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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
If you like to read like I do then with the amount of blog posts and FREE written articles out there you can be reading 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days of the year and still not read it all.
Now you don't have to be a professional writer to be a published on the internet. During the past year I have noticed a proliferation of FREE article content websites springing up for posting FREE articles written by just about anyone. The only criteria seems to be that the article must be an original copyrighted article written by the article submitter.
The various FREE writing article content websites allow you to post FREE original articles you have written and allow webmasters and bloggers to utilize the FREE articles contained on their website for their own blogs or websites according to specific terms and conditions that they lay forth. Terms and conditions for usage vary website to website so if you want to use any of the content be sure to read the terms and conditions for usage.
The subjects are vast and varied and cover just about anything you can think of. I especially like the FREE articles about "crafts and crafting" written by crafters around the world. I'm thrilled that more and more crafters are sharing their crafting knowledge and skills with everyone so anyone worldwide can benefit from their skill. I also love the FREE articles on "sewing", "floral design", "hobbies", and "genealogy" issues.
If you're a small business crafter on the web writing FREE articles is a terrific way to get FREE exposure for your website or blog. Most of the FREE article content websites allow you to include a copyright and bio paragraphs with clinkable links back to your website or blog on the bottom of your article.
I also written many FREE articles for myself and other websites. The FREE articles that I have written are on my Linda Walsh Originals website and can be used according to the terms and conditions on my FREE Articles page.
I have also used several FREE articles written by various crafters on my "The Best FREE Craft Articles" blog and I'm always on the lookout for more.
I thought you might be, too. So, I thought I'd put together a list of all the FREE writing articles websites that I am aware of. My list is as follows:
1888 Press Release
ABC Article Directory
Access My Library
All Free Things
All Women Central
Articles and Authors
Articles For Free
Articles To Go
Awesome Web Essentials
Craft World Online
1st Rate Articles
Free Articles and Content
Free Article Basket
Free Article Depot
Free Articles Zone
Give Me Articles
Instant Article Ghost Writer
Joanne's Craft Articles
Learn Crafts Online
My Articles Directory
New Free Articles
Niche Content Articles
Simply Search For It
Small Biz Articles
The All I Need
The Leading Articles
The Scoop Site
The WAHM Shack
We Care Articles & Tutorials
Webs Best Directory
Website Building Mom Article Directory
Your Articles World
I'll try to update this list from time to time so please check back often or bookmark my blog article.
I hope you enjoy the list. If you're looking for FREE articles for your blog or website then you have a ton to choose from with the above list. If you haven't started writing yet I have a question for you - what's stopping you? Anyone and everyone can be a publisher on the internet now. How great is that?
Sunday, March 18, 2007
So, the question this month is "How Do You Incorporate "Keywords" Into Your Blog Articles?"
If you have a website then I'm sure you are familiar with the term "keywords" in relationship to "meta tags" and search engines. A "Meta Tag" is a word or words (i.e. a keyword phrase) that you enter into defined meta tag fields or into your html code that describe the contents of that particular website page. Then when someone types that word or phrase of words into a search engine that particular page of your website will be included in their results.
Well, "keywords" are important for blog articles as well except there are no "meta tags" per se for you to use. What do you do?
Well, for blogs there are two ways to establish "keywords" for search engines. The first is in the use of "labels" and the second is in the actual text content of the article you are writing.
You could think of "labels" as "meta tags" except you attach them to every article in your blog versus a website page. Labels might also be called "categories", "tagwords", "keywords", etc. They are established by the blog service provider in their blog software and may be a word or words that you can add to an article to describe the contents of the article, or they may be categories that you can actually place your article into, or a combination of both.
If your blog service provider provides for the use of "labels" then it would be wise to use them for two reasons. The first and foremost is that they make it easier for your blog readers to find the articles in your blog that are of interest to them. Think of "labels" as an index of sorts. The second reason you should us them is that they provide one of the ways for the search engines to determine the content of your article.
However, if your blog service provider doesn't use labels all is not lost. You see, you can establish "labels" within the content of your article yourself.
How do you do this? By clever use of the words within your article.
Let's say you sell doll patterns and your blog is about your business, your products, and other information that you think may be of interest to your blog readers. Now, let's say that you want to write an article about one of your brand new doll patterns.
Well, first you would ask yourself if you wanted to buy this pattern and were going to search for it on the Internet what words would you key into your search engine? What words best describe your new pattern? Those words become your "keywords."
Then you would make sure that you included those "keywords" several times within the content of your article. If your blog service provider also provides for "labels" then you would make sure that you include those "keywords" as the labels, as well. By doing so. hopefully, you ensure that your article will be included within the search engine results for a particular keyword or keyword phrase.
Now let's say that you want to make sure that when your article is pulled up by the search engines that your reader knows who created the pattern and how they can purchase it. It doesn't do you any good if the article doesn't provide a clickable link back to your website or provide the reader with your companies name.
So, what do you do? Well, first you make sure that somewhere within the body of your article you mention your companies name, product name, and/or your companies byline. You don't want to turn the reader off by overdoing this so be judicious in the use of this within the body of your article.
Secondly, you can use what I like to call a "keyword signature" at the bottom of every article you post. You want to make sure that every single post contains a "Posted by" keyword signature of your name or your business name, a clickable link to your website, and maybe your company byline. By doing so you enhance the possibility that your article will be contained in the search results for a search of your companies name or byline. You also provide key information on your business to your blog reader in every article posted.
So, are "keywords" important for every article you post? Absolutely.
Well, the answer is simple: By including "keywords" in the content of your blog and as "labels" you will, hopefully, ensure that the search engines find your blog article. By doing so, hopefully, the customer finds you and your business.
"Tips From The Blogging Queen" Column 5 Definition -
"Ping" - A feature in software to automatically notify RSS readers, search engines, and subscribers when new posts or comments have been published on a blog. Can be manually triggered by a blog owner using a ping service. Or, can be an indicator within the blog software that is turned "on" for automatic notification to the ping servers.
Be sure to tune in to my TFTBQ Column 6 on "Are You Pinging?"
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals, Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns, and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginals.com/
So, the question this month is "Why would you want to bleg your readers?"
Well, you may or may not want to. "Bleg" started out as a term that was coined due to the spam blogs requesting money. Back then - that was a blog no-no.
However, it has been turned into a term used to asking for anything within a blog from your readers. Money, however, is still a NO-NO. That is, unless you are an established and recognized charity with a charitable blog.
However, for small business owners with blogs "blegging" can be considered a good thing especially if it creates a communication between you and your blog readers or customers.
For example, you could include a survey within a blog post or within the sidebar of your blog. It could be a survey regarding your business or products or something you'd like to get a response on before deciding to undertake.
You could ask a question of your blog readers and/or customers and ask them to email you with their response. For example, I asked my customers to tell me what kind of FREE patterns they wanted to see me design. I got a bunch of emails with their responses which I have posted on my blog from time to time.
If you are a crafter who sells patterns you could ask your customers to send you pictures of the items they have made from your doll patterns and then showcase them on your blog.
You could try and find out what your customers favorite likes or dislikes with your business or products are. For example, I have a survey on my website (which could just as easily be on my blogs) asking my customers if my Victorian "Ladies" dolls should remain "faceless." You wouldn't believe how many responses I've received on this.
Once again, the universe is your playing field when it comes to your small business blog and your readers and/or customers.
So, "Why Would You Want To Bleg Your Readers?"
The answer is: to become interactive with your readers and/or customers and get a communication going. "Blegging" is very good in this regard.
"Tips From The Blogging Queen" Column 4 Definition -
"Keyword" - A word or phrase that is used when searching for websites or blogs in the search engines or directories that explains the content of a website or blog post.
Be sure to tune in to my TFTBQ Column 5 on "How To Incorporate "Keywords" Into Your Blog Articles."
Copyright © 2007 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals, Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns, and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginals.com