Is Article Marketing Dead in 2014?

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Remember article marketing?

Yes exactly the one in which we used to submit high quality articles to different article directories. Those articles used to have links to the homepage of our blog or website.

Article marketing was long used till 2012 to generate high quality backlinks, traffic and SEO for our blog/website.

But as the time faded, it was replaced by guest posting, social bookmarking and blog commenting. These techniques are still being used extensively by bloggers and internet marketers successfully. Well for now we can say that these are long to stay.

But the question which comes to my mind is whether article marketing is still useful or has it just lost its charm in front of other marketing techniques like guest posting.

Some people even consider article marketing as spam now. The condition has dropped so badly.

One reason why article marketing is not being used anymore as it was used once, could be the rise of spammers. Google and other search engines changed algorithms to check the link building techniques by mass directory submissions using software and article spinning tools. In fact many article directories like EzineArticles were severely hit by Google Algorithms for supporting such spinned and low quality articles.

3 Reasons Why I Still Love Article Marketing

  1. Articles are generally more informative and of higher quality then of blog posts and other material which is generally published over blogs and websites. You can actually learn something from them.
  2. Norms and rules in many article directories have now become stricter and they do not accept fake or spinned articles. This has resulted in a higher quality of content in them and if you write an article and it gets approved with a backlink to your blog, you can actually get a high quality targeted traffic to your own website or blog.
  3. A complete class of bloggers using article marketing to promote their blogs or websites should not be blamed for the deeds of a few spammers who wish to gain top rankings by spamming article directories with low quality, spinned and copied articles. Some bloggers always create high quality articles which have tonnes of information for their readers.

Do you or have you ever used article marketing for your blog or website? If yes, are you still using it? If no, would you ever use it in the future?

Please share below.

Day 2 Bonus Prize Winner Announced – New Rules

So, I am ready with the results. It took somewhat longer than I had expected because I do all this work manually since I don’t want to use plugin for everything. It slows down the website and negates user experience.

Yesterday’s competition was real tough with Suprabhat Mondal notching the highest comment count, Ravi Chahar raising the bar by exceptional commenting and sharing on social media and Krishnan and Rajaraman and a couple of other contestants making it a tough competition.

These are stats of Day 2 at 11:59 PM exactly:

Day 2 -$200 blog commenting contesta

Let’s start by calculating the final points of the top two contestants.

  • Ravi Chahar : Ravi made a total of 44 comments yesterday. Out of these 44 comments, I have approved 37 as rest 7 were generic comments. He tweeted 42 posts on Twitter and shared 9 posts on Google+. So his total points come out to be:

Points From Day 1 = 180

Comments Points From Day 2 = 37*2= 74

Sharing Points From Day 2= 51

Total = 180+74+51 = 305 Points

  • Suprabhat Mondal : Suprabhat did an excellent job by leaving 91 comments on Day 2. I am really stunned to see the efforts of Suprabhat. He is new but he is fast. Out of these 91 comments, I have approved 75 comments as the rest were too generic. He shared 28 posts on Google+ and tweeted 9 posts on Twitter. So his total points come out to be:

Points From Day 1 = 110 Points

Comment Points From Day 2 = 75*2= 150 Points

Sharing Points From Day 2 = 37 Points

Total = 110+150+37 = 297 Points

So, Ravi Chahar with 305 points is the winner of Day 2’s Bonus Prize Contest. I think the lead from Day 1 helped him get here and the rest was his hard work on day 2.

Note : The approval of comments is totally my discretion and my decision will be final in this regard. This is necessary to keep up the spirit of the contest.

New Rules For $200 Blog Commenting Contest :

After publishing of this post, no comment below 50 words will be allowed. I have set the CommentLuv Premium in this fashion only. Any comment below 60 words will either be pushed into spam or not accepted.

You need to spend at least two minutes on a page before your comment can be submitted. This is to ensure that the post is read thoroughly before commenting.

If you have any one liner query or suggestion, contact me via this page only and not in comments.

I hope these rules will be acceptable to all the contestants.

Good Luck For Day 3’s Bonus Prize Contest!!!

Congratulation to Ravi Chahar!!!

Server Up Again – Complete Nightmare

Day 2 has been a complete nightmare with server being down for more than 8 hours. I won’t name my hosting provider because I don’t want to bad mouth anyone.

Well, I sincerely apologize for the time and efforts lost.

And to compensate for everything, I am announcing an increase in the bonus prize of Day 2.

The prize money for the Day 2’s bonus will be $25 now. The criteria for selection will remain the same.

I apologize to everyone for the inconvenience caused. Good luck to everyone and me!!!

Why This $200 Blog Commenting Contest is Important For You?

There is hardly one hour left in the Day 1 of $200 Blog Commenting Contest and we will soon have the winner of Day 1 who will win the $15 Bonus Prize.

Note : I will disable comments site wide for 15-20 minutes at 00:00 AM exactly to record and save the comment counter. So finish up commenting at least two three minutes before so that your comment doesn’t get stuck in between.

Now let’s discuss the main issue.

Why is this $200 Blog Commenting Contest important for you?

I will start with me.

For me, this contest is important because:

  1. I love people to share their views on my creations. I love to read their suggestions, answer their queries and improve myself and my blog using all of these.
  2. I get to know many great bloggers and people and I love to read their posts which they share.
  3. I want to give. Everytime someone leaves their comment, they get a backlink via CommentLuv Premium. I promise you now and here that I will never stop using this plugin. So your backlinks will remain here forever and ever.
  4. I want people to make money online using this blog. After all, that was the basic purpose of creating this blog – To Make and Help Others Make Money Online Using Their Blogs or Websites.
  5. Now one selfish reason. I want all of you great people to stay connected with me and this blog. So, I will keep organizing such contests on a regular basis.

It will take me some time to respond to all such great comments and views which you guys have left over here. And I am enjoying the fact that you people are heartily sharing my content all over the social media.

Now you give me a couple of reasons why this $200 Blog Commenting Contest is important for you. I am eager to hear.

Add Class to Your Blog Using Tumblr Themes

Tumblr has become quite an attraction. Some say that soon there may be more people googling the word “Tumblr” than the word “blog.” The very language of content creation and curation has changed direction thanks to the tremendous growth of Tumblr.

Whether you’re just now getting started on the platform or only looking to give your site a fresh new look, these 12 free themes show off what Tumblr’s design community is about.

1. Watercolor

You can splash some color over your header with this modern design. The hint of paper texture does wonders underneath your content.

2. Block Digital

This theme is thick black lines on white that boldifys anything you like.

3. Boston Polaroid

If you have some hi-res photos to show off, this theme will hang your masterpieces on a nice wide canvas.

4. Color Shades

If you want to use a canvas that’s not just a white space, try this fun scroller. It will allow you to pick a color palette from an interesting widget that floats.

5. iPad Interface

Your readers will get an interactive experience using this unique theme that works with a touchscreen menu.

6. 912px

If you are looking for something classic with a scroll that makes your profile top of mind, stark and solid, this theme will be your choice.

7. Boxes

This gives you the grid look, thanks in part to the rise in interest of Pinterest. The theme’s raised tiles make it classy in small formation.

8. The Stitch

Somewhat unorthodox but quite creative, this theme is chock full of fabric textures and will reveal your content in a sliding accordion menu.

9. Castles in the Snow

Here’s another grid theme, mixing bold lines and diagonal textures keeping your posts popping on the page.

10. Ipsemet

There’s a little too much empty space at the top, but this theme keeps plenty of air around your posts. Drop shadows onto a cool grey background and a pop of color to your title, and the package is complete.

11. They’ve Gone Plaid

Why not chunky text on a subtle plaid background? Of course, and it’s customizable with plaid colors?

12. OKMove

Just like a blog, but in 3 dimensions. You will need to preview this theme to see what we’re talking about.

Using gentle textures, nice modern lines, and even some very creative content displays, one or more of these themes may be the KEY to making the best uses of Tumblr to increase the look and value of your blog.