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I wasn't sure if I should put this message here or in link building. But anyway, here goes my rant. I have been doing article writing/submission for a year now and have been pretty successful at getting ranked well for my articles and therefore getting links back to my websites. But I still feel like I am in the dark and missing something. Basically, what I have been doing is this:
1.) Write article...duh
2.) submit to <an articles site>
3.) While waiting patiently for a week for approval, I rewrite the article a bit and submit to <additional articles sites>.
Thus far, this has worked really well. All three articles will get ranked by Google on the first or second page for the article title and remain indexed by Google.
Now for the fuzzy part. I have recently begun analyzing other articles on these sites. I basically take the title of an article and paste it in Google to see what comes up. When doing so, I found that it is not only listed in the three above, but also a bunch of other article sites.
So I say to myself, "hey, better submit to these sites as well". I analyze the articles on these sites, and compare to the other sites, and find that the articles are the same, not altered in anyway to make them original. I guess Google isn't concerned about duplicate content.
So I spend a day and submit some articles that I had previously submitted to the three I mentioned at the beginning of this long post, to see what happens. What I found in all of the website examples above is that my article gets approved in no time at all, gets indexed by Google and ranks well for the title name. Great!
Not so great. A couple days later, I check back to see how it stands, and find in 99% of the case, that the article has disappeared from Google, and has even disappeared from the index of the site. I know this by doing a search in Google with the "site operator".
The question is why? I have analyzed several examples of others content and find they all remained indexed for several different sites. Is there a dirty secret that I don't know about? One would think that it is probably because of duplicate content, but like I stated above, I have found several examples where the same article is indexed by several of the sites above.
I pose this question in hopes that someone out there has experienced the same and may be able to shed some light on article marketing best practices. I just don't want to waste time, you know what I mean.
I appreciate all responses.
[edited by: caveman at 5:07 pm (utc) on Oct. 15, 2008]
[edit reason] Please, no specifics, per TOS. [/edit]