Press Release & Article Creation

Here I am again…and now to #4 – Building Reference Pages (recommended by Ponn Sabra…the founder of Empower Women Now

Now Building References pages means creating
1. An articles page (listing all the new and old articles)
2. About Us Page – intro/bio about your and your business
3. Media Page – Links to interviews, podcasts, press releases (This one I really liked because it mentions ALL media outlets that have mentioned you or your business)

This is something that I will be working on as well and will have completed by the end of June 2007. When I started thinking about it, I have quite alot of information out there (I have been interviewed about 4 times-woohoo).
P.S. Be on the lookout for my upcoming podcast (internet radio show) too!

This takes a bit of time but it just a matter of getting on the web and gathering the information out there about yourself and placing it on one page on your website…great credibility booster!


Okay, this part was a bit more challenging…let me explain what I mean by that statement.

Oh, if you are reading this post before you read the part 1…let me tell you what is happening. See, I am challenging myself to follow the SEO marathon posted by Power Networker, Ponn Sabra.

For Part 2, Ponn had suggested to add these two things: Subscription Feeds and Bookmark Tabs. She mentioned that she found it easy to do by following, John’s post. Well, I followed his instructions and unfortunately for me I don’t seem to be able to add this to my sidebar?? Any help here, would be appreciated. But at least, I tried.

Since Part 2, didn’t work (at least for now)…I continued to Part 3. This piece talks about article submissions and about one of my favorite subjects…writing. Ponn had written originally that she had only submitted articles to Ezine articles and recently she had done another comparison of two article submission sites that she has tried – read her post about Submit You and Article
I have about 6 articles already written so my next order of business is to submit them to ezine articles (will be doing this by next week) and then I will probably go to Submit your as well (Ponn did it-so I will follow her lead). I have heard a lot of good things about as well so that will probably be my 3rd choice.

Whew…I am well on my way…3 down…just 12 more to go…stay with me.

I just wanted to comment on something that I am particularly interested in —mainly because it is part of my business – press release submission sites.
Well, I have found a fantastic list of press release submission sites categorized by Google page rank and if they are free or fee based.

Yes, I have become a big fan of Ponn Sabra. And she has once again come through with more great information. She is going to be updating the list periodically, so it would be a great idea to check back to her
Empower Women site
I will tell you that I have tried many of these sites and I have received pretty good response from them…even the free ones.
One of the biggest things, in my opinion to remember:
The initial objective of press releases are for you to allow others to know about what you are doing in your business…not to expect sales right away in response to your press releases. I will give you a perfect example of how, in time, press releases can have a wonderful benefit to your business. About 2 years ago, I had started sending out press releases for my husband’s offline floor cleaning and restoration business. (That can begin a whole new subject…how beneficial are online press releases for a OFFLINE business?) Well, as my story will show you, for my husband’s floor cleaning and restoration business, submitting the online press release has come to full circle…his floor cleaning business, Morr Services, Inc. is going to be featured in a local industry magazine. Now, the interesting part of this story (not a coincidence, because I did work and submit the press release), is that this was done about 2 years ago…and the magazine editors called US about 3 weeks ago telling us they would like to feature his business in their magazine. They interviewed us AND are displaying photos with the interview of his work. Talk about wonderful FREE publicity. So even the FREE press release submission sites, CAN work. Now, that I am “armed” with this list, it only encourages me to submit to more of them, although, not all.

For virtual assistants, knowing where to find and add create content for your clients is key to help your business succeed as well.

I came across this blog post at Home Based Working Moms about the Top 25 Article Submission sites (originally complied by Dr. Ralph Wilson). I thought other virtual assistants, work at home moms, and women business owners, might find it interesting as well.

This is something that I am very looking forward to be adding to my business arsenal because I love to write (and article submissions adds exposure to my business). The first article submission site I plan to hit is ezine articles. I am taking Dr. Wilson’s advice and only starting with one article submission site at a time (he actually recommended not submitting to more than 5, but I figure I will take baby steps).

I just wanted to send out a special post to all the Moms in the world – Happy Mother’s Day.

For me, being a mom is the most rewarding & challenging job I have or will ever have. My life wouldn’t be complete without my daughter being in my life. She is such a blessing and she continues to teach me everyday.

To my mom, Betty, I miss you and love you always. I wish I could have known you better but I am so thankful for the lovely memories I have of me brushing your hair at night before I went to bed. Noone can take those memories away from me. I am glad that you are looking over me from heaven.

To my (step) mom, Shirley, I thank God for you that he brought you into our lives. You helped me be the woman I am today and I appreciate you so much.

Let your mom know how much you care about her, appreciate her, and respect her everyday, not just on Mother’s Day.