Recently, an article writer contacted me about his article work. His demo article looked great so I ordered several articles from him. But, what happened next chucked up some red flags and I want to share them with you:
- The articles (9 in all) were returned rather quickly. I also write articles and know that it takes a bit to research and write… so having all 9 articles returned to me within a few hours seemed too good to be true.
- Reading them, they were almost flawless. But, the context seemed to jump around a bit making it appear that possibly some paragraphs were copied from individual sources… but when tested;
- Testing 1: We all know we can grab a paragraph from the article and do a Google search - which is what I did and nothing was returned. I also checked CopyScape and it passed 100%… too good to be true??
- Testing 2: Always save the article in Notepad. It seems like an antique way of doing things, but you’ll see why … keep reading:
What I discovered when saving the file in notepad, an error popped up (see image), that the file contained characters in Unicode format. While this may not seem like a big deal, some text may be wonky, but… upon further inspection of the article I noticed that the simplest text was having problems saving.
Seeing the weird errors in the text file, I copied to a WordPress blog post in visual mode. It showed odd errors there as well with simple text like the words “the”, “more”, “and” etc etc. underlined as if they were incorrectly spelled.
So I opened the text file in Notepad++ to see what the file really looked like and where the Unicode problems were… and there were lots. See Image #2
If your article passes Copyscape 100% and no other info is found using a Google search, I suggest testing it a 3rd way, and that’s by typing in a couple of sentences directly into Google search. It’s how I discovered that the articles were simply copied from another source and the file transferred to Unicode to hide the real info.
There are a lot of super article writers here on Fiverr, and I firmly believe in hiring new Fiverr sellers, but do your due diligence on the material returned. Posting an article on your blog in this format is certainly not going to be beneficial to you if search engines can’t read it. As well, if a human can and they spot a copy it could be bad for your website.
So, long story short, save yourself some time and use a programme such as Notepad++ to view articles. Don’t trust that an RTF file or Docx is ok to assume the work is safe to use. Hope this information helps. Fiverr On!