Should you post to an article sharing site?

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Should you post to an article sharing site?

Back when I first started copywriting, I used EzineArticles.com a lot. At the time, I could usually count on getting at least one inquiry every time I posted a new article.

I DID get really frustrated because while those articles are free for anyone to take and post on their ownezine articles banner websites, some people put them through “spinners” before posting them. I wouldn’t have cared, but part of the requirement is that the person leave the author’s resource box on the post, and I sure didn’t like my name associated with some of the spinner results.

Spinners used by non-English speaking people can come up with some pretty strange sentences. In one case they changed the word “can” (as in you can do something) to “crapper.” On articles about construction that mentioned my husband in the resource box, “retired home builder” changed to “old bag builder.” Some of the other results were just gibberish - worse than the things Gwen Banta posts in her bloopers blogs.

After a while I decided that people reading those blogs would consider the source, so I should just not worry about it.

Eventually I got busy with other things and stopped writing for them. Now I’m re-thinking the whole thing, and in fact did post a new article just today. Although I hadn’t been there in a couple of years, the fact that I have more than 500 articles posted still gives me “Expert Author” status.

Why am I re-thinking this? 

It all started a few days ago when Carol Williams wrote about our blogs being a non-diminishing savings account that can sometimes lead to large monetary deposits. Her post got me thinking, and I decided that perhaps posting articles on sites such as EzineArticles.com can serve in the same manner - for you as well as for me.   

An article that demonstrates your expertise can be nothing but beneficial. When someone else picks up that article and posts it, it creates a link back to your site via your resource box. So even if their geographic area is far removed from yours, it can help your SEO. On top of that, if you’ve used your location in the title, potential clients entering keywords in search just might find you right on the article site.

So why not rework a few of your Active Rain or personal blog posts and submit them? You never know - if you hit on the right topic, they could go viral. 

I don’t intend to take part in the “100 Articles in 100 Days” challenges that I once did, but I’m planning to submit a new post every week or two in the coming year.

Will you join me?

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Carol Williams I got that article written...

Dec 02, 2016 03:27 PM #1
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Great... thanks for the mention, Marte Cliff .  Perhaps I should be checking out ezinearticles.com .

Dec 02, 2016 04:07 PM #2
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Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Marte

I was interested to read this given what you said the other day in your post when you mentioned EzineArticles.  I assume you can't, and shouldn't, publish duplicate content and any post should differ from a similar post written and posted elsewhere, say here on AR, correct?

The additional exposure could be a good thing. It's something to give some serious thought to, so thank you!

Jeff

Dec 02, 2016 04:38 PM #3
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You make good points, Marte!  I haven't heard of EzineArticles.com.  I need to check it out!

Dec 02, 2016 04:52 PM #4
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Marte Cliff  I will be interested to see the answer to Jeff's question. I did email you on a separate subject....

Dec 02, 2016 05:56 PM #5
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Marte this is very interesting, I will have to check the site out, just out of curiosity by revamping old articles i.e.: improving them, doesn't that become a new article especially if you add a new Title? Just wondering, Endre

Dec 02, 2016 06:05 PM #6
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Marte, this is one I will have to check out.  I'm not familiar with the site - and perhaps I should be!

Dec 02, 2016 07:39 PM #7
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Marte,

Automatic translation programs indeed come up with weird word choices. People might look at your blogs just to amuse themselves.

Dec 02, 2016 08:46 PM #8
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Marte Cliff
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Jeff Dowler, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington, and Endre Barath, Jr. - I found some answers. Here's part of it: 

"EzineArticles is committed to providing unique article content to our users. UNIQUE means each article must be attributed to only ONE author or co-author and NOT belong to multiple parties or the public domain."

"If you hire a ghostwriter to write your articles, you MUST have an exclusive license that only allows your name to be associated with the articles produced for you."

"Upon submission, every article is checked for originality. If during our review, we find the article content exists elsewhere on the Internet, we will attempt to verify ownership." (Goes on to say if it's yours, it's OK.)

The big issue seems to be that they don't want two or more copies of the same article on their site. 

To read the entire set of editorial guidelines, go to: http://ezinearticles.com/editorial-guidelines/  

Dec 02, 2016 09:14 PM #9
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing the information. I will look into ezine.

Dec 03, 2016 03:48 AM #10
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

I am also a member & I haven't been there in years. I can't say that I got any traction from posting there so I gave up. I can't be everwhere & that was one place where I decided to vacate.

For you & copywriting, I still think it's viable.

Dec 03, 2016 01:15 PM #11
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Marte - I haven't ever used one of those sites, but you have made me curious. Thanks for the suggestion.

Dec 03, 2016 01:41 PM #12
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Dick Greenberg If nothing else, go there as a guest and browse the real estate articles. They might give you good ideas for blog posts.

Dec 03, 2016 02:59 PM #13
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I would only post to a sight like this if I wanted to have my article shared.

Dec 03, 2016 04:47 PM #14
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Several years ago, I also posted articles to Ezine Article.  I stopped because of time constraints, but might just reconsider after reading your post.

Dec 05, 2016 10:51 AM #15
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Marte... I had no idea about this... will need to look into it further, as I'm very intrigued.

Dec 09, 2016 09:31 AM #16
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Marte - I might consider joining you.  I would also like to get on a blog site for restaurant and hospitality.

Dec 13, 2016 09:13 PM #17
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