Successful Article Marketing Is In The Tracking
I submit articles to a lot of article directories and through http://www.isnare.com. A lot of the articles are my own, but most of them are ghostwritten for clients. Isnare and other article directories do an ok job of tracking how many views your article has had at their directory, but that's where it stops. Plus, once you submit to any article directory, how do you know where else that article was reprinted? Clients ask me about this all the time.
Sure, you can search for your article title in Google and get a lot of results and sift through them to find which search engine listings are your article and which are just web pages that are related to the same phrase used in your article title, but is that the best method for tracking how well your articles are doing out there? Submit and forget is the normal approach taken to article marketing. You just keep producing new articles and have "faith" in the system and that your articles are getting widespread distribution. For years, this was the approach I took to article marketing as well. Since then, we have developed ways to do more with the content that we wrote or paid to have written for us. For starters, those old articles you own and have already submitted are still good, useful content.
You can continue to distribute them to other article directories they have not already been submitted to. You can offer them to be printed on other websites for a link back in your bio. You can break them into parts and reuse them on your blog as part 1, part 2, part 3, and so on. The content you wrote or paid for still has value beyond the one time they were submitted to directories. How many articles do you have on your hard drive right now that you could be using? Another method you can use is to place a tracking or serial number into each article. Use something unique as an identifier. Something with numbers and letters. Before you develop your serial numbers, search them in google and if you get a no results page, your serial number is perfect. You can place the serial number into the actual body of the article or into your author bio. Anyone reading the article will ignore it, but you will be able to search Google for that serial number later and you will start getting results that are your own.
With this method you can track which article topics get the widest distribution, track which websites and blogs reprinted the article after finding it in article directories, and which distribution method got you the most bang for your buck. Stop guessing and start tracking and you will improve your article marketing results tremendously!.