Articles Are Seeds of Knowledge – A Biblical Look at Duplicate Content

It is Sunday although I am not a very religious person, thus I was, horror of horrors, outside shovelling snow around. It was drifting, and if I hadn’t done anything with it, it might have blocked the driveway for my wife Monday morning.

Does your mind wander when you are doing a physical job that doesn’t require much other thought? Mine certainly does.

Duplicate Content of Biblical Proportions

I have been doing some research of “Top 10 Lists” for a new site. Whilst no list of the top 10 best selling books is exactly the same, there is one common feature. Every single top 10 list states that The Bible in all its variations has sold more than 6 billion copies.
That is close to the current world population, estimated by the CIA to be 6,525,170,264 (July 2006 est.)
Thus there are probably as many bibles in the world as people

That is an awful lot of duplicate content

Gideons

Gideons is an interesting organisation, whose work is evangelism and distribution of the bible. You will see Gideons bibles in every hotel room, and I was given a Gideons bible whilst at school in addition to a larger bible I was issued for Religious Education lessons.

With the help of the Gideons organisation, whenever you need a bible, there is one close at hand.

Spread the Word

This is a fundamental concept in all religion, not just Christian. It is not enough to have the knowledge and faith, you are also meant to pass it onto other people. Lots of the time the knowledge will fall on deaf ears. If the knowledge is out there, and easy to find even without specifically looking for it, such as in a hotel room drawer, it has a benefit.

Worthwhile Duplicate Content

I am sure many of those 6 billion bibles are in dusty attics, unused drawers, or buried at the back on shelves, long forgotten. Every now and then one copy gets rediscovered, unearthed or brought out of hiding.

The Bible and Duplicate Content

A church is not the only place you can find a copy of the bible. I am sure many religious people read more of the bible while in church than the cumulative total of all other places, but that doesn’t make it pointless to have multiple copies in your home, school, library and even hotel rooms. All those copies of the bible are seeds, and every now and then one of those seeds gets picked up and begins to germinate, wherever the seed is located.

Your Articles and Duplicate Content

I recently wrote a mammoth blog post on my philosophy with article marketing. Many marketing experts believe that article marketing no longer works, or you should be highly selective where you publish your content.

I mentioned a strategy, that as long as you link back to the original source for your content that people can follow, it makes sense to spread your article as widely as possible.
I don’t discount special publishing deals that will bring your article to the forefront of thousands of people, but that opportunity is often reserved for established writers.

Articles Are Seeds of Knowledge

Spread your articles far and wide. Sometimes they will land in fertile soil, and germinate and grow almost immediately. Whilst I wouldn’t dare liken EzineArticles to a church, it certainly is very fertile ground for your seeds to grow.

Some of your articles will almost certainly end up landing on less fertile ground, or buried deep in a website long forgotten. It is a seed that hasn’t germinated yet, but one day it might be uncovered and grow into a tree bearing fruit.

Sometimes your article may end up on even more unsavoury territory, with a link to you not being provided, or even worse plagiarised. It will happen, such is the nature of people. If the purpose of your article was to help people more than market yourself, then it really doesn’t matter if occasionally the link to you is broken. A person reading your article is still going to look for further knowledge on the subject, and eventually find their way to respected sources of information, such as yourself, just as someone picking up a Gideon’s bible might eventually find their way to a church.

If you don’t sow your seeds, they don’t have a chance to grow

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Comments

  1. says

    Absolutely agree that articles are seeds of knowledge. I run my own article directory and during the process of approving new articles often catch myself in deep reading of different subjects that in other way I would never look for.
    Thanks for your good site.

  2. says

    Andy, I see you posted this a while back. Do you still have the same thoughts on article marketing?

    This is something I’ve actually done a great deal of testing with. I love article marketing and I’ve found a great deal of success in it so naturally, I’ve tested different versions of articles in different niches submitting to article marketer (400+ article directories) and submitting to 5 of the better article directories.

    I’ve tested the articles that I used to test my tested articles :) I’ve written tested with different titles, signature blocks, writing styles, formats etc etc etc

    The result, submitting to the top 5 or so article directories brings in more visitors.

    • says

      Well it takes you more time to submit to 5 than to submit to Article Marketer, unless they for some reason reject an article (which I know can be a problem, I have had some weird rejections, as I think most people who have used them for a long time have)

      It is almost impossible to test, because every article performs differently.

      Article Marketer submits to those 5 top directories so you would still get that traffic.

      Traffic form the other 400 varies, and sometimes it moght only be the directory owner.
      In addition you have to calculate the time spent in managing the emails you tend to receive – I am setup to have everything that I have to receive as only digest or if possible not to receive emails from all the mailing lists.

      Then there are the Article Directory owners who think that submitting an article to them mean that is a reason to bombard you with emails about products, without a method to unsubscribe.
      Some I have emailed and they replied that fair enough, if I don’t want their email they will remove me from their system, including all articles.
      If I feel I am being abused, I end up directing all their email to spam or autodelete.

      I don’t see much traffic from such articles, and the links are low quality, but they do get picked up and syndicated.

      I will do another test run shortly with a series of 10 articles to a specific squeeze page and publish some results.

  3. says

    @Andy,
    there are lots of tools available (most famous is brad callen’s tool); they submit your article to hundreds of directories, means it is spreading duplicate content on web and it will increase extra headache for google too (as i read somewhere that google is removing duplicate content pages from its database) but if such types of tools are there on web how can duplicate content be removed as they submit in bulk.

  4. says

    Maybe it is just me, but the smaller article directories just don’t seem to work as well as the top 5 article directories. But I admit that the top five (including EzineArticles) greatly increase traffic to my site!

  5. says

    In my personal experience and opinion Duplicate Content is like the boogy man. It does not really exist except in our minds. Most think that duplicate content is what you get when you submit the exact same article to more than one place on the internet, but that is not correct. The penalty from Google comes when you link the exact same content to the exact same content.

  6. says

    In my personal experience and opinion Duplicate Content is like the boogy man. It does not really exist except in our minds. Most think that duplicate content is what you get when you submit the exact same article to more than one place on the internet, but that is not correct. The penalty from Google comes when you link the exact same content to the exact same content.

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