Mike Valentine’s Article Marketing Thoughts

Mike Banks Valentine

EzineArticles expert author, Mike Banks Valentine has a very thought provoking ‘colorful’ article worthy of your attention: Original Web Content Popularity Leads to Software-Created “Frankenstein Pages” & Copyright Abuses

Mike identifies (4) sources of web content in his article… one of which he refers to mashed PLR articles as “Frankenstein Pages” (credit to Barry Schwartz for coining the phrase)! I couldn’t agree more. If his article can help others from buying those crappy PLR content scramblers, the world will be a better place.

It appears it’s going to get worse before it gets better… This past week yet another PLR club was launched that fraudulently said her articles were original… when in reality all 200 of her new clients are getting non-exclusive rights PLR content.

“Original content” means you have the EXCLUSIVE rights to the content. Therefore it’s an oxymoron for someone who hawks PLR articles to call them “original content” because it’s not exclusive to you, which makes it non-exclusive rights content.

Mike is right… that we have stepped up automated identification of PLR content combined with increased complex sentence matches by a team of editors trained to spot and identify frankenstein content (it’s a lot easier to spot than you might think).

We’re taking our responsibility to keep out non-exclusive rights content very seriously.

Watch for yet another innovation we’ll be introducing next week that will help catch, trap, reject and ban those who send in PLR content.

Also of related interest is David Wallace’s blog entry.

What did you think of Mike’s article?


Matthew Keegan writes:

Good article! However, what it all boils down to is this: many of these Private Label buyers simply do not know how to write. No, I am not saying they can’t learn, but they are taking the shortcut route and having someone else do the hard work for them.

Frankenstein/private label articles will ultimately diminish the integrity of the internet. I am wondering just when the Big 3 search engines — Google, Yahoo!, and MSN — will step in and put a stop to this nonsense. How will they do that? By penalizing the sites and banning them from participating in their PPC programs. A big fat zero PR is another option.

Comment provided March 18, 2006 at 11:31 AM


Patsi Krakoff writes:

This is a thorough and eye-opening review of what’s going on in Internet content issues. As a legitimate provider of article content for executive and leadership newsletters, I defend the right of busy professionals to buy quality content to complete their newsletter tasks. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with buying and using content for newsletters, as long as it is quality content with research data clearly cited. The problems occur with the sticky issues of republishing and re-distributing the same content by multiple persons. I advise my subscribers and clients that if they are going to try to submit articles to directories, to rewrite the articles they buy from me, add their own personal experiences, and change the title. Of course, that won’t work for EzineArticles.com, but probably would for many other directories.

Comment provided March 18, 2006 at 11:56 AM


Lance Winslow writes:

All this content thievery seems really stupid to me. It is easy to create content which is meaningful or becoming an affiliate of EzineArticles with 165,000 articles online or simply write your own?

Comment provided March 20, 2006 at 12:33 AM


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