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Friday, June 08, 2007

Review of Free Article Submitter Software by Brad Callen

With lots of expensive article submission software on the market, it's great to see some free submission software being released (although slightly ironic, since I just paid for some new article submission yesterday, can you believe it!).

The new free article submitter software has been released by Brad Callen, the author of SEO Made Easy and can be downloaded for free here.



Free Article Submitter Software - Click to Download


Install
The software is pretty straightforward to install - just click the download for free button, put your name and email address in a box and submit, then press the "click here to download" link to download and install your software. It installs in a few seconds and there is no need to restart your PC.
The download includes the software itself, which will submit your articles to up to 100 article directories, plus a user guide in PDF format. The user guide is a quick and easy read at 10 pages long, but it covers everything you need to know to use the software.

Adding Articles
The first thing you need to do is add an article that you want to submit to the directories by pressing the add article button. This is pretty straightforward and you just need to type in the article title, your name, email address, author bio and you can also add an email (autoresponder) for the article and a URL for the article. The last two aren't necessary as a small number of article directories ask for these.
Next you enter your article resource box in both HTML and non HTML (as some directories accept HTML and others don't). Be sure to put your keywords in the anchor text. You will also need to add the keywords for the article and an article description. Finally you enter the text of your article, first with no HTML and secondly with HTML. If you don't know HTML I would just stick to using a BR tag at the end of each paragraph and that will suffice.
All the article information was straightforward to enter and you can easily enter multiple articles by hitting the "Add an article" button, or edit existing articles using the "Edit Article" button. There's a nice drop down box where you can quickly select which article to submit if you have multiple articles.


Submitting Articles
At this point you are ready to start submitting your article and you just need to select the article directory from the list by double clicking on it. Note that many article directories require a login and if you are not a member of some of these article directories already you will need to create one. This is a very time consuming process, but remember that you only need to do this once, so the next time you submit an article it is much quicker. Article Submitter will save your login details for you so you don't need to remember them for your next article submission.
At this point it's just a case of logging into each of the directories and letting Article Submitter auto fill each of the boxes for you. usually you will have to select the article category yourself, but apart from that it's automatic. You should be able to whiz through the article directories very quickly, compared to doing it manually.


Pros
  • Free to use
  • Although the free version has only 100 directories, it doesn't expire and 100 is a good amount.
  • Easy install
  • Very easy to get started and simple to use
  • Looks nice :-) (there's a lot of ugly looking software out there)
  • Allows you to sort directories by Page Rank and Alexa Rank
  • You can sort directories based on whether or not they need a login
  • Keeps track of when you last submitted to a directory
  • Allows you to enter HTML and non HTML versions of articles and resource box
  • Upgrade to the full version which has over 600 directories is very reasonable at $67

Cons

  • Doesn't allow any automatic submission of articles (although this could be a pro for some people, who want to be sure to double check things before submitting).
  • Although I entered an HTML version, in some of the directoires which I knew accepted HTML, the non HTML version was used (e.g. Article Dashboard allows an HTML resource box, but the non HTML one was used)
  • Although I entered my non HTML version of the article with line breaks between each paragraph, in some of the directories e.g. Article Dashboard and Article City, the article that was entered had no line breaks whatsover
  • The last submission date is recorded for each article, which is good, but this is filled in when I visit the article directory, not when I submit the article.

The Verdict

If you don't already have an article submitter, this is a fantastic tool, which you can download free and start using straight away for your article submission. I recommend this for anyone who wants to speed up their article submission. Some of the cons listed above may put you off, but hopefully these are just initial teething problems will be sorted out.

The Competition

You can also read my reviews of:

Article Post Robot (favourite so far) and Article Announcer.

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Friday, February 02, 2007

The Benefits of Article Marketing

Search engine optimization is comprised of two different aspects: on page SEO, or the tactics you can employ on the pages of your website; and off page SEO, or the tactics you can employ once your website goes live.

Off page SEO is mainly – and some would say entirely – comprised of strategies that will help you build your link popularity. Your link popularity refers to the number of back links in the World Wide Web which point to your website.

So, we can say that the road to search engine prominence is paved in back links – lots and lots of back links.

And the best way to build up the number of links to your website is article marketing.

Article marketing is a strategy that involves the submission of informative articles to the many article directories in the World Wide Web. Every internet user is searching for a particular piece of information. If your articles provide the information they need, these internet users will naturally seek out your works. And since your articles will be hosted in a multitude of places, it will be easy for them to find what you have written.

So, how does this work to your favor, exactly?
  • Your articles are your copyrighted works. By submitting them to the article directories, you’ll be inviting web publishers to reproduce your articles in their websites. However, this comes with the condition that your articles should not be modified in any way. They should all be kept intact.
  • You are allowed to include a resource box per article. In this resource box, you can briefly introduce yourself as well as your business, and more importantly, you can include a link to your website. Since your articles should be reproduced in their entirety, your resource box will be preserved and your link will appear in every website where your articles will be published.
  • You alone hold intellectual ownership over your articles. Hence, even if you’d submit them to the article directories, there is no bar in using the same articles for other endeavors in the future.


The Benefits Of Article Marketing
There are many reasons why article marketing has become a powerful online marketing strategy in this day and age. Let’s take a look at them:

  • Article marketing will allow you to build up your links pretty fast, depending on how many and how regularly you will submit your articles.
  • Article marketing, in effect, will help increase your link popularity, which in turn will help increase your website’s page rank. This means that your website will fare better in search engine results for relevant keywords.
  • Article marketing will help you build your brand. People will view you as an expert. As such they’d have an easier time trusting you. This is excellent for pre-selling tactics and building relationships with your prospects.
  • Article marketing plants perpetual seeds that you can harvest for many, many years. For as long as the articles are hosted in the article directories, you’d always have a chance of winning some visitors.


Writing Your Articles
You can write your own articles. Preparing a 250 to 1,500 word article is not that difficult, if you have the writing skills as well as the time for the same.

But if you have neither of these, you can always hire a content writer. Fees range from a low $2.50 to a high $30 per article. You can always try freelancing websites such as www.rentacoder.com , www.elance.com and www.guru.com to find the writer best suited for your needs.

Once your articles are finished, you can submit them to the many article directories out there . Visit Article Submission Directories and Tools for more information about article directories and tools to speed up the submission process.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The many uses of PLR Articles

PLR stands for "Private Label Rights" and is one step up from Resale rights, meaning that you have a license to label the content of a PLR product as your own and change the content in any way.

There are many uses of PLR articles including:
  • Search Engine Optimization - increase your visitors from search engines by adding new unique fresh content to your website
  • Product Creation - Create your own ebook using PLR articles
  • Viral Marketing - create a PDF ebook from PLR articles and give it away for free including a link to your website or product within the ebook
  • Improve your credibility - by publishing articles on your website or blog and showing your expertise in a certain area.

You can read more about how to use Private Label Rights Articles here.

If you are looking for a source of high quality PLR articles, I would personally recommend Niche Content Avalanche because they keep the number of their members low (which means content that is more exclusively yours) and require all members to modify the PLR articles provided by at least 20%.

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Power of articles

It's been over a month now since I've updated this blog - I've been a bit lazy recently when it comes to blogging. I decided today that it was time to put Article Announcer to the test and use it to submit 2 brand new articles.

I'll update this post every day or so over the next couple of weeks with the results i.e. how many sites I can find my article on.

Hopefully this will show the power of articles for promoting your website.

To make the test more representative I'm going to use two articles - one to promote a brand new site called Yoga Mentor - Free Online Yoga Guide and the other to promote my existing Internet Business site.

I finished the first article today called "Understanding the Different Types of Yoga" and I'm in the process of finishing article 2 "Is your website doomed for Failure before you've Built it?"

I started submitting the Yoga article last night using Article Announcer and will finish doing this today.

Currently if I search for "Understanding the Different Types of Yoga" (with the quotes) on Google I get zero results.

Look out for an update tomorrow.

Status:

Article One - "Understanding the Different Types of Yoga"
Submitted to article directories on August 11th 2005
August 11th - 0 results returned from Google Search
August 12th - 13 results
August 13th - 531 results
August 14th - 530 results
August 15th - 604 results
August 17th - 642 results
August 18th - 850 results
August 20th - 876 results
August 22nd - 905 results

Article Two- "Is your website doomed for Failure before you've Built it?"
Submitted to directories & sent to 100 ezine owners on August 14th
August 15th - 0 results returned from Google Search
August 16th - 70 results
August 17th - 100 results
August 18th - 157 results
August 18th - 327 results
August 22nd - 389 results

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