From My Desk to Yours – 14th Edition

MAINTAIN CREDIBILITY IN THE RIGHT CATEGORY
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

Recently, we rolled out the first and second phases of a Niche Expansion Project. These phases have elevated our total number of niches to 673 and don’t worry, we haven’t reached critical mass … yet!

The Niche Expansion Project encompasses every possible article topic by building a targeted category and sub-category base. Many of these new Niches have come from burgeoning Top Level Categories or the diversity of authors redefining existing subcategories. As we get closer to Phase 3, keep in mind that it’s still crucial for you to choose the best category for each article.

By placing the article in the correct category, the chance that it will be discovered by browsing readers increases dramatically. Many readers search for content by category. Additionally, daily e-mail alerts and RSS Feeds containing newly published articles are sent out to interested publishers, authors and subscribers. Putting your articles into the wrong category could mean a traffic standstill and missing out on hundreds, or even thousands of readers!

Choosing the Perfect Category

Here are two methods to ensure you are picking the perfect category to house your article and pick up some highly targeted traffic. Along the way, you may even discover new topics which you hadn’t previously considered.

  1. Category Guidelines – A list of all EzineArticles categories and sub-categories. The list includes a brief summary of the topics that fall into each sub-category. Use the keywords and main focus of your article to determine where the article fits. If it could fit in multiple categories, place it in the category that makes most sense to you.
  2. Browse Existing Articles in Possible Categories – Use the articles already on our site to determine where yours fit best. Doing an Advanced Search with your article’s keywords is one way to accomplish this. Or, you can browse existing articles by category on the EzineArticles homepage.

As long as the category you’ve chosen has a connection with the article, our Editorial Staff has been instructed to respect the category you choose.

If you are feeling washed out in your particular niche, or are dry on article ideas, just try a category search or scroll through the Category Guidelines’ list and descriptions. Good Article Marketers are always on the lookout for their next article idea and our Category Guidelines can be one way to explore all of the things you have yet to cover.

What’s your secret to choosing the perfect category for your articles? Leave a comment and share it with the rest of the EzineArticles Community.

7 Comments »


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I am really glad I subscribe to EzineArticles because I had been studying how to become a better Affiliate Marketer. The two points you made about Category Guidelines and Browse Existing Articles should be obvious to me as a writer. Because if I spent couple of hours on one article and I am ready to submit it, I should know what category it has to be placed under. If I don’t know, I should not guess where I should put it under. It would only take a couple minutes to check out other postings. I am glad I joined this EzineArticles yesterday.

Comment provided August 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM

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Arthur Levine writes:

Hi, you have no categories that I can see on fantasy, speculative fiction, alternate realities, alternate worlds, new age or paranormal.

Thanks,

Arthur

Comment provided August 12, 2010 at 1:02 PM

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Grazina writes:

@Arthur, paranormal is listed under Reference-and-Education

Comment provided August 12, 2010 at 6:29 PM

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but sometimes, we want to choose the categories that didn’t exisit, in that condition, we have to choose another categories to complete the submite.

Comment provided August 12, 2010 at 8:40 PM

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yes, i have a deeply feeling of the importrance of choosing the correct categary for our article’s submit is very very important.

Comment provided August 14, 2010 at 12:23 AM

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I would like to use this opportunity to thank EzineArticles.com for accepting my articles. As someone with a Literary background I usually categorize my articles by looking at their broadest theme/s and then search for a subcategory/ies within that theme.

Comment provided August 14, 2010 at 11:37 AM

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jon bone writes:

I need to become a better Affiliate Marketer and EzineArticles is helping me do that

Comment provided October 20, 2010 at 5:02 AM

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