Buying Articles or Content? Read This Warning Now

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If you're buying content or articles, please be aware of this new outsourcing scam.

Here's the post that caught my attention (edited for brevity and warrior compliance):

Be careful when you are hiring outsourcers. I tried twice and got burnt badly. The guys, to beat copyscape sent me content where O was replace with 0 (zero) and I couldn't detect it. When I spotted it, and sent it back, they said it was an error. Guess what they did next. They used the Greek O in MS Word, so that it would pass copyscape.

This, I couldn't detect, but a friend of mine did, with his custom software. When we cleared the Greek O, and then ran it on copyscape, it was plagiarized entirely from another authority site.
No, I don't know what software the above poster used. However, when I used the Greek 0 in Word, I got the red, squiggly lines. Keep an eye out for these on common terms.


If you know another way to detect non-engllish characters, please post your suggestion.

If you've been burned some other way, please post your experience to help others.
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    It is VERY easy to beat Copyscape and I never use it as a way to check articles. You can simply change every 4th word (or misspell every 4th word, common with the $1/500 word articles) . Copyscape also only checks with the one search engine (last time I checked), so scammers can grab content from non-indexed material and use that.

    When a seller of content over emphasizes that their material will pass/beat copyscape and that is their leading point of their salesmanship, I run the other way.

    Copyscape free material is a lot different than plagiarism free material, and if you ask your writers that and they don't understand the difference, run away.
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    • Profile picture of the author supergenie13
      Greg, thank you for this info and the warning, much appreciated.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by VegasGreg View Post

      When a seller of content over emphasizes that their material will pass/beat copyscape and that is their leading point of their salesmanship, I run the other way.
      I feel sure this is very good advice.

      If a service provider feels the need to mention "Copyscape", something's wrong.

      In all the time that I was writing for others, the word was never mentioned once by me on my site, in any email or conversation; nor was it ever asked about or referred to by a single client at all.

      Call me a skepchick, but to me, it's kind of similar to all those scammy "business opportunities" that spend the first three paragraphs telling you how "legitimate" they are: all they're doing is raising your awareness that they might not be. Something that is legitimate doesn't need to harp on about it in such a suspicious way.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tashi Mortier
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        I feel sure this is very good advice.

        If a service provider feels the need to mention "Copyscape", something's wrong.

        I was told that people want to read that I'll do the Copyscape pass but now I'll definitely rethink the advice.

        All I did was a routine check and sometimes it found some random 4 word combinations that I happened to use that were also used by other websites. Considering that some of those are just common that isn't a major surprise and I think Google knows that and won't penalize you for 4 word duplicates.
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    • Profile picture of the author penpal6
      Originally Posted by VegasGreg View Post

      It is VERY easy to beat Copyscape and I never use it as a way to check articles. You can simply change every 4th word (or misspell every 4th word, common with the $1/500 word articles) . Copyscape also only checks with the one search engine (last time I checked), so scammers can grab content from non-indexed material and use that.

      When a seller of content over emphasizes that their material will pass/beat copyscape and that is their leading point of their salesmanship, I run the other way.

      Copyscape free material is a lot different than plagiarism free material, and if you ask your writers that and they don't understand the difference, run away.

      Still,

      Copyscape is best available dupli checker in the market. In your opinion, is these any better tool available in the market?
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      • Profile picture of the author Ken
        Originally Posted by penpal6 View Post

        Still,

        Copyscape is best available dupli checker in the market. In your opinion, is these any better tool available in the market?
        Put a few lines of your article in quotes (" ") in Google, Bing and Yahoo.

        Much more reliable than CopyScape.

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  • Profile picture of the author kayden57
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    I've had this happen to me as well. Once, I outsourced a dating article, and then submitted it to EZA only to have my account suspended and be accused of plagiarism.

    Come to find out, it was a PLR article that was all over the net. Shame on me, however, for not doing Copyscape before submitting.

    I guess it's my fault that I trusted someone else would be honest.

    I eventually got my account restored after several back and forths with the ornery EZA editors.

    They practically made me get on my hands and knees and beg!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    The guy who got (supposedly) burned for $3,000 on phony articles doesn't sound very bright.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter76
    Copyscape and past excerpts on Google search engine and see what popups. I always ask for samples of the articles before I purchase. That is one method but still you have to be careful. You dont know what the rest of the article is going to look like.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkWrites
    I might also suggest not spending $3,000 dollars with someone who you haven't done business with before and received good service/products from. I'm not saying you'll never get burnt if you do a smaller test order first, but I think it would lessen the chances of it happening.
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  • Profile picture of the author VOnline
    Even if you ask for a sample. They could quickly change or hide their secrets in that "sample" passage.

    Like Mark said, definitely don't spend $3000 like that..
    Question: What would you guys use if people so easily bypass Copyscape?
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  • Profile picture of the author Drewry_Media
    I would NEVER buy articles online from anyone a day in my life, unless I was creating the content myself, and selling it to someone else! lol
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    • Profile picture of the author PLR Basket
      Originally Posted by Drewry_Media View Post

      I would NEVER buy articles online from anyone a day in my life, unless I was creating the content myself, and selling it to someone else! lol
      Why? Just ask for reference and you'll find a good writer.
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    • Profile picture of the author kayden57
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      Originally Posted by Drewry_Media View Post

      I would NEVER buy articles online from anyone a day in my life, unless I was creating the content myself, and selling it to someone else! lol
      I wouldn't go that far. a safe way to go is Constant Content. their articles have to be original and they are all high quality. A little pricey sometimes, but well worth it. You always know what you are going to get. Isn't it better to pay $35 for 500 words and get top quality original contant than paying someone $10 for 500 words and being unsure of what you get?
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  • Profile picture of the author dubaier
    Thanks for letting us know mate

    I was just about to purchase 500$ worth articles

    Thanks again
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    • Profile picture of the author VOnline
      Originally Posted by dubaier View Post

      Thanks for letting us know mate

      I was just about to purchase 500$ worth articles

      Thanks again
      Like the above post(s)
      Don't go spending too much of big amounts. Use a test amount first.

      (Unless that $500 was for testing..)
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
        Originally Posted by VOnline View Post

        Don't go spending too much of big amounts. Use a test amount first.
        Good advice, and common sense. Dropping $3,000 on work that is completely unseen is just plain senseless.
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        • Profile picture of the author Sardent
          Checking Google with portions helps.

          One scam some like to use is to take someone else's content and run it through translating programs.

          For example, take an article written in English and using a translator program change it into Japanese or Norwegian. Then use the same or different translator program and change the new language, back into English.

          It's interesting that it doesn't change it exactly back into what it was.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    You can buy quality articles, which are original for sure, if you’ll pay their price. For example, at Constant Content you can be sure that all articles are original because CC’s editors are too demanding. They keep rejecting articles if they are not perfect. Even if an author will write a different article about a similar topic he/she is not allowed to repeat the same ideas in a different article. CC keeps 35% from each article an author sells there because they examine everything before accepting each article. This is why they delay 4 to 5 days in order to accept a simple 500 words article. However, you have to pay around $20 -$45 for a short article. CC’s articles are excellent, but they are quite expensive.

    Many authors accept customers’ offers. You may be able to pay less money for an excellent article, but your offer must be reasonable in order to be accepted.

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    • Profile picture of the author Tashi Mortier
      Okay, seems like I better don't over-emphasize that my content passes CopyScape anymore. Seriously, I just use it as a last insurance, I never copy any sentence but I got two hits for very common sentences so I changed them.

      You really have to think about how much money you spend for your content. I take my time to write articles, to do good research. I want the articles to be well-readable and informative so that people actually want to read them.

      There are so many people out there underbidding each other to a point where they either have to rip you off or outsource to barely English-speaking people.

      I simply can't afford to work at rates like $ 5 per article because I can write at most 10 to 15 articles a day and I've got bills to pay oh and sometimes my body thinks it needs some nutrition, too. Living in Germany isn't cheap, I've got over $ 1000 to pay for rent, gas, electricty etc. already.
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        • Profile picture of the author dftrus
          Finding a good outsourcer to do your article writing can definitely be trial and error, but with a little patience, they can be obtained and at a decent price. Any legitimate writer will be more than willing to provide samples of their work before you hire them.

          I found that it's best to start small, and choose one or two at a time to write for you. By continuing to select the writer whose work you like best, you will find a workable situation. Then remember, once you find a writer you like, to treat them well. :>)
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    Even if something passes copyscape , it still can get rejected by ezinearticles as they don't like content that closely resembles other articles (which I think is a good thing). When I outsource, I always ask someone to use at least 3 sources and I then add a few paragraphs of my own as well .

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  • Profile picture of the author darrenmonroe
    WOW! thats why i would always JP rather partner with a content provider authority expert vs risking that issue.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    When I first advertised my writing services on the Warrior Forum I made a big point of saying I would check everything with Copyscape.

    Now I just make it clear, I write original content, if you do not trust me, we probably are not a match. Copyscape might be helpful for checking a few things, but I found it to be a tedious waste of time.

    Sorry to hear you were burned for $3000. I would not be able to sleep at night after doing that to someone.

    Take care,

    Barry
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  • Profile picture of the author theultimate1
    I usually submit my articles in the .doc format. If my client opens it in MS-Word, they're probably safe.

    But then again, I never knew some people even change single characters... Holy Moses!! The ingeniously creative ways of the bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author zetetician
    $3000, sight unseen? I didn't know such clients existed.

    For my ghostwriting I use the best plagiarism prevention tactic I know - writing every word myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
      Originally Posted by zetetician View Post

      $3000, sight unseen? I didn't know such clients existed.

      For my ghostwriting I use the best plagiarism prevention tactic I know - writing every word myself.
      Me too, and that's what my clients pay me for. Research and writing skills to interpret that in my own words costs money
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  • Profile picture of the author Vlad Bacioiu
    I think you should write your articles so that only one way to express yourself in the most direct way to the visitors and your customers.I am not against other methods of hiring a reputable writer.
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  • Profile picture of the author dezchamps
    Good article writers are out there - you must always check references. But, with quality comes price. I guess it depends on what your needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author schttrj
    Originally Posted by Jesus Perez View Post

    If you're buying content or articles, please be aware of this new outsourcing scam.

    Here's the post that caught my attention (edited for brevity and warrior compliance):



    No, I don't know what software the above poster used. However, when I used the Greek 0 in Word, I got the red, squiggly lines. Keep an eye out for these on common terms.


    If you know another way to detect non-engllish characters, please post your suggestion.

    If you've been burned some other way, please post your experience to help others.
    Tell you what, those who DON'T respect their profession would eventually get burned! You may have lost three thousand bucks and but they lost one paying reliable client...As the saying goes, NEVER slit a goose that bears golden eggs!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    $3000 for articles in one go is too much. I, personally wont spare much cash in a single transaction and I know most of people here wont. There can be an upfront or escrow payments and that can work better than giving every penny for the articles you haven't even approved yet.

    Andrea
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Are you using copyscape premium?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Lim
    How, Jesus there's a scammer out there.
    What exactly copyscape would effect our blog?
    I don't get it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
    Originally Posted by Jesus Perez View Post

    If you're buying content or articles, please be aware of this new outsourcing scam.

    Here's the post that caught my attention (edited for brevity and warrior compliance):



    No, I don't know what software the above poster used. However, when I used the Greek 0 in Word, I got the red, squiggly lines. Keep an eye out for these on common terms.


    If you know another way to detect non-engllish characters, please post your suggestion.

    If you've been burned some other way, please post your experience to help others.

    #1. Now that's a useful post. Thanks.

    That's not something I ever would have looked for, or for that matter thought of.

    #2. ROFL... That's pretty inventive scheming

    Do you ever get the feeling that if some people used their brains the right way, they could be a huge success legitimately?

    Or as Maxwell Smart once said....if only they had used their ways for niceness instead of evil.

    Useful post Jesus

    Thanks


    Jim
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    Great warning, scam are everywhere so if you buying some thing look at the reputation or i-trade for the seller. Always think how to reduce the risk.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    3,000 bucks that is a costly mistake sorry to hear that happen to you. Live and learn I guess I hate scammers with a passion where is the integrity in this World? Some people are just pieces of ---- it is ashame. Thanks for the warning.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
      Originally Posted by entrepreneurjay View Post

      3,000 bucks that is a costly mistake sorry to hear that happen to you. Live and learn I guess I hate scammers with a passion where is the integrity in this World? Some people are just pieces of ---- it is ashame. Thanks for the warning.
      It didn't happen to me. It happened to another Warrior that posted in a separate forum. The post caught my eye and I felt it was a good warning for the community.
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      • Profile picture of the author Juro Egresi
        Originally Posted by Jesus Perez View Post

        It didn't happen to me. It happened to another Warrior that posted in a separate forum. The post caught my eye and I felt it was a good warning for the community.
        Hello Jesus

        Thank you for sharing this info. For people who just started, this one is really valuable.

        Juro
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        • Profile picture of the author zaggernaut
          I have been sourcing content for 5 years. I started off freelancing alone and then sourced to various online content farms and PLR sites. From a vendor's point of view these are some things you must watch out for while buying content-

          1. ALWAYS, I repeat, always ask for published online content. If you can get EZA published samples that'll be best.
          2. Copyscape should be used in tandem with Plagium.com or other plagiarism detection tool.
          3. Small orders always. Can't stress the importance of this.
          4. At the time of ordering you must specify whether you are looking for original articles OR unique. There is a difference- A rewritten article can be unique with no copies on the net. You must specify whether you are looking for a fresh and original view point with researched facts.
          5. It'll not be always possible to get references of previous clients as most freelancers ghostwrite. Still, if they are doing this for living they must have a writing portfolio to show you.
          6. Its paramount that you must find a reliable content provider to form a long-term relationship. Changing and chopping freelancers to find cheaper deals results in misery I can't even come close to describe.
          7. Cheap is NOT always crap. I must have made this point to a thousand people on so many forums. We have been doing $2 articles for a long time and we have been profitably running a team of 6 full-time well-paid writers. You only get scammed buying cheap stuff when the providers are based in dollar economies and can't possibly produce those articles for those cheap rates. Just one hint to assess the provider. Always ask where they are based.
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  • Profile picture of the author maxsi
    There are tons of PLR articles on the internet, many are free.

    1) Grab 2 articles related to your niche
    2) Mix them into 1 powerful article
    3) Change some text (take your time to change some text)

    It's free but you need a bit of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigjara
    The internet marketing world will always be a battle between good and evil: honest marketers and scammers. We need to stick together to fight off these scammers and uphold our reputation.
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by bigjara View Post

      The internet marketing world will always be a battle between good and evil: honest marketers and scammers. We need to stick together to fight off these scammers and uphold our reputation.
      There will always be scammers out there. Can not do anything about it....

      But you can fight it off by offering real hard core quality. That will no matter what happens online or who is out there scamming people will come to you before anyone else. now that is truely powerful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    In m0st cases, it sh0uld be pretty easy t0 sp0t when s0m0ne substitutes a zer0 f0r an "o". Pr00f-read y0ur c0ntracted articles, pe0ple, especially if y0u're paying f0r (ahem) $3,ooo w0rth.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
      Originally Posted by Steven Carl Kelly View Post

      In m0st cases, it sh0uld be pretty easy t0 sp0t when s0m0ne substitutes a zer0 f0r an "o". Pr00f-read y0ur c0ntracted articles, pe0ple, especially if y0u're paying f0r (ahem) $3,ooo w0rth.
      I humbly disagree. This pοѕt iѕ being made with invalid сharacterѕ. Did yοu сatch any οf them?

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      • Profile picture of the author William Prawira
        I'm not on article related IM business, but still It's a very important knowledge that I read on this post. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Originally Posted by Jesus Perez View Post

    If you're buying content or articles, please be aware of this new outsourcing scam.

    Here's the post that caught my attention (edited for brevity and warrior compliance):

    No, I don't know what software the above poster used. However, when I used the Greek 0 in Word, I got the red, squiggly lines. Keep an eye out for these on common terms.


    If you know another way to detect non-engllish characters, please post your suggestion.

    If you've been burned some other way, please post your experience to help others.
    This just makes it harder for all of us REAL writers. There is also a plan out there that teaches you how to charge double or $2 per 100 words and outsource to others for $1 per 100 words. This is something that a real writer will never have to do. Those of use that are good and real writers get paid extra without even asking for it. I get so sick of these scams that are out there and it is getting a little ridiculous if you ask me.

    Great post by the way!!

    Benjamin Ehinger
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    • Profile picture of the author ferenan
      I think the best would be ask the writer whom they have done business in the past with.and if you get the name ,you know what to do next.LOL
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    Spellcheck doesn't catch those strange characters???
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  • Profile picture of the author zigato
    Hire someone who sells articles at reasonable rates? By reasonable I don't mean $1 for 500 words... I mean paying people what they are really worth.

    I find doccop (free) better than Copyscape. The only downside is that you have to wait in the queue and can only scan one article at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author danemorgan
    I would just like to point out that "something is wrong" may not be the only reason a contractor might mention copyscape. It might also be owing to the fact that at minimum a solid 30% (probably higher) of all contracts posted on the job boards mention that articles must pass copyscape.

    These guys are selling their time to you and a perfectly legitimate contractor could be completely reasonable in forming the conclusion that copyscape passage is something thos crazy Americans are into. The only logical thing to do at that point is to let them know he has what they want.

    Kinda like what we do here. Find something people want, offer it to them, give them bullet points about it, and so on.
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