What should I do with really bad articles?

by RanD
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It's a long story, but I had some articles written a few years ago, and they are not too good. The spelling and grammar are fine, but they are very amateurish. I've tried to rewrite them, but there isn't enough for me to work with. It has been easier for me to start from scratch. The thing is, I have seen a lot worse on Ezine and other places, but they are just not something that I want associated to me or my site.

I recently started thinking that there has to be someway to get some use out of them, without them being connected to me or my site. Possible linking to other articles I have, obviously with an alias. They aren't the kind of articles that inspire link clicking, but they are still unique content and could add some additional backlinks. Any creative suggestion would be appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doug Wakefield
    You have the right idea, use them to support your links.
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  • Profile picture of the author TamaD
    Copy some of the material in the articles and add them throughout a new article you are writing.
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    • Profile picture of the author RanD
      Originally Posted by TamaD View Post

      Copy some of the material in the articles and add them throughout a new article you are writing.
      Yeah, I have done that, but I could only get maybe two or three sentences out of each article that I found useful. They are all around 550 word articles though, unfortunately, as I mentioned, they are very amateurish.
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  • Profile picture of the author RanD
    Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

    Collect them, put them in a package, then sell them as red-hot PLR content on a WSO.

    Sorry, couldn't help it.
    LOL well, they easily as good as some of the PLR stuff I have seen ...but not something that I want associated with me...plus I already have enough competition in that niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    Do yourself a favor trash them and move on ... You do not need to junk up the internet with more trash. Yes we all know EZA got trash articles, no article directory (yes I said NO ARTICLE DIRECTORY) is perfect but that does not mean you should help contribute to the junk.

    Trash them and move on ....

    James
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    • Profile picture of the author Syndicator
      Originally Posted by TheRichJerksNet View Post

      Do yourself a favor trash them and move on ... You do not need to junk up the internet with more trash. Yes we all know EZA got trash articles, no article directory (yes I said NO ARTICLE DIRECTORY) is perfect but that does not mean you should help contribute to the junk.

      Trash them and move on ....

      James
      I agree!

      Trash them, start again.

      You're a few years older with different perspectives and possibly a different business objective.

      If you are not moving forward then you are going backwards.
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  • Profile picture of the author RanD
    Yeah, that is what I was thinking. I didn't feel right putting it out there, but my more practical side didn't want to see unique content go to waste, no matter how mediocre.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hasan Barbary
      Originally Posted by RanD View Post

      Yeah, that is what I was thinking. I didn't feel right putting it out there, but my more practical side didn't want to see unique content go to waste, no matter how mediocre.
      Hard drive space is pretty cheap; free online storage is even cheaper. Stick them in a temporary "Black Hole" archive until you figure out what, if anything, you want to do with them.

      I actually have a tickler/swipe folder named "Semi-Junk" , for really bad writing examples that may contain a few interesting ideas.

      Your unwillingness to permanently trash them suggests there might be a golden nugget or two in the content, something worth mining. If you can isolate the good idea, think about how many others just like you might be searching for this info even now...

      HERE'S A HINT: 1 good idea + the source material's "very amateurish" style = NEW WELL-WRITTEN PRODUCT OPPORTUNITY.
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      • Profile picture of the author tjmiller
        Originally Posted by Hasan Barbary View Post

        Hard drive space is pretty cheap; free online storage is even cheaper. Stick them in a temporary "Black Hole" archive until you figure out what, if anything, you want to do with them.

        I actually have a tickler/swipe folder named "Semi-Junk" , for really bad writing examples that may contain a few interesting ideas.

        Your unwillingness to permanently trash them suggests there might be a golden nugget or two in the content, something worth mining. If you can isolate the good idea, think about how many others just like you might be searching for this info even now...

        HERE'S A HINT: 1 good idea + the source material's "very amateurish" style = NEW WELL-WRITTEN PRODUCT OPPORTUNITY.
        Hasan,

        I actually like your idea of a "Semi-Junk" folder. I have things on my computer with labels like: some good stuff here- needs serious rewrite, or this is crazy-use as an example what not to do.

        A semi-junk folder would be a good place for those things.
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  • Profile picture of the author glaxxon
    Heres one idea. Outsource some rewriters from GAF. You should probably get them for not more than 1$/article or even less. Then submit them to AC and make money. They pay around 3$ average if you have good content. But make sure to follow their article formats.
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  • Profile picture of the author forumer147
    You can always do rewrite or asked someone to rewrite it for you if its beyond repair already then you need to discard it
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    • Profile picture of the author BloggerDownUnder
      Hi - if you think you can in any way salvage them, consider getting someone to re-write them at $1 per article.

      However, if the content is weak, then you've got to make a call - ditch 'em and move on or spend money on getting them up to scratch. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikkosant
    Trash em. People do read articles, even ones that are just backlink fodder.
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  • Profile picture of the author GSX Enterprises
    I'd take the time to rewrite them. Even if you're changing and correcting a significant amount of mistakes and grammer, it should be worth it if you know what to do with them!

    -Safe Travels
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  • Profile picture of the author Sahil
    I think the right option would be of re-writing them and then using them. If you're not able to re-write them then find a person who can do that and pay him a little. If you think that no one will be able to re-write them then there are just two options: (1) Use them as it is. (2) Delete them.
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  • Profile picture of the author pappyy3
    Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

    Collect them, put them in a package, then sell them as red-hot PLR content on a WSO.

    Sorry, couldn't help it.
    Gald you raised it.

    The absolute worst PLR article packs I ever purchased were from a WSO on this forum The seller knows who they are as I have ...let's say ... made life a little difficult for them - (name withheld).

    Funnily enough haven't seen any other offers from them in quite a while on this Forum
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  • Profile picture of the author Charann Miller
    It depends on how salvageable they are. You have to weigh up the time investment on your part, some just aren't worth rescuing so I usually dump them and start from scratch.

    I find it mind numbing to sift through the bad verbiage so it's seriously easier for me to hit delete and let my own words flow. That's what happens with bad plr that's beyond repair.

    Even as link fodder, every fiber in my being wouldn't allow me to use them. I just can't bring myself to do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Syndicator
      Originally Posted by Charann Miller View Post

      It depends on how salvageable they are. You have to weigh up the time investment on your part, some just aren't worth rescuing so I usually dump them and start from scratch.

      I find it mind numbing to sift through the bad verbiage so it's seriously easier for me to hit delete and let my own words flow. That's what happens with bad plr that's beyond repair.

      Even as link fodder, every fiber in my being wouldn't allow me to use them. I just can't bring myself to do it.
      Hear! Hear!
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunjamie2005
    Originally Posted by Traffic-Bug View Post

    What I would say is, create some web 2.0 sites in sites like weebly, tumblr, posterous, blog.com etc. and add those articles as satellite articles or microsite articles. Then link back to your primary website from them.
    That is what I was going to suggest. I have a Blogger Blog that I use specifically for articles. I have been doing that for about a year and it now has a PR1. Sometimes I submit unique articles to my article blog, but more times I just submit the same articles that I have submitted to EZA, Buzzle and Go Articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author misterinternet
    Yes,get links to your website.there is no better use of it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Easy Cash
    Don't waste them!

    Search engines don't know the difference.

    Whack them on a site or blog and use them for backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author VeitSchenk
    I've never tested this myself, but Russell Brunson has this thing he calls the "Oprah" method: write an article that's does not have to be very good at all, but make sure your keyword is the very first and the very last word in the article (google Brunson Oprah method and you'll find the details)

    apparently these get picked up very quickly by the search-engines, and dropped just as quickly (max 2 weeks of front-page exposure).
    so, if you have an interesting offer you can drive them to, then this would be a good use of bad quality articles.

    but, like I said, I've never tried this myself.

    Veit

    PS: ah yes, it's called the Oprah method because whenever she mentions something on a show, the next day everyone is looking for it on the Internet. You want to grab part of that spike in traffic (because the rubbish articles will only be up there for a short period of time)


    Originally Posted by RanD View Post

    It's a long story, but I had some articles written a few years ago, and they are not too good. The spelling and grammar are fine, but they are very amateurish. I've tried to rewrite them, but there isn't enough for me to work with. It has been easier for me to start from scratch. The thing is, I have seen a lot worse on Ezine and other places, but they are just not something that I want associated to me or my site.

    I recently started thinking that there has to be someway to get some use out of them, without them being connected to me or my site. Possible linking to other articles I have, obviously with an alias. They aren't the kind of articles that inspire link clicking, but they are still unique content and could add some additional backlinks. Any creative suggestion would be appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author premiuminvestor
    You basically have 2 options-

    Rewrite Them- Outsource if you can't do that yourself

    Trash Them- Let's be sincere, junk is junk. I have had to trash some articles just because they were not too well written and were given me too much headache to rewrite.
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  • I agree with many writers here..!!!! If they are so bad then just trash them... why to populate internet with trash articles yaa..

    Or get a second opinion from someone you know can provide genuine feedback..!! If the result is same "they are bad" then dont waste any time ... jst do "CTR + A" and then "SHIFT + DELETE"
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  • Profile picture of the author akki313
    You said articles are fine with grammar and spelling but you don't want to use them for linking to your site. That's hard to understand. If you post those articles on high PR article directories along with a link to your website then you have got many good quality backlinks. I can understand that articles are not good enough to generate clicks but leave that clicks apart and think as getting high quality backlinks to your site which will definitely increase your search engine ranking and fed you with high quality search engine traffic.

    Just two cents..

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author JGLinked
    just ditch them, no need to put xxxxxx content out, where's the worth?
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  • Profile picture of the author johnmags
    Delete them from wherever they are currently published and post those articles at hubpages or squidoo. They can bring some few bucks on adsense.

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  • Profile picture of the author hireseowriters
    Originally Posted by RanD View Post

    It's a long story, but I had some articles written a few years ago, and they are not too good. The spelling and grammar are fine, but they are very amateurish. I've tried to rewrite them, but there isn't enough for me to work with. It has been easier for me to start from scratch. The thing is, I have seen a lot worse on Ezine and other places, but they are just not something that I want associated to me or my site.

    I recently started thinking that there has to be someway to get some use out of them, without them being connected to me or my site. Possible linking to other articles I have, obviously with an alias. They aren't the kind of articles that inspire link clicking, but they are still unique content and could add some additional backlinks. Any creative suggestion would be appreciated.

    Hello Ran,

    It totally depends on the information value of your articles. If you think that they have unique information that you can't find anywhere else,you can make someone rewrite them.

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  • Profile picture of the author 3nikki
    I froze my blog on Free Traffic System after I started getting junk articles posted on my blog.

    Most of these had good grammar and very catchy titles but they said nothing! There was not much substance at all. I hate for my blog to be associated with that kind of fluff.
    I write so much better.

    That said I will continue to post my stuff on FTS for the backlinks.
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    Cut out all the nuggets and tweet them.
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  • Profile picture of the author FredJones
    I would throw them away if I did not want them to even associate with me. Would you not be better off doing something more productive than rewriting some worthless junk?

    As Warren Buffet says, if you can not stay with something for 10 years, do not stay with that for even 10 moments.

    Originally Posted by RanD View Post

    It's a long story, but I had some articles written a few years ago, and they are not too good. The spelling and grammar are fine, but they are very amateurish. I've tried to rewrite them, but there isn't enough for me to work with. It has been easier for me to start from scratch. The thing is, I have seen a lot worse on Ezine and other places, but they are just not something that I want associated to me or my site.

    I recently started thinking that there has to be someway to get some use out of them, without them being connected to me or my site. Possible linking to other articles I have, obviously with an alias. They aren't the kind of articles that inspire link clicking, but they are still unique content and could add some additional backlinks. Any creative suggestion would be appreciated.
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