Quick Start Guide
In this quick-start guide to Article Samurai we’ll be covering the basics of article marketing and I’ll show you how to get up and running with Article Samurai as quickly as possible.
It starts with a web property
The basic process of article marketing begins with a web property that you want to promote in the search engines. This web property might be your affiliate website, a youtube video or perhaps your blog.
Article marketing in a nutshell
To improve the search engine ranking of your web property you write good quality articles that relate to your niche and submit them to a syndication network.
Members of the syndication network then review your articles and publish the ones they like on their websites. In return for providing them with high quality content, you receive backlinks to your web property.
Over time the backlinks generated to your web property improve its authority and rank in the search engines.
To see exactly how this process works, let’s take a look at an example.
Imagine for a moment that you own a web property in the craft niche that focuses on patchwork quilting.
The main theme keyword for this site is Patchwork Quilts.
There are a number of post categories such as Introduction to Quilting, Quilting Tools, and Quilting Tips.
Within each of these categories are individual posts that target specific longer tail phrases. For example in the Introduction to Quilting category there might be a post entitled: Quilting for beginners.
OK, let’s now see how we can use Article Samurai to help build relevant backlinks to this website.
Opening Article Samurai
When you open Article Samurai you'll notice that the process of setting up a project is identical to that in Market Samurai. You select "New Project", enter your project details and then click "create".
Syndicate Article module
You’ll also notice that the first 4 modules in Article Samurai are the same as in Market Samurai. This means that you can perform your keyword research, conduct competition analysis, find reference material and track your rankings without having to swap between different tools.
For this example I’m going to assume that we’ve already done our analysis, so let’s jump straight to the new "Syndicate Article" module.
Browse articles screen
The first screen you'll see is the browse screen, and here you’ll see an overview of your articles.
So going from left to right, first we have the title of article, the status of the article; i.e. whether it’s a draft, pending review, awaiting syndication with the scheduled date of syndication, syndicating or syndicated.
Next we have the date that the article was submitted. And finally we have a list of action icons for handling the article at each stage of the process.
For a draft article the action icons available are, "edit article" and "delete article". You’ll notice the "track article" option is greyed out because you can’t track an article until it has been submitted.
For an article that has a status of "pending review", "awaiting syndication", or "syndicating", you have the option to "view" the article, "track" the article or "withdraw" the article from syndication.
And for an article with the status "syndicated" you have the option to "view" , "track" or "delete" the article from your project.
Creating a new article
Now what we want to do is create a new article that we can syndicate in order to generate backlinks to our Patchwork quilting website.
To get started I’ll come up here and click the new article button.
Looking at the basic interface, here you have a section for the article title, body, resource box, and tags.
Up here you have all the basic text formatting options...
...and over here on the left hand side you have access to tools for spinning which we’ll talk about in a moment.
Copy and paste title, body, resource box and tags
Depending on your workflow you may wish to write your article from scratch in this editor, or you might cut and paste your article from a wordprocessor. Alternatively you could pay an outsourcer to write an article for you.
In this example, I’m going to copy and paste an existing article.
So I’ll just copy and paste the article title.
Then the article body.
And the bio box which contains details about the site and author.
Next I’ll add some tags which are additional words that are associated with the topic of the article.
OK, now it’s time to talk about links.
Each article you submit with Article Samurai requires exactly three links. Two links should come from your resource box and one link should come from the body of your article.
The distribution of links that we recommend is as follows:
One of the links in your bio box should point to the home page of your website and use your site’s main theme keyword as its anchor text.
So in this example I’d highlight the words ‘Patchwork Quilt’ and add a link to the home page of my patchwork quilt site.
The second link in your bio box should point to a deep page in your website and its anchor text should be relevant to that specific page. So in our example I’d highlight the phrase ‘Quilting for beginners’ and add a link to the quilting for beginners post on my patchwork quilt site.
And finally your third link should be placed in the body of the article. A good way to use this link is to point to the relevant category page on your website. So in the Patchwork quilt example, I’d highlight the words Introduction to Quilting and add a link to the category page of my website.
So just to clarify. One of the bio box links points to the homepage with the site theme keyword as its anchor text. The second bio box link points to a specific post using the post title as the relevant anchor text and the third link points from the body of the article to a category page, using the category phrase as the relevant anchor text.
Spinning an article
OK, now it's time to spin the article.
The reason for spinning your articles is so that you can provide each of the websites in the syndication network with a unique version of your article.
To spin this article all I have to do is come up here and click the automatic spin button.
Check spin credits
I then see a dialog box that gives me details of my spin credits and I usually leave this box checked so that Article Samurai will not spin any words that are contained in my tags. And now I’ll just click the ‘Spin Article’ button.
You'll now see that over here on the left I have 3 different versions of my article.
You'll also notice that many of words and phrases in my article are highlighted. The highlighted words are my individual spin blocks.
If you click on some highlighted text a drop-down box will appear for you to check and edit the spin block.
Now if I go down to the third version of my article, you’ll notice that there are two different kinds of highlighting. The light brown highlight indicates that the spin block is full and has a different variation for each version of the article and the red highlighting indicates a spin block that is not full.
Light brown highlights
So if I click on a light brown highlight you’ll see a full spin block with 3 variations...
...and if I click on a red spin block you’ll see that it only contains 2 variations. I can increase the uniqueness of my article by filling as many spin blocks as possible.
Uniqueness Rule of Thumb
A good rule of thumb is to aim for at least 30% uniqueness for each article.
Importance of reviewing article spins
Now at this point we are almost ready to syndicate, however first we need to check that the article reads properly.
It is extremely important that every version of your article reads well. There are two main reasons why the quality of your article is so important.
First - If you submit poor quality articles they will most likely be rejected by the human reviewers who assess every article before it is accepted for syndication.
And second, even if your article gets past the reviewers, if the quality of the article is poor, very few website owners will want to feature the article on their website so your acceptance rate will be low and you won’t generate many backlinks.
Access first spin
So the key to making article marketing really effective is to make sure that every version of your spun article reads well and makes sense.
There are 2 different ways that you can review your article spins.
1. You can read each version of the article and make amendments where necessary. Or
2. You can read through 1 version of the article, clicking on each spin block as you go, and making sure that each variation is valid in the sentence.
This second approach is how I like to review articles so let me show you how this works.
To begin I'll make sure I'm looking at the first article spin of the article by clicking the "No.1" over here...
Review spin blocks
...and I'll click on the first spin block to reveal the variations. Then I'll read each variation in the sentence to check that it makes sense. If it does, I'll move on to the next spin block, and if it doesn't I'll stop and fix it. This one is fine so I'll move onto the next one.
Make changes where required
When I find one that I want to change, I can edit and/or remove words as I see fit. I then continue doing this until I've checked the entire article.
You can also add a spin block to a word that has not been automatically spun. To do this, simply highlight the word, click the manual spin button over here...
...and then click the "add spin" button down here. You can then type in your spin variation, and when you're finished just click the finish button.
Ready to syndicate
Once you have checked the entire article and made sure that every version is readable and makes sense, all you have to do is click the syndicate button down here.
Select syndication networks
On the syndicate screen you can select the networks that you want to syndicate to up here. (I usually leave both of these checked to ensure maximum distribution)
We now just need to make sure that we have met all the criteria specified by the syndication checklist. As you can see down here I currently have one red item which indicates that I need to select a category.
By default Article Samurai will suggest a category based on the tags you have specified for your article, however if you disagree with the suggested category and would like to change it, you can either scroll down the list or enter a term into the search bar. When you find the right category just click on it to select it.
Set syndication date
You can also select the syndication date. If you want it to syndicate your article immediately, just accept the default date, however if you'd like to schedule your article to be syndicated at a later date simply click on the date and select when you would like your article to be syndicated.
You’ll also need to make sure that you include the authors first and last name in the name field, and then you're ready to syndicate.
All you have to do is come down here and click the "Syndicate" button.
Article Samurai then notifies you that the submission has been made successfully, so now I can click the close button.
The final part of the process is tracking, Article Samurai has automatically taken the links from the article and the anchor-text keywords, and prepared them for rank tracker.
Options to remove tracking
If you'd like to edit or remove these you can either, (1) uncheck the "track with rank tracker" box up here, (2) uncheck the individual links...
...or modify the keywords by clicking the edit links over here.
Update Rank Tracker
But for now I'm just going to accept the defaults and click the update rank tracker button.
Update Tracker Data
Article Samurai then automatically populates Rank Tracker, and all I have to do is click the update Rank Tracker Data button up here. And that’s all there is to it.
Sit back and relax :-)
When your article has been reviewed and is accepted for syndication it will be made available to website owners around the world who will publish your content on their websites.
In this way your site will gradually start receiving genuine back links from a wide range of websites distributed across the Internet. As time passes these links will help to improve the authority of your site, which in turn will improve your rankings in the search engines.