journals magazine - Photoxpress_4515971One of the common misconceptions in the online marketing sphere is that re-printing articles is the same thing as re-writing and publishing. If you thought the same, it’s about time that you discover the truth; re-printing an article means take another author’s original content, from another source (publication, Web site, etc.), without modifying or changing it and use it as it is.

The Benefits of Re-printing an Article

Even though there are various benefits of re-printing an article, some of the most basic ones are that they provide credibility, improve readership for both publications and websites, and spark interest within the general public. Re-printing is also a lot more economical because you don’t need to hire an actual writer to write the content that is needed. These aside, re-printing an article is especially helpful when you want to cover a specific niche, topic or news about events outside of your immediate geographical are or even foreign countries.

When you reprint an article, you are increasing your chances of boosting the total revenue that you gain. However, while there are specific publications that write articles solely to be re-published, there are others which don’t. So, you must take care to ensure that you are not breaking the copyright laws in any way.

Things to Consider

If you are still new to the idea of re-printing a previously written article, you must educate yourself a little to avoid any kind of violations of copyright infringement. The following tips explain some factors you should take care of.

Tip 1: The article you choose to reprint should be relevant and agree with your own website content or business. Remember that it is always a good idea to have two to three publications just in case the permission to reprint the first article is denied.

Tip 2: Decide the rights you want to achieve. For instance, you may be requesting for the right to re-print the article online or have it shown in a magazine or newspaper. You must also decide the purpose of the re-print; for example would you be using it for commercial or educational purposes?

Tip 3: The next step for you would be conduct the required research and find out who holds the original copyright to the article. Keep in mind that even though major websites often have the copyright to the articles published on their website, some may have articles that have been re-printed, in which case you will need to find the actual owner.

Tip 4: Once you have the necessary information, contact the copyright owner to discuss matters. Even though it is not mandatory, it is recommended that you reach out to the owner in the form of an email or any other form of writing as you will need a written permission to use the article. Always keep in mind that the only permission that will be viable in court will be that which has been written and signed.

Tip 5: Talk to the copyright holder and agree to the terms of use. These terms will be that of the purpose of the article, the number of times that the article may be reprinted and the length of time that it can be used for. Keep in mind that even though you might have to compromise a little, it is better than having nothing at all.

Tip 6: Finally, you should pay the required licensing fee to the copyright holder and publish the article properly. Make sure that proper credits are given to the writer so that readers know where the content is coming from.

So, now that you know everything there is about article re-printing, make sure to use this method to generate more content.

© 2013 Anna D. Banks


Anna D. Banks, MAS, the “Local Celebrity Maker”, is a trainer, coach, consultant and speaker.  She works as marketing, publicity & personal branding professional to small businesses, consultants, coaches, and speakers.  If you want to create or promote your unique personal or business brand, you can learn a powerful strategy to make your business more successful, in my free report ebook“Top 10 Tips to Get Your Business Talked about on the Radio.”   Receive your report and a free subscription to Local Celebrity Marketing Newsletter, by visiting