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How To Submit Articles: A Simple Guide
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How to submit articles...This post is for people who are completely new to Article Marketing.

This guide about how to submit articles is for people who are completely new to article marketing.

All the information you need to know to get started will be broken down into basic steps over the next few posts.

I’m keeping things as simple as possible here. Under the topic of  “how to submit articles” in this first part we’re covering:

  • How does article marketing work?
  • What can you expect as you’re getting started?
  • What is the correct way to do article marketing?

Let’s get started…

How To Submit Articles: How Does Article Marketing Work?

You’ve probably heard that article marketing is a great way to “build traffic to a website”, but what in the world does that mean?

Let’s think about it in pictures:

Imagine that your website is a brick and mortar business. Before you start article marketing, this is what your website is like:

A new website is like a lonely business out in the middle of nowhere.

As you can imagine, if your brick and mortar business were as isolated as the one in this photo, you wouldn’t be in business for long.

With a brick and mortar business, you need to find a way to get customers to your door so that you can make sales.

When we speak of “increasing traffic”, we mean that more potential customers are stopping by your “store” (your website).

The photo below illustrates the goal of article marketing:

Would you like your website to have this level of activity?

The goal of article marketing is to bring readers to your website who might actually be interested in becoming customers of your business.

How To Submit Articles: What Can You Expect?

Most beginners make the mistake of expecting immediate results when they first start submitting articles.

They submit one or two articles, then say, “Now I should be able to tell if this is working.”

And when they don’t see a huge transformation in their website statistics, they conclude, “This isn’t working.”

This is the wrong approach–when you are marketing your website, you need to take a long term view of things.

I’m trying to keep the information in this post as simple as possible, so I won’t go into the technicalities of why it takes as long as it takes to make a dramatic influence on your website traffic. I will tell you, however, that it usually takes several months of consistently submitting articles before you see tangible results.

For a brand new website, it can take 5-6 months of article marketing before a significant change takes place in website traffic.

For a website that is more established, it can take 3-4 months of consistently submitting articles before seeing the initial results.

Why do so many people do article marketing when the results aren’t immediate?

The answer is very simple:

Because article marketing works reliably when you do it correctly.

As marketing tools go, article marketing is extremely cost effective and user friendly, and if you do it correctly the results are predictably good.

How To Submit Articles: What is the correct way to do article marketing?

=> Write articles on the general topic of your website. If you are using an automatic article submission service such as, you only need to submit 8 articles a month. If you’re submitting manually, you’ll need to submit more articles–we’ll discuss that more thoroughly in an upcoming post.

=> Along with each article, submit a well-crafted resource box that includes a clickable link to your website. I’ll explain what a resource box is and how to make one in an upcoming post.

=> Submit articles consistently, month in and month out.

=> As you get used to writing and submitting articles, you can incorporate more advanced techniques, such as doing keyword research and using an HTML resource box (we’ll cover those topics in a future post).

How To Submit Articles: How do I get started?

By now you’re ready for the practical application–what are the first steps you need to do in order to do article marketing?

I’ll spell them out for you step by step in the next post.

For now though–do you have any questions so far about what article marketing is and why people do it?

Photo credits:

submit_button by amy[treespacestudio]

Lonely house by Andy Hares

Christmas shoppers in the bullring by markhillary

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8 Responses to “How To Submit Articles: A Simple Guide”

  1. Lawrie Lowe says:

    Lawrie Lowe here, please note the new Email address I am going to phase the Yahoo adress down.
    My site,,is being built at the moment and should be up and running in a couple of days.
    Just warning you, Steve I’m about to flood you with articles to post
    talk later, cheers, Lowey.

  2. Bill Covert says:

    Thanks for your advice on how to market articles. I have just started submitting articles around goals and goal setting. My system is very different from anything on the market. Accelerator for Success using the Dream Bar Cafe Principles is a Results by Design system.

    As I create “Lessons” for my subscribers I am also going to submit them as articles. Hopefully this will create great buzz.

  3. Uche Nwaobi says:

    Thank you for this. I really want to say that many article writers have been asking for reasons why their articles don’t yield expected results. Going through your post simply reveals a better way to write and submit articles. Great job.

  4. I have had my website for several years but always neglected links. This is why I subscribed to your article submission service. I was ready for the long haul and not expecting results for several months. However, my results started a few days after submitting my first articles and my website sales increased dramatically. I’m not quite sure why my results were so quick but I’m not complaining.

  5. Steve Shaw says:

    Hi Nigel,

    That’s wonderful to hear. Yes, sometimes there are dramatic results right at the beginning. That’s not the norm, but it does happen. I’m glad it happened with you :)

  6. Ramachandran V says:

    Iam slightly confused. Is it necessary to have one’s own web site for aticle marketing?

  7. Steve Shaw says:

    Hi Ramachandran,

    Thank you for your question–the main reason why people do article marketing is to market a website and draw in more viewers. You may submit articles via article marketing for other reasons, but without a website you will not be getting the full benefits of what article marketing has to offer.

    I hope that helps!

  8. Norberto says:

    I am considering using their services Steve. I understand that I will get good results.

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