- Internet & the Web
Original content issues
Just how original must original content be?
In early 2008, there were more than 150 million websites on the Internet, and in late 2008, that had grown to over 180 million, so I guess now in 2010 it must be over 200 million.
Very many sites have similar content.
Even if one does absolutely no research before writing an article, writing only because one knows about the topic anyway, one risks the chance of the article being really similar to another article already online. The 200 million figure I mention above refers to sites, not pages. Then there are quite large sub domains on many sites, which aren't even counted as websites. There is TONS of content on the Internet.
I never spin my articles (or somebody else's article and use it as my own), as like to provide a reader with totally original content (original unless it happens to closely match a page on all those millions of sites by accident), and have you seen all those mistakes that appear in these spun articles? It's awful, and makes for a lot of poor content all over the Internet. Those article spinners don't even bother to manually check that the grammar is still good after the synonyms appear in each spun article.
What I find particularly sad, and depressing, is that many of these poor content and bad grammar articles actually get found quite easily. I guess this could be because people can spend less time creating spun articles than writing original articles, and then add these articles to their sites, making their site have more pages more quickly. It may also be used as a method to try earn a little more from related advertising on the site: A person may find the article quickly, but then sees how difficult it is to read, and when not getting the information they were looking for in the first place, why not just rather quickly click a more helpful ad on the same page? I believe that if a person lands on a page that has all the information they are looking for, there is no need to click a related content ad that may lead to a page offering further information.
I'm hoping that Google will come up with some system to help eliminate spun articles, to make it fair for everyone trying to earn some income online. To me, spun articles are more "duplicate content" than original articles, written from scratch, that may just happen to be similar to another article quite by accident, than actually taking an already existing article, and just changing a lot of the words to be synonyms of the original words.
It's hard work promoting original content, that lets viewers find information they are looking for right away. Spinning articles is easy, and mostly provides poor content. Perhaps I sound like a kid, but hey, it's not fair!
I also think that many revenue sharing sites may need more staff to manually go through articles to see if they are spun or not (unless of course they don't mind if it means getting more traffic to their pages) (but that's not nice), as automated systems of checking articles for too many links etc may not work with spun articles if these spun articles are otherwise adhering to all the rules.
I've seen so many people in help forums trying to figure out what they did wrong for a good original article not to be published, or why they have been banned from using the site, when there are also many poorly written articles published on the same site, whose writers just get away with it (and get their ads clicked more often.)
Maybe it will take a really long time to be rewarded for trying to provide good original content for Internet readers, and maybe that reward time will actually never arrive, but trying to provide good original content is what I'm sticking with.