Warning: Do Not Use Unaltered PLR on EzineArticles...

by Jesus Perez 26 replies
I learned something the hard way. I purchased some health-related PLR content on the WSO and within minutes of purchasing (it had just launched), posted it to EzineArticles. 2 out of the 10 articles were approved. Due to their delays, by the time #3 came up for review, someone else had already purchased the WSO and posted it on their blog.

EZA replied with a link to the other person's blog asking for an explanation. It now appeared I was a thief (although the dates were on my side).

I explained that it was purchased PLR and, when submitted, there were no traces of it online. (There weren't). I also admitted I didn't understand their explanation of exclusive use and thought it applied to PLR articles. This really was my bad. I should have read the TOS a bit closer before submitting.

The good news: EZA understood and was kind enough to reinstate my account.

Be warned: Unaltered PLR will not fly at EZA. If you do buy articles and submit them to EZA (I no longer will), be sure to heavily modify them. They are checking multiple sources for duplicate content. Google for sure.

Better yet, write your own articles or purchase exclusive, direct articles from reliable authors.

This was my first and last experience at buying pre-written Article PLR for submission to EZA. From here on out, I'll stick to writing my own. (I do enjoy that Q10 software.)
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  • Profile picture of the author PJ Morales
    Well, considering that their TOS start off this way:

    By submitting your article(s) to us;

    1. You declare that you are the sole owner and author of the article and own 100% of all copyrights pertaining to it.

    I think that in itself should be a clue that unaltered PLR is NOT allowed (of course, I realize that most people can't be bothered with reading the rules of the sites they're using, including this one.)
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    • Profile picture of the author grangonzo
      Wow!! Tht's really good info you're giving here.

      I don't submit articles to ezines yet, but it's in my plans, and i've been reviewing some PLR aticles to buy.
      Now i know what to do when i publish them.

      Thanks Blue...
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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
    Originally Posted by BlueSquares View Post

    I learned something the hard way. I purchased some health-related PLR content on the WSO and within minutes of purchasing (it had just launched), posted it to EzineArticles. 2 out of the 10 articles were approved. Due to their delays, by the time #3 came up for review, someone else had already purchased the WSO and posted it on their blog.

    EZA replied with a link to the other person's blog asking for an explanation. It now appeared I was a thief (although the dates were on my side).

    I explained that it was purchased PLR and, when submitted, there were no traces of it online. (There weren't). I also admitted I didn't understand their explanation of exclusive use and thought it applied to PLR articles. This really was my bad. I should have read the TOS a bit closer before submitting.

    The good news: EZA understood and was kind enough to reinstate my account.

    Be warned: Unaltered PLR will not fly at EZA. If you do buy articles and submit them to EZA (I no longer will), be sure to heavily modify them. They are checking multiple sources for duplicate content. Google for sure.

    Better yet, write your own articles or purchase exclusive, direct articles from reliable authors.

    This was my first and last experience at buying pre-written Article PLR for submission to EZA. From here on out, I'll stick to writing my own. (I do enjoy that Q10 software.)
    Newsflash!

    You are supposed to edit PLR articles, your bad if you didn't, PLR just make the process of writing them a lot easier as you don't have to do it from scratch

    Kymi
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    • Profile picture of the author grangonzo
      Originally Posted by Kim Standerline View Post

      Newsflash!

      You are supposed to edit PLR articles, your bad if you didn't, PLR just make the process of writing them a lot easier as you don't have to do it from scratch

      Kymi
      Wow Kim, it looks like we need to learn a lot!!!

      Awesome your newbies site.
      I'm hoping to get to that point some day ..

      Best regards...
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      • Profile picture of the author Anup Mahajan
        Yeah you should edit your articles and check their uniqueness with a Duplicate Content Checker...

        Submit only those articles that are over 30% unique.. Obviously the more unique they are the better for you....

        Cheers,
        Anup
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      • Profile picture of the author cashcow
        Yep, editing PLR whether for your website or submitting to ezines is in your best interest.

        Some things you don't need to edit it for include using in autoresponders and compiling into reports (depending on the terms of the PLR, of course).

        It's good to know that they were understanding about it though!

        Lee
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        • Profile picture of the author grangonzo
          Originally Posted by anup.mahajan View Post

          Yeah you should edit your articles and check their uniqueness with a Duplicate Content Checker...

          Submit only those articles that are over 30% unique.. Obviously the more unique they are the better for you....

          Cheers,
          Anup
          Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

          Yep, editing PLR whether for your website or submitting to ezines is in your best interest.

          Some things you don't need to edit it for include using in autoresponders and compiling into reports (depending on the terms of the PLR, of course).

          It's good to know that they were understanding about it though!

          Lee
          Thanks guys!

          Ihave 1 hour in this forum and have learned a lot already!!

          Thanks again!!
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          • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
            I wouldn't use PLR even if re-written to EZA. Only articles I wrote or had ghostwritten and are exclusive to me only.

            EZA doesn't even let you mention PLR in your articles that's how strong they feel against it. I wrote an article on podcasting and one of my tips was to convert PLR articles into audio podcasts but they made me remove that reference since they don't allow any reference to PLR.
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    • Profile picture of the author SpeedDemon
      Wow, I'm actually kind of impressed that EZineArticles is checking things that closely. For awhile there it looked like there were a lot of duplicate articles being submitted.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
        Originally Posted by PJ Morales View Post

        Well, considering that their TOS start off this way:

        By submitting your article(s) to us;

        1. You declare that you are the sole owner and author of the article and own 100% of all copyrights pertaining to it.

        I think that in itself should be a clue that unaltered PLR is NOT allowed (of course, I realize that most people can't be bothered with reading the rules of the sites they're using, including this one.)
        Believe me...I read the rules. The confusing part is that PLR grants you the rights they mention in the TOS. So it can be confusing. Technically speaking, the first 2 articles made it through. So PLR can be used if you're quick enough. Had I submitted all 10 the same day, all 10 would have been approved. I staggered the submit and the 4rd article was flagged.

        Originally Posted by Kim Standerline View Post

        Newsflash!

        You are supposed to edit PLR articles, your bad if you didn't, PLR just make the process of writing them a lot easier as you don't have to do it from scratch

        Kymi
        Thanks for the info, Kim. Had I known this, I would never have done it. Hopefully this post will come up if any newbies search for "PLR EzineArticles".

        Originally Posted by anup.mahajan View Post

        Yeah you should edit your articles and check their uniqueness with a Duplicate Content Checker...

        Submit only those articles that are over 30% unique.. Obviously the more unique they are the better for you....

        Cheers,
        Anup
        I did! I even subscribed to CopyScape! Needless to say, I've learned my lesson.

        Originally Posted by Alan Petersen View Post

        I wouldn't use PLR even if re-written to EZA. Only articles I wrote or had ghostwritten and are exclusive to me only.

        EZA doesn't even let you mention PLR in your articles that's how strong they feel against it. I wrote an article on podcasting and one of my tips was to convert PLR articles into audio podcasts but they made me remove that reference since they don't allow any reference to PLR.
        Awesome tip. I'll keep this in mind. Going forward, it's all unique for me.

        I love this Multi-quote feature!
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      • Profile picture of the author Leigh Burke
        When did EZA have duplicate articles? They have ALWAYS reviewed every article manually!

        Originally Posted by SpeedDemon View Post

        Wow, I'm actually kind of impressed that EZineArticles is checking things that closely. For awhile there it looked like there were a lot of duplicate articles being submitted.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dexx
          Does anyone know how different an article needs to be beat the EzineArticles duplicate filter?

          For instance I take an article and submit it to GoArticles (or one of the other Top 5 directories)

          I then tweak the article and make it ______% different, would it pass the EzineArticles filter? Or do they even care as long as the Pen Name is the same?

          Like if my articles are 70-80% different from each other...that should be okay right?
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          • Profile picture of the author Michael Lee
            I wouldn't use PLR - even a heavily modified one - to submit to EZA or any other article directories for that matter.

            Even if you're the first one who wrote the article and submitted to EZA, then after several days you sell PLR of those articles to other marketers, EZA could still catch you and suspend your account.

            Best to have unique content submitted.

            Cheers,
            Michael
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          • Profile picture of the author Jelasco
            Originally Posted by Dexx View Post

            Does anyone know how different an article needs to be beat the EzineArticles duplicate filter?

            For instance I take an article and submit it to GoArticles (or one of the other Top 5 directories)

            I then tweak the article and make it ______% different, would it pass the EzineArticles filter? Or do they even care as long as the Pen Name is the same?

            Like if my articles are 70-80% different from each other...that should be okay right?
            Dexx, if you wrote the article, you don't have to change a word of it.

            The problem is not how "duplicate" it is (assuming you didn't plagiarize), but whether it started as PLR with hundreds of potential authors.
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            • Profile picture of the author FatGirl26
              Yeah, that's pretty much common knowledge if you read their rules.
              Even if you were the first to post a PLR article it may get approved but it's still
              breaking their no PLR articles rule. Lesson for newbies be good to ezine and they'll be good to you.
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              • Profile picture of the author ishykiel
                I have a few tips if you really intend to use PLRs. You know for sure that articles are great because of the main tips in it. And these tips are usually supported with examples to prove the point that has been made.

                Therefore, if you really wan to use PlRs, make sure that you at least do some of these 4 things:

                1. Change the Title to a more enticing one.

                2. Use the main points in the article (Rewrite it in your own words)

                3. And add more points of your own to the article.

                4. Provide alternative examples to the existing one to support your main points.

                5. Last but not least, write a different and better introduction and conclusion to the article.

                I hope this helps.

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  • Originally Posted by BlueSquares View Post

    I learned something the hard way. I purchased some health-related PLR content on the WSO and within minutes of purchasing (it had just launched), posted it to EzineArticles. 2 out of the 10 articles were approved. Due to their delays, by the time #3 came up for review, someone else had already purchased the WSO and posted it on their blog.

    EZA replied with a link to the other person's blog asking for an explanation. It now appeared I was a thief (although the dates were on my side).

    I explained that it was purchased PLR and, when submitted, there were no traces of it online. (There weren't). I also admitted I didn't understand their explanation of exclusive use and thought it applied to PLR articles. This really was my bad. I should have read the TOS a bit closer before submitting.

    The good news: EZA understood and was kind enough to reinstate my account.

    Be warned: Unaltered PLR will not fly at EZA. If you do buy articles and submit them to EZA (I no longer will), be sure to heavily modify them. They are checking multiple sources for duplicate content. Google for sure.

    Better yet, write your own articles or purchase exclusive, direct articles from reliable authors.

    This was my first and last experience at buying pre-written Article PLR for submission to EZA. From here on out, I'll stick to writing my own. (I do enjoy that Q10 software.)
    Well, their TOS say:

    MUST NOT BE AN ARTICLE YOU RIPPED-OFF FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN OR BOUGHT (PLR). If you did hire a ghost writer to write your articles, you MUST have an EXCLUSIVE LICENSE that *only* allows your name to be associated with the articles produced for you. Do not waste your time or ours by buying article packs that have non-exclusive licenses as we reject those articles. Why do we do this? #1) It makes you look like a fraud because you're putting your name on someone else's works that already may have hundreds or thousands of other authors who already put their name on the exact same works and #2) we do not want more than one copy of any article in our directory.
    Source: Editorial Guidelines For Submitting Quality Articles To EzineArticles.com

    I once submitted 5 PLR articles to them, rewriting the first three paragrapghs of each. All of them were approved! Probably I was saved by a whisker.

    But you are better off sticking to their guidelines.

    Arindam
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Dominic
      This is why I only use PLR articles on my websites and e-books. I might get some ideas from them for writing my own articles but that's as far as that goes!
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      • Profile picture of the author louiefrias
        Yeppers...to those who didn't know the ins and outs of EZA and how to get more bang for your buck, youshould have been ontodays teleseminar call with PLR expert, Doug Champigny.

        He outlined a totally hot procedure for using PLR and making some great money with it.

        Many more to come in the series. If you'd like to learn more about it, go to:
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        • Profile picture of the author Russell Mangel
          I thought it was common knowledge not to use PLR articles in this way. But then I forget sometimes that there are constantly new IMers coming onboard.

          I wouldn't even suggest submitting rewritten PLR articles, unless it is completely rewritten - i.e. 100% unique at Copyscape. But it is amazing how widely differing people's definition of "rewritten PLR" is...

          One more point - many of the sellers of PLR are flat out telling buyers they can submit them to article directories. NO, NO, NO - bad sellers!

          I believe sellers have an obligation to properly educate their buyers on how to use the content they buy. I think some don't because it may make PLR look less attractive. Its the old "What the buyer doesn't know what hurt them" philosophy...only in this case it is not true. Duplicate content can get your article directory accounts banned, as well as hurt your rankings in the search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author WinsonYeung
    Hi BlueSquares,
    I face the same suatition with you before.
    my account got ban, but luckily they reopen my account and give me a second chance.
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    • Profile picture of the author johntan
      Nowadays Ezinearticles really have very strict rules. So I would recommend people do article marketing to write their own content or hire ghostwriter to write exclusive article for you.
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      • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
        I use PLR articles for the ideas they spawn. Every article writer who isn't seriously gifted with an expansive imagination gets stuck from time to time. Especially if you write mostly about one niche. One good PLR article can spin off as many as 10 article ideas. In my opinion, the key to keeping a steady flow of useful articles churning out is developing the ability (as a writer) to focus tightly on one (or at most two) aspects of any topic. You have to fight the tendency to be too "generous" with each article you write. What I mean is, focus like a laser beam on one or two good, solid ideas in each article. Take a narrower line. Save the ideas that pop into your head as you're writing that article and jot them down as they come along. The result is a completed article that is highly focused, and one, two, or maybe even three good ideas for more articles. Not only is it better for the reader (in my opinion) if the article stays focused tightly, it's a lot better for you as the writer to keep things focused. You'll have more articles to submit without getting a brainache.

        John
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
    Originally Posted by BlueSquares View Post

    I learned something the hard way. I purchased some health-related PLR content on the WSO and within minutes of purchasing (it had just launched), posted it to EzineArticles. 2 out of the 10 articles were approved. Due to their delays, by the time #3 came up for review, someone else had already purchased the WSO and posted it on their blog.

    EZA replied with a link to the other person's blog asking for an explanation. It now appeared I was a thief (although the dates were on my side).

    I explained that it was purchased PLR and, when submitted, there were no traces of it online. (There weren't). I also admitted I didn't understand their explanation of exclusive use and thought it applied to PLR articles. This really was my bad. I should have read the TOS a bit closer before submitting.

    The good news: EZA understood and was kind enough to reinstate my account.

    Be warned: Unaltered PLR will not fly at EZA. If you do buy articles and submit them to EZA (I no longer will), be sure to heavily modify them. They are checking multiple sources for duplicate content. Google for sure.

    Better yet, write your own articles or purchase exclusive, direct articles from reliable authors.

    This was my first and last experience at buying pre-written Article PLR for submission to EZA. From here on out, I'll stick to writing my own. (I do enjoy that Q10 software.)

    Not sure if it was my package or not but the answer is yes you must always alter PLR articles no matter where you get them. Due to the fact that they are being sold to other people and they may have posted it as well. The thing you want to use PLR articles for is rewriting them. It takes much less time than to look up and reasearch a subject when you can just reword and article. It has saved me tons of hours for my article marketing by rewriting the articles since you can do one about every 5 mins or so if your on a roll.

    Anyway I am glad to hear that you got reinstated and everything is good to go. If it was my package you bought I also tried to go through as many as I could before I sold it to find duplicate copies online but did without any luck. So either they all have rewritten the articles or they are hidden really well.

    Also one of the biggest things is make sure you change the title as well.

    Jason
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    • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
      I have 100% unique articles and occasionally by the time the article gets approved at EZ another directory has published the article and someone at blogspot or similar has scraped it and stripped the author bio so I get that email....

      They won't post your own article until you get the scraper site removed. Best to put stuff there first then submit to other places.

      Only use original articles for EZ.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
    The thing is I never have had a problem with them submiting articles that I wrote off of PLR as long as I changed the title and rewrote the article in my own words.

    Not sure what people are doing with their PLR but I love to use it cause it save me time. But you do have to change it and put your own touch on it.


    Jason
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