Everything I know about publishing and marketing my work.

http://www.authspot.com/Poetry/Metallica-a-Retrospective.860195

(Metallica, a retrospective)

Obviously, this is an article about the band Metallica.  I placed the article in every Metallica forum and chatroom I could find, as well as appx. a dozen different heavy metal and similarly themed rooms.  I submitted a link to the band’s official website, and placed a link as a comment on their myspace page. (this article is also full of photos and video clips, if you want to see how that is effectively done.)

http://www.authspot.com/Poetry/Sarah-Palin-a-Genuine-Idiot.852931

(Sarah Palin… A Genuine Idiot?)

An article, obviously, about what an idiot Sarah Palin is.  I Threw this one into a variety of different political forums, both republican and Democratic alike.  Also to a number of News forums.

http://www.authspot.com/Poetry/Give-Me-Your-Tired-Your-Poor-But-Not-Your-Gay.845129

(Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor…. But not your Gay)

This was a touchy subject, and nothing breeds views like controversy.  I put this one in a variety of gay forums, and a variety of religious forums as well, focusing on the more conservative denominations I guessed would be anti gay marriage.

http://www.socyberty.com/People/Michael-Jackson-Was-Not-a-Hero.831289

(Michael Jackson was not a hero)

I published this the day he died… highest viewing article I’ve had by far.  Tens of thousands of hits.  With a subject like this; one that dominates the news… I put it everywhere.

     Now, the thing to remember about forum spamming is that you cant simply come in, sign up, drop a url, and leave.  At least not if you want it to work.  Take the time to sign up, and create something of a profile, even if it is just for show.  At least look like an active member of that forum… i will even throw a picture up.  And stop in once in awhile.. I have about 50 forums that I use on a regular basis, and I take one evening a week to visit them… Stop in, pick a topic, drop a few comments.  I have found that doing so exponentially increases my views.  Doing this requires a bit of insight and creativity, and most importantly, time. 

     There is one exception to this rule, and that is a forum called Topix.  This is one of the bigger forums out there, and you will find discussions fro nearly anything.  I have on occasion, dropped a url with a brief description here and pulled hundreds of hits.  This is, due to the size and variety, a great forum to cut your teeth on.

     Another tool that works very well for me is studying those who are very successful at Triond.  If you see an article that stays in the top ten for some time, Google the title.  You will be effectively handed a list of the places where these people promote their works.  Explore.  Dig.  There are a nearly infinite number of these places out there; If you write an article on John Deere tractors, google John Deere Tractors.  You’ll be spoon fed thousands of possibilities.

     The most important aspect of this for me is still the networking.  Trade notes with the people in the forum; the exchange of ideas is what can make this work.

     So there you have it.  It isn’t all that complicated… it simply requires a bit of dedication and diligence, and the willingness to work as hard at promoting as you do writing.  It works for me, it works for the people I got the ideas from, and hopefully it will work for you.  Good Luck.

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  • pablina on Jul 19, 2009

    hey , nice piece. Thanks

  • Mikayla on Jul 19, 2009

    A practical approach to successful article writing Mnofdichotomy. Accomplished writers like yourself know their niche readers before they even write the first word. However, I personally don’t think it’s a good idea to spam 50 sites affiliated with Triond..but it obviously works for you.

  • biantoro on Jul 19, 2009

    words that good

  • wotsinaname on Jul 19, 2009

    An informative and helpful piece. Easy to understand.

  • DriftingInsomnia on Jul 19, 2009

    hey, nice write- very informative :)

  • Darla Beck on Jul 19, 2009

    A very informative and helpful article. Thanks for sharing.

  • dgrwriting on Jul 19, 2009

    Absolutely awesome article. Very informative and very inspiring. You gave me a lot of ideas, I know where I’m going to advertise some of my articles now, I never even thought of hitting forums…I don’t know why :s Thanks

  • Omniscient on Jul 19, 2009

    well i learned something here today

  • David Crerand on Jul 19, 2009

    a lot of good information, I appreciate the heads up. Have already created “widgets” as Triond advised on several of the social networks but your advice goes far beyond that. Thanks.

  • California Dreamer on Jul 20, 2009

    Good informative information, I have started today creating more of the site to share on from the link on right side of our content posts, thanks for sharing this information with us…

  • Ben Pearce on Jul 20, 2009

    Simply outstanding article:) One of the best currently published… keep up the good work:)

  • creeky on Jul 20, 2009

    hey, thanks for the link and advice

  • Judith Dupree on Jul 20, 2009

    thankyou for this, and for taking your time to share

  • Auron Renius on Jul 20, 2009

    Thanks for the info :)

  • oldster on Jul 20, 2009

    Thanks for the guidance invaluable stuff.

  • N. Lloyd Andrews on Jul 20, 2009

    Great tips.

    I’m thrilled to have made $.03 so far on my few articles! But I’m here for, as you said, the love of writing. As I gain confidence and find a voice, I’m sure I’ll be able to take advantage of some of your promotion tips.

  • WriteEditSeek on Jul 22, 2009

    Thank you very much for sharing what you know about promotion. I haven’t delved much into the world of forums, but I will give that a try. Topix sounds interesting.

  • Nicole Toro on Jul 22, 2009

    Well written, good job on being informative without condescending.
    I especially enjoyed your bit on controversy “breeding views”
    …for obvious reasons (:

  • Morgana on Jul 28, 2009

    One of the best articles I’ve seen regarding promotion and what to expect in Triond. It’s clear, detailed and reader friendly.

  • ActionSammy on Aug 6, 2009

    Based on my personal experience to date, it seems that articles on relationships and sex generate the most views. But that\\\’s just going by views I get on my topics.

  • Aledys Ver on Aug 14, 2009

    Thanks again, for sharing these “secrets” – I’m new on Triond, and some of the tips and ideas I had already figured out by myself – but I hadn’t thought of linking my articles in other forums, for example.
    It was a great help reading this!
    Cheers,
    Aledys

  • Misty Wood on Aug 24, 2009

    Great article – thank you for sharing your experience and thank you for the friend add :)

    Misty x

  • livofc1 on Aug 28, 2009

    Very well written article..some very useful tips there can’t wait to get stuck into them. Its very clear and easy to understand.

  • 8uuuuyy on Sep 12, 2009

    intresting and informative.
    now i know tat there’s no magic behind getting views.
    thanks mnof!

  • iearnonline on Sep 13, 2009

    very good tips

  • RSMillionare on Sep 13, 2009

    Very nice article I am just starting out so this guide
    was very helpful!

  • Reverting on Sep 13, 2009

    Very informative. I find that posting links to my articles in Yahoo! Answers is handy if you write in the how-to line, as well. Just make sure it really answers a question. (I know I’m new here, but I have used another site similar to Triond and I am in the process of moving over now.)

  • kimoshea on Sep 14, 2009

    Great article. This was just what I needed to take me to the next level. I never thought of cross promoting my articles. Such a simple step! Thanks for the advice and help.

  • Lauren Axelrod on Sep 14, 2009

    I tend to use all of the social networking sites as well and I am able to generate close to 1000+ hits on every piece I write. It does work people, trust me.

  • Samiul on Sep 15, 2009

    great piece of work………i am adding you as a friend…

  • Anup Raman on Oct 3, 2009

    Good information.I had read similiar articles,but this one got some additional info.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • PhoenixRox on Nov 7, 2009

    I learn something new from every article of yours. Thanks for sharing :)

  • C.Marting on Nov 12, 2009

    thanks a lot very helpfull

  • Debbie Dunn on Jan 3, 2010

    Thanks for the suggestions. You have some great ideas! Thanks again!

  • Barb Taylor on Oct 23, 2010

    This is a really informative article, and very helpful to me personally. Thanks for the info and all your suggestions – I will be putting some of these into practice very soon!

  • Debbie Dunn on Jan 3, 2011

    Thank you for sharing details about topix. I really appreciate learning about that site!

  • irenen1 on May 21, 2011

    Very insightful and lessons we can all use.

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