Happy New Years!

QUESTION:

What is the one single Article Writing and/or Marketing accomplishment you are most proud of for 2008?

Feel free to share your favorite metrics or stats from your article performance reports or any hurdles that may have looked unsurmountable; yet somehow you triumphed?!

Follow up question then… What does that accomplishment mean to you and your business? ie: Did you have a banner traffic year? Did you get any cool high-profile media outlets banging on your door for an interview? Did you close more sales or attract more qualified customers to your website? Did your articles improve your conversion rates?

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Rafael writes:

That I got started, in earnest

Comment provided December 31, 2008 at 2:51 PM

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Irene Houston writes:

Making it to Platinum Status and also hitting 50+ articles

Comment provided December 31, 2008 at 3:40 PM

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@Sparklesperson said, “I am proud of running the first giveaway event EVER in my niche.”

@adultorphan said, “With over 3000 views, my article: “What Do You Say to Someone Whose Parent Has Died?

@SpeedCoaching said, “I’m most proud of the leadership newsletter I ghost write for the Director of our home health company here in Michigan.”

@anogy said, “I’ve written an article. Step one, check…”

@JoyflCelebrtion said, “My biggest accomplishment is that I actually published one. My goal is much higher for 2009!!! Happy New Year by the way!”

Comment provided December 31, 2008 at 3:45 PM

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John J. Alquist writes:

My best EzineArticles.com accomplishment in 2008 was integrating links to my articles in my numerous ezines.

By doing this, I have expanded readership and new readers seem to be sharing them with friends.

I am also trying to bring my Web 2.0 stuff into a cohesive effort–including articles, blogs, and social media (like Twitter).

EzineArticles.com is awesome.

Comment provided December 31, 2008 at 4:30 PM

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Edward writes:

Without a doubt, it would have to be the article “Free Christmas Sheet Music for Piano.” It got over 8000 hits in under 3 months! Which makes me thinik of other opportunities I may be missing when people search for timely info.

The thing is, I have to tie it in with what I do. That’s the challenge but I think one that is worth it considering the kind of traffic that one article got.

Comment provided December 31, 2008 at 4:32 PM

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Roger C. Parker writes:

My biggest article writing accomplishment was discovering the wealth of article marketing ideas available through EzineArticles and also through the various Jeff Herring teleseminars I attended.

The breakthrough was discovering that my definition of an article–a lengthy New Yorker profile–was not what was needed.

By recognizing that “short sells,” I realized how simple and elegant article marketing could be.

What’s so nice about EzineArticles is that can write a book or create meaningful content for info products a little at a time.

I’m amazed at the professionalism of the “system” that EzineArticles provides users. During the past year, I’ve seen how success is based on “replicable processes,” and EzineArticles provides a system to translate ideas into reality.

Comment provided December 31, 2008 at 4:39 PM

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Shirley Bass writes:

A Proud Moment

I was so exciting and appreciative, when I accidentally found my photo and name on the ‚¬Top Author’ list for: Shopping and Product Reviews ‚¬€Gifts. I was searching for my EzineArticles address to post to my website and I clicked on Top Authors!Walla!Like magic, I was there!

I cannot begin to tell you, what that did for me. I received my ‚¬Expert Author’ status and my EzineArticles coffee mug around the same time. I have felt extra special ever since! (Just as all authors are at EA).

Hurdles and Triumphs

In May and June, I sat for days in front of my computer, wondering what I could say about my niche. I typed and deleted for days, before I had my first article ready to submit. It was tough!
I submitted my 50th article this past month to EzineArticles. That was a real feat for me! It’s easy for some and for others, it is a struggle to write. I have to agree with Ann Keeler Evans: after submitting the 100th article, things get easier. I have noticed it’s easier at 50. Can’t wait for the 100th.

I have what I think are great stats:
Today 12.31.08 my 56th article came out.
Account Statistics
Article(s) Views: 8,606
Profile Views: 616
Articles Published: 88
URL Clicks: 616

One article has over 1,000 views. But, I have a great deal of work to do to get subscribers and votes for my articles. I love a challenge.

What does that accomplishment mean to you and your business?

I suddenly found my business in the top 10 of Google, MSN, Yahoo and Alta Vista. It was a lot of hard work for me to accomplish that feat, but the pay off has been fantastic! EzineArticles is a huge part of getting my name out there and converting visitors to customer. I opened my store in May of 2008 and have prospered. I love working with my customers. Thanks EzineArticles!

To: Chris, EzineArticles Team Members and Authors,
Thank you for all you do! It has been a pleasure becoming a part of EzineArticles success. I truly enjoy submitting articles and participating in the blogs. Each avenue: writing articles, Twitter, FaceBook, and Linkedin allows us to move forward in our endeavors. It is because of you and the authors before me; I am able to build trust and confidence in the public’s eye.

Gracious thanks to each of you,

Shirley Bass

Comment provided December 31, 2008 at 6:31 PM

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Christopher,

I’m very proud of designing, writing the copy, starting a blog, and launching a website at the age of 60. No prior computer or Internet experience.

I’m thankful for all the help I received. Takes a village to take a website live.

Great question Happy and a healthy new year!

Comment provided December 31, 2008 at 9:15 PM

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Jose Lopez writes:

I am with you Rafael. The best part is that I got started.

Comment provided December 31, 2008 at 9:50 PM

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Happy Peaceful and Safe New Year 2009 for all in EzineArticles and all authors. As is the motto in terror struck Mumbai and India ‘peaceful’ and ‘safe’ parametres are crucial.

Well, my greatest achievement in 2008 is the earning of platinum status that gave me absolute freedom to surge on. Though my article writing slowed down post-July due to reasons entirely personal.

I think getting 16,500+ views for 42 articles in less than two years is not bad. Plus nearly 400 publishings.

All credit go to Sir Chris and his great editors.

Comment provided January 1, 2009 at 12:58 AM

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Jim writes:

My single most important writing accomplishment for 2008 was getting articles published on EzineArticles.

The staff was relentless in letting me know my mistakes, my spelling, my word counts. I started to cringe when I saw an email in my in box. But I have corrected, I have re-written, I have learned to use spell check every single time. I have become a better writer and for that I am grateful to the staff.

I have a lot more to learn and a lot more to practice but I will be a better writer in 2009.
Thank you.

Comment provided January 1, 2009 at 11:08 AM

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Alejandro Guevara Onofre writes:

I am proud of my articles on Summer Olympics, sports,etc-there are many information which does not exist in Wikipedia. The first articles about Burkina Faso’s sports , for example, or Monaco. I invented the term ‚¬“Olympic Nations‚¬.

Thanks to the magic of internet, I live in Peru and send articles to America (EA)!And I’ve sent several articles and essays about Africans and Asian nations-more than 40 countries (from Qatar and Vietnam to the People’s Republic of China or South Korea). It is unique experience.

Winning the Platinum Grade is a great boost to my career as a writer (August 2008).A year ago (December 2007), I had 49,000 views! and today 238,000 views (288 votes).I love writing more than anything!

Maybe the best article is ‚¬“The United States & Peru-Fun Facts!‚¬- a tribute to the United States and my country. I think that America is a nation of genius and educators-Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, Michale Phelps, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King. I would like to be a link between the South and North.
Happy New Year to all!
Alejandro

Comment provided January 1, 2009 at 11:22 AM

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Mike Lebreck writes:

Like many others, I am proud and happy that I got started.

Hopefully, if you ask the same question at the end of 2009, I will have a much grander answer.

Here`s to a great 2009!

Comment provided January 1, 2009 at 6:31 PM

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Robert writes:

I’ll have to give Chris credit for his suggestion to increase your article count to 250. I had about 80 EzineArticles for six months, not adding any from April ’til November. Then I got my count up to 328, with odds and ends from over the years I just needed to update, proof, and get online. Views went from 8,000 to 34,000, and are increasing about 1,000 a day, and traffic to my site is up about 500% (and coming mostly from search engines, who’d a thunk it). In 3 weeks. So Happy New Year, Chris, to you and to all of you who took on the task of convincing me to get my articles done!

Comment provided January 1, 2009 at 7:49 PM

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Thomas Muldoon writes:

I came across EzineArticles during a surf and search for ways to promote my ‘words of wisdom’ and have already submitted two articles with more to come. If my feeling is correct (and I always trust my feelings) the team at Ezine seem to be on the ball – wishing you all a Happy 09.
I’m pretty new to all this but keen to learn more about getting my ‘words’ out there

Comment provided January 1, 2009 at 9:11 PM

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Ruth Seebeck writes:

That despite the challenges 2008 threw at me and my family, I’ve got a website, two ebooks and several articles online.

2009 can only be better!

Comment provided January 1, 2009 at 9:46 PM

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Bill Carey writes:

Came back in 2008. New website, new ideas, repositioned articles, ebooks and videos in the works. Watch out 2009.
Thanks to Chris Knight and Jeff Herring.

Comment provided January 2, 2009 at 7:55 AM

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I started using video in my online marketing. I like it because it gives prospective clients a better feel for who they are dealing with.

Comment provided January 2, 2009 at 11:39 AM

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I’m back! Moved from Hawaii to California. Wow, what a trip; two cats; a bird and a dog…. oh, and a husband! (smile)

Yup, I am wearing my Ezine Article jacket in this cold Southern California weather! LOVING IT!

In ’08 I accomplished what I did the year before, which was a better understanding of the reasons for article writing and what I need to do to improve my efforts. Each year I learn a bit more, mostly because of Ezine Article’s blog and efforts.

This is the year you guys at EzineArticles! More articles than the year before!

An achievement my husband reminded me of yesterday, is that by writing articles, I am becoming a better writer. I know that is true just by looking back at my first efforts. So YAY!

My stats so far:

Article(s) Views:
261,837
Profile Views:
7,206
Articles Published:
2,129
URL Clicks:
5,681
Emailed:
45
Comments:
5
Votes:
298

Live Articles:
223

So funny! Do you guys know ‘why’ I have so many ‘votes’ ? Cause the first thing I do when my articles are published is VOTE FOR ME, giving ME 5 GLORIOUS STARS! tee hee!

“An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.”~Honor© de Balzac

HAPPY NEW YEAR EZINE ARTICLE SPACE BUNNIES,

~Kathy

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Comment provided January 2, 2009 at 12:34 PM

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Earlyn Shuffler writes:

I built a new website.
I published two new articles and re-published five in one week. The viewing rate improved significantly.
Publishing takes time but it is worth the effort.
Now I am linking my articles and my Squidoo pages to my website.
2009 must be the break-through year.

Comment provided January 2, 2009 at 8:32 PM

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Andrew Martinez writes:

I’m new to article marketing and have written very little; but looks like I got 80 visits to my site! I’m looking forward to an awesome 2009!

Comment provided January 2, 2009 at 11:38 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Well, I’ve certainly done well:

Article(s) Views:7,059,445
Profile Views: 53,931
Articles Published:252,200
URL Clicks:43,686
Emailed:1,184
Subscribers:20

My target specific traffic has really gone thru the roof. It’s also nice to have my average article syndicated so much. My estimates are 70 million article views total, with all the syndicated article imprints. The links coming in are now estimated at 500,000 plus. I am :-) ‘ing

Comment provided January 3, 2009 at 6:53 AM

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Shirley Bass writes:

Everyone has done so well… Kathy, I believe I’ll ‘vote’ for myself too…

Shirley Bass

Comment provided January 3, 2009 at 9:07 AM

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Lance?

WOW!!!

Comment provided January 3, 2009 at 10:21 AM

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I am committed in 2009 to put out more articles than I did in 2008.

Comment provided January 3, 2009 at 2:03 PM

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Francorp writes:

I seem to be having difficulties getting my articles published. How to do others get your articles through the publishing requirements? Can I not mention the name of my company in any of the articles?

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Congrats Lance! Pretty incredible.

Francorp,

No, you can’t mention your company name in your articles.

You CAN mention your company name in your Resource Box at the bottom of your article body.

The Article Body is the GIVE;
The Resource Box is the TAKE.

Comment provided January 3, 2009 at 2:29 PM

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Jack writes:

Happy new year and have a good luck in 2009.
I want to improve my writing skills in 2009 that can helps me

Comment provided January 3, 2009 at 9:40 PM

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William writes:

I got to 25 articles and I continue to notice the more articles you write the more you learn and the more people hit your site. Its incredible and I love it. I am very committed to writing 10+ articles per month to keep this effort going.

I also noticed the conversions of URL clicks and realised some articles were over 30% conversion and most were under 12% so I updated all the resource box sections to try to incorporate what was working on the best ones.

I really love the set you provide, the follow up and strategies and ideas to keep us motivated. Have a great 2009.

Comment provided January 4, 2009 at 6:09 AM

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Geoff writes:

Just getting past the initial `getting started` barrier was an achievement for me.

It`s only relatively recently I understood that writing articles was really important for site owners. I imagined that writing 400+ words was going to be difficult, but, now I realize it isn`t that hard at all.

Comment provided January 6, 2009 at 8:01 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

I hereby affirm my goal for 2009 to be 2,500 more articles.

Comment provided January 8, 2009 at 1:58 PM

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Shirley Bass writes:

Outstanding Lance!

Shirley Bass

Comment provided January 8, 2009 at 2:24 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Thanks Shirley,

I’ve asked myself how many articles is enough, and then I thought it doesn’t matter as long as you love what you are doing. So, I figured out what a comfortable pace would be, and that is the number I came up with. How many articles are you going to write this year?

Comment provided January 8, 2009 at 2:32 PM

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Shirley Bass writes:

Lance,

I would love to say, I will be competing with you and hopefully I will be. In my Action Plan for 2009, I have added two more a week. That makes 5 a week.

Having Speech Recognition on my laptop, should help me go beyond my goal of 240 articles this year. I expect to get better as I move forward.

Do you know anything about Vista’s software, Speech Recognition? If you do, do you think it will work as well as Dragon Naturally Speaking?

I enjoy what I do, time is my worst enemy.

Shirley…

Comment provided January 8, 2009 at 3:27 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Shirley,

I have both Vista speech recognition and Dragon 10.0

I like Dragon because, I am use to the previous versions. But, I have also been impressed with Vista, as it’s pretty darn good. I understand the new Vista that will be coming out in a month is even better.

Comment provided January 8, 2009 at 3:43 PM

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Shirley Bass writes:

Lance,

You just made my heart smile! Good…relief… Now, I am really excited about learning the program and seeing how many articles I can come up with.

Many Thanks!

Shirley…

Comment provided January 8, 2009 at 4:12 PM

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Thomas Muldoon writes:

To say I am impressed with EzineArticles is to say the least. I’ve seen hits to my websites and hope to see more. Encouraged to send more articles of a deep and meaningful nature is my goal for 09.
Having put a link onto both my websites to EzineArticles really adds to to hits

Comment provided January 8, 2009 at 4:35 PM

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Bill Urell writes:

Instead of going strictly for links, I went for click throughs. With a little thought and effort I raised my clickthrough rate from 1 or 2% to 10-25%

Bill Urell

Comment provided January 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

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