As a newer Content Producer, I have scoured the forums, FAQs, and articles of other writers looking for every way possible to increase my page views. In the last month, I have found several tips about bookmarking, posting links in non-AC forums, and so on. Finding that promotion is a terribly exhausting process to complete for each and every article, I knew I had to find a way to simplify it. While I could very easily keep these tricks to myself, I would feel very immoral by doing so. Here are just a few of the tricks I have begun to employ in my journey to becoming a “Top Producer.” At the pages, a different review will be available for the person to study the concept. The promotion of the content will be effective and provides great ranking at the sites.
- Keep track of your article links.
Though I like to promote my Content Producer Page as a whole, I have found instances where I want to point someone to a specific article without a lot of search-and-click. Being a very organized person, I thought the best way to accomplish this was to create a Word document titled “AC Article Links” that listed the title of each article along with the link to that page.
As a result, I no longer have to log into AC and maneuver my way to each page to get the link. Nor do I have to manually type each link, as I want to use it (a very monotonous process). All of your links are in one, easy to find place. Additionally, if you have a busy life like me, you can add the links to your “Link Page” once they are published and submit them to URL listing or other promotion sites when you have more time.
- Have no shame in “sharing” page views, if you leave comments.
One of the more popular topics in the AC Forum is exchanging page views. Some producers specifically state that if someone leaves a comment on their page, they will reciprocate. Here is the problem with viewing, but not commenting: while producers see the page views going up, they do not know who has commented and who has not. My solution to this is, if I view someone’s article, I always attempt to leave a comment. That way the author knows I really did visit.
I have run into the dilemma of not finding enough interest in an article to leave a comment. In those cases, I will check the producer’s content page and see if they have another article that interests me. Then, I just comment on that one and, ultimately, give them extra page views. Exchanging page views should not be regarded as a “tit-for-tat” game, but some producers are just like that. Personally, I spend more time reading other producers articles than I do writing my own. Not only do I know what types of articles are already out there, but it gives a good feel for the personality of each producer.
- Subscribe to producers you like; they might return the favor.
If you add a producer to your Favorites, they merely become a part of your Favorites. However, when you subscribe to a producer, they are added to your Favorites and you receive e-mail notifications when they publish new content. I use this feature to save time by not having to visit individual pages to check for new material. As my inbox is pounded with new content notifications daily, I go through and check out the title to see if it sounds like an article I am interested in (which is another reason good titles are so important).
To be honest, most of the review and travel content go straight into my “Read Only When I’m Really Bored” file because I’m not that fascinated by them. I refuse to delete them though because I know that every producer deserves page views (even if I fall asleep at my computer reading their work).
- Find out what is (and isn’t) on AC.
After I finish (or tire of) all the promoting I can stomach for a day, I browse the AC content to see what else is out there. What are other writers successful with? What is hitting the Featured Content list? What types of stories have been fished out (or essentially buried into the ground) and which topics still have room to roam? Not only does this you save you from submitting an article that is rejected for being “similar content,” but it allows your mind to wander, giving you ideas to help overcome the next flood of writer’s block. Keep a notepad handy to keep track of which topics need more content and which ones you want to avoid. (Or, be creative and give topics a rating system.)
- Build a diverse network of subscribers.
After you run out of friends, family, co-workers, and even enemies to sign up for your subscription list, enlist other AC content producers. Most producers do not mind being on a subscription list if it allows them to exchange page views (see #3 above). While I’m browsing AC content, I like to subscribe to producers from different categories. For example, I do not submit news articles, but I like to read them. I add those producer to my subscriptions and, most of the time, they subscribe to me in return. This gets my articles out to those who might not necessarily be looking for topics like mine. If they don’t like my articles, maybe they will e-mail them to someone who would be more interested.
In conclusion, what does all of this mean? For us content producers, it means more page views (if not comments, Diggs, and bookmarks) which equals more money. While I personally am not here just for the money, I do like how the extra cash makes my purse a bit heavier. It is my hope that others can employ some of these techniques and boost their popularity. Hey, it can’t hurt, right?