It just happened again. I went to a site that promised helpful information only to find a useless PLR (private label rights) article. It burns me up!
There's little that I find more irritating than clicking on the title of what promises to be an interesting, informative article to find. . . junk! Tired and potentially plagiarized (unscrupulous PLR sellers often get their articles from article directories, removing copyright and author information) junk at that.
The upsurge in PLR article sites has led to a flood of obese sites bursting with PLR articles. It's time to fight back. So here are five ways that PLR websites give them away and what you can do to stop them.
1. Content three yards wide and a nanometer deep
PLR articles often offer the reader an encyclopedic variety of articles crammed with nothing more than tired platitudes on a worn-out subjects. In fact, you'll never find new, interesting content in these articles. Original content requires original thinking and research.
2. Bad, sometimes even unintelligible, writing
Website owners fear Google's duplicate content penalties, because they'll lose advertising revenue if Google bans their site. Therefore, unscrupulous site owners often rewrite PLR - carelessly. PLR rewriters scramble sentence order or even scramble word order within sentences. The result? Meaningless articles.
3. No author or a fictitious author
In their haste to post hundreds of articles, website owners who rely on PLR articles sometimes forget to put an author on their articles. Others create fictitious authors for their worn-out articles.
You may be able to get information about site ownership by checking Whois. If there is a mismatch between the site owner and author, you may still find another PLR aticle.
4. No author biography
If someone is really an expert, they'll provide support evidence in their biography. No biography? Chances are good there's no expertise there either.
5. Little or no contact information
Experts want readers to be able to contact them. They write articles to encourage contact rather than to serve simply as a foil for income-creating advertisements. If you can not find contact information, or you find only limited contact information, you've probably landed on a site populated with PLR articles. You can safely assume that missing or limited contact information means the site does not want to hear from you.
What you can do to slow the advance of junk PLR
1. Notify Google by clicking on the "advertise" or "sponsored" link in the ad box.
One of Google's goals is to get rid of spammy sites stuffed with "scraped" content. You can help them by letting know them every time you're able to identify a site that exists simply to display advertisements.
2. Back out of the site, and do not touch any advertising links.
Use the back button to get out of the site. If you click on an ad, you're paying the website owner and encouraging their continuing use of PLR articles to clutter up the Internet.
3. Let the website hosting company know if its customer plagiarizes content.
Legitimate hosts do not want to wreck their reputations by hosting sleazy sites, so they'll usually cooperate by removing them.
Keep after PLR Internet abusers, and we'll all benefit from having original content to enjoy!