One of the first ever challenges I had to tackle as an SEO was manually submitting articles for one of my clients. They didn’t want to take any chances with any auto submitting software, and in their small uninteresting niche, there were few off site SEO tasks that needed to get done. So, I had to develop a system to efficiently submit articles to 50-100 article directories, as this was one of the white hat ways to get links when your website’s niche is as bland as theirs was.
My system is based solely off of a plain text pad. Almost every article directory asks for the same information, but the only significant difference from site to site is the amount of links allowed in the article body and about the author/resource box. Because of this, I would take all the information for one article, and make several copies, each with a different combination of links in the article body and about the author box.
Here’s an example using one of my blog posts:
First of all, excuse my atrocious use of Paint. Now notice the different parts all set to go in this file. You have the title, description, body, resource box, and tags/keywords all ready to copy & paste. Now, notice at the top what the name of the file it is: “What Does Google Like To See 0 0”. I use the first 25 characters or so of the title, then I write two numbers at the end. The first number is the number of links in the article body, and the second number is the number of links in the resource box. This makes things handy when I’m looking through a long list of text files; I look for the title, then the appropriate amount of links based off of the allowed amount for that specific article directory.
If you don’t get the idea by now, the point is to make it really easy to copy & paste each article with the appropriate amount of links in each. But wouldn’t a folder of all these text files take a long time to make? Well, not necessarily. Here’s the method I use to create these in a time friendly manner:
About making a spreadsheet of premade anchor text links – this helps expedite the process. Look at the picture below for how I format something like this in a very simple way:
This sounds complex, but once you do it a few times, you get into a good rhythm. Because your only adding one link at a time and then saving, you get multiple versions of the same article as text files.
For all you out there doing manual submissions, I highly suggest you try this technique. I’ve had to submit 1000’s of articles, and by doing this I have saved not only my time but also my client’s money.
Here’s my last tip: Take advantage of article directories that let you save Drafts. If you submit all your available articles at once on each site as drafts, then all you have to do is login each week and click submit on 2 more articles. It sounds time consuming at first, but if you can set aside a few hours or a day depending on how many articles you have ready to submit, you should go ahead and do this. I know sometimes I don’t have time to submit articles when I know I have to, and by doing this it takes me under a minute to submit 2 new articles on each site (I like to limit 2 new articles/a week per site, but if you crank out more content than that on a daily basis, then you can up that number to your liking).
Well as always, I really appreciate you reading. If you have a heart, then you’ll subscribe to my RSS Feed (just kidding, but seriously).
Here’s my question to my readers: Do you see any flaws in my technique, and if so, how could you improve them? I’d also like to hear any other ways you guys submit articles.