If you’re a rookie at internet marketing and trying to get your own website up and running one of the most challenging aspects can be driving visitors to your site. One accepted way to do this is to write articles and submit them to an article directory such as Street Articles with a couple of links to your site embedded within the text which some readers will choose to click on.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? Well it is if you enjoy writing and find the whole process of generating ideas, carrying out keyword research and writing good content that people want to read, it’s easy. However, lots of people find it quite daunting, worrying about what to write, the quality of their writing and how to spark the interest of readers.
If that resonates with you, you should stop worrying because help is at hand through Wealthy Affiliate. One of the many services available to members is taking part in a challenge to write 30 articles in 30 days.
Yes that’s right 30 articles in 30 days – more if you can manage it.
Does that excite you? If so great. Read on. But even if you’re immediate response was to say ‘No way!’ still carry on reading.
I’ve taken part in a challenge (more than once) and I wanted to share with you the top ten benefits that I think are to be gained from signing up to take part.
Top 10 benefits of 30 in 30 Challenge
1. A well written 30 day programme
These challenges are delivered by email on 30 consecutive days with step by step instructions on the tasks for the day. Everything is written in non technical language which can be understood by everyone including those with little experience.
2. Good back-up resources
There is a comprehensive range of back up resources (written or video) that show you how to do particular things eg how to buy a domain name and how to set up a website.
3. Lots of hand holding available (if needed)
Alright there isn’t literally someone holding your hand, but the fact is that there is lots of support and encouragement. Encouragement comes from Kyle and Carson (founders of Wealthy Affiliate) in the daily emails that drop into your box for 30 consecutive days as well as the support that is available from them and other members of Street Articles through the active and engaged community where you can build your network and connections with other authors. (No one will make you feel foolish).
4. Establish the habit of regular keyword research
Although a lot of people only do keyword research when they have something specific to write about – taking part in a 30 in 30 challenge will help you get in the habit of carrying out regular keyword research. I spend about 20 minutes a day and find that the research I do is invaluable in writing articles or blog content every day.
5. Increase your writing speed
Before I tried my first challenge it used to take me about 6 hours to write one article – sometimes longer. I was always worried that what I was writing wasn’t good enough. However, if you write regularly you can’t help but increase your speed. After my first challenge I was down to 2 hrs and now on average it’s 30 minutes maximum to write and 15 minutes to proofread and correct mistakes.
6. Can significantly increase traffic to your website
Now if you’re hoping that I’ll say by how much – I can’t. No one could. But the fact is that if you write good content that readers enjoy and as you build a relationship with them you will find that your CTR (Click Through Rate) from your articles to your website will increase. I emphasize writing quality content and writing content within a niche you enjoy writing about as it will lead to much higher reader retention.
7. Obtain high rankings in Google
Through improving your keyword research skills and choice of keywords you will find that you can gain high rankings within Google. I have a lots of #1 rankings for my articles and some of them have now been #1 in Google for over 6 months. My success is due entirely what I have learnt from taking part in the challenge and continually improving my skills.
8. Establish your expertise as a niche writer – You may in the future want to outsource some of your article writing, but by taking part in the challenge you will understand what goes into writing regularly and successfully and it helps to establish your expertise in a single niche or several niche areas.
9. Boost your confidence
I defy anyone not to feel more confident about article writing by taking part in a challenge. At the end of 30 days some people manage to write far more than 30 articles and others like myself fall short of the target. Did I get despondent? Not at all. The second time I tried the challenge I far exceeded the target because of what I had learnt the first time round.
10. Increase your knowledge
I don’t know about you, but I believe in lifelong learning. The great thing about taking part in a 30 in 30 challenge is that you learn so much not just about the art and discipline of writing articles on a regular basis but lots of additional information and networking with other Street Articles authors.
30 articles in 30 days.
Believe me the benefits of taking part far outweigh any doubts you may have about your writing skills. Are you up for the challenge?