Information-based marketing is one of the most effective techniques in getting targeted prospects to sites and converting them into buyers. After all, those that go online are looking for content of some sort to help them solve their problems.
It is no surprise that article marketing, whereby you submit articles to article directories, to get your site noticed is gaining much popularity. There are many tools that people can use to make the process of distributing their articles more easily. Though these tools are invaluable in getting the content more exposure, this is not enough.
In fact, you should first focus on getting your content right for article marketing. It is not just the mere use of creative writing skills. Let us take a look at the common mistakes made in the article content:
1. Failure to Educate. This happens when you become overly focused in selling your website or product, without providing some useful information to the readers of your article. In article writing, there are three key benefits why you are promoting them; branding, lead generation and promotion. These form part of your optimization efforts. But there is only one reason why you write an article, and that is to inform your audience. If the article is not focused on this primary and most important purpose, it will fail to achieve the three promotion benefits because no one will be interested in reading them. Do the pre-sell through information sharing and through your articles. And let the sales letter on your site do the hard sell.
2. Failing on Using Good Keywords. You may know already that your articles can help you generate additional links back to your site. But do you know that you can get more visitors and better search engine results by using good keywords? Just be sure not to overdo them. Some authors are even using anchor texts which is also an effective method. But it is important to know that majority of the directories are not able to support the use of achor text.
In addition, having the right keywords ensure that your articles get easily picked up by webmasters looking for reprint content. Part of doing well in your article marketing is having your articles picked up by publishers with a large number of audience.
3. Failure to Promote Effectively. It is funny how some authors can even fail to promote themselves properly in the content. You have authors that are overzealous in selling their websites and products but there are also some that do not know how to market themselves artfully in the content. Weaving your personal experiences in the content is a great way to let readers think that you are an expert and know what you are writing about. There is no blatant hard sell and you are viewed in a positive light.
4. Failure to Consider the Needs of the Publisher. You can double the number of sites you can submit to by writing articles that the directories want to share with other people. All it takes is one publisher with a hundred thousand readers to increase your potential audience overnight. Write the articles that publishers want in their publications if you want your article marketing to work the most effective way for you. This also means you have to obey the standard guidelines, spell checks and do proper research and writing.
In the end, it is all really a matter of choice on your part. You can get some exposure from the increased links back to your site. Or enjoy massive exposure from a little more effort in making quality content.
Evelyn Lim is a writer and an online market strategist. Her article directory site is a growing database of content on health, business, internet marketing, finance, home, etc . To submit your articles, please visit http://www.ArticleMap.com rightaway!