Posted by Aiden Clinton
on Jan 19, 2011 in Website Promotion
| Comments Off on Article Marketing: Submit an Article to The Free Library
The Free Library is one of many article submission websites where writers can submit an original article and receive a high-PR backlink in return. As of 2011, backlinks from The Free Library are do-follow, meaning that they can help you build your website’s PageRank. The Free Library presently has a PageRank of 7. Additionally, website owners are free to reprint content found on The Free Library, but only with attribution to the original author and with all text and links left intact. If you submit an article that someone likes, they may decide to publish it on their website, resulting in still more backlinks. In this, my first how-to entry about article marketing, I will walk you through the process of submitting an original article to The Free Library.
- Proceed to The Free Library and click the “Join Us” link in the upper-right corner of the page.
- Fill in the requested information and click “Submit.”
- Check the email address that you provided for a message from The Free Library. Open the message and click the link to confirm your account with The Free Library.
- Enter a short biography for yourself, making sure to put the address of your website in the “User Website” space and check the “Show My Website URL” box.
- Click “Update.”
- Click the “My Articles” link at the top of the page.
- Click “Submit Article.”
- Use the drop-down menus next to “Publication Community” to select a category and subcategory that reflects the theme of your article.
- Enter a title of no more than 300 characters.
- Enter a summary of no more than 1,500 characters. The summary should consist of a few sentences that summarize the content of your article submission.
- Enter all of the keyword phrases that a reader interested in the content of your article might use when searching. Separate each keyword phrase with a comma, and use no more than 1,000 characters.
- Write your article, making sure that it conforms to the Free Library Editorial Guidelines.
- Enter your copyright information and reprinting terms at the bottom of the article text. Generally, this area should indicate the copyright year and your name, along with the terms that you will allow reprinting only if the original text, your name, and all links are reprinted verbatim.
- Enter your author signature using a maximum of 500 characters. Note that, between the signature and main article body, you may use a maximum of eight links. Of those, only four links can be ones that you control or have a direct interest in.
- Click the “Preview” button to see what your first article for The Free Library will look like when it is published.
- Click the “Back” button to correct any mistakes that you find. Note that you have only one opportunity to do this; The Free Library, like most article submission websites, expects content free of spelling and grammatical mistakes.
Now, all that you need to do is wait for your article to be approved. Remember that it can take several days to receive a reply from The Free Library as, like most article submission websites, they are constantly deluged with content and have a small staff of editors.