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This question gets asked a lot by new bloggers and even more experienced bloggers. How do you effectively promote your articles? In this article we will be looking at some methods I used to promote my articles when I started Creativeoverflow and how I then pulled back to a more convenient way of sharing.

1. Social Sharing Networks

Sharing your articles on social networks is definitely a must. Simply because a lot of people shares their articles there as well. This means traffic and traffic means hits. Depending on your Niche you are going to have to experiment with the social networks that give you the most traffic, in Creativeoverflow’s case we work through the following.

DesignBump

TheWebBlend

DesignFloat

StumbleUpon

There are loads more, but these are the networks that we focus on primarily. 1st Webdesigner has compiled a great list of sharing sites. See it 53 Promotional Websites to Gain Traffic Quick and Easy

2. Twitter and Facebook

Twitter and Facebook sharing is definitely a must. Getting your new articles out to your friends on Facebook and you fans on twitter will send the article plummeting from person to person, usually ending up with 40 – 100 retweets in the first hour of posting the article. Thus its a great way to show your friends on facebook what you actually get up to and what your passion is.

Twitter

Facebook

The glamor about Facebook is that the possibilities are endless. Even if you don’t have a lot of friends on Facebook you can still get your name out there by creating a Fan Page and then Sharing it with all your friends and then asking them to do the same for you. It is really easy to setup your own fanpage just follow the link below to start setting up your fanpage.

Create a Fanpage

3. Submit News to Top Sites

Always a good start. Submitting your latest Articles to news feeds on top websites can be a great source of traffic. Make sure that you only submit quality articles though, if the publisher likes the article he/she will definitely share it with the community. There are a lot of sites that have news feeds but I will only be naming the top 5 that I use, you can check out more sites on 53 Promotional Websites to Gain Traffic Quick and Easy

Abduzeedo User News

Inspired News

Instanshift User News

Tripwire Magazine User News

Colorburned News Feed

4. Promoting Articles via E-Mail

I did a article on promoting your articles via email a while ago,Is Article Promotion really worth it? I had a fair amount of responses towards it. Promoting your articles via e-mail could establish a relationship between yourself and another blogger/person. Not only do you interact with them, they can deliver their critique on the subject at hand immediately. My article promotions usually consist of sending my e-mail list a e-mail containing the new article title and then a link for the promotions. I have supplied you with a image below of what my promotion link looks like.


Promoting via e-mail can have its ups and downs, but thus far its only been positive results. Give it a go.

5. Search Engine Optimization Keywords

You are going to have to focus on every part of your article if you really want to promote it. WordPress has a All in One SEO plugin that you can install, this also adds a keyword box in your post creation page. Make sure when you set down your keywords for you article that they are relevant to the article and that they are at least search able.

Conclusion:

I hope that these simple tips will help you effectively promote your articles. Promotion is really a trial and error thing. You have to find out what works for you and your blog, some people prefer certain social sites over others and they have the right to their opinion. So how do you promote your articles?

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About the Author:
Jacques is the CEO and Founder of the An1ken Group. Connect with him: Jacquesvh.com - @Jacquesvh - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest - Google+

43 Comments so far

  1. Social comments and analytics for this post…

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  2. Doug C. says:

    Jacques, thanks for the great article – and the kick in the rear. I have been aware of these places, but I never seriously thought about using them until I read this. I’m doing it now….
    .-= Doug C.´s last blog ..Draw On Yourself =-.

  3. hey Jacques, thanks for adding The Web Blend. I appreciate it, and glad you use it as a source to share these entertaining posts. Keep it up!
    .-= Louis Gubitosi´s last blog ..How to Use Any Font on the Web =-.

  4. Kirby Dandoy says:

    I wanna thank the blogger so much not only for this post but also for his all previous efforts.

  5. Tony says:

    What happened to Creativeoverflow’s Facebook page?
    .-= Tony´s last blog ..8 Twitter Problems and How You Can Solve Them =-.

  6. Lars says:

    Hi Jacques, thanks for mentioning tripwire magazine. A lot of bloggers submit their articles on my site and I’m really happy for that. To make sure contributors get more than just a link in the sidebar for 5 min. and on the community link page for a few days I put all submitted links into a post every 2-3 day and the links will be in tripwire for ever and get exposure on twitter, rss etc. This should make it worth spending 2 min. on submitting new articles. ex. http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2010/04/150-need-to-check-out-fresh-articles-for-designers-and-developers.html
    .-= Lars´s last blog ..150+ Need to Check Out Fresh Articles for Designers and Developers =-.

  7. I tried the whole sharing via email/promotional page thing for a while, but I felt a little cheap doing it. I really want people to share my content because they find it valuable, not because they feel pressured or obligated.

    Just some thoughts. Thanks for the post.
    .-= Preston D Lee´s last blog ..Is your design blog hurting your design business? =-.

  8. Great tips very helpful. I think i am gonna try the email.

  9. lalu says:

    You forget dezinews.com
    .-= lalu´s last blog ..40 Inspirational Hand Drawn Web Designs. =-.

  10. 5 Tips to Effectively Promote your Articles…

    This question gets asked a lot by new bloggers and even more experienced bloggers. How do you effectively promote your articles? In this article we will be looking at some methods I used to promote ….

  11. Mihai O. says:

    Great tips :)
    .-= Mihai O.´s last blog ..Inspired By AREA 1 Flickr Group #2 =-.

  12. martin says:

    I like the idea of sending out article pitches with an extra focus on how you present it — I assume it increase the response rates quite significantly compared to a standard email..

  13. It is great that you took the time to write all this up

  14. These is truly helpful for a newby like me to promote my articles. Thanks!

  15. Ooh shoot i just wrote a large comment and as soon as i strike reply it came up blank! Please tell me it worked right? I dont want to upload it again if i don’t have to! Possibly the blog glitced out or i am an idiot, the second option doesnt surprise me lol. thanks for an excellent weblog!

  16. Kathy says:

    I think that promoting your articles effectively is best accomplished by having friends in this business. Not every article or blog post that you write is going to be worthy of promoting the heck out of. But, sometimes you just know that you have produced a great piece. Unless you already have a lot of followers or subscribers, it can be difficult for a new piece to get the kind of publicity that it deserves.

    That is where friends come in. If you have a nice tight circle of friends where you can request a little friendly link love, it really helps kickstart a good piece of content.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..What is article marketing and how do you use it properly =-.

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  18. Thanks for yours tips. Surely they look very good. Thumbs UP

  19. Gerry Mats says:

    Jacques, what an awesome website template! nice vibrant colours.

    great tips to bro!!

  20. Paul says:

    I agree with Kathy, a lot of this business is about who you know not what you know. You can write great content but if it’s not getting out there it’s pointless. You need some friends to help you get some links.
    A lot of bloggers are being misled by the big blogging gurus who tell them to just post good content and people will come. In my experience they won’t, you need a little more.

  21. Good tips. I however think that we should atleast concentrate on one social network before moving to another. Just a thought.

    Thanks!

  22. Morgan says:

    Submitting to top news sites seems to get lost among the possible ways to promote, but can be the easiest things to do! People won’t know of your expertise unless YOU take action to put it in front of them. =)

    Such a great list! Thank you very much for this!

  23. Stephanie says:

    Great tips for WEB DESIGN articles, but what about others for companies? Such as blogging about furniture. That’s the real question.

  24. Audrey says:

    I use Twitter for my articles, blog posts and now Squidoo lenses. I find that it only helps to bring traffic if you get the right kind of followers though. Most of the time, Twitter followers are also internet marketers themselves so topics on other areas outside of IM don’t really translate to higher traffic from my experience.

  25. Brian Sousa says:

    Great article! I’ve already put some of your tips tips to use.

  26. I’m not often moved by informational content, but yours really made me think about your viewpoints. You have offered valuable and sound thoughts that are logical and interesting. Thank you for sharing your fine work.

  27. Liz says:

    I’m lazy when it comes to promoting my articles and blog posts. I guess it boils down to how much work you want to do to promote your articles and whether you can outsource some of the steps. Otherwise, it is quite time-consuming writing content as well as doing promotional work at the same time.

  28. SimeyCook says:

    Thanks for this! With the recent Google Algorithm changes I’m having to invest far more time in SEO and article promotion! The resources you list are excellent and really help – I’m off to investigate some of them right now!

  29. Hunter says:

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  33. I find Quora a good source of traffic. Publish ur article to the relevant questions and you will be raining with traffic. Works for me every time.

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