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Why $5 Articles and Auto Blogging Make Sites Look Lame

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

Recently there has been a quiet trend on the Internet that is eating away at the web like a super virus. I’m talking about $5 article writing and auto blogging.

Five dollar articles are exactly what they sound like. Writers create informational articles on any topic for just $5. I’ve even seen 3 for $5.

Auto blogging uses software to grab articles off the Net, then add them to a website — all based around a specific subject.

“This all sounds amazing!” you say. “How could there be anything wrong with dirt cheap articles and website building software that puts up hundreds of websites with the click of a button?”

The problem is sites using $5 articles and auto blogging software are usually LAME. They are boring, often unintelligible, and are rapidly filling the Internet with useless junk.

I’ll immediately get hate email from folks who have bought into the hype. But I’m not buying. This trend is deadly.

1) The case for $5 articles: It takes about an hour for a professional writer to create a 500 word article — the standard length for websites. Writing a $5 article means you earn $5 per hour. And that’s only if you can have articles jobs backed up for days.

Most writers have college degrees. Not all of them, but certainly most. How many college educated folks do you know who get up every morning excited to make 5 bucks per hour.

Writing is also very hard mental work. Writers burn out after two to three months of feverish writing. They get where they can’t stand to see a keyboard. I know about this personally as I used run an office full of pro writers.

That’s why article writers in the past have charged at least $25 to $30 to create an article. Those who are really good and have lots of experience charge considerably more. You get what you pay for.

So how might $5 articles be inferior?

* Many writing shops use software to revise old existing articles. You get an old article with a few words changed.

* Someone writing for a few bucks an hour is going to write faster and faster to try to get their hourly wage up. This leads to what I call “writing in a circle” where a writer takes an idea and quickly says the same thing many times. It’s the most boring writing ever and sounds like this:

Every home needs chairs. Large homes need lots of chairs and small homes can get by with fewer chairs. Chairs cause comfort and are needed as an everyday accoutrement to life. Chairs come in many forms. Some are made of metal. Most of their structure is constructed of metal. Even the seat can be metal. The legs are made of metal and metal-like products. This metal can be strong, filled with ingredients that give the metal strength.

Can you imagine a customer sticking around to read this stuff?

* Many Third World countries teach English in schools and English is used in their business communities. In those countries earning a few dollars an hour is very good money. The only problem is THEIR English doesn’t sound like OUR English. Your article may sound overly formal, use the wrong words, fail to excite an American reader, and seem like odd, substandard writing.

Of course, MOST of the sites that use $5 articles are only interested in search engine traffic. They could care less if their articles are actually interesting.

And THAT is where the real problem begins. Not only is the Net getting filled with uninteresting, unhelpful junk — dirt cheap articles fail to engage readers. Prospects don’t read your article, feel you know what you are talking about, then BUY from you or the links on your page.

You’ll be far better off to pay a little more and get well-written, interesting articles. Your search engine traffic will be excited by what they read and will become enthusiastic customers.

2) The case for auto blogging: The TYPICAL auto blog uses articles stolen from article directories. Software will grab articles on a specialized topic and place them on a website.

I say stolen because MOST remove the author’s name and link to their website. This violates an article directory’s terms of service and is a direct violation of copyright law (copyright law seems to be very much misunderstood around the Net. Check Nolo.com for lawyer explanations.)

Auto blogging software tries to get around this problem by changing every fourth word in an article, replacing the word with a synonym. This is an old trick for avoiding copyright infringement. The problem is computers are terrible at finding good synonyms. A great article is turned into a joke.

Recently I found some of my writing on an auto blog. A few paragraphs I wrote 12 years ago were surrounded by more copy written by a computer. Here’s what the computer wrote:

“The goodness of these stories is don’t allow in your active entity subscribe to in the means of your craving to pick up supplemental letter-paper money or despite that minimize a not bad living online.”


I’m not saying NEVER use $5 articles and auto blogging software. There are folks who get very involved and make sure their content is first class.

But they are in the minority. Be very careful using these very cheap and tempting strategies. Otherwise your site will look like nobody intelligent is home.

Auto Blogs: Why Real Online Businesses Need To Seriously Fear Auto Blogs

Posted on May 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

If you run a business online, you must avoid auto blogs at all costs.

After decades as a Madison Avenue Copywriter/Creative Director, I heard about auto blogs and was instantly (probably like you) enthralled at the idea. To be able to have all of this automation happening USING MY BEST KEYWORDS seemed like a dream…until one day the bubble burst.

Auto blogs basically use sophisticated plug-ins to go out onto the web every day and find content that matches the keywords that you ask it to mirror.

This content is usually in the form of articles and YouTube posts and Yahoo Answers and blog comments. And while the idea of auto blogging seems incredibly attractive, if you get into it in a large way, you are putting your business at risk in the eyes of Google…and that is not where you want to be.

Like many others who seek to monetize the web, this new system made incredible sense to me at first. Rather than write all the content which is incredibly time-consuming, I would just ask the software to find info that would keep my blog fresh and updated.

Little did I know just how quickly the mighty Google can see these things happening and find new software that shuts them down quickly. And that is essentially the real problem here….if an auto based software can be created, Google can hear about it and shut it down.

It is a complete disaster for a small business to fall into this trap and to lose the search traffic it is getting if it suddenly subscribes to some of these new automated blogging software pieces.

Search engine traffic is by far, the best traffic your business will ever get, and to lose it by moving to the newest push button software could be potentially fatal for your online business.

Please be ultra careful when looking into these auto blogs that will supposedly revolutionize your business online. They will for a moment, and then won’t for a lifetime.

Is Auto Blogging Really Content Stealing?

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

I set out to write this article about auto blogging because I have seen so many articles about auto blogging that criticize it. Some compare it to stealing because it relies on other sources of published content for its content.

The argument put forward by people who claim auto blogging is stealing is that because it uses a plugin and RSS feeds to grab content from other sites and posts them on your blog you are stealing the content.

These people who say it is stealing argue that they took their time to write quality articles and they want the articles to appear only on particular websites.

They seem to think that most websites apart from their own are of poor quality and does not deserve having their carefully written high quality article on such websites.

My question relating to this specific accusation is, can you really call this stealing. I mean what is the purpose of providing an RSS feed on your website if you do not want your content to be republished anywhere else?

RSS feeds are meant to make it easier for publishers to syndicate content automatically to other sites. Readers and site owners who are interested in the article and future updates will subscribe to future updates through the RSS Feeds. Anytime there is new information the content is published automatically on the subscriber’s website.

My question is, knowing what RSS feeds does, if you don’t want your content to appear on other websites why provide an RSS feed on your website.

People who make this accusation that auto blogging is stealing quite often look it from a very narrow perspective. They seem to forget there are many content publishers out there who want to syndicate their content to other websites. It is therefore over generalization to claim auto blogging is stealing.

Furthermore, there are content networks purposefully set up to provide free content to websites. These are content networks set up to provide backlinking services to website owners and therefore need their content to be syndicated to as many websites as possible. These content websites go as far as trying to provide unique content to website owners through article rewriting and spinning.

The main purpose of using such content networks is to generate traffic to your website either through the articles provided by the content networks or using the backlinking service.

Considering the above scenarios, it will be wrong to assume that all auto blogging is stealing.

Auto blogging certainly plays a role in generating income online by setting and forgetting it. Done properly it is the easiest way to make money online and it is not stealing content.