Expert Author Case Study: Jan Gamm

Today’s Expert Author Case Study shows us the client-centric world of Spanish author and marketing professional Jan Gamm.

Jan Gamm’s writings and illustrations are seen the world over. She considers herself an author and artist with an honest slant on the way things are run, the way everyday life affects each of us and the humor which may be found in even the most annoying scenario.

Jan is in the minority of EzineArticles Expert Authors who do the majority of her article writing and marketing services for others. She has discovered that adding article marketing to her client’s promotional toolbox provides them with the same benefits of increased highly-targeted website traffic, improved credibility and better media exposure that she enjoys.

It’s Jan’s unique use of article marketing, and her no-nonsense work ethic, that makes Jan a great subject for today’s Expert Author Case Study.

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#HAHD 3 and Cartoon Mug Prize Winners

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for …

All of the reports and article tabulations are complete. With the help of an alphabetized list in a well-known spreadsheet program and some random numbers generated by Random.org, we picked the 10 Premium Membership winners from the top 100 qualifiers with the highest total articles (FYI, the cut-off was only 114 articles). We also picked the lone winner of a full set of EzineArticles cartoon mugs.

And the winners are …

10 1-year EzineArticles Premium Membership subscriptions valued at $582 each:

  1. Casey, Jamaica
  2. Alan, Singapore
  3. Jessel, Florida
  4. Puspa, India
  5. Parul, India
  6. Robert W., Italy
  7. Keith, UK
  8. KC, Connecticut
  9. Ali, Pakistan
  10. Mark, California

Complete EzineArticles cartoon mug collection valued at nearly $170:

  • Todd, Missouri

Congratulations to all of the winners! You will be contacted personally via email with more information.

#HAHD 4 begins May 1st. Are you ready for the challenge?

The “Share This Article” Upgrade

We’ve IMAGE: Share This Article consolidated the most common article activities for your readers into one easy-to-find box!

When’s the last time you scrolled to the bottom of one of your articles on EzineArticles.com to see what your reader sees? If it’s been awhile, go do it now … we’ll wait …

Did you notice anything new? Like perhaps that little “Share This Article” box that looks suspiciously like the one pictured to the right? That particular upgrade was quietly placed on our site a few weeks ago in order to test it out and get some feedback. We wanted to make sure it was doing its job properly before we called attention to it.

Well, we’ve tested it out and received a lot of feedback – and here’s the conclusion: The little box gets to stay. Readers and authors alike enjoy the convenience of readers being able to do all their article-reading activities in one compact, easy-to-find place.

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Get Ready for #HAHD 4!

Updated on April 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Get ready, because the 4th “100 Articles in 100 Days Marathon Challenge” (#HAHD) begins in just a little over 2 weeks!

TO QUALIFY:* You’ll need to sign up and submit at least 100 qualifying articles of 400 words or more anytime between 12:01AM CT-US Saturday, May 1st and 11:59PM CT-US Sunday, August 8th. Once those 100 articles are approved, you’re qualified!

Prizes and Sign-Up Details

  • Prizes for completing #HAHD 4 are YTBD and will be announced prior to May 1st. We’re always open to [reasonable] suggestions, so leave a comment and give us yours!
     
  • You’ll be able to start signing up online in the next few days. Registration has already begun! Check out the left navigation bar on your Member’s Area Home page for the sign-up link.

Looking for a little inspiration and motivation? Before the start of the challenge, invest a few minutes checking out “What is the Point of Doing the EzineArticles Challenge?” by Matt Lenzie for an insightful look at the benefits of undertaking and completing an #HAHD challenge.

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#HAHD 3 and Cartoon Mug Challenge Wrap-Up

Congratulations to everyone who qualified for our most successful #HAHD Challenge ever!

Both the 3rd 100 Articles in 100 Days Marathon Challenge (#HAHD) and the EzineArticles Cartoon Mug Mini-Challenge wrapped up this past weekend … and the results are in:

Results:

  • 1,307 Authors Enrolled in the #HAHD Challenge
  • 201 Authors Completed the #HAHD Challenge
  • 191 Authors Completed the Cartoon Mug Mini-Challenge
  • 114 – Minimum Number of Valid Submissions Needed to be in the Top 100
  • 727 – Most Valid Submissions Submitted Under One Author Name

Prize Status:

  • Certificates of Completion – All #HAHD qualifiers should have already been notified of your successful completion of the challenge by the appearance of your printable “Certificate of Completion” on your Author’s Area home page. There is no need to send a prize request email.
     
  • #HAHD Prize Packages – We will begin mailing the prize packages (beach ball, hat, mug, coffee and mouse pad) in the next few days. Please allow additional mailing time for locations outside of the continental U.S.
     
  • Bonus Leather Coaster – To say thanks for the great participation in this challenge, we’ll be including a leather EzineArticles coaster in every prize package!
     
  • Top 100 Bonus Mirror – The top 100 qualifiers with the most articles will receive an additional bonus in their prize packages as well – a ‘vintage’ EzineArticles monitor mirror!
     
  • Top 100 Premium Drawing – All of the top 100 qualifiers will be placed in a random drawing to receive 1 of 10 free 1-year EzineArticles Premium Membership subscriptions valued at $582 each!
     
  • Cartoon Mug Certificates – Cartoon Mug Mini-Challenge qualifiers will begin receiving their free mug certificate via email in the next few days.
     
  • Cartoon Mug Drawing – One lucky Cartoon Mug Mini-Challenge qualifier will be drawn at random to receive the complete collection of all 13 EzineArticles cartoon mugs valued at nearly $170!

Again, congratulations to everyone who qualified for these challenges! The 4th #HAHD Marathon Challenge begins Saturday, May 1st. Watch the Blog for more details. In the meantime, remember to continue the positive (and profitable!) habit of submitting at least one article per day to really turbocharge your article marketing success!

WordPress Plug-In How-To Video

Discover how to quickly and easily add the latest version of this powerful new tool to your article writing and marketing arsenal.

Our new EzineArticles WordPress Plugin has been well-received by our members as a great way to easily submit new and existing blog posts as articles directly from the WordPress interface. The version we initially rolled out on March 25th triggered a flurry of comments and suggestions which led to numerous upgrades, modifications and bug fixes.

The latest incarnation of the plugin is getting rave reviews from members. The installation and operation are both relatively simple … with the operative word being “relatively” … depending on your level of experience with WordPress.

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Should We Sell Articles As PDFs?

What if we made your articles available for sale to our million daily visitors as an instant PDF download?

Image: Article For Sale

4 Questions for Your Consideration:

  1. How much should we charge for a PDF article download? For example, iTunes charges 99ยข to $1.29 per song or $1-10 for an app.
     
  2. How should licensing be handled? Should the buyer be given unlimited rights with the PDF or different kinds of license rights such as a single use PDF, unlimited printing rights PDF, electronic re-distribution rights, electronic re-publishing rights?
     
  3. How should the profit be split between the Author (you) and EzineArticles?
     
  4. Other considerations/options we should consider?

We’ve already determined that PayPal would have to be the payment method and there would have to be a minimum payout amount to justify the accounting. In addition, the only way this would work is if every article was available for sale as a PDF.

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Expert Author Case Study: Matthew Sherborne

Today’s Expert Author Case Study focuses on the amazing success that balance brings to California author Matthew Sherborne.

Matthew Sherborne created his first website back in 1998 devoted to his scuba diving business. Since then he’s researched, implemented and shared a variety of profitable ways to make money online. He became a full time online marketer in early 2005 and has enjoyed helping people succeed in their own online and offline businesses.

Like all things, the key to success in article writing and marketing is balance. Matthew embodies that philosophy by focusing his articles on the needs and desires of the reader while at the same time embracing the realities of Internet and business best practices. His portfolio of articles isn’t huge, yet by balancing quality with quantity, he has achieved almost 6,000 views/article!

Matt’s preoccupation with balance is evident throughout – even in his work habits – where he mixes hardcore goal-setting with a motivational self-reward system. Or in his approach to content, where he combines the wisdom of others through research with his own time-tested marketing experience.

It’s this focus on balance that brought Matthew to our attention and makes him an excellent subject for today’s Expert Author Case Study.

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First Quarter Video Roundup

WritingImage: EzineArticles Quarterly Video Roundup Tips, HTML Basics, Article Ideas, an iPhone App and More!

Our video studio has been pretty busy in the last quarter producing an assortment of videos to help you, our Expert Authors, get the most out of your article writing and marketing efforts as well as your EzineArticles benefits and services.

In case you missed the announcements on the Blog and in the newsletter, here’s a list of the videos we’ve released in just the first three months of 2010, along with and a recap of each video’s key message:

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Overcoming Writing Obstacles: Refining Your Niche

Part 1 of the “6 Ways to Overcome Obstacles and Write High-Quality Articles in Large Quantities” video series.

Gary’s back! And this time he’s here to help you discover six different ways of removing the obstacles that may be keeping you from finding that perfect balance between quantity and quality in your article writing and marketing efforts.

In this first episode, Gary shares the positive results he achieved when he refined his niche, focused his efforts and clarified his brand.

Downloadable Versions:
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