2008 In Review

This week I’ll be doing a series of posts looking back on 2008 and giving my predictions for what will happen in the article writing & marketing field for 2009. For today, let’s take a look back at 2008…

EzineArticles.com ends 2008 with several records and firsts thanks to you!

  • Monthly unique visitors is now over 15,000,000 (Yes, that’s over 500,000+ unique visitors daily!)
  • Daily page views is in excess of one million per day (more page views means more exposure for you and your articles)
  • Total articles live has doubled in 2008 well over a million+ quality original articles.
  • Launched the EzineArticles/Twitter Directory that has 4,100+ members setup for auto-tweeting their newest EzineArticles
  • EzineArticles Premium Memberships launched in Beta since August providing priority article review speed, article scheduling, and insider keyword/keyphrase traffic search term intelligence.
  • New Members are being added at a healthy clip of over 10,000+ new Expert Authors monthly.
  • We’re ending the year delivering more than 3.6 million monthly visitors going to members’ websites! (That’s a gross CTR of approx 10% leave us to member websites)
  • We expanded our offices from 2,000 to 4,000 sq. ft. and doubled the number of Editors to improve article review speeds & member support.
  • EzineArticles now serves 586 unique niche markets with more planned for early 2009.

The Recessions Impact on the Article Writing & Marketing world:

The hard costs of spending cash to acquire customers (advertising costs/investments) feels heavier in soft revenue times than investing human capital in the form of labor to create and produce dozens, hundreds and in many cases, thousands of new articles to help build a base of traffic coming back to our members’ websites.

Ie: Business owners, entrepreneurs and experts are exchanging their time to produce articles at a greater rate than they are exchanging their cash for hard advertising costs to acquire the same result: More qualified visitors back to their websites.

The members who were really rewarded this year, traffic-wise, were the ones who made article writing investments in prior years because your total traffic received from articles is in direct relation to your total articles in your article inventory times the total number of days your articles were live on the site coupled with a multiplier effect how in demand your niche content was + your articles quality level (greatly affects forwarding to a friend & other social media viral forwards).

Some members who are experts in Mortgages & Refinancing saw some pretty steep declines in traffic while others in Weight Loss, Health & Fitness, Business (B2B), Debt Consolidation/Relief, Finance Loans, Home Improvement (specifically Bath, Shower, & Flooring), Relationships, Mobile Cell Phones and Self Help saw very healthy traffic activity.

Lastly, the EzineArticles Premium Membership leaves Beta this Tuesday (tomorrow, Dec 30th) to become official: If you’d like to become Premium member before Tuesday, log in to your account, click on ACCOUNT MANAGER, click on PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP & sign up with your PayPal account. We have a cool 2008-only bonus planned and everyone who is a Premium member in 2008 will get the bonus even if you sign up before Tuesday.

QUESTION: Ok, it’s your turn:

How did your articles perform in 2008? Did you invest in writing more articles this year than prior years? Feel free to share your insights on how your article writing & marketing strategy unfolded in 2008. (Let’s keep the 2009 looking forward predictions for another thread later this week please).

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Kurt Henninger writes:

This was my first year writing articles. Despite a lul early in the year, later in the year I kicked it into high gear and really really began to see results for my business from articles.

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Russell Webb writes:

I’ve seen a good year in traffic – esp. flooring category.

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Daniel Theron writes:

I joined in 2006 and then did not do much. Then in the last few months I wrote about 50+ articles which I submitted. I must do a lot better in 2009 if I want to call myself an expert author. Thankfully my account has been upgraded to platinum status.

I wrote about 30 articles about the oil industry and starting a career in the oil industry and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of views as well as click-throughs these articles got. My keyword research was a bit dodgy to start with, but I guess the high oil prices generated a lot of interest in these topics.

Still, only one of my articles about marriage and infidelity reached 1000+ page views.

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Shirley Bass writes:

I have a great deal of traffic to my site, due to article submissions. I have one article that has over a 1,000 views. I began writing articles, when I opened my business in May of 2008. I think that is exceptional for a new business.

I have prospered, because of this added traffic and CTR.

Thank you for being there EzineArticles and Happy New Year’s to a great team of professionals!

Shirley Bass

Comment provided December 29, 2008 at 6:54 PM

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Edward writes:

Man did you get a lot of visitors! And boy am I jealous! You know, EzineArticles may be THE top adsense earner. With stats like that, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Anyway, I am grateful that I took the time a while back to write over 250 articles. These little ambassadors are always in the top 5 of traffic that comes to my site.

I’m especially proud of one article I wrote that got over 5000 clicks in a very short period of time. You never really know if Google will index something. Just so happens, they indexed an article I wrote about Christmas sheet music.

Happy Holidays Eveyrone!!

Comment provided December 29, 2008 at 9:46 PM

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Steve Hill writes:

I wrote as many articles in 2008 as I did in 2006 with only a quarter of the benefits, this is due to the rise in popularity of article marketing, hence the increase in members at EzineArticles.

I believe that there is now a need for a new type of EzineArticles that only accepts really quality articles.

All the best and wishing everyone a Happy New Year from The How To Stop Stuttering Centre.

Comment provided December 30, 2008 at 9:24 AM

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Shirley Bass writes:

Edward,

Writing 250 articles is a big deal! I don’t know if you were talking to me, but that makes me jealous. I plug along with a mere 3 a week. It takes me all day to get those written. Very nice!

I know we can record our thoughts and have them transcribed. That’s on my Action Plan for 2009.

Just wanted to say, ‘Nice Job!’

Shirley Bass

Comment provided December 30, 2008 at 9:43 AM

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Mike Perras writes:

Hi Chris

Congrats on such a banner year.

I have one article that talks about using your Volunteer work in your cover letter as you apply for a better or new job. To my surprise it got over 1,500 clicks.

I think it goes to the heart of feeding the starving crowd. If your niche is so small don’t expect thousands of clicks. On the other hand you may not need thousands of clicks if your material is targeted and focused on that niche. In the end it’s all about conversion to sales anyway NOT have a zillion clicks.

Better research prior to writing an article = better targeted articles = better conversion .. at least in my experience.

Here’s to everyone’s health & wealth in 2009

Cheers,

Mike Perras, P.Mgr
jobsearchrules.blogspot.com

Comment provided December 30, 2008 at 9:48 AM

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Ed writes:

Hello Chris,

I just got signed up with EzineArticles about 2 to 3 weeks ago, but have not submitted any articles at this point.

One thing that I can tell you though, is that back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s when I was writing articles on the net, I sure wish I had known about EzineArticles then if you were around.

At that point in time I wrote articles about internet marketing and home based business and even without EzineArticles was able to start a website 3-4 months before the 9/11 attack and by the day of the attack was getting over 600,000 unique hits to our website per month, where we were selling internet advertising at the time.

With a new blog site and the help of EzineArticles I can see this really expanding.

In the next couple of weeks you will start to see my new articles hit EzineArticles and I am really looking forward to a long and rewarding relationship with EzineArticles as well.

Thank you so much for the opportunity EzineArticles!

Your EzineArticles Friend,
Ed Justice
Co-Founder Residential Values, Inc.
brokerpriceopinion.us

Comment provided December 30, 2008 at 10:17 AM

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Geoff writes:

“Monthly unique visitors is now over 15,000,000” – That`s a terrific number. I think it`s clear I`m submitting my articles to the best!

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Daniel Theron writes:

Shirley,

Just keep writing. 3 articles per week is fine when you are still new to article marketing. I think the average EzineArticle member submits about 4 articles per month. (Correct me if I’m wrong, Chris) Of course there may be a lot of members who are inactive at the moment which decreases this average number.

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Shirley Bass writes:

Daniel,

Thanks for the response. My goal is to write 5 a week. I want it to take about an hour per article. Who knows, maybe I’ll get so fast, I’ll do more than that. lol

Happy New Year’s to you!

Shirley Bass

Comment provided January 3, 2009 at 9:30 AM

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Frank writes:

One article per Hour? that’s fast!

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Shirley Bass writes:

Too fast for me Frank. Sitting down and writing an article, takes me all day at this point.

It’s a nice dream to be able to write 1 article in an hour. I know some people who do that, but not me. I was just kidding.

I am going to try Speech Recognition and see how long it takes me to transcribe an article. Maybe, I will get good at it, or have someone else do it for me… hum…

Shirley Bass

Comment provided January 7, 2009 at 1:27 PM

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Daniel Theron writes:

Shirley,

My average writing speed for my last few articles have actually been one hour per article. I decided to time myself because I want to increase my article writing speed. However, I still have to learn to make writing articles a daily practice, since I write somewhat infrequently.

The possible key to increasing writing speed is to learn to write how you think or talk without editing your words. You only edit your article after you finished writing it. Editing your words too much seems to slow down the flow of creativity since you are basically criticizing your own work as you are writing. I now try to just type my thoughts into text without constantly editing it.

I also like to keep my research window underneath my text editor so that I can quickly study the information and then continue writing. I can recommend the free NoteTab Light text editor (http://www.notetab.com/) since it supports multiple windows and has a built in word statistics tool for determining word counts and keyword densities.

I suspect that with practice you may soon write an article per hour as well. Not so long ago I used to take 4 to 5 hours to research and write an article.

I also like to download free e-books that I can use again and again for research purposes. This decreases the time I have to spend searching for good information related to my subject matter.

Well, long comment, but it is good to chat to other people who are also writing articles.

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Shirley Bass writes:

Daniel,

Thanks for the tip. I do edit as I go. I forget to just keep on typing.

I am not familiar with NoteTab. I clicked on the link and can see I will have to study it. To be honest, I felt lost.

I admire your ability to write 1 article per hour and am looking forward to the day, I can do that.

Thanks again and I will follow up on your suggestion.

Shirley Bass

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Lance Winslow writes:

These are some wonderful stats, I knew I was smart for signing up back in 2005.

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Daniel Theron writes:

@ Shirley,

Notetab Light (freeware) has a lot of functions but I basically use the normal file functions, the search and replace function and the text statistics tool located under the tool menu. The other toolbars and functions you can ignore unless needed. It is better than using Notepad or Wordpad.

When I first started writing I created a couple of article templates which I used to structure my articles with such as “FAQ about subject” and “3 Tips about subject”. Nowadays I just have an introduction and a conclusion with 5-8 paragraphs in between. Not much structure to it. Just a flow of words. These types of articles are quite mediocre, but they are sufficient if you want to write almost as fast as you think.

A good year to you as well.

@ Lance,

I thought your name looked familiar. I see you are still way ahead in terms of the number of articles submitted to EzineArticles. Congratulations. You have really been writing like a maniac since 2005.

EzineArticles still beats other article directories hands down (in my biased opinion).

Comment provided January 8, 2009 at 6:31 PM

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