So I've been syndicated, but ...

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Great news folks. I've put up an article 2 days ago on EZA, and a incredibly high authority website syndicated it.

I've followed Annie Pot's advice, not to put an resource box that links anywhere, because these were those 10 articles to get me to the Platinum status, but I completely forgot to put any resource box.

The site claims to have between 15-25 million readers each month, so that's a lot. But the downside is that this a magazine, which focuses on more than just my niche, but that's ok too.

Anyway, here are my problems:

a) Since I've never had a resource box with a link to my page, they only linked me to my profile.

b) At the end of the article, they inserted a paragraph that leads them to their own product promotion. So if I had my resource box with a link to my website, would they still syndicate my article? Because I believe they would check my website, see "Oh my god, another marketer, damn, I have to find another article." (see what I just did? I put the period inside the quotation marks, like the EZA guidelines require, but that looks strange, doesn't it? )

c) If I change my resource box after I reach platinum level, will it be displayed beneath the articles that were already published, or just from there on?

d) If c) turns out in my favor, will it be ethical to request the outlet that syndicated my article to add my resource box?

Looking forward to hearing from you.


LATER EDIT: I just realized that this website, just "pulls" articles from across the web. The article was taken from a place that syndicated my article in the first place, they just "borrowed" it in the way that I don't think you can find it on their website, but they have a section that goes something like "From other places on the web".
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  • Profile picture of the author Valera
    Just because they have borrowed your article "from another site" does not give them the right to alter it by inserting links, etc...

    Contact the owner of the site, tell them the article is originally yours and ask them to remove the link that they have input at the end of the article which is originally yours.

    Just because you had no resource box which is kinda your fault, it does not give them the right to alter your article in any way by inserting their own links in to your article, its a well known rule.

    They can use your article on your site "As Is" and may not insert any links in to it unless it links back to you...

    Unless you give them permission to do whatever they want with your article, which you did not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Valera View Post

    Contact the owner of the site, tell them the article is originally yours and ask them to remove the link that they have input at the end of the article which is originally yours.
    Not what I would do, at all.

    How will that actually gain anything? :confused:

    I'd be contacting them in the usual way one contacts people who syndicate an article, to thank them and to offer them more content (with a resource-box style backlink).

    Originally Posted by Valera View Post

    it does not give them the right to alter your article in any way
    He didn't say they've "altered" it, Valera. He said they've added something after it.

    Ok, Canyon, I appreciate from your additional "edit" comment that this turned out to be only an autoblog, but don't give up hope: there are people with autoblogs who take the resource-boxes, too. Also, the fact that this one linked to your EZA profile suggests they're not "thieves".

    I'm a great believer in "getting to Platinum quickly", at EZA, because the reality (whether they admit it openly or not) is that once you've done that, you'll get faster approval times, and different editors looking at your submissions, and generally a "faster and easier time, there". So I completely understand what you're doing and why. Good luck!

    Originally Posted by canyon View Post

    If I change my resource box after I reach platinum level, will it be displayed beneath the articles that were already published, or just from there on?
    From there on. To edit articles after they're published means, effectively, re-submitting them (in that approval is needed), except that EZA doesn't take them offline pending the edit, and they do their best to approve changes like that within 1 working day, now. Not a big deal.

    Originally Posted by canyon View Post

    d) If c) turns out in my favor, will it be ethical to request the outlet that syndicated my article to add my resource box?
    I don't see why not. Especially if you do it in conjunction with "thanking them and offering them more content" (which is, after all, the main reasoning for contacting them? But if this is just an autoblog, don't be too hopeful, maybe? No harm in asking, though. I'd do that if I get a reply from them to the initial email, rather than in the first email).
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