Joined: 01 Jun 09
20 Oct 09 1:04 pm
Actually, you can only publish/reprint articles from ezinearticles.com but not claim them as your original content. Plus you can reprint only up to 25 articles per calendar year. Those provisos are included, among other conditions, in the ezinearticles.com terms of service for publishers
and you will find that the terms of service or use of all other free article sites are similar to that of ezinearticles.com to a large extent.
Google will not exactly ban your site for reprinting articles but since such articles would then be duplicate content, your site will not stand a good chance of gaining page rank, which is what SEO is about. Google does not show pages with duplicate content in search results. This is called the duplicate content penalty.
It is not a good idea to copy articles from anywhere. What you would want to have is original content. If you find it difficult to produce original content or if you want to fill your site with original content quickly, you can either rewrite PLR articles or outsource the writing of your articles. That way, you will have original content for your website.