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Why Are You Wasting Your Time Writing Articles? Stop It

By Edited Dec 18, 2015 6 15

Do You Just Like Punishing Yourself ?

Why are you writing all those articles? Do you possess some information that is so critical you feel obligated to spend your valuable time putting it into words? Are you convinced that your views on a particular subject need to be articulated so the mass of misinformed people in the world will realize how wrong their views are?

 Perhaps you have had success in some field and wish to help others advance by giving back a little of what you have learned. You may have decided to turn your passion for the written word into a business and you are writing hundreds of articles in an effort to earn income from each one as it is published.

 Maybe your goal is to socialize with other like minded folks and find new and interesting associations with new online friends.

 What ev

er your goal or motives in most cases you are just wasting your time. Those thousands of words you craft into articles for your personal websites or to submit to article directories or social sites will never be found or read.

Perhaps You Like Wasting Time?

It does not matter if the articles are well written or contain some of the best information on a particular topic or product. The truth is if the article is not found it can't be read. Unfortunately the internet does not adhere to the, Build it and they will come", or "write it and they will read it", business ideal.

 Before you write your next article consider these trends. Suppose you have decided to write an article about blueberry pancakes. You do a little quick keyword research and find that the keyword phrase gets 30 views a day according to Google's keyword tool.

 Not too bad you think. That seems like pretty good traffic. In reality this is what actually happens with those 30 potential views a day.

 If you are fortunate and your article lands in the first position on the first page of a Google search you could expect to have about 50% of those 30 viewers to click on your link and view your article. Just 13 or 14 viewers a day.

 If you are in position 2 or 3 you could expect to split about 25% of those 30 clicks. We are now down to around 2 or 3 clicks per day. So the top 3 positions would split about 75% of the 30 clicks leaving the last 7 positions to share the remaining 25% of that 30 view per day traffic.

A Pile Of Article Files
It is easy to tell how much traffic your article will receive if it does not make the first page at all.

 If your article does not reach one of the top 3 positions your daily traffic will only be a dribble or nothing at all. To complicate things even more is the potential conversion rate. How many of those viewers that find your article will actually click on a paying link on your article page?

 Whether it is an Adsense ad, Amazon product link or some other paying link your conversion rate might only be 1/2 to 1%. So even if all 30 of those potential viewers reached your article perhaps only 1 or none of them would click a paying link on any given day.

 After considering these trends it should be clear that if your primary keyword for an article does not have sufficient search volume and low competition you are in effect wasting your time writing articles except for perhaps the pleasure of seeing your name in print as an author.

 Writing as a business is not necessarily the same as writing for pleasure. It is the same with any passion. You might take great pleasure in making beautiful prints of gorgeous seashells found along the beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida. But if you are a professional photographer and putting food on the table means you must sell those prints then there are certain tasks you must perform.

 You will need to submit your samples to potential publishers. Possibly set up a website or go to eBay and attempt to sell your prints directly. Simply producing beautiful prints while giving great satisfaction will not give your mortgage lender much confidence in your ability to honor your obligations. In other words producing the work while important is only part of any business.

 That photographer would first have to decide what prints are in demand. It would be a waste of time for him to make prints of subjects that no one is ready to buy. The same is true for article authors.

 Spending time producing beautiful articles that no one is searching for may give you pleasure but may not produce much income. When you write for the internet your article agents and potential publishers are keywords. Proper keywords are one of the main tracks to article income.

 We are in fact very fortunate as authors to have the internet as our outlet. Consider how much work must be undertaken by off line authors to find outlets for their product. The internet offers much greater potential and we don't even need to pay postage to get our product in front of agents or publishers.

 We do however need to spend more time searching out high traffic, low competition keyword phrases. In almost all cases we will spend more time doing keyword research than time spent crafting articles. But to be successful it is necessary.

 As Internet Authors We Have Many Opportunities

We are blessed to have the internet as an outlet as authors but it will not reward us if we take it for granted and publish without research. This also means that we may not be profitable if we continue to only write about subjects we enjoy. If the proper keywords indicating that a sufficient number of potential customers are searching for that information are not found then we tak

e the risk of sending our articles to some forlorn database server in a dark, dusty Google warehouse.

 This article is a perfect example. I have not taken the time to do any keyword research. I have not attempted to put a primary keyword in the title or spread it throughout the article. It was actually written as a response to a question asked in the Infobarrel forum. So many times when I feel that I might be able to add an opinion to a forum post I am shortly writing an article instead of a forum post.

I have Not Followed My Own Advice

So I would not expect this article to gain mush exposure. That was not the intent. I wish only to offer another opinion regarding the tasks needed to be a successful article author and perhaps encourage discussion which may help others who have the ambition and drive but may be tempted to give up because success is slow in coming.

 Write It And They Will Come, if you give them the keys to your articles. Those keys are words. More specifically keywords and keyword phrases. They are many times very difficult to find and will use up much of your time but when you find the proper keywords your written words will be blessed with the success you have worked so hard to achieve.

I Could Save this Article Yet

Perhaps some day I will rewrite this article after performing the proper keyword research and compare the original to the rework. It could be interesting.

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Nov 27, 2011 12:19pm
Love it! I'll comment on your forum thread.
Nov 27, 2011 1:13pm
So are you saying writing articles on sites like Infobarrel is worth it? Or not worth it?
Nov 27, 2011 1:21pm
sometimes i wonder why I am writing here as well!.
Nov 27, 2011 1:38pm
Sorry for the confusion. I am saying it is definitely worth it but I feel that it is important to make sure you do what is necessary for visitors to find your articles. Sometimes things you are eager to write about are not getting enough traffic and will never be found.

I have my own blogs and I could be spending my time writing only for them. But I see the potential here and my reason for this article was to encourage new authors to keep trying but do so in a manner that will bring income.

I have read so many posts in the forum from authors who say they never do keyword research. Without it article writing is a gamble. Done properly it can be profitable and using a site like Infobarrel you have no expense for domains or anything else. All you need is the determination to write and do your research and I honestly believe you will prosper.

I'm here for the long run.
Nov 27, 2011 2:08pm
I am loving the Infobarrel but I need money so I have to work in several other places as well.
Nov 27, 2011 2:29pm
Good article, but your title certainly does not suggest a positive note for writing articles, particularly here on IB. I believe traffic comes from good promotion, not just keyword research. However, I also believe it depends mostly on subject matter and quality of content. At least that is what I have experienced with my articles and blogs.

Not to be the editing police, but there are a few typos near the end of the article which you may want to fix.
Nov 27, 2011 2:38pm
The reason for the title was not to be negative but to assure that people read the article and did not think, "Oh this is just another blah, blah article about keywords". A I mentioned in the article if it is not found is will not be read.
Nov 27, 2011 2:45pm
Great article - I still after all these years have a tendency to overlook those things that we know can play a vital role in our content being found. Keep up the great work oneclicklearning!
Nov 27, 2011 9:40pm
In order to make money as a freelance writer, a person must understand that good writing is only part of the equation for success.
Nov 27, 2011 11:22pm
You offer very good advice on how to write articles that are not only fun, but also have the potential to make money. I used to never look up keywords when I wrote. Now, I nearly always do! It does make a difference.
Nov 30, 2011 7:03am
Just look at all the comments you've stirred with this article. Long haul success in anything also includes all the little side gigs and efforts that don't equate to monetary gain. If anything, this article has created some buzz and established an exchange, dialogue. That alone makes this article which you, yourself admit you put little effort into researching a success. Often times it's the smallest skirmish that decides the final outcome of victory. Considering that you got 8 (9 with this post) IB'ers to comment, that's a VICTORY in itself.
Nov 30, 2011 7:23am
Thanks to all for the kind comments. As mentioned above I used the title to draw attention so hopefully I could add encouragement and not negativity. Hope I did not confuse anyone. My goal was to keep folks pushing for success here at the Barrel.
Dec 6, 2011 8:43pm
Dare to be different and to express strong opinions. There are too many people who try to be liked by everyone ... and end up being noticed by no one... OneClickLearning, I LOVE your writing... and I appreciate your challenge. Thanks Karen
Dec 29, 2011 8:19pm
This article should be required reading. I will make a note to read it over and over until it sinks in. Thanks!
Jan 8, 2012 5:57am
nice advice, surely this stuff works...........
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