Do VAs & Writers Steal Niche Ideas?

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Hey guys,

Was just wondering if I could hear your thoughts on something.

So like many others here, I outsource all my content creation, and sadly in my experience, writers tend not to stick around that long. Maybe 1-2 months and then thats it, interestingly; they normally disappear after they have a good idea of what sites and niches I am working on.

So my question is: Has anyone been in the position whereby they have outsourced content for their site (e.g niche articles etc) and then suddenly see an increase in the competition within that same niche a few weeks later?

Basically, do you think some VAs and writers steal niche ideas, and if so then what percentage?
Being that a lot do operate within the same marketing space and its not really that hard to replicate a site or create a new one in the same niche.

...its also-- may I add --a very good way to find new niche and keywords...

Please discuss.
#ideas #niche #stealing #va or writers #vas #writers
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      I honestly doubt that many do. Here's why I say that... If they were any good at building and ranking niche sites, they wouldn't be VA's or writers. I do not say that to insult VA's or writers. I simply mean they chose what they like and/or are good at.

      If someone wanted to steal niche ideas, there are FAR easier ways to do it without having to write you a batch of articles.

      For example, every time some idiot posts their autoapprove blog comment sites on a forum like this, all you have to do is comb through the comments and you will get more niche ideas than you will know what to do with. And you didn't have to waste the time researching or writing any articles.

      There certainly are some that do I'm sure. I bet there are far more WSO backlink sellers stealing niches than writers or VA's though.
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      • Profile picture of the author rahmanpaidar
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        I honestly doubt that many do. Here's why I say that... If they were any good at building and ranking niche sites, they wouldn't be VA's or writers. I do not say that to insult VA's or writers. I simply mean they chose what they like and/or are good at.

        If someone wanted to steal niche ideas, there are FAR easier ways to do it without having to write you a batch of articles.

        For example, every time some idiot posts their autoapprove blog comment sites on a forum like this, all you have to do is comb through the comments and you will get more niche ideas than you will know what to do with. And you didn't have to waste the time researching or writing any articles.

        There certainly are some that do I'm sure. I bet there are far more WSO backlink sellers stealing niches than writers or VA's though.
        That's so true. People normally tend to be pessimistic without any
        conclusive reason at their hands. That's acceptable since being pessimistic
        is one of the signs of intelligent in human.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mantasmo
    ^^a high-end blog network owner tried to steal my tiny but super lucrative health insurance niche-niche once. True story. What a bitch he is.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by bnetwork View Post

      ^^a high-end blog network owner tried to steal my tiny but super lucrative health insurance niche-niche once. True story. What a bitch he is.

      I believe it. I know one network owner that was doing this. I found sites that belonged to him in niches his customers were promoting on his network. His sites were all newer. He wasn't even smart enough to use WhoIs privacy.
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    • Profile picture of the author TuNguyen
      Originally Posted by bnetwork View Post

      ^^a high-end blog network owner tried to steal my tiny but super lucrative health insurance niche-niche once. True story. What a bitch he is.
      lol

      (thanks for sharing 10morecharacters)
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      • It could happen, but you shouldn't generalize things. Many writers and VAs are simply trying to make a living and gain experience - their goal is not to steal other people's ideas. With proper research, you can find a trustworthy writer or virtual assistant who can handle your projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author david4weaver
    My opinion is YES
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    Imagine how easy it is for an seo provider to steal niches from people.

    But it would really be the dumbest thing I could ever do. Definitely a huge NO-GO area.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1byte
    Yes, definitely, I've had it happen to me. I hired a writer for original content for a particular niche, and a few months later when researching competitor backlinks, I found he had created a site very closely related to mine. He created his site within weeks after I had him write the content, so I am convinced he did get the idea from me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicky Papers
    I seriously doubt your content writers are disappearing because they've suddenly realized that it's in their best interest to go down the path of trying to make a buck in your niche.

    They probably left you because you're not consistent with placing orders and treating your outsourced content operation like a real business. If you're paying your VA's a fair wage and managing them like employees they'll stick with you for years and remain loyal.

    Trust me when I tell you this, it's not random VA's and content writers you're competing against in the SERP's... it's people like me.
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    • Profile picture of the author TuNguyen
      Originally Posted by Nicky Papers View Post

      They probably left you because you're not consistent with placing orders and treating your outsourced content operation like a real business. If you're paying your VA's a fair wage and managing them like employees they'll stick with you for years and remain loyal.
      At the risk of focusing on the wrong things...

      Actually, I have stack of orders waiting (that being one of the main challenges; not enough good writers to work on them). I also own and run 3 other businesses since I was 18; a large legitimate e-commerce site (leader in our market), a brick and mortar and a property rental. Presumptuous as it may sound; I think it might be safe to assume that I have some experience in how to conduct my business.

      Originally Posted by Nicky Papers View Post

      Trust me when I tell you this, it's not random VA's and content writers you're competing against in the SERP's... it's people like me.
      I have no doubts.
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