Mar 21

As an article directory editor, I have the task of viewing and either accepting or rejecting submitted articles.Throughout the years, I have reviewed hundreds of thousands of articles. I therefore can actually state with some level of credulity, that I am a bit of an expert when it comes to article marketing. I know what article marketers are trying to achieve and how they are trying to get their message across. In this article, I will focus on an issue that dumbfounds me; the outsourcing of article marketing by businesses to third world article writing services.

I can try and explain how pathetic most of these poorly written articles are, but instead, I put together a few snippets from recently deleted articles. Try and read the following three snippets with a straight face. How many grammar errors can you find? Do you understand what the author(I use the term lightly) was trying to say? Do you think English is this persons first language?

1) “By Picking a top quality business you will enjoy reliable and in addition inexpensive equipment refurbish expert services that may essentially enable you to lower your appliances outgoings and therefore allowing you to avoid wasting money.”

2) “Samsung strongly believes that S3 Mini will take pleasure in nearly the very same acceptance as it has obtained with Samsung Galaxy S3. Even though there has been a exceptional improve in the need of smartphones possessing huge screens, there is a big area of people who prefer to have scaled-down phones.”

3) “Throughout the year of 1988 it did start to sell fashionable clothing. And now, this brand is actually, the single most famous brands on the earth. This brand continues to be offering amazingly and interestingly designed products for males, women and children and has become abercrombie and fitch fascinating the criminals to a very high level.” Continue reading »

Feb 22

plagiarismContent is King! shout the search engines. That’s what the search engines love. We also love the non-reciprocal links that we get for our websites when our articles are published on other peoples’ sites with our resource boxes dutifully appended below them.

To create a well written article takes time and effort. We have to get everything right: it has to be of relevance to the reader in that subject field; it has to be well researched; all spelling, punctuation and grammar must be correct; it has to be a genuine contribution to that particular area of specialization, and so interesting that the editor will jump at the chance of publishing it. And, oh yes, all the right keywords have to be there, of the right density and in the correct proportions.

The well-crafted article must satisfy both the reader and the bot; both the aesthetics of the eye and the strictures of the code. So those of us who try and be at least a little bit serious about things know that a second draft is always necessary, and then a third. Then it’s best to sleep on it. Even after that, we know that we have to forget about it for a few days until we are able to come back to it again with a freshly critical mind. You prune it and nurture it. You take off the sharp edges and you tighten it up. If necessary you know when you have to tear it up and start over again.

Only after we have got it absolutely right - and then after spending many hours submitting to directories, editors of ezines, article announcement sites and individual webmasters - are we rewarded, perhaps, with those hard-won non-reciprocal inbound live hyperlinks.
But wait. There seems to be a problem. It appears that an increasing number of people are quite happy to simply copy and paste our work onto their own sites without a link back. Or they don’t bother to check if the link is ‘live’.

That would be bad enough. But there are other people who print our articles and then don’t even bother to name the person who wrote it.

But there’s far worse: those people who print our article and then announce to the world that they wrote it themselves! Some of those even have the temerity to add the copyright sign next to their name! Continue reading »

Sep 05

Link thiefMany authors submit articles to article directories in order to gain pagerank and improve their search engine ranking. Are you aware of the fact that there are multiple top article directories that still continue to happily use your articles and refuse to give you any link credit whatsoever? Unfortunately it is true. Many very high ranking article directories are stealing the one thing that you wanted to get by submitting to their directories in the first place; “backlinks”.

How do these directories get away with this little technique. They use something called “nofollow” link attribute on their site. You see,  nofollow was devised to block search engines from following spam comments in blogs. Spammers used to try and get anchored links for their sites by submitting comments in posts.The use of nofollow would make this practice useless to them. Although the nofollow link tag makes their link useless spammers still continue to spam.

Nofollow is an HTML anchor link attribute used to tell major search engines that a hyperlink should not influence the link target’s ranking in the search engines’ index. It actually tells the search engines “Don’t score this link”. HTML code containing nofollow tag looks like this:

<a href=”http://www.abcarticledirectory.com.com” rel=”nofollow”>ABC Article Directory</a>

Article directories, in my opinion, should not use nofollow attributes on their sites unless they inform their contributing authors that they are using them.To me this is a sign of mistrust of the contributing authors. If an editor reviews all incomming articles before approving them, then there is no valid reason for refusing to validate their allowed links (usually a maximum of 3 links in a resource box). Many authors are being duped into believing that their articles are somehow improving their link love with the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Continue reading »

Jul 28

 Plagiarists love your original content published at EzineArticles and other honest publishers because it ranks high in Google’s search results. The trouble is that plagiarists do not include a link back to your site or author credit-because they do not publish the resource box or include a link back to the article source. Here are 5 steps you can take to protect your content, detect plagiarism, and get unauthorized copies of your content removed from the World Wide Web:

1) Include copyright and author information when creating your articles,

2) Set up an early detection system for finding plagiarists,

3) Identify and contact the offenders,

4) Identify and contact their registrars or hosts, and

5) Submit a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint.

1. INCLUDE COPYRIGHT AND AUTHOR INFORMATION WITH YOUR ARTICLES

The first step in the war on plagiarism is to provide copyright information in the article body as well as author information in the resource box. Within the article body, you can include a copyright notice and the article title with it’s date of publication. Here is an example of what I use at the end of my articles:

Copyright © 2010 [Your Name Goes Here] [Your Site Name Goes Here] [Site URL Goes Here]. [Article Title Goes Here], [Date Published Goes Here]

If you can do so, use an active link for either the site name or site URL. Depending on the publisher’s article-submission requirements, you may not be able to use an active link or domain name in the article body. Even if these are permitted, all active links and URLs in the article could be stripped by the plagiarist, although a non-hyper linked reference to your site might still remain-especially if the plagiarist is using software to automate the theft.

You can use the resource box to positively identify yourself as the author and can include an active link to your web site or blog. Here is an example:

“About the Author: [Your Name Goes Here] has written extensively about [What You Write About], and more. Visit his/her web site at [Your Site Name Goes Here], [Site URL Goes Here], for additional content on these subjects, including many images related to his/her articles published at [Publisher's Name Goes Here].”

I would *stronglyrecommend using an active link to your site in the resource box. An honest publisher will include the resource box, will not tamper with the article body, and will provide a link to the article source. If a plagiarist strips out the resource box or neglects to include a link to the article source, the chances are still good that the copyright and author information will be left in the article body. Continue reading »

Sep 18

Imagine…

Plagiarism, don't cut and pasteYou have written an article and placed it on your website or submitted it to some article directories. You come across an article directory that you have yet to use, sign up as a member and submit your article. A message appears stating that an article bearing that title has already been submitted to that directory. You take a look and find that it is your article with somebody else named as the author and their links in the resource box. How would you feel?

Imagine…

You submit your article to a directory and then get an email asking if the work is yours or even worse mistakenly accusing you of plagiarizing your own article. How annoyed would you be?

Plagiarize This!!

Plagiarism or copying somebody else’s work and claiming it to be your own is illegal worldwide. Cheats are violating copyright and by placing plagiarized work on another’s website they are putting the site owners at risk. I know that some article directory and opinion site owners have been threatened with the law for unknowingly accepting plagiarized work.

It is quite easy to spot most plagiarized work if you know what to look for, and once you have suspicions Google or Copyscape usually does the rest. As a directory owner I get hacked off with the amount of my time wasted checking suspicious articles when I could be working on improving my business. Continue reading »

Aug 07

get a free laptop scam“Click here for your free Laptop!” We’ve all seen these ads on the Internet. Can we really get a free laptop, iPod or $500 gift card to a big box store with no catch? Absolutely not! We can get, however, free samples of products. These include household, beauty and health items, stuff for kids, etc. Sometimes you can run across t-shirts, hats, and other really neat stuff.

There are hundreds of websites that claim to offer the visitor an opportunity to receive free stuff on the Internet. A small number of them actually have things that the visitor to the site can really get for free. The others rely on unsuspecting website visitors to take long surveys, sign up for services that they don’t want and buy things that they don’t need. Then, after jumping through several flaming hoops, they may (with heavy emphasis on the word “may”) receive a “free” item that is not worth the price that they paid.

However, after weeding through all of the scams available on this experiment in free speech and entrepreneurial opportunity we call the Internet, you will find some sites that offer totally free samples (wink wink, nod nod) and other lower budget items that you can really get for free. The first thing to look for in determining if an item is truly free is whether you have to pull your credit card out of your wallet. Whew, I said it. I shouldn’t have had to, but some of the readers simply needed to hear that. Many of you must have forgotten that because those scam sites do a very good business pretending to link you to “free stuff”. When you find the right website, here are some things you should do to make the free stuff experience a less stressful one. Continue reading »

Jul 25

By Sharon Davis
scamsIt’s a shame that there are so many people out there trying to rip off the work-at-home job seeker. It’s even more disheartening to see them targeting the stay-at-home mom, the retiree, and the disabled. But the fact remains; they’re out there trying to capitalize on your desire to stay home and earn an income. And they’re making good money while they’re at it, because there’s no shortage of people who want so badly to believe their claims of easy income and instant wealth.
So how are we supposed to separate the scams from the real jobs? The legitimate business opportunities from the schemes?
Your number one guide should always be your common sense (why would a lawyer in South Africa select you to handle his billion dollar account, I mean let’s be honest!). There are always warning signs, and here are the top seven. Continue reading »

May 03

I am a somewhat like that ‘curious cat’ when it comes to junk mail.  I cannot resist wasting the time to read junk!  To me, all junk mail is created equal.  I read junk in direct mail and email deliveries.   I would like to ask readers, has anyone read those emails claiming that you are a giant lottery winner?  How about the one where they want you to pose as an overseas contractor?  long-lost heir?  American money catcher?  Fraud gets very creative as well as very convincing.  Fraudulent letters have ‘name-dropped’ some of the biggest including:  MSN, Yahoo, Google, AOL and HP.  How they keep getting away with this alone, amazes me.    Doesn’t someone there READ?  Doesn’t someone tell them?  Does anyone care?  Getting someone to care about something, has always been one hell of a mission.    Continue reading »

Dec 07

By: Brian Holland

email scamI recently received several e mails from domain sellers who had fallen victim to a domain appraisal scam. The scam starts with a mail the seller receives  concerning a domain they own and the scammer showing interest in buying it.

The scammers find information about their targets on Ebay and on Whois.
In the first mail they tell you that they are a new player wanting to invest money in the domain market as a side business and inquire how much you want for the domain.

Next step is the mail in which they accept your asking price for the domain.  The scammers tell you that they want you to get the domain appraised as they don’t want to make a bad investment. The scammers want the appraisal from a certain manual appraisal website which they believe to be a good one, ofcourse this appraisal website is part of the scam. This appraisal website gives a highly inflated appraisal value and asks a high fee for it ( up to over a hundred dollars) as they know you need the appraisal to sell the domain.

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Oct 18

The claim: Working with the Roadmap to Riches system you get to keep 100% of all your profits you make. No other company on the Internet offers that (no quite true), You will earn $999 per sale, and with all the help in your new back office and working closely with your sponsor (if you get one with a conscience) you can easily find where to market and start making money right away (right away? Average 24-48hr to get approval from you payment processor.).

Roadmap to riches has top earners and newbies alike, jump ship and leave their ongoing affiliations to a “rosy red” world of automated sales.

They will all have you believe that you will simply wave that magical “guru wand” around like a bad Harry Potter movie and the meter in your bank account will start spinning faster than the $$$ dial at the gas pump!

And I know I’m going to bust a lot of financial dream bubbles here but unless this is told, people are going to walk right into this type of business model and expect overnight spinarounds with their present money situation just to find that the cash isn’t sitting peacefully in that bank account the next morning.
A new study shows that the vast majority (72%) of folks joining with these opportunities, usually come in with just enough cash to get the administration fee squared away and scrape nickels and dimes to render their sponsor his dues (for the cost of the product). All this to leave nothing or very little for trials and errors. You see, the sad reality is simply this: You (the novice) come in with very limited knowledge of running a successful marketing campaign that wont bust you flat before you’re ready to see a return.
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