How to increase likelyhood of article syndication?

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Hello everyone, I think this might be the first thread I've posted here. I've tried searching around but can't find the information I am looking for so here it goes.

I'm just getting into the idea of article marketing and have posted several articles on EzineArticles and am starting to expand to the other top directories. The question though is what can I do above and beyond that to increase the chances that someone will pick up my articles and post them to their websites? I know posting lots of quality articles on a few directories is probably number 1 here but I am sure there are a few other techniques that I could be using to get my articles syndicated.

Thanks for the info and I look forward to reading the discussion that comes out of this thread!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Hardee
    I've read on this forum that EZA is a good place to start. That said, I don't know if any of my EZA articles have ever been picked up by anyone else.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSorcerer
    Something to remember too is that the links in your resource box don't always stay there. Depending on how your links are formatted they might not even be clickable even if there copied over to a blog or what ever.

    I have seen plenty of articles from EZA on other sites where the resource box has been changed.

    My advise for using EZA is for backlinks to your site and use the resource box to go to a Squidoo or Hubpages article that you've written. This way the resource box is helping you no matter how it's used.
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    • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
      Yes, the name of the game for syndication is quality!!!!!!!!!

      If your article absolutely rocks, makes people belly laugh and is relevant to a much requested topic then you should do well.

      After a while you will have sites and or ezines looking for your articles by name.

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      • Profile picture of the author officer_iron
        Quality is of course important. Another way to get more mentions of it is to do some social bookmarking, etc. for your article. It will get in front of more people and the article itself will get some backlinks, pushing its rankings up.
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      • Profile picture of the author howinfo
        Yes, the quality of the article is very important and you have to choose the right article directories as well, like ezinearticles or niche article directory related to your niche. Also once you have submitted the article to article directory then little promotion can help a lot, like some simple link building to the article. That will make it easier to find and will also increase syndication.
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        • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
          You can increase your chances of syndication by providing good information that people really need and are searching for. For instance solving a current problem. New film and music reviews are quite good for being syndicated too.
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          • Profile picture of the author howinfo
            Originally Posted by PatriciaJ View Post

            You can increase your chances of syndication by providing good information that people really need and are searching for. For instance solving a current problem. New film and music reviews are quite good for being syndicated too.
            I have also heard that various reviews get syndicated quite well. On our article directory I have noticed Job Descriptions get syndicated quite often too.

            And what Alexa said about long articles 1000 words+ will have better syndication rate, will agree with it totally. Unfortunately we don't get many of those in our article directory, majority of the articles are around 500 words.
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            • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
              Alexa wrote the manual, so I won't try to rewrite it.

              IMO, the key to the vault with syndication is in her point (v).

              You do not want to rely solely on the article directories for syndication. Eventually you want to build your own private syndicate, a separate list of bloggers, site owners, newsletter publishers, etc., who want to hear when you have something new.

              If you really want to get on their good side, send them something exclusive once in a while...
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by VegasKid777 View Post

    what can I do above and beyond that to increase the chances that someone will pick up my articles and post them to their websites?
    Five main things, in my experience:-

    (i) Write about 1,000 - 1,200 words ...

    Contrary to what some article directories claim, this dramatically increases the chances of syndication. It never fails to impress me, time and time again, in conversations here about article length, how consistently all the successful article marketers I know to be getting syndicated are writing far longer articles than others.

    Webmasters looking for content for their sites tend to prefer finding something long, simply because it fills more space for them and reduces their time searching for additional material.

    I reliably get far more traffic and backlinks and income from a 1,000-word article than I do from two 500-word articles.

    (ii) Be entertaining ...

    Take no notice at all of people claiming that comedy/humour and marketing don't go together: they're simply missing the point. The reality is that if you write something entertaining enough "with laughs in all the right places", this gets you syndicated. People want to share something really entertaining with their readers, and it keeps people reading, too.

    (iii) Be very controversial/provocative ...

    If you can find a new and different way of looking at something, the "surprise value" significantly increases your chances of other people picking it up. Even if they're going to present it on their site to their readers as a "dissenting view", controversy still gets you published.

    (iv) Don't try to sell/promote ...

    Nobody wants someone else's sales article on their site. The standard "resource-box advice" everyone gives and receives for the "writing for clicks" model of article marketing (i.e. to encourage as high a CTR as possible) is exactly what you need to avoid, in order to get widely syndicated.

    Which is better, to have a 45% CTR from an article directory, or to have your article syndicated to five other context-relevant sites with ready-made, targeted traffic, and get a 20% CTR from all of them including the "original"? It's a no-brainer ...

    (v) Follow up relentlessly and efficiently (it's easy) ...

    This is the part where the increasing residual income is, really. You need to find out where your work's been syndicated (very easily done), and from where, too (e.g. using the "punctuation trick" to enable later identifcation of the source at a glance). And contact those people offering them further work "not yet in EZA" (after publishing it and getting it indexed on your own site first, of course!). This involves no extra work. All you need to do, next time you write an article, is put it on your site and get it indexed, then send them a copy by email, resource-box included, of course, and then submit it to EZA/wherever. You just need a standard, pre-written email making the offer (very often accepted - it takes literally 10 seconds to "fill in the blank" and send it). This is how you can increase your sometimes-high-PR context-relevant backlinks and get someone else's pre-targeted traffic visiting your site.

    Once someone has started syndicating your work, they'll take more: make it easy for them - this is what you're writing for.

    The difference in long-term income between systematically doing all five of these things and not doing any of them can be overwhelming.
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    • Profile picture of the author kingprosperity
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Five main things, in my experience:-
      Thank you Alexa. It's very helpful. I have a question, not on this topic.

      If we build list with quality content through article marketing, but without any website or blog. And, keep on sending quality content and promotions. Then is it still good for long-term income?

      I know, it must effect somewhere. But, building list with quality content(articles), without website. That list give good results or not?

      English is not my first language, but I very much believe that it's all about value and quality. Because with my same level of English people buy stuff. Just this thing I want to know for my next niche.
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    • Profile picture of the author VegasKid777
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Five main things, in my experience:-
      Thanks for this post, this is the exact information I was looking for. Will certainly try to make my articles a little longer than I have been! Just got my first 10 articles finished on Ezine today, now I get to wait a for them to bump me up .
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    • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


      (v) Follow up relentlessly and efficiently (it's easy) ...

      This is the part where the increasing residual income is, really. You need to find out where your work's been syndicated (very easily done), and from where, too (e.g. using the "punctuation trick" to enable later identifcation of the source at a glance).
      Hi Alexa,

      A question please. How do you find out where your work's been syndicated to?

      Thanks
      Di
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

        How do you find out where your work's been syndicated to?
        Hi Di, you can use "Google Alerts", or you can simply periodically paste a ten-word extract from articles (preferably the last 5 words of one sentence and the first 5 words of the next) into Google, between inverted commas: if it's been indexed anywhere, it'll show up.

        Before I submit any of mine to EZA, which is about my "last step" in the submission-process, I always substitute a semi-colon for one of the commas, just to differentiate that copy - so that when it gets further syndicated, I'll know from a quick look at the punctuation whether it was the EZA copy that was syndicated, rather than one from any other directory to which I might submit it; but it almost always is. And it helps to know that, in each case, so that I can start my initial follow-up email with my standard words "Many thanks for kindly re-publishing my article about herringbone-tweed [or whatever] from EZA" and not look silly.
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        • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          Hi Di, you can use "Google Alerts", or you can simply periodically paste a ten-word extract from articles (preferably the last 5 words of one sentence and the first 5 words of the next) into Google, between inverted commas: if it's been indexed anywhere, it'll show up.
          That's really interesting. Thanks Alexa. Just found one of my articles published on a site without any credit.
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          • Profile picture of the author Steve Faber
            Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

            That's really interesting. Thanks Alexa. Just found one of my articles published on a site without any credit.
            Sadly, it probably won't be the last time. You can get huffy, and file a DMCA infringement notice, or just let it go, because it's really, in the grand scheme of things, just not worth the time and effort that is better spent on more productive pursuits.

            In especially egregious circumstances, I have, however, been known to send a web master a threatening letter I had my legal team concoct for just these occasions. That usually does the trick.

            Also, Alexa has been known to be right on the money when it comes to article marketing, and she's hit the nail on the head regarding the longer articles. Some of mine run up to 1,800 words or so, but only if the subject matter warrants it. They get syndicated very well.

            You can get the shorties published in a plethora of places as well, but you're playing the quantity vs quality game here, in most cases. Most of the half a zillion publishes you get in the short article cases won't be worth much.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alex Kage
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          Hi Di, you can use "Google Alerts", or you can simply periodically paste a ten-word extract from articles (preferably the last 5 words of one sentence and the first 5 words of the next) into Google, between inverted commas: if it's been indexed anywhere, it'll show up.

          Before I submit any of mine to EZA, which is about my "last step" in the submission-process, I always substitute a semi-colon for one of the commas, just to differentiate that copy - so that when it gets further syndicated, I'll know from a quick look at the punctuation whether it was the EZA copy that was syndicated, rather than one from any other directory to which I might submit it; but it almost always is. And it helps to know that, in each case, so that I can start my initial follow-up email with my standard words "Many thanks for kindly re-publishing my article about herringbone-tweed (or whatever) from EZA" and not look silly ).
          Thanks for the tips.
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    • Profile picture of the author kettlecorn
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Five main things, in my experience:-

      (i) Write about 1,000 - 1,200 words ...

      Contrary to what some article directories claim, this dramatically increases the chances of syndication. It never fails to impress me, time and time again, in conversations here about article length, how consistently all the successful article marketers I know to be getting syndicated are writing far longer articles than others.

      Webmasters looking for content for their sites tend to prefer finding something long, simply because it fills more space for them and reduces their time searching for additional material.

      I reliably get far more traffic and backlinks and income from a 1,000-word article than I do from two 500-word articles.

      (ii) Be entertaining ...

      Take no notice at all of people claiming that comedy/humour and marketing don't go together: they're simply missing the point. The reality is that if you write something entertaining enough "with laughs in all the right places", this gets you syndicated. People want to share something really entertaining with their readers, and it keeps people reading, too.

      (iii) Be very controversial/provocative ...

      If you can find a new and different way of looking at something, the "surprise value" significantly increases your chances of other people picking it up. Even if they're going to present it on their site to their readers as a "dissenting view", controversy still gets you published.

      (iv) Don't try to sell/promote ...

      Nobody wants someone else's sales article on their site. The standard "resource-box advice" everyone gives and receives for the "writing for clicks" model of article marketing (i.e. to encourage as high a CTR as possible) is exactly what you need to avoid, in order to get widely syndicated.

      Which is better, to have a 45% CTR from an article directory, or to have your article syndicated to five other context-relevant sites with ready-made, targeted traffic, and get a 20% CTR from all of them including the "original"? It's a no-brainer ...

      (v) Follow up relentlessly and efficiently (it's easy) ...

      This is the part where the increasing residual income is, really. You need to find out where your work's been syndicated (very easily done), and from where, too (e.g. using the "punctuation trick" to enable later identifcation of the source at a glance). And contact those people offering them further work "not yet in EZA" (after publishing it and getting it indexed on your own site first, of course!). This involves no extra work. All you need to do, next time you write an article, is put it on your site and get it indexed, then send them a copy by email, resource-box included, of course, and then submit it to EZA/wherever. You just need a standard, pre-written email making the offer (very often accepted - it takes literally 10 seconds to "fill in the blank" and send it). This is how you can increase your sometimes-high-PR context-relevant backlinks and get someone else's pre-targeted traffic visiting your site.

      Once someone has started syndicating your work, they'll take more: make it easy for them - this is what you're writing for.

      The difference in long-term income between systematically doing all five of these things and not doing any of them can be overwhelming.
      Pretty new to all the different ways and methods, models that one can make money online, but regarding your post, do you just make money by writing articles for Ezine so others can pick it up and create backlinks to your website? Is the benefit of article syndication good because of creating good, high ranking PR backlinks? Or is it because it drives traffic to your website? Aren't people just using your article and re-publishing it? How would that bring traffic to your own website?

      I just started 1 small website to test and learn things and not sure how to go about getting publicity or backlinks (that also help my ranking)

      ANY help will be appreciated. And looks like you are suggesting that geniune writing is best which is what I do. I can't get myself to write crap or produce garbage content.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by kettlecorn View Post

        Is the benefit of article syndication good because of creating good, high ranking PR backlinks? Or is it because it drives traffic to your website?
        For me, the primary aim is targeted traffic.

        Article marketing is ultimately about getting high quality articles in front of highly targeted traffic.

        But the SEO benefits - secondary purpose though they are - are also enormous (compared with the mass-submission approach to article directories and other places I used to use) because the backlinks you get this way are nearly all relevant ones, and these days that's what determines the link-juice value of backlinks. ("Numbers of backlinks" alone get you almost nowhere, in SEO terms).

        Originally Posted by kettlecorn View Post

        Aren't people just using your article and re-publishing it?
        I hope so: that's why I'm writing them. They have to publish them with my link back to my landing page.

        Originally Posted by kettlecorn View Post

        How would that bring traffic to your own website?
        They won't want to re-publish them unless they have a need for content, and they'll have a need for such content only if they have existing traffic that's targeted toward what I'm writing about, i.e. my niche.

        Originally Posted by kettlecorn View Post

        I can't get myself to write crap or produce garbage content.
        Sounds like article syndication might be well suited to you, perhaps, then?

        These threads may interest you ...

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...explained.html

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ifference.html

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-question.html

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...mith-myob.html

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...e-wonders.html
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    • Profile picture of the author plongmire
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


      This is the part where the increasing residual income is, really. You need to find out where your work's been syndicated (very easily done), and from where, too (e.g. using the "punctuation trick" to enable later identifcation of the source at a glance). And contact those people offering them further work "not yet in EZA" (after publishing it and getting it indexed on your own site first, of course!).
      Ok this is some powerful stuff...but my question is when it comes to EZA...wont we have to rewrite the article in order for it to be approved? I dont mind rewriting it...I just was wondering
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by plongmire View Post

        Ok this is some powerful stuff...but my question is when it comes to EZA...wont we have to rewrite the article in order for it to be approved? I dont mind rewriting it...I just was wondering
        We have to re-write it for EZA only (as can happen, of course) if the way we wrote and published it originally wasn't compliant with EZA's current editorial guidelines.

        EZA's editiorial policies happen to suit me, for all my own niche websites (I probably wouldn't want anything on one of my own sites that EZA wouldn't accept, anyway), so I can always just submit all mine to EZA after publication and indexation on my own site, and sending them everywhere else I'm sending them.

        EZA is the last place I have them published myself (though I hope they'll still be published again, by others unknown, after that - which is, of course, the reason I'm submitting them to EZA).

        EZA doesn't require "previously unpublished content", though, if this is what you're asking? They never have done (as long as the name/pen-name under which you submit to them matches the name/pen-name in which you've published them everywhere else, obviously - otherwise they'll start wondering whether you've stolen them!).

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post4309204

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...eza-first.html
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        • Profile picture of the author plongmire
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          We have to re-write it for EZA only (as can happen, of course) if the way we wrote and published it originally wasn't compliant with EZA's current editorial guidelines.

          EZA's editiorial policies happen to suit me, for all my own niche websites (I probably wouldn't want anything on one of my own sites that EZA wouldn't accept, anyway), so I can always just submit all mine to EZA after publication and indexation on my own site, and sending them everywhere else I'm sending them.

          EZA is the last place I have them published myself (though I hope they'll still be published again, by others unknown, after that - which is, of course, the reason I'm submitting them to EZA).

          EZA doesn't require "previously unpublished content", though, if this is what you're asking? They never have done (as long as the name/pen-name under which you submit to them matches the name/pen-name in which you've published them everywhere else, obviously - otherwise they'll start wondering whether you've stolen them!).

          http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post4309204

          http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...eza-first.html
          Ok I did not know this...my 2nd question is is there a way to know what places like EZA do you submit too...would there be five spots you recommend...or more?
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by plongmire View Post

            is there a way to know what places like EZA do you submit too...would there be five spots you recommend...or more?
            You gradually build up your own list of niche-related sites which are willing to publish your content ... but from the perspective of article directories, personally I submit to EZA always, and to either ArticlesBase or GoArticles as well (according to the niche). I don't think there's any value in using any others. Not for me, anyway. And there's certainly very little (if any) point in doing mass submissions to article directories, for all the reasons discussed in so many threads.

            The essential point is that publishers looking for content to re-publish know to "go to EZA" because it's one of the oldest, biggest and best-established and slightly better quality than most - so that's where they're almost all instinctively (and from experience) going to look. The way I look at it is that "If you can't get articles passively syndicated from EZA, you probably can't get them passively syndicated at all". (Others' mileage may vary - but not very greatly, I suspect).

            But, as stated above and in other article marketing threads, it's a mistake to rely solely on this "passive syndication": one needs to get busy with active syndication, too.
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            • Profile picture of the author Goatboy
              Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

              You gradually build up your own list of niche-related sites which are willing to publish your content
              Hi, Alexa. As usual you have provided some interesting information, and I'm trying to figure out how I can leverage it into something that would suit my own work habits. I do have a couple of questions:

              Do you maintain multiple lists when mailing articles for syndication? Assuming all of your websites aren't in the same general set of niches, would you maintain a list for publishers who prefer Cauliflower Soup recipes, another for publishers of Dog Training websites, and yet another for vendors of Blue Sweets?

              If so, do you find yourself marketing different Clickbank products to the different lists, or do you generally market the same product to all lists?

              When you send your articles to these publishers, how do you send it? Do you attach a file, include the article in the body of the email, or provide a download link?
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                Hi Steve,

                Originally Posted by Goatboy View Post

                Do you maintain multiple lists when mailing articles for syndication?
                Yes; I have 8 niches, so I have to have (at least) 8 lists of potential syndicators. Slightly more, actually, as I have one niche with a super-specialised sub-niche.

                Originally Posted by Goatboy View Post

                If so, do you find yourself marketing different Clickbank products to the different lists, or do you generally market the same product to all lists?
                Nooooo, I can't often promote a ClickBank product to more than one list. Those cauliflower soup people can be quite narrow-minded about what color sweets they eat. :rolleyes:

                Originally Posted by Goatboy View Post

                When you send your articles to these publishers, how do you send it?
                At first, I paste it into an email, because a lot of people don't like attachment-bearing emails from people they don't know well. And I worry that I may not even get it in their in-box if I do that. But that can change, and I might send them as attachments later (I keep a little note on my word-processor, where I keep my syndication-lists). I don't say there's any "right and wrong" about all these points: it's just how I do it, myself.
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                • Profile picture of the author Goatboy
                  Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

                  I don't say there's any "right and wrong" about all these points: it's just how I do it, myself.
                  Thanks for the info, Alexa. As I often have found, your posts reflect a solid understanding of syndication.

                  I understand that you aren't advocating one particular method--but since I haven't advanced this far yet, your way is the only 'right' way that I have to work with. Now I just need to figure out how to take what you've given me and make it my own.
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    • Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Five main things, in my experience:-

      (i) Write about 1,000 - 1,200 words ...

      Contrary to what some article directories claim, this dramatically increases the chances of syndication. It never fails to impress me, time and time again, in conversations here about article length, how consistently all the successful article marketers I know to be getting syndicated are writing far longer articles than others.

      Webmasters looking for content for their sites tend to prefer finding something long, simply because it fills more space for them and reduces their time searching for additional material.

      I reliably get far more traffic and backlinks and income from a 1,000-word article than I do from two 500-word articles.

      (ii) Be entertaining ...

      Take no notice at all of people claiming that comedy/humour and marketing don't go together: they're simply missing the point. The reality is that if you write something entertaining enough "with laughs in all the right places", this gets you syndicated. People want to share something really entertaining with their readers, and it keeps people reading, too.

      (iii) Be very controversial/provocative ...

      If you can find a new and different way of looking at something, the "surprise value" significantly increases your chances of other people picking it up. Even if they're going to present it on their site to their readers as a "dissenting view", controversy still gets you published.

      (iv) Don't try to sell/promote ...

      Nobody wants someone else's sales article on their site. The standard "resource-box advice" everyone gives and receives for the "writing for clicks" model of article marketing (i.e. to encourage as high a CTR as possible) is exactly what you need to avoid, in order to get widely syndicated.

      Which is better, to have a 45% CTR from an article directory, or to have your article syndicated to five other context-relevant sites with ready-made, targeted traffic, and get a 20% CTR from all of them including the "original"? It's a no-brainer ...

      (v) Follow up relentlessly and efficiently (it's easy) ...

      This is the part where the increasing residual income is, really. You need to find out where your work's been syndicated (very easily done), and from where, too (e.g. using the "punctuation trick" to enable later identifcation of the source at a glance). And contact those people offering them further work "not yet in EZA" (after publishing it and getting it indexed on your own site first, of course!). This involves no extra work. All you need to do, next time you write an article, is put it on your site and get it indexed, then send them a copy by email, resource-box included, of course, and then submit it to EZA/wherever. You just need a standard, pre-written email making the offer (very often accepted - it takes literally 10 seconds to "fill in the blank" and send it). This is how you can increase your sometimes-high-PR context-relevant backlinks and get someone else's pre-targeted traffic visiting your site.

      Once someone has started syndicating your work, they'll take more: make it easy for them - this is what you're writing for.

      The difference in long-term income between systematically doing all five of these things and not doing any of them can be overwhelming.
      Just bumping because this post is pretty much everything you need to know.

      I recently had my first article syndicated properly. The owner of the website included my resource box, and I've also sent him an email.

      THANK YOU.
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      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


      (iv) Don't try to sell/promote ...

      Nobody wants someone else's sales article on their site. The standard "resource-box advice" everyone gives and receives for the "writing for clicks" model of article marketing (i.e. to encourage as high a CTR as possible) is exactly what you need to avoid, in order to get widely syndicated.

      Which is better, to have a 45% CTR from an article directory, or to have your article syndicated to five other context-relevant sites with ready-made, targeted traffic, and get a 20% CTR from all of them including the "original"? It's a no-brainer ...
      Firstly THANK YOU, Alexa all your posts on article syndication have really turned the light on in the dark room of article marketing for me

      Just needed to clarify the above point (iv) a bit - Does a link to a freebee optin count as selling/promoting? eg 'I have a free booklet on the best 10 ways to hem a skirt, check it out here' - that sends readers to an email grab freebee. If so whats the best way to word the description to get clicks but not put off syndicators? xxx
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        Originally Posted by Kirst View Post

        Just needed to clarify the above point (iv) a bit - Does a link to a freebee optin count as selling/promoting? eg 'I have a free booklet on the best 10 ways to hem a skirt, check it out here' - that sends readers to an email grab freebee. If so whats the best way to word the description to get clicks but not put off syndicators? xxx
        It's really hard to predict what's going to put how many people off, isn't it? I don't know, really.

        I do tend to err on the conservative side, myself, I admit. I want to convey the idea that "if you liked reading this, there's plenty more of the same available on my website which you might like too", and give my link. My own perspective is that they have to like reading long articles and content-rich sites and long emails to become one of "my best customers" anyway. And I think that doesn't put off syndicators. The thing is: all syndicators know that there has to be some kind of link, anyway, because that's "the writer's end of the deal", so they can't be put off by absolutely everything (apart from the ones who are going to steal, of course, but they're not normally people you approach, they're people who copy from directories without the resource-box ).

        But I just don't know whether the wording you mention above would put people off. My guess is "not". And the further away from "IM" and "MMO" the niche is, maybe the more that's so, because you're dealing with "less commercial people" anyway? But I'm only guessing this ...
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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          Originally Posted by Kirst View Post

          Does a link to a freebee optin count as selling/promoting? eg 'I have a free booklet on the best 10 ways to hem a skirt, check it out here' - that sends readers to an email grab freebee. If so whats the best way to word the description to get clicks but not put off syndicators? xxx
          You need to realize that writing articles for syndication in the article marketing model explained in this thread includes considerations not only of reader expectations such as article length, grammar, spelling, syntax, context, etc., but also similar and constraining standards expected by publishers. As Alexa mentioned, you really should avoid the standard resource-box advice given by the "writing for clicks" crowd.

          Your primary focus at this point is getting your articles in front of as many targeted readers as possible. It's best to keep your syndicating and prospecting efforts completely separate from each other. What I teach my writers is to first write marketable articles, then market the articles to publishers for syndication. The "resource box" should not contain promotions or anything at all that may be considered excessively self-serving by the publisher. For maximum effect, it is the function of your website to convert resulting traffic, not your articles.

          This model of article marketing through active syndication - writing to directly engage targeted readers using the leverage of strategic alliances through syndicated partners, is extremely powerful. Assuming the article has other positive engaging factors relevant to the reader, and coupled with the leverage achieved through syndication, it can drive massive targeted and highly convertible traffic.

          Having said all that, I don't have a specific answer on the best way to word your description, but this post may provide some helpful ideas. Reading the entire thread should give you a better understanding that writing for branding and credibility beats the "writing for clicks" model all-to-hell.
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    • Profile picture of the author edgeyy66
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Five main things, in my experience:-
      (v) Follow up relentlessly and efficiently (it's easy) ...

      This is the part where the increasing residual income is, really. You need to find out where your work's been syndicated (very easily done), and from where, too (e.g. using the "punctuation trick" to enable later identifcation of the source at a glance). And contact those people offering them further work "not yet in EZA" (after publishing it and getting it indexed on your own site first, of course!). This involves no extra work. All you need to do, next time you write an article, is put it on your site and get it indexed, then send them a copy by email, resource-box included, of course, and then submit it to EZA/wherever. You just need a standard, pre-written email making the offer (very often accepted - it takes literally 10 seconds to "fill in the blank" and send it). This is how you can increase your sometimes-high-PR context-relevant backlinks and get someone else's pre-targeted traffic visiting your site.
      This post is great for me as a rookie. Bullet (v) above, however, is basically chinese to me.

      I assume that "getting indexed" means letting the google bots find it on your site so it is recognized in future.

      What is a "resources box"?

      I think I was about to make a terrible mistake I was going to take content from my site and rewrite it so it was less "bloggy" and more "articley". Based on this information that would not work out well for me.

      So now as I understand it I write and post an article on my blog first and then cut and paste it in it's same form into my.ezinearticles.com?

      I will figure out what to do about pictures.

      I think instead of posting 10 articles (like they ask for) I will just do one as a test run. If i am post to my blog I don't want to overwhelm my readers; however, I assume I can do this with old articles that are not time sensitive.

      Cheers and thanks. This information is gold to me right now. I love this board.

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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by edgeyy66 View Post

        This post is great for me as a rookie. Bullet (v) above, however, is basically chinese to me.

        I assume that "getting indexed" means letting the google bots find it on your site so it is recognized in future.
        Exactly.

        Originally Posted by edgeyy66 View Post

        What is a "resources box"?
        It's also known as a bio box or author credit. It's the bit at the end of the article where you can link to your landing page.

        Originally Posted by edgeyy66 View Post

        I think I was about to make a terrible mistake I was going to take content from my site and rewrite it so it was less "bloggy" and more "articley". Based on this information that would not work out well for me.
        Whether or not a post should be tweaked depends on the style of the original post. If your blog post is too informal, you won't get the attention it deserves. In that case, cleaning it up and making it a little more formal without losing your own voice could be a good thing.

        Originally Posted by edgeyy66 View Post

        So now as I understand it I write and post an article on my blog first and then cut and paste it in it's same form into my.ezinearticles.com?

        I will figure out what to do about pictures.
        As far as EZA goes, about all you can do about pictures is forget them. Once you start building a list of syndication partners, though, you could make them aware that you have images available (within the scope of any license attached).

        Originally Posted by edgeyy66 View Post

        I think instead of posting 10 articles (like they ask for) I will just do one as a test run. If i am post to my blog I don't want to overwhelm my readers; however, I assume I can do this with old articles that are not time sensitive.

        Cheers and thanks. This information is gold to me right now. I love this board.

        Regards,
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        You can indeed post older material that's evergreen. It's a good way to dip your toes in the water. I have articles I posted back in 2005 that still get picked up occasionally.
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  • Profile picture of the author traceye
    Alexa,

    I find your article marketing strategy intriguing.

    Using your methods, how often do your articles get picked up by others? By the sounds of it they seem to be high quality blogs and sites that pick them up to, is this often the case?

    Thanks for your reply

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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by traceye View Post

      Using your methods, how often do your articles get picked up by others?
      Hi Tracey, 100% of the time, because they all get sent by email to "previous syndicators" whom I've deliberately contacted for this purpose.

      If they have sites for which they want content, and go to EZA to look for it, and re-publish one of my articles, then it's highly likely they'll take more.

      As explained here.

      It's only in the initial stages that one's dependent on people "happening to find" one's work at EZA. And even then, one can always track them down with blog-searches and so on, and approach them directly (though unlike most of the rest of the "business model", that's admittedly "extra work").

      Originally Posted by traceye View Post

      By the sounds of it they seem to be high quality blogs and sites that pick them up to, is this often the case?
      They're a mixture. This, I think, varies a bit from niche to niche. What one ideally wants is to get syndication on high quality sites of which the owners either have no commercial motivation at all (this happens surprisingly often!) or a commercial motivation which doesn't clash with mine enough for them not to want the content. But even the "less good"/"less interesting" ones are typically a context-relevant backlink, and to put it mildly, that's worth a whole lot more than an article directory backlink.
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      • Profile picture of the author ELK
        Alexa,

        So what would the resource box look like doing it by your method? I've heard so many different ways, now I'm a little unsure how to make this blend well and still get good CTR.

        I'm totally seeing the logic of doing it like you described above. That seems to make far more sense than all the spinning and submitting to a thousand other directories. Once you have the "in", you have an established path. Thanks for laying it out!
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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          In addition to the above of which Alexa briefly alluded to, is to send your articles directly to ezine publishers. Quite often they will request additional articles as an exclusive, rather than searching the article directories for content. Make their job easy by providing high quality content on a regular basis can in turn make your syndication efforts easy. When publishers send your articles to their subscribers, it makes for the highest endorsement.
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      • Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        They're a mixture. This, I think, varies a bit from niche to niche. What one ideally wants is to get syndication on high quality sites of which the owners either have no commercial motivation at all (this happens surprisingly often!) or a commercial motivation which doesn't clash with mine enough for them not to want the content. But even the "less good"/"less interesting" ones are typically a context-relevant backlink, and to put it mildly, that's worth a whole lot more than an article directory backlink.
        Alexa - I have found your comments on article marketing singularly perspicacious. However, this question of the quality of the websites doing the syndicating remains troublesome.

        In my main niche, almost every article I put on EZA gets syndicated. I take great interest in who does the syndicating, and often follow the pingbacks so kindly provided by the Wordpress platform. While most of these sites are relevant to my niche, they are most emphatically not authority sites (and probably never will be). They have no page rank and are wallowing around in the muddy backwaters of the SERPS, seldom graced with the presence of the Googlebot. Their Alexa ranks bespeak equally little interest from human visitors.

        The kind of sites that I regard as authorities wouldn't be seen dead taking content from EZA or any other article directory. The only practical way to get links from them is via blog commenting. My main site is well on the way to achieving authority status, and I have never used anyone else's content on my site, either. The reasons for using other people's articles, post-Panda, are no doubt the subject of other threads, but I just don't see this as a hallmark of a high-quality website.

        You may have had different experiences in other niches, but in my neck of the woods the value of these syndicated links is open to question. And I particularly dislike seeing my content - which took time and effort to create - being used to help some other lazy bugger rank for a keyword or promote a similar product to me. Even if he's retained my resource box, it's not at all clear to me who is getting the most out of this arrangement.

        I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this.
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasKid777
    Kind of got over that first hurdle on getting an article syndicated! Someone translated an article of mine into Spanish and posted it on their site with my resource box. Found the backlink today looking through yahoo site explorer!
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    • Profile picture of the author ELK
      Alexa -

      Never mind, I hadn't seen your link about "effective article marketing" right away. Just read through that thread and saw your explanation. Makes sense and again, thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author DontWorryBeHappy
    Originality, wit beyond measure and make it useful and engaging for the reader generally. But some really good advice in here i think
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    • Profile picture of the author jgant
      About 2 to 3 months ago I ramped up my article marketing after reading many very informative article marketing threads on this forum. I was persuaded to give it an earnest effort.

      Up until that point I seldom published off-site having been a dupe of the duplicate content myth. I hated spinning so didn't bother syndicating my work.

      Anyway, after reading many posts by successful article marketers, I started publishing 1 to 5 articles or so per day from my blogs on EZA. The results are better than I expected. I receive a decent flow of traffic from EZA every day.

      But the great part is my article syndication count increases every day. I've already had 129 instances of syndication (according to the EZA count - could be more if people don't hit the "publish" button). Yes, just a drop in the bucket compared to many, but assuming most resource boxes remain in tact, that's over 200 backlinks with next to no effort (after all, these are articles I had already written and published on my sites). Since I'm not that keen about backlinking, this is a very nice benefit.

      In short order I will take the next recommended step to follow up with website publishers who published my articles and offer more articles.

      I haven't been able to determine a direct correlation between article length and syndication rate yet given the short time I've been doing this. However, I seldom write articles fewer than 500 words and most are 650 to 1,300 words. Articles of all lengths are being published on to other sites. However, in time, I'm hopeful I'll have large enough syndication numbers to see a correlation.

      More importantly than length, however, is writing quality articles. I'm not much of a humorous writer, but instead focus on providing information. It's working. Perhaps I'll give adding some humour a try. It couldn't hurt. As you can tell just from this post, I'm a bit of a dry writer. I could use some work in this area.

      My point in all of this is to say that article marketing works. I'd like to thank all of you who consistently share what works and what doesn't work. I've learned a lot and would have never gone down the article marketing road had I not read your posts.
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    That is interesting! I know that a lot of the articles that I write that are really short do not fare as well, but I am not sure after 400-500 words if the length has really made a difference for me in terms of traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vero44
    @Alexa Smith - Thanks for the article length tip, I had been pumping out 500 worders but I'll try to get 1000 words on the next few batches to see how they fare.

    I'm still wary about those who steal the article and rewrite them without any links intact, but the rewards for those backlinks that stay are worth it.
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    Write high quality articles is the answer!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author kettlecorn
    Just to clarify something, you're not sending out your MAIN articles that you publish on your main blog (that you want people to come to) to the article marketing directories right? You're writing other unique pieces that would link back to the main site?
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    • Profile picture of the author Gil Doer
      Originally Posted by kettlecorn View Post

      Just to clarify something, you're not sending out your MAIN articles that you publish on your main blog (that you want people to come to) to the article marketing directories right? You're writing other unique pieces that would link back to the main site?
      Kettlecorn,

      Here is where you want to go for more clarity on the topic.

      http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...mith-myob.html
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    EZA is just one syndication channel, and certainly not the best.

    If you want published on authority sites, try digging them up on your own, and submitting your articles to them directly.
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    • Profile picture of the author plongmire
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      EZA is just one syndication channel, and certainly not the best.

      If you want published on authority sites, try digging them up on your own, and submitting your articles to them directly.

      Bill can you expand on this...where do we locate these sites
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  • Profile picture of the author Goatboy
    Okay, just found part of the answer on another thread. I'm still curious about the delivery method, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Coutts
    Originally Posted by VegasKid777 View Post

    ...what can I do ... to increase the chances that someone will pick up my articles and post them to their websites?
    Read everything Alexa Smith has to say on the subject. Collect all her advice and replies to questions in this thread and dozens of others on the Warrior forum. Collate them into a logical order, and you will have a manual, a true step-by-step guide, on article syndication marketing that is better than anything else out there - and it's free!

    The two manuals that are usually the most recommended on this subject are Turn Words Into Traffic by Jim Edwards and Content Cash by Paul Myers. They are both excellent reports. I have them both, and I can certainly recommend them as well, but I honestly feel that Alexa's advice and her replies to direct questions, found scattered all over this forum, is an even better resource.

    Just my opinion...

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    • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
      Originally Posted by John Coutts View Post

      Read everything Alexa Smith has to say on the subject. Collect all her advice and replies to questions in this thread and dozens of others on the Warrior forum. Collate them into a logical order, and you will have a manual, a true step-by-step guide, on article syndication marketing that is better than anything else out there - and it's free!

      The two manuals that are usually the most recommended on this subject are Turn Words Into Traffic by Jim Edwards and Content Cash by Paul Myers. They are both excellent reports. I have them both, and I can certainly recommend them as well, but I honestly feel that Alexa's advice and her replies to direct questions, found scattered all over this forum, is an even better resource.

      Just my opinion...

      John.
      Could I rewrite that manual and sell it as a WSO? :p:p
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Originally Posted by DoubleOhDave View Post

        Could I rewrite that manual and sell it as a WSO? :p:p
        You could certainly try. But since it's already here, why do you think anyone here would buy it? :rolleyes: :p
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        • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
          Originally Posted by myob View Post

          You could certainly try. But since it's already here, why do you think anyone here would buy it? :rolleyes: :p
          They will if you call it the "Super Fantazmic 6-Million Dollars in One Day All-Secrets-Revealed Article Syndication Profit System!"
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  • Profile picture of the author Wide
    To alex smith:

    Got a few questions for you, hope you have time to reply

    - Do you use aweber for your syndication lists or just a normal email client? If Aweber; Do you use single or double-optin after they accept to receive additional articles?

    - What do you do if you wan't to put a couple of images within your article when sending it to your list? How do your list know where to put them etc (if you attached them)?

    - Where do you put your links when sending articles to your syndication list? You create a bio box too or do you just put it somewhere in the article body?

    (update: 2 months old topic, the interlinking fooled me - hope it's okay)
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    Quality is of course important.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    As they say QUALITY is KING

    If there was a Queen it would be Syndicating your QUALITY CONTENT in the right places.

    I like to form relationships with those with high PR or high Traffic sites, forums, journals, newsletters, ezine or websites.

    Do this and the rewards are outstanding.
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by myob
    You could certainly try. But since it's already here, why do you think anyone here would buy it?

    They will if you call it the "Super Fantazmic 6-Million Dollars in One Day All-Secrets-Revealed Article Syndication Profit System!"
    LOL @ cjreynolds

    Alexa Smith has really provided some valuable information within this thread. I need to spend some time reading the information in the links she posted so I can create my own article syndication system and maybe share what is working for me like Alexa does so freely on so many threads.

    Love you, Alexa!

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  • Profile picture of the author janux
    Do you guys have any templates or advice on how to approach site owners for possible syndication?

    Most of the sites I come across won't ever accept anything buy original content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    TPW beat me to it. If you do diligent research you'll find other article directories that are far better than EZA. I've done tests and I've seen my return in traffic work much better with other similar sites. It's all about trying out different approaches and seeing what works best for you. You'd be surprise on how certain streams turn out to be far better... and you could have only discovered this by trying it out yourself and not listening to what everyone else was saying.

    In other words... appreciate the advice others give you but ultimately test, test, test for your own self.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dayne Dylan
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    Alexa, and others on this matter...what about the signature in the article. Any tips or advice on that aspect? What to do, what to avoid, etc. etc?

    Thanks so much, and I agree with John above...Alexa is giving us pure gold so pay attention! I know I am
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Ah yes, Ye Olde Resource-Boxxe ... :p

      Well, it's a question of what you can get away with, that won't stop people publishing the article. Sometimes you get to know some of the people on your syndication-list well enough to know that some of them will let you get away with almost anything, in which case you can even have something that's more or less a "call to action".

      But for an article directory copy, and/or if you're not sure, I always think it's better to err on the conservative side. People who have got that far are really well targeted and well qualified and interested, and you're not going to lose them over being cautious about it. Whereas if you use a really prominent "call to action", you're (a) going to reduce the further syndication prospects and (b) maybe even increase the chances of people removing your link. So I always think "better safe than sorry".

      I really do think the standard "resource-box advice" everyone gives and receives for the "writing for clicks" model of article marketing (i.e. to encourage as high a CTR as possible) should be avoided, in order to get widely syndicated

      Personally, I like closes that subtly imply that what people have just read above - devastatingly insightful and wickedly entertaining though it doubtless was - is, in some sense, "only the second-best" and that there's actually an even better suggestion/answer/point/recipe/soliloquy on your site.

      You don't necessarily have to use the same "last line or two" everywhere an article goes, though.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by Dayne Dylan View Post

      Alexa, and others on this matter...what about the signature in the article. Any tips or advice on that aspect? What to do, what to avoid, etc. etc?

      Thanks so much, and I agree with John above...Alexa is giving us pure gold so pay attention! I know I am
      This is my signature:

      Jamie Alexander writes about <a target="_new" href="http://lucidability.com/beginners-guide-to-lucid-dreaming/">Lucid Dreaming</a> and helps people explore the dream world at his website, <a target="_new" href="http://lucidability.com">www.LucidAbility.com</a>.

      And it seems to get a good clickthrough.
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  • Profile picture of the author Berg Canon
    Alexa,

    How do you email your articles. Every time I have tried this something gets messed up in the formatting or an image won't be there etc. Is there a preferred way to email articles?
    Thanx
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  • Profile picture of the author Neiltrino3
    By having an article posted on EA and having it syndicated to more than one website could this have negative impacts given Google changes i.e. duplicate content on more than one website?

    This has been a burning question of mine for a while
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      Originally Posted by Neiltrino3 View Post

      By having an article posted on EA and having it syndicated to more than one website could this have negative impacts given Google changes i.e. duplicate content on more than one website?
      No.

      You're confusing "duplicate content" with "syndicated content".

      "Duplicate content on more than one website" is a contradiction in terms. There's such a thing as "content duplicated across different domains" but that isn't "duplicate content" in the sense you're thinking of it. And it isn't "duplicate content" in any sense in which Google has ever thought about it, either (and they go to great lengths to say so!). It's "syndicated content".

      This little article explains the difference: Article Marketers – Lay the Duplicate Content Myth To Rest Once and For All - Internet Marketing and Publishing Blog

      Reading through this thread, in which you've posted, and following the links in many posts above, will also clarify it further for you.

      Originally Posted by Berg Canon View Post

      Alexa,

      How do you email your articles. Every time I have tried this something gets messed up in the formatting or an image won't be there etc. Is there a preferred way to email articles?
      I send all mine in plain text, inside a "covering email". No attachments. And no "links to articles published elsewhere". If you have images available (I don't, and won't), you can always mention that they're available on request.
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      • Profile picture of the author Neiltrino3
        Ahhh I now understand the distinction, thanks!
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        • Profile picture of the author mootonandy
          I've been trying to get syndicated too. No luck yet. Been contacting people in my niche but they don't seem very interested yet.
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          • Profile picture of the author myob
            @mootonandy
            Read Alexa's post (#7). Also, this post may be helpful.
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            • Profile picture of the author mootonandy
              Originally Posted by myob View Post

              @mootonandy
              Read Alexa's post (#7). Also, this post may be helpful.
              From that post you mentioned:

              "For prospecting ezine publishers, it works best for beginners to first subscribe to the ezines and get familiar with the type of the articles that get published. Then it's usually just a matter of emailing the publisher with something like this;"

              How am I supposed to know who is an ezine publisher so I can subscribe to them?
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          • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
            Originally Posted by mootonandy View Post

            I've been trying to get syndicated too. No luck yet. Been contacting people in my niche but they don't seem very interested yet.
            Sometimes people are too literal, or maybe 'tunnel visioned' would be a better word, about approaching people in 'their' niche, and end up approaching competitors.

            If you're having trouble with tightly related sites, it's time to start expanding your search grid. Look for sites that have the same audience, but are not directly matched.

            For example, if your niche was 'cooking Chinese food', related niches might be 'cooking Asian food', 'cooking ethnic food', etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author tjaysen70
    Yeah you need to do massive articles to get any traffic that is consistent and long term. Also you want to make the articles ones that people actually want to read. This way you will get more people sharing the articles and hence more syndication.
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  • Profile picture of the author JWImarketing
    Yeah I cant speak much to syndication but I can garauntee your article has already been scraped by an auto blogger and is on someone elses site too. Sometimes they leave the resource box but most times not. If you are writing purely for the sake of writing than this could actually help you get out accross the web and your name known. I f it is for seo purposes then someone just negates any link that would have otherwise bein fairly strong.
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  • Profile picture of the author missmystery
    I love this thread. I'm trying to write an upbeat weight loss article now. I'd love to see some of your work, to see if I'm writing in the right way. I might have a nosy over at ezine.
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        Originally Posted by Joseph Robinson View Post

        If you'd like, I can take a look and give you some pointers if they're needed .
        Yeah, I'll index it on my site as I've just written a good 1050 words, then submit to ezine. I just want to see the style other warriors use to make sure I'm actually "getting" what they mean.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neiltrino3
    Hi All - I saw this article and it made me think about this thread. See the first paragraph underneath the "Exclusivity" section. It talks about wanting unique content to essentially avoid having duplicate content.

    15 tactics to help you become a brilliant guest blogger | Econsultancy

    Can someone please clarify this for me?

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Neiltrino3 View Post

      Can someone please clarify this for me?
      "Guest posting" is (arguably) a variety of article syndication.

      I think these three recent threads may help you, about "using previously (un)published content" for this purpose (perhaps especially the second one - the thread's about exactly that question).

      Guest Blogging & Blogger Introduction: Feedback Please?

      Couple Questions About Guest Posting

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      • Profile picture of the author Neiltrino3
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        "Guest posting" is (arguably) a variety of article syndication.

        I think these three recent threads may help you, about "using previously (un)published content" for this purpose (perhaps especially the second one - the thread's about exactly that question).

        Guest Blogging & Blogger Introduction: Feedback Please?

        Couple Questions About Guest Posting

        Guest Blogging - Some Questions
        Ok, essentially you disagree with the sites reason for asking for unique content. Thanks for clarifying
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by Neiltrino3 View Post

          Ok, essentially you disagree with the sites reason for asking for unique content. Thanks for clarifying
          Well, it's their site and they get to make up the rules, obviously.

          Like all of us, they want the initial indexation-rights for themselves, if they can get them (though they don't always say so openly), and if there are really enough people willing to give them free content on that basis, who can blame them? And in some niches, apparently there are. (Some may still, as Paul points out in one of the threads linked to above, accept syndicated content in spite of what they say on their site. Some people wisely assess the desirability of content by its quality and relevance, others according to SEO parameters. This also varies from niche to niche, of course: people in the "IM niches" are perhaps more likely to be aware of the cumulative value of all those intial indexations than those in other niches).
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    If you want people to share you're articles there needs to be 2 things present.

    - Visibility
    You need to post your articles to the maximum amount of directories possible to expose it to the public, also convert it to videos, audios etc
    - Quality
    For someone to share something, the latter must be really good and provide value.

    Cheers,

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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Gary Ning Lo View Post

      You need to post your articles to the maximum amount of directories possible
      On the contrary - that's a great way to be heavily penalized by Google's Penguin updates (as so many Warriors have been discovering, over the last year or two!). Mass article directory submission is definitely something to be avoided.

      And it's without benefits, anyway: it's based only on a fundamental misunderstanding of how article directories work, and the benefits they can and can't produce for the author.

      There's no point - and no additional benefit - in submitting your articles to more than one article directory (two, at the very most, if you insist): publishers looking for content to syndicate will look first in Ezine Articles because that's the one that everyone's heard of. Once you've put a copy of your article there (which, of course, you should do only after publishing it yourself, having it indexed on your own site, circulating it to your syndication network and letting them publish it, too), it's highly unlikely indeed that you'll gain anything extra by putting it in other article directories additionally.

      Originally Posted by Gary Ning Lo View Post

      ... to expose it to the public
      "Exposing it to the public" has nothing to do with the purpose of article directories.

      On the contrary, the last thing any article marketer would want, for all the reasons explained, with examples, in this post, would be for our potential customer traffic to find one of their articles in an article directory: we all lose most of that traffic and would be far better off having it all coming directly to our own site instead (which is easy to arrange anyway, as long as you understand how article directories work and don't do what you've suggested above!).

      The purpose of putting our articles in directories is for potential publishers to find them, not for potential customers or Google-searchers to find them.

      This thread will help you, Gary: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872
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