Warning - Be careful using "unique content" plugins

by Rsberg
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I rarely start threads but sometimes I see things that really get on my nerves and I feel I have to say something...

There have been a rash of plugins developed lately that offer the ability to make content "unique". Some of these plugins are here on the WF and several have probably landed in your inbox as well (emails from your favorite guru). I'm not going to name names or post links to the plugins I'm talking about because I don't want to break any forum rules.

Most of these plugins make the content "unique" by:

1. Changing the way the search engines view the content by altering code

2. Spinning the content so that it "reads" differently

Can these plugins be used ethically and legally...most likely but I feel a warning is still in order just to be sure that those who don't know (newbies) are at least informed of what NOT to do and how NOT to use them...

Trying to trick the search engines has never been a good idea and most that have done it have learned the hard way eventually. Google and the others will eventually learn about these new tricks and if you are using these types of tactics it could lead to big trouble like your sites being banned, Adsense accounts being shut down...etc

Spinning content that is scraped from outside sources (such as article directories) will most likely break the TOS of those sources (not to mention it's most likely illegal). If the plugin is designed to allow you to not only change the wording of the article but strip out the links as well then you are certainly flirting with trouble. If you're caught doing these kinds of things you not only have to worry about the problems listed above but legal issues as well.

As I said, some of these plugins CAN be used legally and ethically (on your own content and PLR) but as we all know...not everyone will do this. Just be sure if you are using plugins with these capabilities that you are playing by the rules. I'm not saying that using these plugins WILL result in losing your sites or different accounts but why take the chance?

Are a few extra bucks really worth all the trouble, damage to your reputation and possible legal issues? I don't think so.

Good luck with your IM
Robert
#careful #plugins #unique content #warning
  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Yeah - unfortunately those people who play the numbers game and create millions of pages on thousands of domains like this do make money so people will use them - but it's a dodgy path to go down.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      but it's a dodgy path to go down.
      It certainly is...one I choose to avoid for sure and hope others do as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
    I've been using one such plugin for almost 2 years with NO PENALTY. Granted, I'm not scraping other peoples content to do it, but most people aren't....
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    • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
      Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

      Granted, I'm not scraping other peoples content to do it, but most people aren't....
      As I said, if you're using this on your own content you wont have problems. I don't however agree that most people aren't doing this. I've been around autoblogging or some form of it for a while now and have talked to several people who have "failed" at it or lost accounts...etc and many of them were doing things like this (even if they didn't mean to).

      I posted this thread just as a heads up to those that dont know, mainly newbies to autoblogging. If you are approaching it the right way then you shouldnt have anything to worry about.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
        Agreed. the "dangerous" aspect to many of these plugins is when they give you the option to "strip links" etc...by doing so, sooner or later someone is going to file a DCMA and then you run the risk of:

        Your site going down
        Your accounts getting banned
        etc

        Really not worth it in the grand scheme of things I wouldn't think.
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        • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
          Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

          Agreed. the "dangerous" aspect to many of these plugins is when they give you the option to "strip links" etc...by doing so, sooner or later someone is going to file a DCMA and then you run the risk of:

          Your site going down
          Your accounts getting banned
          etc

          Really not worth it in the grand scheme of things I wouldn't think.
          Exactly why I posted this...

          I have a friend this happened to not long ago (who unfortunately didn't take my advice) and luckily the only thing that happened was she lost that one site...she was quick to remove that plugin from the rest of her sites shortly after.
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          • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
            Originally Posted by Rsberg View Post

            Exactly why I posted this...

            I have a friend this happened to not long ago (who unfortunately didn't take my advice) and luckily the only thing that happened was she lost that one site...she was quick to remove that plugin from the rest of her sites shortly after.
            The "sad" part is that 9 out of 10 times, the "black-hat" options are added only after enough USERS request them...so, when most of the software comes up (from my experience) they aren't equipped with the options to "get yourself in trouble", but get added later after users pound the developer with requests.
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            • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
              Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

              The "sad" part is that 9 out of 10 times, the "black-hat" options are added only after enough USERS request them...
              Yeah, so true. There have been several instances of this and as you say...

              It is "sad" and whats worse is that most times I'm not sure the users who ask for those capabilities really know what trouble that can lead to. I'm sure some do and don't care but to be honest I don't really care about those people learning the "hard way".
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  • Profile picture of the author bdm
    As with most things in life, you are better off doing it 'right' the first time, rather then looking for short cuts.

    That's for the insight.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    A few weeks ago I came across one of my Ezinearticles articles that some moron put through a spinner. Yikes - it was unintelligable. What came out of his spinner made no sense whatsoever, and it was on the front page of his website!

    A true "Eye Dee Ten Tea" problem. Write it out. It spells idiot.

    :-Don
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    • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
      Originally Posted by Don Schenk View Post

      A few weeks ago I came across one of my Ezinearticles articles that some moron put through a spinner. Yikes - it was unintelligable. What came out of his spinner made no sense whatsoever, and it was on the front page of his website!


      The funny thing here is that article doesn’t do either of you any good. He posted crap to his site and you don’t get the credit...

      It's this kind of stuff that really bugs me!

      Originally Posted by Don Schenk View Post

      A true "Eye Dee Ten Tea" problem. Write it out. It spells idiot.
      Yeah, I spent several years in the military...I'm quite familiar with that phrase and it always makes me smile when I hear it (or see it in this case).
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