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Stumble your way to Infobarrel Success. And Take Us Along With You.

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The Perfect Article

Well you have finally done it. You have written the definitive article on some extremely important subject. Not only have you put in print the finest words ever written about this subject, but you made sure to do all the important stuff. 

Yes Sir! You spent hours doing research to find the latest information. More hours searching the slam bang finest longtail keyword phrases that have ever seen the light of day. You made sure to follow all those SEO rules.

Let's see. Keyword in the title. Keyword in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Keyword in the last paragraph and a 2% overall keyword density throughout the article. Yep. Just as it should be. By golly this article would make a first rate doctoral thesis. Wow what if the Pulitzer committee gets hold of this thing. Gonna have to get a tuxedo for the presentation.

Just a matter of checking my daily stats to see how much traffic this article gets. Should not be long. There are already three views this morning. But that's probably mom and sis and my barber. I asked them to take a look.

So you religiously check your daily stats and amazingly you find that after a short time no one is reading your prized article. How can this be? Where have you gone wrong? All that traffic you imagined has not appeared. Welcome to the internet.

Writing Alone Does Not Guarantee Success

Authors who produce short stories, articles and even novels in the off line world realize that simply writing something worthwhile does not guarantee success. In most cases they will hire an agent to promote their work to publishers. Yet even this does not always get their works published. Sometimes it just takes time and effort. Producing the written work is sometimes the easy part. Getting it in front of readers can be difficult . So it is on the internet.

However on the internet in most cases, you will not need an agent. You will not have to wear out your shoes visiting potential publishers. If you have done everything right when you produced your work, sometimes you only need a little traction to get that work in front of millions of potential viewers.

To get that extra “push” you will probably need to build backlinks to your article and also submit it to social sites. Building backlinks is usually not a welcome task for most authors. They would rather be producing more written work than chasing backlinks.

Fortunately there are a number of ways to get your articles noticed without much effort. One of those methods is to use a program called Stumbleupon. This program can be very effective and is also one of the easiest to use.

To get started you open a free account at Stumbleupon. Then you download a toolbar for your browser. One of the best is the add on for the Firefox browser and you can find it easily by doing a Google search for the Stumbleupon Firefox addon. With a few clicks it is installed and ready for use.

Now you simply open various sites in your browser. In the toolbar you have a button labeled “I Like It”. When you click this it opens a pop up where you add a few tags and a short d

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escription and then click a button to complete the action and you have “stumbled” a site. You can stumble websites, blogs, Squidoo lens and Infobarrel articles.

You can “stumble” your own sites and articles. This is very important for your Infobarrel articles. Using this technique to “stumble” your own Infobarrel articles should bring you extra traffic. To get even more traffic you would need to get others to “stumble” your articles as well.

This is where the members of Infobarrel could work together to help each other make our articles more popular and visible.  Each day set aside 10 minutes. Find several articles from the Infobarrel sites and “stumble” them. Then “stumble” one or two of your own articles. You do not want to only “stumble” your personal articles because this in not natural and you could have your account canceled.

By helping
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other Infobarrel authors you are helping yourself to build a solid Stumbleupon account. There are thousands of well written articles here that you can easily “stumble” and you would most likely find that others are in return “stumbling” your articles. Working together increases everyones potential for success.

Using Infobarrel works well because all of the published articles here have met very high standards in order to be published. When you choose these articles to “stumble” you know you are recommending quality content. This is not like so many backlinking programs where you are asked to promote other sites, irregardless of the quality of the content. This is backlinking the way it should be done.

So why not help yourself by helping others? Start a program of “stumbling” other Infobarrel authors every day and do a few of yours at the same time. Will this bring you more traffic? As with anything you do in business, to check it's effectiveness you need to test. “Stumble” some of your articles and compare the results with those you have not yet promoted.

Of course there are many variables that you can not control when comparing articles, but over time testing in this manner will give you a good idea of how effective this process is. There is really no downside to this activity. Even if you found that after a month there did not seem to be any difference in traffic to the articles that have been “stumbled” the only thing you have invested is a few minutes a day.

A side benefit is you may find that you gain some valuable experience as you view articles written by other Infobarrel authors that you otherwise might not have found. Nothing improves your writing skills more than reviewing the work of other successful authors.

Take Your Articles For A Stumble

Why not  “stumble” in your business?   But  make it a positive “stumble”  and put Stumbleupon to work for you and bring other Infobarrel authors along with you.

This short video will demonstrate the process.



Sep 28, 2011 9:23am
Great idea! Now to sign up to Stumbled upon!
Sep 28, 2011 9:39pm
Yes, this is a good idea. It is nice to learn about new websites and strategies that could help all of us.
Sep 28, 2011 10:09pm
Just installed the plug in and signed up. Thanks for the great tip.
Sep 28, 2011 10:28pm
Great idea... and I stumbled this!
Oct 18, 2011 9:56pm
Good idea, and spot on with the difficulty of getting traffic when writers would rather write. Thanks for sharing.
Nov 7, 2011 3:47pm
I've been doing this for awhile now and haven't noticed any difference, but I'm still working on it. Of course things won't happen overnight. But is it important to get followers like with twitter? I only have one follower (a friend I have on facebook) and I tried to find you and a couple other on Infobarrel, but I came up with nothing. Is there a strategy I don't know about?
Nov 8, 2011 4:00am
Good morning oxfordian. While some people claim to have good luck promoting through Twitter and Facebook I believe that a lot of the folks that use those programs are there for social reasons and are not really the ones who click on Adsense ads for information or who buy from Amazon while they are on Facebook or Twitter. That is just my opinion. You shou
ld use them but look for other venues to promote your articles.

I prefer to use other systems to get viewers to my articles who are actually looking for more information or are buyers. Members of Infobarrel who look at your articles while giving you traffic are not usually going to be looking for more information and so will not be clicking on Adsense ads or buying Amazon products from your articles.

I feel you need to make sure that the right kind of people can find my articles and I try to get them to my articles by first and most important making sure I am using the right keywords. Then doing some good backlinking and using sources such as Squidoo, Ezinearticles and other sites to get traffic and backlinks and even syndication to get further exposure.

You might want to check your articles and see if you have in fact optimized them for good keywords and if not it might pay to go back and do a simple rewrite and include better keywords. As authors I know we hate to have to write our stuff around keywords but if we want to get free organic traffic it is necessary.

I have read a few of your articles and you have real skill. Just make sure you are writing for an audience that is looking for more than what is in your articles so that they feel compelled to click on links for more information or go through your links to Amazon to make a purchase.

Unless you are writing for a special audience make sure your articles are written in a manner that most readers will find understandable and enjoyable. The average reader or potential customer may not be inclined to stay with articles that are written too far over their understanding level and makes them feel like they need to keep a dictionary open to be able to understand the information

Sorry I can't be more helpful. Quality and quantity I believe are the secrets to making income on sites such as Infobarrel.
Nov 12, 2011 4:41am
This is great advice, especially for a newbie like me!
Nov 14, 2011 1:15pm
Great advice. Haven't used stumbleupon, will go and give it a look see. Thanks
Nov 14, 2011 1:30pm
Such a lovely article to read. I love "Stumble", even for pleasure.
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