PLR Articles - What elements make for good PLR?

by mounds
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Hey there forumers,

I've read to that you should keep these articles reasonably generic so that the end user can modify them to their needs. I've read two highly recommended PLR e-books (PLR ATM and AllStarPLR) and I'm still looking for some clarification.

Basically, if you PLR buyers were to imagine awesome PLR, what would that look like? Would you prefer a conversational tone or a different tone? Is it worth spending a lot of time structuring words that flow smoothly or are a few stumbles expected?

Even better, could you tell me about the best PLR you've ever received and what made it so great? I'm looking to emulate the best so that we can all grow our businesses.

Thanks!

-Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Personally, I don't like PLR. For the most part it is second rate research and most articles are garbage. I used to buy PLR a while back, but stopped when I realized I can make more money and get better results with my own unique content.

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    • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
      Originally Posted by Benjamin Ehinger View Post

      For the most part it is second rate research and most articles are garbage.
      Most of the PLR out there isterrible. Unfortunately, PLR has gotten a really bad rap, but there is good stuff out there if you know where to look. A PLR article should read no different from a custom article when it comes to research and compelling writing. The only difference between a PLR article and a custom one should be that it's sold to more than one person.

      Personally (and pardon the plug here, but I'm making a point, not just trying to toot my own horn ), I have written PLR packs to sell on my company's website, and I put just as much effort into the research as I do for custom orders. If you're selling PLR, you should look at your profits from a bulk standpoint. Sure, I'm putting all this time and effort into articles that are going to sell for less money than my custom stuff, but I can also sell the same thing over and over - so it's worth my while to put the effort into it.

      That being said, can you get top-rate research and writing from free PLR or the bundles that give you thousands of PLR articles for $1? No, and, quite honestly, you shouldn't expect to. If you were selling 1,000 PLR articles for $1, would you spend alot of time on them? I sure wouldn't!
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I like them in a conversational tone rather than this is made for EZA tone. I want them well written and well researched and in perfect English. I prefer that they aren't "generic". They're a lot more interesting when they have interesting facts in them.

    I buy a lot of quality PLR. Few of them meet all of my criteria, but I rewrite my PLR anyway, so I can make it more interesting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peggy Baron
    Hi Tim,

    Great question!

    I think it's almost impossible to make a perfect PLR article that will please everyone because not everyone will use that article in the same way.

    Some people want a general article they can post on their blog, as an introduction to the topic.

    Others, who have had their niches a while would look at that same PLR article and think "meh!" Same ole' same ole'. They want more in-depth info in their article.

    Still others are looking for articles that include the newest, cutting edge info.

    And don't forget those who want an article that outlines a problem so they can use it to pre-sell an affiliate product. They want the article to be helpful but incomplete, but someone else in their niche wants the article to completely solve the problem.

    So... as the PLR writer the best you can do is try to imagine HOW your buyers will use your articles, and listen to your feedback and requests. Ask your buyers.

    Conversational is great, unless the topic requires something more formal, and a good flow with some structure is a must. I strongly advise against fluff-filled articles!

    Good luck with it.
    Peggy
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  • Profile picture of the author Gama Seva
    Personally, I like reading articles that are in tips tone with no BS.
    • Easy to read
    • Easy to rewrite and make it unique if you were to republish it. just rearrange them and you are good to go
    • I just like it
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Grable
      Well written....

      grammar, spelling, puntuation, sentence and paragraph structure....

      I purchased a big pacakge of PLR a week or so ago.... you know the one! I was very disappointed. It was complete crap. Supposedly original but it read like like poorly spun drivel.........

      The author was very accommodating with my refund request. I wonder what the refund rate was for that package.

      Cheers,
      chris
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    • Profile picture of the author Carolyn L.
      In my opinion, there should be little difference between good PLR and well written articles or blog posts. The difference is that PLR is going to be available to more than one person.

      As a PLR writer I can tell you that I write articles as if I were going to use them on my own website. The tone they take depends upon the type of site I'm writing for.

      I agree with Peggy that it's hard to please everyone with PLR articles. I guess the goal should be that the article contain accurate information, be error-free, and flow well.

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      • Profile picture of the author Peggy Baron
        Originally Posted by Carolyn L. View Post

        In my opinion, there should be little difference between good PLR and well written articles or blog posts. The difference is that PLR is going to be available to more than one person.

        As a PLR writer I can tell you that I write articles as if I were going to use them on my own website. The tone they take depends upon the type of site I'm writing for.
        I agree! I write PLR as if I'm writing for my own blog and it has to be something I'd be proud to post myself. The only difference is, although I write PLR with some personality so it's not bland, I take ME out of it so anyone would feel comfortable using it.

        Peggy
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        • Profile picture of the author mounds
          Originally Posted by Peggy Baron View Post

          I agree! I write PLR as if I'm writing for my own blog and it has to be something I'd be proud to post myself. The only difference is, although I write PLR with some personality so it's not bland, I take ME out of it so anyone would feel comfortable using it.

          Peggy
          When I started writing, this part was a bit of a challenge for me. I found that my articles were coming off as if they were written for an encyclopaedia! I'm finding my balance, but as they say, practice makes perfect.

          Thanks for all the tips, WF. Much appreciated.

          -Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Huang
    Thank god, I stopped selling PLR articles within the first 3 days I got my 25$ selling it. I thought to myself where would I go next with this? The content inside were not really since its too basic and not outside of the box but can only be used for a free report to rake in traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Richards
    Hey Tim,

    Good questions. I've written PLR myself, so here is my take:

    Originally Posted by mounds View Post

    Hey there forumers,
    Basically, if you PLR buyers were to imagine awesome PLR, what would that look like? Would you prefer a conversational tone or a different tone? Is it worth spending a lot of time structuring words that flow smoothly or are a few stumbles expected?
    I tend to write about stuff that I know about to niches that I'm familiar with. For that reason, I tend to use a very conversational tone and use very basic and conversational language.

    As per your questions about structuring sentences and the like: you aren't writing poetry here. I tend to spend very little time trying to make my PLR "beautiful" and focus mostly on making it "readable for everyone".

    You never want to be sending anyone to the dictionary, no matter how poignantly pulchritudinous your prose might be.

    -Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author RobBritt
    Not trying to add a "me too" but most important is that the content is coherent and not written at too high a level. I've read a lot of places that web content should be written at an eighth grade level (and military content at a third grade level)
    Punctuation, spelling, grammar all must be spot on. I also don't think anyone should use PLR unless you read through it first and do a slight rewrite to make it your own. A couple words changed here and there can turn something into your own voice, especially if you are known for certain phrases.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I have also written some plr for clients and have found that when you write those articles, you generally need to make the content sound as though written by an expert, but not dumbed down. Therefore proper research is essential.

      I use the fleishkincade grade level grader with the goal to make them read in the range of 8th to 10th grade level. You don't want them at too low of a grade level as not to insult the reader and the search engines do like smart people.

      They also need to be creative, interesting and at times entertaining, each having a unique twist, so to speak, making them stand out in a crowd.

      This of course is just my opinion and method.

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author Damielle
    I always rewrite them and never use them as is, therefore I just need them to be well written in terms of standard English and without any grammar errors.

    I also like when they make interesting reading as is and I just have to tweak them to make the quality better.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuiteJ
    I am both a buyer and a seller of PLR products.

    Like Peggy said, you aren't going to please everyone. But, once you get the ball rolling and you have built up a customer base, you can cater to them by asking them what they want (literally, via email, polls, feedback, request forms, etc.), which will help you build loyal followers and repeat customers.

    As a buyer, I prefer content that has enough of a unique personality and tone that it wouldn't put the reader to sleep if the content was used "as is", but still generic enough that I can easily edit it in my "own voice". I find if it has "too much" personality, it's more work to edit/rewrite.

    Cheers
    Jay
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