While you may think that republishing articles to several writing sites helps increase your income, in the end it can actually hurt your earning potential and your reputation as a writer.
Many writers who are trying to make it in the on line writing world, write articles for several different sites. Writing for 2, 3, 5 sites or more can be both fun and challenging. It can give you an opportunity to drastically increase your writing income, give you wider range of readers, and allow you to spread your writing wings.
One mistake writers often make when writing for several sites, is publishing the exact same articles on multiple sites. While occasionally, republishing an old article on a new site makes sense, doing it consistently can end up hurting you in the long run.
Here are just a few reasons why it is not a good idea to consistently publish the same content over and over.
Republishing Can Lower Your Following on New Sites
Let’s face it at least 20% or more of our readers on any one site come from other writers on that site. This is not a bad thing, it is actually good for all concerned. However, since many writers have chosen to write on multiple sites they tend to look for other writer’s they know to add to their friends list and to view their work.
If you publish the same article on every site, these other writers will be less liable to read your work on a new site. No one wants to read the same article 5 or 6 times no matter how good it is.
Since serious followers are the backbone of any writer’s income base, you don’t want to break that backbone by boring these readers.
Republishing Can Hurt your Overall Views
For writers who post their links to all their writing websites on their profiles, you can gain a great following from other writers even if they don’t write for that particular site. If someone really likes your work on one site they are often interested enough to read other articles you have written.
Imagine their disappointment when they click onto your work on a new site just to find that it is regurgitated from a previous site. They won’t find your work quite so appealing if there are few new articles to grab their interest.
Republishing Can Hurt Your Chances of Getting Higher Paid Work
If you have been looking into some of the freelance writing opportunities you will have noticed that most people hiring freelancers ask for a list of sites you have published on. When they see that you have republished article after article instead of writing fresh content they lose interest pretty quickly.
These employers are often looking for people who can put out huge content in exchange for higher pay, they certainly will not be impressed with you if you cannot show them that you are capable of producing large amounts of quality content.
There are occasions where republishing an article can work to your advantage. One occasion may be if you can add new information to article and therefore make it more comprehensive and a better article. When you do this, you should give your article a new name that suitably explains the new information you are providing.
Occasionally if an article has done poorly on one site republishing it to a site that it is a better fit for will increase your views on that article. As long as you don’t do this consistently then republishing is beneficial to both you and your readers.
The simple truth is there is a whole world of ideas out there for the writer to write about without republishing your old articles. New articles and fresh ideas will give you a better reputation, increase your overall views, and in the end earn you far more income than placing the same old articles on all the writing sites.