Why I Stopped Submitting My Articles to Article Directories

While article submission can be a good way of generating traffic to your website, there is one major downside that I have found, which is why I stopped submitting my articles to article directories.

I used to submit my articles to a couple of different article directories until I found out that some of the members who were re-publishing my articles on their sites weren’t giving me the proper credit for writing the articles. In truth, they were stealing my work.

By submitting your articles to article directories, you are giving everyone on the web permission to re-publish your articles. If they don’t credit you as being the author by providing a link back to your website, they could potentially be seen in Google’s eyes as the author, especially if they have a higher page rank.

One way to prove yourself as the author of an article is to use the rel=“author” attribute (Authorship Markup) on all of your websites and Blogs. The only problem with doing this is that it takes awhile for Google to get around to picking it up, if they do at all. Google makes no guarantee that they will.

How to Implement rel=“author”

In order to have your authorship information show up in the search results you will have to have a Google Profile (Google+) with a usable image.

Visit the Google Authorship Page and follow the instructions to add the rel=“author” attribute to your website and Blog.

In the meantime, your articles are out there on multiple sites with no proof of authorship. Google could potentially see another site with your article on it as the site that is the most relevant to someone’s search query, which leaves your website out in the cold (and out of the search results).

Ideally you want your website to be the one to come up in the search results for your articles, not someone else’s site, which is why it is so important to have a link back to your site from every syndicated article you have. This tells Google that the most relevant result for a search query is the article that resides on YOUR website because YOU are the one who wrote it.

If other sites that have your article on them have a higher page rank than your site has, they are more likely to show up in the search results than your site, but having links from your syndicated content back to your site, where the original content resides, gives your site a better chance of getting a higher page rank and of showing up in the results.

If you would like more information about content theft, how to find out if your content has been stolen, and what to do about it please read this article:

by Gerald Weber
How to Put the Kibosh on Content Scrapers & Thieves

Photo of Laurie LambertLaurie Lambert is a web designer, graphic designer and author of Affiliate Marketing – Getting Started – A Beginner’s Guide. Connect with Laurie on Google+.

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