My Goat Wrote It

Theme: We only love authors who send in original content.

Boy, if we wrote a book about every excuse that lame authors send in when they get busted for sending in non-original works… we’d have a book that no one would want to read (except for the humor that comes from the absurdity).

First, we’d hear that their ‘darn’ ghostwriter must have sent them garbage…as if they weren’t responsible for the integrity of the articles that they send in under THEIR NAME.

Next, we’d hear that their daughter wrote the articles in order to earn some college money. I didn’t have any idea she was stealing content to create the articles. Duh! Don’t be a lame parent and blame your incompetence on your daughter as it was you that didn’t train her properly.

Some come right out and say, “blame it on neophyte exuberance” as if this makes their sins ok in some odd twisted way. “I didn’t know it was wrong to send in non-original content” Geez, how lame can you be?

Important Lesson For Newbies To Article Marketing: You have not earned the right to hire anyone to write your articles for you if you don’t have the competence to know the difference between original content vs. abuse of fair use doctrine or content theft.

Over 320 authors lost their account earlier this week as we tightened up our quality standards to weed out authors who sent in articles that we could not determine without a shadow of a doubt that their content was original. Greater majority of these authors had already been trapped before their articles made it to our live site, so we’re really just doing house cleaning and dumping the trash.

Best way to keep your account is to send in ONLY original content that you personally wrote. :) …I’m not “KIDing”… get it? That’s a Goat reference.


Jeff Herring writes:

Hi Chris,

I’m glad to be a part of an organization with such high standards of integrity.

Jeff Herring

Comment provided August 25, 2005 at 12:32 PM


Judith Kallos writes:

You go Chris! With all the article spam and plagiarizing going on it’s great to see my favorite
article site is once again ahead of the curve.

Keep up the great work! ;-)

Comment provided August 25, 2005 at 1:28 PM


George Lockett writes:

Hi Chris

It is great that you are taking the time to police this.

The quality of your site really grow.


Comment provided August 25, 2005 at 4:55 PM


Michael Russell writes:

For anyone considering paying for articles to be written do you have any recommendations on how they can check the originality?

Apart from perhaps taking a random phrase or two and checking for it in the major search engines do you have any other suggestions?

And yes – definitely keep up the good work – I am a new author here and after checking a few other article sites definitely vote this one the best :-)

Comment provided August 25, 2005 at 6:17 PM


Knight writes:

See the next blog post. I’ll give you some tips how to check for originality to keep your ghost writers honest.

Comment provided August 25, 2005 at 8:39 PM


Nanny writes:

Yes but the question is do you hire goat writers?

Comment provided August 26, 2005 at 11:54 AM


Edward writes:

Cute goat!

Comment provided August 30, 2005 at 12:03 AM


Raynay Valles writes:

Of all the headlines in your ezine, this one was a must-read! I’ll keep it in mind…as inspiration of course.

Comment provided August 30, 2005 at 3:55 PM


Andrea Lee writes:

Hey Chris, haha…I love the original photograph too – how can I license the use of it?? ;-)

Keep on leading on!

Comment provided August 30, 2005 at 3:58 PM




It’s (the goat photo) yours to take. :-)

For those who would like to know the source of the above goat photo, here is my secret source:

Free Stock Photo’s For Your Ezine – What is Royalty Free Photo Stock?

Comment provided August 30, 2005 at 4:03 PM


Albert Hallado writes:

Amen Chris!!!

Comment provided August 30, 2005 at 5:10 PM


raystrach writes:

just got me in time – i was going to use the excuse, my goat MADE ME do it!

Comment provided August 30, 2005 at 6:16 PM


Kevin Madu writes:

Hi Chris,

I will say without doubt that your ezine site is the best article site i have come across. You are really doing a great job in sieving out non-original works and i most confess your site has made me constantly put pen to paper.

I am a new member and i really like what i see. How do you make it so professional? I will like to know.

Thanks Chris.

Comment provided August 31, 2005 at 3:52 AM


Chris Knight writes:

How do we make it so professional?

Best way I can answer that: We’ve taken this website project seriously. Also helps that we’ve been building online businesses for more than a decade. :)

Comment provided August 31, 2005 at 6:58 AM


jake silnon writes:

i noticed EzineArticles have the most number of articles whenever i searched for a particular keyword. And the quality is excellent; I can tell weeding out those unauthentic authors is really helping the site.

Comment provided October 4, 2008 at 9:51 PM


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