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Why You Should Not Republish Articles to Other Writing Sites

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.

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31 Responses to “Why You Should Not Republish Articles to Other Writing Sites”
  • theSVK
    September 27th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    i had not thought of these things being the newbie that i am. thanks martie for opening my eyes. i have so far republished a few of my triond articles elsewhere. Shall definitely put serious thought next time i republish. liked it

  • Guy Hogan
    September 27th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I could not agree more with everything in this article. This is why Triond is the only site I write for. One thing you didn’t mention is that the search engines know when an article has been re-published, too.

    In the long run, and I’m in this for the long run, a steady flow of original content is the best way to build an online writing career.

  • Marie Antoinette
    September 27th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I totally agree. I write different articles for different sites, and I use my Blog to advertise those articles, on ocassion. But even my Blog content, I keep different. I like to keep my pen, in this case my keyboard, fresh!

  • phlybynight
    September 27th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Insightful. Thanks. I am new to this and just submitted my first article on Triond, so quite unfamiliar with all the sites, pitfalls, secrets,

  • Joe Dorish
    September 27th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Good points Martie. Think it’s OK sometimes to republish but I would not make a habit of it.

  • Sourav
    September 27th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Good points… A food for thought.

  • agriculi
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    It takes a lot of time to create new material. I’ve been on other sites as well, but it doesn’t pay off. I think it’s better to stay with one site in this case Triond.

  • PR Mace
    September 27th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I had not thought about this since I only write for one site. Thank you, Martie you put out the best information and you can tell it comes from your heart and you just want to help others. What a fine person you are, I am proud you are my Triond friend.

  • William Ballard
    September 27th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Very good advice

  • Ruby Hawk
    September 27th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I see your point and tend to agree with you.

  • WriteEditSeek
    September 27th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Excellent points, Martie. I’ve often wondered about republishing material, but I haven’t for the exact reasons you outlined.

  • Littlekid137
    September 27th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Good point. I am a full blown Triond writer, and I deem myself pretty succesfull at it. I actually got one of my own articles forwarded to me via email without that person even knowing it was mine :) boy were they suprised

  • teddybear55
    September 27th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you so much for the tips. There have been others who have made suggestions to try other publishing websites. It hasn’t worked much for me anyway. The only one that keeps working and working for me is Triond. Thank you for writing your article. I liked it very much and enjoyed reading it.

  • Penggaroo
    September 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for the info Martie. I don’t write for other writing sites, anyway.

  • Jennifer Marre
    September 27th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    That makes sense. I thought about republishing my work on other sites, but I didn’t like the other site I tried anyway.

  • Christine Ramsay
    September 28th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I did not realise this. I think I will just stick with writing for Triond. Thank you for the information. Well done.


  • catlord
    September 28th, 2009 at 7:47 am

    In syndication, an author’s work is ‘republished’ all the time; you have only to pick a newspaper from any major city anywhere in the country to see that “PEANUTS” or “DILBERT” or “CALVIN & HOBBES” appear exactly (or almost verbatim) in every paper. This is ‘republishing’ for a venue market. I have even seen cartoons biased for the country in which it appears (a Veteran’s Day comic in the State would feature the characters and a U.S. flag, while the exactly same cartoon comic in Canada uses the Canadian Flag instead, etc.)

    The same thing occurs with content-based Op/Ed articles as well. Associated Press articles are run in different venues, -the same news.

    As for Google rankings; according to WebProNews, Google does NOT penalize an article for having found it on different sites, -even though this is typically how spam is served. Google cannot/will delineate potential ‘good content’ as ‘bad’ just because it finds it on another host.

    Republishing (or syndication, if you prefer that word instead) may reduce your earnings on ONE site, but make up for it on another and increase your presence.

    Its a matter of choice really, but I’d rather see this than have a years-old Triond article re-Stumbled. That seems more ’spammy’ to me.. :-\

    Great article this one, should get many views. :-)

  • martie
    September 28th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    There are times republishing can work. All I am saying is that for writers trying to establish themselves, it can hurt them. Established writers are all together different.

    Also republishing on a couple of sites is far different than republishing on all the writing sites. Especially if you are trying to build a reader base.

  • Goodselfme
    September 28th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    TX for your ideas in this interesting area.

  • Sasha Brown
    September 28th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I never thought of that. Thanks!

  • Allison West
    September 28th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I have to agree w/Stickman. In my opinion, selective republishing of my Triond articles has helped me earn more money. I have almost 50 articles on Triond, and almost 170 on Associated Content. I republish almost all my Triond work on AC, and it hasn’t hurt me one bit. Of course, I have lots of original content on AC as well as the Triond articles.

    My earnings have steadily increased in the two years I’ve been writing online. If I just relied on my Triond earnings, I’d be a starving writer. ;) But I’m making more money than ever. I think that sometimes writing online we are paid really low rates, and being able to republish our work (to one or two other sites) is a right I take full advantage of! Just my two cents, great article!

  • Jenny Heart
    September 29th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Another great one for your writing site. Like it!

  • speckledlily
    September 30th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Not only those that you mentioned, martie… Other writing sites will delete your account if they found out that your article is a duplicate. And sad to say, I had experienced it in one writing site

  • chitragopi
    September 30th, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Useful article for the ones like me who do not know the rules of republishing

  • R.B. Parsley
    October 1st, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I don’t think republishing an article on different sites is a good idea. I much rather write fresh content for each site than I would presenting the same article to different sites. But for now, I write for only Triond. Excellent article, Martie.


  • gramps
    June 10th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Thank you thestickman and Allison West. It’s easy to join the band wagon or lynch mob as it were. Some of you are new to the Internet and writing articles. Please read thestickman and Allison West again and do some research. There are numerous articles about using 4 or 5 sites to submit your’re republished articles and making considerable earnings because of the different audiences. Remeber what thestickman said and if you write a great article you’ll see it on a number of sites. That’s how they make their money; lots of it. Lastly, people commending the writer with a very words are often doing it as friends, fans, etc.
    Thank you for the great article!

  • Teresa Schultz
    September 4th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve only very recently started republishing a few of my articles. Before I did that, I would only write and publish completely original articles on only one site. Whichever site I added an article to, would be the only site that had that article of mine – other than if anybody just comes along and copies it for their own online use, of course.

    I’ve just checked through the terms and conditions of Triond again, and then also went to check some answered questions in the help section of Triond. I see that original articles published here at Triond can be republished elsewhere once they’re first live here. This is good to know.

    I’ve recently joined Factoidz, and after an article has been live there for 3 days, writers can republish their article elsewhere. I have republished some to Constant Content where I offer them for sale with usage rights only. One of these articles I republished on my own blog too.

    I think it’s okay to republish once in a while, as long as it’s not on too many sites. It’s nice to know that one can make money from the same article – often in different ways on the different sites.

    On Factoidz I earn from pageviews and from my activity on the site.

    On Constant Content I earn from sales of my articles, and can keep reselling the same article over and over again if I offer usage rights only.

    On my own blog I can earn from clicks on my Adsense ads.

    Done in moderation, and with a view to earning from each publication differently, I think republishing is a good idea.

    A good article, Martie. Thought-provoking.

  • Infobitz
    September 18th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    republishing articles to other site fine if you are promoting new site. however, if you are promoting or building a name as an author, it would be best to have it in single site.

  • Tiggerfan
    November 24th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the information, I thought exactly the same as you, certainly for a Google ranking point of view, duplicate articles will fair lower in rank than unique ones, and in many cases get de-listed altogether.
    However, there are many publishers who disagree, I have read through many articles on several sites that all say that republishing works fine. what we need is actual experiences of people who have had success or more to the point any who have been penalised for doing it.

  • Todd Hicks
    April 20th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I learned something new

  • Tiffany J L Alfonso
    June 7th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    My recent stint was posting a pillar article on Associated Content. It’s one on what people do when rich. They dismissed it as a blog post and I was ruffled by them. Blame Panda and the new TOS they rolled out due to it. Reading this article made my memory resurface and I learned that whatever I wrote on Triond stays on Triond. Thanks fro writing this.

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