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Has Someone Been Stealing Your Content?
Date: Friday, November 11 @ 05:06:47
Topic Article Writing



Has Someone Been Stealing Your Content?


Copyright (c) 2005 Marianthi Iatridou - Build Your Internet Business
at
http://www.work-at-home-businessoffer.com/





It's in the lips of every respectable SE marketer. It's considered to
be
the "holy grail" of your linking efforts!
What's that? Marketing with articles, of course!

You will often hear how you can make your way to the top of the search
engines, o要 any given topic, by writing articles and using them to
promote your business.

And it's true! But, what they usually don't tell you is that there will
be dozens or hundreds of sites and publications that will use your
content without giving you credit for it.

And you have no way of knowing about it! You're completely defenseless
and at the mercy of every webmaster who decides to literally steal your
content! Stealing defined as any use of copyrighted content that
violates the author's publishing guidelines.

And if you already knew that, let's look at some interesting
statistics.
These will give you some awareness of the situation when you begin
writing articles to promote your business or get more links.

Last time I checked, there were 1,370 sites which had included o要e of
my
articles o要 affiliate marketing o要 their pages. Do you want to know how
many of them cared to provide a link back to my site? Very, very few!

Why? Well, it seems that many site owners think they can take the
articles and put them o要 their sites for their visitors to read but do
not feel they should return the favor by having a live link to the
author's site (as required).
After all, creating and providing fresh content for their visitors and
for the search engines is a favor I'm doing for them.

By now you're probably thinking, "too bad, but what has that got to do
with me?" Oh, I don't know, do you own a site? And do you publish your
own content o要 your site?

If you do then, how can you be sure that the content that you spent so
much time developing and tweaking in order to rank well in the search
engines, appears nowhere else except o要 your site? How do you know for
sure that no other website has "borrowed" some "stuff" from you?

And if you're marketing your business with articles how will you know
who has posted them and where, if they don't care enough to send you a
copy?

Trust me, most of them won't! Some of the major article banks and
directories do inform you when they have posted o要e of your articles
because usually there are other incentives for them to do so. They
might
sell you a subscription or simply benefit from the fact that you will
visit the site to see your article posted. Who knows, while you're
there
you could be intrigued by o要e of their offers.

But the smaller sites -not all of them- will not take the time to let
you know, let alone give you a link back. So, how will you know?

No sweat! I'm sure many of you have been using Google to search o要
things like products, services, even competitors or link exchange
partners.

And I'm also sure that some of you are already thinking that Google is
a
nice place to go look for your article or unique content and see what
comes up in the search results. Sure, you can do that, but I prefer to
use a handy little tool by Google which is automated, will not take any
of my time, is very easy to use and above all, is free.

I am talking about Google Alerts: a great tool by Google that you can
set and forget but which will do all the dirty work for you uncovering
all those sneaky sites that have "accidentally" forgotten to put a live
link into your article's bylines.

As Google puts it: "Google Alerts are email updates of the latest
relevant Google results based o要 your choice of query or topic". There,
I couldn't have said it better!

How does it work? It's easy, you sign up for a Google account or just
create a Google Alert using the really easy interface
(
http://www.google.com/alerts). First, you are asked to specify your
search term, meaning the kind of text that you want Google to inform
you
about. Then you tell Google where to look for it and how often you want
to receive your alerts. Finally, you fill in your email address and
you're done!

By creating a Google account, if you don't already have o要e, you can
manage all your alerts in o要e place which is really useful.

The potential of this tool is huge. You can search for anything at
anytime and have Google deliver it to your mailbox, saving you the
trouble.

More importantly, you can use it to keep an eye o要 what's important for
your business. As a business person, I'm sure that's o要e of your
primary
concerns.




About the author:

Marianthi Iatridou is the editor of
http://www.work-at-home-businessoffer.com/ where she puts leading
internet and affiliate marketers under the microscope to uncover the
strategies and tools they use to build successful internet businesses.

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