Article and E-book Reprint Strategy By Karen Cioffi

Article and E-book Reprint Strategy
By Karen Cioffi

While it seems most writers don’t allow their articles/posts to be reprinted by others, I have come across a couple of writers/marketers who generously do allow this practice. They allow their posts to be reprinted by other writers to be used on their blogs or in their FREE newsletter. Obviously, anything being offered to reprint should never be reprinted in something you are selling, such as an e-book or report.

I’m surprised that more writers don’t take advantage of this reprint strategy. The benefits seem obvious – let’s look at four of them.

Four Benefits of Allowing Reprints

1.You have written something that someone else views as valuable.
2.You increase your visibility.
3.You increase traffic back to your site.
4.You never know who will see that article/post or where it will end up.

What About Giving Your E-books Away?

I have also seen this reprint practice utilized with e-books, and it peaked my interest. These informational e-books plainly state, in the beginning of the content, that readers may freely pass it along. This technique generates additional visibility and is a great promotional tool and marketing opportunity.

In fact, I recently started taking advantage of this practice with one of my e-books. All the writer needs to do is request permission to offer my e-book as a freebie on their site.
Yes, at present I require permission, but that may change as I begin to write more e-books.

Word of Caution Here

Please remember, it’s essential, when taking advantage of a writer’s reprint offer, to always keep the article or e-book intact. Be sure to use the author’s byline and any other text and links that they have as part of the bargain. It’s a win-win situation: the author increases his visibility and you get an article to use on your blog or in your newsletter, or you get a free e-book to offer on your site.

Drawback to Using Reprints or Offering Them

Obviously, there are a couple of circumstances in which offering or using reprints isn’t advisable, such as: you wrote the article specifically for a magazine or ezine and publishing elsewhere is restricted, or you may not want to use an article with a byline that will send your reader to a site that offers the same services you do (a competitor’s site). But, all-in-all, this is a practical marketing plan.

Why not utilize this practice. It will be a supplemental tool to be used along with your ezine article marketing. These two strategies combined will certainly generate and increase visibility and traffic back to your site.


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21 thoughts on “Article and E-book Reprint Strategy By Karen Cioffi

  1. Administrator Post author

    Karen, thanks for being a guest on my blog today. You’ve given me a lot to think about, especially in regards to ebooks. I’ve never made up one of my own — at least not yet.



  2. Nancy Famolari

    Very interesting ideas about giving away ebooks or using reprints. I think Karen’s ideas have a great deal of merit. Part of the game is simply getting your name out and building a readership.


  3. Darcía Helle

    Great article, Karen! I agree that allowing others to reprint your work is sometimes a good strategy. As long as the work remains intact, and the author’s name is included, it can be a great way to get noticed.


  4. Karen Cioffi

    My apologies, Peggy. I don’t know why I referenced Nancy…getting old I guess.

    Thank you, PEGGY, for hosting me. I do appreciate it!

    And, thanks again to All, your kind comments are also appreciated!


  5. Margaret Tanner

    Hi Karen,
    Great article, I agree with you. I wouldn’t mind people using my articles as long as I received some acknowledgement for it. Unfortunately, I have heard of people who post some-one else’s article with no acknowledgement to the author whatsoever. Worse still, I have heard of cases when the person claims the article as their own. Pretty unethical, and I am sure in the minority, but it obviously must happen. Great idea about offering the e-books at other writers” sites.



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