I've had my site for ten years. In that time, I've built up 2000 pages of authentic, genuine quality content, not in the same style of those on here who say, while keeping a straight face, "I have 50,000 pages of quality content" which almost always means regurgitated, recycled, rebranded pages from elsewhere.
But since about 2004, the game hasn't even been close to being fair. We've been outranked, out trafficed and out earnt by those who blatantly steal content, including ours.
I have no more patience left. I used to be able to go to bed thinking "I'm doing it the right way - eventually, I will come out on top." You know, you get bored of saying that after 7 years and all the evidence in that period not only fails to give you real hope that you'll come out on top eventually, but that the opposite will happen. You'll get buried by ever more thieving websites who can wrap YOUR stolen content, among others, in a fancy $50k template and rise to the top.
Of course, there are DMCAs. I could spend literally half my day submitting DMCAs to hosts who don't or won't respond. In the few cases where content is taken down, the mega-site simply steals from elsewhere and moves on.
the internet is now awash with parasites and well-funded parasites at that. My 2000 pages of genuine content have been whored around the internet earning money for everybody else. Call someone on it and it's "yeah, sorry, my bad" and nothing really changes. I do searches for my content now that returns tens and tens of sites that have stolen.
And, here's the killer, sites will "recycle" content, adding odd words here and there, making it impossible to find via search engines. These people hire bottom-dollar labor from places like India, china, turkey, who "wash" content, inserting words here and there. I've seen it so many times on sites I know and follow. Lord knows how much it's happening on sites I've never seen. It makes them immune to being caught via google, bing, etc.
On every one of these sites are adsense ads. You all knew that punch line was coming, eh? My content is framed with 20 adsense ads and a pretty template and these guy out-earn me. Where is the justice in that?
so today, I throw in the towel. I join the dark side. I'm further from justice today that I was at any point since 2004 so I'll do what they do. I'll add 20 regurgitated pages to my site per week instead of 3-4 original ones. I won't waste my time writing proper content anymore because it gets stolen, rewritten, "borrowed" and then buried in the SERPS by all the above.
Do I feel guilty about this? Not in the slightest. I would have 7 years ago, even a year or two, but after being repeatedly punched in the face, it changes you. Mega-billion corporations such as google, bing and the like have decided what the shape of the internet will be like and it's not going to be formed by the likes of me plugging away at a small site with 2000 original pages.
So I'm not going to be like that anymore.