Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WAHM-Articles Blog Tour - My Readers May be New to Article Marketing

It’s possible; my blog readers are new to article marketing. What is the best way to get started with article writing?
Amy, that’s a great question and one that needs to be addressed. Article marketing is something every business owner needs to do. The reason is because it’s an easy way to build trust and show your expertise. When people see your articles in print, they feel the author knows what they’re doing.

Since your readers are new to article marketing, getting started may be difficult. It’s hard to know how to get started and to know what you need to do once you’ve written your articles. This post will give you some tips to help your readers get started.

1. Topics

The first thing you need to do is decide what you’re going to write about. The first thing you need to do is decide who your target market is and what they need or want. The reason for this is because it’s important you write your articles based on them. Your target market is going to be reading them so you need to help them solve problems, prevent them from happening, and anything they might find useful or helpful. Brainstorming is an easy way to come up with topics once you have your target market in mind.

2. Writing articles

Writing articles is not difficult when you follow these steps. Your articles need to be between 400 and 800 words in length. They also need to be content and keyword rich. It’s a good idea to have your keyword in the first sentence of the first paragraph and in the last sentence of the final paragraph. Then it will depend on the word count as to how many times it will appear in the body of your article. Usually it will be two or three times, but that doesn’t always work. Base it on the number of paragraphs you have in your article.

3. Bio’s

The bio in your article shares a little about you and your business. It’s the only place in your article where you can talk about the things you offer and include your website. This is not something you can share in the body of your article, so you need to include that in the bio section.

4. Directories

Once you have your article written, it’s time to submit your article to article directories that are geared toward your target market. You don’t want submit them to directories that aren’t visited regularly by your market. That will be a waste of time for you and you won’t get the traffic and growth you’re expecting.

Article marketing is important to any business because it helps increase traffic and it builds trust and expertise. When you follow these steps you’re sure to have success with article marketing.

Amy thanks again for allowing WAHM-Articles to stop and visit your blog. We hope this post will help your readers get started with article marketing. We just came from Sophia and Shelly’s blog, so make sure you click here to read how we helped their readers. Also, make sure you click here to visit Chris Carroll’s blog on Thursday to see how we’re going to help her readers with article marketing.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Make this Christmas Special for Someone in your Community

The holidays are a great time to volunteer in your community. It is a busy season and there are a lot of things to be done. Unfortunately, there are people who are unable to do things for themselves. How great would you feel knowing that you helped someone in your community have a wonderful Christmas?

Community service –

Community Service is not just for people who have been in trouble. It is a way to help the people in your community. Here are a few things you can do to help around the Holidays

- Shovel driveways for the elderly,

- Help cook or serve a meal at a homeless shelter

- Buy or donate food to a homeless shelter. Homeless shelters are always in need of food. Go through your pantry and find canned goods to donate to them.

- Offer to be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army

- Offer to shop for Christmas presents for a senior citizen that is unable to get to the mall

- Offer to fill out Christmas cards for the family of an elderly person in your community

Donate your time at Nursing Homes–

Christmas can be very lonely for people in a Nursing Home. When you donate some of your time during the holidays, it makes them feel special. That is a wonderful feeling. Here are some things you can do while you are there.

- Decorate a Christmas tree

- Get a group together to sing Christmas Carols

- Make ornaments for their tree

- Help them make gifts for a child that is hospitalized

- Help them make gifts for their children or grandchildren

- Just talk!

Donate toys for less fortunate children –

The Salvation Army will usually have Christmas Trees at malls or shopping centers with tags on them. These are filled out by children whose families can’t afford to buy gifts for their children. Usually, these kids ask for some kind of toy, and then they give their clothing size. You will not get to see the expression on their faces when they open them, but I guarantee that every child will appreciate the gifts they get. This is an easy inexpensive way to help a child in your community.

You have the ability to make this Christmas special for someone in your community. Christmas is a time for giving. This does not necessarily mean you have to spend a lot of money. Give the gift of companionship and love. For someone who is alone on the holidays, that may be far better than a gift. If you have extra money, buying a gift for a child who may not get one is a way you can help out. Either way, you are touching someone’s life, and that is the best gift of all.