Huge Article Marketing Mistake

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Hi Warriors,

I was just looking at some topics on ezine articles, I found the topic that interested me.
Looked at the authors and one individual stood out. This person had close to 150 articles and all of them had a resource box that pointed to a site that had nothing to do with the article he had written.

150 articles, platinum author status and has resource boxes that point to worthless landing pages that will generate no interest. Let's say the subject was muscle cars, his landing pages are based on singing lessons (this is just an example).

This is a huge mistake and a waste of time, if you plan on being successful at article marketing, make sure your resource box is enticing and for damn sure make sure your landing page has a relevant topic.

This might be common sense, but you'd be surprised, how many are doing it wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoogleWarrior
    Its his ezine article.... he can point it to where ever he wants... not everybody who writes articles on ezines articles is trying to make money. Most people who write for ezine articles that are trying to make make...dont even make money...so what does it matter?
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    • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
      Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

      Its his ezine article.... he can point it to where ever he wants... not everybody who writes articles on ezines articles is trying to make money. Most people who write for ezine articles that are trying to make make...dont even make money...so what does it matter?
      of course he can do whatever he wants, but it is a total waste of time! 150 articles that have resource boxes that point to non-relevant pages. if this guy wrote 10 articles, then fine. He wrote more than 150 articles and all of them point to a non relevant page, this is a mistake new comers need to avoid.

      This is a marketing forum, so it's a head up for people that are into marketing and use articles to drive traffic.
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      • Profile picture of the author fuad muhammad
        hye there..im new here in this forum..nice to know u all..

        by the way..u've got a point here..i'm totally agree with u..there's some issues about useless effort made by newcomers..he shouldn't wasting his time and others by doing that..

        maybe he was too 'hungry' for an immediate success..what a mistake~
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      • Profile picture of the author LisaJordan
        Originally Posted by Magic Mel View Post

        of course he can do whatever he wants, but it is a total waste of time! 150 articles that have resource boxes that point to non-relevant pages. if this guy wrote 10 articles, then fine. He wrote more than 150 articles and all of them point to a non relevant page, this is a mistake new comers need to avoid.

        This is a marketing forum, so it's a head up for people that are into marketing and use articles to drive traffic.
        Just so you know, John Xfactor's Master Adsense Course teaches just that, to write articles about the things that are hot and interesting and using the resource box to the affiliate site.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    I would love to rewrite the title of this thread and call it "Article Writing -Huge Mistake" After what I just learned from George Wright.
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  • Profile picture of the author jonat2005
    I think he has forgotten that he has an ezinearticle account...why on earth would write 150 articles and not monetize it...hmmm....
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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      Originally Posted by Magic Mel View Post

      This is a huge mistake and a waste of time, if you plan on being successful at article marketing, make sure your resource box is enticing and for damn sure make sure your landing page has a relevant topic.

      This might be common sense, but you'd be surprised, how many are doing it wrong.
      Mel, your understanding of SEO needs to expand.

      That person was obviously only using those articles for BLs.

      Consequently, he is doing everything right!

      As long as a BL is indexed by the SERPs, it counts no matter where it comes from and no matter if its coming from a totally irrelevant page.

      Case in point, check out the BLs on this page: carsecretsrevealed.com

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      • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
        Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post

        Mel, your understanding of SEO needs to expand.

        That person was obviously only using those articles for BLs.

        Consequently, he is doing everything right!

        As long as a BL is indexed by the SERPs, it counts no matter where it comes from and no matter if its coming from a totally irrelevant page.

        Case in point, check out the BLs on this page: carsecretsrevealed.com

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        My understanding of seo is there, don't assume! This dood wrote half assed articles, why not pick the subject and use a resource box that has proper anchor and point to a proper landing page......
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        • Profile picture of the author bretski
          Originally Posted by Magic Mel View Post

          My understanding of seo is there, don't assume! This dood wrote half assed articles, why not pick the subject and use a resource box that has proper anchor and point to a proper landing page......
          Chances are his articles DO have proper anchor text and are pointing to exactly where he wanted them to....chances are the guy isn't an idiot and he knows EXACTLY what he is doing and chances are his site is doing quite well since he probably outsourced all of his stuff and he's probably rolling in the dough...he got his backlinks and that was all he wanted...he didn't have to write the articles...he didn't have to publish the articles...he just wanted the BL's.
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        • Profile picture of the author mello
          Hmmm ... wonder whether you are making an assumption yourself, Magic Mel?
          If he's gone to that trouble he may be getting a payoff somehow ... who knows?
          Yep, it's contrary to 'wisdom' and we can learn from it but we don't know if he's a newbie (possibly a mistake then) or a seasoned pro (maybe a reason why he's doing it). Guess we just won't know. Thanks for pointing it out though.
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        Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post

        Mel, your understanding of SEO needs to expand.

        That person was obviously only using those articles for BLs.

        Consequently, he is doing everything right!

        As long as a BL is indexed by the SERPs, it counts no matter where it comes from and no matter if its coming from a totally irrelevant page.

        Case in point, check out the BLs on this page: carsecretsrevealed.com

        Giles, the Crew Chief
        Hey I dont know too much about BLs but i have been doing a lot of reading and researching and i read BLs from article that have nothing to do with your BLs will be disregarded by search engine. Isn't that true?
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  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    It's not a total waste of time if he is doing it solely for seo purposes. But why not write the article in a category that matches his article so he can actually harvest traffic from the directory too. A bit unoptimized but not a waste of time.
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    • Profile picture of the author bretski
      I have an article directory and I see this all the time. You are right...it is a huge waste. Chances are the owner just bought a bunch of articles and has someone posting them with the expressed purpose to point them to one particular site for SEO purposes. I come across this all the time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Howard008
      Originally Posted by mattlaclear View Post

      It's not a total waste of time if he is doing it solely for seo purposes. But why not write the article in a category that matches his article so he can actually harvest traffic from the directory too. A bit unoptimized but not a waste of time.
      Yeah, It's not a total waste of time if he is doing it solely for seo purposes.
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      • Profile picture of the author FredJones
        Good - I have one less competitor

        Bad - why did I suppose I would miss out my ABCD of sense if I am doing article marketing and still hope to make sales?

        Good - I now have a ton of backlinks and my SEO score is surely going to improve.

        Hmmm - my service is running well and I have a ton of satisfied clients now who have got backlinks to their sites.

        And so on ...
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        • Profile picture of the author davesharp
          Lots of varied answers here but I cannot help thinking that if this person is using EzineArticle just for backlinks then they are wasting a huge recourse.

          If it is part of some link wheel strategies then what I don't understand is why everyone thinks a linkwheel should be just a crappy site, backlinks are good but having some sort of quality sites is a lot better to go along with the backlinks.

          My gut feeling is this person basically hasn't got a clue.

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  • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
    You people seem to praise this person, that's fine. I was looking up, some of his keywords and his site(s) do not even come up on page 2 of google. If this is how you write your articles, that's fine too.....

    So much for the seo benefit, like i said waste of time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      Originally Posted by Magic Mel View Post

      My understanding of seo is there, don't assume! This dood wrote half assed articles, why not pick the subject and use a resource box that has proper anchor and point to a proper landing page......
      Because all Off Page SEO doesn't work like that...

      As far as the articles being half arsed, people who know SEO know the importance of intentionally writing half arsed articles. It's called "Social Engineering." The process is designed to render content that subconsciously incites the reader to click on the ads/links and not read the content.

      Originally Posted by bretski View Post

      Chances are his articles DO have proper anchor text and are pointing to exactly where he wanted them to....chances are the guy isn't an idiot and he knows EXACTLY what he is doing and chances are his site is doing quite well since he probably outsourced all of his stuff and he's probably rolling in the dough...he got his backlinks and that was all he wanted...he didn't have to write the articles...he didn't have to publish the articles...he just wanted the BL's.
      There ya go, true statements...

      Originally Posted by Magic Mel View Post

      You people seem to praise this person, that's fine. I was looking up, some of his keywords and his site(s) do not even come up on page 2 of google. If this is how you write your articles, that's fine too.....

      So much for the seo benefit, like i said waste of time.
      Yes Mel, he gets praise because he's doing what smart SEOers do all day long!

      In terms of you checking his rankings, you have no idea when he started that campaign. I've got similar campaigns running right now and you won't find my targeted keyword phrases on the 1st page of the SERPs today but in due season, I'll break the plane and take over the top spots.

      What he's doing is called SEO 101; learn it and you will make a killing in IM!

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      • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
        Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post

        Because all Off Page SEO doesn't work like that...

        As far as the articles being half arsed, people who know SEO know the importance of intentionally writing half arsed articles. It's called "Social Engineering." The process is designed to render content that subconsciously incites the reader to click on the ads/links and not read the content.



        There ya go, true statements...



        Yes Mel, he gets praise because he's doing what smart SEOers do all day long!

        In terms of you checking his rankings, you have no idea when he started that campaign. I've got similar campaigns running right now and you won't find my targeted keyword phrases on the 1st page of the SERPs today but in due season, I'll break the plane and take over the top spots.

        What he's doing is called SEO 101; learn it and you will make a killing in IM!

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        LOL...you crack me up! His seo 101 is for a chitty, ass keyword that has less than 8,000 competition and still the dood is ranked on page 3 of google.... Like i said don't try to teach me.

        This dood has over 150 articles and his rankings is pure ****, your posts are always entertaining.
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        • Profile picture of the author terrapurus
          Originally Posted by Magic Mel View Post

          LOL...you crack me up! His seo 101 is for a chitty, ass keyword that has less than 8,000 competition and still the dood is ranked on page 3 of google.... Like i said don't try to teach me.

          This dood has over 150 articles and his rankings is pure ****, your posts are always entertaining.

          Sounds like you stumbled on a node of his linkwheel. I would not care about where the ezine articles to to. Follow the links off the main site and see where they go.

          It is the simple solutions that are often the best. Lets assume the guy is not an idiot and figure out why you would do this (seriously Mel, with the number of posts on this forum you have done I am surprised you did start stripping down his business instead).

          Why would you create 150 articles that are rubbish. Answer - cheap outsourced content.

          Why would you put 150 rubbish articles into an account where all articles are junk. Answer - it is an account you don't mind getting banned but if it is, it does not wipe out your more 'pro' accounts.

          Why would you create 150 articles with low relevance anchor text - to get the destination pages ranked with maybe a PR1 or so score, but not getting the pages themselves ranking for the actual terms you are interested in.

          Why would you create a site that has some authority but does not feature too highly in search results - it is part of a bigger link wheel. Sometimes it is not great to jump and down and flap your arms over the place (figuratively speaking) like an idiot and attract too much attention when trying to shape PR for the real target sites. Linking like a moron would attract less attention than kicking that site to top rankings for those keywords.

          Edit - ask why, not what
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          • Profile picture of the author Pluton
            I agree with Giles - Thanks for that Giles you've given me a few ideas.
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    • Profile picture of the author bretski
      Originally Posted by Magic Mel View Post

      You people seem to praise this person, that's fine. I was looking up, some of his keywords and his site(s) do not even come up on page 2 of google. If this is how you write your articles, that's fine too.....

      So much for the seo benefit, like i said waste of time.
      I'm not praising him. I'm just pointing out that not all IM's work the same way. Chances are he is competing for a keyword that I couldn't give a lick about so let him have at it. If he is competing for a keyword that I wanted I know that I could kick his hiney with a few keyword dense articles and a VA to publish those articles for me. The real waste of time is discussing it...

      And just so you know...that is not how I write and I never said that I did. I said that I own an article directory and I have seen this. My articles kick butt and chew bubble gum and they're all out of bubble gum 500+ words of sexual XTC that compel people to click on my resource box ten to twenty times...they foam at the mouth and beg to be satisfied...women faint and rip their panties off (not in that order)...men weep and old men take their hats off in respect for my literary prowess...cops let me off with a verbal warning thanks to my wordsmith skills... jailers let me out and judges let me off
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    I just clicked both of your sig links. I couldn't help myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author bretski
      Originally Posted by Marc_L View Post

      I just clicked both of your sig links. I couldn't help myself.
      like that eh? "Free Sex"...weird how that worked out thanks! You are on my list now and free for me to use and abuse! LOL

      No you aren't ....never mind...why aren't you on my list dang it? LOL!
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      • Profile picture of the author terrapurus
        Originally Posted by bretski View Post

        like that eh? "Free Sex"...weird how that worked out thanks! You are on my list now and free for me to use and abuse! LOL
        Ummm .... this is a Marketing Forum, right? Right? Just gotta go check I clicked on the right bookmark :p
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          Originally Posted by terrapurus View Post

          Ummm .... this is a Marketing Forum, right? Right? Just gotta go check I clicked on the right bookmark :p
          Sheesh! LOL! Yeah...ummm....my sig...and...ummmm
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  • Profile picture of the author Hortensia
    Ease up Mel

    Many people do it like this guy, 'carpet bombing' the article directories, some get a lot of visitors that way...so how could that be wrong?

    You don't have to write on topic if you want backlinks.
    If you want to write on topic, it's fine, but you don't have to.

    There are many roads that lead to Rome, so keep an open mind.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Magic Mel, there is a very good reason for what this guy is doing. There is much more going on behind this strategy than you're aware of. It is definitely NOT a waste of time. Quite the opposite. It's actually a brilliant strategy done often by people who understand how to maximize their exposure at ezine. I'm not going to explain the logic here as I'm typing this on my iPhone, but this is a stealth strategy.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Mel, I understand why the guy is doing what he's doing just like I understand
        why people put totally unreadable articles on pages with Adsense all over
        the place. Readers will click on ANYTHING to get away from the crap.

        But, to everybody else, and maybe I'm just old fashioned...

        Wouldn't it be more beneficial to write an article that actually has something
        to do with the site he's sending it to?

        That way, not only does he get the backlink, but he might even get the
        reader to go to his site.

        I just think there's a better use of your time writing articles than JUST for
        link juice.

        Just my opinion. But heck, what do I know? I'm just a silly article marketer.
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        • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
          Originally Posted by GrantFreeman View Post

          Good catch, Mel.

          That's like walking into a 5 star seafood restaurant, and finding out they only serve hot dogs.

          Instant disconnect. Leave hungry. I won't be back.
          The word that comes to mind is "strategical"

          In SEO, there are certain BLs, that when created, (including those embedded in articles, blog posts, etc.) that the SEOer could care less if anyone reads the content or not.

          That's called exercising and engaging strategical SEO.

          Using your restaurant analogy, "Why should I serve up Maine lobster, Sinaloa Mexican shrimp and vintage Dom Perignon to spiders, SE BOTs and web crawlers when they will eat anything... including spam?

          Originally Posted by GrantFreeman View Post

          EDIT: After reading more of the threads in Mels post, I'm perplexed as to why people go to all the trouble of getting all those backlinks, while totally ignoring the human factor.
          It's no trouble, we outsource to competent inexpensive content providers!

          Afterwords, uploading the content only takes a few clicks of a mouse and that project is completed!

          As far as the human factor, when we are engaged in this SEO strategy, as previously stated, we could care less about humans ever finding the content.

          Moreover, when it comes to content we want humans to find, we will serve up to the crowd we are targeting.

          Using your restaurant analogy, some content will be on the McDonalds level, others on the Olive Garden level, still other content will be on the Parker Lighthouse level and others on the Dom Perignon level.

          We don't serve Dom Perignon and Richard Nouveau Burgers to the McDonalds crowd; that's overkill to the ninth degree.

          Translated, we don't provide ADs such as EZA, GA, AB, and other such ADs with our literary gems written by Class A authors whose penmanship would make William Shakespeare salivate.

          Again, that's called strategical SEO.

          Originally Posted by GrantFreeman View Post

          I understand backlinks give you weight, but 4 relevant backlinks, I mean the quality backlinks with relevancy several levels deep can out-perform 20, irrelevant crap links any day of the week.
          In strategical SEO, no BLs are crap if they are indexed and accounted for... just ask any true SEOer who knows and understands Off Page SEO.

          Originally Posted by GrantFreeman View Post

          People read those articles. If this guy thought things through...
          He did think things through... now if we can get you to see what he was thinking, you will see the light!

          Originally Posted by GrantFreeman View Post

          ...he COULD also be increasing his conversions if he pointed them to relevant sites.

          Back to the human factor. Lets say someone outside this forum wants to feature one of his articles on a well respected, high-traffic website and leave the author box links in tact.

          A week goes by before he checks his stats to the refering site, and figures out what he COULD HAVE done with a 130% increase in traffic. He realizes the sales he COULD HAVE made.

          I wonder if he'll make the same mistake twice.

          Now, how much is 150 articles worth?

          Grant
          He made absolutely no mistakes!

          Concerning articles used solely for BLs:

          (a). Conversion rates are a moot point.

          (b). Impressing readers is a moot point.

          (c). Sales are a moot point

          (d). CTR is a moot point

          (e). Bounce rate is a moot point

          (f). Readibilty is a moot point.

          The only objective is... and the only thing that counts is to get the page, post, blog, indexed... end of story.

          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Mel, I understand why the guy is doing what he's doing just like I understand why people put totally unreadable articles on pages with Adsense all over the place. Readers will click on ANYTHING to get away from the crap.
          BAM! Steven just nailed it! And no true SEOer is ashamed of that strategy.

          Nor are they embarrassed when people hammer them about the half arsed content.

          As a matter of fact, when done right, they are laughing all the way to the bank.

          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          But, to everybody else, and maybe I'm just old fashioned... Wouldn't it be more beneficial to write an article that actually has something to do with the site he's sending it to?
          No, because - once again, the ONLY [sole] objective of those articles are the BLs.

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            Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post



            No, because - once again, the ONLY [sole] objective of those articles are the BLs.

            Giles, the Crew Chief
            I guess it depends on what your ultimate goal is.

            Me? I just can't bring myself to go that route.

            But to each his own.
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      • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Indeed. This is done deliberately, consciously and for reasons. It isn't necessarily as silly as it looks.
        I think it's nuckin' futs compared to what someone could do with all those articles.

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  • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
    Good catch, Mel.

    That's like walking into a 5 star seafood restaurant, and finding out they only serve hot dogs.

    Instant disconnect. Leave hungry. I won't be back.


    EDIT: After reading more of the threads in Mels post, I'm perplexed as to why people go to all the trouble of getting all those backlinks, while totally ignoring the human factor.

    I understand backlinks give you weight, but 4 relevant backlinks, I mean the quality backlinks with relevancy several levels deep can out-perform 20, irrelevant crap links any day of the week.

    But why stop there?

    People read those articles.

    If this guy thought things through, he COULD also be increasing his conversions if he pointed them to relevant sites.

    Back to the human factor. Lets say someone outside this forum wants to feature one of his articles on a well respected, high-traffic website and leave the author box links in tact.

    A week goes by before he checks his stats to the refering site, and figures out what he COULD HAVE done with a 130% increase in traffic. He realizes the sales he COULD HAVE made.

    I wonder if he'll make the same mistake twice.

    Now, how much is 150 articles worth?


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  • Profile picture of the author Paleochora
    I wonder if the person you are all discussing is a member of this forum (chances are, yes he or she is). I wonder if they are reading this thread. I wonder if they are chuckling a little bit if they identify themselves. I wonder if they will chime in!?
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  • Profile picture of the author paulpower
    I have made that mistake once in my article marketing, but have shut down article marketing due to extreme dyslexia, and, the need to outsource it.
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  • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
    "Me? I just can't bring myself to go that route."

    You took the words right out of my mouth, Wags.

    Crew Chief,

    This will be the second time someone here has teased us with this dish, but forgot the meat. Still sounds like a waste of time and money to me. Now I'm more turned off about the idea.

    Just my 2

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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Sounds like he's using the XFactor Adsense method.

    Basically, write a ton of articles on subjects that are "easy" to write about in order to build back links to your real money site. The money site is keyword focused and dependent on adsense for revenue.
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      Originally Posted by BlueSquares View Post

      Sounds like he's using the XFactor Adsense method.

      Basically, write a ton of articles on subjects that are "easy" to write about in order to build back links to your real money site. The money site is keyword focused and dependent on adsense for revenue.

      This guy does not have adsense on any of his pages and his rankings are not that impressive either. His Competition is ultra low as well, he has all the articles, why not write them and have them appeal to the human eyes.

      He tried to please google, but his sites still rank below page 3 of google for terms that I could outrank in a heartbeat, if I cared to enter his market.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
    Let's say people find his articles on eza, read them and then look at the resource box. No one will take this article 100% serious, when the resource box is like that. His chances of conversions are pretty slim to none.
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  • Just remember grasshoppers, in the current environment it is wise to balance backlinks with content.

    Heaps of backlinks and no content make for an unhappy spider
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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      Originally Posted by davesharp View Post

      Lots of varied answers here but I cannot help thinking that if this person is using EzineArticle just for backlinks then they are wasting a huge recourse.

      If it is part of some link wheel strategies then what I don't understand is why everyone thinks a linkwheel should be just a crappy site, backlinks are good but having some sort of quality sites is a lot better to go along with the backlinks.

      My gut feeling is this person basically hasn't got a clue.

      All the best,
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      David, please take note of this profound quote...

      What we don't understand we can make mean anything. ~Chuck Palahniuk
      There are a number of individuals who don't understand what the individual is doing and that has been made crystal clear.

      But that fact is, he knows what he is doing and where his campaign currently stands and that's all that really matters.

      I use a similar system [on a wide scale that is semi automated] and it works.

      To say that he doesn't have a clue simply because you can't see or understand what he's doing is amazingly astounding.

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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    True story.

    When I first started marketing in the MMO niche, I was told that using
    safelists, traffic exchanges and FFA hosting was a complete waste of time.

    Long story short. I have made thousands from those crappy forms of
    advertising, in spite of what so many people proclaimed as the gospel. I
    was making more than "mistakes". I was being a dang blasted fool.

    Something is a mistake ONLY if it doesn't bring results.

    If it brings results, you can be standing on your head in the middle of
    the Sahara Desert and it doesn't matter.

    All that matters is the bottom line.

    So let all the naysayers have their say.

    At the end of the day, it doesn't mean a hill of beans.
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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

      True story.

      When I first started marketing in the MMO niche, I was told that using
      safelists, traffic exchanges and FFA hosting was a complete waste of time.

      Long story short. I have made thousands from those crappy forms of
      advertising, in spite of what so many people proclaimed as the gospel. I
      was making more than "mistakes". I was being a dang blasted fool.

      Something is a mistake ONLY if it doesn't bring results.

      If it brings results, you can be standing on your head in the middle of
      the Sahara Desert and it doesn't matter.

      All that matters is the bottom line.

      So let all the naysayers have their say.

      At the end of the day, it doesn't mean a hill of beans.
      Taking my hat off and paying Steven homage.

      And to add...

      All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. --Arthur Schopenhauer
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkAse
    I wouldn't say it was a waste of time, without knowing how long it takes him to write an article I don't think we can make a determination. If it takes him 15 minutes to write an article, isn't that time well spent for those 2 quality links?

    Personally, most of my EZA are wine based and point to my site, while I will occasionally write a short 250 word article on another topic just for the backlink....usually in the way of a book review that I read.
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  • Profile picture of the author CliveG
    Quite a few billionaires have made their money by doing the opposite of what the crowd was doing. Quite a few of them were told at the time that they were making huge mistakes, but who's laughing now? None of us can see this guy's whole plan so are we really qualified to comment?

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  • Profile picture of the author xiaoayuan
    It is obvious that the guy submitted 150 articles and pointed to "irrelevant" website out of his reasons. I guess he did this on purpose (150, not 5 or less). He has his goal beyond most of us understanding. That's all.
    I am always educated by relevant topics. I guess most of us get this education.


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  • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
    Originally Posted by MyHub View Post

    Yes it's important to have a relevant info box.
    And this tid bit of information comes from the person who has an affiliate link in his SIG?

    $$$__E_A_S_Y___M_O_N_E_Y__$$$ ==> EARN $1.50 Per Lead!!! [FREE!]

    You need to change your SIG. That affiliate link is not allowed.

    Had you read the WF forum rules, you would know that.

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  • Profile picture of the author JamesM
    No-one has mentioned the fact that you can change the links in your resource box at a later date. I have articles that I have used in the past to give a temporary boost to new sites or pages when I first publish them.

    Sure there are downsides - the changes to my resource box have to be re-approved, and when I change the links again at a later date I lose the juice flowing from the article. However this method can (and does) serve a purpose in giving new pages an immediate boost from established pages before I have the chance to build (and index) substantial numbers of new links for my fresh content.
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    • Profile picture of the author chas08
      One reason people write articles totally different from their niche is they don't want the article to compete with their main site, but they want the backlink and SEO juice from Ezine. They might actually like writing the articles becuase it was something that they knew a lot about and was easy to write several articles to get the backlinks. Stephen Pierce teaches this strategy.
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    • Profile picture of the author WilliamBerg
      It is not a mistake. there are a lot of reasons to do that. One being SEO.

      With SEO in mind it makes more sense to write unrelated and related articles than just related articles. The related articles will give you related links while the unrelated articles allow you to be republished on a broader spectrum of sites increasing the total number of urls and ips linking to your domain.
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      • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
        Originally Posted by WilliamBerg View Post

        It is not a mistake. there are a lot of reasons to do that.
        It can certainly help your article get published. I have a good site on a terminal illness. I saw an ezine article that I liked, and it had a link to the writer's cordless drill site.

        I enjoyed that and used the article. It would have been a lot less attractive if the author's link had been to a competing site on the same topic.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamjar919
    Maybe he bought a couple of articles and needed something to do with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnbotham
    Hey Members, I am new here, but as of discussions going on here, according to my experience I would say its like someone did it for Backlinking.. no matter whats the topic atleast he tried to pass links to some particular site with his keywords.. I guess he might not getting good traffics because of that off-topic resource which he tried to used.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    It may be stealth, genius, clever, or whatever you want to call it but if his site is not new and it is on page 3 for his keywords it IS a waste of time. He might have 150+ links from Ezine to his site but they apparently have not helped like he thought they would.
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  • Profile picture of the author adionline
    Like others have mentioned this isn't necessarily a mistake, mixing up where your SEO links are coming from is actually good practice. Meaning that having relevant and irrelevant links is actually GOOD in the right combination.
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  • Profile picture of the author AffiliateCookie
    Not a total waste of time...i've had articles pointing to sites that i've sold in the past...So all i have done is change the resource box on every article, and pointed it to any new sites i've set up for backlinking.

    Might even be wise to contact the owner of those articles and ask if he/she could place a link to your site in his/her resource box for a small fee?

    If you're in the same niche you got nothing to lose have you?
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  • Profile picture of the author GoogleWarrior
    1. Have you spoken to this person about what his motives are?
    2. Maybe he is writing articles for his friends?
    3. Maybe he is paid to do this?
    4. Don't assume that he is wrong in his approach.
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