Submitting articles for traffic generation is a method that has been around just about, as long as search engine directories and it is still an extremely powerful way to attract targeted, responsive traffic.
The fact that search engines like Google rank content-rich websites higher is what makes it so dependable and effective. It is also a very effective SEO method, which makes it even more powerful.
The concept is simple and you may already be familiar with the process. You write an article and include specifically chosen keywords and then you submit it to various article directories.
The key to success with this method is in the bio box at the bottom of the article where you can put in your name, business, and a link to the website that you want to drive traffic to. Every directory is different, but most of them will also allow you to add a brief description about your business, product or service. If they do make sure that, you use the extra space to your advantage.
This way when a person reads your article will be more likely to click on the link to visit your site, get more information and become a solid lead for your business.
There are hundreds of article directories available, most of which are free. Keep in mind that the more places you submit your articles the better your chances are of increasing your traffic.
Here is a quick list of some of the most popular article directories:
Ezine Articles: http://www.ezinearticles.com
Go Articles: http://www.goarticles.com
Articles Base: http://www.articlesbase.com
Article City: http://www.articlecity.com
Article Alley: http://www.articlealley.com
As I mentioned, there are many, so when it comes to choosing which directories to submit articles to, look for ones that have a lot of activity and are ranked high in the search engines.
You can submit the same article on several of these directories, which is what many publishers do. However, it’s important to keep the same author name, or you could be accused of plagiarism.
The best practice is to make a slight variation in the articles when submitting to each directory, so that they are a little bit different.
To make your job faster and easier you can use content spinning software. It can produce variations of an article so that they aren’t considered duplicate content by search engines. There are some free and paid options available, just do a search online and you will find several to try. Just be aware that often the quality of spun articles is not very good, so you will need to do some manual editing once they are spun.