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How are you promoting your articles?

 
QuantumLouie
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on 11/14/2012

Hi guys I am curious. How are you promoting your articles? Are you still building links after Google Penguin? I have been having a hard time getting my articles to rank. This is not limited to Wizzley. It has been almost impossible to get traffic to Squidoo lenses and hubs. What are you doing to increase your traffic?

Mike_W
Posts: 38
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on 11/14/2012

Yeah, I've been having the same problem unfortunately.

humagaia
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on 11/14/2012

Guys, sorry to drop this on you but the old times are dead. Gone are the days when, just by creating a hub, you could rank well on the front page of Google. Squidoo and Hubpages authority no longer rubs off on anything that is produced there. And Wizzley is too young to have any real authority for individual articles.

So, what to do - well, free traffic is gonna get harder to obtain unless you do a lot of promotion related to your brand. It is time to develop your brand aggressively.

You will need to embrace social media a whole lot more, and check your authority ratings in the subjects that you write about.

If you haven't already done so, create accounts on FB, Twitter, Google+ etc and ensure that your articles are promoted there on a regular basis (not just once, especially on Twitter). Start to make yourself known as a player in the market you are targeting - forum posts in appropriate places etc. This is not to promote your articles, but to promote you!

Times have changed - now is the time of the hierarchy of fellowship - you must rise above the other authors and show that you are a cut above. If you want free traffic then G is still the place to get most of it - so you must make sure they know that you, as an author, are worthy of receiving that traffic.

On the other hand, and this is not for article marketers, but website owners, this is the time to create advertising campaigns and bite the bullet. Time to start paying for consistent, reliable, traffic that can be obtained at the click of a switch.


QuantumLouie
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on 11/14/2012

G's managers are interesting creatures. One of the worst They do anything to punish content sites that monetize with adsense such as rev-share sites like this one and article directories such as ezinearticles. The excuse is not enough quality. Their stock got smashed recently because cost per click keeps going down. Less heavy content sites mean less exposure to ads for them so advertisers lose interest. The only reason ad impressions are going up is because people are monetizing android apps which rarely get a click so CPC goes down again.

I am so happy that their recent Motorola Mobility is digging a hole in their company.  As a value investor I would never invest a dime in a company that does what ever it takes to reduce its profit.  Stock went down from $774 to $654 or 14%.. No share repurchases, no dividends. What little people like us can do... Install Topline.

Guest
on 11/14/2012

Personally I focused on a primary niche, one that I have some sort of expertise in.  I also started doing more of a 50/50 split in sales to content pages, while still trying to be related to each other, even if only peripherally. I think this 50/50 split has fed off each other, my content type pages have benefited greatly from the heavy traffic for many of my sales pages.

It's tough not to go completely over to sales type pages, because even though some of those page have light daily traffic, I have high click through ratios,so plenty of monetary gain with those when you add them up, but I think the more real content you have, the more legitimate you are in people eyes.

I am convinced though, niche is the answer, focus like a lightning bolt on a niche and you will gain  reputation  and therefore more traffic.

I just created my first Wizzley article, I am already getting decent traffic, because I have links coming from Squidoo, HP, and my various blogs.

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humagaia
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on 11/14/2012

From what I am aware of I believe darkprince has hit the nail on the head.

If you become known, and therefore have a reputation, in a subject then whatever you do (backlinks etc) will have a positive effect, as opposed to you doing the same things if your reputation is not as firm.

Pick a narrow niche. Write consistently and well within the subject. Get your brand known by Google. Then do all the things (white hat) that you did previously to get your traffic and rise up the SERPS.


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