September article challenge

Written by Mike

Topics: Article Marketing, Making money online

One of the best ways I have found to get motivated with making money online is to set goals and write about it here on my blog.

Anyone reading this blog over the past couple of weeks will have seen that I have been spending time writing articles for Hubpages and Infobarrel. To keep up the pace and not lose interest, I have decided to set myself the challenge of having 50 articles published on Infobarrel by the end of the month. This includes the eight I have already done and if I start now, it is only one article a day.

I thought about going for 100 articles, but I think that the articles would get progressively worse in quality and I would start to go crazy. I still need to monitor and keep adding articles to my existing websites. Since you can have two self-promotional links in each Infobarrel article, I have been writing articles that will actually make me money to link to. The article writing experiment has also motivated me to start working on the domains that I have been holding onto for years and creating mini-sites on them.

I now have 50 hubs published on Hubpages and again it would be nice to go for 100 articles there, but I think I will be busy enough with my Infobarrel goal, so I think I will just try to complete another 30 hubs on Hubpages.

Finally, I currently have 4 published articles on Ezine articles and I want to set a goal of having 10 published articles there by the end of the month. It can take more than a week there to get an article reviewed. I think once you have 10 articles published, the review process becomes a little quicker. One article I wrote there last week still hadn’t been reviewed, so I sent their support an email and they approved it straight away. They said they have a huge backlog of articles there recently to be reviewed.

I have noticed however, when I have been doing certain keyword searches, I have found ezine ranking for so many different phrases. So I think it is not surprising that SEOs are really targeting the site for links.

So by the end of the month my goal is to have:
50 articles complete on Infobarrel – all at least 450 words – current about 8 articles published
80 articles on hubpages – currently 50 hubs
10 articles on Ezinearticles – currently 3 articles published and one in review

Anyone want to join me in the September article challenge?

4 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Kirsty says:

    Hey Mike! Sounds like you’re on the right track. I think this is the sort of thing I need to get myself motivated so I’m in.

    I currently have about 8 articles over on eZine, 1 on InfoBarrel and a whopping zero HubPages. I am going to aim to have 50 articles on Infobarrel and 30 Hubs as well by the end of the month and see if I can keep up with you.

    So far with my article writing efforts I have been in it to get links back to my own sites. So my article topics have been chosen based on which pages I was planning on linking to. I haven’t done any keyword research or branched out to new ares at all. Is that something you do every time? Are you writing about stuff you’ve already got on your own sites or try out completely new angles based on keyword research?

    Well I better go set up a HubPages account…

  2. Mike says:

    Ok, great. I have generally been writing articles with similar themes to my websites. It makes sense to me because I can make money from Infobarrel and get backlinks to my sites at the same time.

    I have been using keyword research to help write the article, rather than finding nice topics.

    I type in keywords like “Tokyo hostels” and see what other keywords I can use in my article. I then copy and paste in keywords that have good search volume and advertiser competition to a blank document and then start writing.

    Those keywords then help form the basis of the article.

    I don’t know if this is the right way or not but it was I am trying right now and I am seeing an increase in my adsense.

  3. Kirsty says:

    Great idea! I will give that a go. So far I am just sort of hastily rewriting older articles and I’m not sure how helpful that’ll be.

  4. Pattaya Pete says:

    That’s an ambitious, but do-able goal. I’ve seen others make similar challenges in the last few months. Hubpages is going to have a lot of content. 🙂 I haven’t tried info barrel yet, but I shall give it a look as it seems to be getting a lot of touts lately.

    Just to make you feel better it has been taking me about 14 days to get an article approved at ezine the last month. I write good articles, and fire them off and forget, expecting to be approved. However last month I wasn’t seeing my articles in my stats like usual and checked my control panel – they were still being reviewed. May have to take your tip of sending support an email.

    I don’t know if the recession is driving a lot more people to make money online, but I have seen a significant increase in wait time across a lot of similar services.

    BTW..first time on your blog. Good work. I see it is a small community – I’ve been a regular visitor to Kirsty’s blog. May Have to think about setting up a flagship of my own… Pete

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