If you were to visit the Warrior Forum you might imagine that article syndication-the distribution of your articles on multiple sites across the internet on various sites and article directories-was harmless.
You might think that Google did not consider these articles to be duplicate content and, at the very worst, engaging in article syndication was "neutral" or harmless, and that it could do your website no harm at the very least.
This, regrettably, is not the case.
And on the rest of this page you will see the incontrovertible evidence that Google does not consider article marketing/syndication to be a good idea but can actually harm your site and lead to penalties from Google.
And many misled newcomers to the world of internet marketing might save themselves time, money, and heartache which will follow from this bastardization of article marketing.
Let's be clear: article marketing via article directories did work, and work very well, in the not too distant past.
But those days are over. If you doubt this simply spend a little time on EzineArticles.com and look at the viewing statistics for various recently published articles.
Steve Wagenheim-Article Marketer on EzineArticles
Steve Wagenheim has recently written of this change. Wagenheim claims to have made a good living from article marketing on sites like Ezine Articles and has a huge volume of work submitted and published on EzineArticles.com and has expended a considerable amount of time. (Check out Steve Wagenheim-Article Marketer Extraordinaire on this site)
Article Syndication and Article Marketing:What Google Says
Google makes it's view of article marketing pretty clear in this video:
Google Webmaster Central
John Mu, who works for Google, and is the moderator on the Webmaster Central forum at http://productforums.google.com/forum/has actually confirmed, for the first time, the problem with Ezine articles and other article directories.
When he responded to a website owner whose site had been practically wiped out in terms of search engine rankings and traffic he confirmed that her problem was with backlinks from Ezine Articles.
Google Webspam Violations
In the video below, the Google webspam team gives three examples of web spam.
And no. 1 on this list is syndicated articles.
What is Duplicate Content?
Despite the myths, untruths, unsupported assertions, and wilful lies that you will read on the Warrior Forum from Alexa Smith and other fakers, Google's view of what duplicate content is is quite clear:
Duplicate content generally refers to substantive blocks of content within or across domains that either completely match other content or are appreciably similar.
Source:Google. Here is the link.
Building Your Business On Urban Myths Picked up at the Warrior Forum
It is clear from the above that Google hates duplicate content, disapproves of article marketing, and considers article syndication to be a webspam violation.
You can choose to believe the fakers and spoofers on the Warrior Forum and spend a considerable amount of time, money and effort pursuing a strategy that is bound to fail.
Or you can attempt to play by the rules, create a quality site, give Google what it is looking for to achieve top rankings and organic traffic, and give yourself a chance of succeeding.
The choice is yours.