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In Article Directory Submission parts 1 through 3, we explored getting together your ideas, keyword research, title line and last but not least, writing the article.

And so what do you do now?

Submit your article!

The most logical place to start is to post articles on your own website, blog or hub pages.  This establishes that this is your original article.

The next place to go is Ezine Articles. This is one of the top article directories for article submission.  The staff at ezine articles are very particular about  their article submissions.  The articles must be original and the only other place they can occur at time of submission is your own website , blog or hub pages.  As a new author, it will take 3 to 7 days for the article to be reviewed and approved.

Simply go the website at ezinearticles and submit your articles.

Join the members of Ezine Articles

Ezine Articles Sign up

Click on the Green Button, fill out a few short fields and you are the newest member.

It’s a very simple signup process.  Ezine Articles gives new members10 Initial Article Submissions.  If all their rules are followed members can earn a platinum status.  Before you submit your first article, make sure to read the article guidelines located under the Author Resources.

So maybe you aren’t ready to submit articles yet.  Go ahead and sign up.  Look around in the members area.  The Ezine Article Staff provides  a wide variety of resources for you to get started.  They will teach you how to submit an article.  The training includes:

  • Article Writing and Marketing
  • Article Title
  • Article Writing – Paragraph and Grammar Structure
  • Article Writing-Content Sources and Article Templates

The member’s area also provides tools for promoting your articles:

  • Banners


Sharon Burger, EzineArticles.com Platinum Author

  • Article Promotion
  • Title Suggestions
  • Article Diagnostic Center
  • Statistics
  • Social Media:  Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Myspace, Youtube

Remember, after poking around and getting familiar with the site, read the Ezine Article guidelines. Here are some important highlights:

  1. Must be an original article that you wrote.
  2. Must have good content and informative
  3. Maximum of 2 “self-serving” links confined to your resource box.
  4. The article body is your give and your author resource box is your take.
  5. Links should be relevant to the content of the article.
  6. Affiliate Links are allowed if you own the domain name.
  7. Article Body must be a minimum of 400 words.

A lot of rules but the best place for article marketing.  The basis to all their rules is this:

  • Write Quality Content
  • Respect people and provide links that will give them more.  If you want to promote an affiliate product, link back to your product page on your site.

Here are your three simple steps:

  1. Read rules
  2. Write Article
  3. Submit Article

Now go forth an conquer.

Check out this site when you are ready to submit an article.   This post provides some after submission ideas.

Wishing you happy writing, happy submitting and happy marketing.

Sharon

P.S.  Want to try something else from Google when researching keywords for your article?

Get Google Alerts on your chosen keyword

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In Part 1 of Use Article Directory Submission for an Effective Marketing Strategy, I told our story of how we started developing ideas for writing our articles.  I discussed things we do to come up with ideas.

In Use Article Directory Submission for an Effective Marketing Strategy:Part 2 , we discussed how you take that idea and transform it into a title.

You have your title line and what do you do next?

At this point in time, I take my original keyword in my title line, and expand the search to come up with other related keywords that might work in my article.

So let’s say we use Article Submission as our keyword.  If I put this in my google search window, it pulls up 14,900,000 results in (o.22 seconds).  Now I don’t know about you, but to me that fact alone is absolutely mind boggling.  The things Google does is simply awesome.

What we want to do is look at the left hand side of the page.

Click on that little arrow next to more search tools. Wow.  Look at all those cool ways to look at things.  But the one I want you to look at now is the Standard View – Related searches.  Once you click that, you will see a completely new list that you can run through your keyword research tool.

Related Google Searches

Is that too cool or what?   This is what people are searching for RIGHT NOW!  I love this part.

Ok.  Back to work.  You have your list of keywords in hand.  Write them down or have them up on your second monitor.  If you don’t have a second monitor, check out our video on How to use Dual Monitors and see how easy it is to set up.  But, I digress.

Now you have to write.  I know that’s the hard part.

Here is something you can do to get the juices flowing.  Take a couple of your keywords, go to one of the ezines, use those keywords to search articles and get idea.  DO NOT COPY.  Quickly jot down ideas and go back to work.

There are three key points that I want to stress to you when you are writing.

  1. Scanability:  Your article must be able to be scanned by today’s internet reader.  They want to be able to breeze over the written word.  Paragraphs should absolutely be no longer that three sentences.
  2. Bullets/Numbering:  Internet readers love bullet points.  Once again goes back to being able to scan the article.
  3. Emphasis: Place emphasis where you want by using bold, italicized, or Underlined. Once in awhile you can get away with CAPS, but do not use it frequently.  In today’s IM world, that is the equivalent of YELLING.

When you are writing for your own blog you can add images.

One of my readers once told me I needed more images.  And I felt like he had a valid point.  But in the ezines, many times they are not allowed.  So you must remember to paint the picture with your words.  And people love stories.  Can you tell it in story fashion?

A long time ago, I was told to start journaling.  And at that point in time, putting pen to paper was about the equivalent of eating Brussels sprouts.  🙁   So I would sit down with my pad of paper and my pen.  Do you know what I wrote?

I always started with my grocery list, which progressed to what I did that day, which progressed into flowing thinking.  Before I knew it, I had all kinds of little ideas and tidbits in the middle of the grocery list.  Kinda dumb, huh?  But it worked and I got past that writer’s brick wall.

HOMEWORK: If you haven’t yet, write your first article.  Remember the three key points, plaster a smile on your face (like you really mean it), and get to work.

Can’t wait to read it.  See you on the flip side.

{sharon}

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