A very odd and transparent trend I’ve seen this past week:
An author will say that they have seen or found this really cool resource related to their article topic and that you should check it out. Usually these links are in the bottom of the article body, but not in the resource box.
What is phony about this ploy is that the resource they just supposedly “found” is actually on THEIR own website!
Worse, they usually don’t even cover it up as the domain in the “phony” resource is the same domain in their resource box, further sealing their stupidity.
Come on! Get real. Your readers can see right through that.
Bottom line: Don’t say you just FOUND a resource related to what you’re talking about if you indeed PLANTED the resource! The market is not stupid.
Same goes for those who have been posting comments to their own articles, indicating that they may want to check out their own resource. Geez people, I thought I have seen it all, but I keep getting amazed daily at how far some authors will stretch reality.