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15. Building Your Online Business Website Part 5
Here is Why Creating and Keeping Your Web Content Up To Date Is So Important:
Creating and Keeping Your Web Content Up To Date/Content is King! Market On The Net: You might have the best product or service to offer in its class, but it wouldn't do your business much good if your prospective customers do not know of your existence. In this day and age, where technology rul...

09. Let's Get Started, Create The Business Legally
Start Your Online Business Legally By Registering Your Business And Creating Your Brand Identity:
What is Your Business? You need to clearly understand what your business is, what you expect of it and how you want to portray it to your customers. It makes a lot of sense to put down on paper your business plan. This will clarify a lot of issues that you may not have considered before, and is a...

03. Example List Of Businesses You Could Start
List of Businesses That You Can Start And Run. This List Includes Both Online And Offline Businesses:
The below list is by no means the definitive list but should be enough, hopefully, to get your imagination going. I wanted to show you this list before proceeding to the next series of article's where we will disover what you need to consider before selecting your niche. A B C D E F G H ...

11. Building Your Online Business Web Site Part 1
First Article On Building Your Online Business Website:
Building Your Online Business Website An online business website has virtually become essential for every business and industry. Whether you sell books, software, hair clips or automotive parts, an online presence has many advantages. If a business doesn’t have an online business web...

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"What Is Article Marketing"


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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Article marketing is a form of online advertising that allows businesses to advertise or market themselves by writing short article content pieces that relate to the industry they are in. These articles are then made available for widespread online publication and distribution in the marketplace. Every one of these articles contains a byline and a biography box that allows businesses to include references to their company, website or contact information. By crafting well written content and releasing it for this type of free distribution, businesses gain the potential of significantly increasing their credibility within the industry as well as reaching out to new clients in the process.

Article marketing has been a popular means of marketing one's company or website by professionals for nearly as long as mass print methods have been available. Article marketing is utilized in paper-print formats as well as online formats, especially by businesses that want to obtain free press space. By providing useful content to a newspaper free of charge, the business is getting its name and contact information out there. Because newspapers and other forms of media are aiming to present content as cost effectively as possible, this arrangement is one that can be advantageous for all involved parties.

For example, an accounting firm that is looking to market itself through article marketing may use an article like "The top 5 ways to avoid an audit", offering this article to the local newspapers and other print forms weeks before tax season. Not only is the accounting firm providing useful information, but they are also getting their name out there when it is most important for them to do so. On that same vein of thinking, a roofing company can offer a concise article about "avoiding ice damage on your roof this year" right before the winter season begins to get some free publicity just before the busy season begins.

Article marketing has moved into the internet world as well, ever since e-commerce and online marketing became vital for the success of businesses with web presences. Online article marketing provides publishers with free content while giving free advertising to advertisers and companies. Websites that allow articles to be posted are called article directories. Article directories make their income through advertising on their website, which is why business owners and other advertisers can post their articles for free. Because the article directory sites have significant search engine popularity based on the number of articles that are posted, advertisers can take advantage of that popularity and gain some of their own popularity through posting articles.

Article marketing online has additional dimensions beyond regular print marketing with articles, including the use of particular keywords and niches for search engine optimization. Using informative content, authors are able to reach their target audiences by catering to a group of readers that is already clearly interested. Many online marketers have enjoyed such success through this means of marketing that they have published hundreds if not thousands of articles.

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