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Building Content Rich Article Directory Sites

Nov 2, 2007
First off all, why would you want to build content rich article directory ? The short answer is "Because it keeps people on your site for awhile, it makes them come back, and they tell their friends about that site." But why? Well, for one thing, people will stay on a content rich article directory site because it takes a while to read an article or two. Thus, while they're reading the material, their peripheral vision (off to the sides) notices little google adsense ads that happen to surround that articles.

The point of all this is that if people start to realize that a certain site has good content that they like, and in particular, different content that constantly changes and is updated, then they'll check back to see what's new. The worst thing in the world to have is a stagnant website that never changes. People will visit it exactly twice-the first time to check it out, and the second one to see what's changed-and when they find out it hasn't changed, they most likely won't come back. Ever.

So, what are Content Rich article directory and Why Have One : A content rich article directory is one that has lots of informative articles up at it, usually centered around mulitple themes which depends on the topics of the articles which are submitted. Most sites can't quite pull off being WikiPedia, so they specialize. For instance, you could do a site for dog owners. Possible articles on that site could cover:

o How to figure out what kind of dog you want
o Where to get a dog
o How to deal with a puppy
o Life stages of a dog
o House-training puppies
o Dog training
o What to feed dogs
o Whether to get more than one dog
o How to socialize dogs with other dogs and with cats
o Exercise needs of dogs
o Training dogs to do tricks
o Treating fleas
o Common dog ailments and when to go to the vet
o Dog nutrition
o Taking your dog on a trip
o Getting a pet sitter or boarding your dog if you
don't take him on a trip

Within your article directory the articles you will want to be short enough so that someone can read them in about 5 minutes. This means you want to stick to articles of 250 to 750 words, with 300 to 600 words optimal. To give you an idea, a single page in a published novel has about 300 words. Of course, your real purpose in putting up all these nice little short articles and changing them out frequently is not to just put information out into the world. It is to have a site that people will come back to so that they will see the google adsense ads, and click on them, and then you will get checks in the mail.

This is quite an important point to consider so let's take some time to revisit it; the purpose of having a content rich article directory is to attract people to it, again and again, so that they will see the google adsense ads and click on them.

You might think it's lots of cool graphics and colors that make an article directory attractive to a visitor, but it's really the content. In order to make money from Google AdSense, you need to grasp that concept. Believe me, you could run a wonderful advertising campaign and develop all sorts of viral marketing tools and attractive affiliate programs.

But unless your article directory is content-rich, the traffic spikes that you get for your efforts will only be temporary. The very best way to attract and retain an online audience is to provide content that's useful, valuable, informative, educational or just downright funny as hell or entertaining in some way.
About the Author
Stephen C Campbell (MBA, MSc) is a business consultant and internet marketer who runs a successful article directory at

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