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.
- 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.
- 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.