Articles have a very special role in the overall functioning and ranking of a
- get your site traffic from the search engines
- increase the ranking of other pages on your site
- get you recognized as a leading expert in your field
- build confidence in your visitors
- funnel visitors to main pages where you are selling products
- easily make income via Adsense (or similar)
- establish your site as an authority in the niche
Note: I started by saying "articles can", not "articles will". The reason for
this is simple. Done badly, or incorrectly, articles wont rank well, and can
even get you into trouble.
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So what is an article?
The basic idea with articles is to create informative content that ranks well
for a range of keywords, and provides your visitors with useful information.
These articles can then guide your visitor to any of your main pages, to try to
get a sale. If the article was useful and informative, your visitor will have
more confidence in your recommendations on the main pages.
Its not easy to immediately rank well for highly competitive keywords, so the
place I always start in my keyword selection for articles is at the bottom (low
competition, often low number of searches keywords).
Once your site starts to mature, it becomes more realistic to target more
competitive phrases. The phenomenon known as the Google Sandbox, can often mean
new sites wont rank well for several months, but adding high quality content
does appear to shorten this "quarantine".
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So how do you decide which phrases to target as articles?
Let's look at an example.
I did some quick keyword research back in 2003 on barbecues. The research
resulted in 1942 phrases relating to BBQs.
Filter your phrases so that you only see those with 100 or fewer competing page,
and 5 or more daily searches.
My research returns 81 keyword phrases.
These are the phrases I would start off targeting for articles. These 81 phrases
represent a total of 546 daily searches at Google. That means, if we can rank
well for these low competition phrases, we can get a reasonable amount of
If 81 sounds too many to target initially, why not change the filtering
Try 10 or fewer competing pages, and 5 or more daily searches. I have 39 that
meet that criteria (representing 238 daily searches at Google).
One of the problems with this approach is it is often difficult to write
interesting, informative content on some of these phrases. Your content needs to
be high quality, and something that the visitor is actually interested in
This article represents part of
a strategy detailed in a freely available eBook. Download your free copy of
"Creating 'Fat' Affiliate Sites" today. Keyword phrases were manipulated
using Keyword Results Analyzer.