Are you looking for a way to get more traffic to your website? Today’s post is part of the WAHM-Articles Blog Tour about… article marketing!
As I shared last week, one of the steady sources of traffic to my website is the articles I’ve written and shared through sites like WAHM-Articles.com.
So, how’s it work? You can write articles about anything you’d like, and submit them anywhere you’d like… but that’s sort of like just randomly throwing out a handful of business cards into the wind and hoping they get to people who can use your services. It’s more effective and less stressful if you start with the target in mind and create a strategy.
Here are some good article strategy questions:
- Who are your articles meant to help?
- Where do they gather online and offline?
- What can you write about that they want to know?
- How will your articles help them?
- What happens after they’ve read your articles?
Once you know who you’re writing for and why, and where to find them, it’s easier to come up with topics that will help them.
Start brainstorming article ideas with the questions you get asked frequently. If you haven’t received a lot of questions yet, check out the forums and blogs where your target market hangs out and see what questions they’re asking there.
Then write! You can start with an outline or notes, use a template, or just jump right in, whichever approach works for you. Set the article aside for a bit when you’ve finished it. Proofread it with fresh eyes.
When you’re ready to submit your articles, look at the article banks to figure out which ones are best for your articles based on who you’re trying to reach. If you write for work at home moms, try WAHM-Articles.com. If you write about spiritual and self growth check out SelfGrowth.com. There are directories for many niches and it’s worth the time to see what’s out there.
You can also go beyond article banks and look for targeted websites that accept article submissions and send your articles directly to them. Offline publications (newspapers, magazines, etc) might also be a good place to explore ways to get your articles to more of your target audience of readers.
Keep in mind the overall goals of your article marketing strategy. You want to get help your readers, but you also want to get your name out there and get recognized as an authority on the subjects you write about so that you can get more traffic back to your website and more clients/customers for your business!
Michelle thanks again for allowing WAHM-Articles to stop and visit your blog. We hope this post will help your readers get started with article marketing. We just came from WAHM-Articles blog, so make sure you click here to read about the blog tour and where we’ll be. Also, make sure you click here to visit Sophia and Shelly’s blog on Thursday to see how we’re going to help their readers with article marketing.