Increase your audience with content syndication

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You work hard to create high-quality content, so it’s only natural that you’d want it to be seen by as wide an audience as possible.

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There are numerous content marketing techniques out there to expand a publisher’s reach and improve affiliate conversion rates accordingly. One strategy growing in strength is content syndication. Here’s how it works and what you need to know before signing up for any content syndication service. 

What is content syndication? 

Content syndication takes a piece of existing content and republishes it on a third-party website for greater reach. Whether you’ve written a blog or made a YouTube video, your content can be seen by a wider audience through syndication. It’s beneficial not only for the creator, who gains exposure, but also for the third-party website, which gains content and views. With greater exposure comes an increase in click-throughs – and with increased authority as an author, your readers are more likely to trust any affiliate links posted within your syndicated content. 

There are several types of content syndication tools and channels to consider.  

  • You can contribute your piece to a content syndicating website. 
  • You can republish your own content on a site like Medium.  
  • You can syndicate another party’s content on your own website. 

Content syndication vs content repurposing 

While content syndication involves republishing a piece on a third-party website, content repurposing changes the piece. The writer uses the original content as a jumping-off point or guide, repurposing its contents into a new piece of content. For example, you could repurpose an original blog post into video content or an email campaign. 

Content syndication vs guest blogging 

Guest blogging is also different from content syndication. A guest blogger creates fresh content, whether visual or written, specifically designed for the website they’ll be published on. The content must be completely original rather than republished or repurposed. 

Advantages of content syndication 

Why should you consider syndicating content? There are several benefits both in terms of brand awareness and lead generation.  

  • Build brand awareness: Syndicating content gets your name out there which is particularly useful when starting out. You can build your reputation and forge new affiliate partnerships by getting as many eyes on your content as possible.  
  • Drive website traffic: Use a syndicated content SEO strategy to place links directing back to your blog, website, and social media profiles. Research in-demand keywords that align with your affiliate offers for more clicks and conversions.  
  • Monetary incentives: Publishers with a higher volume of followers have more opportunities to monetize their blog through affiliate marketing. You’ll attract the attention of advertisers by growing your following and brand profile. 
  • Improve authority: Syndicating your work on high-profile websites like Medium or Forbes not only drives up traffic and subscribers, but it also helps build your authority. This translates to higher commissions since readers will trust the links posted. 
  • Online presence: Most affiliate marketers focus on their own blog but using content syndication allows you to market your offers elsewhere – on multiple websites.   

Syndication vs duplicate content 

While a syndicated content SEO strategy can drive traffic to your website, what does this mean for Google’s policy regarding duplicate content? Google’s algorithm penalizes websites that duplicate content and rewards originality.  

However, Google distinguishes between duplicate and syndicated content. You must include a link back to the original piece of work, allowing Google to recognize the piece as syndicated. Another option is to use the ‘noindex’ meta tag ensuring that the two pieces don’t compete in search engines. Here are a few additional ways to avoid the duplicate content trap: 

  • Rewrite a few of the primary portions of the content. 
  • Change the headline and metadata. 
  • Change the primary image. 
  • Leave a gap in time between publishing the original and syndicated content. 

It’s worth considering a content syndication service that will take care of these issues for you to ensure you’re complying with the latest duplicate content rules. You should also take care with posting affiliate links within the syndicated content. Be sure that they follow the advertising guidelines of each network. 

 How to formulate a content syndication strategy 

Now that we’ve discussed its numerous benefits, how can you get started as an affiliate publisher? The first step is to write the original content or choose a piece from your blog that you would like to syndicate. When writing or choosing content, look for articles that are expertly written with plenty of audience appeal. 

The next step is to find partners for syndication. You’ll have your choice between free and paid partnerships.  

  1. Free content syndication partnerships 

There’s often no need to pay for syndication; the use of your content should be payment enough for many third-party websites. The question is, how do you find these sites? With this type of strategy, you can search Google with keywords such as: 

  • originally published in 
  • republished with permission 
  • originally appeared on 

Search these terms to find sites that regularly publish syndicated content. Read the publication carefully to get a feel for its tone of voice and audience before sending your pitch to the appropriate editor. Does it have an audience that would appreciate your affiliate offers? 

  1. Paid content syndication platforms

If the type of research above sounds like too much effort, you can use paid content syndication tools like Outbrain to place your content with a publication that aligns with your affiliate niche. For example, journalism-focussed websites like Forbes and the Guardian use these content syndication platforms to source articles. A paid syndication service works similarly to a service like Facebook ads. When you sign up, you can select the appropriate objectives, budget, and target audience. 

  1. Self-syndication outlets

Apart from pitching websites and paying for publishing, there is a third DIY option. Many content creators choose to save money by self-publishing on social media platforms and sites like LinkedIn or Reddit. Medium is a popular outlet for content syndication, allowing publishers to grow their reach on a heavily trafficked site. It’s user-friendly as well. You simply import your story to the platform, including a canonical link back to your original piece. 

The bottom line 

Perhaps the most important thing to remember with syndication, as with any content, is that quality matters. Don’t forget to link back to your original piece, not only to avoid content duplication penalties but also to benefit from a wider audience.  

Page views equate to revenue for publishers. With more eyes on your work, you’ll stand a better chance of monetizing your original blog through affiliate marketing. Our publisher tools can help you track visitors and create more effective affiliate partnerships. You’ll also be able to build your own brand through authority, while gaining followers along the way. 

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