Are document-sharing websites worth the effort ?

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Hi everyone,

I wrote a whole bunch of short, free travel-eBooks ("mini guides" sort of...) that contain affiliate links to related services like accommodation-bookings, guided trips, attraction passes and the likes...

I've tried distributing my free eBooks via document-sharing websites like Scribd, Slideshare, Issuu, Docstoc and their likes, hoping to bring traffic to the affiliate links, but the results were not very impressive, to put it mildly.... None of the guides got more than 600 - 700 clicks in any of the above mentioned sites, and I wanted to ask if there are ways to promote them, within those document-sharing websites, or is it just a waste of time...

Hope you guys have some good tips for me up your sleeve...

Thanks, Roni
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  • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
    You would be far better off adding great content to your own website, then bundling some or all of those reports together and offering them as a free gift in return for your visitors' email addresses.

    This will immediately allow you to build your list, and, most importantly, build a great relationship with your subscribers. Use more of those reports to create an auto responder course and weave in some gently placed (never hard sell) sales offers.
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    • Profile picture of the author AlbertMora
      Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

      You would be far better off adding great content to your own website, then bundling some or all of those reports together and offering them as a free gift in return for your visitors' email addresses.

      This will immediately allow you to build your list, and, most importantly, build a great relationship with your subscribers. Use more of those reports to create an auto responder course and weave in some gently placed (never hard sell) sales offers.
      That's a good idea, would you also submit the bundled content to the sharing sites?or maybe that would be a duplicate content issue that could penalize your site?
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      • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
        Originally Posted by AlbertMora View Post

        That's a good idea, would you also submit the bundled content to the sharing sites?or maybe that would be a duplicate content issue that could penalize your site?
        That isn't duplicate content.

        "Duplicate content" refers to multiple copies of the same document within one website. What you are doing is "Syndicating Content." Nothing wrong with that.

        You won't do any harm by publishing to content sharing websites, (provided you first publish everything on your own website and make sure it's been indexed by Google.) But yolu won't achieve much either. They're all non-context-relevant sites, so all you will achieve are PR 0 backlinks.

        I repeat however, you will NOT be creating "Duplicate Content."
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    • Profile picture of the author RoniShwartz
      Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

      You would be far better off adding great content to your own website, then bundling some or all of those reports together and offering them as a free gift in return for your visitors' email addresses.
      The problem with that, Annie, is the niche I chose... My websites provide travel-content about the cities of Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and so on...) and most of my visitors/potential-visitors do not have a continuous interest in that topic... They are about to travel to Asia and they want as much quality info as possible - NOW ! There is no reason for them to join my email list as they are not going back to Hong Kong or Singapore very soon...

      When your write for golf players, stamp collectors, camping lovers or families with kids, than you can gather many subscribers with a have a niche that can sustain a continuous interest in that topic, but in my case I think I just have to drive massive traffic to my numerous mini-guides and hope that many of them will order something through the affiliate links...

      Please correct me if I'm wrong :confused:

      Thanks, Roni
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  • Profile picture of the author hadtic
    you can use sofware for document sharing sites that will also allow images etc to be included. Although your traffic has not been massive this is a fairly untaped market for gaining backlinks to your site. i would do a mixture of both to be honest.
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    • Profile picture of the author RoniShwartz
      Originally Posted by hadtic View Post

      Although your traffic has not been massive this is a fairly untapped market for gaining backlinks to your site. i would do a mixture of both to be honest.
      Thanks hadtic, but I'm not sure that the backlinks are going to be of any significance... The real question is whether I can drive enough traffic to those eBooks, and whether / how can I find bloggers and webmasters who will be ready to embed my mini-guides into their blogs/websites

      Cheers, Roni
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  • Profile picture of the author soulglazed
    I think it's worth the effort because of the fact that it's so fast and easy to do. It only takes me a half hour or so to turn my article into a powerpoint/pdf and submit it to a bunch of sites so hell, why not? I've only started doing it recently but I've just seen it mentioned by so many legit sources on here that it's hard to believe it won't show some results...maybe it takes a while? I guess we'll see
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