Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tips for Food Articles

Follow search trends for your food related articles.
Many of you publish food related articles on revenue share sites and your own blogs. If food is your thing, you should know a little about food related search trends. As with just about everything else online, food articles follow trends. Visitor and search trends for seasonal articles, general tips, recipes and reviews are predictable to a point. The easiest way to watch these trends is with Google Insights for Search.

1. Food searches begin to rise on Friday, generally peak on Sunday and decline on Monday. This is a general pattern I have found to be true for most food related searches. Take advantage of these trends with well-timed articles, marketing and keywords.

2. Christmas food searches begin to rise around October, according to Google Insights history. They continue to rise in November and peak in December. January through September they bottom out. Plan and post your Christmas food articles well before the searches hit high volume. You can publish Christmas food articles anytime, including December, but you will get better results if you have posted in advance and taken the time to market your articles.

3. Restaurant search trends have remained fairly steady month-to-month for the last four years. Weekly trends, however, peak on Saturdays. Have your restaurant reviews and articles posted and ready for your weekend readers.

4. Cooking articles typically peak in December and drop significantly in January. Expect cooking searches to begin rising in October.

5. Look for trends within trends. Enter any food related term into Google Insights and you will see the top related searches for a given period and location, as well as the rising searches. You can customize results for a metropolitan area. If you are writing a local food blog or stories, use this tool to find what interests your audience.

Photo By Jason Lam (02 Buffalo Nickel Wingers - potato snacks) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, December 10, 2010

Take Care of Your eHow Articles

Writing on eHow is in the past, but your articles live on. Make the most of them. You can still track your earnings and views, and promote your articles. You are missing out on money if your articles are lying there, languishing due to your lack of effort. If you will take just a few minutes a day to promote your work, you could see your eHow earnings increase.

  1. Mention and link to your eHow articles in your blog posts. (Read Blogging Your eHow Articles)
  2. Join ListMyFive.com This is a newer site, similar to what eHow was. Write lists based on your eHow articles and include links to the article.
  3. Comment on blogs and include a link to one of your related articles, if permitted.
  4. Answer questions on Yahoo!Answers, include a link to a related eHow article. 
Start tracking your earnings so you know which articles are doing well and which ones need more help. Click here for more ideas on how to promote your eHow articles.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Julie at Home: Work at Home: Freelance Writing Opportunities

Hello writer friends. It has been a while since I've posted here. I wanted to share some writing opportunities with you. Many of you are former eHow writers. Hopefully, you are still seeing some income from your articles there. If you need to boost your income, check out these sites at Julie at Home: Work at Home: Freelance Writing Opportunities

Happy Holidays