So, you’re all excited to start your article marketing adventure! You’ve put a lot of time and effort in creating content that is spilling over with value; to tell the world that you have the answer to all of their business marketing problems, right?
You’ve been reading and learning and watching training videos on the topic of the glories of article marketing. You’ve created your very own blog to drive traffic to. You’ve been putting together your affiliate programs that you are sure people will want to know about and buy just from you…..right?
You log into your Free Ezine Article account with the anticipation of all those leads you’re about to get, and all the money you’re about to make from your affiliates. Your first piece of content is all about how wonderful your business opportunity is and how much profit the average Joe can make if they just click on your link……
You paste your article in, hit submit, come back 24 hours later to check your account. To your horror and disappointment you see that your magnificent piece of value packed content, (at least you thought it was value packed), has been DENIED APPROVAL AND YOUR ACCOUT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED ‘TIL FURTHER NOTICE!!
With your head spinning in disbelief, you begin to wonder if your hopes for a successful home based business has been squashed! Is your career over before it even gets started? None of the training tutorials told you about this! How did this happen and what do you do next??
If this little scenario sounds familiar to you, don’t panic, your career isn’t over yet, by a long shot! Welcome to the wonderful world of article marketing. These are the little learning experiences that will make you an expert in the long run. This is just a minor setback, that last thing you want to do is give up now.
Here are the Top 5 things you need to do to avoid a situation like this:
Make sure you read EzineArticles.com Terms of Service for Authors- Completely.
I totally understand how easy it to just overlook the information in this area. I am very guilty of not completely reading the terms of service for many systems and programs over the years myself. However, ignoring this important step will hurt in you the short run.
Next, read the Editorial Guidelines for Submitting To EzineArticles.com
This area shows you how to submit your article and will save you so much time and headache if you review this area first.
Understand the meaning of Value.
Though you may feel that your business opportunity and affiliate links are beneficial to the reader, think again. What is considered value to one person is just pushy sales promotion to someone else.
Think of value as solving a problem. Your reader may not be looking for how to make money or interested in joining your business opportunity, but they are looking for help with something. It’s your job to anticipate that problem, possibly something you’ve experienced yourself , and share the answer with your prospective readers.
Do not put your URL links or any hyper links within the body of your article.
This is considered by Ezine.com as blatant self promotion and is not something that is directly useful to the reader. I know your’re thinking, what exactly is the purpose if you can’t provide your links to drive traffic to your site??.
Don’t worry, Ezine.com does have your back here, and has reserved the Resource Box area for just this purpose. Remember to review the Terms of Service and Editorial Guidelines for more information on how this all works.
Also, you are not allowed to have your affiliate links anywhere in your article. This includes the Resource Box, unfortunately. The way to get around that is to send your traffic to your main site and refer them to your affiliate link from there.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.
Thank goodness we have the ability to learn from our mistakes. This is how gurus are made. When you stumble and fall, get back up, wipe yourself off, and share what you’ve learned with others. This is one of the ways, (the hard way- lol), but one of the ways you can provide real value.