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12 Ways to Distribute Your Blog Article

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Gaining exposure for your web article or blog is crucial in building a following and book buyers. After writing compelling copy, titles, descriptions and link strategies, list your blog in as many places as  possible.

Your blog or website
They should become the main hub of your content distribution. Content immediately posted on your blog will get indexed and ranked in the search engines before the same content is published elsewhere.

e-Zine articles
This article directory currently receives more traffic than any other directory. To obtain the maximum traffic from this directory, re-write at least 20% of your original article before submissions. This is easily accomplished by changing the title and rewriting a few paragraphs. If you don’t have time to rewrite the content, submit it anyway because you’re reaching a different audience than the search engines and you won’t get penalized for duplicate content.

Other top article directories
After you have submitted the article to Ezinearticles wait for it to be approved and published before submitting the same article to several other top article directories, such as Articlesbase, Ideamarketers and Goarticles. Each of these article directories attracts different audiences, so your content will reach more people.

Social Networking
If you already have an Ezinearticles account you can integrate social media with article marketing The title of your article will automatically be tweeted on your Twitter account. This site also enables you to get your article listed on Facebook.

Document sharing sites
Scribd is a social publishing site, where millions of people share original writings and documents. Convert your original article to a PDF file and upload it to Scribd. Unlike article directories Scribd allows you to incorporate links within your content. You can upload anything onto Scribd as a way to grow your audience, just like on your personal blogs. Choose copyright settings, among many other options, making your documents most searchable. Authors are uploading e-books for sale on Scribd, and keep 80% of the profits. What’s intriguing the most about Scribd, though, is the idea of 50million readers. Your blog certainly isn’t reaching that many people.

Video article
Convert your article to video by making a series of slides from your content. Import the slides into Windows Movie Maker then add music. Submit your video article to YouTube and other video sharing websites. Make sure you always include your full website address in the description meta-tag and also include it in the last slide to direct visitors back to your website.

Blogger (Blogspot)
This is a public blogging platform owned by Google and therefore is rapidly indexed by the search engines. If you already use Gmail you can simply add Blogger to your account. Every time you create new content add it to this blogging platform. Be sure to include links within the content and in your resource box that link back to your main website. This will boost the rankings of the original article you added to your blog or website.

Social Media Sites
Google+ and Chime.in come to my mind, as you can easily post your article here, if it is under 500 words. There are for sure more possibilities on social media sites and on most you can add images and certainly link back to your website or blog. Read also this article about Social SEO Strategies for Start-Ups.

Squidoo
Squidoo is a micro-blogging platform for publishing content on niche topics. It currently has a page rank of 7 which means it receives a ton of traffic and the content is rapidly indexed by the search engines. Create a Squidoo lens and add your article to it. Instead publishing the same article, re-write it so it will not be viewed as duplicate content and receive its own rankings.

Podcast
Convert your article to a podcast and submit it to podcast directories such as iTunes. Don’t forget the link back to your website or blog.

Best of the Web Blogs
There are many paths to building links, such as link baiting or blog roll-link swapping, but few are as easy to implement and cost effective as submitting to blog directories, just to name a few: http://blogs.botw.org/Arts/Literature/Publishing/
http://www.bloggeries.com/Writing_Publishing/
http://technorati.com/blogs/directory/entertainment/books/
See all 23 Blog Directories to submit your blog

Social Book Marking Plug-ins
Let others do the placement and publicity of your article on the Internet: Install plug-ins (floating on the left side of your website or blog is the best position) to encourage visitors to submit your article with one click to dozens of social media sites, such as Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest or wherever they have an account.

Again: make sure you use anchor text within your article that points back to your main website. Writing an article is just the beginning of article marketing.  If you want to reach a wide audience you have to place your content in front of many readers.

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How to Create Your Book Trailer

By David Robinson

Trailers are becoming more important in book marketing, and it’s surprising how easy they are to produce. Video software is expensive, but fortunately for our purposes Windows MovieMaker is adequate, and it’s free. I use MovieMaker Live because I run Windows 7. Older packages (XP, Vista) may need earlier versions of the MovieMaker program.

In order to put together your trailer, you need:

• Images
• Captions
• Music or commentary
• Video editing software

See as many book trailers as possible to learn from them and spend some time playing with MovieMaker, familiarising yourself with the menus and the way they work. When you’re happy, add your images one at a time – a process as simple as browsing and importing them.

Images should say something about the book /service you have to offer. It’s surprising how many images you DON’T need. For my latest trailer I used only ten, and one of those was repeated. Yet the trailer runs for one minute and 45 seconds. I interspersed the images with text screens which helped carry the trailer forward. On the MovieMaker menu, these are headed “Title”.

You can apply a caption to each image. Once the photograph is in place, click “add caption” and type your words in. Captions and title screens give hints as to what the reader can expect in the novel.

MovieMaker has a selection of frame transitions, found on the animations tab. It’s one of the last things to do. Select each frame in turn and apply a transition to it. Captions, when they’re overlaid on images, can also have transitions. Play with them, learn what you can do, and make them pleasing on the eye.

As you build your trailer, you will notice that each image/title screen has a default running time of five seconds. Sometimes it’s too long, and at others, it doesn’t seem long enough, so you can adjust the length of each frame. Music is what governs the running time of my frames, and adding music is the hardest part of the process.

You may prefer a single musical track running all the way through. Because I need to create drama, I vary the track and prepare it in advance, using the Audacity Freeware. MovieMaker provides for fade in / fade out on soundtrack, but it’s quite basic.

Whatever you do, don’t use copyrighted music. You may think it is fun to overlay your trailer with the current number one, but you leave yourself wide open to prosecution for copyright infringement. If you use royalty free music, always give credit to the author, e.g. Kevin McLeod

To finish off your trailer add your credits (option on the MovieMaker home screen) and then upload to YouTube. Beyond that, it’s all about letting the world know it’s there. Embed the finished videos into your website and blog, and publicise them through Google+ and Twitter.

Re-blogged, to see all the screen shots and to read more:
http://www.mywritingblog.com/2011/11/how-to-create-video-book-trailer-using.html
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