13 Jun 06
17 Jul 07 10:12 pm
Some people submit articles to article directories with affiliate links in them, but for the most part people use article submissions to do two things:
a) Get backlinks to their site. Because other websites are able to take articles from article directories and post them on their sites, it can give you a few backlinks if you include links to your site in the article and/or bio box. The trick here is to write an article that other websites will want to put on their website -- they won't want to use an article that's just a sales pitch, since it's not good content for their readers. You might also get a few backlinks just from having the articles listed in the directory, but you really want other websites to pick it up to get the most out of it.
b) Following on from this... articles can give you a traffic boost as well, since people reading your article will think "That person sounds like they know what they're talking about... lets take a look at their website". Again, if your article isn't inspiring, you're not going to get those clicks.
If you're not a writer and you're having difficulty, I suggest you get yourself a PLR membership. (eg. PLRPro) This gives you a whole bunch of articles that you're free to use whatever way you want. I've also got a lesson on rewriting PLR articles coming out in this next update (next couple of days) which will help you avoid duplicate content penalties.
All the best,