A common question that we’re asked is something like, “How can we build up a list of sources that will accept or want our articles?”
Here’s an obvious secret that costs nothing to leverage: Identify 3 worthy competitors from your niche. Do some exact match Google, Yahoo or MSN searches on the article titles of your competitors and notice where they are getting picked up — paying particular attention to the websites that are highly related to the topic of your articles. Make your list.
This article syndication reverse engineering strategy is excellent for identifying the 2nd tier of sites that want niche content and while these sites often can’t deliver the traffic volume that large sites like ours can produce, they are immensely valuable because of the related nature of the backlinks.