to use ‘semi-auto’ services (with manual steps) even though I have time to submit to far fewer directories. With article directories, I believe the 80-20 rule applies and I think the top 10 sites provide a great deal of juice.

  8. Steve Shaw says:

    @will brennan: That’s exactly why we have ArticleTrickle™, so articles are submitted naturally over a number of days (up to three months). Also note that article directories are a bit of a ‘half way house’ between you as the author of the article, and the eventual publisher like a niche website or ezine publisher, and are really only part of the story. We also bypass this ‘half way house, submitting direct to hundreds of publisher email addresses as well as direct to niche websites.

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