How to Make an Ass of Yourself in a Niche You Don't Understand

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I tend to look for technical niches because I'm only comfortable writing about familiar things, so there are a few popular niches which I feel I could drum up some enthusiasm for, and most recently I have been looking into the renewable energy scene.

Anyway I found this article on solar power which claims to explain how solar panels work. When I saw it I initially thought it was some kind of parody or someone taking the mickey out of EZA. But no, as far as I can see it's meant as an informative article. Here's a sample:

The electrons go through a series of filters ... to assure that the electricity produced is composed of pure electrons. Having protons mixed in the procedure would only cause power interruption. The protons are absorbed and disposed through an alternate exhaust, which excretes the molecules away from the battery connection.
I'd hate to be standing in front of the proton exhaust when those molecules are excreted.

The author appears trapped somewhere between Star Trek and Noddyland.

People, if you don't understand your niche then at least find someone who does to proof read your products.

I shudder to think where content like this is heading after it meets some newbies armed with automated article spinners...

Or does it not really matter as long as it gets the clicks.

Here in it's fullness is the solar travesty.
#make #niche #understand
  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    OK, this is what I mean by search engine fodder. If the SEs like this because it has related keywords and the main keyword density is just right, then you get great backlinks and from that you get rankings and traffic. However, I found that a large benefit of posting well written articles is that PEOPLE, not search engines like the articles and visit your site.

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Phil,
    I shudder to think where content like this is heading after it meets some newbies armed with automated article spinners...
    Hopefully it will be excreted, like that article should have been.

    I tend to believe that was either a really bad gag, or a test to see if the editors at EZA would boot the article for being inaccurate. I can't imagine anyone who knew enough to use the words he did actually being that far off the mark.

    Unless he's been out in the sun, soaking up those polluted molecules too long?


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    • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      Phil,Hopefully it will be excreted, like that article should have been.

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    • Profile picture of the author JoMo
      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      Phil,Hopefully it will be excreted, like that article should have been.
      ...
      Paul
      I'm pretty sure that article was excreted.


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  • Profile picture of the author valerieSONORA
    I think most people wouldn't even realize they didn't know what they're talking about cause it's such a technical niche that many don't understand. "Uhh, what's a proton?" I'm sure many people wouldn't even think to doubt the article.
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  • Profile picture of the author ildarius
    I'd hate to be standing in front of the proton exhaust when those molecules are excreted.

    The author appears trapped somewhere between Star Trek and Noddyland.
    LOL

    And that's how they produce Sunny Delight
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  • Profile picture of the author Anna Johnson
    Why so harsh? The strategy is sound - just ask Crazy Ann Sue:

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      • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
        Xiaophi,

        Uuuhh.... EZA DOES have live editors approving the articles posted there, right? Or at least spot-checking them? (Don't they????)

        Did you get the name of the author and report them? Go to their site and post on their message board or blog? It seems to me somebody should do something.

        What were they selling, anyway?

        I can't believe people would actually post stuff like that! All it takes is one Google search and everyone will know what an idiot you are, so why on earth anyone would dare to put out stuff like that is beyond me.


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        LOVE that video! LOL Crazy Sue is great! With her accent and wig, it made me wonder if she might have been inadvertantly parodying Reba McEntire.

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  • Profile picture of the author Odhinn
    If you outsource your articles, this might be the kinds of garbage you see. Goes to show that you need to be careful with who you hire. They might excrete some wonderful articles, but you might be left with this...
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    proton=photon??

    electron=should not be mentioned.
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    • Profile picture of the author Palo Coyote
      Please sell me a Solar Plate that ABSORBS one sunlight molecule. I don't want to say a lot about this but my first and only WSO that will be posted, as soon as I get the molecule absorber will be titled as:

      UNLIMITED SOLAR BACKLINKS, ninja authority, At Last, TRANSPORTER, Set it and Forget IT, YES STAR TREK TRANSPORTER TECHNOLOGY PHP and Bonus CSS SCRIPT, Turn Key Email, HOT, Killer, BlueFART, Wedding Niche, OFFLINE CASH COW GOLD, SUNLIGHT Molecules. SEO First Page of Google Sunshine, This WSO is ALMOST Free. $7 for the first 1,000 Warriors, after that the price goes to $5. We are taking this WSO down 2 minutes after is goes up, SO GIVE US THE MONEY NOW!

      Crazy Sue Ann, as a representative of a Galaxy Far, Far Away, we are here to inform your Magenta Haired Radiance that there are many men in our Galaxy who are fans of your video. Your wonderfullness is #1 on UniverseTube Video, ww.UniTube.com This is in another Universe where Solar Plates absorb sunlight molecules. Those sunlight molecules are ouchie little buggers when they hit you. Sun bathing is much like being bombarded by golf ball sized hail on your planet. No one has much of a tan.

      1. There is NO such thing as a Sunlight Molecule. Light has been hypothesized by one, Al Einstein as being a WAVE. Particles do NOT travel at the speed of light, nothing does...yet, (maybe Google, I said maybe.)

      Electrical engineering 101, energy equals mass squared multiplied by the speed of light. Light might just be both a wave and a particle (no one on this planet really knows). Electrons and protons are particles, light (the shiny stuff from the sun) are waves that travel at...well very fast. Sunlight is a WAVE. When you convert a wave into a particle then you are...uh...God...or the author of this wonderful article. Or maybe you own a Particle Accelerator in Switzerland.)

      (Note to Crazy Sue Ann: That is the greatest video we've seen lately and the entire planet of Alpha-Sigma-Omicron IV signed up for your newsletter. You are VERY good!)

      Obviously the writer of this post has read way too much Science Fiction over the past 50 years and knows absolutely NOTHING about Science. However the writer does know about a good scam when he sees the Sunlight Molecules coming in his direction.

      Live long and May the Force and Klaatu barada nikto, Have Fun and Far Out,

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    That's why I'm going into the horse niche...

    The varieties of horses are many and each requires their own special kind of care. Pintos haunches near the mane are several hands high for ease of rein attachment through the saddle stirrup assembly. Stallions tend to bronco the pasture but require fewer oats. The equininity of a mare is majestic as the dressage implies.

    Aw heck! I could go on, but it's too dang hard to make stuff up that's as good as the "author" in the OP.

    All the best,
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    • Profile picture of the author spicer
      Unfortunately, it probable would work for back link creation. However, I hope none of their potential customers actually found the article. That would really kill their image and credibility. Being on a technical subject though many would not even know it was a made up article. Ann loved the video and at $10,000 the course sounds like a "steal". lol
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve Diamond
        ...to assure that the electricity produced is composed of pure electrons.
        Best laugh I've had all day! Trying to imagine the alternative: impure electrons? Not politically correct?

        I would have thought the EZA editors were better than this. But I suppose they can't be technical experts on every topic.

        Thanks for the entertainment!

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    well...that man is probably on to something, we just dont UNDERSTAND!

    He's probably sitting in his proton-powered house right now and laughs at everyone paying their utility bills.

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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Evans
    Phil, you've highlighted one of the dangers of using articles as research for content. I'm not sure webmasters understand the possible repercussions especially in health niches...
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        Uuuhh.... EZA DOES have live editors approving the articles posted there, right? Or at least spot-checking them? (Don't they????)

        Did you get the name of the author and report them? Go to their site and post on their message board or blog? It seems to me somebody should do something.
        If you start reporting every article that gives bad advice, you better hire an army. It's fodder, nothing more - and there's loads of it on websites, on blogs, on forums, and on article directories.

        If you want to know how solar panels work - are you going to go to EZA to find out? No. That misinformation makes the author look stupid - but isn't going to hurt anyone. It's what happens when you outsource articles on the cheap and don't have the sense to read them yourself.

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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          If you start reporting every article that gives bad advice, you better hire an army. It's fodder, nothing more - and there's loads of it on websites, on blogs, on forums, and on article directories.

          If you want to know how solar panels work - are you going to go to EZA to find out? No. That misinformation makes the author look stupid - but isn't going to hurt anyone. It's what happens when you outsource articles on the cheap and don't have the sense to read them yourself.

          kay
          Hi Kay,

          Excellent point.

          I once took the time to report an EZA article that was giving out information that was VERY harmful. In good conscience, it had to come down.

          Or so I thought.

          Unfortunately, the article remained. That's understandable from EZA's point of view. They have their hands more than full just checking to make sure contributors follow the simple TOS. If they started reviewing content for accuracy they could be liable for any misinformation that caused harm to a reader.

          Even with an army, it would be virtually impossible.

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      • Profile picture of the author Ken
        Originally Posted by renault760 View Post

        I did see an article in New Scientist that suggested that the US could virtually meet it's energy requirements by covering several hundred acres of desert with solar panels.

        Anyone else read that?
        The required area is 100 sq. miles or a 10 mile by 10 mile square.
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  • Originally Posted by xiaophil View Post

    I'd hate to be standing in front of the proton exhaust when those molecules are excreted.

    The author appears trapped somewhere between Star Trek and Noddyland.
    Geez, that's simple to fix: just reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nigel Greaves
    Well it certainly gives new meaning to the phrase "keyword density"
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    • I don't know about keyword density, but there sure is a lot of 'BS density' in that article.

      Reminds me of the good old days when I got into the credit card processing niche without ever having used a credit card, not even knowing what it was, and never having used credit card processors at all. Good times!
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
      Originally Posted by Nigel Greaves View Post

      Well it certainly gives new meaning to the phrase "keyword density"
      Oh, come on!

      That article ranks #1 in Google for the phrase "disposed through an alternate exhaust".

      How many of you can say that?



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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Wha hehehehe! I loved the article and more the video.. ;-)

    Well the author got this 15 minutes of fame..wait a minute! this is warrior forum..

    he'll have fame for a lifetime! ohh no! We just added a thousand points in link juice to the "crazy" article!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy
    Quote:
    The electrons go through a series of filters ... to assure that the electricity produced is composed of pure electrons. Having protons mixed in the procedure would only cause power interruption. The protons are absorbed and disposed through an alternate exhaust, which excretes the molecules away from the battery connection.

    You mean... it's NOT true?!! But I just gave my last $10,000 for an electron filter plant because it works better than my old one! Now what?

    God bless,

    Andy

    P.S. I think I got it from some guy named "Sue" too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Droopy Dawg
    EZA folks may not know crap about Solar energy... and may have thought the article sounded too good to be inaccurate.

    Wow 2,000+ views in under 3 months... I wonder if they're making sales...
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    • Profile picture of the author warfore
      I used to teach chemistry at the university level. I got a good laugh at that explanation. You wonder,though, how many people believed it as accurate information...funny
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
        Originally Posted by warfore View Post

        I used to teach chemistry at the university level. I got a good laugh at that explanation. You wonder,though, how many people believed it as accurate information...funny
        Actually, I wonder how many people even understood what the "author" was trying to say.



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      • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
        Can I do the Neutron Dance? Would it be appropriate? (psst! What are the steps to it???)

        Seriously, can't blame EZA - there is no way they can staff the people with the knowledge of every subject known to man ... they couldn't afford the alphabets after most of those folks' names.
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  • Profile picture of the author herrick
    This is what scares me about niche marketing. Anyone can type keywords into nonsense. What happened to offering quality content? This is a very good example of why you should focus on what you know. How many people will rely on this for their information to either use for more marketing efforts or for themselves?
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  • Profile picture of the author Aronya
    Poke fun if you must, but this man is obviously a genius! He's listed by EZA as an Expert Author, so...

    Here's another brilliant treatise: How Do Solar Panels Work and Why You Should Care

    GENIUS, I tell you!
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  • Profile picture of the author IMChick
    Ah, most excellent. On the basis of this little example, I have gleaned the factoid that ALL of the NICHES in the universe are now mine, mine, mine. Bwwwa Ha Ha ha.
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  • Here's the sad part: The article has been published on other sites.

    Twice.
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  • Profile picture of the author CmdrStidd
    Originally Posted by xiaophil View Post


    The author appears trapped somewhere between Star Trek and Noddyland.
    I could care less about Noddyland but lets leave Star Trek out of this one. Heck, even Gene Roddenberry consulted scientists to make sure his stuff was at least somewhat plausible. This person clearly has no idea what they are talking about.
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    • Profile picture of the author xiaophil
      Originally Posted by CmdrStidd View Post

      I could care less about Noddyland but lets leave Star Trek out of this one. Heck, even Gene Roddenberry consulted scientists to make sure his stuff was at least somewhat plausible. This person clearly has no idea what they are talking about.
      Hey relax man, I'm a fan too! Hence the imaginary realm in between.

      Anyway the article in question evidently is plausible.

      I've already found re-spins and fragments of this and similar gibberish all over the place, rehashed and infecting the articles of other unsuspecting 'experts'.

      I think it's humorous that EZA will nit-pick syntax and grammar in the name of quality control, but the actual content can be complete twaddle.

      How long before Grammatical Crap Ninja v1.0 is released?
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