submitting articles to article banks is a well-known method for
promoting one's website. Usually there is an author's box at the
bottom of the article and a link back to the website. This link
is valuable in two ways. First, it provides direct traffic from
those reading the article to the website. Second, the link counts
as a vote to the website when a search engine robot crawls the
article. This will help your website rank higher in the search
engine results pages.
(such as ArticleCity.com or GoArticles.com) help Webmasters who
need content for their websites as well. Webmasters will come
to these resources and pick up articles for placement on their
sites, providing valuable content for their own visitors. The
only requirement is that the Webmasters keep the author's box,
including the active link, intact when copying the articles.
From a Webmaster's
point of view, they need search no further than the article banks
for relative content for their websites. But, for the writers
promoting their own websites, there is no need to stop submitting
articles at the article banks as other resources are available.
First, online magazines may be researched and articles submitted
to them directly. Second, articles may be submitted to different
online groups such as Yahoo! Groups where all you need to do is
sign up as a member and then you can email the article to all
members in the group.
and perhaps newest method for submitting articles and promoting
one's website can be found at some of the newer sites that are
part article bank and part online magazine. Like an article bank,
these new sites let writers submit articles for placement on the
site and even let the writer create an online portfolio showcasing
their work. Like a magazine, some of these sites will pay for
content and encourage readers to come to their site to read all
the great articles that they offer.
As an example
of one of these newer websites, AssociatedContent.com encourages
both readers and writers to come to its website. Revenue is generated
by the ads that appear along side the articles. Unlike an article
bank, the articles are not to be picked up by Webmasters for their
own sites. The benefit to writers though is that this serves as
another avenue to showcase their work. Writers get to create an
online portfolio including an author's bio page, which will be
indexed by the search engines along with their articles for added
exposure. Writers at some of these newer classes of websites get
to establish themselves as resident experts in their fields, very
much like the guides in the About.com model.
So, for those
who are looking to write articles and gain exposure for their
own websites, the first stop is at the article banks. But, don't
stop there. There are other avenues that can be explored for maximum
exposure for your website.