Anthony Fernando: OK. Hi everyone and welcome to the Article Samurai Q&A Webinar. My name is Anthony Fernando, and I'm here with Eugene Ware and Ben Galt.
In the next hour we'd like to cover the following. We're going to start at looking at training and we'll tell you a little bit about the training resources that we're currently developing. We'll chat a little bit about finding article writers, and then Eugene will cover some link-building concepts.
And then we'll be looking at answering a lot of the questions that have been submitted over the last week or two. And finally we'll open it up for open question in the chat room for about 20 minutes at the end.
OK. Initially I just want to have a bit of a chat about the training resources. Firstly, the place to start is with the Quick Start Guide, which is about a six to eight-minute video that will help you get up and running as quickly as possible.
We've had a lot of requests for a video about shortcuts, so in the Dojo or in that link that you see on your screen you can access a video that describes the keyboard shortcuts for Article Samurai.
And we've also put up the links for the two launch videos, which the first two videos that were completely based on content. So they're well worth a view and a watch if you haven't already watched them. So that's the best place to start.
Start with the Quick Start Guide, if you're interested in shortcuts check out the new shortcuts video that Ben created yesterday, and also look at the launch videos.
Ben Galt: Yeah, definitely watch the launch videos because in those videos we cover stuff like, where to put your links, what to put in your title tags, how long your articles need to be. So it's a really, really good introduction into article marketing.
Anthony: OK. Then the other thing we wanted to tell you about in regards to training is just what we're working on at the moment. I've just finished recording a video which talks about viewing your results with Rank Tracker. We're hoping to put that live later today, so look out for that one later today.
We're also talking to some of the SEO experts that we've been working with for the last 18 months. And they're working on a couple of videos that we're really looking forward to.
The first is going to be on how to find a great article writer, and that's going to be Dave Jennings doing that one. Then we're also waiting on a video about leveraged content creation, which is probably going to be fantastic, Pete Williams is going to be putting that together for us.
So those are on the way, and you could probably look for those videos in the next week or two. So that's what's happening in the area of training.
Finding Article Writers
Now, Eugene, you wanted to have a bit of a chat about finding article writers.
Eugene Ware: Yeah. So most of you, because you purchased Article Samurai, should have received an email, probably a day after you subscribed to the full version of Article Samurai. And that email would have actually talked about oDesk and how you can get a $50 oDesk credit if you haven't signed up to oDesk before.
So what we've done is we've partnered with oDesk and one of the most difficult things with outsourcing is finding really good people to write articles.
I know when we started testing Article Samurai we found it very difficult to find good quality article writers. And we actually ended up finding some really great article writers through the oDesk system.
So what we've done with oDesk is we have actually filtered out a lot of the poor quality writers and we've invited the best and the best of the best article writers into a group called the Article Samurai oDesk group. So it's basically a pre-filtered list of article writers.
We haven't manually reviewed every single one of those people, but they've got a minimum feedback scores, they've done certain amount of work and they specialize in article writing.
So if you don't have anyone that you're happy with at the moment that's probably the best place to start. To get access to that I would ask you to click through on that link there, that articlesamurai.com/c/odesk and that will take you to a special page in the account system that you'll need to log in using your Noble Samurai account information.
And that will take you to a page. And on that page is a link and it tells you a little bit more about the oDesk offer and then when you click through that link you can see the Article Samurai oDesk group. And then you can start posting your jobs to that group and then you get people bidding on that work.
So that's probably a really good place to start, because, obviously, you can't syndicate content unless you have some content. And that's what we recommend at the moment.
Levels Of Link Building
Anthony: OK. Now, next thing we wanted to have a quick chat about were the levels of link-building. Yeah.
Eugene: So this is something that we didn't cover on our training and it's probably one of the least well-understood bits about SEO and link-building. And I actually good this framework, I didn't make it up myself. It was actually from Guru Bob, from "The Challenge", if you know him.
And he likes to think about link-building as three different kinds of link-building. And understanding this will actually help you understand where Article Samurai fits in in the whole, big scheme of SEO.
So, there are actually three levels of link-building. So I'm just going to go quickly through that. And the first level is what I call indexing. That is linking to content purely for the purpose of getting it indexed, getting it found by the search engines.
And the reason you do this is obviously you need, first step after you've produced some content, is to make sure that the spot is picked up and it gets indexed.
The other reason why you might want to do this is, with your back links you might want to, if you have pages where you've built backlinks, say, from Web 2.0 pages, you might want to build some level one links to make sure that that content sticks and continues to be indexed in the search engines.
So techniques at Level one are typically things like social bookmarking, that's probably the most common way to get stuff indexed. The other method at level one is stuff like RSS Syndication, where you might take, say, the RSS feed from your blog for example and submit it to an RSS directory for the purposes of getting your content on your website found by the search engines.
Typically though, once you've actually got your website off the ground and Google knows about your content then you need to do this less and less because Google indexes your RSS feed, and it's not a big deal.
So a lot of people, they start off doing this with a brand new website, but once they've got that content indexed and they're starting to get some links through to their site this kind of stuff takes care of itself.
So that's Level one. A lot of people still do this today. They might submit their website to Delicious or Digg or some of these social bookmarking sites by hand, and certainly still a good practice. So that's Level one.
Now, Level two link-building is if you take a look and you reverse engineer the link network of any website what you'll see is an interesting pattern.
You'll find that, particularly websites that are ranking very, very highly, they have two major properties. One is that they have a large number of links back to their site, like, thousand and thousands of links, but the vast majority of those links are actually low-authority.
Most of them are page rank zero, page rank ones, maybe page rank twos, but the bulk of them are going to be low-authority links. So that's the quantitative links characteristic.
The second aspect, which I'll talk about in a moment, is that that might have a very small number of high-authority links, page rank five, six, seven kind of links. So level two link-building is really about getting a quantity of links. Each of the individual links might not be a super-high page rank link back to your website, but you need a lot of them to compete.
So getting a large number of links through to your website, not just to a specific page but evenly distributed over your website in a natural kind of way, is really, really important for linking.
The other aspect of level two link-building is that you want to control the anchor text through to your page. So if you're trying to link for a dog training collar you want a lot of those links to have that keyword "dog training collar", and that's part of the relevance of the links that you're trying to build.
Now, level two linking is really cool because you can use, with a tool such as Article Samurai, you can build a lot of these level two links really, really in a leveraged way. You can use automation through article syndication networks or even the Web 2.0 link-building tools that are out there.
You can build a lot of links with a high amount of automation, so that's why we say it's highly leveraged. But the quality of the links that you get back tend to be that low to medium-authority links.
But that's fine, that's actually part of the link-building pyramid. So, you definitely still need those links in your link-building strategy. And Article Samurai fits into this level two of link-building.
The last level of link-building is the high-authority links. Now, there is no really great way that we know about, or even our SEO friends and partners really do, to build a really massive amount of high page-rank links in a short amount of time with high automation.
So Level three is about building high authority links but it still tends to be relatively manual. You're not going to build hundreds of page rank five links to your website in a short amount of time.
What most people do in this space is over time, using level one and level two link-building techniques, they'll actually build their own network of sites or blogs that they control over time, which over time will accumulate page ranks.
So they actually end up owning their own network of high-authority links. And all the SEO pros that we spoke to and were in contact with, that's essentially the strategy that they use.
You can speed that up a little bit by, for example, by buying existing page rank domains using, say, the Domain Samurai and Domain Face and those kinds of tools. And certainly a lot of the SEO pros do that. They buy existing domains, set up sites on them, which already have a page rank, already have links.
And that's a way to kick-start that level three stuff, but, again, there's only a limit, you're not going to generate a hundred of those things in a day or a month, that's something you need to build over time.
So to get the ranking outcomes that you're after, particularly from a highly competitive keyword, you need to have all, level one, level two and level three. And Article Samurai is a level two product. It's there about getting a massive amount of low to medium-authority links, in a highly leveraged way, where you get to control the exact anchor text back to your website.
Questions And Answers
Anthony: OK. Thanks, Eugene. We'll keep going since we've got a lot of questions to go through. Just a very big "Thank you" to everyone who took the time to submit questions. We've tried to organize them in frequency order, so we'll get stuck into the questions and we'll jump straight in.
Does it Really Work?
The first question was, "Does it really work?" That was something that someone asked. We thought it is a good place to start. Eugene.
Eugene: Yeah. There's been a lot of debate about articles, syndication, and it doesn't work, and Google Pandora updates, and Google Farmer updates, and whether this stuff is still relevant.
And the answer is, in a nutshell, yes, it still works. People are still using this stuff; it's still very, very effective. It's just that if you try to do a lot of this article syndication stuff the old way, like the stuff we talked about in our videos, you're not going to get the results.
You need to use good spinning, good quality networks, put good quality content out there and you can get really, really good results.
And certainly, all the results that we've advertised through our marketing have come post-Pandora update, they're not pre-Pandora update stuff. But probably the best testimonials that we can give is actually of someone who I actually stumbled upon their blog post the other day.
And we could probably flick over to the link. There's someone here, Karyn Weger, I'm not sure how to pronounce her name. But she wrote a really excellent blog post about, she's been testing it for a couple of weeks and she's already starting to see really good results.
She said that she's posted about six articles at the time this blog post was written and she's built around 400 new backlinks. Article Samurai built those backlinks over time. So there's probably a whole bunch more that are coming.
But she has already begun to see rankings for new keywords and just general overall page ranking improvement. So that's pretty good after a couple of week's time. So she is pretty happy.
The way that Article Samurai works is that it actually builds links over time so you are not going to all those links in day one, you are going to get them very, very gradually over about a sixty day period for each article that you submit.
So obviously you are not going to see all those links when you use tools like Majestic SEO or Rank Tracker. But yes it does work.
Just tying back to that level one, level two, level three strategy though, I think it's probably fair to say that, and I think we said that in our marketing that if you are going to use Article Samurai just by itself, you are not going to get rankings for highly competitive keywords for instance.
You need all the three levels of backlinking. So I think it's fair to expect that if you had very low competitive keyword phrases you could get to the front page of Google and we've certainly shown that.
For medium competition keyword phrases, you could still get to the first one, two or three pages in Google and for more competitive keyword phrases probably further back. But that's a really good foundation on which you then start applying your level three link building to really put you in that number one spot.
How Often To Submit Articles
Anthony: OK. We do have a lot of questions to go through so we are going to jump straight through. One of the most commonly asked questions is how often to submit articles to the same website or niche?
Eugene: The question is... It depends. I think when you are starting out with any new tool, with any new technique, I think the key thing to focus on is picking off a very small target and focusing on a particular, say for example, pick a low competition keyword that might be even.... And really focus on that keyword until you get the result.
So don't try to spread your syndication across a hundred keywords, don't try to spread your syndication on three different kind of websites but just pick one small keyword to all your link building for that one particular keyword and just submit as much as possible.
We've tried to build Article Samurai so that it is as easy as possible to do that syndication.
In a lot of our test results we submitted an article every two to three days and I guess when we were looking at Article Samurai we were trying to make it as easy as possible so people could actually submit every single day or even just spend two or three hours and just do like a month's worth of syndication at once.
So the answer is as often as you can, but remain focused and until you start getting to see those kinds of results. The second thing I would add around that is, again you need that feedback loop.
You need to be tracking your keywords in Rank Tracker and also we are probably going to do a video about this 'Taking a look at Google Analytics.' Really the best way to get rankings is to go into Analytics, see what keywords that you are already starting to get rankings on, and just really hit those keywords hard.
That's how working with Google I suppose. If Google is already ranking you on some keyword phrases, it is so much easier to work with Google and then just re-target your articles towards that, than it is to starting a brand new keyword phrase.
I think there is one other thing which is important to notice well is consistency is more important than sheer number. It is not as good to submit heaps and heaps of articles right away but it is important to make sure that you can keep it consistent so that there is a consistent trend.
Because if you do a lot of articles early on and then you don't space them out, then you are going to leave a very obvious footprint of lots of backlinks over a short period of time and then none afterwards and then if you do get rankings early on, you'll lose them pretty quickly.
Anthony: OK. And just in relation to that feedback loop, we will be putting up that video about how to see your feedback in Rank Tracker later today, and we will be working on the analytics video hopefully next week.
Eugene: Yeah, that's great.
How Many Links Does Each Syndication Produce?
Anthony: Right, and keep going. Roughly how many links does each syndication produce and over what time period. Is it possible to drip or throttle down the rate if we have a new site that we don't want to blast right into the sandbox?
Eugene: OK, so just quickly, our testing we've shown that every article that we submit generates about 150 backlinks. The time period is, we use a variety of different article syndication networks but on average it probably is fit to say that we do the syndication gradually, over about 60 days.
So we already drip feed the submission. So the idea is not to be too aggressive with the link building side, that we don't give you the provision to actually back that off, but the actual rate that it gets submitted to is a very safe rate so that there should be no issues with the sandbox.
Can I See The Actual URLs
Anthony: OK, probably the biggest question we had was can I see the actual URLs of my submissions.
Eugene: OK, and I'll give you two answers. One is that, not at the moment, not within the tool.
This is actually one of the features that we originally planned for, the original version of Article Samurai, but we are going to continue to work on that so, as I said probably over the next couple of months we should have the facility for you to actually see where the stuff is actually being submitted.
The more complicated answer is that it is actually difficult for us to tell the article, the blog networks, the article syndication directories that we use. We don't actually have access to work out where these things are actually going. Our partners know, but we don't have that kind of information.
And also to protect those sites, they don't want to make that too easy to get to it. But if you want to actually know where your URLs are at the moment, there is two ways you can start using right now.
One is, if you watch the rank tracker video that we are going to be releasing in the next day or so, you'll actually be able to see the number of links that are coming through and being built to each of your articles, the web pages that you are trying to link to. If you actually want to know the exact URLs, there are two services that you can actually use.
One is Majestic SEO. If you go to majesticseo.com and you sign up for their account, I am not sure whether it's free or it's paid anymore but you can certainly put in your website and then get a list of all the links, the exact links.
So that'll be one place. The second place would be opensiteexplorer.org. And that is a tool that's created by the people from SEOmoz and you can again get a list of the actual backlinks that are being built to your site there as well.
Again some of these services take a while to update their databases and that's why we use Majestic SEO which has the fresh backlink index.
So if you are using Majestic, you use that. I am not sure how often the Open Site Explorer gets updated. So I'd probably be leaning towards Majestic.
Is a 30% Unique Rating Really Enough?
Anthony: OK. Next question is, is 30 percent unique writing really enough or should we aim for more?
Eugene: This is one of those really controversial things and there are obviously a lot of tools there on the market which really specialize on getting very, very high levels of uniqueness.
The people that we speak to, the experts out there who do the sort of stuff everyday and particularly the people that we spoken to at Content Plus for example who specialize in this particular area basically say yes.
It is actually not the uniqueness; it is not really the big issue here. 30 percent uniqueness, and particularly the way that Content Plus does the spinning is more than enough to get through the Google's content filters.
The big issue, and this is why we've gone with Content Plus and why we haven't specifically gone for some of these other tools like the Best Spinner and stuff on the market there is that what Google is doing and no one is really talking about this, but people in who really know what they are doing, they definitely do, is if you produce content through, it doesn't matter whether you write or whether you use a spinner.
If you produce content that has very, very poor grammatical structure, it has got a lot of syntax problems in it, it is just rubbishy content, just garbage content with lot of errors in it, then Google will not even index it. They'll take it, they'll analyze it, and it's very easy for them to analyze that content.
If you take a look at Google Translate, they have all the algorithms, they have all the data to be able to analyze the grammatical structure of your content and if it is poor quality content, it just won't get indexed.
And obviously if your idea is to build backlinks, you need those backlinks to be indexed. So that's why we have put the emphasis in Article Samurai upon producing high quality content which will be for two reasons, one so it will get past the human review process that all our networks have, and number two, because if you put out rubbish content, it's not going to work.
And a lot of what we are seeing in Panda and the Farmer update is this phenomenon with rubbish content; it's just not getting indexed. So you can certainly do more and use other tools, that's actually fine. But focus on quality.
Anthony: And that's a really good point Eugene. I think there is almost a perception change that needs to happen. I think the whole idea of syndication in the past has had this notion of writing very short, fairly poor quality articles and pumping it out to get links.
But if you look at, if you adopt a view of say newspaper syndication where you get really good quality articles that are just syndicated around to different newspapers or cartoons or comics that have been syndicated around, if you create your very best content and then you syndicate to share it to a wider audience, that's just a better mindset to be in rather than OK, small short quality articles pumping up, which I think the wrong mindset and is the mindset that leads to problems.
How Many Websites Are On The Distribution List?
Anthony: OK, next question, how many websites are on the distribution list?
Eugene: Well I have spoken to a lot of article syndication partners and popped out a number in it, initially it's something on the order of 50,000 websites and that number is also growing rapidly.
One of the reasons why we decided to partner with some of these networks rather than build our own networks is because they specialize in continually building them out. So it's round about 50,000.
Does Each Site Get A Different Spin Of My Article?
Anthony: All right. When an article is syndicated, are different spins of the same article going out to each site that accepts articles?
Eugene: Yeah. There is a bit of confusion about this and the reason why we spin and it doesn't, certainly for our blog networks, every single submission to each blog in the blog network is a separate different unique spin.
Some of the article directories we submit to don't support the full level of spinning that we can create.
So we actually create a number of, like we spin on a paragraph level for those networks. But they still get a unique version just spun at the paragraph level versus like a word or phrase level.
Anthony: So it's not just that three spins that you see in Article Samurai then Eugene?
Eugene: No, it's not. The user interface can't suggest that there are three different spins, no. They are just the three distinct versions of the article, I don't know how to explain it, maybe you can have a correct explanation.
Anthony: So we've got three versions representing article Samurai but that's our input to the networks.
The networks then take those three versions, and they can take so the first part of one, the second part of the next one and the third part of the third version and they do that on each word and each phrase and each paragraph to give thousands and thousands of different versions.
So the three versions you say in Article Samurai are just three versions of the input that go into the distribution networks.
Eugene: Yes. Better explained than I could.
How Complex Does The Article Spinning Need To Be?
Anthony: [laughs] How complex does the article spinning have to be?
Eugene: I think we have fully covered that before, it doesn't need to be that complicated focus on quality over uniqueness or nesting.
Will The Best Spinner Be Supported?
Anthony: Yeah. Common question was will the Best Spinner be supported?
Eugene: We actually do have API access to the Best Spinner. So we actually, it's not that we didn't know about the Best Spinner, and I think the Best Spinner is a really, really good product. So you can use the Best Spinner today because Article Samurai can input spun articles. So if you've got the Best Spinner, spin your articles.
Again, really, really focus on the quality of what you're producing and then import it into Article Samurai. But when Article Samurai does import those articles, it will flatten those articles. So you are not going to see the same level of uniqueness that a real best spinner article will produce.
And that actually is a feature because that means that you can use the review process of being able to jump through the different spins and easily read the article in every version that's going to be created to verify whether each instance of an article is going to be high quality.
If there is enough to man maybe we will, but again we are very, very wary about using something like the Best Spinner for all that uses because I note a lot of users are not going to understand that and potentially produce rubbish. That's not Best Spinner's fault, and that's the case.
Best Spinner is actually a really great product. I've used it. I think it's fantastic. But for the vast majority of our users they are just going to click a button and submit. So we wanted to make sure that people get the best experience.
How Accurate Is The Article Uniqueness Checker?
Anthony: How accurate is the Article Uniqueness Checker built in Article Samurai?
Eugene: It's pretty unique. I wouldn't be relying on it 100 percent. It basically uses an algorithm called shingling and that's the same algorithm that Google uses. It's the same kind of algorithm that services like Copyscape use.
So basically it picks up parts of the article that have a hard probability of being unique and then searches Google for that. So there is nothing out there that's a 100 percent, but we are pretty happy. If you do have any problems with it, please let us know and we can take a look at tweaking our algorithm.
Does The 3 Links In My Article Not Clash With 'First Link Priority'?
Anthony: OK. We'll keep going because there are quite a lot of questions. Does the free links in an article not clash with first link priority, so only one link in the body will count?
Eugene: Yeah, we actually produced a blog post a while ago about this idea of first link priority and that means that if you have got a web page out there and it has got three links through to the same web page, that Google will only count the first link.
So if you follow the steps in our quick start guide, where you use your three links to link to three different web pages, then that won't be a problem.
If you try to link those first three links to the same place, yes and you are essentially throwing away two of your links. So that's why we suggest that you use three links to three different places.
What PR Are The Article Directories?
Anthony: OK, that's a really important one to clear up. We've covered this but what are the PR of the article directories?
Eugene: There is a wide variety. I would say, when we've looked at where we are getting our links back from, from blog networks and article directories, you do occasionally get a really great link from PR5 site, but that's a really, really... There are probably very, very few directories that fully fall into that category.
It would probably be fair to say the majority of sites, just like the majority of sites on the Internet, are probably from page rank zero to page rank three, and so yeah.
Eugene: Again it is a level two link building product.
Where Should My Article Links Go?
Anthony: Thank you. Should links in articles link to my main site, or should they link to other web 2.0 sites or blogs and then have those links to my main site?
Anthony: OK, so I've got two answers for this. One is that I think when you are starting out, remember what I said before. Pick a really low competition phrase, target it, get the confidence that you know how to use the tools. You can get the rankings before looking at more advanced strategies.
Now, one of those more advanced strategies is linking out to web 2.0 sites or other blogs that link to your main site.
In general that's actually a really good idea because, particularly when you're using a lot of other link-building tools out there on the market there are issues. You might get links from dodgy places and things and you don't want to put your main money site at risk.
So in general, I think, when you're testing any kind of link-building tool that you probably shouldn't link to your main site. We're pretty confident with Article Samurai because we know where the network's come from, we know the people that run those networks that you tend to get links from good quality sites.
That being said though, if you do have any fear of that then certainly do indirect link building where you build to another site and then link that through. I think as a long-term strategy, as I said before, I think it's really important that you do build your own sites that you control, your own network of blogs which have high PR links. Then use them to link to whatever you want to rank.
Can I Spin Someone Else's Content?
Anthony: OK. All right. Is it possible to create new, unique content by spinning someone else's eZines, blogs?
I'll let Eugene have a quick drink and I might talk to that one quickly.
Basically no is the answer to this question and a very big no. I think, as we were talking about quality, you can't simply go to a website, copy someone else's content, put it into Article Samurai, spin it, and then consider that to be your unique content. That's absolutely something that we do not want to encourage.
And really, I think if we found that happening that would probably be an issue we'd need to address because that's definitely not what the tool was used for. I think you'd be breeching copyright. You'd be violating all sorts of rules and basically creating a lot of problems for yourself.
So if you've thought about doing this please don't. As we said before, the idea with Article Samurai is to write your best quality content and then use it to get it out there and distribute it widely to get more traffic and back links. But yeah, the simple answer to this is no and please don't do it.
Eugene: It just won't be accepted and you'll be kicked off the networks.
Can Article Samurai Promote Multiple Internet Assets?
Anthony: Yeah. All right. How best to use Article Samurai to promote multiple Internet assets like videos or blogs?
Eugene: Again, same answer. I think when you're starting out just try and do one thing. Don't try and do three things at once. That being said, if you do want to do three things at once you might want to use the three links that you get to promote three different assets like video or a website.
Me personally, I would probably suggest that if you want a video to rank then just do articles targeted at that specific video. If you want a website page to rank then do articles linking to that specific website and blog post. So focus is really the keyword in SEO. Don't spread your firepower - don't water it down by targeting three things; target one thing at a time.
So I am going to have some questions about videos, and again it will get you get three links so I would probably link to use the main link which is the main link which is in the resource box or links direct to your YouTube video for example.
If I had fellows doing video stuff, I would also embed that video in a blog post on my site. So I'll probably use a second link to link to a blog post on my site that actually had that video already embedded in it, make sure I have linked to it from that blog post itself.
And the third link, you could do it if you would want to do that; with that you can link it through to your YouTube profile page or you can link it through to one of your websites.
Can I Add Photos?
Anthony: OK. Will there be a way to add photos to the articles? We had this question a couple of times.
Eugene: Yeah. We do have the ability to do that with our syndication partners. We've disabled that at the moment. Might be something that we add in, in the future I guess.
I would have asked why you want to do that, unless you are running a specific article that made reference to pictures. Not all the places that we syndicate to have, for example, lot of article directories don't have the facility to add photos.
So one of the things we do in Article Samurai is we strip out things that can't be supported for each of the different networks. So if we work to enable stuff like photos, then you'd almost have to make sure that your article reads well without the photos being present.
Anthony: So we do the behind the scenes work of figuring out which directory support photos, but you might be limiting yourself.
Eugene: Yeah. So again the purpose of syndication is to get backlinks. So it is not necessary you want to put out your best content there but to get the widest syndication. Text articles get the widest syndication is the quick answer to that question.
Can I Download My Spun Articles?
Anthony: Can you use the spinning facility and then download articles for use on your own sites?
Eugene: Absolutely. Again it is your content, and you obviously want to maximize your use of that content. So within Article Samurai, you can actually export your article out to a flat HTML page and then from there you can copy and paste it into your blogs. So, yes.
Where's The Best Place To Get Articles Written?
Anthony: We have only got a few minutes left open for these prepared questions. So I am going to go into turbo mode. Best ways to get articles written.
Eugene: I would suggest oDesk.
How Can I Reduce My Review Time?
Anthony: How to reduce review time?
Eugene: I would watch the video that which is posted up about keyboard shortcuts.
How Many Users Does My License Allow?
Anthony: Yeah. How many uses does a license allow?
Eugene: Out of the box I think it has two. But if you ask very, very nicely at our help desk, we'll increase that to five.
What Is TheArticle Approval Time?
Anthony: All right, we'll keep going. How long does it take for an article to get approved?
Eugene: OK. How long does it take for an article to get approved, usually between 24 and 48 hours, however these people don't work on the weekends. So if you submit on Friday it might be Tuesday before it gets approved.
How To Use Majestic SEO?
Anthony: OK. How do you use Majestic SEO? That's a fairly big one.
Eugene: I think the quick answer is what's the rank tracker video that you're going to be sent today?
Will We Ever Be Able To Article Samurai "Purchase Outright?"?
Anthony: Will we ever be able to purchase outright versus rent, like we purchase Market Samurai?
Eugene: The quick answer is no. That's because we actually pay these article syndication networks per month. So interesting enough, like I said, out of the $97 if everyone used all their spins we would actually pay $80 a month to our syndication partners.
So because we're paying out partners on a monthly basis we can't offer a once-off payment; we'd love to, but we can't.
Are There Any Risks Associated With Using Article Samurai?
Anthony: Are there risks associated with using Article Samurai? For example, building too many links too fast.
Eugene: Quick answer, yes, there is. I think most people will not come up against those limits. The people that I've spoken to - I think Richard Cousins, spoke to him about this. He did a whole bunch of tests and it was only when he was getting into building thousands of links per day that he was having those kinds of issues. So most people should not run into that.
Anthony: So with article Samurai the basic level should be safe.
Eugene: Yeah, try not to submit more than 10 per day, probably, if you want to be really, really safe. It's only a risk really with a brand new website. As your website gets larger and larger and larger the risks go down because you're already established.
How Do I Know When I'm Likely To Reach Position No.1?
Anthony: How do I know when I'm likely to reach number one with a chosen keyword with Article Samurai and how do I interpret the competition battle?
Eugene: Yeah. That's a million dollar question. The best thing we would suggest is go through our training here in the Dojo, the Market Samurai training around keyword research and find keywords that meet the four golden rules.
And if you're starting it with a brand new website, find websites - when you do competition analysis pick low-competition competitors that are number one, say page rank three or less, maybe, with less than 500 links.
How Keyword Optimized Should My Article Be?
Anthony: How keyword optimized should the syndicated article be?
Eugene: It doesn't have to be optimized at all. The important thing about your articles is you don't need to get the keyword in the title or even in the body. You just need to get the keyword in your anchor text back to where you're linking to. So I'd try to make your articles relevant to your site, but don't worry about keyword optimization.
Article Samurai's Effectiveness In The Future...
Anthony: It's effectiveness and future development post Google Panda Update.
Eugene: I think I've already talked about this.
Duplicate Content Concerns
Anthony: OK. Duplicate content.
Eugene: Probably the quick answer is if you watch video number two, we talk about this duplicate content thing. The spinning that we do is sufficient to break those duplicate content filters.
Can You Speed Up The Current Article Approval Time?
Anthony: Can you speed up the current article approval time to less than 24 hours?
Eugene: Not really, because we're working with our partners and we don't actually do the approval. The partners do the approval and that's exactly why we limit it to 500 people because we wouldn't want to be a three-week approval time.
So we'll certainly work with service-level agreements with our partners to make that as quickly as possible, but it's not something that we can directly influence.
Anthony: Also, not much happens. The approval isn't really a good metric of what's happening because it is spread out over a period of 60 to 90 days.
Eugene: Yeah, two days and 60 days is not a big deal. But obviously putting a lot of time to make sure that you submit quality stuff up front means that you're not going to be slapped down for submitting poor quality content. So put your best foot forward.
How Can i Prevent People Removing My Links?
Anthony: What's to prevent the person using my article from taking my links out after it's submitted and approved?
Eugene: Nothing. Unfortunately, we don't get to control everywhere where the stuff goes, and some people do strip out the links. However, when we talked about the 150 links per article, that was taking all that into consideration. You will see a percentage of that stuff get stripped out. It's unfortunate but, at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter.
Anthony: All right. We might have to hold it there for the pre-prepared questions and go to the live questions. I might just switch over. We'll just put some headphones on so we can hear things, so give us a couple of minutes.
Eugene: All right. Let's pick one here by Davion, which is, "Could I be able to use more than one category per article?"
We actually do that. You only pick one category within Article Samurai. A lot of these, we actually take that category and map it to five or six other categories that are the most relevant for that particular category. So, you don't need to do that; we take all that out of there.
How do you know if the article has either been accepted or rejected?
Anthony: Well, basically you must monitor the status next to the article. Once you submit the article, it will go into a status of pending approval.
And once it's been approved by a human reviewer at the networks, it'll then go into either rejected or syndicating. Once that it's in syndicating, you know that it's been accepted and is then being distributed across the network.
Eugene: Yeah. So, quick answer is, go into Article Samurai, refresh your list of articles and you'll see the status there.
Should we put a copyright on our articles? No. Actually, it doesn't make a big difference. There's this big myth going out there that you need to write "copyright" on everything. By default, everything you put out there is copyright. Which is why, don't pull stuff from other people's websites.
Anthony: Do we read that one?
Eugene: Yeah. Someone submitted an article on the twenty-ninth of July and it's yet to be reviewed. What's the date today?
Eugene: Yeah, we have had a few problems and things with, as I said, just with the software and stuff, and some people did have some problems with getting stuff reviewed. If it still hasn't been reviewed, please shoot us a support ticket and we'll take a look at it and see if there's any problems in the back end for you.
Anthony: OK, and then...
Eugene: I think I've answered that, so, with that generator.
Anthony: Yeah. The question is, without naming names, how many directory networks and how many blog networks are part of Market Samurai? Are they all reputable and well-known networks?
Eugene: As I said, there's around 50,000 sites and, yeah, they're very high-quality networks.
Anthony: Thanks, Richard, for telling us the sound is good. [?] fine.
Eugene: Let's go down to the bottom because there might be some new ones down the bottom. Ah! OK, someone says they can't access any of the URLs that start with ArticleSamurai.com/C. That seems kind of weird. They're working with us.
Anthony: Do you want to just check one?
Eugene: Yeah. ArticleSamurai/SlaveResults. Yeah, so they're working for us. It might be something to do with you, a virus scanner or something like that. If you still have issues, submit a support ticket to us and we'll take a look.
Anthony: Do you want this one?
Anthony: Oh, good. I'll read the question. Can you synchronize Rank Tracker data between Article Samurai and Market Samurai if we have the same project in both?
Eugene: The quick answer is, the actual Article Samurai file format and the Market Samurai format are basically exactly the same. So if you just rename your Market Samurai file from whatever your keyword is dot MSam to dot ASam, you can then open it up in Article Samurai.
Anthony: Is my original article sacrificed as part of the spinning, or do I have it to use after the spinning?
Eugene: Yes, you'll lose the original article. Make sure you have a copy of it if you want the original article for any reason.
Anthony: I'm getting ping backs from the syndicated websites. Most of those websites are PR 0.
Eugene: Just a thing about that. As I said, the majority of links are going to be PR 0 to 3. The thing about page rank, too, is that page rank only gets updated three or four times a year.
So, when someone posts your article, a brand new article at any site, even if it was Wikipedia, would show up being a page rank 0 because the page rank hasn't been updated for, say, 90 days.
It's not a good idea of taking a look at the blog post to look at its page rank, but the page rank of, say, the home page would be a better indicator of the quality of the sites you're getting links from. That being said, it's a little too link building product. It's about leverage and context relevance and getting a large number of links.
Anthony: There's a good question here from Jackie Reiko. He says, "When it says "syndicated," does that mean the process has finished? One of mine was syndicated within about five days."
Eugene: There's actually a bit of a bug in there at the moment. The syndication actually happens over 60 days. There is a bug in the system which shows that it's finished syndication after five days, so we'll be fixing that. The quick answer is no, it happens over 60 days.
We'll be updating that so that that problem is fixed and syndicated will mean, yes, the syndication has finished.
Anthony: Irene MacDonald asks, "Why can't we use a business name instead of author name?"
Eugene: That's the requirement on our article syndication networks.
Anthony: Eric asks, "How long should it take for the links to be indexed on average?"
Eugene: It's the wrong question in terms of, the links will get drip fed over 60 days. Google will index them as quickly as Google can index them.
A question is probably more, when can you actually see the links being built to your website? Based on the Majestic Fresh Index, is that 14 days? Or how often do they update that index? Or was it 30 days?
Anthony: It's closer to shorter than that I think.
Eugene: Yeah. It might have been a week. Anyway, what does the rank tracker video, and the most important thing is how quickly will you actually see the links? So you use the rank tracker tool for that.
Anthony: It's a good question from Dee Dee who asks, "You don't require members to make your own websites part of the network that receives articles, do you? Like some other article submitters do."
Eugene: No. and that's probably a unique part of our network. They would very much like us to do that. But no, that's not a requirement.
Anthony: OK. Dee now asks, "You syndicate to 50,000+ sites, but we only get about 150 links per article. Why so few?
Eugene: Because the amount of syndication you get varies based on the categories that you submit to, and also, for example, some of these articles syndication networks will submit to 300 places per day, for example, and only a small percentage of them will actually man your review and actually enable that link to come through. So it's a range of those kinds of things.
That's what we're saying in some of our training videos. A lot of these other services out there that say, "Hey, we've got 5000 sites!" But if you're getting 150 links from 50,000 sites, how many links do you think you're going to get from a 5000 site network.
Anthony: OK. A good question from Eric, "Are there other features that you are considering adding in time? What would they be?"
Eugene: Well, we try to drive everything from our users, and that's really part of doing this webinar. So I think a lot of the questions that came through were, "Hey, we want to see our links!" So that's probably the next major feature that we're going to add into the service.
Anthony: Peter asks, "At the moment, all of my articles go into all my all of my projects. Is it possible to set up a project and keep articles in just that project?
Eugene: That's something that we've had a lot of people ask questions about too, so that might be something that we support going forward.
Anthony: At the moment, they're all in one. You have one project, or one account.
Eugene: Yeah, so it doesn't matter what. Which is a good perspective from if you're using outsourcers because if you give them your details, then outsourcers get access to all your articles as well. That also helps to review the articles.
So if your outsourcers are submitting them, you can just log into your application of Article Samurai on your computer and you'll be able to see what they have, what they've been syndicating, what they're actually doing, and whether or not things are actually getting knocked back.
It means that you'll receive emails if your outsourcers are submitting articles and they're not getting accepted, you'll receive the emails notifying you of the case that they're not getting accepted.
Anthony: Steve asks, "Do you have a video of the perfect article to follow its form?" We don't at the moment, Steve, but maybe that's something we can look at is a description of articles formats and things for future trend video peps.
Dave asks, "Could we be able to use more than one category per article?" I think we've talked about that.
Eugene: We answered that one, yeah. We actually do.
Anthony: And I think we're back to the ones that we've already done.
Eugene: OK. Scroll down to the bottom, maybe. There could be some new ones. It's not a particularly great interface.
Anthony: [laughs] Can we reuse a span article and merely choose a new category?
Eugene: The quick answer is no, because some of the article directories we use do allow you to resubmit after a while, and some don't. So because we provide a single interface, we don't allow people to do that. And again, to get the maximum amount of syndication, we'd recommend submitting unique content each time.
What Is The Category Page?
Anthony: OK. Marika asks, "In the training video, it says to link the body link to the category page. What is the category page? I use WordPress; I know how to assign categories, but not a page.
Eugene: OK. So I wonder if this person doesn't run a blog at the moment. So this is Karen's blog. So here she's got a post about Article Samurai.
Select The Category Page From The Sidebar
Down the side here, she has assigned a blog post to a particular category. So refresh... The website's pretty slow.
So for example here, there's this page/category/category name that contains a list of all the blog posts that have been submitted to that specific category, and that Article Samurai blog was in there.
So generally when you post to WordPress it will ask you to select a category, and each of those categories will have a specific page. And that's what a category page is.
Anthony: So you put the URL of the category page in as your link. (1)
Anthony: OK. Marika asked, "What is the URL that you use?"
So, on the screen at the moment Marika, you can see that this category page (2) which contains all the posts relating to generating MLM leads has a unique URL up here. And that's the URL of the category page.
Eugene: Yeah. So if we were trying to build links to Karen's post, obviously we'd link to the URL of her post (3) in one of the links, and then we'd use this URL, the URL of the major category (1) that that post was submitted to on your blog.
Anthony: OK. "Do you suggest getting an article written and posting it to your blog, and then doing a submission to Article Samurai with a spin version?"
Eugene: This is, just quickly, one of these kinds of myths that it's generally better to actually write a separate piece of content on your site and syndicate different content, but we've actually tested it, and it doesn't seem to make much of a difference.
In a lot of our tests, we have actually published the article first to our blog, a unique version of that, and then used that same version for syndication. And I think that's a much more sustainable way of going about content creation. And it does work.
Anthony: Alright. We're going to have to call it to an end there. We're coming up to one PM here in Melbourne, so that's out hour done. We've got through quite a lot of questions.
I'd just like to thank everyone for coming on to the call and for being a part of the webinar. If we get good feedback, we might try and do this again sometime. And just look out for the new training that will be coming out in the next couple of days. So thanks everyone and we'll see you again soon.