The vast numbers of article marketing tips that are found on the internet do make valid points with website owners and online businesses. Webmaster's are always seeking ways of driving traffic to their websites; especially free traffic that won't cause a problem with Google. As a new webmaster, one of the most important things you need to think about is getting good quality back links to your site.
New websites or blogs with poor page rank need a boost from higher ranking sites in the form of links. That is why I decided to check out the article marketing strategy for myself and apply it to several of my new blogs that really need a boost in traffic and rank.
Why Article Marketing Is So Popular
People love article marketing because of the free traffic and link juice these sites provide. It's a great way to showcase your talents as a writer, give free P.R. to your business, and spread high-quality links back to your website. That is, if the publisher follows the rules of the game. Here is where most article marketing tips fail. Nobody seems to mention what some of the negatives might be for a writer who does article marketing.
So far so good for my Articlesbase.com content; all the people using my content have been honest in leaving the whole article plus my links intact. I can easily find my re-published content by searching for my keywords. I also see a tiny bit of traffic coming in from these links on my blog stats. The honesty and compliance of these publishers made me feel hopeful about article marketing in general.
My First Glimpse of Article Marketing Reality
The first site had my content up on two pages with my author credit, bio box, and precious links stripped out. I was LIVID! Not only was this a super-thief in my book, but short on brain noodles for the duplicate content as well.
The second content crook only used the first paragraph of my article which, by the way, is titled Light Pink Lip Gloss-More Popular Than Ever and put it on his plumbing website. He cut off my content by telling readers to "read more" where they are redirected to an empty forum. Does this make any sense to you? Why in the world do people do things like this?
The High Cost of Publisher Violations
First of all, it can take me more than a week to create Ezine quality content with just the right amount of keywords, proper grammar and word count to please the Ezine editors. All the hard work is worth it if my articles start circulating around the internet with links building up to my site.
When unscrupulous human beings do things like this, they erase all of my hard work and damage my goals. They also give me a great reminder about the dangers of being an author on the internet. Hours of research and typing and editing means nothing to these cut and paste link-stripping bandits. This means more work for me because I now have to chase my articles all over the internet policing them.
Going After Dishonest Publisher's
I did e-mail Ezine's customer service very upset about these two websites. After doing that I re-read the Terms of Service for both authors and publishers. As authors, WE are responsible for contacting these article-choppers ourselves.
At first, I was frightened by the prospect of e-mailing a webmaster with a violation notice. That fright went away after I re-visited the websites and my anger was roused again. How dare somebody put my lip gloss article on a weird plumbing website after stripping it down to a no value junk paragraph! It was time for me to contact these internet-poachers.
Contacting the Violating Publisher
Ezine did respond to my inquiry and offered me advice on contacting the offender. We are to notify the website owner of their violation and give them 48 hours to respond. As authors, it is up to us if we want to give that website owner a chance to re-publish our articles properly, or if we want it removed altogether. If 48 hours goes by and the web owner has not rectified the situation, we are to proceed to the next step.
I not only sent both of these websites e-mails, I also left comments for their readers to see. Neither one seemed to be bothered about my requests to remove the article. This is like a bank robber giving his kids dye-pack exploded money on their birthday. They just don't care.
Steps To Take If The Violator Is Ignoring You:
1. Wait 48 hours and give the offender time to respond
2. If no action has been taken by the website owner within 48
hours, contact the site's ISP/Host provider which can be found by doing a look-up of the domain name on Whois.com
3. Ask the domain host service to enforce their AUP (Acceptable Use Policy).
If none of the above have proved satisfactory, you must file a DMCA complaint. Find out how to file a DMCA Takedown Notice by visiting this site: HOW TO FILE A DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICE.
Will I Be Doing Anymore Article Marketing?
I really don't know (probably not). I built my very first website as a total newbie last winter and never did a thing to it. I didn't know about back-links and article marketing back then. Over the course of 10 months my newbie Website gathered thousands of links all by herself (yes, my website is a girl) and now sits on page 1 of Google.
It might be just as good for me to post articles on Infobarrel and Xomba with links to my blogs. At least the original article can stay in one spot with Adsense, Amazon, and Chitika. The article marketing directories keep all of the ad profits of my writing and I have to police my work which I hate doing.
Article marketing tips should include some information about the realities of publisher violations. I was dismayed to find out that my article can look okay on someone's website, only to have my links created to be no-follow so I don't get Google credit. I don't know the first thing about checking someone's page source to investigate their html codes. These putrid publishers also use flea-size fonts to shrink your author bio-box down to the size of a mite's ear. That's pretty small folks!
Little did I know when I started this online writing of mine that I would have to become a detective, policewoman, and paralegal, too. At this point, I feel that those articles that took me so long to write would have served me better on a good quality writing site where the evil content-leprechauns cant magically change my links around.
As authors we can be grateful that copyright and republishing laws are in effect to protect us from this kind of usury.