Well, I don’t mean for you to copy anyone else’s work and then publish it on your site – that’s just plain stupid and will get you penalized by the search engines. No, I’m going to tell you how duplicate content can make money for you – when someone else duplicates your content!
To begin, I have covered the topic of article marketing in Make Money Blog before. I just want to share this really useful trick that I recently found out about to increase your traffic which will ultimately lead you to make money.
It involves nothing more than getting other people to create your traffic and make money for you – and without them even realizing they’re doing it!
That’s the easy part.
With all article marketing methods, you write a decent article or two on a popular topic regarding your niche. Before you submit it to your favourite article directory, you should modify it a little first. This only works for the article directories that allow you to place a link in the body of your article, which rules out my favourite directory, ezine articles.
That’s ok, as GoArticles.com are the next best choice. They also have a high page rank and great traffic, so your article will still be seen by plenty of people and you’ll get the all-important one-way back link to your site. Plus they let you place a link in the body of your article – very important!
The trick is in placing that additional link back to your site right in the body of the article. That’s as well as in your resource box at the end.
Well, visitors to article directories will often copy your article and put it up on their website. That’s not a real problem so long as they follow the rules and include your resource box with its link back to your site, so you get the recognition, traffic to make money from and another free one-way back link. If the site that copied your article has a good page rank, then you benefit even more.
The problem is that a lot of these article rustlers delete your resource box!
They steal your article and publish it on their site and you don’t get the link or the traffic back to your site.
The way around this is to put an additional link in the body of the article using the anchor tag and your main keywords as the anchor text. This will usually (although not always) get around the problem and still get you your backlink and traffic from the site that stole your article.
But what about the duplicate content thing?
Well, it gets even better.
As you submitted an original article to GoArticles (you did submit an original, didn’t you?) it is timestamped in their database. That means anyone who copies it has a later timestamp on the article, making it a duplicate of the original on GoArticles. Guess what duplicate content will get you from Google? Penalized, that’s what! So not only does a potential rival site get slapped down for having duplicate content on there, but you still get the back link from them as well as the one from GoArticles… and the same goes for anyone else who copies your article and publishes it on their site.
Now that is the kind of poetic justice that I like the sound of!