The title says it all, really. A writer who has been with me now for about 18 months and who has done some really good work for me in that time took it upon herself to fleece me.
What I mean by that is – she decided to offer my work to her cousin in return for payment, without informing me she was doing so. Her cousin then took a short cut and copied content that was already on the web, which was then sent back to me, or posted straight to my websites.
In all, I would guess there’s been about 30 or so articles that were sent to me which have turned out to be duplicated content. At 10 bucks an article, that’s a fairly hefty price tag to be paying for copied content, particularly so when you consider the fact that I could have been sued by the original content owners.
But what’s more – some of that content I’ve been trying to rank in Google.
Thus in other words, I’ve been investing a fair amount of cash trying to get this content ranked high in Google, and because its duplicated, the chances of ever ranking where I wanted it to rank are pretty much nil. Money down the drain, it could be said.