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Write Online: The Key To Your Online Success

Updated on September 29, 2011

Promote Your Hubs for Free: Write Online

Once you've written a Hub, you should really try to promote it, to give it a fighting chance of rising in searches and being found by potential readers. Of course, you can post it in directories, link to it from forum posts on related topics, and so forth. However some of the best promotion you can do is to write online elsewhere and link back to it.

Of course, your own blog is the best place to write online to promote your Hubs. But, a blog alone is not enough.

On this page, I will share with you some of the writing sites that I have used; free writing sites that will require nothing but a bit of your time to use. When used over time, they will certainly help your Hubs perform their best.

Types of Writing Sites

When you write online you will find sites that accept full length articles that should stand alone. The articles that you write may complement the content you've written in your Hub, provide additional information, or focus on an adjacent topic. In many instances then, you can link back to that Hub to give it a boost.

Other writing sites will accept shorter blurbs. These sites allow you to submit a link to your Hub and summarize it or provide some sort of introduction to it.

Some writing sites offer DoFollow links that will give your Hubs a boost, some offer revenue sharing or other additional income, and some offer syndication to help you get your links sprinkled across the interent. Some sites offer all three things and all of them offer the chance to increase your audience. You'll need to decide which attributes are important to you.

Why Write Online?

Writing online can help you and your Hubs in a variety of ways.

  • You can usually include links within your articles or in the Author Bio section to point back to your Hubs. These links help your Hubs rank better in searches.
  • You can gain additional traffic when you write online about your Hubs. By having content on a different site, you will automatically gain an additional audience, one that is not necessarily on Hubpages.
  • You can often earn additional income, outside of Hubpages. Some writing sites may pay you a sum for submitting articles on a given topic, but even more of them will allow you to earn at least a portion of the ad revenue that is earned when visitors click on ads posted on the content you submit to that site.
  • You can also build your reputation as an expert and develop a larger following when you write online. Again, by posting content on other sites you are giving yourself a broader market, more eyes looking at what you have to offer.

A Few Caveats About Writing Online

There are many writing sites online, both paid and free. However, there are a few things you must do if you wish to be successful when you write online to promote your Hubs.

  • Write unique content.
    Whether you write an entirely new article or you simply post a paragraph regarding a Hub you have written, that content should be unique. It should not be a copy of what is in your Hub or what is posted anywhere else.
  • Use the right links.
    First, you must observe the rules of any given site. Some allow self-serving outbound links, some allow two, and others even more. There may also be rules about where links can be posted; in the body of the article versus in the bio section, or perhaps not in the first paragraph. Know the rules and abide by them.

    Secondly, know whether the links are NoFollow or DoFollow. A DoFollow link is preferred because search engines will recognize it and pass page rank on to your Hub giving it a boost. The terms of service for the site may explain whether or not links are NoFollow or not. If not, you can check the source code to see if the rel="nofollow" attribute has been added to your link after you've submitted your first article.

    In addition, I prefer text links which use my keywords. So I use the HTML to achieve this (<a href="http:/">yourkeyword</a>) or use the text editor which many sites offer.
  • Be consistent
    If you choose to write online, you need to be a consistent contributor. Your submissions will do best if you establish a presence. When possible get to know the other contributors, find followers, and so forth. If you spread yourself around quite a bit, you won't have time to devote all of your efforts on each site, but making regular contributions is still important.

My Favorite Free Writing Sites

When you write online, there are so many sites to choose from it can be difficult to select the best one. In my eyes, nothing beats Hubpages and Squidoo. While I've certainly seen many writers debate the advantages and disadvantages of these two sites, I would say simply, you should be using them both. You can link your Hubs and lenses, although not to excess. You can earn ad revenue and affiliate revenue through both, and can increase your audience and traffic as well. You're bound to have a preference for one or the other and that's fine. One can be your primary writing site, and the other, the one that complements your primary work.

With that done, it's time to consider additional writing sites to do your promotion work. Here are my personal favorites:

    Qondio offers a page rank of 6. This means that the site has some established authority. I can also say that it provides me with more AdSense revenue than any other writing site I have tried outside of Squidoo and Hubpages. It has an active and friendly community. It also offers both DoFollow and NoFollow links for every article (known as Intel) that you contribute. Your links appear at the end of your article. Qondio's support is also very responsive. On Qondio you can run not only Google AdSense but other Ads as well. There is no limit on the length of the articles you submit. Spam is tightly controlled as every Intel is reviewed by at least 10 Qondio members before being published. The site does not appear to be appropriate for publishing a short synopsis of your Hubs; it is designed for full, stand alone articles even if they are only a paragraph long.
    Snipsly is a fairly new site, but in the months that I have been there I have seen significant development. It currently has a 4/10 page rank. There is no article length requirement so you can post full length unique articles or a paragraph describing your Hub contents. You are allowed DoFollow links within your article. I am not sure how many links you are allowed, but two should be sufficient. In addition, you can earn AdSense Revenue. I've only been there a couple of months, but I have earned at least a few dollars of income by contributing four or five articles a week. Again, if you choose to become more active, I'm sure earnings would be greater.
    I've been with InfoBarrel for several months as well. It is designed for full length, standalone articles. You can insert up to two text links within the body of your article, but none in the first paragraph. Google AdSense Revenue sharing is available as well. The site has a 4/10 page rank.
    I've written for ezinearticles for three or four years. It is a well established place to write online. You must write articles of at least 300-350 words in length and your links must be contained within the Author Bio box. These are DoFollow links. There is no Adsense Revenue Sharing available. Your articles will be syndicated and other publishers can pick them up and publish them elsewhere. The guidelines require that your links be published along with your articles. When the guidelines are observed, this can help get more of your links sprinkled across the internet. There are of course many other sites like this but EzineArticles is my favorite and probably the most highly regarded. and ArticleDashboard.comare others I've used quite a bit. Submitting a short synopsis of your Hubs is not appropriate on these sites.
    Excerptz is a fairly new site. They accept articles of pretty much any length and allow you to include some Do Follow backlinks as well. Writers can include up to three external links and this can include affiliate links if desired. It also offers writers and 80% AdSense Revenue share and a growing community. It is built on a WordPress platform so the navigation and process should be familiar to many writers. The home page has a clean, professional look. The current page rank is only 3/10 but the site is still very new.
    Wizzley is one of the newest online writing sites. It allows writers to earn 50%-60% of ad impressions for Google Adsense, Amazon, Zazzle, and AllPosters affiliate programs. It's easy to use and the format is very much like HubPages so it's very easy to learn once you've written on Hubpages. It has a professional, clean look and plenty of quality content to assure it develops a good reputation as the site matures. It's current page rank is 3/10.

  • Best Reviewer
    I love the ease of using the Best Reviewer site. It has one format, it's all about listing "the Top ___". For instance, you might write about the "Top 5 Ways to Get Rid of a Cold" or the "Top 20 Ways to Paper Train a Puppy". You write a few sentences to introduce your list, add links (your own or others) for each item and maybe a short description, add a 2 or three sentence conclusion and publish. You can gain up to 20 Do Follow backlinks this way and they are in the body of the content, not pushed to the bottom in an author bio box. You can include your own links as well as links to the pages others have created. You also receive 100% of the AdSense revenue earned on the ads placed next to the title of your article. It takes only minutes to produce these quick articles that users will find easy to read.

    I would caution writers and marketers to be sure to include original content in their "Top ___" list so that it doesn't look like SPAM and to optimize their results. However, personally I find the site lucrative as it consistently earns for me each month.


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    • seamist profile image

      seamist 7 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      Hi Mulberry

      Very well-written and informative hub. Thank you. I bookmarked it, voted it up, and rated it.

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      Malcom Reynolds 7 years ago

      I hear ya irenemaria, i need much more than 24 hours a day. I have far too much to do.

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      Oh I wish I had 48 hours per day now. Your hub was so informative!

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      Cobrafan 7 years ago from Nowhere

      I've personally found my Hubs can reach the first page of Google for the targeted keywords without me ever promoting them. They usually don't get past #5 without promotion, but Google really seems to love these Hubpages.

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      GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

      Excellent information. Great hub bookmarked. Will have to check some of these sites out. I have a Squidoo but forget about it most of the time.

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      This is really great information!! REally great! Well written. I haven't used Qondio....I will have to check it out! Thanks. Rated up for sure!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago

      I appreciate this excellent information on article sites. After putting it off a long time, I've just recently started writing here at Hubpaages and I've had some excellent results already. I know I should expand to other sites as well and your assessments of the most popular sites will be very helpful when I decide where to try next.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Looks like I need to join Qondio - I joined Xomba but never used it - I figured no follow was not a good thing - I have been sadly negligent in promoting my work :(

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Ign Andy: I've used Amazines also, although it's been a year or two ago. Probably a good recommendation. I haven't tried Sooperarticles but I should probably check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      Sandyspider: I've heard people say that they start out as DoFollow and then change. I have only checked them a day or two later and they always have the NoFollow attribute when I check the source code.

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      Ign Andy 7 years ago from Green Home Office

      I will recommend, and These two give you dofollow links as well. Amazines will allow you to put up to 3 links in article.

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      wordsscriber 7 years ago from California

      Super info. I will ad this Hub to my reference collection and refer to it as I continue to increase my knowledge base. Thanks!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I am a member of Qondio, Ezine, and recently joined Xomba. I didn't know Xomba was no follow. Still haven't done a blog about my Hubs. Thanks for the ideas.