Article Syndication - Quick Questions

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Hello all (in particular Myob and Alexa)!

So, following all of your advice on article marketing through syndication, I'm giving it a crack, starting today.

My plan is to write an article in MS Word format, then send it out as an attachement to the various sites I'm targeting, with an invitation e-mail.

Is this a good idea? Is MS Word the best format? Should I first contact the websites / blogs, to see if they're interested, before sending them my article?

I will, of course, post the article on my site and have it indexed!

Thanks (hope this makes sense)
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  • Profile picture of the author afilmarket
    p.s should read, "I will of course post the article on my website and have it indexed first".
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by afilmarket View Post

      Hello all (in particular Myob and Alexa)!
      Psh, I forgot more about article syndication during breakfast than they will ever know :rolleyes::p.

      Originally Posted by afilmarket View Post

      So, following all of your advice on article marketing through syndication, I'm giving it a crack, starting today.
      Congratulations, you aren't going to regret it.

      Originally Posted by afilmarket View Post

      My plan is to write an article in MS Word format, then send it out as an attachement to the various sites I'm targeting, with an invitation e-mail.
      Solid plan, although personally I wouldn't send it along as an attachment. That can stop the email from getting through certain filters, and will worry a few others. Putting it into the body of the email has worked well for me so far.

      Originally Posted by afilmarket View Post

      Is this a good idea? Is MS Word the best format? Should I first contact the websites / blogs, to see if they're interested, before sending them my article?
      Good idea? Yes. Is MS word the best to type in? Matter of personal opinion; but I personally say yes. Should you contact before sending the article? I've seen people I respect that syndicate articles go both ways with this one. I contact them personally first, I prefer not to come on too strong. It's another thing you are going to have to test for yourself, really.

      Originally Posted by afilmarket View Post

      I will, of course, post the article on my site and have it indexed!
      Smart marketer.


      Originally Posted by afilmarket View Post

      p.s should read, "I will of course post the article on my website and have it indexed first".
      The edit button is your friend .

      Originally Posted by NeilC View Post

      If you publish the article on your own site first you would not be offering original content to the other person's site if it was for guest posting, so unless it was just an article directory it may not get accepted.
      I'm never going to be able to go two days without seeing this one, am I? :rolleyes:
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      • Profile picture of the author danr62
        Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post



        I'm never going to be able to go two days without seeing this one, am I? :rolleyes:
        Two whole days? That seems a bit long, doesn't it?
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        • Profile picture of the author NeilC
          Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Joe Robinson


          I'm never going to be able to go two days without seeing this one, am I?


          Two whole days? That seems a bit long, doesn't it?
          I know the whole "duplicate content" thing is an ongoing debate particularly if you provide content and PLR (I do as well) but I believe that what you use for content also depends on the intentions for the website in question.

          If I want high rankings or quality links then I prefer to use original unique content as much as possible. It will often get copied eventually but IMO with Google's changes over the past 18 months that's what they prefer and I don't see article directories ranking as well as they used to.

          If however I'm not that interested in natural search traffic then there are many more ways to use syndicated content that can be very effective so I agree that it doesn't always have to be unique or original.
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          • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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            Originally Posted by NeilC View Post

            I know the whole "duplicate content" thing is an ongoing debate particularly if you provide content and PLR (I do as well) but I believe that what you use for content also depends on the intentions for the website in question.

            If I want high rankings or quality links then I prefer to use original unique content as much as possible. It will often get copied eventually but IMO with Google's changes over the past 18 months that's what they prefer and I don't see article directories ranking as well as they used to.

            If however I'm not that interested in natural search traffic then there are many more ways to use syndicated content that can be very effective so I agree that it doesn't always have to be unique or original.
            I know what you are getting at and I wasn't trying to bring up the debate again. It was more of a sarcastic way of pointing out that the debate is seemingly inescapable .
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            • Profile picture of the author NeilC
              Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

              I know what you are getting at and I wasn't trying to bring up the debate again. It was more of a sarcastic way of pointing out that the debate is seemingly inescapable .
              Agree and think it sounds like a lot of IM related debates.

              Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

              Thanks for clarifying your point. And I apologize if my comment seemed to be an attack against you or anything of that nature.
              No problem - I'm pretty thick skinned ;-)

              I just think that like a lot of people say they're just going to do "Internet marketing" content syndication is often misunderstood and confused with article marketing in general and guest posting.

              The OP seems to have a good grasp of what it is he needs to do and has since posted about seeing some success so hopefully that will continue and go well.
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          • Profile picture of the author danr62
            Originally Posted by NeilC View Post

            I know the whole "duplicate content" thing is an ongoing debate particularly if you provide content and PLR (I do as well) but I believe that what you use for content also depends on the intentions for the website in question.

            If I want high rankings or quality links then I prefer to use original unique content as much as possible. It will often get copied eventually but IMO with Google's changes over the past 18 months that's what they prefer and I don't see article directories ranking as well as they used to.

            If however I'm not that interested in natural search traffic then there are many more ways to use syndicated content that can be very effective so I agree that it doesn't always have to be unique or original.
            Thanks for clarifying your point. And I apologize if my comment seemed to be an attack against you or anything of that nature.
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            • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
              Originally Posted by afilmarket View Post

              My plan is to write an article in MS Word format, then send it out as an attachement to the various sites I'm targeting, with an invitation e-mail.

              Is this a good idea? Is MS Word the best format? Should I first contact the websites / blogs, to see if they're interested, before sending them my article?
              I'd change a few things.

              Go ahead and write the article in Word so you can take advantage of things like spell check, thesaurus, etc. Save the article in plain text format.

              Do not send as an attachment, particularly a Word doc, as this is a common way to spread viruses, malware, etc. via macros. Many ISPs automatically either block, delete or strip out the attachment, and many people (me included) won't open a .doc unless I know who I'm getting it from.

              Whether you should contact site owners first or not is a judgment call. I've had success with an invitation, and by including a sample within the email. Try both and see which works best in your market.
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  • Profile picture of the author NeilC
    Some may prefer a .txt like notepad rather than ms word but it shouldn't really be much of an issue, you can easily send both formats.

    If you publish the article on your own site first you would not be offering original content to the other person's site if it was for guest posting, so unless it was just an article directory it may not get accepted.
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    • Profile picture of the author danr62
      Originally Posted by NeilC View Post

      If you publish the article on your own site first you would not be offering original content to the other person's site if it was for guest posting, so unless it was just an article directory it may not get accepted.
      Did the OP mention guest posting at all? In fact, the title of this thread makes it clear that syndication is what is being discussed. It might be a good idea to learn the difference before you make comments like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author afilmarket
    Thanks for all the tips guys. I have used syndicated content for some parts of my website, and I'm ranking on page 1 of Google for a couple of search terms. So I think it's ok. From what I gather, the latest Google update has punished people who have used their keywords over-zealously, even for legit businesses. I have a pal who runs an online 'learn english' school, was ranking in position 1 - 3 on fairly competitive keywords, but got a slap and is having to build again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Joe Robinson View Post

    Psh, I forgot more about article syndication during breakfast than they will ever know :rolleyes::p.
    I've told you about those 35-course breakfasts before ... it's just "not good for you".

    Originally Posted by NeilC View Post

    I don't see article directories ranking as well as they used to.
    No, indeed ... certainly not. Thankfully, from my perspective. I only ever use one or two anyway, and would hate to be getting potential customer traffic coming to my site via an article directory, for all these reasons.

    Originally Posted by NeilC View Post

    If however I'm not that interested in natural search traffic then there are many more ways to use syndicated content that can be very effective so I agree that it doesn't always have to be unique or original.
    I know exactly what you mean.

    Ironically, though (or, at least, I used to think it was "ironic" when I first started doing this), I end up with far, far better off-page SEO out of syndicating identical content than I ever used to from doing differently. Not directly because they're identical copies, but because it's so much quicker and easier, that way, to send them out to people on a syndication-list, some of whom have relevant sites, and the resulting beneficial value of their backlinks, as explained in the last paragraph of this post: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794

    Originally Posted by afilmarket View Post

    My plan is to write an article in MS Word format, then send it out as an attachement to the various sites I'm targeting, with an invitation e-mail.

    Is this a good idea? Is MS Word the best format? Should I first contact the websites / blogs, to see if they're interested, before sending them my article?
    You can test that, certainly. Personally, I always send one article with my "initial approach" (chatty email telling them what I really like about their site and why, chatting about the niche, from their perspective, talking about and asking about their readers/visitors/subscribers, and so on, and explaining why I think the article that follows my signature at the end of the email might be of particular interest to them).

    I never send it as an attachment. I think you wouldn't hit their in-boxes nearly as often, that way, and some might not even open it.

    So, for me - no attachments, just plain text pasted on the end of what becomes a long email. And no "links to a site where they can see it", either. I want it all to be "self-contained" in one email. (And with a "resource-box"/"last paragraph", especially the first time, which I think they won't mind having on their site, i.e. nothing salesy; no "heavy-duty call to action"!).

    Good luck!

    Edited to add: John posted while I was typing this. I agree with him completely, of course.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      What I always do is include 2-3 articles within the email text of my query to publishers, and a link to my niche profile/portfolio on EZA. Some of the other issues in this thread (ie "duplication", "slap", etc) are covered rather comprehensively here.

      Using the article syndication model as outlined (it's not about article directories) effectively negates the problems of Google's alogorithm changes, including "slap", as well as maximizing off-page SEO as a secondary benefit. These advantages are cumulative; syndication is an asset-building process that eventually overtakes virtually any marketing method, including Google itself.
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    • Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


      (And with a "resource-box"/"last paragraph", especially the first time, which I think they won't mind having on their site, i.e. nothing salesy; no "heavy-duty call to action"!).
      Alexa, I have a few questions regarding this point.

      1. Do you edit the original "resource-box"/"last paragraph" of the article that is already posted on your site or do purposely have an article on your site that doesn't have an "aggressive call to action"?

      2. What kind of a resource-box do you use? Is it a pithy bio with a link to your site?

      3. Would it be okay to add a link to a squeeze page offering a free report (lead magnet)? If not, would it be feasible after building a rapport with the site owner?

      I am new to article syndication. I would really appreciate your thoughts.

      Thanks a lot.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Christopher Abraham View Post

        Alexa, I have a few questions regarding this point.

        1. Do you edit the original "resource-box"/"last paragraph" of the article that is already posted on your site or do purposely have an article on your site that doesn't have an "aggressive call to action"?
        Yes ... I "add" one, technically, rather than "editing" it, because I want the end of the article to link to my landing page (and I don't need to do that on my own site, of course, because the traffic's already there). But I might have to change the last couple of sentences a bit, certainly.

        Originally Posted by Christopher Abraham View Post

        2. What kind of a resource-box do you use? Is it a pithy bio with a link to your site?
        Yes, that kind of thing. Always non-salesy. I commented, a little, in this post: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post3188316

        I'll sometimes do that differently again for the eventual Ezine Articles copy (my last one), because they have their own regulations about resource-boxes.

        Originally Posted by Christopher Abraham View Post

        3. Would it be okay to add a link to a squeeze page offering a free report (lead magnet)? If not, would it be feasible after building a rapport with the site owner?
        After building a rapport with the site owner, it'll almost always be feasible. Without that, I don't know. I suspect not so much. To be honest, I don't use squeeze pages any more, now, in any of my niches, as I was just commenting here, so I'm the wrong person to answer this question.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Christopher Abraham View Post

        3. Would it be okay to add a link to a squeeze page offering a free report (lead magnet)? If not, would it be feasible after building a rapport with the site owner?

        I am new to article syndication. I would really appreciate your thoughts.

        Thanks a lot.
        [Takes off 'writer' eye-shade and replaces it with 'publisher' hat]

        It depends on the squeeze page. Yes, I check the destination for every link in an article I publish. 99% of the classic squeeze pages (a few bullets or a video plus a form) would not be acceptable.

        Why?

        Because when I give valuable space and a tacit endorsement of your content, I'm watching out for my readers. When they read your article on my site, and are moved to click your link, it's to extend the positive experience they had in consuming the article. If your landing page does this, I'll OK the link and use it. If it's an abrupt shift from 'here's some value' to 'I just wanna sell you stuff', I won't.

        And your instinct is on target regarding building rapport with the site owner. If you build a history of providing my readers with value, and I'm aware of that value, I'm much more likely to grant you a little more slack because you've earned a degree of trust.
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  • Profile picture of the author afilmarket
    Noted - thanks to all!

    I sent an e-mail to the publisher of the number 1 ezine publisher in my niche, and right away he said he'd be happy to send my article to his subscriber list, with a link to my squeeze page at the bottom. Happy days Hope it all goes to plan...
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      Originally Posted by afilmarket View Post

      Noted - thanks to all!

      I sent an e-mail to the publisher of the number 1 ezine publisher in my niche, and right away he said he'd be happy to send my article to his subscriber list, with a link to my squeeze page at the bottom. Happy days Hope it all goes to plan...
      How did you find this person?
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      • Profile picture of the author afilmarket
        Originally Posted by wAvision View Post

        How did you find this person?
        Easy! Google
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      • Profile picture of the author afilmarket
        Originally Posted by wAvision View Post

        How did you find this person?
        p.s. I contacted him via a web form, not holding out much hope, but it seemed to work ok.

        I take on board previous comments about this though. Also, won't be attaching the file in future
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        • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
          A great tip I've learned: Try sending snail mail letters to the really prime contacts. Some of them receive, and more often than not delete, thousands of emails a day, but most snail mail gets opened and read. It also labels you as 'different'.
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          • Profile picture of the author myob
            Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

            A great tip I've learned: Try sending snail mail letters to the really prime contacts. Some of them receive, and more often than not delete, thousands of emails a day, but most snail mail gets opened and read. It also labels you as 'different'.
            ^^^This works especially well for larger online publications, but also don't neglect offline specialty magazines, newspapers, etc. Almost all of them have online components, providing additional backlinks. Consider obtaining a copy of Writers' Market for sourcing offline niche publications, which include contact information as well as very specific article submission details.
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    • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
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      Originally Posted by afilmarket View Post

      Noted - thanks to all!

      I sent an e-mail to the publisher of the number 1 ezine publisher in my niche, and right away he said he'd be happy to send my article to his subscriber list, with a link to my squeeze page at the bottom. Happy days Hope it all goes to plan...
      Before you send him your content, make sure you append a tracking code to the squeeze page link, otherwise you'll never know whether this strategy was worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    I would avoid the attachment and just include the article in text format at the bottom of the email. I also recommend you check out Turn Words into Traffic as it really goes into detail about how to do this properly. One of the best guides I have ever read for article syndication.

    Benjamin
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    • Profile picture of the author Hud
      Just wondering: How is article syndication ala Alexa affecting your website rankings in google nowadays - with the recent algorithm update? I know google rankings are not the main goal of this strategy, nevertheless I'm curious to know how it affects your sites - are they ranking better? Worse? Same as before?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Hud View Post

        Just wondering: How is article syndication ala Alexa affecting your website rankings in google nowadays - with the recent algorithm update? I know google rankings are not the main goal of this strategy, nevertheless I'm curious to know how it affects your sites - are they ranking better? Worse? Same as before?
        Speaking for myself, slightly better overall, in most (not all) of my keywords for most (not all) of my niches.

        All Google algorithm changes over the last couple of years have - overall - worked out well for article syndication simply because of Google's frequently stated/discussed "overall objective", which is to provide their searchers what they want, effectively (from the webmaster's perspective) by rewarding relevance and quality at the expense of manipulation, mass spammy backlinking, bought links, anything that looks like "automated submission" (:p) and so on. And they always promise "more of the same". As discussed here: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post6021235

        That said, there have been some very recent and potentially quite significant changes, and it's almost certainly a little too early to be commenting on the "latest round". But after every other "round", when the smoke's gradually cleared, the results have always been good, rather than bad, for content syndication.
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    One thing I would recommend is changing up the anchor text of the links in different articles. I remember seeing a thread in the SEO forum where someone lost rankings, which may have been due to the fact that he was getting a number of articles passively syndicated, all with the same anchor text.

    Normally, I don't pay much attention to that subforum, but the person who took a look at this guy's site is someone I respect.

    Here's the thread, if you are interested:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...est-posts.html
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    • Profile picture of the author afilmarket
      Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

      One thing I would recommend is changing up the anchor text of the links in different articles. I remember seeing a thread in the SEO forum where someone lost rankings, which may have been due to the fact that he was getting a number of articles passively syndicated, all with the same anchor text.

      Normally, I don't pay much attention to that subforum, but the person who took a look at this guy's site is someone I respect.

      Here's the thread, if you are interested:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...est-posts.html
      I've got friends who work in SEO, and they definitely told me that changing your anchor text will help you, but I wasn't aware that not changing it might harm your rankings.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
      Great info here, folks... I only want to
      emphasize what I feel are a few very
      important points:


      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      You can test that, certainly. Personally, I always send one article with my "initial approach" (chatty email telling them what I really like about their site and why, chatting about the niche, from their perspective, talking about and asking about their readers/visitors/subscribers, and so on, and explaining why I think the article that follows my signature at the end of the email might be of particular interest to them).

      I never send it as an attachment. I think you wouldn't hit their in-boxes nearly as often, that way, and some might not even open it.

      So, for me - no attachments, just plain text pasted on the end of what becomes a long email. And no "links to a site where they can see it", either. I want it all to be "self-contained" in one email. (And with a "resource-box"/"last paragraph", especially the first time, which I think they won't mind having on their site, i.e. nothing salesy; no "heavy-duty call to action"!).

      Good luck!

      Edited to add: John posted while I was typing this. I agree with him completely, of course.
      Because again, the crux of article syndication
      is building long term, win-win relationships
      with content publishers.




      Originally Posted by myob View Post

      What I always do is include 2-3 articles within the email text of my query to publishers, and a link to my niche profile/portfolio on EZA.
      I read this in another post, I can't find it now,
      and while I haven't tracked it, there was an
      obvious improvement in the responses I was
      getting. By improvement I mean more
      enthusiasm, not really the quantity of responses.



      Originally Posted by myob View Post

      Using the article syndication model as outlined (it's not about article directories) effectively negates the problems of Google's alogorithm changes, including "slap", as well as maximizing off-page SEO as a secondary benefit. These advantages are cumulative; syndication is an asset-building process that eventually overtakes virtually any marketing method, including Google itself.
      Above all, this is the most attractive aspect
      of the strategy to me. Unlike most
      other marketing tricks and tactics,
      the work that you put in not only continues
      to work long after you're finished with it,
      but it continues to work betteras time
      goes by.



      Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

      A great tip I've learned: Try sending snail mail letters to the really prime contacts. Some of them receive, and more often than not delete, thousands of emails a day, but most snail mail gets opened and read. It also labels you as 'different'.
      I have had superb success with this.
      In part, I believe it was because my wife
      was a calligrapher, and she hand-wrote
      many of the introductions and even the
      envelope salutations in a beautiful gothic
      script that really seized attention.

      If you can get a hook like that, it will
      absolutely set you apart from everyone
      else. No gift cards or anything sleazy
      like that-- Just something special that
      shows a little about who you really are
      beyond the Internet.




      Originally Posted by myob View Post

      ^^^This works especially well for larger online publications, but also don't neglect offline specialty magazines, newspapers, etc. Almost all of them have online components, providing additional backlinks. Consider obtaining a copy of Writers' Market for sourcing offline niche publications, which include contact information as well as very specific article submission details.
      It has come to my attention that the Directory of Ezines, which probably the best resource for online article syndication, is beyond the budget of many people.

      The Writer's Market, however, is not only very affordable but you can often get it at public libraries, and they have many incarnations that may play to your strong points as a writer, such as poetry and science fiction/fantasy. In addition, they give you tips about who to contact first if you have never been published before, or if you have only been published a few times. Some of the publishers even pay you cash up front before publishing your article. (Never much, but you can save up for the DOE.)

      Finally, more than once I fee like my new-found online publishing friends were most impressed with the fact that I have been published in real (read: paper) outlets.




      Originally Posted by Benjamin Ehinger View Post

      I would avoid the attachment and just include the article in text format at the bottom of the email. I also recommend you check out Turn Words into Traffic as it really goes into detail about how to do this properly. One of the best guides I have ever read for article syndication.
      Benjamin
      +1.



      Now, one thing I'm not sure about:

      Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

      One thing I would recommend is changing up the anchor text of the links in different articles. I remember seeing a thread in the SEO forum where someone lost rankings, which may have been due to the fact that he was getting a number of articles passively syndicated, all with the same anchor text.

      Normally, I don't pay much attention to that subforum, but the person who took a look at this guy's site is someone I respect.

      Here's the thread, if you are interested:

      http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...est-posts.html

      I don't really know, but there are only
      a certain amount of hours in the day.
      Personally, I just don't want to spend
      any of them thinking about SEO when
      it would be much more beneficial to
      polish my articles or my friendships.

      In my niche, at least, those people who
      find my sites through search engines
      tend to be very low quality leads, especially
      when compared to articles, forums, and
      even solo ads.

      Proper article syndication actually does
      seem to help SEO, but I'm not sure
      I see that as a benefit. I even had
      two of my forums blocked from the
      "spiders" so that they would quit
      attracting people I don't know.



      Out of order, I know:

      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

      I'd change a few things.

      Go ahead and write the article in Word so you can take advantage of things like spell check, thesaurus, etc. Save the article in plain text format.

      Do not send as an attachment, particularly a Word doc, as this is a common way to spread viruses, malware, etc. via macros. Many ISPs automatically either block, delete or strip out the attachment, and many people (me included) won't open a .doc unless I know who I'm getting it from.

      Whether you should contact site owners first or not is a judgment call. I've had success with an invitation, and by including a sample within the email. Try both and see which works best in your market.
      I didn't know that about malware, that is
      good to know. To me, receiving attachments
      just seems annoying. Why didn't they just
      put it in the email? So when I saw myob
      suggest that previously, it made perfect
      sense and again, I've had obvious improvement
      in the responses I am getting from my submissions.
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      • Profile picture of the author fin
        Originally Posted by MikeTucker View Post

        It has come to my attention that the Directory of Ezines, which probably the best resource for online article syndication, is beyond the budget of many people.
        I've got to say, I've been very disappointed in DOE whilst rummaging through it.

        Is it like finding a needle in a haystack, finding gems?

        Everything seems to go to an error page, or the site looks terrible.

        I've only been looking in the PD, Writing, Business, IM and a few other sections, though, lol.

        BTW, does everyone format their articles to 60wpl, a la Turn Words Into Traffic?
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      • Profile picture of the author danr62
        Originally Posted by MikeTucker View Post


        I don't really know, but there are only
        a certain amount of hours in the day.
        Personally, I just don't want to spend
        any of them thinking about SEO when
        it would be much more beneficial to
        polish my articles or my friendships.

        In my niche, at least, those people who
        find my sites through search engines
        tend to be very low quality leads, especially
        when compared to articles, forums, and
        even solo ads.

        Proper article syndication actually does
        seem to help SEO, but I'm not sure
        I see that as a benefit. I even had
        two of my forums blocked from the
        "spiders" so that they would quit
        attracting people I don't know.
        Thanks for responding. I only threw it out there because the OP brought up the question. Also, most syndication writers are probably not using stock resource boxes, so the anchor text is already likely to be different.
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
          Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

          Thanks for responding. I only threw it out there because the OP brought up the question. Also, most syndication writers are probably not using stock resource boxes, so the anchor text is already likely to be different.
          ...And, it is still interesting to know.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    The DOE does have a lot of dead links,
    especially in niches with high turnover rates.

    So does the Writer's Market and all other
    such resources. It is the nature of the beast.

    Think of it as a good thing, because you know
    that you aren't wasting your time with publishers
    that are not going to last, anyway.

    On the other hand, those that are still active
    have a strong readership and dedicated
    owners/admin.


    Yes, I do format my articles at 60.
    Not sure if it actually makes a difference or not.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by MikeTucker View Post

      The DOE does have a lot of dead links,
      especially in niches with high turnover rates.

      So does the Writer's Market and all other
      such resources. It is the nature of the beast.

      Think of it as a good thing, because you know
      that you aren't wasting your time with publishers
      that are not going to last, anyway.

      On the other hand, those that are still active
      have a strong readership and dedicated
      owners/admin.


      Yes, I do format my articles at 60.
      Not sure if it actually makes a difference or not.
      Thanks.

      Yeah, it just seems strange that ezines with 50,000 readers can be here today, gone tomorrow.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    There was an influx of people who thought they
    could make a lot of money from running an ezine.
    When they realized it was work, and the money
    didn't come as fast as they thought it would,
    they sold it or just let it fail.

    I agree with you 100% that the DOE needs a
    good "Spring Cleaning" but it's still a superb
    resource and it make your investment back
    for you many times over.
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