I’ve spent a good bit of time perusing the articles on Associated Content, and after a while I started to notice a pattern. Most of the acclaimed writers on Associated Content write articles answering one of two questions. These questions are 1) Is Associated Content a scam and 2) How can I maximize my page views? Well, Associated Content is NOT a scam, but I’m not sure how to parlay that information into a decent length for an article. When it comes to question two, however, I do have something to say. My articles are not typically as successful as the articles of featured contributors, but we can’t all be featured. I have, however, recently managed to triple my page views. Here is what I learned.
First of all, doing searches for “increasing page views” will not always help you out. You need to be proactive. When I was researching ways to increase page views, I noticed a lot of people were asking about free page view generators. This is cheating! There is no way to generate page views without actually finding real people to read your work. Trying to find a free page view generator suggests that you do not think your work is worth reading on its own merit.
How then, can you be proactive when it comes to increasing page views on Associated Content? First off, read the tutorials and information that AC provides. Become an active member of the AC forum as soon as you become a contributor. The forum has a slew of helpful promotion tips, including how to use keywords, which is definitely something that I did not understand when I started writing for AC. When you are using keywords you want to make sure you are using terms that are often searched, AND that are searched by your audience. Articles geared toward college students trying to save money will probably have different key words than articles geared toward families trying to save money, even if the broad topic is basically the same. I once read in a parenting magazine that the most commonly searched term for new moms was “what is my name.” I figure this is probably a joke based on the fact that the new mom is sleep deprived and confused. I guess she could just be searching “what is my name?” when the baby is sleeping and she is bored. At any rate, I’m not sure if it is true, or how I could change the phrase into a key word, but it is an example of knowing what your audience is searching for.
In addition to becoming a presence on the AC forum, it can be helpful to already have an internet identity established. If you are active on Facebook and twitter, post your content there. Link your articles in your blog for your followers. If you are active on a message board, promote your content there. Make sure you are following message board rules though, and don’t be obnoxious while promoting your content. For example, most of the articles that I write pertain to babies and new parents. If I see a question on a parenting community that is relevant to my articles, I will give a brief response on the thread, but then also let the poster know that I have more information in an article that I have written. That way, I hope I am being helpful, as well as promoting. You can proceed in a similar manner on answer sites like Yahoo!Answers. Answer a question that you are knowledgeable about, but link your article in the resources section.
There are many websites where you can submit your best content. StumbleUpon is an excellent choice, and Diggit is also very popular. These websites can be wonderful ways of increasing your readers, but you should use them with caution. If the only websites you ever submit are your own articles, you will be considered spam. It might be helpful to get a friend who enjoyed your article to submit it. You will need to submit at least 15 other sites between submitting your articles. You should continue to be mindful of your key audience. People typically use Diggit for movie and entertainment news, you may not have a following for your piece on saving time while washing the dishes.
So of course, the type of content you write about also matters. Write about what you know, and about what you enjoy. Maybe respond to a few content calls to build your portfolio. A seasonal article or two is not out of place, but don’t expect it to be a big earner year round. You need to build an audience who is interested in coming back to hear more. Publishing articles on a regular and predictable basis can help with this.
I hope my tips for increasing page views gave you some ideas for the next article you will write.