A Fact About Article Directories, Spun Articles and the "Authors" Who Use Them.

by Allen Graves 8 replies
Here's a fact:

Authors who write their own articles have been (and will be) around MUCH longer than the ones who spin articles. (Go ahead and argue this if you want, but I see it every day - and there is no evidence of this trend changing)

As I read recently in a very good article marketing ebook, if you take short-cuts or cut any corners, then you will not last.

I have seen it, as have dozens of article directory owners. We see it all the time.

And don't think that we (or our editors) don't know when we are reading a spun article. It may be rewritten well or even damn good, but it's the same information.

Disclaimer: I do not approve of or suggest spinning articles.

If you are going to spin and submit, I would suggest submitting those articles far apart from each other (among other things - like rewriting it)

Why? Because if our syndication websites start getting feeds and articles that have the same article in them just written in different ways...guess what...they're going to drop us like a stinky turd and look for another content supplier.

This causes us to lose inbound links and eventually, traffic and search engine love.

Some people will have you believe that syndication from article directories is dead...but that is simply not the case. At least it's not the case for the article directories where I can see stats from...and I'm sure it's not the case for EZA.

Don't forget that this is our internet business, just like submitting articles is working for your business. Although there is the longstanding, unwritten rule I speak about all the time - Content for Backlinks, that doesn't mean that we have to accept every article.

Be smart about what you are doing and proceed with both caution and common sense.

Remember, We've seen thousands of "spinning authors" come and go...but we also see thousands of authors every day - the ones that actually write their articles - who have been around for years and obviously continue to enjoy internet business success and the good fortune that comes with doing a little work.

Just some more food for thought.

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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    It doesn't take that much time to write a new article with your own spin on it, rather than using some tool. I have never supported this, as I feel it can reduce the quality of a website, as well as the web as a whole.
    It is okay to contact me! I have been developing software since 1999, creating many popular products like phpLD.
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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      "...as well as the web as a whole."

      You are exactly right about that. Seems it has slowed down overall, but there are still the die-hards out there that will take any shortcut possible.

      Shortcuts are OK, but just be careful and when using them, step back and look at what you are doing. See it as a small part of a big puzzle. Could your shortcut possibly keep you from completing that puzzle or could it make your puzzle less effective? Then don't use it.

      Is there no possibility that it can screw up your puzzle? GO FOR IT!

      This is a business. What business owner do you know that will knowingly do something that could negatively affect his/her business? You should think along those same lines.


      p.s. Not sure if I've ever seen an "effective puzzle" before...but you know what I mean. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
    Respun articles or not, corner cutter's and their methods aren't going anywhere.

    Their software will just get better.

    And for quality articles on Ezine articles? well if you say so, but I've seen more garbage articles on EZA then on just about any other directory.

    EZA is more of a sales tool these days, a content mill maybe? and it shows.

    Just my opinion,

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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      Never said EZA had quality articles. I said they are syndicating the hell out of 'em.

      Every day I check the obituaries. If I don't see my name there, then I know it's going to be a good day!
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    • Profile picture of the author Anna Johnson
      Agreed. Also article directories are realizing that THEY will only last if they publish quality content. We review each article at our article directory (Blue Sea Articles) and the majority don't get published simply because they're not up to scratch.
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      • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
        That's right Anna.

        Your directory looks good. Is that "Friendly?"

        A lot of directories will still accept the crap articles, though. So until they stop...there's only one way I have found to stop them from flowing in like a flash flood.

        Every day I check the obituaries. If I don't see my name there, then I know it's going to be a good day!
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    Is it alright to spin my OWN written work (say for a blog post)?
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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      Well, you can do anything you want to with your own website or blog. But you'll want to make sure that, without a doubt, nobody would ever suspect the content of being spun.

      If you have good rewriting skills, you should be OK.

      I don't mean 'The boy dropped a pail' = 'The young man mishandled the bucket.'

      I mean 'I have to take a leak' = 'Due to the sudden and uncomfortable pressure buildup on the inner walls of my urinary bladder, I feel the extreme urge to find a restroom and...

      LMAO - I've been waiting to use that example. You get the point.

      Every day I check the obituaries. If I don't see my name there, then I know it's going to be a good day!
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