Can you reuse an article after posting it on your blog?

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Hi,

I was wondering what you guys and gals have to say about reusing an article by posting it in an article directory after it has been posted on a blog/website. Are there any specific ways of doing this right?

Thanks in Advance
#article #blog #posting #reuse
  • Profile picture of the author spirtx
    I would avoid posting the same article to the article directories
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  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    Hi,

    That’s called duplicate content... The search engines hate that. That's SEO 101. So it'd be a bad idea.

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

    I would avoid posting the same article to the article directories
    Would you? It's what virtually every professional article marketer does: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...eza-first.html

    Originally Posted by OldLodgeSkins View Post

    That’s called duplicate content
    It ISN'T duplicate content.

    You've confused "duplicate content" and "syndicated content"
    !

    This will help you, Seb, if you want to see the difference (and what Google has to say): http://anne-pottinger.com/article-ma...e-and-for-all/

    Originally Posted by OldLodgeSkins View Post

    The search engines hate that. That's SEO 101. So it'd be a bad idea.
    That's completely wrong, Seb. It isn't duplicate content, search engines don't hate it, and it isn't a bad idea. It's the basic underlying model of article marketing. You just couldn't have it any more wrong than this.

    Originally Posted by virklink View Post

    I was wondering what you guys and gals have to say about reusing an article by posting it in an article directory after it has been posted on a blog/website.
    It's called "article marketing".

    At least, that's part of article marketing. (By no means the best, most important or most helpful part).

    This is normal.

    There wouldn't be much point in submitting to a directory an article which you hadn't yet published and had indexed on your own site.

    Posts #2 and #6 of this thread will help you, I think: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

    Originally Posted by virklink View Post

    Are there any specific ways of doing this right?
    There are specific ways of getting the odds in your favor, and maximizing your chances of benefitting from it, yes. This question is not terribly different from "How does article marketing work", and of course that's a huge subject! However, the links inside the post I've just linked to in the paragraph above will certainly help you to get started.

    But whatever you do, ignore the two posts above, which are totally mistaken.

    The essential point to appreciate, perhaps, is that article marketing isn't about "how many articles you have": it's about "how widely you can get them published in front of targeted traffic". An article directory is a stepping-stone to doing that. What matters is all the stuff you do between publishing the article on your own site (first step) and submitting it to an article directory (last active step).

    This post shows how the basic "business model of article marketing" works: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5035794

    This one has some suggestions on how the articles should be written, to get real benefits from them by getting them in front of targeted traffic: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post3188316

    And this one explains why it's important to make sure you don't get potential customer traffic coming to your website from an article directory, and what a potentially expensive mistake that might be.

    That'll keep you off the streets, anyway.
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    • Profile picture of the author LanceThompson
      Well, you could spin it, using jetspinner it's free then proof read it making any corrections to make it highly readable then use copyscape to check for uniqueness. Or order articles for like 6bucks on Articlez. Or Do it the old fashioned way. Most Article Directories won't take it unless unique!
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      • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
        Originally Posted by LanceThompson View Post

        Well, you could spin it, using jetspinner it's free then proof read it making any corrections to make it highly readable then use copyscape to check for uniqueness. Or order articles for like 6bucks on Articlez. Or Do it the old fashioned way. Most Article Directories won't take it unless unique!
        I see Alexa has got there before me, she's the one you should listen to.


        I hate the whole spinning thing, I really do.

        Don't spin it. Use the same article as many ways as you can,. and then write another one!
        Spinning just creates low value content in my view. As for most article directories not taking it unless it's unique? Not true.
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    • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
      I would say posting it your own blog is just the first use of your article.

      Posting it to article directories afterwards? yes, because this exposes the article, and therefore you, to publishers looking for content.

      Those publishers use your article, and that gives you both traffic and credibility build. Plus, you can then go to those publishers in the future to let them know of new articles when you publish them.

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

      Would you? It's what virtually every professional article marketer does:

      It ISN'T duplicate content.
      Well both of them fall in a similar category! As both of them falls under the category of Plagiarism and we all know what Google does to the people who publish Plagiarized content. However thanks a lot for all the useful information
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      • Profile picture of the author Tenzo
        Originally Posted by xtremeapp View Post

        Well both of them fall in a similar category! As both of them falls under the category of Plagiarism and we all know what Google does to the people who publish Plagiarized content. However thanks a lot for all the useful information
        So you're saying it's plagiarism to reuse an article you've written? I want to make sure I understand your position before I start submitting facts.
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by Tenzo View Post

          So you're saying it's plagiarism to reuse an article you've written? I want to make sure I understand your position before I start submitting facts.
          I don't know what he's talking about, but the issue can come up. Usually, it's because someone posts an article on multiple sites under multiple pen names. When multiple copies pop up, it can be difficult to tell which is the original 'authentic' copy.

          That's one of the problems with spinning articles. The same text under the same author name? No problem. Some of the same text under different author names? Spun article or plagiarized? Completely different text under different author names? Depends on the quality of the spin, but plagiarism shouldn't be an issue.

          Can't say the same thing for copyright infringement if the spinner does not have rights to the original article being spun.
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          • Profile picture of the author Tenzo
            Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

            I don't know what he's talking about, but the issue can come up. Usually, it's because someone posts an article on multiple sites under multiple pen names. When multiple copies pop up, it can be difficult to tell which is the original 'authentic' copy.
            Good point, John. I'm at a point with my biz model now that I always use the same name within the same niche. I want people who enjoy what I've written to equate it with me. It's been so long since I've done otherwise, that the multiple pen name issue didn't occur to me. Thanks for the clarity.

            Even so, I'd probably go with "seemingly plagiarized" instead of "plagiarized" when looking at that issue.

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      • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
        Originally Posted by xtremeapp View Post

        Well both of them fall in a similar category! As both of them falls under the category of Plagiarism and we all know what Google does to the people who publish Plagiarized content. However thanks a lot for all the useful information
        Plagiarized content?
        I'm sorry to sound blunt here, but what the hell are you talking about?
        Plagiarism is when you steal from *other people*.

        You can't steal from your *own* content.

        What a ludicrous idea, and if you are going to make (false) statements about google's view of repposting your own article, can you back it up with some facts?
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      • Profile picture of the author scrofford
        Originally Posted by xtremeapp View Post

        Well both of them fall in a similar category! As both of them falls under the category of Plagiarism and we all know what Google does to the people who publish Plagiarized content. However thanks a lot for all the useful information
        Not really. Plagiarism is actually stealing someone else's content. There's nothing similar about syndicating your content and plagiarism.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alohatom
      I also wholly agree with Alexa. One idea--you can "re-purpose" articles by turning them into screencast videos and publish on YouTube with a link back to your site, plus you can turn them into podasts or a slide show and publish those on slide-share sites. Just a thought.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoBlog
    It's more better if you rewrite those articles before posted it on article directories.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by LanceThompson View Post

      Most Article Directories won't take it unless unique!
      That's just wrong. It isn't true.

      Article directories do not require previously unpublished content.

      Originally Posted by GoBlog View Post

      It's more better if you rewrite those articles before posted it on article directories.
      No - it isn't: that actually confers absolutely no advantage at all, but may have some disadvantages, as explained in this thread: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post5068872

      These threads are so frustrating ... two thirds of the replies are just factually wrong.
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      • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        These threads are so frustrating ... two thirds of the replies are just factually wrong.

        Alexa when all else fails, try this:


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      • Profile picture of the author bhuff85
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Article directories do not require previously unpublished content.
        For the most part, yeah...unless you plan on submitting to an article directory like Buzzle (which I don't know why anyone would these days).
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by hernalian View Post

          I really wouldn't suggest you do that at all - As if someone places piece of your article in the plagarism system them they can detect where on the web it is located.
          It has nothing to do with plagiarism at all. Plagiarism refers to stealing other people's content. Article marketing is about getting your own content as widely published as possible.

          Originally Posted by hernalian View Post

          Just rewrite it
          This is dreadful advice. It's completely unnecessary, without benefit and misses the point.

          Originally Posted by xtremeapp View Post

          Well both of them fall in a similar category! As both of them falls under the category of Plagiarism and we all know what Google does to the people who publish Plagiarized content.
          This isn't so. It has nothing to do with plagiarized content at all. Nobody's suggesting that you should steal other people's articles, simply that you should have your own widely published. It's called "article marketing". You can read about it here and in 100 other threads.

          Originally Posted by bhuff85 View Post

          unless you plan on submitting to an article directory like Buzzle
          Buzzle is actually no longer even an article directory, strictly speaking. They changed their entire business model after the first of the Panda updates in early 2011, and no longer accept any external links at all with articles. Not even in a "resource-box".

          Originally Posted by bhuff85 View Post

          which I don't know why anyone would these days.
          I'm with you there. To be honest, I never understood why any article marketer would dream of using Buzzle even with their former business model, and it's pretty interesting that even their ludicrous policy of accepting only "unique content" didn't protect them at all from the "Panda hammer": they lost just as much traffic as any other well-known directory - so much so that they more or less "called it a day", in fact. As a "directory", anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    Alright. I stand corrected.
    It seems it needs to be done carefully, though, by choosing only one of the best article syndication sites out there, and - as usual - with quality content only.
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  • Profile picture of the author hernalian
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    I really wouldn't suggest you do that at all - As if someone places piece of your article in the plagarism system them they can detect where on the web it is located.

    Just rewrite it - If you can't do it again. Just use your own blog article as a overview and it will come easier.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Anne, can you send me one of those kits? Oy vay...:rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author scrofford
      Originally Posted by hernalian View Post

      I really wouldn't suggest you do that at all - As if someone places piece of your article in the plagarism system them they can detect where on the web it is located.

      Just rewrite it - If you can't do it again. Just use your own blog article as a overview and it will come easier.
      I'm not sure what you're talking about here. Plagiarism is copying someone else's work and calling it your own. This has nothing to do with that. And as far as rewriting an article to place on other sites, there's no need for that. As a matter of fact it's good to have your article syndicated. Has nothing at all to do with plaigiarism.
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  • Profile picture of the author conbiz
    Dear Virklink,

    If I were you, I would pay close, very close, attention to what Alexa suggests!

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author virklink
    Thank you all for your input. A special thanks to Alexa for the info and links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Bleach
    I think a lot of the confusion regarding this topic stems from people who want backlinks/SEO benefits from re-publishing the same article (group A) vs. those who just want targeted readers to see the article and follow it back to their websites (group B).

    For group A, republishing is probably not the best idea, as the republished article won't rank well and give you much link juice. For group B, this is a very useful strategy, especially if you can publish to a place that will deliver targeted traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    Alexa Smith is dropping hundreds if not thousands of dollars of valuable education just in this thread alone. You can save yourself months to years of banging your head against the wall if you just listen.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Long
      OT...but lo and behold! Someone who lives in the same city as me espousing the virtues of smart article syndication! Say it ain't so!

      We should chat sometime. This is a lonely business, and it would be nice to have a few locals to "talk shop" with.

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      Alexa Smith is dropping hundreds if not thousands of dollars of valuable education just in this thread alone. You can save yourself months to years of banging your head against the wall if you just listen.
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  • Profile picture of the author eplanellas
    It is not duplicate, its syndicated! Get your vocabulary straight! See, there is a BIG difference (at least to Google).
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Long
    The duplicate/syndicated thing is so easy to distinguish as well.

    We've all heard of AP and Reuters, right? What are they?

    Content syndicators

    What do they do?

    They create content that is "picked up" by newspapers all over the world

    Just as a local example...

    I recently read the same article in the Sacramento Bee, the Modesto Bee, and the Fresno Bee - all posted the same day - all in Google - none of them "penalized" in any way, shape or form.

    You create quality content, then you distribute that message far and wide to as many people as possible - leveraging content providers with thousands/millions of eyeballs who can't wait to read more of what you have to say.

    It does take a full mental shift to go from the typical IM/Article Marketing mindset to this, but once you do, your outlook will NEVER be the same again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Long
    Originally Posted by philbowman View Post

    I would suggest not to reuse your articles. If you want, you can just rewrite them or write a new one or maybe hire someone to write a new articles for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author samjaynz
    Yes, you can reuse it anywhere you wish.

    I would avoid posting the same article multiple times on the same site though.

    Duplicate content penalties are an urban legend.
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