Q: How do I check to see where my articles have been published once I submit them using an article submission service? They say they submitted them but don’t provide the links to the articles.
A: If you use an article submission service, and there are several good ones out there, one thing that they sometimes drop the ball on is proving where your articles have truly been submitted to AND published. This is not always their fault. Sometimes…
1. The article directory is slow and doesn’t review articles in a timely fashion
2. The article directory didn’t have the appropriate category for your article so it didn’t publish it
3. The article directory is no longer accepting submission and hasn’t notified your submission service
So the best way to check if your articles have been published is to do a simple Google or Yahoo search. That’s right – old school!
Type the title of your article and enclose it in quotes: “Title Of Article” in the search box. Return and see what your results are. If you articles were accepted and published in a high-quality directory, you should see your article on the first page or two.
Move through the next few pages to check and see if there are any other results as well. It may be that your article will show in lower ranked article directories’ deeper in the results.
If you submitted the identical article to several directories, then it may be that your article was indeed accepted and published but several of the links fell into the Google Sandbox because they were read as unimportant duplicate content.
This is called “filtering” but you will hear many call it a Google “penalty”. Whichever, you are not being banned by the search engines — it’s just that your duplicate articles are being filtered out of search results.
That’s why it may make more sense to submit unique versions of the same article so you do not fall into this filter, or else what’s the point right?