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Alexa Smith of the Warrior Forum-The Self Delusion and Mystery
Alexa Smith aka Timothy Nagley
Smith's real name is Timothy Nagley, a UK citizen, but he has used many false names/pseudonyms since first attempting to make money online.
Names like Yuliya Miranova, Lydmila, Jana Serg, alexaherself, and others.
The clever tactic of acquiring semi pornographic, racy photos from Russian and Polish dating sites of pretty young Eastern European women ensured that when Timothy joined the Warrior Forum he made a bit of a splash.
The semi erotic/pornographic photos he used as a frequently changing avatar soon ensured that the attention of all healthy young men was acquired. Now all he had to do was give them a carrot or hook.
And the hook was the promise of riches beyond their wildest dreams through the fanciful and unbelievable idea of content syndication.
The Article Syndication Scam
According to Nagley/Smith and other snake oil salesmen and women on the Warrior Forum the fact that Google algorigthm updates wiped out the benefits of article directories for the purposes of traditional article marketing was of little consequence.
You simply needed to follow Nagley/Smith's advice about content syndication and you would not be reliant on big, bad Google for your traffic.
And with one bound our hero was free from the inconvenient truth that Google dominates the internet and if you don't play by their rules, well then you don't play at all.
Timothy soon set about acquiring some hitherto absent respectability by providing "helpful" comments and instruction to internet marketing newbies to set them on their path to success through article syndication.
Aided and abetted by people like Paul Uhl (myob), Annie Pots, Richard Van, Dire Straits, and other equally disagreeable characters Nagley/Smith soon built up a large fan base due to the heady cocktail of promised riches and an ever changing parade of Eastern European beauties in provocative poses supplying the avatar shots.
However there is one major problem with the method of article syndication:
it doesn't work.
It is, in fact, a major con job.
Alexa Smith's Income
Alexa Smith/Timothy Nagley/Yuliya Miranova has never shown a scintilla of evidence of success.
Not one iota.
Despite repeated claims of success for "growing numbers of professional article marketers/syndicators" he has not provided one screenshot of income/sales.
Neither, for that matter, has Paul Uhl, Annie Pot, Dire Straits, Richard Van or any of the other fellow travelers.
And anyone who has ever challenged Smith's ludicrous and unsubstantiated claims in the Warrior Forum has been banned from the forum.
Remember I told you that there has never been a scrap of evidence of claimed success provided by Smith/Nagley and others?
In fact there is plenty of evidence of the opposite, the failure of syndication.
And if you take the time to read Sam Frost's site, www.internet-marketing-training-for-newbies.info and specifically this article http://www.internet-marketing-training-for-newbies.info/how-to-syndicate-articles-like-a-boss.html/ you will see the true position.
You don't want to rely on one source for your information though.
Check out the Warrior Forum itself and spend the time to seek out the threads where other Warrior Forum members in the past resolved to follow Smith/Nagley's advice about article syndication. Then check out what they are doing now, are they still following this strategy, and how well they are doing now.
You will find, as I did, that they all, to a man and woman, soon abandoned the strategy and saw it's futility and are now pursuing other methods such as pay per click or video or whatever.
The point it that despite Alexa Smith's oft repeated claim that an increasing number of internet marketers are finding success with syndication the opposite is the case.
Because it simply doesn't work.
Here are some reasons why it doesn't and cannot work:
- Any decent website or blog is going to want to publish unique content, not some stuff that has been posted elsewhere first
- Even if a 2nd or 3rd rate site publishes your article where is the traffic to that site going to come from? From Google, that's where.
In fact, point 2 above shows the fundamental weakness in Smith's argument, namely that you can bypass Google dependence by article syndication. The reality is that the site you get your stuff published on is almost certain to be dependent on ranking well in the search engines.
Article Marketing for Newbies-a Glorious Opportunity (but not for the newbies)
Article syndication is pushed to the point of insanity by Alexa Smith as being a successful business model.
The truth is more prosaic and inconvenient.
Smith and his/her buddies on the Warrior Forum make their money by exploiting the naivety and ambition and desperation of newcomers to internet marketing.
Don't let yourself be one of them.
Meeting Alexa Smith
Nobody has ever met "Alexa Smith".
Nobody has ever spoken to "Alexa Smith".
Nobody has ever seen "Alexa Smith"
Because "Alexa Smith" does not exist, at least not in the way Timothy Nagley would have you believe.
Alexa Smith's Multiple Identities
One of the most remarkable aspects of Alexa Smith's Warrior Forum persona is the level of support from three groups of people:
1. newbies who think what Timothy Nagley, posting as Alexa Smith, will actually help them to make money online;
2. so called "content providers" who ride in the slipstream happily offering their services as writers and
3. Warrior Forum moderators like Paul Myers and others.
What is remarkable is despite the overwhelming proof of Nagley's past masquerading under various pen names such as Yuliya Miranova, alexaherself, Jana Serg, Corey 55, and others Nagley is allowed to continue and thrive in the Warrior Forum.
You can learn more about Alexa Smith's multiple personalities here.
Warrior Forum Bans for Skeptics
Any sane, rational person who asks Alexa Smith (Timothy Nagley) to support one of his many, wild, unsubstantiated assertions runs the risk of being banned from the Warrior Forum.
There are tons of examples of people being banned from the Warrior Forum for questioning Smith (aka Dr. Timothy Nagley aka Yuliya Miranova aka alexaherself aka Jana Serg)
For catching out Smith/Nagley in another obvious lie.
Speculation, understandably, has grown as to why Smith/Nagley enjoys such protection from the Warrior Forum owner and mods.
One strong theory is that the persona Alexa Smith is simply too valuable to lose from the forum. He is responsible for many newcomers to internet marketing with stars in their eyes to return day after day for the latest advice from Smith.
And inevitably most of these newcomers, at one time or another, get sucked in to buying a Warrior Forum Special Offer (WSO).
This is how the Warrior Forum owner Allen Says makes his money-through charging WSO creators to advertise their latest get rich quick scheme for $7 (with a lifetime guarantee, until you go to call it in!).
So the duplicity, deceit, exaggeration, dissembling, and downright lies continues apace and Smith/Nagley continues to peddle assertions as truth, theory as fact, and claims of success as, well success.
As long as Smith/Nagley enjoys this degree of protection the Warrior Forum will continue to descend into further disrepute (if that is possible)
You can check this for yourself and I would encourage you to do so.
Create a disposable Warrior Forum account and ask Alexa (Timothy) for proof (of any of his assertions)...and prepare to be banned or have the thread deleted :-)
Still No Success Stories
Alexa Smith/Timothy Nagley has been peddling his brand of "article syndication" rubbish for a considerable period of time now.
But nobody has ever come back and claimed to have put his "method" into action and succeeded.
Instead you may have gone and wasted a huge amount of time and money producing great content, publishing it on your site, dumping it in Ezine Articles, emailing website owners..and basically wasting your time.
By now you are probably trying video marketing (a al Annie Pot!) or pay per click campaigns..or whatever.
Do you not think that if this scam actually worked you would be reading stories of success by now?
Look: the search engines are too clever now for attempts to game them or avoid them or claim that you have some silver bullet to avoid dependence on Google.
Google is the internet. Get over it.
Google's View of Internet Marketing Forums and Back Link Packages
The "Initial Indexation Rights" Lie
Alexa Smith/Timothy Nagley claims that when you publish an article on your own site first and then submit to dumps like EzineArticles.com you need not worry about the EzineArticles version ranking higher than the original on your site.
This is completely untrue, and Google has said so many, many times.
Firstly, Smith/Nagley has written about you having "initial indexation rights" once you publish on your own site first.
This is a completely made up phrase and means absolutely nothing.
There is no such thing as "initial indexation rights" and you will not see this phrase used anywhere apart from the Warrior Forum and by such luminaries as .. Alexa Smith and his cronies.
In October, 2012 Google yet again confirmed that if you syndicate content and have multiple versions of the same article on different domains it will show the most appropriate version for "users in each given search"
Here is what they actually say:
Syndicate carefully: If you syndicate your content on other sites, Google will always show the version we think is most appropriate for users in each given search, which may or may not be the version you'd prefer.
Source: Google Webmaster Tools, October, 16th 2012
It is noteworthy that the above extract from Google Webmaster Tools comes in a long article entitled "Duplicate Content"
Read the Duplicate Content lie module of this hub to discover what is actually considered by Google to be duplicate content..and Google's version of duplicate content is completely at odds with what Smith and others will have told you on the Warrior Forum.
The Syndicated Content is Not Duplicate Content Lie
Alexa Smith/Timothy Nagley and his article syndication cronies on the Warrior Forum regularly reassure questioners that syndicated content is not duplicate content.
They say that duplicate content is only a problem if it is the same content on the same domain or website.
Again, this is a complete untruth.
And these scammers know it.
All they have to do is go to this helpful little article on Google Webmaster Tools (http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66359) about Duplicate Content.
Here is what Google have to say:
Duplicate content generally refers to substantive blocks of content within or across domains that either completely match other content or are appreciably similar(Note: & "or across domains", not just within a domain)
And why is duplicate content problematic for Google?
Because they say:
However, in some cases, content is deliberately duplicated across domains in an attempt to manipulate search engine rankings or win more traffic. Deceptive practices like this can result in a poor user experience, when a visitor sees substantially the same content repeated within a set of search results.
Source: Google Webmaster Tools, same article as above.
Google has time after time punished sites which attempted to manipulate "search engine rankings" or "win more traffic"
And that is how they view duplicate/syndicated content.
You can build your business on the basis of what Warrior Forum scammers tell you..or you can follow Google's guidelines.
It is your choice.
The Leeds Counselling Clinic
The Leeds Counselling Clinic site, run by Dr. Timothy Nagley aka Alexa Smith, thickens the plot of absurdity around Alexa Smith/Timothy Nagley
Smith's Typepad account is in the name of Timothy Nagley and it is he who has popped up with the leedscounsellingclinic.org site offering psychotherapy services in Leeds, UK.
Funnily other practicing psychotherapists in Leeds have never heard of it or Nagley..
Google's View of Article Marketing/Syndication
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Syndicated Content: Webspam Violation
Struggled and Failed with Article Syndication?
If you are fed up with following the advice of Alexa Smith because you know that it is a waste of time..if you are fed up sending emails to site owners and getting rejected..if you are really frustrated that you work hard to write great content but webmasters want unique, never before published content for their sites..
..give yourself a break.
You will not find a shred of evidence of the success of the so called article syndication method in the Warrior Forum.
Those of us outside the Warrior Forum know that it is a make believe strategy that will simply suck up your time and energy with no return.
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