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My Top Secret Article Marketing Strategy

Article Marketing StrategyArticle Marketing is one of the best, if not the ultimate way of generating traffic online. It’s amazing how much free traffic you can generate simply by writing and distributing articles. Every article you distribute has a chance of ranking in the search engines which means traffic. Anyway, there are A LOT of article marketing strategies. Too many in fact… and I’m known as a sort of an article marketing guru in my particular niche.

As in my first year of article marketing, I drove well over 150,000 visitors to my websites! So I’m going to reveal my top secret article marketing strategy right here. Article marketing is probably the most cost effective way of generating fast and long term traffic online. While it’s practically free, you will need a couple of tools. So I’m going to list just a few things you’ll need to make the most of my top secret strategy.

Things you will need:

- An Article Submitter (a tool that will submit your articles to thousands of directories, like Article Marketing Robot)

- A Blog (a WordPress blog will work best)

Google Keyword Tool (for finding keywords to target)

Those are really the only things you need to start generating massive amounts of traffic with article marketing. I’m still deciding on how I’m going to structure this article. Probably just go with the step by step structure using numbers. :) So here it goes:

1. You want to setup your blog so it’s ready for content. In my strategy, we first post a piece of content on our blog. Whatever goes on our blog is the content we rank in the major search engines like Google, Yahoo & Bing. (Mainly Google) If you haven’t already got a blog, you might want to checkout some other articles. My strategy also works on basic sites (html etc), but I preferably setup blogs with WordPress. Once you have your blog setup, it’s time to start writing…

2. Before you start writing, you need to do some keyword research. As every article you write must target a keyword. Then hopefully with a bit of “magic”, the article will appear on the first page of Google for that keyword which will result in free traffic. There are all kinds of paid keyword research tools, but the Google Keyword Tool will do.

Google Keyword Tool

You can start by entering some broad keywords that have something to do with your niche/website. Then scroll down and in the left sidebar, select exact. (See image on the right) You want to find a keyword with at least 300-500+ searches a month. I never waste time on writing articles for keywords with less than 300 monthly searches.

Just remember that article marketing is about quantity. One article that targets a keyword that gets 500 monthly searches might only get 10 daily visitors… that’s 300 monthly visitors. If you write 1 article a day for 100 days straight; that’s 100×10=1000 daily visitors. You can do a lot with 1000 daily visitors! Once you find a keyword that you could write about, you need to analyze its competition.

3 things you can do:

  • Do a Google search using: allintitle:”keyword” (look for less than 75,000 competing sites)
  • Do a Google search using: “phrase match” (look for less than 100,000 competing sites)
  • Analyse the top 20 ranking websites with Traffic Travis (free equivalent of Market Samurai)

3. Once you’ve found a keyword, start writing. If you suck at writing or just think it’s a huge waste of time, outsource it. You can find really cheap writers that will write fairly decent articles for less than $5/piece. Keep in mind the articles will be written by Indians or Filipinos, most likely. If you want high quality, you’re looking at paying English/American writers $10/500 word article.

Also keep in mind that the content you post on your blog will be a reflection of yourself. Blogs are also great marketing tools. You might want to write your own blog content if you’re looking to build an email list or following of some kind. Once you’ve got an article done, you need to publish it on your blog. As you should already know, there are some onpage SEO factors to consider before publishing an article.

To make the most of onpage SEO you should have your keyword in header 1, h2 & h3 tags. You should also have the keyword in your image alt tag, and a keyword density of like 3-5%. Lastly, make sure you carefully place your keyword in the title and description. That’s all you really need to do, then publish the article. As it stands, it has a small chance of ranking in the search engines.

4. While it might have a slight chance of ranking, a few incoming links will give it the boost it needs. The incoming links will come from the article being distributed to thousands of other websites linking back to your original blog post. Over time your blog will gain authority. Meaning eventually your content will outrank competitors with few backlinks, solely because of your blog’s authority!

Now it’s up, you need to spin the article. Using the software I recommended above, you can submit unique variations of the article to thousands of directories and blogs all on complete autopilot. Its cool stuff and the tool will save you a ton of time. It submits to thousands of directories. (I’m not trying to sell you the software; I didn’t even use an affiliate link which means I genuinely believe it will greatly enhance your article marketing)

Using the software, you can spin the article like {this|just like this|actually like this}. You can spin the sentences and then words until you hit 30% uniqueness. The software will tell you how unique your article is. Spinning the article will allow the software to submit unique variations of the article to thousands sites across the web. In the author resource box, write a compelling 2 liner linking back to your blog post.

After, spin the title very well. In the title, include a ton of relevant keywords. Once done, submit the article to all the directories and blogs. Every article that gets submitted stands a good chance of ranking on Google. If you include a bunch of relevant keywords in the title, the articles may well rank for a bunch of them.

Doing this will greatly impact the rankings of your blog post, hopefully pushing it right up to page 1 on Google for your chosen search term. If not, just repeat the process. Have a bunch of articles written, spun, and submitted.

You can do this without the fancy software, but it will take countless hours. Manually signing up for directories, logging in and submitting each article variation… it can be quite painful! So if you’re really serious about article marketing, save your time and invest a few bucks into the software.

Article Marketing Strategy Conclusion

So let’s take a look into what’s happened. We’ve started a blog where your “seed article” has been posted. You can add opt in boxes to your blog, banners or whatever you like. However you want to monetize your traffic is up to you. (We all have different business models)

Anyway, we have then spun the article and used a piece of software to submit it to thousands of directories/blogs. Of course, we’ve linked back to our orginal blog post in the author resource box. That’s pretty much all there is to it, but you can go a few extra steps. Doing what I’ve just taught you on a daily basis will create 1000+ daily visitors 100 days from now… but the competition out there is tough.

Marketers are starting to be more aggressive and if you want to fight them off, you need to scale it up. Have a whole bunch of articles written and submitted for every blog post you write. Think about it, every piece of live content you put out there will get a little traffic. Every article submitted will stand a chance of ranking for something.

Something else to consider is blog networks, like Unique Article WizardMy Article Network & SEO Link Vine. They are paid membership blog networks. You pay them and in return for your money, you’re able to submit your articles to a network of high pagerank blogs. Blog networks are a great addition to article directory submissions.

You can also take advantage of web2.0 sites like HubPages.com, Squidoo, LiveJournal & perhaps Blogger. You can take advantage of high pagerank sites like them. You can sort of “hijack” their authority to instantly rank in the search engines. The same concept applies to web2.0′s. Post the article; include the keyword in the title and throughout the article. They are great backlinks that actually boost rankings.

That’s all you need to know. You can also promote the web2.0′s with article directory/blog network links. It’s cool to have multiple rankings on page 1 of Google. The key to article marketing is consistency. You won’t see any results after a couple of articles. So if you’re serious about using article marketing to build your business online, commit to 100 days of daily action.

Just a quick word on onpage optimization:

Onpage SEO is seriously overrated in my opinion. I still get comments all the time from people saying “David, onpage SEO is still very important and those spammy black hat marketers will be banished from the search engines in no time”. I tell you what guys, that’s utter crap. For me and all the other successful marketers I know, it’s all about link building & domain authority.

As long as you have your keyword density at like 3-5%, the keyword in your title and description, you’ll be fine. That’s all I do and between my domain authority and income links, I dominate!

In Prosperity,

David Wood

P.S. If you want to learn the real secrets that allow me to drive 1 million + visitors every month with plain old article marketing, put your email in the form on the right.

P.P.S. Feel free to leave your thoughts, questions and comments in the box below. :)

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8 comments
Chris
Chris

Hi David, Thanks for this post and I am glad you said about not worrying about the on page seo stuff too much. I use SEOPressor anyway which solves this. One question that I think you already answered with what you said about backlinks and domain authority, but want to get your opinion and perhaps will give you some ideas for another post to write about..... ....what are your thoughts on site structure and "silo" structure? Might have lost you there (i lost myself when i said it) lol I saw a post by someone talking about this. I started out learning from SiteBuildIt, which also used to talk about this and it makes a lot of sense to have a structure and category to the website. So my question is.... what do you recommend - posts vs pages? How do you normally structure them? Or do you not bother and then just drive a bucket load of backlinks? I heard that pages can have a higher page rank? Any thoughts on this? Or should I just shut up and forget about it and just write a tonne of "posts" and drive backlinks to them? p.s. I am loving article marketing robot by the way. Much better than Automatic article submitter. I also use SpinnerChief as a free spinner. It is free to use the spinner. ;) Anyway, just wanna thank you for all the amazing content on your blog. I regularly come back. I have learnt a lot and am always entertained. I think that is one of the biggest things to your success....you are a funny guy! lol Hope to meet you soon. Cheers, Chris

Don
Don

Thanks Dave, Always get some great value from your expertise!

Mike
Mike

Thanks for the missing pieces! Today's post really filled the gaps for some areas of my business model! Dave you really are the Ultimate Page Ranking Superhero!

Dale Horton
Dale Horton

Some really good points, Dave. Thank you for your leadership!

Micah
Micah

Thnks dude, Funny, I am just getting started with a similar strategy and this post filled in a few holes for me. Keep up the great work Dave!

Josh
Josh

All of these strategies rock! lol After your 8 day traffic bootcamp, I fully understood them! Thanks for a great post again! You really are a motivator Dave! :)

Gabriel Johansson
Gabriel Johansson

I just got AMR and went from page 100+ in Google to page 2 in 24 hours for 3 different search terms, so it definitely works! I am just working on getting page 1 for all three as I post daily for more terms. I guess time is a factor as I still have pingbacks coming through. Thanks for the awesome tips as my daily traffic has doubled with this strategy.

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  1. [...] Go to the Google Keyword Tool, find a relevant keyword your target market would be searching and “sniper” it. Write an article and include the keyword in the title, description and throughout the article. Your article should rank in the search engines for the keyword resulting in free traffic. It’s a great way of generating traffic especially if you’re new to online marketing. There’s far too much to say about article marketing so you can read more about it here, and here. [...]

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