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Think that if it wouln't be more profitable for them to sell the content, they wouldn't even be willing to duplicate the content. They choose selling because they know that content duplicated hundreds of times worth nothing in SE world.
I can understand selling a site that makes money if you no longer want to keep updating it, and a few other reasons. If there is minimum upkeep, and the site is making money I really can't see why anyone would sell.
I did buy a bunch of pre-made, previously un-hosted sites a while back, and got one of them hosted. By the time I'd purchased a domain, paid the hosting charges I am well out of pocket. I've made 24c to date!
I wanted a platform from which to work and had no intentions of sending straight to market. I would think that several thousand also bought it.
No mine doesn'y resemble the others in any way shape of form.
Don't know about you but if I work one day I expect to get at least $ 200,- for it or it won't cover for the rent, insurance, car, food, whatever. So, a reasonable price for a 15.000 page website would be about... eh... 3.000.000 bucks, as in 3 million bucks! So any $9,99 website, even if it has 10 pages, will very probably consist of duplicate "content". And duplicate content is against Adsense TOS. By running such a website you upset hardworking folks who invest time and money to play the game by the rules. So implying that you are thinking of running such a website will make a lot us angry.
Come on, write your own content. It's called working!
[edited by: engine at 4:58 pm (utc) on Jan. 30, 2006]
On the other hand, with 12 hours of solid work with a mind full of concentration if one could write just 3 nice articles daily, which would give us 1000+ pages in one year, how many of those nice bookmark-worthy articles would appear on page 1-3 of google/yahoo for extended periods of time (sometimes spanning years if the content was "evergreen") is another question that I would ponder on.
humblebeginnings, I agree with you but your logic is flawed in a thing or two:
a) Your producing one page a day does not mean others can't do better than that, you also forgot the amount of time it takes you to manage your site(s), post in forums, optimize and other work stuff that humblebeginnings do.
b) It's costing you $200 per page does not mean that its an industry standard or that it cannot be done at a much much lower cost by others..
If your happy having one or two sites and that's the most you want to maintain then great but you should never say anyone is lazy just because I don't bash letters on a keyboard all day to construct words on to a page.
I have chosen to do it another way and its not by using "stolen content" and it certainly is not in a way you would term being lazy, far from it, there is a lot of work involved and a lot of hours each day to keep what you have built maintained and earning money.
hobbs: I know others can produce pages faster and cheaper than I do. Perhaps a bit lazy myself? However, 15.000 pages for $ 9,99 surely is not a credible average for unique content:-)
ncw164x: I didn't mean to call you lazy cause I don't have any idea who you are and what you do. I was merely trying to say that I think it is a lazy attitude to try to make easy money by publishing 15.000 duplicated pages. I strongly believe that is against Adsense TOS. Or are you telling me these 15.000 pages are all unique content?
There was an other post a couple of days ago from a guy who was very upset that Google banned his account. He said to be 100% sure he did nothing wrong.
When I looked at his website I saw thousands of pages, filled with content duplicated from other websites. Are we talking about that kind of websites?
Personally, I wouldnt pay 5 cents for articles that are resold anything more than ONCE.
Of course, if we're talking about stock photos, I might consider a non-exclusive license... but that's a different story....
I am saying this because some of my own material is sold on the Internet as being legal content, but I never gave permission for that, it's simply theft!
But besides that, when I introduced the fraudulent aspect, I was referring to the Adsense program policies. I wonder how you will make sure these 15,000 articles are within the Adsense TOS. They sell ready-for-Adsense packages that include topics such as gambling and adult stuff!
And of course the Adsense program policies prohibit duplicate content. The question is; wat does that mean? Do they mean, two or more of the same pages/articles/pictures within one website/account, or do tey mean that it is not allowed to publish content that is not original and is merely a copy of other material that can be found on the Internet?
Perhaps this is one for ASA to jump in.
ASA, is it allowed to put Adsense code on pages that have content that is a copy of material that can be found elsewhere on the Internet?
Your help would be appreciated,
There are many Private Label Rights membership sites out there that produce 3 or 4 sites a month with 20-30 original articles in each site. Nice sites, well designed, RSS feeds, well SEOd, the whole nine yards.
Problem is they may have 500 or more members so there is a possibility of 500 identical sites.
Since Jagger these sites have been hit extra hard, many have been stripped from the Google index by their much tougher dup filter.
If you purchase PLR articles (you have the right to do anything you want with them, even sign your name to them) these days you must re-write them or your wasting your time and your money. Even the membership sites themselves are advising their members to re-write since Jagger.
It's back to original content. can't beat it I'm afraid.
If you bought a package that contained 15,000 articles from eBay or an Adwords ad you would get virtually ZERO traffic to those pages from Google. Just one or two good original articles would out earn the entire 15,000 article pack.
I expect _any_ of these content packages will get zero SE traffic. It's all duped content and useless for "real websites" IMHO.
Where I do think it would be excellent is for parked domains. I have hundreds of domains parked. I could put these "instant websites" up, provide content that the type in traffic might find useful and run my adsense on it. Even with a miniscule CTR, It would beat what I get for parking them, and IMHO give the surfer something better than a parking page to land on.
So my question for the Adsense Advisor:
Does using "canned" dupe content violate the TOS in any way?