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Posted by on Mar 30, 2009

I’ve been talking to a few people lately about the topic of PLR, or “private label rights”. In essence, these are articles that users can purchase in bulk numbers of anywhere from 10 to 25 articles for usually anywhere from $10 to $25, and only a certain number are sold so that the users know only so many of these articles will be going out to the masses.

When you read the article, pay attention to the writer’s second point about PLR articles, that being that you can use these articles, rewrite them in some fashion, then do whatever you wish with them. The reason this becomes important is that if you don’t alter the articles in some fashion, it may come across later on as though you either plagiarized someone, or someone stole from you.

Of course, if anyone remembers my post titled When Blogs Aren’t Cool, when I was talking about publishing a post only to learn that it’s shown up on someone else’s blog within seconds and how much I hate that, you can imagine how I might react when I realize that someone has posted what looks like duplicate content. My top three moral laws are honesty, loyalty and trustworthiness, and in my mind “scraping” violates two of the three. With PLR, a person has purchased the rights to use those articles however they wish, but in the long run, I believe the rest of us feel cheated if we realize that someone we like and love their articles might not have written that article, and indeed we see multiple copies of that article.

I have some PLR articles in my possession, though I didn’t purchase them. To tell you the truth, I got them a very long time ago, and I can’t tell you how I got them because I honestly don’t know. What I’ve done with most of them is nothing, but what I will probably do is give them away for free, as I’ve done with this post and this post. Of course, I did say in one of them that I might do something different also, but as long as it costs you nothing, I figure you probably don’t care overall.

Anyway, for those of you who’d like to learn more, I hope you read the link to the article. Happy writing!

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I have found a very good article writer that writes unique content and uses copyscape herself to check before she sends you the articles..

to me that’s the only way to go! I’d rather spend the time doing something else than rewriting..

I also use this plugin… that way when your stuff gets scraped, at least you get a link back to your site from it haha 🙂

March 30th, 2009 | 10:44 AM

That website links to stuff that I’ve been thinking about doing for awhile now, and her rates are fantastic, I must say. I have no problem in writing or finding things to write about, so I wouldn’t need that service, but it’s a good link for others to know about.

I’m also going to check out that plugin; another great find for you. Thanks!

March 30th, 2009 | 11:22 AM

LOL… looks like we are disagreeing again … personally I can´t give a hoot about whether they scrape my site or not, or at least it isn´t something I´d even think about twice when I see it happening to my content as long as they place a link back LOL

I went back to your post in 2008… where you were asking yourself what it would bring a person to build scraping sites,… the answer is money… and whether it works or not… if it really wouldn´t pay off, people would stop doing it 😉

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March 30th, 2009 | 3:01 PM

I wouldn’t call that a disagreement, Mirjam; that’s just a difference of opinion. I’d like at least some time to enjoy my own content before someone else steals it. And, if that doesn’t bother you, then do I assume spam doesn’t bother you either?

March 30th, 2009 | 3:25 PM

hey Mitch 🙂
it used to bother me, but now I just don´t feel it is worth getting bothered by, I mean, when I first started my “personal” blog I could get really hapy when finding somebody putting a “great blog blablbabla” comment and then upset finding out it was just a spammer and they hadn´t even read the post. Now I just don´t give it a second thought and just hit the delete button or have akismet catch it. so much better for my emotional health LOL

as for the scraping, there are a few things you can do, just like Jake said with the rss footer plugin or whatever, in the end, I don´t think it is worth my time to have it bother me, there are more important things in life 😀

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March 31st, 2009 | 3:58 AM

I guess that’s not such a bad attitude to have. I don’t like it myself, but I don’t go out of my way to remove scrapers from my life. But spam,… well, it is what it is, but as long as I catch the stuff that Askimet misses the first time around, I’m happy.

March 31st, 2009 | 8:33 AM

I hate to tell you this, but a good deal of what you read is ghostwritten. I get hired to ghostwrite for blogs all the time, and I’m good at doing it. I also write articles that people post elsewhere under different pseudonyms to create buzz. It’s all just a part of Internet marketing.

I also sell PLR articles, and I don’t see anything wrong with that at all. Most people take them and use them as base articles that they then customize for their own uses.

March 30th, 2009 | 6:52 PM

I wouldn’t doubt ghostwritten items, as I’ve put it out there to possibly do it myself. At least that’s original content.

I don’t necessarily have a problem with PLR either, but one would hope that the person purchasing some of them would change up some of the content so that it at least appears to be uniquely theirs. I see the same thing written over and over that I can pretty much tell when something is original and when it’s not. And that’s okay; not everyone is all that prolific. But I will admit to being somewhat irked when someone compliments a blog poster over and over on the great writing of an article, when they, and we, know they didn’t write a single word of it.

March 30th, 2009 | 7:19 PM

Great post, Mitch. I’ve gathered all of my PLR content together and made it available on a subscription site for others to use for their own purposes. You might consider doing something similar with your stuff.

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March 30th, 2009 | 10:28 PM

Hey Iceman; by subscription site, do you mean a paid site, or something else? I have lots of stuff that I’d have to go through, and, of course, it all takes time.

March 31st, 2009 | 12:33 AM

I mean a paid site. Look at You can customize some of your PLR in order to benefit from the longer term traffic but customization need only be a Read Me First file that thanks the user of the file and direct them back to your site(s) for updates or resources. Others who use the PLR resources you provide probably won’t make any changes to this file and you get some of the same benefits of traffic without having to do a full rewrite on tons of material.

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March 31st, 2009 | 5:36 AM

Wow, that’s an interesting concept, Iceman; I’d have never thought about anything like that. Well, that’s not totally true; I’ve thought about setting something up with my old newsletter posts for people to read, if they paid for it, but never thought about it for PLR articles. Nice idea; thanks.

March 31st, 2009 | 8:35 AM

Very good point, Dennis; one I forgot to mention.

March 31st, 2009 | 9:01 PM

Personally if I couldn’t write my own articles I think I would just give up blogging. I get satisfaction from people commenting on something that I wrote, not something that I paid for just so I had the rights to post it when the mood struck me. I would much prefer someone do a guest post than go the PLR route.

As for ghost writers, nope I wouldn’t go there either as there would be no satisfaction for me having someone else write my content and then taking praise for it.

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March 31st, 2009 | 1:57 AM

I’m with you on this one, Sire, but I understand the concept for blogging ghostwriters, especially for businesses that want to have a blog, but don’t have anyone who has the time or talent to write one. For a personal blog, that kind of thing doesn’t make lots of sense, unless that person is able to make really good money from their blog, which, I bet, some are.

March 31st, 2009 | 8:36 AM

Mmmm Ghost Writing makes me think of the group Milli Vanilli a late 80’s group who shot to fame with their first album only to be found out that they were lip sinking. It didn’t do them any favours and ended their career I would think the same would happen if someone found out that a blog did the same.
I have no problem with someone not writing any of the content themselves, but when they claim to create the content and discuss it with site visitors as their own its very deceiving.

March 31st, 2009 | 4:54 AM

Good point, Khaled, and I knew with the very first song that those two weren’t doing it, and told everyone I didn’t think it was them. So, when they were officially found out, folks looked at me with new found respect! lol

March 31st, 2009 | 8:37 AM

You may believe this private label product that you only modified is not as good as an original product, however, if you modified the e-book using your own style and knowledge it is a new product. Of course, it was someone else

March 19th, 2010 | 10:28 PM

That’s kind of the thing, Lamonica. It might be fine, but it still ends up truthfully being something someone else wrote.

March 20th, 2010 | 9:09 PM