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Getting More from Your Article Marketing

James Perrin

by James Perrin on 24th April 2012

WritingAs we all know, digital marketing is an ever evolving industry. It’s rare for a day to pass without some form of industry developments or new strategies to consider – which leads nicely onto article marketing.

Since the panda update last year, there has been much talk of the effectiveness of article marketing as an SEO tool. In addition, there’s been plenty of discussions about the way in which these sites have had to comply with Google’s new guidelines, which now sees a stronger emphasis on quality and effective content. It’s not so much a case of article marketing no longer being relevant, but more about having a strategy to make your article marketing work much better.

Panda and the quality of content

First of all, to contextualise the impact on article marketing sites, it’s important to have a look at how these sites have fared since panda hit – on the surface, it doesn’t make good reading. In the initial days post panda, Sistrix listed 25 sites that were hit as the image below identifies:

Notably, article marketing sites like ezinearticles, suite101, hubpages, articlesbase and findarticles were all hit substantially. For example, ezinearticles lost rankings for approximately 130,000 keywords, displaying a percentage change of 90%. For any site, that’s a substantial loss, and ezine responded by improving their own standards and the standards of the articles to which they receive [See: Google Algorithm update: Quality Content is King]. This is what Panda is all about – ensuring content is well written, and of a quality standard.

As a result, the quality of your writing needs to be improved, and you also need to think a little outside the box when establishing titles. Blatant advertorials just will not be accepted, so consider useful advice and tips for readers, such as how-to guides and top tips for the specific industry on which you’re writing. However, an improvement in title ideas and writing style will only go so far. So, how do you make your article marketing work better, and not get lost in the ether?

Give users what they want

This may sound obvious, but there is a lot of value in giving users what they want and finding solutions to problems is the best way forward. Search the forums and chat rooms and see what questions people are asking. Write a post that fits within the guidelines of each specific article site, and if approved, ensure that you join in the discussion and link to your post.

Interact and share with users

This will generate a little a bit of interest initially, but there’s a great deal more that you can do to promote your article. Use social media to your advantage and make sure your article get’s out there and promoted. You could either set up specific profiles tailored to the industry that you’re looking to get a foothold in, or use a generic profile. Either way, social signals such as +1s, tweets and likes are becoming hugely influential in SEO, so it’s important that you take note.

Link with other content

If you’re just relying on article marketing, then you’re missing a trick. Don’t forget other content marketing platforms available to you, such as hubs, lenses, and blog posts. Simply uploading a variety of content to these platforms with just a link pointed towards the site you are looking to optimise really isn’t doing enough. With something like a link wheel, you can be sure that your article will be working harder for you. Create a variety of themed link wheels, so that each one focuses on a specific area of the industry on which you’re writing.

As always, with any content that you write, it’s also essential that you bookmark it using strong profiles, so be sure to work on your bookmarking profiles. This will help your articles gain more authority, and again work much harder for you.

There are a variety of useful content marketing strategies that many working within SEO use, and whilst more emphasis may be placed in creating Hub Pages, blog posts or even guest posts, article marketing still has a place within any content marketing strategy. You just need to think a little tactically with how you’re going to use it.

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James Perrin

James Perrin

Content Marketing Manager, James Perrin is a regular contributor to the Koozai blog. Well experienced in sales and marketing, James also has a passion for journalism and media, especially new media. From the latest industry related new stories to copywriting advice, James will provide you with plenty of digital marketing information.

2 Comments

  • Gareth Wilcox 24th April 2012

    Hi James,

    Great post. I do a lot of article marketing and am really concerned about the recent changes and how they might make this strategy less viable going forward, so your article gives me some good food for thought.

    Just had a question about the linkwheel idea. How could i go about creating a linkwheel around an article that doesn’t break Google’s guidelines? Is there anyway to do this? Or are linkwheels essentially a blackhat trick that may help boost the value of those articles, but come with significant risks?

    Thanks,
    Gaz.

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  • James Perrin

    James 25th April 2012

    Hi Gaz, I wouldn’t necessarily say that link wheels are blackhat, not if you concentrate on creating good content to appear on various quality platforms. Obviously, there are ongoing debates as to whether they are blackhat, but I think it really depends on how they are used, and with what intentions.

    With this in mind, I’m not sure whether it’s worth creating a link wheel to promote a specific article, but rather use that article within a link wheel itself, to promote the page or site you’re looking to optimise. To further optimise that article, don’t forget to bookmark and push socially.

    It’s all down to providing the user with quality information, so if you are linking from one piece of content to another, make sure the link is relevant and useful. This will help the user and in turn provide more information and context for the search engine.

    I hope this helps Gaz, thanks for commenting.

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