I recently published a free eBook and am considering publishing articles on articlesbase and ezinearticles to promote it. Does anyone have experience doing this?
Would it be best to have links in the syndicated articles to smashwords and free-ebooks where the book can be downloaded, or should I link to my blog or hub where readers could follow a link to download the book? Should I be concerned about "spammy" links if the free articles get posted on spammy websites?
Yes. You should also be aware that postings free articles to sites like articlesbase and ezinearticles to promote a free eBook is considered "spammy" by some people too.
I would completely stay away from posting links on those article sites. (Links from ezinearticles will get you a spam link warning from Google!) Instead, post on sites like freestuff.com or craigslist.org. The link should go directly to the landing page where the book can be downloaded.
Thanks relache and Writer Fox- I knew I could get some expert advice here!
I wouldn't waste your time with either of those sites.
The original idea of those articles was to provide free articles which people could use on their websites. Write a good article and it could be copied on hundreds of websites, each one with a link to your website or ebook. Sounds good in theory but there are lots of problems with that model.
The first is that many website owners don't honour the conditions - they delete the link, even though they're not supposed to. So you've given away an article for no benefit.
The other (much bigger) consideration is that these days, no reputable website would dream of publishing duplicate content. Educated website owners want original material. So the only sites drawing their articles from article sites are spammers and scammers and people who don't know what they're doing. Do you really want to be associated with sites like that?
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