Judy Wright – Author Spotlight

Expert Author Judy Wright is in today’s Author Spotlight.

Judy is a parent educator, family coach, and personal historian who has written more than 20 books and hundreds of articles. She speaks internationally on family issues, including end of life. As a PBS Ready-to-Learn consultant, she works with Head Start organizations and child care resource centers.

The symbol of the artichoke has great meaning for Judy in her teaching and writing. In fact she’s often referred to as Auntie Artichoke. As she works with families she sees that frequently, like the artichoke, only the outer edges are exposed and they can be prickly and sometimes bitter. But, as you expose the artichoke (and people) to warmth, caring, and time, gradually the leaves begin to open and expose the real treasure inside.

She and Dwain, her husband of 40 years, have six grown children and seven grandchildren.

We asked Judy to take a few minutes out of her schedule to share her life’s experiences and how they’ve helped make her a successful Expert Author and Article Marketer.

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Put Yourself in the EzineArticles Spotlight

Become a part of our latest collaborative video project and shamelessly promote your article writing and marketing success to the world!

We’re of the opinion that almost anybody can be an EzineArticles Expert Author and use our service to help build their website, blog or online store … and we want to prove it using video. But instead of hiring actors and using representative data, we’re calling upon you, our members, to tell us your success story through video. Once we collect the entries, we’ll put the best ones together into one cohesive production that we intend to share with the world.

So what’s in it for you? Well if your video is chosen to be part of our video, your story will be seen by a potential audience of over a quarter-million EzineArticles members, not to mention several thousand other people. That kind of exposure will get you increased credibility, additional visibility and more traffic to your site … plus the accolades of the entire article marketing community.

Does that sound like a worthwhile investment of your time? If so, take about 5 minutes to watch this video – it’ll tell you everything you need to know. Plus you’ll get to see a cool Hollywood-ish explosion!

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When you’re ready to put on your Director’s hat, click on the link to the right of the video window to download a PDF checklist of what you’ll need to do to enter. Then get started on producing your video! It’s due before 11:59pm CST(USA) Sunday, March 14th, 2010 – so don’t delay.

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Harriet Hodgson – Author Spotlight

Expert Author Harriet Hodgson, BS, MA, is in today’s Author Spotlight.

Harriet is not your typical article marketer. She started out as a teacher and earned a BS with honors from Wheelock College in Boston, MA. She went on to earn an MA in Art Education from the University of Minnesota and did additional graduate work. After spending a dozen years in the classroom, she changed careers and turned to writing.

She’s now been an Independent Journalist for more than 30 years and is the author of 27 published books and hundreds of print and electronic articles. She’s a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association of Health Care Journalists, and the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Amazingly, she is also an active GRG (grandparent raising grandchildren) of teens.

Harriet’s education and life experience give her a unique and wise position from which to write her articles. In many ways she is a model for combining article marketing with passion and expertise to benefit not only herself, but her readers as well.

We asked Harriet to share some of her experience and expertise with the rest of the EzineArticles community.

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Joe Cline – Author Spotlight

Expert Author Joe Cline is in today’s Author Spotlight.

Joe is a professional real estate broker, investor, and Realtor with RE/MAX in Austin, Texas. He uses article marketing to not only draw traffic to his website, but also to educate his current and potential clients.

What sets Joe apart from many Expert Authors is that he does something very few members can do effectively – he uses the power of localized niche articles, within EzineArticles Guidelines, to promote his city, his site and his services. His key to success is simply delivering on the promise he makes in the title. When his title mentions a specific aspect of Austin life, his article body delivers on that promise by providing valuable information specifically about that particular aspect of Austin.

We asked Joe to share his thoughts on article marketing, writing localized niche articles and how article marketing has impacted his business.

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Lisa Mason – Author Spotlight

Expert Author Lisa A. Mason is in today’s Author Spotlight.

Lisa is a diverse freelance writer, editor and marketer with many years of experience. In addition to her extensive online credits she has also written for publications like American Fitness, Atlanta Business Magazine, and Manhattan’s Parentguide and published three books.

What sets Lisa apart from many copywriters who specialize in SEO, is that she concentrates on the quality of the content she produces for her many clients.

We asked Lisa to share her thoughts on writing, particularly for EzineArticles, and how article marketing has impacted her business.

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Jeff Hopeck – Author Spotlight

Expert Author Jeff Hopeck is in today’s Author Spotlight. As a 3-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service, Jeff Hopeck has known a lot of busy people – in particular, the President of the United States. His goal now as a fitness instructor is to help busy people live healthier lives.

We asked Jeff to share his thoughts on how EzineArticles fits into his philosophy, business and marketing mix.

  1. Jeff, your background is in the Secret Service. How does that experience effect your article marketing strategy?

    When I really need to drive home at a particular point, I will reference the President of the United States. For instance, some people really think they are too busy to exercise. My response? If that man can squeeze in 20 minutes each day to exercise and stay healthy, I’m certain every one of us can!

    Thus, exercise is about prioritizing your time. You make time to shower, don’t you? Then you should make time for something that can help you live longer, as well.

  2. What would you tell others about the success you’ve had thus far with EzineArticles.com?

    First, let me tell you how skeptical I was to sign up for an account with EzineArticles.com! To me, it was just another SEO tool that drove traffic, and I don’t have time to dedicate to every single new SEO tool that hits the market.

    WOW! I wish I knew how impacting EzineArticles.com was 2 years ago.

    In my first 20 articles, here is a list of the quantifiable results I’ve gotten:

    • My article “Healthy Eating in 100 Words” is being published in an Ebook in Queensland, Australia.
    • I was featured twice in a Pennsylvania small town newspaper. These features drove traffic to my blog and resulted in about one hundred book sales!
    • As my article marketing tools sharpened, traffic to my blog increased significantly and my AdSense account grew exponentially.

  3. You said you’re amazed by the results you get from EzineArticles. How so?

    I’m amazed because EzineArticles is a FREE resource. For results this great, one would expect to pay a lot of money.

  4. Where/how does article marketing fit into your overall marketing scheme?

    After seeing results so quickly, there is no doubt EzineArticles.com is an effective platform for marketing my blogs. Therefore, article marketing has been implemented into my overall marketing strategy aggressively. On a weekly basis, I try to submit 2-5 articles that are focused on helping busy people live healthier.

    I predict EzineArticles.com will remain in my top 3 marketing strategies for many years to come.

  5. In our eyes, you do many “right things right” by utilizing several of the EzineArticles tools at your disposal. Which are your favorites and why?

    To date, there are (3) EzineArticles tools that really make life easier for me:

    • Draft Button – I start writing an article and halfway through I realize that two points I make would be great content for stand-alone articles! I simply start a new article, drop in the title, save it, and then go back to finish what I was writing. It’s that simple.
    • WYSIWYG Editor – For those who are new to it, it’s a simple way to make edits to your articles. You can bold, bullet, italicize, and much more! No need to worry anymore if you don’t know html code.
    • Article Reports – You can see how many people read the article, but you can also see what search terms actually got them to the article. Using these analytics helped me tweak my keyword strategy and get more exposure to my articles each time I write!

  6. Any closing thoughts?

    If there is one suggestion I can make it would be this: Finish reading this article, and hurry to write your next article! For every minute you aren’t writing and submitting, your competition is writing and submitting. If you want to keep up with the competition, one way to do so is to keep up with your writing! The more you write the more traffic you will get. It’s that simple.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Writing and submitting is the key to increased traffic, improved credibility and more sales.

You’re finished reading – now go write and submit your next set of fresh, original articles!

Roger C. Parker – Author Spotlight

EzineArticlesRoger C. Parker - EzineArticles Expert Author Expert Author Roger C. Parker is in today’s Author Spotlight. Roger is a best-selling author, coach, and consultant who helps others write books, find new readers, and sell more books. He encourages everyone to develop their writing skills: “Writing is everyone’s second job!”

At EzineArticles, we’re always preaching about the need for balancing quantity and quality with your article marketing strategy. Our recommendation is to write and submit a lot of really valuable material.

It would seem that Roger truly took our advice to heart… at least in this interview! His responses to our questions contain a lot of really valuable information – each one could easily be a stand-alone article.

So even though this particular Author Spotlight is longer than usual, we decided against editing it down for length because we didn’t want to lose even one nugget of his sage advice.

Invest a few minutes to read what Roger has to say. We promise it will be worth every second.
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Cheryl A. Chatfield, Ph.D. -Author Spotlight

EzineArticlesCheryl A. Chatfield, Ph.D. - EzineArticles Expert Author Expert Author Cheryl A. Chatfield, Ph.D. is in today’s Author Spotlight.

Cheryl is a writer, teacher and inspirational speaker based out of Burlington, Connecticut. While these are impressive credentials in their own right, what really attracted our attention to Cheryl was the editorial quality of her articles.

In less than 6 months as an EzineArticles Expert Author, she has managed to already receive Platinum status and serves as a role-model for creating original, high-quality, problem-free articles.

We asked Cheryl to share some tips for writing great articles.

  1. What drew you to our attention is the editorial quality of your articles. What’s your secret?

    “Thank you for the compliment. Reading each article carefully and being sure to review it more than once helps to assure me I’ve made few errors. Proofreading and rewriting are essential skills. In addition, I care about what I say and I know that readers will judge me by the way the article sounds.”

  2. What EzineArticles tools do you find most useful?

    “I love the article reports. I track the views and URL clicks on each of my articles. In the almost six months I’ve been with EzineArticles, I have been able to determine which of the two categories I write for produce the best results, as determined by the number of people visiting my website. While some of my articles have more views, I can see that the ones that produce the most clicks are best. The tools provide that data for me on a daily basis and I use the information to analyze my overall success.”

  3. What kind of traffic do your articles generate for you?

    “Much of my website traffic comes from the articles. I have been pleased with that response. While I continue to work toward attracting more traffic, I see progress. I have had direct responses from people who obviously read the articles and were motivated to contact me.”

  4. What advice would you offer somebody thinking of becoming an EA author?

    “First, I would suggest that a potential author determine the desired outcome. Is it just to have an article published, is it to have someone read the article (writers often feel very lonely in their work), or is it to drive traffic to a website resulting in sales. Those are different goals. Once that is determined, I would recommend just writing some articles and analyzing the responses. A person has nothing to lose to try. And the only way to improve writing is to write. This provides that opportunity with a built-in audience.”

  5. In your eyes, what makes you unique as an article marketer?

    “I am a writer, so that helps. I understand marketing and providing benefits to the reader. I constantly work on improving the quality and the content of my work.”

  6. You’re fairly new to EzineArticles. What’s your impression thus far?

    “I love the chance to write and have my articles read by others. I see this as a necessary sales tool for my work. What better way for a writer to promote her work than to be able to write to do that?”

Thanks Cheryl for being an Expert Author and a talented member of the EzineArticles community!

Oftentimes it’s easy to get so focused on quantity of articles that we overlook the quality of what we write. As Cheryl points out, writing high-quality articles is equally important to the overall success of your article marketing efforts.

Bottom Line: Write lots of high-quality articles! ;-)

Edward Weiss – Author Spotlight

EzineArticles Expert Author Edward Weiss is in today’s Author Spotlight.Expert Author Edward Weiss

Along with being an Expert Author, Edward is considered by many to be the Internet’s favorite piano instructor. His site offers step-by-step instructions and video tutorials, plus a guarantee that anyone can learn how to play New Age piano.

And check out these stats! Over 270 approved articles and almost 400,000 views since February, 2005 – that translates to 300 views per article per year! At his current rate this is what his numbers will look like in (10) years:

  • Over 600 Approved Articles
  • More than 190,000 Article Views per Year
  • In Excess of 1.8 Million Total Views

We had a chance to ask Edward about the keys to his success as an Article Writer and Marketer:
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Mason Ifejika – Author Spotlight

EzineArticles Expert Author Mason Ifejika from London, England is today’s Author Spotlight.Expert Author Mason Ifejika

Along with being an Expert Author, Mason is a web developer, video editor and rapper. He loves music and is into fitness and reading self-motivation books such as “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill and “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki.

What makes Mason truly unique in the EzineArticles world is the fact that his articles are written on his BlackBerry and then transferred to his PC for submission. Now that’s dedication!

Although he’s fairly new to article marketing, Mason is already utilizing many of the tools and techniques necessary to drive traffic to his website and blog. Mason’s one lament? “I wish I used article marketing earlier!” he says.
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