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Old 15th July 2004, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default Getting the most out of an article...

Like most Web site owners, I write a lot. Many (MANY!) people would say I write too much. However, there are limits to how many articles I can write in a week...

For a typical article, I usually publish it in my ezine (or someone else's, but not both) and then post it in my archives (which we call the Success Library.) I would assume that an article that is in someone else's ezine would also be in their archives. That would mean that the article has appeared in one ezine and could be in two Web site archives.

If I write an article for an ezine that requires exclusivity, well, then the article is published just that once and placed in their archives (or not.) Once an article gets in my archives, it could also be used by someone else, so it could also be on their site.

My question is this... in posting articles to other sites around the Web (directories, yahoo groups, etc.) is it ok to post articles that are also in my archives? And is it ok to post the same article to a bunch of different places? If it is relevant, of course... Basically, each article would appear 10 to 20 times at different places around the Web.

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Old 16th July 2004, 08:34 AM   #2
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My monthly newsletters get to appear in all sorts of places without problems. (The latest is the first item in my signature.) If there were two exactly identical web pages that would likely cause problems with the search engines. However there will be sufficient differences in the total ezine pages that this is not a problem.

You should make sure that you also get a back link to your website from each ezine appearance to help with Search Engine ranking, but I'm sure you know that already.

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Old 24th July 2004, 09:26 AM   #3
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is it ok to post articles that are also in my archives? And is it ok to post the same article to a bunch of different places?
Yes, and yes. That's what article promotion is all about.

HOWEVER... let me give you a warning. This practice has just been brought to my attention so I want to also bring it to yours.

Some sites are now listing your articles WITHOUT giving a live link back to your site. Then they are giving their site visitors instructions to link to THEIR site (instead of yours) if they want to publish the article. A downright dirty practice IMO.

You'll want to clearly state your reprint instructions when you submit your articles. This should include that your name, the copyright date, live links to your site, and notification that others who want to reprint should link to your site are agreed to.

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Karon, that sounds like a slick trick for sure. I don't understand people who steal other people's content or a link that should be given to the real author.

Always include your copyright information on each article, date them and archive the articles on your website with copyright information. I've had articles lifted and used at other company websites as their own article before, protect yourself and make sure your original article is online at your website.

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Old 14th August 2004, 09:19 AM   #5
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Thanks for the data. I talked to a friend yesterday, who told me the same thing about articles being given to the wrong site.

I've had people copy my entire site; very upsetting when it happens. Spent quite a bit of time rewriting pages just for that reason.

However, on a more positive note, passing out articles that you've agreed to allowed to be copied, with proper linked accreditation back to your site, is an excellent idea.

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Old 16th August 2004, 01:09 PM   #6
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I have the following blurb located at the bottom of each article listed on my site:

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Permission is granted to reproduce this article in an email newsletter or on a web site provided that the article is reproduced in its entirety as shown above, with the "About the Author" information shown above included and hyperlinking "SearchRank" to http://www.searchrank.com. Please send an email notification and a copy of the newsletter or link to web site upon reproducing it.


I then, when I have free time conduct searches on snippets from each article to see where they have been republished in a way that doesn't conform to my instructions. When I find them, I send the 'cease and desist or comply' email to them and that usually causes them to comply or remove it.

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Old 24th August 2004, 01:12 PM   #7
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You can view your articles as press releases. One article with broad reaching capabilites.

David Wallace has a solid method of protecting to a degree your articles.

Reproducing This Article:......

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and I use google alerts on myself and every new article - google lets you know when someone has reprinted your article.

When they have reprinted and included my website info, I write and thank them and also offer a link or two to similar articles. When I find no website info included I write and ask them politely to include it.

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and I use google alerts on myself and every new article - google lets you know when someone has reprinted your article.

When they have reprinted and included my website info, I write and thank them and also offer a link or two to similar articles. When I find no website info included I write and ask them politely to include it.
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Old 24th April 2009, 05:23 AM   #10
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As old as this thread is, it still holds valuable information. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject.

My policy before now is that I don't post an article that is in my archive to Article Directories or any other website. I only submit articles that have been modified to article directories. I don't want the issue of duplicate content with the search engines (especially Google).

Unfortunately, some webmasters have copied articles from my website verbatim. I caught one, and threatened to report me to Google, but he did not even bother. Well, I just forgot about it.

How do I use Google Alert? I've never heard of that before now!

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