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If you own a copy of Market Samurai and / or are subscribed to their newsletter, chances are that you have received over the last weeks a series of well made sales pitches. Today I received the email with the details of their new product ‘Article Samurai’, including the price. Before you even think of buying it, I would strongly suggest that you read not only this blog post, but also the comments left on the last Article Samurai video! Here a summary what is published so far and my, not so humble, opinion about their latest offering.
First let me make clear that I love Market Samurai to bits and use it extensively (for some of my previous blog posts regarding this genial piece of software see the following >>>link<<<) And until now I had a high opinion of the guys that developed it. They seemed to me to be some of the few good guys in the ocean full of sharks that is called ‘Internet Marketing’. But this has changed, read on to see why.
Here the promised summary and opinions
Video One (link) is called ‘Behind the Scenes’. It basically gives an insight in how big SEO companies, that have a lot of money and man power, work. Interesting, but nothing valuable for the average Joe or Jane in it. But it explains article syndication rather nicely, soon you will understand why ;-( When you watched, note what the ‘big SEO guys’ understand under article syndication and compare it to what Article Samurai is supposed to do. And as an added bonus here a video ‘from the horse’s mouth’ regarding the value, or lack thereof, low quality article syndication.
My opinion about the type of article syndication Article Samurai offers is that it compares in nothing to what ‘real’ SEO companies do that use article syndication as part of their overall strategy.
Since Panda, content farms like eZine and the like have taken a big hit in the SERPentines meaning syndicating articles via them is in the best of cases useless and in the worst of cases can even damage your site’s reputation in the eyes of the search engines. Article Samurai doesn’t specify to which directories the articles are send, only that it is ‘one of the largest networks in the world’, but it will not take long until this network is exposed by some ‘search savvy’ user! Or by Google itself … Finding the footprint will be as easy as becoming a member, submitting some articles and waiting for them to be indexed and searching for them.
On the other hand, the real good SEO tip in this video is to use PPC advertising to test how your site would perform, and convert!, when it would end up naturally on the top spot in Google. That tip is a keeper, and given for free ;-
Video Two (link) is called ‘The 5-Step System’ and gives a nice introduction about what SEO and internet marketing actually are. If you are a beginner to the game, this might well be worth watching. The bad point is that it promotes content spinning as a viable way to create more content for back link articles – without mentioning that this again is frowned upon by the search engines and considered to be ‘Black Hat SEO’. And the recommended size of the articles is 300 words. Combine the two together and you will understand why people already have started to call this software — Article Spamurai!
Again, there is a good tip hidden in the video, the one about how to choose and vary your anchor text, but it misses the point that a bunch of super-perfect optimized anchor text can also raise the eye brows of the search engines, or a red warning flag if you prefer. Having the odd ‘click here’ and even nofollow link in your back link profile makes it look far more natural than only perfect links!
The next thing that is explained nicely is what the so-called ‘duplicate content penalty’ actually means, it is more correctly a duplicate content filter for the search results, but for practical reasons, that is pretty much the same, as the ultimate goal is to rank in the search engines.
Video Three (link), ‘Large Scale Backlinking’ is the video that really got my back up, here is why:
The Product and Price Relation of Article Samurai
Here is what you get for your money:
A standalone software, with some of the usual Market Samurai modules included, that allows you to do keyword research, write (yes, you still have to write them!) and spin your article, submit it to the network and track it’s fate in the SERPentines. That’s all, but it will cost you at least $97 / month !!!
If you own already Market Samurai, and you need it to get the lower price, this is very little added extra benefit for such a hefty subscription fee. The guys at Article / Noble Samurai justify it by saying that they also have to pay for access to the distribution network and for the spinning software. And here comes the next catch, whilst you can submit as many articles as you want, you only get 50 ‘spinning credits’ per month. That means you can only spin maximal 50 articles per month automatically, if you want to do more you have to buy more credits (price not specified). Buy the way, the spinning software used is from contentboss.com, a site that has received very mixed reviews in the past from the IM community.
The final price structure looks like this:
- $97 / month for the first 500 takers, with the 200 beta testers having precedence over anybody else.
They ‘say’ that then the launch will be closed in order to see how all works under full work load, the spinning, the software and the syndication. Honestly, if I would pay that amount of money per month, I would expect that it works under whatever work load. Later they seem to plan to sell the program for:
- $127 / month for those that already own Market Samurai.
$197 month for non MS owners. As Market Samurai is only a one time payment of $97 it seems to me very cheeky to charge an extra $70 / month for it. If you really want to buy Article Samurai one day, what I don’t recommend, I do suggest that you buy Market Samurai first to save money. And yes, Market Samurai I do recommend, here my >>>Happy Market Samurai Affi Link<<< 😉
In summary, a lot of the content in the videos is good – some is not and the product offered is overpriced. What you can learn from the whole thing is how to launch a new product AND how to cash in on your good online reputation:
- Find a problem that needs solving.
- Develop a solution, real or perceived, to that problem.
- Heighten expectations about this solution with marketing strategies.
- Give a lot of good, free information about things surrounding the problem with stressing the fact that only your solution is the best way to solve it.
- Create scarcity and hype by offering only a limited amount of spaces / products and mention casually that the price will rise later.
- Oh, yes, and hire and pay for the best copy writer you can afford!
Then you might get the following reaction “Wow, whatever it is you guys are selling at the end of the videos, I am buying it!” (written by on of the commentators on their video blog)
By all means, read the emails and listen to the videos, try to learn how they structured everything and observe the excellent copy writing skills shown, but bear in mind what another commentator wrote and don’t drag everything out too long,
“Market Samurai is a great product. You guys really didn’t need to go to these lengths to push your new product. I’d have bought into it just on the basis of how good Market Samurai is. Now I’m not so sure… “
As for if it works, analyze the ‘success stories’ in the third video for yourself, or look in the comment section for what have others discovered – it looks bad!
Recommended Article Samurai Alternatives
For beginners the best one would be to join >>>The Keyword Academy<<<. The first 30 days are free, the monthly subscription is considerably lower (less than 50% of Article Samurai) and they do have a guest posting system what you can use to publish articles on related sites that YOU choose. They also give you a pretty good grounding in Internet Marketing, SEO etc, without the hype. If you make the most out of your free 30 days, you will have learned a lot, amongst it how to distinguish b***s from good stuff.
If you are an experienced internet marketer than the words ‘syndicating spun content to get back links’ will hopefully raise warning flags with you. The times for this are over guys! This way of Black Hat SEO is a continuous uphill battle that the search engines are getting better and better at winning. Why don’t you try something new?
For example >>>Keyword Strategy<<< (
no affi program, *sigh*, bad boys Now that they have one, link changed to affi link, a woman has to live;-)). A system, and tool, that focuses on finding the best longtail keywords for your site, automates internal linking and tracks your rank in the search engines, all without the need of building one single back link, just by finally writing great content that is actually useful to a human reader! And the best thing is you can set up two projects for 30 days without any costs involved, just an email address is needed. If you are looking to get out of the treadmill of writing articles for back links and want to concentrate on building up your own site, this is the way to go. BTW, the creator of Keyword Strategy is the same guy that runs Universe Today, which receives an average of ‘only’ 60,000 visitors — per day! I think this guy knows something about internet marketing that is worth listening to, such as >>>The Importance of Internal Links in SEO<<<.
If you insist on back link building, I suggest outsourcing content writing, or doing it yourself, and concentrating on publishing it on sites that have a high authority in Google and are relevant to your own niche and market. One such link will be worth more than 1,000 low quality links from content farms. You don’t need a zillion links to rank, you just need a few of the right ones!
Or you could get really creative and do something along the lines of
Whilst not many of us have enough money for such an extensive campaign, try to see and think outside the typical IM box and find a new and fresh way to promote your website. Don’t rely on spun article syndication for this – Article Spamurai is bad for you, simples 😉
Here one of my favorite videos from the early days of the campaign and if somebody can tell me who designed this SEO and SMO masterpiece, I would love to interview them for this blog!
Famous Last Words
I would have loved to leave a comment on the video blog on Noble / Article Samurai itself, but I bluntly refuse to give everybody and anybody access to my Facebook account and details and there is no way to leave a comment there without doing so, really bad form!
On the other hand, you can leave here a comment, so tell me what you think:
Article Samurai or Spamurai? Is article syndicating in an automated form still working or is it time to say ‘Adios’ to it? Looking forward to the discussion, take care, SY
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