is it a good idea to rewrite articles?

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hey guys

i was wondering what you thought about rewriting articles instead of creating new ones.

now the rewrites would be 95 to 100% original

the reason why im asking is because i don't want to spend a lot on original i would rather keep my spending low until i'm comfortable paying more.

I don't like crappy articles but i think a good writer can do a good job rewriting articles

tell me what you think



thank you


zena
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by zena lour View Post

    now the rewrites would be 95 to 100% original

    the reason why im asking is because i don't want to spend a lot on original
    Hi Zena,

    What makes you think that "95 - 100% original" is going to be so much cheaper than "original"?

    It's permissible (provided, obviously, that they're your articles to start with!). But it's hard to find the prospect appealing or attractive, to be honest.
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    • Profile picture of the author CraigRC
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Hi Zena,

      What makes you think that "95 - 100% original" is going to be so much cheaper than "original"?

      It's permissible (provided, obviously, that they're your articles to start with!). But it's hard to find the prospect appealing or attractive, to be honest.
      Rewrites are fine, but as Alexa just said, how much cheaper are you finding them to be?

      Whenever I peruse the Content offers in the Warriors-For-Hire section I don't see dramatic discounts for rewrites that make it worthwhile.

      I'd rather have new and 100% unique than a rewrite if the prices are as close as they usually are. Even if it's cannon-fodder for backlink purposes.
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      • Profile picture of the author zena lour
        thanks alexa and craig

        i met this lady at freelancer 3 years ago but now she only works through elance.

        she does a great job and has a lot of personality.

        she charges $3 per rewrite 600 words
        and
        $12 for original researched article

        now for a beginner there is a difference in money

        idk. still not sure what im gonna do


        zena
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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    Rewrites that are 100% original are not rewrites - they're simply writes, wouldn'tcha say? LOL
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    • Profile picture of the author peter gibson
      Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

      Rewrites that are 100% original are not rewrites - they're simply writes, wouldn'tcha say? LOL
      lol! Was thinking the same thing, "100% original rewrite" is kind of oxymoronic.
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      • Profile picture of the author zena lour
        Originally Posted by peter gibson View Post

        lol! Was thinking the same thing, "100% original rewrite" is kind of oxymoronic.

        lol

        this is why i was hesitating to ask for help

        its a confusing topic
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        • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
          Originally Posted by zena lour View Post

          lol

          this is why i was hesitating to ask for help

          its confusing for me
          If it helps... you can think of the term as a name for a process. Nothing
          more, really.

          Good luck.


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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      My question is - what articles are being rewritten?

      Are these articles you previously bought or wrote - or are you talking about rewriting articles others have written?
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      • Profile picture of the author zena lour
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        My question is - what articles are being rewritten?

        Are these articles you previously bought or wrote - or are you talking about rewriting articles others have written?

        i have written some of those articles (i can write but it takes me about 2 hours or so to do 1 article, and i find it boring to be honest with you so i would rather outsource)

        and some i have bought from the same lady i met 3 years ago but $12 a piece
        is a lot for me right now.




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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    Zena,

    It is a good idea to rewrite your articles only if you know what to do
    with them, and they are good articles to begin with. There are many
    uses for them, but you should begin from a position of knowledge.

    Of course anything you rewrite should be your own material.

    However, you will receive many opposing opinions on this and related
    subjects for a variety of reasons.

    I will also tell you this can be an extremely effective technique when
    used properly. The results can withstand the various forms of algorithm
    changes, and contrary to the rigid opinions of many in this forum - results
    can even improve after algorithm changes. I know this for a fact.

    What ever you ultimately decide should be based on an informed position.


    Ken
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  • Profile picture of the author oda
    Using an article as a reference for a new article is FINE!

    How many articles that you write are based on some thing you read in another article on another blog post.

    By taking an idea or concept and placing your own spin on it, That is what article marketers DO!

    I can guarantee that 99% of articles are unique in words but Not unique in the message the convey to the reader.

    How many SEO, Marketing, etc articles are there that say basically the same thing just in 10,000 ways. What makes it unique is the content came from you, Not the idea.

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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny Wallbridge
    I agree with Allen, If an article has been re-written to a high standard then it can be classed as its own article.

    Generally in a lot of topics the same thing will be spoken in many many original articles, the key is that yours has it's own spin on it and doesn't look like somebody elses work.

    For example, if your article is about something really specific such as "how to ride a bike" many articles are going to go over the same steps and procedures involved with how to ride a bike. The key is putting your own stamp on the re-write and making it your own.
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  • Profile picture of the author premiumplr
    I agree that a rewritten article can be as good as a new one if you really put an effort into the rewrite.

    Also keep in mind that there is a difference (at least to me) between article spinning and article rewriting. Article spinning only replaces some words in an article with their synonyms which sometimes makes the article unreadable.

    Article rewriting actually goes in - rewords, restructures and repurposes. I agree that a rewritten article can actually turn out better than the original.

    So make sure that whoever does your rewriting is actually rewriting and not spinning.
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    • Profile picture of the author Doug Wakefield
      Hard part about finding someone to rewrite the articles is going to be finding one to do it at a cost you like. I am not the only writer that really doesn't care for rewriting. I personally charge the same rate for rewrites as I do for originals. If you are expecting me to do a 95% original, you are wanting a fresh article. I am definitely going to charge a premium for that.

      If this is a topic you plan to work around for an extended period of time, it may be best to really immerse yourself into it. You can then buy a program like Dragon Naturally Speaking and just talk the articles out. It would surely be a better option than a simple rewrite.

      I read books upon books for the topics I write my PLR on. This gives me PLENTY of ammo to work around without having to resort to a rewrite.

      I can definitely understand not liking to write, but what you are expecting is going to be hard to find in the price point you seem to want to pay.
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  • Profile picture of the author betsyanne
    Originally Posted by zena lour View Post

    hey guys

    i was wondering what you thought about rewriting articles instead of creating new ones.

    ...

    tell me what you think



    thank you


    zena
    Hey, Zena.

    I think writing NEW articles is the way to go, and using LOTS of sources. This makes your new article a lot better than most articles, plus you have the facts to back your article up.

    It also makes your article a lot better because search engines are going to recognize a good, quality new article and give you more credit for it. Also, people who read your new article will think your article is a lot more interesting and up to date.

    Who wants to read the same old thing, rehashed? That's my two cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author dungdenvn
    rewrite article would be good if you're not such a good writer and can't come up with anything to write. There's also a lot of software that can help you rewrite faster.

    But I'm always give my website 20% new content and 80% rewrite. Google love it and my site always rank high in google search even i'm not doing anything much
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  • Profile picture of the author Russell Barnstein
    Any writer worth their salt wouldn't consider offering anything less than 100% original work; every time. Of course, that's assuming the writer and their client cares about quality.

    A rewrite is about quantity.

    An original is about quality.

    You decide how you want to market yourself.

    In more than a decade of professional writing for the web, I have turned down thousands of requests for rewrites by selling the client on originals instead. This is because I understand that one finely crafted article will perform and earn for years to come, whereas rewrites typically get lost in the unimaginable heaps of rubbish that saturate the web.

    So in your case, you can order 4 articles that are and will always be sh@#...... or you can order 1 good article that will outperform the other 4 combined anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author deanmoney
    I used to think that rewriting was the direction I was going to go with article marketing but I changed my mind.

    Now I just write (outsource) one article and place it on my site and backlink it a lot. Then 30 days later I submit it to the top 5 article directories 100% the same. With an anchor text text pointing to the original article so google knows that the article is mine if someone tries to steal it I will outrank them and my duplicates. Then I also use the same article and mass submit it to over a 100 sites using a software for more backlinks.

    My overall goal with article marketing is to get my own page to number one in google with the keywords I picked for that article (main keyword plus 4 lsi keywords) and not spun versions of my article.

    To me I would rather let google know that I created an article and to rank my website high then let people find my spun articles that 95% of the time is not even going to give me traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cesar Sampaio
    A 100% rewrite that is not a simple rehash of the source article is original enough for any use. I don't see a problem there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Harvey
    Funny thing is... has anyone thought of this:

    Rewrite is just taking an article and putting it in a different light with the same words. How many 'unique' articles do you think you can get?

    Almost no idea or sentence in existence is unique. o.o Sad But True.
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    • Profile picture of the author zena lour
      Originally Posted by Sarah Harvey View Post


      Almost no idea or sentence in existence is unique. o.o Sad But True.

      that is very true, this is why people have different opinions about this.
      But i appreciate all who have helped with their comments.




      zena
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Ng
    What are you going to do with the rewritten articles?
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  • Profile picture of the author zena lour
    Originally Posted by pidefenders View Post

    Rewriting articles is ok as long as you're not gonna copy the entire paragraph or else you will be sued for plagiarism. If you are capable of writing originals then it would be a lot better. It is easier to write on your own rather than rewriting or paraphrasing others' works.
    how can i get sued??

    its my original article written by me or articles i have purchased from my writers.






    thank you all for your help
    zena
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    • Profile picture of the author Russell Barnstein
      Originally Posted by zena lour View Post

      how can i get sued??

      its my original article written by me or articles i have purchased from my writers.






      thank you all for your help
      zena
      Obviously you can't get sued for plagiarizing your own work, but it does create issues depending on how you use it and how often you recycle it. There's a very long article on one of my internet properties about Self-Plagiarism and its possible implications. The article is extremely dry (I didn't write it) but it offers some unique views of the issue.

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  • Profile picture of the author erange
    Obviously original content is best. But if you're getting a good rewrite at a discount, I would jump on it if Article Marketing is in your overall marketing plan. I wouldn't rely on it...but it's a good add to good campaign.

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  • Profile picture of the author MBizInc
    I think rewrites should be at least half original, if you know what I mean.
    A writer, even if he's writing about a general topic, must receive the permission to get creative.
    You can't really take 90% of the content someone wrote and just spin it. That is not writing, that is just another method of copy/paste.

    Honestly, I see rewrites this way: just like a news, you see the same video as journalist X and write your thoughts and what you find most appealing behind the video.

    Cheers,
    Roxanne
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