Yahoo! Buzz is a free, community-based news featuring website that accepts article links from major news sources to small-time bloggers. Registered users can submit as many news stories, or interesting articles as they please. Self-promotion is also accepted, which can help drive traffic to an article or blog post that you have written. This free online method of self-promotion is a gold mine for freelance writers who concentrate on news or entertainment stories.
Yahoo! Buzz reminds me a lot of Digg.com, but with a sleek and easy to navigate layout. The concept is very much similar to Digg; finding interesting articles online and sharing them on Yahoo! Buzz for others to discover. The idea of sharing good reads is simple to understand, but Yahoo! Buzz has a much easier submission process that also appeals to me. Much like Digg, Yahoo! Buzz allows other users to “buzz up” the story if they like it, which helps to prominently feature that link on Yahoo! Buzz front page.
Social Bookmarks: Benefits of posting your article link
There is really no downside of having your published articles linked on another website. With popular websites such as Yahoo! Buzz, chances are that a web user will see the snippet of that article and click to read the rest. Does that benefit you? Of course it does. Promotion can mean higher page views, and free promotion is always a good idea.
Community based websites, or more commonly known as Social Bookmarks, can help a writer receive exposure. It will also allow web users to discover a great story, or the hottest news that you have just published. Writers covering celebrity gossip, news, or any of the latest trends on Google can enjoy free page view traffic.
Yahoo! Buzz Article Promotion: How To
To submit a news story to Yahoo! Buzz, you will need to login with a Yahoo! ID. Any writer with a Yahoo! E-mail account can login with their e-mail address and password. Not a member? Registration is free.
Go to the front page of http://buzz.yahoo.com and scroll down until you see “Shape The News” on the right hand sidebar. Right below “Shape The News” texts is a clickable button that says “Submit a Story”.
You will be asked for the url to the article, which needs to be copied and pasted. Then click on Submit. On the next window you will be asked to categorize the article, and for the human verification “captcha”. That is all, and the article should be ready to hit Yahoo! Buzz news feed.
Buzz Up Articles
Any readers that are interested in your submitted article can “buzz it up”, which is the same as Dig’s “digg it” concept. The buzzing of an article helps to give it a better placement on the main page, as well as a popularity rating.
Getting more out of Yahoo! Buzz promoting
Yahoo! Buzz has a lot of potential in terms of article promoting, and how freelance writers can benefit from having links submitted to their news feed. In terms of freelancing, and article promotion, writers can team up to “buzz” each others articles. Not in an abusive sort of way, but social bookmark tools are available on most publishing websites, and readers are always encouraged to use them. Writers joining their own Yahoo! Buzz community can help each other with promoting great reads.
A writer covering interesting news stories, the latest in entertainment or following Google Trends should utilize Yahoo! Buzz for promoting their published work. Web article promotion is necessary, and Yahoo! Buzz is free to use. To get started, visit http://buzz.yahoo.com