Don't Trust This Guy! A Not-So-Talked-About Article Marketing Mistake

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I came across this article and, although most people would have missed it, something jumped right out at me that screamed, DON'T TRUST THIS GUY!

At the top of the article page I read this...

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Thyroid and Parathyroid Dysfunction
by: David Jameson
Submitted: 3/20/2010

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So far, so good.

The article content was awesome and, as I knew from a previous life, it was accurate...and pretty compelling for those with a thyroid issue.

So I thought to myself, "Self, this is a serious article marketer! You're gonna have to check out this guy's website and see what he's doing."

But then I got to the resource section and found this:

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About the Author:

"David Smithson is the CEO and owner of a (removed) company known as (removed) which is dedicated to researching and comparing...

Copyright 2010 David Smithson of (URL removed). This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached."

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I was immediately turned off and clicked away. What a buzz-kill.

Does anybody see the problem? Its not easy to spot, but it is a killer.

If you are going to spend the time and energy to create an absolutely killer article and submit it across the internet, you need to make sure that you don't make an obvious mistake like this and make yourself look like a fraud.

And if there is a reasonable explanation, then it should have been addresses at or before the time of article submission.

Respectfully,
Allen Graves

p.s. I changed the names in the example above to "protect" the person who did this.
#article #marketing #mistake #notsotalkedabout
  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    2 different names being used...

    Jay
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Are you trying to say that, in reality, he isn't the "CEO" or "owner" of any "company"? He's a self-employed article marketer with a "comparison" site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    Yes - who is he?

    If he says he's David Smithson and then tells me he's David Jameson, why should I believe anything he says - much less get out my credit card!

    Maybe I am a bit more critical of articles than most other people, but dang, at least be consistent with the AUTHOR NAME!!!!!!!

    And the article was so good.

    Allen
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      • Profile picture of the author Hyaku_Man
        I think he was daydreaming about Jenna and just goofed up his name at the top.

        Let's see who gets the reference and who doesn't. :p
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        • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
          Originally Posted by Hyaku_Man View Post

          I think he was daydreaming about Jenna and just goofed up his name at the top.
          lolz.... I wouldn't blame him
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

      Yes - who is he?

      If he says he's David Smithson and then tells me he's David Jameson, why should I believe anything he says - much less get out my credit card!

      Maybe I am a bit more critical of articles than most other people, but dang, at least be consistent with the AUTHOR NAME!!!!!!!

      And the article was so good.

      Allen
      Agreed

      Yours Sincerely

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  • Profile picture of the author Nic Lynn
    Yikes! Those mistakes can kill ya. I don't mind pen names at all, but I guess you need to keep them straight within the same article or post!

    Regards,
    Nic Smithson
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Blaze
    I would also say the call to action was a little weak... who cares if your a ceo of a company or an owner. I want you to solve my problem and that resource box doesn't even tell me if your website is related or if your just the owner of that site and wrote an article about this subject!

    But that author name thing is a killer!

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    • Profile picture of the author aquablue
      Okay, I'll bite...who's Jenna?

      That name thing is a serious mistake, probably has so many pen names he just forgot who he was at the moment. I wonder, though, how many readers wouldn't even notice it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
        Originally Posted by aquablue View Post

        Okay, I'll bite...who's Jenna?...
        Jenna Jameson Well known adult star.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          How do you f*ck up your own name on an article YOU wrote?

          :confused::confused::confused::confused:

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          • Profile picture of the author ab420
            Yea, that certainly doesn't make me trust the guy. Like others have said before, it might be part of his real name, he could have been day dreaming, honestly, I don't care... there's millions of articles out there, if something doesn't seem right about one, I just move on - I'm not sticking around to try to figure out why something doesn't seem right.
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          • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
            Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

            How do you f*ck up your own name on an article YOU wrote?

            :confused::confused::confused::confused:

            It's obviously a pen name gone wrong...
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            • Profile picture of the author Sheila Atwood
              Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

              It's obviously a pen name gone wrong...
              I agree, he most likely made a pen name error.
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          • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
            Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

            How do you f*ck up your own name on an article YOU wrote?
            I believe it's officially called a pen-name malfunction.

            Cheers,
            Becky

            p.s. As for the original post -- I noticed it immediately, but perhaps only because I was looking for something amiss.
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  • Profile picture of the author jennypitts
    Wow, that would be a definite turn off. If someone is going to use a pseudo-name for article marketing, that is fine with me, whatever floats their boat. But I do have a problem with inconsistency...
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    • Profile picture of the author willyboy104
      Originally Posted by ccmusicman View Post

      BAHAHA

      Maybe his name is "David Jameson - Smithson"

      You know what is sad, though...

      I've seen this kind of crap happen all the time.

      One time I stumbled upon articles that are written in one niche, but their bio box is targeted to another - Something like this:

      Article -> "Cleaning Toenail Fungus"

      Bio box -> "Bob Jones is an expert lawyer with XXX group and will help take your asbestos cases right to court!"

      Sad, really.

      Rob
      People believe it or not do that on purpose, something to do with building irrelevant links to their websites helps Google rankings? ^^

      Not so sure about that myself, but hey.

      As for this, that is such a rookie error =D I wonder how long before the marketer finds this thread and changes their article.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I would have never even noticed it if it hadn't been mentioned here.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    Oooops! I actually never would have noticed the name differences and I bet most readers wouldn't either.

    As for the irrelevant links, there was a thread a few months ago over in the PPC/SEO section by Terry Kyle that proved that irrelevant links work just as good (actually better than) relevant links. Pretty interesting stuff. I'm too lazy to look it up but it was a long one filled with fascinating info. A real case study. .... but I digress....
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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      Jenna?! EWWWW!!

      Yea, the resource was a little weak, but it does work for some niches, including this type of medical article - but for the most part, I try to stay away from using the old "so-and-so is the best person for <insert niche here>..."

      Hi Lee,

      I'd love to see that thread. The thing is that somewhere between January 1st and Faebruary 1st, those irrelevent links seem to have lost some of their "power" - at least from what I saw.

      There were a lot of folks talking about getting thousands fo links from Chinese blogs, etc...

      But I can't seem to find anything that shows this still works after the beginning of the year.

      Allen
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Brighton
    what an idiot.

    - Johnny
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryJBloomer
    Dear Allen,

    Whoops! Not a great way for this particular marketer to build rapport. An easy mistake for ANYONE writing under an assumed name to make, and now, one we can all avoid, should any of us be doing the same thing.

    I've no objection to people using assumed names as long as they're CONSISTENT across the outlets they're using. A valuable lesson. Thanks for sharing.

    Kind regards, --Gary B.
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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    I don't think it was choosing the wrong pen name. It was on an Article Friendly directory that doesn't accept articles from mass-submission companies. AF only allows one pen name per account.

    Perhaps he logged into the wrong account????

    Either way, this shows that complacency will bite you in the arse!!!

    Article marketing is getting old enough now that some people will easily become complacent - perhaps even a bit cocky - and simple things like this can come about easily.

    Allen
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Actually i dont think its such a big deal, pen names are possible and supported, and they dont need to be real.

    Sincerely,

    Princess Yasmine of Kuala Lumpur
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    • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      Actually i dont think its such a big deal, pen names are possible and supported, and they dont need to be real.

      Sincerely,

      Princess Yasmine of Kuala Lumpur
      But don't you think they should at least be consistent within a single article?

      <edit>
      Wait a minute - I see what you did...LOL
      </edit>

      Back to work...

      Allen
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  • Profile picture of the author wDigital
    A True School boy error there!

    However, I bet most people either overlooked or ignored it, resource boxes like that generally get low attention and low clicks from what I have seen.

    I know because I used to write mine like that and wondered why my click rate was so low (ha)!
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    I'd love to see that thread. The thing is that somewhere between January 1st and Faebruary 1st, those irrelevent links seem to have lost some of their "power" - at least from what I saw.
    I think the case study might have been before January, or right around then. I'll try to go dig up that post. I know it was a while back and I haven't looked back in it for quite some time, maybe at then end the pages that were doing well with irrelevant backlinks started not doing good.

    Lee


    OK ... Guess it didn't take me as long to find that as I thought it would. Here's the link:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...xperiment.html

    It was actually started in September. Very long thread but a really good case study and well worth reading the whole thing (but not all at once unless you want to go whoopy)
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    • Profile picture of the author Liesel
      A simple mistake that will cost him customers...
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  • Profile picture of the author TSCarter
    Its things like that, that do nothing but fortify my "do not trust others" beliefs.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    Yeah, but is it people who use pen names that shouldn't be trusted or just people who screw up when they use their pen names?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    My "pen" name is O.K. Corral.
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