1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

using a psuedonym for article marketing?

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by halifax123, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. halifax123

    halifax123 Power Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2008
    Messages:
    594
    Likes Received:
    66
    Location:
    uranus
    hey roomates!


    in this era of stolen id's and such I really do not want to put my name and pic
    associating me with the articles I submit?...besides I'd rather be anonymous...


    When I go on sites like "ezine" or "articlebase" I see the authors first and last
    name accompanying the article and frequently elsewhere on the site it shows their profile
    and a photo of them, I imagine it gives the author the "credibility" factor...

    MY question is this:

    does anyone know if using a "psuedonym" is very common?

    when I say psuedonym I don't mean a name like "the phantom writer!"
    no, instead I mean you see what you believe is the authors first and last name,
    but it's just a made up name, not really the authors true identity....?

    Does anyone have the "skinny" on this question?

    your view or knowledge is appreciated ...!
    hali~:)
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  2. Jared255

    Jared255 Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    Messages:
    1,907
    Likes Received:
    1,662
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    I do this, people think they are calling me by my real first name and it brings it to a whole new personal level
     
  3. halifax123

    halifax123 Power Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2008
    Messages:
    594
    Likes Received:
    66
    Location:
    uranus
    I know it may be a silly question

    but do you use a "photo" as well?
    just a PD photo I imagine?

    hali~:)
     
  4. Beat the Green

    Beat the Green Junior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2009
    Messages:
    127
    Likes Received:
    4
    Tons of people use fake names on these sites. Including me for the same reasons as you.
     
  5. innovalist

    innovalist Supreme Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    1,327
    Likes Received:
    194
    Sometimes a pseudo gives you a whole new character ppl can relate to.. works!
     
  6. johnbly341

    johnbly341 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2010
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    42
    I have probably a dozen names on Ezinearticles, all with different photos and profiles relevant to whatever I'm trying to promote. It's very common.
     
  7. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2009
    Messages:
    1,930
    Likes Received:
    5,388
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Artist / Craftsman
    Location:
    sitting at my PC
    Yes, it's very common for people to use a fictitious name (aka a pseudonym). Sometimes this can be done because the name is more memorable, other times it can be done for privacy. For writers the common term is usually "pen name" or "nom de plume" and is usually done to conceal the author's true identity. For actors, singers, and other entertainers the common term is usually "stage name", "professional name", or "screen name" and is often done to create a more marketable name or in some cases to disassociate the person professionally from their ethnic background.

    There are many reasons why it's a good idea to keep your true identity private, but you don't want to remain totally anonymous either. If you want to make a name for yourself, but don't want to put your true identity out in public view then a pseudonym, or pen name is totally appropriate. That way readers will know that everything you write is all from the same person, but your true identity remains private.


    It's actually a very time honored and respectable practice. Here are just a few famous examples from before the internet.

    writer Lewis Carroll real name Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
    writer Mark Twain real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens
    writer Oscar Wilde real name Fingal O'Flahertie Wills
    writer John Lange real name Michael Crichton
    writer Richard Bachman real name Stephen King
    writer Leigh Nichols real name Dean R. Koontz
    writer Richard Paige real name Dean R. Koontz
    writer George Orwell real name Eric Arthur Blair
    writer Anne Rampling real name Anne Rice
    actor Tony Randall real name Leonard Rosenberg
    actor Jack Palance real name Walter Jack Palanuik
    actress Susan Dey real name Susan Smith
    actor Danny DeVito real name Daniel Michaeli
    singer Bob Dylan real name Robert Allen Zimmerman
    actor Cary Grant real name Archibald Alexander Leach
    actor Charlton Heston real name John Charles Carter
    actress Jayne Mansfield real name Vera Jayne Palmer
    actress Marilyn Monroe real name Norma Jean Baker
    singer Alice Cooper real name Vincent Damon Furnier
    comic George Burns real name Nathan Birnbaum

    here's a good reference regarding the typical usage of pseudonyms in various fields
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudonym

    For internet marketing the use of pseudonyms is pretty crucial. In fact because of the unique nature of the internet it's easy and common to set up a complete fictitious persona to go along with the pseudonym. If your setting up pages in several different niches it isn't really a good idea to use the same name in every niche. If they see you're selling many other items in many other niches then people will realize that you're just promoting anything you think might sell.

    You want to establish an identity in a particular niche that people will trust and want to buy a product from you. It's a good idea to create a seperate identity for each niche that your promoting. The more complete the persona you create, the more you can establish that persona as an authority in that niche.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2010