Is Writing Online Articles a Way to Increase Traffic To Websites?

Publishing on E-zine and Article Directories?

You need to be careful when choosing the route of writing online articles, and it is not as popular as it once was, you can write small articles on various article directories, but it's also a challenge. These days, publishing on these sites is now a very difficult thing, and can seriously harm or destroy your online reputation and can challenge your duplicate content both Hubpages and Google are fighting against.

There the short answer to this question of are e-zine author real, there is one other hub writer whom I know of (Lizzie) who writes for e-zine articles. The business is real and it does take time to do what you believe you need it to do. This is where you create content for link value, except now it is considered a spam site. However, note that this is a time consuming method, and, if you want to make money with your writing, this is not the route which you want to take. Google AdSense is not allowed-- and in return Google views it as a spam link.

Basic idea for e-zine articles: You write an article about 400 words long, and then in about a week it will be published with links to your website or blog or hubs or whatever. How you earn income is by getting traffic from there to your other websites or blogs. That is why you publish on the article directories.

Making Money With E-zine

That's great but can you make money on e-zines-- or directly on the articles which you have written?: No you can not, that is not the point of writing e-zines any more than writing comments for an e-zine article. The idea behind e-zine articles is that you write something that people can copy to a blog, as long as they credit you and add your links to the post.

Again in this case the link is the thing which done correctly makes you money. For example my articles are based upon my points of view on publishing and writing and building traffic. Often I base them on my hubs or my blog posts. Then (and this is important!) I add my links to my author resource box (with e-zine they tell you who copied and pasted your work so you can go and look) to some site which makes money for me.

So really it is about links, and money comes from careful selection of your links. Your e-zine article will not make you money directly even though there are ads by Google. The reason for this is promotion and e-zine articles also needs to make money for their site. Still it has potential monetary value if people click on your links to the sites that have yoru Google AdSense code on them, this is the way to make money through e-zine articles.

So why should I care?  I don't even think that people bother to cmment: On e-zine articles and other article directories that is not the point.  In fact most people will say that to write 400 words is great pratice and really, it is a simple and eeftive way to promote hubs and whatever else you want to promote.

Often people will not comment, and the idea is that you are giving your content away, But with a "snag" the people need to put your bio up, (some don't but that is why I suggest the next part) but not really your links.

So, what people do is they pick say a hub that they have and write something out, but leave say a title in their bio and the link beside it.  This way when reading your biography people will (hopefully) type in your name and other info into Google. 

Again this site is not for the faint of heart, as you do need to get editorial approval, and yes they are strict, but long-term this is a good thing.  This is a way to drive traffic to hubs, and blogs, and if the content is slightly different from yoru hub ( for example) more people will go through more of your work.

So... if my content is spend around won't that be duplicate content on hubs? No, as long as the content is not cut and paste... otherwise you really should not be writing on e-zine aritlces.

Still there is value to writing there, for one thing it does give you a link to your work, and for another, it is an anvenue where done correctly, can build up traffic to specific hubs and blogs of yours.  Increasing traffic is the main goal of most of these online article writing sites, and they do say that your content will be spread around.

No, Google AdSense does not play a role for you at e-zine articles but the ads are up, so do nto complain that you are nto making money through it, or that you are not getting comments because that is not the point, traffic is.

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So, comments and traffic or what? The last word: If you are writing e-zines to promote your work be prepared to think promotion and long term, you can check stats and be aware the more articles you have the more likely you will succeed.

Again, this is a long process since if you are not a platinum level author it takes longer to have your work edited, and looked over. The more important aspect is do not ever cut and paste your hubs or anything else, simply write something that is similar to your hubs or website to build interest and get traffic.

This will in the long run get a new traffic source to you work, and if you have maximized your Google AdSense, your traffic will make you some money.

To your success.

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Rebecca E. 13 months ago from Canada Author

Richard- It's not a great way to go, and if you focus on working your website towards being the place people want to see you'll have more success than spending time on other sites.


Richard 13 months ago

Hi Rebecca, a timely re-post for me. I signed up with e-zine a couple of months ago and have been so inundated with emails of 'how to do this' and 'how to do that,' ever since. I just could not keep up with their 'course' and I was certainly losing interesting. As my intention was really only to bring traffic to my website and gather interest for my books, I am very pleased to have read your article. It seems my growing instincts were right...e-zine is not for the faint hearted and my inbox will be decreasing.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

prarieprincess--- I try my best =) yes this is a good way to improve traffic and something that is not all that hard to do.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Rebecca, thanks for this. I am definitely bookmarking this one, as I do so many of yours. I want to write for Ezines, because I really need to improve my traffic. This was a great guideline. Thanks again!


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

James-- it does both if done correctly... I beleive it does more to encourage organic links to various hubs.


James 5 years ago

does ezine help traffic by targeting a particular audience or does encourage growth of organic links?


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

James-- e-zine has its benefits one of them being that you can write content and add links, which can be added to other sies, thereby building links ( more organically.) it is worht a try I would say have about 200 articles before things happen.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this interesting article. I had heard the name Ezine but had no idea what it is about. I may try it. :)


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

nanospeck-- see from what i understand it won't, this is why I suggest that you essentially write something which is unique but have your links, because that is the main thing, when they post your content they need to post your links you've put in your author bio ( or resource box) so it is more a traffic thing, and often they will use the content to build up theirs, but this adds links, so I am not sure what Google thinks, but from what I understand they don't ban the particular user since it is "free" to use.


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nanospeck 5 years ago

Hi rebecca, you've mentioned that e-zine articles are basically published to be copied into blogs.So my doubt is: what is the condition of such blogs? Wont they be detected for duplicate content?Wont their adsense account be banned??


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

tonymac-- thanks for the comment, these are of my insights as of this writing but it is important to keep on building your hubs and other places.


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

As always, Rebecca, a very useful and informative Hub. Thanks for sharing your insights and experience for us to learn from.

Love and peace

Tony


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Silent Writer-- sound informative I shall read it.


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Silent Writer 5 years ago from Udaipur

You have shared a very good post. Very helpful and informative.

I too have some tricks for article marketing and shared it on my hub:

http://hubpages.com/community/Top-5-ways-for-Artic...

Hope you will visit my hub.

Thank you.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

cbris- 1,000 to 10,000 backlinks? are they dofollow or nofollow? you do need to take care about spamming. that is where you might be having touble.


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cbris52 5 years ago

I use ezine, isnare, hubs, squidoo, knol, quizilla, and about 100 other thinks and get anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 backlinks a month... article marketing is easy... getting high quality links is a little more tricky.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Alison-- yes backlinking the back links also seems to help, and yep Misha and ryankett both suggest this.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Mkayo-- yes ezines is great and does seem to help build those links but I also write on other article directories to build up link domains.


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Alison Graham 5 years ago from UK

Hi Rebecca, thanks for all the useful info. Would just like to add that I have written some articles on ezine linking back to my hubs. Following advice in hubs from Misha and, (I think) Ryankett, I am also backlinking those backlinks to reinforce them!


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MKayo 5 years ago from Texas

Love the ezines! I have written on a number of these for about a year now and I find that they do exactly as you say here. Great Hub - Thanks!


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

maddy-- e-zine articles are all submitted electronically, they have their won section that allows you to do this, of course you will have to sign up, and until yoru account is upgraded to platinum you will find the eidtorial process take a bit of time.


maddy757 5 years ago

i guess in developing countries like mine i wont be able to reach out to a large audience. But, shall try ezine after a few months. do ezine accept electronic topics write ups too.? You say that they have a strict publishing procedure.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Paula-- thanks so much, it is interesting and can get you traffic if you write there on a regular basis


Paula Andrea, MA 5 years ago

Great article! I really appreciate the insightful information regarding Ezine!


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Besthubs-- I have never had a problem getting approval for my work, in fact I am a platunum level author who does get a lot of good traffic from e-zine, not only that but with dofollow links and a PR of 6 it is much better than soicla networking sites, who now normaly do not have do follow links, if that is what you are looking for.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Dolores-- I think it is called good page rank and dofollow links ( don't qutoe me on that!) still, if you are on platinum (a very easy thing!) you can get good traffic from that site.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

jill of alltreades-- I try my best, and it is an important way to promote, but of course in the beginning it takes time.


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besthubs 5 years ago

The problem with Ezines is time and hard to get approval. When you know the rules, you can do it quick and with this article marketing method you can promote your hubs easily. Beside this, we may use others method to promotion as do follow blog comments, or social bookmarking.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Rebecca - I write for ezines for the links. It not only draws traffic (some) but there is a plus for which I do not have the correct technical term. What I mean is, a link from ezines will give you more what I call Google-cred. An article linked from ezines makes your hub look better to the Google search engine. And it's not hard to make it to platinum level, you can do it rather quickly. I am Inez Calender over there.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

I always learn something from your hubs Rebecca! You are a great teacher about all things related to writing and earning from them.

Thanks very much for sharing your expertise!

Rated up and useful!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Winsome-- part of e-zine seems to be the non-controversial topics that it allows, so then you have a chance to use materials on your blog and comment furthur on them.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Cemil-- both in the works together seems to be the best idea.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

I often am impressed with the good ideas and thoughts on ezine aritcles. Thank you for explaining how it works. =:)


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Cemil 6 years ago from Land Down Under

I am still yet to find what works best, Hubpages or Ezines...

I have used Ezine for a while, but Hubpages does have that community factor to it.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

lori-- squidoo is a lot more complex than hubpages... one day I'll write about them both.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Micky-- some days there isn't!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

cindyvine-- yes it is a time factor, which I do know we have only 24 hours for each day, but one day we'll get it...


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

JannyC-- yes they do, and that is why when you begin they look at your work more "harshly" to make certain it is good.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Benjamin-- the more controversial the topic the more likely it is to be denied. So most people tend to stick to business topics, and then build links from there.


loriamoore 6 years ago

I've written some e-zine articles as a freelancer for other people. I tried squidoo, but I just don't understand it.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Where is the time?


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

For me it's always a time thing, where to find the time to do all these wonderful things!


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JannyC 6 years ago

EZ articles do have strict rules dont they? I think I have done EZ articles with out even knowing it in my ghostwriting work.


BenjaminB 6 years ago

Rebecca while I may try again in the future to get some articles on E-zines they frustrated me by disallowing my first 3 attempts at getting accepted due to what I deem a judgement call. They say I was breaking the rules of what was allowed I say you could look at it from a different viewpoint and it would seem legal by their terms. Oh well!

While they do get perhaps the greatest exposure there are just too many other high PR article sites out there that accept articles quicker or even instantly, Go Articles is one.You have presented us with the proper info on this topic and have me reconsidering another attempt with a less controversial topic that may have an easier time getting accepted. Thanks Rebecca!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

nighthag-- as long as you don't cut and paste you should be okay, again this is really ment to gain traffic to your sites so expect that it will increase traffic, but not nessecarily money.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

gamelover-- you are most welcome.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

kunle-- I might check that out... still in a way ez-ine does make you money, and it is only time you spend... that is the way to go write quality not don't worry about money it will come.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

pennyauctionview-- that is the idea that I have great writing is better than poor marketing, or the "fool me once..." idea


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nighthag 6 years ago from Australia

So glad you endorse this site as i have just joined but having only just started getting the swing of hubpages i was hesitating. Might really look into it :)

thanks again for a great hub!


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gamelover 6 years ago from Belgium

Good work


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pennyauctionviewe 6 years ago from Canada

Rebecca, I like your common sense approach to writing and profit. The theme seems to be write good stuff no matter where you go and people will give you the "backlinks" you need to gain traffic. Do it the other way around (quality marketing, poor writing) and you will not do very well.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

viryabo-- it does have its beenfits so long as your focus is building traffic with great content and a great author bio.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

creativeone-- as always the pleasure of seeing a comment from you is mine, thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

William-- that has happened, but if you build your links correctly it does help traffic to your hubs. Again it is something you need to build up and try to get people coming to.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Peter-- it has its uses, and the question i admit was a good one, and it is good for getting traffic. ( I beleive it has dofollow links) at any rate keep on writing.


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viryabo 6 years ago

Thanks for this Rebecca. I started off at Ezine before i discovered HP, but wrote only about six articles or so. This great hub has now encouraged me enough to revisit and write more over there.

From your hub, i now realise how writing for Ezine will be beneficial to me.

Thanks for sharing and GodBless.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

drbj-- yes writing for ezine doe slack that community which can be found here, so that is somethign to think about.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Mike-- for me it is worthwhile, as it odes create traffic, but if you are there for cummnity this is not a great place.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

gabriel-- yes the challenge is a good idea, but do remember that over that 100 days you will be needing some great articles out there to make a dent there.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

allpurposeguru-- if you take it as a traffic builder and submit content that is somewhat unique ( so you don't get a duplicate content lable) then it is a good way to go.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

cardee-- which is why i do like it and think it is a worthwhile place to get some of your links.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hello hello-- it is something you should try as sometimes it does make a difference in traffic... and money.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

FGual-- Google does have a program which they can send you who has made a copy of your work, but also you can check on who has linked to your hubs ( or site) via yahoolink domain, and that usually give a great idea where it is. Youa re right this is only one way of making money, but it is a good way.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

shane-- it is a good place to begin and to work with some "editors" which in the end does improve your writing.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

song-bird-- it is good for traffic, and if done correctly gets you traffic at a regular pace.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

lorlie-- one way to go is this way, but again there are many to get traffic, and money


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

m. engebawy-- yes these are some benefits to it, and place your links correctly, and add the title of your hub or site and that seems to help, and yes Google does like e0zines a lot.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Pamela-- there isn't any money persay in it, btu if you write and add you linsk, then keep on writing at about 100 e-zines you'll find success.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

lilly-- my you are most welcome, happy to help otu!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

heart4theworld-- the question wondered if real people write e-zine articles since no one seems to comment or rate them, so I worked with that deifnition, and it was fun.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

MInnesTonkaTwin-- e-zine is not for the faint of heart, and yes it does take time, because of all these factors, msot people do nto "comment" or build up a community there but it is good for traffic.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

ecoggins-- yes there are benefits to hubpages, and adsense is one of them, but by adding a link to one of your hubs also seems to help a lot.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Rebecca,For another fantastic hub, I always appreciate your writings. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Good hub, Rebecca E. I've published a number of articles on ezinearticles. I've gotten close to 5500 hits there, which is OK, but I quit publishing there after they declined to publish a piece they (wrongly) considered libelous. It related to a public figure (public figures are not easy to libel.) I am not very interested in making money from my scribbles, but I would like them to be read by as many people as possible. The suggestions you make regarding the linking from ezinearticles in the author's box, I think, is the right way to go. Most hubbers would benefit from following your advice.


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from Southeast Asia

Thanks Rebecca....nice promotion. I have few on Ezine articles and always plan to do more. My blog and researching for it seems to take a whole chunk of my time right now. I need more time discipline.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

I also write articles for Ezines but since I discovered Hubpages, confine my writing to HP only since I enjoy the interaction with readers on HP that is missing on other ezines. It is a very big plus!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I've written a few articles for Virtual Assistant ezines, but I have not done this type of work consistently for some time. I wrote a lot in the early days of newsletters that came in your email box--which seems a lifetime ago.

I suppose I should try to work my way back into this type of writing. Thanks again for some very good ideas.

Mike


gabriel 6 years ago

Hi rebecca

Great content, specially reminding the ones that are relatively new to Ezines (me) not to copy and paste our previous hubs.I have signed up for the 100 Ezines challenge...is a kick on the ass to keep on writing.Thanks for sharing and take care

Gabriel


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allpurposeguru 6 years ago from North Carolina

I have one Ezine article up and two more under review. I certainly hope to boost traffic once I reach enough articles to be noticed. Since it doesn't pay anything directly, I have been going back and forth about the wisdom of it. Thanks for your endorsement.


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chardee42 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

I have people read my EZA articles more than any other article directory. Its great for ranking without a lot of extra work.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Rebecca, for your always informative advice. I often wondered about ezine but never got round to it.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Rebecca, for you're always informative advice. I often wondered about ezine but never got round to it.


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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Great report on ezine articles, have 40 articles there but don't understand how you find out who is using your articles on their blog or site. Since the only revenue source is channeling readers to your URL where they hopefully click or buy, it should not be your only promotional tool


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shane_75 6 years ago from Murrieta, Ca

Good to know information. I will try E-zine to brush up on my writing skills.

Thanks,

Shane


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Song-Bird 6 years ago from Michigan

I was not familiar with ezine articles and found your hub to be very helpful and informative. I will definitely be trying out that avenue! Thank you!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I've never considered such a career move, Rebecca, but I think I will look into it. As you point out, the practice would be extremely beneficial.

Do you recommend a specific site?

Thanks, I'll be back!


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M. Engebawy, PhD 6 years ago from Overland Park, Kansas, USA

About 10% of my hub views are referrals from EzineArticles. I create my hubs with a lot of information and related pictures and videos. I then extract 500-750 words quality article with a link to the related hub and submit it to EzineArticles. It is still a quick way that takes less than an hour per hub. How it works?

Google loves EzineArticles because it is the only Articles Directory that is reviewing the submitted articles manually to ensure quality, which is why it takes up to a week to get published. So, your quality article would appear on the first few pages on Google Search (even before your related hub) and people will check it out. If they like it, they will seek more information by clicking the link on the Author Resource Box which leads to your related hub. So, as Rebecca said, it is an indirect way to make money.

Unfortunately, EzineArticles do not share Adsense revenue with publishers like HubPages.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I have written a couple of articles on Ezine but I didn't think there was any money to be made, so I stopped. Thanks for your article.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Arr, thank ya for sharing more treasures and good advice. It is much appreciated!


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Never heard this definition about ezine articles...a good heads up! It seems it is difficult to get in the right writing wave, to make money? Informative hub!


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Always love your helpful and informative articles. I honestly had never heard of e-zinearticles until I read this. It sounds great for building traffic but I just don't have this kind of time or patience. Great hub.


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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

I wrote over 100 articles for ezine before I discovered Hubpages. I got pretty good traffic from it, but due to time constraints and google adsense kickbacks I now focus on hubpages. Most of my ezinearticles were about friendship and chrisitan leadership. I also tried to promote affiliate marketing as a member of wealthy affiliates, but those articles generated the least amount of traffic. One of my ezinearticles on friendship resides in the first spot on Google, Yahoo!, and Bing on a very common two word keyword phrase from the subject.

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