What is Scribd and Why You Should Be Using This Vital 2.0 Social Site
Scribd is a social networking community that allows users to upload their documents such as pdfs and Word files to their profile. It was founded in 2007, and has quickly become one of the most popular websites on the internet. In fact, is in the top 400 most visited sites on the Internet (at the time of this writing) with more then 20 million visitors on a monthly basis!
What it Scribd? Scribd is simply a file sharing website. Users share text documents and presentations in the way that YouTube users share video. It works very similarly to article marketing. The difference is that you can place links anywhere in your document. You can even advertise if you want to. The best article directories on the Web won’t let you advertise your product directly. They relegate that to your resource box only. Not so with Scribd! You can write whatever you want as long as it is not offensive or illegal.
Another great thing about Scribd is the fact that your content does not have to be approved. This is not the case with article directories. With Scribd, there is so much more freedom to do things with your documents. Plus, Scribd uses iPaper format, which makes sure your documents cannot be altered in any way by anyone. This provides a level of protection for your materials.
Scribd is what some call “a clean community.” There is none of that mass spam and those junk submissions that usually plague social sites. Scribd uses “no follow” links, which prevent such clutter. Unfortunately, these links will generate no search engine traffic for you. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use Scribd – You should!
Scribd being in the top 400 most visited sites on the Internet and getting more then 20 million visitors on a monthly basis is a great reason for using it, regardless of the “no follow” links they use. Besides, Google views PDF documents as different to web pages. Therefore, you can reuse your existing documents and leverage them! This gives you more power with your materials than article directories where you can only upload them one time.
So what’s the best way to use Scribd?
Build up a reputation by writing consistently. Always provide useful content for your readers. Write informative articles and short reports about products or services and link directly to your site or affiliate site. You can also send your readers to a squeeze page. In exchange for a free gift or report, ask for their email address and build your list.
Uploading your documents is easy. Simply copy and paste your articles into OpenOffice’s free software, add your author bio and a link to your site or affiliate’s site, and then save it as a PDF. Another easy tool is . This site allows you to turn your articles and existing blog posts into PDFs with your hyperlinks intact.