incrediBILL - 5:43 pm on Jun 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
Article marketing aka SPAM
The minute you submit those articles thousands of people download and republish them, often in seedy spammy sites Google may already be penalizing.
The internet is flooded with the same junk from bad sites linking back to your site and VOILA! you're probably punished simply by association.
Do these articles have some of the same exact content as your site?
Here's something Google's Maile Ohye just said at SES Toronto [toprankblog.com] that may be relvant:
What about microsites? Are they a good idea?
Microsites were originally created to dominate search results. It was originally kind of a spammy technique. I normally donít suggest it, Mayday and future updates are only looking for quality sites. If you want to dominate search results, you can do things like add videos/images and other data. Microsites confuse users, there are links coming in to another site that isnít your main site, and they are hard to maintain as now you have multiple sites. Itís a jarring user experience; I donít think they are going to work in search results in the future as they did in the past.
Sounds like you may have a double whammy working against you.