Is Article Marketing Still Effective?

by makie 93 replies
I am thinking of getting 20 articles written for a niche and I was wondering if
this is still a good idea?

If so what method would I use to get the most out of the articles?
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Post on your site and article directories. Not sure how much traffic you're going to extract with only 20 articles though - if you plan to submit to the article directories. Do what works for you. If you want to do traditional article marketing... you need more like 2000 articles to see some impact.
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    • Profile picture of the author makie
      Do you recommend any of the fiverr gigs that provide spinning and distribution?
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      • Profile picture of the author denysapu
        Originally Posted by makie View Post

        Do you recommend any of the fiverr gigs that provide spinning and distribution?
        I not sure you'll out with a good result by using spinning articles & distribution.
        All efforts will result in commensurate.
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      • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
        Originally Posted by makie View Post

        Do you recommend any of the fiverr gigs that provide spinning and distribution?
        No, and an emphatic hell no. Seriously, waste of time and $5.

        Alexa's gonna yell at you in the morning.
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      • Profile picture of the author writeaway
        Originally Posted by makie View Post

        Do you recommend any of the fiverr gigs that provide spinning and distribution?
        No. The link value you get from dozens of junk sites is worth less than the link value from one solid site. Don't use Fiverr for massive link building. Talk about an 'unnatural' link footprint...
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    • Profile picture of the author talfighel
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Post on your site and article directories. Not sure how much traffic you're going to extract with only 20 articles though - if you plan to submit to the article directories. Do what works for you. If you want to do traditional article marketing... you need more like 2000 articles to see some impact.
      Randall is totally right.

      If you are going to get into a niche that has a lot of competition in terms of articles written then you need to have that much (2000) to see some great results.

      I know some people who have a lot more then that and get anywhere between 100-500 visitors per day.

      20 articles in not going to do you a whole lot in my view.
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  • Profile picture of the author Farish
    I did some experiments with article marketing about a year ago. The highest traffic I actually got was submitting my articles to stumble upon. YMMV
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    • Profile picture of the author jtoelle
      Originally Posted by Farish View Post

      I did some experiments with article marketing about a year ago. The highest traffic I actually got was submitting my articles to stumble upon. YMMV

      Isn't article marketing more about Backlinks, not traffic?

      In my niche I see Article marketing being used daily and they're achieving very good rankings in G.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by jtoelle View Post

        Isn't article marketing more about Backlinks, not traffic?
        No - article marketing isn't an SEO-based method: it's a traffic generation system in its own right, which transcends SEO.

        Originally Posted by jtoelle View Post

        In my niche I see Article marketing being used daily and they're achieving very good rankings in G.
        So am I - getting some huge rankings in Google, as anyone will - eventually - when they get articles (originally published and indexed on their own sites) widely syndicated to relevant sites. That's because linkjuice is primarily determined by the site-relevance of the backlinks. The people you're referring to are not ranking well in Google from article directory backlinks, this is for sure. (They weren't even in 2009/10 before the Panda updates decimated the SEO-potential of article directories!).

        The rankings in Google are a mere afterthought to the direct, targeted traffic, though. It's explained in the last paragraph of this post: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    Top 10 article directories are still effective for generating traffic but you need to write plenty of articles daily then submit all articles to them to see good results. The top 10 are based on Alexa.com.

    e.g: 20 articles per day.
    20 articles x 30 days x 10 article directories = 6,000 article submissions

    For safety on Google, I suggest you to spin each article for submission to 10 article directories.

    Few article directories accept original and unique articles which never submitted to elsewhere before. e.g: EzineArticles.com, Buzzle.com
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    • Profile picture of the author deewaker72
      I don't think that article marketing is effective in nowadays. You have to do lots of work in selling your article and 20 article is very small amount. I am not discouraging you but try to sell any kind of service or product or even better if you want to earn money just promote your referral link and earn money.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    It depends on YOUR NICHE, THE SUBNICHE YOU'RE TARGETING, how you plan to monetize, and the quality of your content. There are too many variables. Please supply more details so the community can help you out. Also, look up Alexa Smith, she's the resident article marketing maven here.
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    • Profile picture of the author makie
      Its a sub-niche of the health market I plan to submit articles and have the links point to a sells letter. I downloaded articles from the vendor and I plan to have them rewritten.
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      • Profile picture of the author writeaway
        Originally Posted by makie View Post

        Its a sub-niche of the health market I plan to submit articles and have the links point to a sells letter. I downloaded articles from the vendor and I plan to have them rewritten.
        You may want to use article marketing the way it's supposed to be used: as a respository of high quality articles people will use to syndicate content on their sites. Do a search for Alexa Smith so you can check out the links she uses to explain the process. As for rewriting articles, you might be better off with getting 100% original materials instead of simply rewriting an existing package. Some of the top article sites are sticklers for quality nowadays after Panda laid the smack down on a few of them.
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      • Profile picture of the author makie
        I am going to use some of the keywords he supplied and do my own research on Gkeywordtool toward the market I am talking to.

        His site is at about 300,000 on Alexa.
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        • Profile picture of the author writeaway
          Originally Posted by makie View Post

          I am going to use some of the keywords he supplied and do my own research on Gkeywordtool toward the market I am talking to.

          His site is at about 300,000 on Alexa.
          300K on alexa is pretty weak. You can easily beat that if you have the right kw strategy and you use multi-channel traffic. Again, it boils down to your content and also the TOOLS you use to convert temporary traffic into a permanent pool of traffic. I am, of course, talking about building a list.
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          • Profile picture of the author makie
            Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

            300K on alexa is pretty weak. You can easily beat that if you have the right kw strategy and you use multi-channel traffic. Again, it boils down to your content and also the TOOLS you use to convert temporary traffic into a permanent pool of traffic. I am, of course, talking about building a list.
            So are you saying I should build my on blog or site and try to beat him?
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      • Profile picture of the author makie
        Originally Posted by makie View Post

        Its a sub-niche of the health market I plan to submit articles and have the links point to a sells letter. I downloaded articles from the vendor and I plan to have them rewritten.
        I apologize when I said sales letter I meant the Vendor's Sales letter. The vendor's site.
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        • Profile picture of the author makie
          Originally Posted by iPresenceBizSolutions View Post

          You are an affiliate of that "vendor," aren't you?
          Yes, but some of the answers were implying that I was creating my own sales page.
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          • Profile picture of the author jasoncamroon
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            • Profile picture of the author seosuperstar2014
              Originally Posted by jasoncamroon View Post

              Yes article marketing are still effective, with the article marketing you can get targeted traffic to your site.
              Have you tried it? Got any success?
              Dont post just yes or no answers , show some proofs.
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    • Profile picture of the author MyNewMama
      The most important thing is not all about the "quantity", but it's the "quality" of the article.
      Google has been very clear: They want articles that actually help people. Spinning articles and things of that nature just for the sake of having a lot of articles won't help you much.

      Just do a Google search of the top products or services in any niche and you'll see the difference in the content that they create and the content that others create/distribute.

      You do need a certain amount of content, but the content needs to be epic content.
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  • Profile picture of the author trade4861
    I capitalized on about 10 keywords for my niche (all similar keywords) with roughly 20 articles. Received some PageRank too. All submitted to article directories. One unique high quality article for each directory, roughly 10 keywords on first page of Google. Also paid the 299 to get into Yahoo directory. Never submitted to any of the "top 10 article directories," except for goarticles. Just submit one article per directory, just my opinion.
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  • If you're putting articles ON site and making your site relevant with GREAT, original, content, then yes!

    Traditional article marketing?

    Not a chance.
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  • Profile picture of the author trade4861
    If you want score a good Alexa ranking then just target SEO related keywords and rank for them. Thats what I did and now in the 80K range and getting lower daily. Alexa ranks is just for bragging though cause it won't do anything for your site. Well, unless people link to you just because you have a good Alexa rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author makie
    So if I decide to start writing articles, is it useless just to post them to article directory sites and point them to the vendor's sales letter?

    The question is if I am going to start an article marketing campaign, then its in my best interest to create my own blog on the product?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by makie View Post

    Is Article Marketing Still Effective?
    Yes, very much so. More so now than at any time since I've been online, anyway (since 2008). Large and increasing numbers of members here are making our full-time livings from article marketing.

    Appreciate very clearly, though, that "article marketing" and "article directory marketing" are two totally different things. Article directory marketing died in about 2009/10, and all Google's 2011 updates were only the last nails in its coffin-lid. (That's not to say that you should never use an article directory, but you should use it only for its intended purpose, and that has nothing to do with SEO at all).

    Here are two recent posts which will help you to understand the difference between article marketing and article directory marketing ...
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794

    Originally Posted by makie View Post

    If so what method would I use to get the most out of the articles?
    Here's what I do, if it helps ...

    1. Write articles that other people want to publish and share with their already targeted traffic.

    2. Always publish them and have them indexed on your own site first - don't give an article directory (or anyone else) the initial indexation-rights to content not previously published.

    3. Get your articles re-published as widely as possible in places that already have the traffic you want (an article directory is a stepping-stone toward doing this, and has no other purpose at all, so don't try to use it/them for mass backlinks, nor for customer traffic, because those are both potentially expensive mistakes that can actually damage your business). Article marketing isn't about putting articles only on your site and then finding people to come along and read them: it's about taking your articles to where the people you want to attract are already looking. It isn't about how many articles you have: it's about who reads them.

    4. Never spin anything.

    5. Understand really clearly how article directories work and why it would be such a big mistake to try to get customer traffic from them.

    And good luck!
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    • Hi I don't want to hijack the thread but I have a question for Alexa that I think others may have as well. Are you saying I post a unique article on a on a page on my website like www.mywebsite.com/stocks and then also post the article to one of the top article sites like goarticles and google won't penalize me?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by beatstockpromoters View Post

        I have a question for Alexa that I think others may have as well. Are you saying I post a unique article on a on a page on my website like www.mywebsite.com/stocks and then also post the article to one of the top article sites like goarticles and google won't penalize me?
        (I strongly recommend Ezine Articles in preference to GoArticles. Especially in your niche, actually.)

        Yes, this is correct. Google won't penalize you.

        (And it's not "duplicate content"! ).

        Like many professional article marketers, I have a very large number of articles in Ezine Articles (and some in GoArticles too, to be honest), all of which had previously been published and indexed on my own site before being submitted there.

        But do so understanding what an article directory is and why it exists and what uses you can/can't get out of it: don't try to get customer traffic coming from an article directory to your own site (that's not a good thing!), and don't imagine that the backlink will help you! All explained in this post: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872
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        • Profile picture of the author Freedom Media
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          (I strongly recommend Ezine Articles in preference to GoArticles. Especially in your niche, actually.)

          Yes, this is correct. Google won't penalize you.

          (And it's not "duplicate content"! ).

          Like many professional article marketers, I have a very large number of articles in Ezine Articles (and some in GoArticles too, to be honest), all of which had previously been published and indexed on my own site before being submitted there.

          But do so understanding what an article directory is and why it exists and what uses you can/can't get out of it: don't try to get customer traffic coming from an article directory to your own site (that's not a good thing!), and don't imagine that the backlink will help you! All explained in this post: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872
          Question - Guest Posting...still post on my own site first?
          I understand the indexing my articles on my own blog first before submitting to directories, or my web 2.0 sites.
          But what if it's a guest post for another site? Should I still index on my own site first?
          Happy to see - you said no spinning ever.
          Tried it with UAW, hated the whole process, took my great, original work and turned it to sh*t.

          Also I definitely disagree with the poster that said "it's more about quality, than quantity"
          Bloggers like Steve Pavlina and Derek Halpern and many other successful writers/bloggers that focus on quality and not quantity have proven that out time and again.
          That will reflect in your audience as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anton543
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Yes, very much so. More so now than at any time since I've been online, anyway (since 2008). Large and increasing numbers of members here are making our full-time livings from article marketing.

      Appreciate very clearly, though, that "article marketing" and "article directory marketing" are two totally different things. Article directory marketing died in about 2009/10, and all Google's 2011 updates were only the last nails in its coffin-lid. (That's not to say that you should never use an article directory, but you should use it only for its intended purpose, and that has nothing to do with SEO at all).

      Here are two recent posts which will help you to understand the difference between article marketing and article directory marketing ...
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794



      Here's what I do, if it helps ...

      1. Write articles that other people want to publish and share with their already targeted traffic.

      2. Always publish them and have them indexed on your own site first - don't give an article directory (or anyone else) the initial indexation-rights to content not previously published.

      3. Get your articles re-published as widely as possible in places that already have the traffic you want (an article directory is a stepping-stone toward doing this, and has no other purpose at all, so don't try to use it/them for mass backlinks, nor for customer traffic, because those are both potentially expensive mistakes that can actually damage your business). Article marketing isn't about putting articles only on your site and then finding people to come along and read them: it's about taking your articles to where the people you want to attract are already looking. It isn't about how many articles you have: it's about who reads them.

      4. Never spin anything.

      5. Understand really clearly how article directories work and why it would be such a big mistake to try to get customer traffic from them.

      And good luck!
      This may be a dangerous tactic for those of you want to get top Google rankings. It may get you some or even loads of traffic from other sites who have published your content, it also means lots of duplicate content. I know you are having it indexed on your site first but down the line Google's algorithm may start confusing whose content was the original.What if your site goes down and needs re-indexing? It will mean all your content will be considered duplicate.

      Its a dangerous tactic.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

        it also means lots of duplicate content.
        LOL ... it means no "duplicate content" at all, Anton.

        As other Warriors have been trying to explain to you at various points over the last few weeks, you don't understand what "duplicate content" is. You've confused it with "syndicated content". The differences between the two are briefly explained in this post and this little article.

        Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

        Its a dangerous tactic.
        It's a hugely successful and very longstanding business model which existed before Google did, Anton. It's going from strength to strength. Warriors are increasingly making our livings and building our businesses from it. It's not intrinsically SEO-based at all, of course, but as it happens Google helps it out at every stage (and there are actually reasons for that!).

        As you can see explained in the last paragraph of this post, article syndication is actually hugely beneficial to rankings (though they're only a side-benefit, admittedly).

        You're just trolling, here - this wasn't even a current thread, until you bumped it to whine about what you mistakenly imagine to be "duplicate content".
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          You're just trolling, here - this wasn't even a current thread, until you bumped it to whine about what you mistakenly imagine to be "duplicate content".
          Hey, at least he didn't start yet another thread about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Donne
    Article marketing is a fantastic way to get residual traffic, do the work once, get paid over and over. When i satarted out ,all I did was article marketing, because funds were low, when $$$$ started coming in I moved into other forms of marketing , and today I outsource my article writing, and it still works
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  • Profile picture of the author James Andy
    Article marketing is very beneficial for your site because it generates good traffic plus increase PR as well. I have been this for a while and I have a good response from this process.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Donne
    When you have your articles ready head over to fiverr.com and get them sydicated
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  • Profile picture of the author tagalog
    This thread has insipred me to get back to writing articles as I had stopped due to Google slaps.


    Ok, ok, I know I should never give up but being human.......L-)
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    • Profile picture of the author goalswithinreach
      I believe the real question would be - Why limit yourself to just an article? In other words, if you are taking the time to write the article, why not leverage that article into a video as well?

      Even something as simple as a slideshow, text-driven video with some background music is still better than nothing if the content is of high quality. Spread these videos around the web with a particular focus on YouTube and you'll have a nice flow of traffic you'd have otherwise missed out on.

      Reserve yet another batch of your articles to send out as Guest Posts on other popular blogs and you have yourself one heck of an action plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shane N
    Well, as Alexa put it (very well indeed) ... Yes, article marketing is effective, if you know what you're doing and how to do it!

    As the general consensus goes, I also agree that 20 articles isn't going to "make or break" your business, but it's a start. You have to start somewhere and that puts you 20 articles ahead of those who haven't started their article marketing campaigns yet.

    Best,
    Shane
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    Article marketing is without a doubt still effective. However, you have to write more than 20 articles if you really want to get results. Article marketing is as much about quantity as it is about quality.
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    • Profile picture of the author proptiger123
      Posting 20 articles per day is good but only on that are working and create traffic if it is done on the good pr sites...
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by H.Miller View Post

      Article marketing is without a doubt still effective. However, you have to write more than 20 articles if you really want to get results. Article marketing is as much about quantity as it is about quality.
      I disagree.

      20 of the right articles, placed in front of the right audiences, is a great start.

      Unlike what Alexa dubbed 'article directory marketing', which really isn't marketing but a form of link building, article marketing relies on how many targeted eyeballs you can put your content in front of.

      I'd much rather have a handful of quality articles placed on a bunch of highly relevant locations (websites, blogs, newsletters, etc.) drawing traffic to my site hungry for more than thousands of pieces of keyword gibberish scattered on thousands of directories, most of which will never be seen by human eyes.

      As for the 'I never post on sites without X rank or Y PR', that's not always a wise move, either.

      > Smaller, lower PR sites may have exactly the audience you want, and not care about search rank (heresy, I know...:rolleyes.

      > Smaller, lower PR sites don't all stay small or low PR.

      Create the content that adds value to real websites, blogs and other publications and makes your ideal prospects want more. Put it in front of as many of those ideal prospects as you can. Provide a way for those prospects to get more of what you offer.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by H.Miller View Post

      Article marketing is as much about quantity as it is about quality.
      Strange, though, how many of the people who say they think that are the ones selling articles to marketers, who post in threads like this with their signature-files advertising that fact. The people like John McCabe and myself who are actually making a living from doing article marketing don't believe that at all.

      Readers of threads like this can see for themselves that some people have a direct financial incentive of their own for marketers to imagine that it's about quantity as much as quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author katec
    Is Article Marketing Still Effective?

    If you place DO FOLLOW link it will harm you! Used to work before not anymore!
    If you place a NO FOLLOW link you might get some traffic as long as your article rocks!
    Consider only quality article directory that people actually reads!
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  • Profile picture of the author seriousjake
    From what I've understood it's fantastic if you're actually committed to the art of writing and not um.. spinning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Niko A Berezkin
    Place them on your site. Index them. Put them on the bigger directories: Ezine, goarticles, sooper articles, etc. There's about 20 or so that get good traffic. Optimize. Make sure you have a catchy title, etc. You'll get some traffic... not tons. If you're lucky and your articles are top notch, they will be republished (syndicated) on other blogs.... that's where your traffic potential comes from.

    Use all that content to kick start your SEO campaign. Find the right keywords that do not directly compete with brand names, or established authority that you have no chance to complete with.

    Using submitters/services to blast your articles is a mistake. 99% of article sites are junk that no one but bots or submitters ever visits, that may hurt your ranking potential in the long run.

    You want to see what happens to most article marketers? Go to Ezine and type any keyword you want, see all those faces with 50,60,100,200 articles up who don't post anymore? That's the graveyard of article marketers. No they're not sipping Margaritas on a beach somewhere, they just went on to do other (more profitable ) things.

    There are exceptions (nobody get upset now), but it is tough to make it in just Article Marketing. Besides which, you should never be relying on just one source of traffic for anything you do in IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author misterkailo
    article marketing is a dead strategy that stopped being effective 5 years ago
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  • Profile picture of the author Shellyannr
    Yes, it does have its usefulness. I would advise you to use this but add images and graphics to your articles if possible. These will help with ranking the content. Submit the articles to Google plus for quicker indexing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Susan A
    Well, it won't be working if all your bullet is that few. You need more "bullet" to shoot the target, especially article directories where the target is very high. So I think you should prepare for daily submission, plagiarism checker, grammar proofreading ability, and writer, a lot of writer. The result can be seen after several months of doing, but it is just an options, keep and open mind and see another alternatives if you think it is too much works for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
      Originally Posted by Susan A View Post

      Well, it won't be working if all your bullet is that few. You need more "bullet" to shoot the target, especially article directories where the target is very high. So I think you should prepare for daily submission, plagiarism checker, grammar proofreading ability, and writer, a lot of writer. The result can be seen after several months of doing, but it is just an options, keep and open mind and see another alternatives if you think it is too much works for you.
      1. Not to get into the gun violence debate, but if you need that many
      bullets, it's not the ammo that is your problem, it is your utter lack
      of accuracy.

      2. You don't need a plagiarism checker if you aren't stealing anything.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Susan A View Post

      Well, it won't be working if all your bullet is that few. You need more "bullet" to shoot the target
      With apologies, and with absolutely no hostility at all, Susan, this simply isn't right at all.

      I write three articles per niche, per month, and that's more than enough to serve and satisfy all my content needs for a very flourishing and expanding affiliate marketing business.

      Article marketing simply isn't about how many articles you have.

      It's about who reads them.

      Originally Posted by Susan A View Post

      especially article directories where the target is very high.
      Article directories aren't part of the "target" at all.

      They're simply a small, additional stepping-stone to reach some targets you might not otherwise find. For all the reasons explained in so many article marketing threads here, there's nothing to be gained by submitting to multiple article directories anyway. No point in trying to use directories for their own backlinks (think Penguin penalties) and clearly counterproductive, as explained here, to try to use them for their own traffic (we all lose most of that traffic, which we could choose to keep instead by using article marketing instead of article directory marketing).

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

      Originally Posted by Susan A View Post

      I think you should prepare for daily submission
      As pointed out above, this is actually a misguided approach, and all the people like John McCabe, Mike Tucker, myself and increasingly many others here who are actually making a living from doing article marketing don't believe that at all.

      Originally Posted by Susan A View Post

      The result can be seen after several months of doing
      If you manage to get your article published in the right places, where your targeted traffic is already looking, you can actually get floods of highly targeted traffic after "several days of doing".

      Article marketing isn't about putting large numbers of articles on your site and submitting them to multiple article directories and waiting for search engine traffic to find them there: it's about taking your articles to where the targeted traffic you want to attract is already looking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tanya E
    There are hundreds of posts about whether article marketing is effective or not. Why not have a sticky updated with current, factual information - maybe a thread with Alexa's inputs in it? :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author MichelleN
    Wow Alexa! You know so much!!! Thanks for all this information. I think I'll be referring back to this post for a while.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anton543
    Think about the logic here. You start a site and post content on that site which then gets indexed. You then republish that content on other sites. If your own site then gets de-indexed for some reason, the content on other sites will be seen as original while you wait to be re-indexed.

    It will work to get lot relevant traffic if you get your content published on high traffic and related sites, so I think its potentially a lucrative but also a dangerous move. I remember I was building this dropship ecommerce store and the owner of the store that was taking my orders made it absolutely clear that I had to write my own content for the products. So even though he had his content indexed, still didn't wnat anyone top copy his material, posisbly for the reason that if he ever got de-indexed for some reason, I could possibly outrank him for his own content.

    But I can appreciate I maybe reading this completely wrong.

    By the way, the reason why this thread was revived is because I did a google search for 'article marketing warrior forum' (or something along those lines) and this thread popped up.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
      Originally Posted by jtoelle View Post

      Isn't article marketing more about Backlinks, not traffic?

      In my niche I see Article marketing being used daily and they're achieving very good rankings in G.
      Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

      Think about the logic here. You start a site and post content on that site which then gets indexed. You then republish that content on other sites. If your own site then gets de-indexed for some reason, the content on other sites will be seen as original while you wait to be re-indexed.

      It will work to get lot relevant traffic if you get your content published on high traffic and related sites, so I think its potentially a lucrative but also a dangerous move. I remember I was building this dropship ecommerce store and the owner of the store that was taking my orders made it absolutely clear that I had to write my own content for the products. So even though he had his content indexed, still didn't wnat anyone top copy his material, posisbly for the reason that if he ever got de-indexed for some reason, I could possibly outrank him for his own content.

      But I can appreciate I maybe reading this completely wrong.

      By the way, the reason why this thread was revived is because I did a google search for 'article marketing warrior forum' (or something along those lines) and this thread popped up.

      Yes, I absolutely agree, let's think about the logic here:

      1. WHAT would be the point of going through the effort of writing
      an article at all, for a mere backlink!? !? Have you never learned
      anything from human history?? Good articles have felled tyrants low and risen
      nations. They have shaped the hearts and minds of billions of people
      for thousands of years. They have gotten Presidents elected and
      forced massive and powerful corporations to bow to public demand.
      They have created religions and formed the backbone of what we
      now know as "Science".

      ...And you want to take that kind of power and turn it into a mere backlink?????


      2. WHY would you build your business around SEO at all, when:
      a. search engine traffic is extremely low quality;
      b. it is very competitive and full of cheaters;
      c. the rules are constantly changing;
      d. the work doesn't last and has to be re-done constantly.


      I was getting new tires for my car this morning and waiting in the
      lobby reading some of their old magazines. One of them was from
      1987 and I read an article about getting your oil
      changed, and why Fram Oil Filters were superior to the other
      ones that were tested.

      When the guy came in and asked if I wanted an oil change,
      what do you think I said? And which oil filter did I ask for?
      That article worked what... 26 or 27 YEARS LATER??

      (Hint: I didn't pull out my phone and ask Google)




      Now I know that Alexa and some of the other Article Syndication experts
      around here are still getting their sites ranked in Google for the extra
      traffic, which is fine. I don't even want it at all anymore... Not when I can
      write a couple of good articles per week, get them placed
      in the right publications, and build better lists with far less work.

      What's more, as I develop relationships with publishers based
      on mutual respect, mutual benefit, and genuine appreciation
      for competency, they happily publish my content with less
      hoops for me to jump through.

      Over time I'm building larger syndication networks, doing less
      work, and building my own lists (where my autoresponder
      is able to handle about 80% of the marketing effort for me).


      ...Now, it's true that I started with a few advantages here.
      I already had money, successful marketing experience,
      and I actually knew a few publishers. Still, I have been working
      on this for less than two years, and most people would start calling
      me a liar and demanding the Internet version of "proof" if
      I told you the range of income that I am making.

      So instead, I want to issue a challenge to all of those people
      who are trying to use articles for backlinks, trying to keep
      up with Google, or are just lost and trying to figure out how
      this whole "make money online" thing can actually work?

      Try it. Put in the dedicated, focused, organized work
      for 120 days, and then look back at the results of your effort.
      I sincerely believe that most people will be surprised.
      Personally, I felt like I won the freaking lottery!
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  • Profile picture of the author higherluv
    Probably guest blogging? It's on the agenda for me, hopefully someone can provide a more experienced response about that, although several posts above seem to point it in that direction without directly mentioning it.

    If you write 20 quality articles, or even just one, and you manage to get it or them in front of (a) person(s) who has traffic for their site(s) (as in guest blogging), then that is probably the way I would go about it if I were you...

    No article directories, though. Only EZA worked back in the day, but even submitting to them is a waste of time now, at least for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by higherluv View Post

      Probably guest blogging? It's on the agenda for me
      Can also be very successful. Dependent (of course, to some extent) on the availability of blogs in your niche. I do plenty. It's only really article marketing under another name. Except it can be a bit better, because you can get an "intro" as well, sometimes, and can sometimes even go back after the post, to "answer readers' questions" and so on.

      Originally Posted by higherluv View Post

      hopefully someone can provide a more experienced response about that, although several posts about seem to point it in that direction without directly mentioning it.
      There are many threads on it ...

      It's one of the reasons I still like to do some "blog comments" when I have time, because "today's blog comment might be tomorrow's guest post".

      Originally Posted by higherluv View Post

      No article directories, though. Only EZA worked back in the day, but even submitting to them is a waste of time now, at least for me.
      I still get something extra (indirectly, I mean) from submitting to EZA, myself. I completely hear what you're saying, but the way I look at it is that it takes me only about 30 seconds to paste an article into EZA's submission box, it doesn't cost anything, and "you never know". So I dump a copy of every article in there as my "last step", after everything else I do with them. I do still get some articles syndicated from there, and whatever I get from it is "something extra, for nothing", after all. There's no downside for me.

      Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

      If your own site then gets de-indexed for some reason, the content on other sites will be seen as original while you wait to be re-indexed.
      If you're going to plan and select your business model on the grounds that "your own sites might get de-indexed", then maybe article marketing isn't for you at all, just like list-building apparently isn't either (and clearly nobody should advise you to try article marketing without list-building, anyway - that would be extraordinarily wasteful of just about the best traffic you can get).
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      • Profile picture of the author higherluv
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


        It's one of the reasons I still like to do some "blog comments" when I have time, because "today's blog comment might be tomorrow's guest post".
        Ahh, another thing on my agenda - good to know Ms. Alexa is doing it with success. Time to get at it! LOL



        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        I still get something extra (indirectly, I mean) from submitting to EZA, myself. I completely hear what you're saying, but the way I look at it is that it takes me only about 30 seconds to paste an article into EZA's submission box, it doesn't cost anything, and "you never know". So I dump a copy of every article in there as my "last step", after everything else I do with them. I do still get some articles syndicated from there, and whatever I get from it is "something extra, for nothing", after all. There's no downside for me.


        I suppose it wouldn't hurt if I do it that way (as an adjunct, right?)... we'll see.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayPeete
    I think that if you are going to use article marketing than you have no choice but to spin articles because it takes so many of them to make a dent nowadays.

    I haven't got it personally but I am very impressed with what I see from Spin Rewriter 3.0.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by JayPeete View Post

      I am very impressed with what I see from Spin Rewriter 3.0.
      "I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions."

      - James Michener
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  • Profile picture of the author sparkah
    Google uses the same DUPLICATE CONTENT filter for GMAIL as it does GOOGLE.

    So... if you're wondering if Google can smell your spun content... just email both versions to yourself and see if Gmail hides one.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
      Originally Posted by JayPeete View Post

      I think that if you are going to use article marketing than you have no choice but to spin articles because it takes so many of them to make a dent nowadays.

      I haven't got it personally but I am very impressed with what I see from Spin Rewriter 3.0.
      Originally Posted by sparkah View Post

      Google uses the same DUPLICATE CONTENT filter for GMAIL as it does GOOGLE.

      So... if you're wondering if Google can smell your spun content... just email both versions to yourself and see if Gmail hides one.
      I was going to respond to your posts, but then I realized
      you are never going to read it anyway. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Anton543
    Coming back to this, I don't think any serious site will republish their content elsewhere. People require permission to republish content from any major site and its rarely granted unless used for educational purposes.

    I think this whole republishing is usually done by people in the IM market rather than anyone looking to develop a serious website. They will not want others to have their content.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by JayPeete View Post

      I think that if you are going to use article marketing than you have no choice but to spin articles because it takes so many of them to make a dent nowadays.
      It just doesn't: it takes very few.

      Post #51 above explains this point in detail.

      Article marketing isn't about how many articles you have: it's about who reads them. Sorry to go on about it, but it strikes me that one really doesn't need to be Einstein to see the logic of this self-evident fact?

      Spinning is based on a fundamental misunderstanding. It's a "solution to a problem that doesn't actually exist". A solution of benefit only to people selling spinning software and services.

      It's without value. It can damage your business, but it can't help you. Everyone who actually makes a living from article marketing (rather than from supplying spinning software or services) says the same things about spinning. And there are reasons for that. The whole thing is based on a fallacy, and a misunderstanding about what "duplicate content" and "syndicated content" mean and signify.

      The value of a backlink doesn't depend on whether the content to which it's attached is "unique" or "previously published": it depends on many other things, but that isn't one of them, and Google says so openly.

      For people open-minded enough to read them, the following six items explain much more, at greater length and in greater detail.
      • this post explains the benefits of spinning
      • the first half (or so) of this thread contains a good discussion of what you can gain from spinning articles
      • the advice on this subject given by so many people throughout most of this thread has been really helpful to many people here
      • on the meaning and significance of "duplicate content", in this context, this little post from expert article marketer Anne Pottinger includes direct quotations from Google's WebMaster Central Blog on the subject (not easy to find a more authoritative source than that!)
      • this little article is also a very useful and accurate explanation of the subject
      • this post, and its links, explain in detail the closely related subject of how article directories really work and why they exist
      Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

      I don't think any serious site will republish their content elsewhere.
      And the large and increasing number of us making a living from doing so? We're all collectively confabulating, for some mysterious and unspecified reason, are we?!

      And Reuters and Associated Press, they're just imaginary, fictional businesses, are they?

      Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

      People require permission to republish content from any major site
      Not just from any major site. From any site at all. There are copyright laws. However, that has nothing at all to do with what we're talking about, here, and misses the point just as much as all your other trolling nonsense does.

      Originally Posted by Anton543 View Post

      I think this whole republishing is usually done by people in the IM market rather than anyone looking to develop a serious website.
      People willing to spend three minutes looking at the reality for themselves will see with no difficulty at all how ludicrous that assertion is. Is that really the best trolling you can come up with?! I have news for you: you're not doing too well, denigrating article marketing (and you're not going to, either, because too many of us earn such good livings from it), so I think you'd better go back to starting off more of your threads to explain to people why you don't think list-building works at all, for internet marketing!
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      • Profile picture of the author dad2four
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        People willing to spend three minutes looking at the reality for themselves will see with no difficulty at all how ludicrous that assertion is. Is that really the best trolling you can come up with?! I have news for you: you're not doing too well, denigrating article marketing (and you're not going to, either, because too many of us earn such good livings from it), so I think you'd better go back to starting off more of your threads to explain to people why you don't think list-building works at all, for internet marketing!
        Alexa Smith ... writes stuff that snaps, crackles, pops and slams.
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  • Profile picture of the author jvjoe
    Article marketing still works but not very effective as many will
    tell, you can get some decent traffic. It also depend if you are
    looking for a short or long term traffic.

    If you are looking for a short term traffic, don't expect a
    surge of traffic overnight, doesn't work out that way but
    you can get some decent traffic. Sometimes depends on
    the niche you are in.

    Article marketing is not dead, but you shouldn't rely it
    as your sole source of traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
      Originally Posted by jvjoe View Post

      Article marketing still works but not very effective as many will
      tell, you can get some decent traffic. It also depend if you are
      looking for a short or long term traffic.

      If you are looking for a short term traffic, don't expect a
      surge of traffic overnight, doesn't work out that way but
      you can get some decent traffic. Sometimes depends on
      the niche you are in.

      Article marketing is not dead, but you shouldn't rely it
      as your sole source of traffic.
      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post7766317

      :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by jvjoe View Post

      If you are looking for a short term traffic, don't expect a
      surge of traffic overnight, doesn't work out that way but
      you can get some decent traffic. Sometimes depends on
      the niche you are in.
      Depending on where an article is republished, I've seen the exact opposite. If you are being republished on a site or blog with active readers, you'll often get a surge of traffic from that site/article in the first couple of days. After that, it will taper off until you get the occasional visitor. If your article ends up in an email newsletter (a broadcast), again, you'll get the majority of your visitors within a couple of days. If there's an online archive, you'll get some visitors for as long as it remains.

      This isn't about hitting one out of the park, although it can happen if you get picked up by a major print magazine or something. It's about the steady accumulation of those surges and trickles until even in the slow times you get a fair number of people seeing your offers.

      Originally Posted by jvjoe View Post

      Article marketing is not dead, but you shouldn't rely it as your sole source of traffic.
      This is dead on. Good job...
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    • Profile picture of the author roblawrence
      I agree. It has it's place but it's not as powerful as it once was. Duplicate content slap from Google really hurt this method of marketing BIGTIME!
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
        Originally Posted by roblawrence View Post

        I agree. It has it's place but it's not as powerful as it once was. Duplicate content slap from Google really hurt this method of marketing BIGTIME!
        I concur. It has an address but it lacks the coercive it used to be.
        Similar containing hit from Big G harmed this way of selling huge clocks.



        (I wanted to agree but don't want the WF to suffer if I write the same thing)
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        • Profile picture of the author MattCatania
          Originally Posted by MikeTucker View Post

          I concur. It has an address but it lacks the coercive it used to be.
          Similar containing hit from Big G harmed this way of selling huge clocks.



          (I wanted to agree but don't want the WF to suffer if I write the same thing)
          This post will surely rise to #1 in the SERPS - just look at how advanced your spinning is!
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  • Yes! Article marketing still works.
    I still use it a lot on my sites and they pull in traffic and earnings month after month!

    Reviews work well as does informative content mixed with other methods such as videos, images, and curated content

    Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author nasuryono
    Yes it is, but not as effective as before since the Google Panda and Penguin update.

    And quantity matters more than quality when it comes to article marketing. Gotta throw many articles out there to get visitors.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by nasuryono View Post

      Yes it is, but not as effective as before since the Google Panda and Penguin update.
      Nope ... you must be thinking of article directory marketing - certainly not "article marketing": all those Panda updates and the Penguin update were very helpful to us professional article marketers. Which is why, over the last nearly two years, so many successful article marketers have been making countless posts here explaining exactly that.

      The Panda updates, which decimated the SEO potential of article directories, have made it much easier for us to use directories for the purpose for which they were intended. The losers were the people trying to use directories for their own backlinks and/or their own traffic (not what article directories were ever there for, of course): http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

      And the Penguin update has helped us out more, by effectively removing from the SERP's as our competitors all the people who'd been doing "spinning" and "mass/automated submission" to article directories (presumably not understanding how they worked at all).

      Originally Posted by nasuryono View Post

      And quantity matters more than quality when it comes to article marketing. Gotta throw many articles out there to get visitors.
      Nope ... completely wrong. The exact opposite's the case. This is explained in some detail in post #51 (and in post #65) above.

      Just a little tip, Nasuryono: sometimes it helps to read the thread (or at least the most recent few posts!) before replying to it.
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      • Profile picture of the author MP80
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Nope ... you must be thinking of article directory marketing - certainly not "article marketing": all those Panda updates and the Penguin update were very helpful to us professional article marketers...
        Hi Alexa,

        So, would you say that there are just as many people wanting to republish your articles on their sites, since Panda and Penguin were rolled out?

        I'm wondering if the concern over publishing 'duplicate' content has scared some people away. Have you noticed any decline, at all?

        PS - I'm referring to private sites, not article directories (not sure if that was clear.)
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        Before you do ANYTHING else in your day - do at least ONE thing that brings money into your business.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by MP80 View Post

          Hi Alexa,

          So, would you say that there are just as many people wanting to republish your articles on their sites, since Panda and Penguin were rolled out?
          I don't think either Panda or Penguin updates were relevant to the number of publishers looking for content for their readers/visitors/subscribers, either way (and don't really see why they would have been?).

          I may be wrong, here, but I attribute the slight, across-the-board increase in available syndication outlets over the last couple of years simply to some slight, continued "growth of the web", to be honest?

          It's clearly not just the Google updates which have made article marketing gradually more productive and profitable over the period that I've been involved in it myself. It's unquestionably easier and better now than it was when I started, about 4 years ago. I know so many people here who've started it off something like 1-2 years ago, and have had a considerably easier time of it than I had in my first year (though I was making a living after 6 months, which I thought at the time wasn't bad at all - not to mention that it was a huge relief to me!).

          Originally Posted by MP80 View Post

          I'm wondering if the concern over publishing 'duplicate' content has scared some people away. Have you noticed any decline, at all?
          No; slightly the opposite, if anything.

          The people who syndicate my articles in various niches tend not to share any of the sometimes-seen Warrior delusions about what "duplicate" and "syndicated" content are, and whether or not either could be a "bad thing". Possibly the ones to whom it's ever occurred have got as far as checking with Google and seeing statements like "We will not penalize your site for duplicate content" unambiguously and expressly stated on their official sites/blogs? That might have reassured them, even if they don't understand that "duplicate" and "syndicated" content are two different things? I'm only guessing, here: it's pretty difficult to theorize about how other people feel about something that isn't a "real issue" anyway, especially when they've no reason to imagine that it's an "issue": probably most of them just don't think about it at all (is my guess)?

          Yes, thinking more about it, I suspect, to be honest, that this matter never even occurs to most serious webmasters of genuine authority sites at all, and that it's mostly pretty ill-informed beginners (and maybe the occasional graduate of the Urban Myth School of Internet Marketing - though many drop out of that school in frustration and disillusionment, of course, imagining that "internet marketing's all a scam"!) who imagine there's some sort of "issue" there. And the sites of those people perhaps aren't quite such good syndication outlets anyway, overall? :confused:
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          • Profile picture of the author dad2four
            I built a piece of junk site using nothing but scraped articles almost three years ago. It's a simple wordpress site loaded by a plugin that I purchased. It's an autoblog and there is no spun content. The articles are intact including the authors links in accordance with the TOS at the various article directories that the content was scraped from.

            This site gets all of it's traffic from Google, Bing and a couple of other small search engines. The site contains about 500 articles, again, every single article is syndicated content and has steadily increased in traffic over that time period.

            The site is unaffected by the updates Google has done over that time period.

            It's a small set of data, but it confirms what Alexa an others are saying, syndicated content is still alive and kicking on the Internet.

            I hope everyone reading this thread has picked up on the most valuable bit of information Alexa is serving up on a silver platter here.

            Using these methods it doesn't matter what the SE's think about your syndicated content. This approach tells the SE's to take a flying leap. This approach puts the SE's in the "gravy" department as far as your traffic goes. And as Mr. Tucker has pointed out prevously, the traffic that comes from your guest posts is far more valuable than what the SE's deliever anyway.

            This is good stuff here and I'm beyond excited to partake. I can't wait to decide on a direction and start testing this myself!
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  • Profile picture of the author evilsaigon
    Article marketing is definitely effective as ever. Apart from good quality grammar which is pretty much expected, you want to also make sure your articles have some real value to their readers, not just for the sake of seo. It's what google wants.

    For instance, if your site is on dog training, it's pretty obivoua majority of your readers are looking for real solutions to train their dogs. You want to provide real tips and strategies for dog training, unlike a blatant seo article that just rambles purely about how dog training is good for you and what kind of dogs are suitable.

    Once you establish their trust in you, you can monetize your articles with your affiliate links. Of course, article marketing covers way more than that, this is just one of the core segments.
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  • Profile picture of the author reneesbertrand
    Yes it is good idea if you properly manager your accounts in big article websites.. not the spammy one and try to use different content on each website
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonBennet
    It is definitely still working or else the internet as a medium will not be used by people already. Article contain content which can be presented into many different medium like video, pdf, podcast and others.

    I doubt it is dead as people are still looking for information online.
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  • Profile picture of the author imacyrayy
    Depending on how you intend to use article marketing. I think the best use of article marketing is to write them with the hopes that people will use them in other sites. That
    way your links could go viral.
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  • Profile picture of the author RachelLily
    The answer is YES – article marketing is still effective, but not as a core strategy. It can still be part of a link building and promotional campaign, but it will not have a huge impact by itself.

    The best way to do article marketing these days is to produce high quality, 100% original and unique content and submit it manually to ezinearticles.com, which is still the number one article directory online today.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by RachelLily View Post

      The answer is YES – article marketing is still effective, but not as a core strategy.
      Strange that so many of us are making our livings using it as a core (or even "sole", in some cases) strategy, then?

      Originally Posted by RachelLily View Post

      It can still be part of a link building and promotional campaign
      One thing it isn't is "part of a link-building campaign". Article marketing isn't an SEO-based system: it's a traffic-generation method in its own right, which transcends SEO.

      Originally Posted by RachelLily View Post

      but it will not have a huge impact by itself.
      Nonsense. Just nonsense, sorry.

      Originally Posted by RachelLily View Post

      The best way to do article marketing these days is to produce high quality, 100% original and unique content and submit it manually to ezinearticles.com
      On the contrary - this is completely wrong.

      Please excuse the emphasis, but it's already been explained many times in this very thread exactly why that's such a deeply mistaken approach. The people doing that are the ones also starting off all the threads with titles like "Is Article Marketing Dead" (and, for them, it is), and there are reasons for that.

      Nobody who understands how article directories work would dream of submitting to them any articles which hadn't already been published and indexed on their own site first, for all the reasons explained in this thread: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...marketing.html

      It makes no sense at all to give any article directory the initial indexation rights to previously unpublished content, when you can have those for yourself first. That's helping article directories more than it's helping you.

      For all the reasons explained in detail, with examples, in this post, no article marketer would want their potential customer traffic coming to their site from an article directory: we all lose most of that traffic, but can equally easily choose to keep it instead. That isn't who the article directory articles are there for, at all.

      When you have time, if you read through this longer thread, in it you'll find a whole succession of experienced, successful article makreters explaining all their shared reasons for never doing what you suggest above: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...eza-first.html

      And I'll tell you something else: they're right, too.

      Apologies for all the repetition, but when people keep adding on their own repetition of the nonsensical urban myths of internet marketing without having read the thread at all and therefore without having seen that eight or ten or others have previously said exactly the same thing and that this misinformation's already been corrected multiple times by various people who are actually making our livings from article marketing, what else can one do?
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon74
    The top 10-15 are still effective!
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      You know, one thing that keeps coming up when people ask me questions on this topic off-forum, is that they keep getting handed the 'no duplicate content' excuse. This reminds me of a story...
      A man answered his door and found one of his neighbors standing on his front step. The neighbor asked to borrow his lawn mower.

      The man refused. When asked why, he said "because the train is always late."

      "What on Earth does that have to do with you lending me your lawn mower?"

      "Nothing. But since it's my mower and I don't want to lend it to you, one reason is as good as any other."
      People running popular blogs, especially in or around niches popular with typical IMers, get bombarded with would-be syndicators looking to add backlinks. So they offer a reason they figure the wannabe will accept - fear of losing ranking.

      Run your syndication campaign as a win-win-win proposition and approach would-be partners with respect and humility, and it may not matter if the train is late or not. The subject will never come up.
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    It is far more effective to write articles for your audience then for article directories. This means submitting your articles to other blogs where they are already getting a ton of traffic.

    This will yield in quicker and better results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay27
    It still works and I am using the occasional ezine / infobarrel article to bump my Squidoo lenses up a little bit.

    Thanks to the penguin, you only require a handful of backlinks.

    All the external links I send, are either 'read this', 'visit this page', or just http://barenakedlink.com.

    Works wonders to get to #1.
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  • Profile picture of the author itchydog
    Ezinearticles sends me traffic. Goarticles seems worthless. From my experience I would only submit to the top 10 article directories. A lot of them want unique content. Don't bite my head off for saying that. I have trouble getting articles accepted that have first been published on my website.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by itchydog View Post

      I have trouble getting articles accepted that have first been published on my website.
      Ok ... not biting your head off at all, but just mentioning that if that's so, then probably either the places to which you're trying to submit them aren't actually article directories (like many of the sites mentioned throughout this thread, which people wrongly imagine are article directories), or you've slightly misunderstood the reason for their being declined. This commonly happens, for example, when people get articles rejected for not being "original", and they don't quite appreciate that that means something completely different from their not being "unique", and as a result they often mistakenly imagine - even after reading the "explanation" - that it was the fact that the articles had previously been published elsewhere that was the cause of their being declined.

      There are several threads here in which people report - totally incorrectly - that Ezine Articles rejected their articles because they'd already been published on their own blogs, but when you look at what EZA actually said, of course, it wasn't that at all.

      The reality is that EZA would clearly never have meant that, given the lengths to which they go to invite authors to submit as articles their already-published blog-posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
    put the articles on your site and also submit them to the top 20 articles directories or get someone from fiverr to do this for you on the cheap. Again. not a huge source of traffic
    but well worth the effort.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
      Originally Posted by Alex Mensah View Post

      put the articles on your site and also submit them to the top 20 articles directories or get someone from fiverr to do this for you on the cheap. Again. not a huge source of traffic
      but well worth the effort.
      I agree that the article directory marketing method you describe
      here is not a huge traffic source, but the idea that it is worth
      the effort is just not true... Even outsourcing the submissions is
      a waste of time. Time spent looking for someone to babysit
      could have been invested on adding another person to a proper
      syndication network, instead.
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