13 Dec 06 9:04 pm
Solution to generic articles from writing companies
I've been struggling with this throughout my whole journey so far. It's the reason I didn't get a site up until six months into reading ebooks on affiliate marketing. I've messed around with every shortcut out there.
- I don't trust the PLR duplicate content issue, and having to rewrite PLR articles to me is just as time consuming as writing one from scratch. Not to mention it just doesn't FEEL right to me, recycling information like that. Granted, a lot of the time I do nothing more than rewrite an article from, say, Wikipedia or something, so I don't
- I bought Website Content Wizard, and then learned that I would have to "train" it to change articles. Ug. Again, after spending all night coming up with "phrase synonyms" for every phrase in the article, I realized I could've written five completely original article in the same amount of time. Not to mention the articles I use are very information dense (perhaps too much?) with very little fluff that I could change. I got a refund. Incidentally, David Watson gave me my refund within 24 hours, no questions asked, just like he said. A definite nod to his credit if anyone is interested in trying this program out.
- I bought Instant Article Wizard, which grabs research snippets from articles across the web for the keywords you input, and then lets you rearrange them into an article. Still plagiarism if you don't completely rewrite the article it spits out. Could be useful though for quick research tidbits.
-Dr. Andy Williams released an article-writing course that comes with a high-powered internet browser that lets you put in your keyphrase and then with a click of a button switch to Wikipedia, Yahoo, Google, a myriad of encyclopedias, websites, communities, etc. for research purposes. Great in-depth product, as I'd expect from Dr. Williams, but something just didn't click for me. I think ultimately the whole thing can be boiled down to: do some research, and write an article on it. For something I hate, like writing, I really need SPECIFIC structure with mini-goals. It does come with an article "template" that helped somewhat, but it was still too general for my particular taste.
My current solution? It's twofold.
-Jess Baylon from the Warrior Forum runs an article writers website. $4.95 for a 700 word article. So far, the content I've gotten back has been a lot better than you'd think from the price, and the articles are absolutely information-dense. Grammar needs to be cleaned, they're a bit scatterbrained, but not bad for unique content. I just have my wife clean them up a bit. Do a google search for bestarticles articlealliance and you should find it.
-Another Warrior Forum dude named Andrew Hansen has a $37 ebook called Article Speed Writing. It was the "magic bullet" for me for writing my own articles. I still hate it, I still procrastinate, but after reading it I spit out four articles in a breeze. I NEVER do that. The absurd thing is it's so simple. He has a ridiculously simple formula for article writing that may make some people mad when they see what they spent $37 for. Or not. It's actually a pretty good book with 39 pages of good information. The formula is basically nothing more than "Write a sentence on this. Now write a sentence on that. Then write a sentence on yadda yadda." It's exactly what I needed. If this turns out to be as stupidly useful as I think it is, it could turn out to be of greater value to me than even the great Master Plan and Affilorama. Before website architecture, before on-page SEO, before anything else, in my opinion, is truly unique and useful content. If you have that, however you can get it, the rest is peanuts.
So, I grab my cup of Starbucks House Blend, I sit down at my desktop-that-I-wish-was-a-laptop, and I start to write one of hopefully two articles for the day. Ezinearticles, here I come...