Yes, you read that right.
I was so shocked when I first found out about this!
And I swear this isn’t click-bait or anything like that. I rubbed my eyes twice and did my research and apparently this is a thing and I am simply enraged.
Hold on for a minute, I’m giving you all the tea.
So yesterday I was going through my Pinterest feed, gorging my eyes on aesthetic books when I found myself opening an article titled ‘How I Use PLR Articles (pre-written blog posts and previews)‘.
I mean surely this isn’t what it sounds like. The blogger probably pre-wrote some posts for themselves and is now using them, right? But nope.
I’m going to thoroughly explain what exactly is going on in the blogging community these days, so sit tight.
PLR stands for ‘Private Label Rights’ and PLR content is actually pre-written content that someone else has written which you can use by copy-pasting it into your blog, and maybe edit it before hitting the publish button. And this is all legal.
Apparently bloggers have been using this PLR content for a while now. Some people use it for ‘filler’ content but for all we know many blogs might almost entirely consist of PLR content. The site I found this post on claims to tweak the PLR content a bit but I won’t be surprised if other bloggers are too lazy to even edit the content before posting.
Either way, this is plain WRONG.
Many companies and organisations are selling packages of pre-written PLR content on all sort of topics and there are even guides on how to go about using it.
I am simply enraged by all this!
Do you even need a list of what all is wrong with this?
To start off, people who use PLR content claim that they don’t have time to write but they need content for their sites. Um, NOBODY has time. I have friends who work their asses off on full time jobs or drain their energy at schools and universities and all those projects and homework, and still manage to post such delightful content.
Hell, I’m scrambling to write this post between my exams(don’t worry I’m not gonna fail or anything) while simultaneously prepping for college interviews and tests. I don’t have a lot of free time on my hands but guess what, if you are passionate and dedicated towards creating content for the site you love and want to see it blossom beautifully, you will somehow create the time. Using PLR content is no freaking solution. Having ‘no time’ is not a valid excuse.
Not only is this insanely disrespectful and rude to all the other content creators out there who are literally writing with their tears, sweat and blood(don’t worry, it’s the blood of our enemies) but it is also completely wrong to pass off someone else’s content for your own. From my understanding the companies who sell this content hire people to write the posts, and while those people are aware of how their writings are being used this is morally very wrong.
And this is not always the case. There have been numerous instances wherein these companies have sold PLR content written by someone who had not signed up for it. This means that if you’re not careful you can still be accused for plagiarism while using PLR content. Guess where your blog’s going to be then? Trampled under the feet of angry content creators.
Buying PLR content for your blog is NOT a way for your blog to grow.
This content doesn’t have that unique voice readers look for that makes them smile and laugh. When you read an article or a post carefully you can easily tell whether it fits the creator’s writing style or not. Everyone has a unique style and if you think it won’t show up you are so freaking wrong.
If you are using PLR content you are going to get caught sooner or later. Please don’t do this and respect other content creators. If you don’t have the time to post original content every day that’s okay. Nobody’s coming after you with daggers and knives, thirsty for blood. Post less frequently, maybe once or twice a week or just post randomly whenever you want. If the situation gets severe just take a little break for a while, everyone does it!
The community is very understanding except when it comes to plagiarism and cheating.
So take my advice and stop using PLR content and advice others who use it to stop too. You still have time before the angry bookish community starts throwing their heaviest hardcovers at you 🙂
The recipe for a good blog = lots of love + hardwork!
I’m not linking the article where I read about all this since despite all of it I don’t want the blogger to get all the backlash. If you want to read the article you can send me a message or simply get to know more about the issue by googling PLR content.