Granular PT – Cathartic
I confess I’ve not been that much of a fan of article syndication the last couple of years. Apart for reputation management exercises and for a bit of PR for smaller sites, I’ve learned to live without it. I still think the place for your articles should be on your own blog, on the whole, to attract traffic and links.
But I’ve always found article syndication useful for finding the odd trusted site willing to link to your content, albeit on a more trusted domain than your own.
Tracking Article Syndication Efforts For Trusted Backlinks
I once wrote an article that had a signature link back to my site, and while testing how well it had penetrated the SERPS and in how many instances, there was one trusted domain with the content republished, and THAT had attracted a link from a then PR 9 page on a very old trusted site.
Bonus! I immediately contacted the PR 9 (page) site owners and asked them to link to the original source of the article, on my site, and they did – which was nice. I also found another couple of sites that were willing to link to that kind of content for future reference.
The article wasn’t even published on my site at that time :) ….. until I saw that link from the PR 9 site of course. Threw it up, as soon as it was in Google, I contacted the site owners.
Easiest PR 9 link I ever bagged, back in the day ;)
Of course, it wasn’t the Google PR I was interested in. I knew it wouldn’t be anchor-text juicy either, but it could have been, and was, I think, a link to help Google trust in my site that little bit more. And if Google trusts you’re site, you can rank for anything.