I started writing seriously at the end of the year
2006, and I posted my articles on EzineArticles.com, an article directory. Article directories are made up,
in part, by business people, who write articles about their products and/or their services. Website owners, who are interested in an article, may take an article and publish it on their website, provided they follow the rules, provided by the article directory. I think it's a win...win situation for the writer. It's a good way to get published and to build a resume in writing, etc.
During this time, I have posted about 100 articles on the directory, and over 100 (different) articles have been published on more than 500 websites on the Internet. Those of you wishing to learn more about article directories, can follow the following link;
Ezine Articles.com (article directory);
Articles Published Page;
After I turned my initial ten articles, and got accepted ('live editors), I went surfing around the directectory, to see what others were writing about. I found that many people write articles about the same subject. I saw that one woman wrote over 100 articles on the game of golf; another person write many articles like computers; medical; parenting and so forth. There's nothing wrong with that...this subject was a field of their expertise.
"Writing is easy! All you do is to stare at a blank sheet of paper or screen...until drops of blood form on your forehead." Gene Fowler
Early on, I decided to go in a different direction. I would write on many different topics, depending on my experiences and my expertise on the subject. In other words...I decided to spread it around. Not for the sake of search engines...but because I like to write about so many different subjects...like losing weight; quitting smoking; golf; football; parenting; the environment; politics; the worthless Congress; and short humor pieces to get a giggle along the way.
Five years later in 2011, I have written 300+ articles, and could have never dreamed, that I would write that many articles in so many categories. At the directory, about 41 categories (niches) and here at Authors Den about the same number of categories.
As I wrote in an article entitled, "I Write For Me, Myself and I," I don't write to please the public; editors; publishers or search engines to drive traffic to my site. I write to please myself. None of us, who have a website or writing site, know what good or bad traffic is. We can't go back to mom or pop or grampa in the 50's or 60's to ask how their website was doing as far as traffic is concerned.
During my lifetime, I have always used the analogy of golf...I can't be worried about the golfers on the next fairway...or the golfers up on the green. I have to focus on my own business and do the best I can. So, in the issue of traffic to my writing site, I don't know if it's good, bad or indifferent. All I know is that I treasure every visitor to my website, directory and writing site.
"Every writer I know, has trouble writing." Joseph Heller
As of December, 2011 and at of the writing of this article...the total traffic to my sites are as follows; (Authors Den) 270,521
Traffic to website; (humordoctormd) 35,902
Traffic to article directory; 65,712
Average weekly traffic (Authors Den)
2,800; high; 3,800+
Number of articles (Authors Den) as of December, 2011; 311
These numbers may be peanuts to some people... but to me, I am grateful to all of my treasured visitors. In my view, it is the visitor, who is the most important person in all this publishing process.
If it's true , that search engines, munch of key words...and because I don't write on the same subject, and I take chances with my writing pieces...I use a lot of different words in my articles, especially in my titles. A few examples;
U.S. Congress; The Best Little Whorehouse In Washington, D.C.; Constipation: Saying Hello To a Costly Enema; Passing a Kidney Stone 101 For Dummies; NBA; National Buffoon Association; The SpaMobile Has Arrived...beep...beep...and the list goes on and on, etc.
If I were an expert in any field...it would probably be the field of humor...because I am a funny guy. (yawn, here!) Speaking of humor...
Some of you, may remember back to the 1970's when Henry Kissinger was Secretary of State under President Nixon. I think two of the most boring people in the world are Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, and Henry Kissinger.
One day, I was watching the news, and I was astonished to see a little humor out of Henry Kissinger. (Mr. Cardboard, himself) He had just been confirmed as Secretary of State and he was doing an interview out in front of the Congress. It was snowing lightly, and reporters were gathered around him asking questions, and one reporter asked;
"Mr. Kissinger...now, that you've been confirmed as Secretary of State...how do you want to be addressed, sir?"
Henry Kissinger thought for a moment, and then he answered, "Your excellancy, will be fine!"
"The role of the writer is not to say what we all can say...but what we are unable to say." Anais Nin
At the article directory, take a look at how I spread it around...with 38 categories (niches) and sub-categories;
Arts/Entertainment/Humor - 19; Self-Improvement/Positive Attitude - 6
Writing and Speaking/writing - 4; Self-Improvement/Success - 4
Health and Wellness/Diabetes - 3; Writing and Speaking/Writing articles - 2
Arts and Entertainment/music - 2; Home and Family/crafts/hobbies - 2
Health and Fitness/Depression - 2; Health and Fitness/weight loss - 2
News and Society/Pure Opinion - 10; Self-Improvement/creativity - 5
Self-Improvement/Inspriational - 4; Health and Fitness/Quit Smoking - 4
Health and Fitness/Anti-aging - 2; Health and Fitness - 2
Self-Improvement/goal-setting - 2; Health and Fitness/Mental Health - 2
Self-Improvement/Self-esteem - 2; Self-Improvement/addictions - 1
As the reader can see, I spread it around at the directory. Here, at Authors Den, it's about the same thing, with about 40 categories. Health and Wellness leads the way with 83 articles; Writing-related with 23; humor-related with about 14 and so on down the line. Between the directory and Authors Den, I have used about 80 categories to present my work, so I've really spread it around.
It is said, that writing is like manure...you have to spread it around! And, as the reader can see, I have spread it around with about 80 categories to feed those hungry search engines, etc.
"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." E.L. Dactrow
I have to tell the reader, that my favorite article title is as follows.
U.S. Congress; The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington, D.C. Can you guess which category I put it under? 'Horror"
"When something can be read easily, great effort has gone into its writing." Enrique Pancela
Good Housekeeping Site of the Day: On October 31, 2002, my website was awarded 'Good Housekeeping Site of the Day, and again in the year 2007. My website was only a year old at the time. And for the first time, I found out the power of the Internet, as I got over 3,000 hits/veiws that day and in 2007...and a flood of emails. If this were to happen everyday, I wouldn't be able to manage my website. Can you imagine...20,000 hits a week...A website has to be manageable...and I think my website and writing site are manageable in 2011...
SOS! My Serious and Silly Articles;
The following two pages, are where all my articles are listed and categorized. By doing this, makes it easier for the visitor to navigate this site and find something of interest.
SOS! My Serious and Silly Articles; (Page one)
SOS! My Serious and Silly Articles; Page two)
The following article is a list of all my articles...only this time, it is composed of my top 100 articles listed as to how they stand in hits and views. In other words, these are a list of my best producers in hits/views. The #1 article is my best producer...and so on down the line...showing the articles to the #100 article.
SOS! My Serious and Silly Articles; (popularity)
Whether I get 17 visitors or 360,000...the visitor will always be my treasured guest, because without the visitor...there is nothing! In the meantime, I'll keep on doing what I do best...spreading it around!
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Copyright; 2011; Jerry Aragon; The Humor Doctor
Website name; humordoctormd