Any internet marketer worth a grain of salt has heard of the MOZ ranking system. If you haven't, I'll tell you now - it's important. MOZ ranks your website according to page authority, domain authority, as well as several other trust metrics. I can say typically the higher your trust according to MOZ, the easier it is to rank articles without break dancing with Google. Examiner' s page authority and domain authority are just about as good as it gets. The domain authority is 93/100 and page authority is 94/100 - WOW! Not to mention that it is pagerank 8. Oh, did I mention that it is DMOZ listed? The links are no-follow - but trust me.. something this powerful will still get you plenty of juice. How to sign up to write on Examiner.com? Here's the beautiful part, you can become a writer for examiner.com - for free. Not only that, but you can leverage that authority to build legitimate relevant backlinks to your website plus you get a lot of great traffic to your own blog. Not anyone can get into examiner as there is a review process, but I will go into detail what that consists of below. 1. Go to the Examiner- read through the page to ensure that you believe you would be a good fit for being an author on their site. When ready click the blue Apply Now button. 2. You will now be prompted to select your state/city and topic. Choose accordingly. You might not be able to find your exact niche, but get as close as possible. I know for me, I was not able to choose "internet marketing", but was able to do "Online Marketing Examiner" under their Gadgets & Tech category. Perfect - click "Add to topics". Now click the orange button to continue to Step 2. 3. You will now be prompted for your standard contact information. Please fill out honestly as they do verify this information.. Fill out a good author bio as well as that will help lead readers to your articles that you post. Click Step 3! 4. Step 3 goes into some deeper questions - be as honest and forthcoming as possible. You will be asked "What experience do you have that qualifies you to write about the topic(s) you chose?" as well as "What kind of stories would you cover within your topic(s)?". Your answers should be 200-300 words ( just a short informative paragraph ). They state that you should write the answers as if you were submitting them to be published. Give them some good information and then click Step 4. 5. After filling out the previous pages, you will be prompted to supply a writing example. It must be at least 200-300 words and not in first person. Not writing in first person was the most difficult part for me! I ended up writing an example titled, "Writing articles for successful online content marketing". For the sake of being helpful, I have provided the exact answers I used on my examiner.com application that got approved. Don't copy & paste mine, that would be silly. Instead use it as a guideline on how to write your content: Q: What experience do you have that qualifies you to write about the topic(s) you chose? A: I would love the opportunity to write for the Indianapolis Online Marketing Examiner. I am qualified for this position as I have been doing online marketing since 2008. I stay up to date on current marketing trends and focus on inbound content marketing methods to provide great content for my readers. Q: What kind of stories would you cover within your topic(s)? A: I enjoy following Google trends and writing about what is currently hot topics in my niche. You'll find that my writing style is personable as well as informative. Pretty much anything having to do with online marketing peaks my interest. I might write about inbound marketing one day, content marketing another, maybe even touch on social media online marketing methods. My sample article submission Writing articles for successful online content marketing It's no secret that Google loves great content. Wouldn't it be awesome if getting your articles on the first page of Google without worrying about all the fuss of backlink building - it is possible! After reading this article you will have the know-how to produce great content that naturally gets picked up from Google bots and ranked in search results. Although you might not always rank for the most competitive search terms, ranking for low hanging fruit is quite easy. Low hanging fruit is a term used to describe terms that get a lower amount of search volume monthly, but also is less competitive. Sure, it's nice to rank for keyword phrases that get 14,000 searches a month from one article.. but everyone is marketing for those terms. What works best is going after keyword phrases that get maybe 50-300 searches a month with great written and helpful articles. How to write content Google loves: It really is as simple as changing your frame of mind. Stop writing with the constant worry of "Will Google like this?" or "Did I get my keyword density right this time?". Instead, focus on answering the potential readers questions. Your goal should be to answer any and every question that a reader might have regarding the subject of your article. For an example, let's say that you are writing an article about a product review. Typically experts would suggest that you write the article with as much keyword stuffing as possible - but this couldn't be further from the truth! Before writing out the rough draft of your article, jot down as many potential questions that the reader might have if searching for "product review". When writing your article make sure that you answer all of those potential questions! See, wasn't that far easier than worrying about keyword density or other SEO practices? Write good content and you will get picked up by Google for "low hanging fruit" search terms. For tougher keyword phrases some back-linking may be required. We'll touch on backlink building strategies in a future article here on Examiner.