Distribution of free articles is one of the most popular methods adopted by internet marketers these days. But, the scenario was quite different a few years back. SEO's, self-promoting writers, and business owners were not always so accepting about the advantages of distributing free articles.
But, like all other good ideas of marketing, distribution of free articles is a totally done deal now. Nowadays articles are used by just about everyone wanting to promote their websites. This increased competition has led to the flooding of the ezines and other online article directories by poorly written, quickly composed and badly formatted articles. Mostly, the topics of all the new articles are often boring. This has led to the formation of a total mess on the ezines and article directories. For e.g. most of the articles providing tips and hints these days are extremely poorly informed which can be judged by reading their content which has most likely been taken by their authors from poorly written blogs, magazine articles and forums.
Rehashing information doesn't give you the credibility of an expert regardless of the amount of articles that you upload for improving your archive service rating. The ability of explaining principles, basic as well as advanced, on a particular topic is the identification of an expert. These articles are usually published on Yahoo! or Google Adsense carrying websites. These articles are used largely by web spammers on cheap domains and free blogs. Not many people care to read these articles on such websites. Marketers and spammers earn their main revenue from the clicks made by visitors on advertisements. Such marketing advices are good for nothing.