|Written by Sallye May|
One can be an outstanding writer and have the coolest, or most professional Website or Blog spot this side of Kansas.Â However, if people donâ€™t know about your fabulous articles or web presence, or canâ€™t find them, all of your hard work and efforts are little more than a waste of time. Getting traffic to your articles is the name of the game.Â If you and Toto want to explore the world of possibilities beyond Kansas, you may need to add the experience as a Traffic Police Director to your resume.
Â While just having your articles on eHow, Infobarrel and FireHow will yield some traffic, you aren't maximizing your potential by just hoping other people find it and see what you have to say. If you are interested in the monetary aspect of writing articles and web presence, you need to be Proactive,Â learning tactics and strategies on how to increase traffic exposure to your articles.
Step 1. Â Use an Email Signature:Â Most people write at least a few emails a day, why not include a link to your website, blog or eHow homepage profile in your email signature so that your friends, family and associates have an easy way to access your latest content.Â When and if they forward your email to others and others forward to even more people, your chances are great that there will be people that are curious to see who you are and what you do.
Step 2. Â Use Forum Signatures:Â If you post on any on-line forums, add links and back-links to your signature. People click on links in other's signatures all the time; I know because I do it myself! If you post on any forums, create a signature linking back to your latest articles, or directly to your profile page. The more you post the more opportunities people have to see your stuff. Before doing so, make sure that you know the rules and regulations of the forumâ€™s site to see if it is allowed, before posting a signature.
Step 3. Â Take a Time-out to Evaluate and Plan:Â If you are a prolific writer and are involved with several writing sites, make an Excel spreadsheet that lists each site, the names of the articles that you have posted, the url for your homepage and urlâ€™s for each article.Â I know, this sounds painful, but you will be amazed as to how much faster and more efficient you will become when it comes to adding links at opportune times.Â At a glance, you will be able to see how an article you have written in the past may directly relate to a newer article you have written, giving you the perfect opportunity for strategic link placements.Â While you are at it, make special, quick notes about each siteâ€™s rules for quick reference (ie:Â Inforbarrell: Articles can not be anywhere else on the internet to be published; no self serving links in article base other than in signature).Â A painful process, but practical and smart.Â Once you have your created your list, it will be easy to add to it with new articles.
Step 4. Â Use Social Bookmark Sites:Â Social bookmark sites allow you to create your own personal list of content that you think others will be interested in enough to read.Â This is a fantastic way to add a burst of traffic to your articles.Â This will build more links directly to your articles, which in turn, will help search engines find them more easily.Â Some of the social book-marking sites to consider would be: Â Digg,Â Reddit,Â Del.icio.us,Â Mixx, Folkd, Shoutwire and Mister-Wong. Â You would need to sign-up and create a free account at each of these sites. Once signed up, you can easily submit your latest articles to each of the sites to help the search engines locate your new articles more quickly.
Step 5. Â Post your Articles on Facebook:Â Most people these days have a Facebook.com account which is connected to all of your friends. Many sites will have a button that you can click on to automatically post your article to your facebook page. If your article is interesting and on a popular subject, you will be surprise how quickly people will pass it around. This is a great way to get a few extra visitors each day.
Step 6. Â Create A Blog:Â Create a blog where you can feature and create interest about your articles and other offerings. If you don't have a blog and would like to create one, your can sign up for a free spot on Googleâ€™s Blogspot.com.
Step 7. Â Tweet The News:Â Use your twitter account to mention and feature your latest articles as they are published.Â If you donâ€™d have a twitter account, learn about it and sign up with Twitter.com.
Step 8. Â Join A Networking Group:Â Join a group of like-minded folks such as Work Home Union (see link in resources), where you have a concentrated group of people that are serious about making the Internet their main source of income.Â A networking group such as this can not only learn from each other, but also work as a group to channel their focus in the right directions.Â