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Scribd - A Google favorite
« on: October 06, 2009, 06:53:51 PM »
Hi Folks

Valpubs here.

I'm going to try and help your site increase its link popularity. The more other sites that link to your site, the higher your site's link popularity goes and that means that you'll have a higher search rank and therefore get more visitors to your site. As I'm sure most of you know some of the easiest sites to get links from to point to your site are Social Media type of sites. Social Media sites are just generally sites where you can talk to other people, some sites allow you to post articles, documents and/or videos.

The site that I'm going to look at today is Scribd. (www.scribd.com) It allows you to post documents on their site. So what you'll need before you can get started is to have an article ready to use that you've written about your main keyword or key phrase. We're going to take that article and put it into Scribd, and that article needs to actually use your main Keyword in it - it also needs to have that main Keyword linked to your site, so let's go right on over to Scribd and I'll show you exactly how to do it.

The first step with Scribd - just like any of these sites that you build links on - is to create an account.
So,  go to the bottom of the Home page, where it says Sign Up and enter in an Email Address, a Password and a Username - I suggest for your Username that you choose your main keyword if it is available, to create even more keyword relevancy on the page. Then click the Sign Up button.

You'll be brought to a page where you can find friends that they suggest and add them to your account, but you can go ahead and skip that - you don't need to do it right now. Next you'll be brought to a page where you can import contacts from your email account. You don't need to do that either and you can press the Skip button.

Now you've reached your 'Profile' page. You'll want to update your Profile, so click on the 'Account' tab in the links along the top of the page and then click on the Profile tab. Here you'll be able to enter in your personal information. You don't have to enter in any of these things that you're not comfortable with, but if you have a pseudonym or if you're comfortable using your real name and gender, go ahead and put those in.
Now the most important thing here is that you add your website, as that will create another link from Scribd to your own site, and then click Save. (I'd suggest that you do the same with each one of your profiles on your Web2.0 site/s of choice as you want as many links as you can get for your own site/s.)

Now you're ready to upload your article, so click on the 'Upload button' at the top of the page. You'll need to have a document with your article ready. An easy way to create a Word document is to create your article in Google Docs and then, if you go to the 'File' tab you'll see the "Download As Word" option. This will create a .doc file on your computer. Just remember whereabouts on your computer you saved it to!

In your document on Google Docs ensure that you've got your main keyword in your article set up as a link to your website. You need to ensure that the keyword is the 'anchor text' for the link as this ensures that Google will use that keyword to rank with.

Now scoot back over to Scribd. Choose the file you want to upload (that's the .doc file you created from Google Docs). Follow the wizard through the process ensuring that the title of the document is correct, you've read the terms of service and that it is your own work, then click 'Upload Docs'

OK it's going to go through the process of actually uploading your file to the Scribd server and then you'll be changing a couple of the things here.

Once your document is uploaded you are taken to the 'Describe Your Documents' page. You'll need to add a 'Category' for your document from the Category drop down menu and then add your tags. Your tag, of course, will be your main keyword and if you have any secondary keyword
phrases that are relevant to this article, you want to put those in as well, just make sure they are separated by commas.

Next in the description you want to give a quick description of your article that you've written. You also want to use your main keyword in your description. Once you've entered in a short description, then you want to click Save Changes. This will save everything that you put into this document and then you'll be given a page where you can actually click and check out your document on the Scribd site.

Make sure you check on your links to ensure that they work and there you are - You've been Scribd!

Just to recap:
1)   www.scribd.com
2)   Sign up with email address, password and username
3)   Use your main keyword as your username (if it is taken then try adding numbers or dashes to it)
4)   Update your profile ensuring you put a link to your website in it.
5)   Create your article in Word (or in Google Docs if you don't have Word)
6)   Save your completed article to your computer
7)   Upload document to Scribd ensuring you've checked the correct boxes
8)   Add 'Category' from drop down menu
9)   Add tags ensuring your main keyword is in there plus any other tags that are relevant
10) Add short description ensuring you have your main keyword in the description
11) Save changes
12) Check everything works
13) Job done

Have fun folks

Valpubs



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Re: Scribd - A Google favorite
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 09:58:26 AM »
Dom,

Great post with lots of good info! Thank you!

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Re: Scribd - A Google favorite
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 12:01:59 PM »
Thanks Mark

Just a quick couple of updates to the post

1) I've no idea why there is a 'cool' smiley in the recap list ! - my apologies for that
2) Scribd itself has a Google PR of 8 - that means it is a highly regarded website by Google and some of its 'authority' will bleed down into your site - which is a good thing!
3) Scribd.com has an Alexa ranking of 256. Alexa uses only people who have the Alexa toolbar downloaded, it also only works with Windows systems (allegedly) so it will be inherently inaccurate but still useful.

Cheers

Val

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Re: Scribd - A Google favorite
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2009, 02:25:20 PM »
Val

Very useful post. Concise and to the point.

Jim

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Re: Scribd - A Google favorite
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2009, 04:09:15 PM »
Cheers Jim

Just trying to give a little back as I've taken so much !

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Re: Scribd - A Google favorite
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2009, 08:30:52 PM »
Excellent post Val,

One bit of advice about scribd: refrain from obvious advertising, try and make your documents informative
and useful - if they are alerted to your docs and consider them commercial, they will ban your account.
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Re: Scribd - A Google favorite
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2009, 04:51:25 AM »
Excellent post Val,

One bit of advice about scribd: refrain from obvious advertising, try and make your documents informative
and useful - if they are alerted to your docs and consider them commercial, they will ban your account.

Good advice doc - I didn't know that

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Re: Scribd - A Google favorite
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2009, 09:44:00 AM »
Excellent post Val,

One bit of advice about scribd: refrain from obvious advertising, try and make your documents informative
and useful - if they are alerted to your docs and consider them commercial, they will ban your account.

Thanks for extra info doc

Jim