When you write articles online, probably the most important thing for you to do is to get traffic to your articles. In this article we will look at nine methods to get your articles viewed for free.
1. The main thing you need to do is to write your article.
This may seem incredibly obvious. However, the trick lies in optimizing your content for search engines, commonly known as SEO. So how do you write SEO (Search Engine Optimized) content? Keywords of course! Keywords are the most important point of your article. You have to choose the right keywords to use in your article based on the topic you are writing. Be sure to write quality articles to ensure that people keep coming back for more from you, the author. Go to adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal find out if your keywords are good enough. The AdWords keyword tools helps a lot and it is absolutely free! Let’s say you want to search for SEO or photography. You will find that there are millions of searches done on those keywords, and the results are shown in a panel. It even shows how much competition you have. Use those keywords if you find that they generate a high search level on the Google search engine.
Content is king. That is what they all say isn’t it? Actually, that’s only half the truth. In reality, just writing great content will get you nowhere. It needs to be promoted! People need to know that your article is available on the web. You can do this in a number of ways. One of them is offline promoting. That means you have to tell your friends about it. It isn’t limited to just your friends. You can tell family members, relatives, anyone at all!
3. Social networking
In this day and age, the internet is probably the best way to promote your article. It gets to a wide range of people. Not to mention it is super fast compared to other methods. You would probably have at least one social networking site right? It could be:
or even Twitter!
These are all fabulous ways to get your article known fast. Create a post or even a link to your article and ask your friends to pay a visit to the article and maybe even leave a comment.
If you don’t have an account already, I suggest you sign up with facebook or twitter. This is because facebook and twitter are the most popular social networking sites right now. Of course, feel free to use any other site that you are comfortable with.
4. Social bookmarking
You should also try signing up with Digg or StumbleUpon. These sites are great for sharing articles with people whom you are not friends with on twitter or facebook. These are probably one of the best sites to spread the word about your articles. Pay a visit to one of those sites to learn more about it and see whether it suits you.
One of the most powerful tools to get traffic to your articles is to comment on other high performing articles or blogs. This method will introduce you to a range of readers, maybe even hundreds of them, who may be interested in your article. Don’t spam though. Spamming can immediately turn people off and they will not pay any attention to you.
Placing links to other sites or articles doesn’t actually promote your article, but it does help with the content of your article. You see, when people come to your article, they will find that you have provided them with great additional sources of information. They may like your article for being able to do that, rather than they having to leave your article to search for additional information. Therefore, they start to come back again and again!
7. E-mailing your own contacts list
This is another opportunity to market your article. You can send the link to your article directly to all the people on your contacts list about your article. A lot of people actually overlook this step, but it can be a great way to introduce more people to your content and get traffic to your article.
8. Yahoo answers
Yes, Yahoo Answers! However, this step only applies if your article is relevant to what people want to know. Let’s say someone wants to know how to install a printer, and your article happens to be about installing printers, then that is a great opportunity to get that person to visit your article. But I have to admit, this step is pretty time consuming.
9. Use forums to your advantage
Forums are simply fantastic if you want to reach a lot of people instantly. Just post your article link there and there is a great chance that people who are interested will click on your link! This is probably a better way than Yahoo Answers because there are many forums that exist based on particular topics that may be relevant to your article.
Alright then! You are now fully equipped to market your articles and drive traffic to it from various sources. It will be hard work of course, but just be perseverant and you will gradually see your readership growing.