UPDATE – OCTOBER 4TH: Pranav Jain has done the right thing and issued a full refund. The lesson to be learned here is to not pay upfront for content unless you know the writer – and be sure to run the text through copyscape.com or similar to make sure it’s not copied from elsewhere.
Pranav Jain contacted me through TechPatio.com on September 2nd, saying he was interested in writing articles for me. After a few e-mails back and forth we negotiated a price and agreed on a 500 word article on “blogging tips”. I didn’t really have any idea what I should have him write about so some suggestions came and we agreed on blogging tips and the price as well.
Initially he wanted upfront payment for three articles but I declined with the reason that I didn’t know him and whether or not his articles were good enough. He did send links to some other articles he (claim) to have written and they were not totally concinving to me, quality-wise, but I decided to give him a chance and paid upfront for that one article. He sent me his paypal address at 4:05pm on the same day and I paid him almost instantly.
At 4:14pm I received an e-mail from him saying that he just finished the article and will be sending it to me within 10 minutes. I didn’t receive the article until 5:05pm though (when I asked him, he said there was power problems).
The article was 455 words (that’s okay) but the writing style puzzled me, I probably didn’t think it was written by the same person who wrote the other articles he sent me links to. I decided to run the article through copyscape.com to check if it was copied from elsewhere – and yep – the article he sent me was copied from two PDF documents (eBooks) released in 2008. The first part of the article he sent me is on blogging tips and consists of snippets copied from “Blogging Essentials” by Karina Wright (Dec. 2008) and the last part of the articles on what search engines want is also copied but from “Top Performing SEO/SEM Strategies”, also known as “Quick and Dirty SEO-SEM”, by Rendall Wright (Feb. 2008).
I tried to create a PayPal dispute but the seller (writer) claims that he did not copy it and that he spent four hours writing it… Unfortunately PayPal is unable to do anything when it’s electronic goods or services, so my money is lost which is why I’m suggesting that all other bloggers who might be contacted by Pranav Jain / Alok Jain to run the content through copyscape.com first and not pay before you’ve verified the content is not copied.
Below is a copy/paste of the article he sent me, so you’re free to look it up and compare with the two before mentioned articles if you like. He just removed a few words and sentences here and there from the paragraphs.
By:- Pranav Jain
Blog comes from the word weblog which means websites or part of websites. A blog is traditionally maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, and supporting material such as images or video. Blogging has quickly grown into a powerful marketing tool, news platform, and communications medium. Blogs have gained increasing notice and coverage for their role in communicating news and providing a platform for outreach, marketing, and collaborative information. If you do it right, you can make some good money.
Herein, we’ll review what it takes to maintain a successful blog and review money-making options related to blogging. A blog is an essential tool for companies who want to effectively communicate with their staff.
There are numerous simple methods to make money through blogging, including Google Adsense, affiliates, sponsorships, paid reviews, and brokering services. Most people use search engines to find what they’re looking for, and from those people, many won’t look past the second page of results and the first thing you need to do is make sure your blog is well-ranked in the search engines.
In the past, search engine optimization (SEO) has most often referred to making changes in the development of your site. Developing content with top search terms in mind is the most sure-fire way of increasing your ranking.
What Search Engines Want
Following are the tips to increase the priority of your blog in search engine:
- Research popular search terms using resources like Alexa, Digg, Google Trends, and Technorati.
- Make use of your Meta tags to ensure that your title, description, and keyword tags are unique to your page’s content.
- Test your site using a Meta tag analyzer and a keyword density analyzer; there are many free tools available to analyze your content and tags.
- Use Google Analytics or a similar service to keep track of where your hits are coming from, and write new posts based on popular posts you’ve already written.
- Make use of your blog roll – link to external sites as well as other posts within your own blog.
- Use Conversational Marketing tactics. Conversational Marketing is the engagement of social media by a corporation to promote their product or brand.
- Internal and Outbound links should be added to the footer of every page. These links assist the search engines in indexing pages that are not on regular navigation.