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I am not happy with my first article and here is why
« on: April 07, 2013, 09:18:39 AM »
Hi Everybody

After waiting patiently for 4 days I received my article. I ordered only one because I wanted to see what the quality of the article would be like.

The topic is about argan oil. The article is 800 words and at first it appeared fine but when I started reading it carefully I noticed
some grammar mistakes. For example it says that "anti-oxidants could secure skin from sunlight".
"Secure" is not the right word. You say: protect. Or how could a writer write: "tree that increases in southwest Morocco" (increases !!!). There are more mistakes like this.

The article passed copyscape but after going through the whole article I suspected that the article was just a rewrite.
So I picked one sentence, put it into google and found the original article straight away. The article is a very basic rewrite of an article
published in The Wall Street Journal. Here is the source http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303768104577460504019108684.html

Just to illustrate the first paragraph in the WSJ is:
"In Morocco, argan oil is used to dip bread in at breakfast or to drizzle on couscous or pasta. World-wide, it's gaining a reputation both as an ingredient in high-end, personal-care products and as a heart-healthy gourmet product. The golden-colored oil, extracted by hand from the fruit of a thorny tree that grows in southwest Morocco, soothes rough skin and gives hair a nice shine, dermatologists say. But while some argan-oil cosmetic products are marketed as anti-aging, there is no evidence it slows signs of growing older"

The following is what I received:
In Morocco, argan oil is used to plunge bread in at morning meal or to drizzle on couscous or noodles. Worldwide, it's getting a track record both as an ingredient in high-end, personal-care items and as a heart-healthy premium product. The golden oil, extracted mainly by hand from the nuts of a tree that increases in southwest Morocco, alleviates rugged skin and offers hair a great sparkle, skin specialists state. Although some argan oil products are sold as antiaging, there is no proof the health benefits of Moroccan Argan oil slows indications of growing old.

The whole article was written like this. Basically one article was copied in full and some words were just changed/added using synonyms. In several instances inappropriate synonyms were used. One sentence states "A little yet increasing study recommends the oil might be heart healthy." Increasing study???
Even the order of the sentences and paragraphs was exactly the same right throughout the article. It looks that the writer simply used the spinner. It was really easy to find the original article on the net. It passed copyscape but the article is certainly not original and has several grammar mistakes.

So my comments are as follows:
1 I thought that the writers were supposed to use a number of sources for every article not just pick one article and change some words.
2 Considering the poorly selected synonyms it seems that the writer who wrote my article can't be "Native English Speaking"
3 If I wanted just such a basic rewrite article I could just do it myself using the Best Spinner. (and it would take me 10 minutes)
4 I gave it 1 star rating but I would love if there was a box where I could give a short explanation why I gave a bad score. This would help both Jon and the writers to understand why the score was low.

I would like to order more articles. I hope Jon you can let me/us know what are the guidelines you give to the writers. Was I just unlucky and got a really poor writer?

All the best to all
« Last Edit: April 07, 2013, 10:11:47 AM by livelife »

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Re: I am not happy with my first article and here is why
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2013, 01:42:13 PM »
First of all, what that writer did was unacceptable. I want to assure you that in no way is that representative of what the writers are doing in the great majority of the time, or what they are supposed to do.

Second, if you PM me your username I'll adjust your account to reflect the cost of that article.

That said, it's simply not realistic to expect a writer at these pay rates to use a number of sources for every article. They couldn't make any money if they did any kind of "heavy" research for these. That's not the purpose of this service or these articles. However, they should NOT be using something like The Best Spinner just to rewrite somebody else's article to pass Copyscape. I will deal with that for sure.

Was I just unlucky and got a really poor writer?

You were unlucky, but it's likely that you'll be the LAST person to be unlucky and get that writer.

Thanks for being patient, and be sure to PM me your username for the refund.

Jon

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Re: I am not happy with my first article and here is why
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2013, 01:48:46 PM »
FYI, after researching the writer, he has been banned and will no longer be writing for us.

Also, your account balance should be credited now.

My sincerest apologies.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2013, 01:57:17 PM by Jonathan Leger »

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Re: I am not happy with my first article and here is why
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2013, 02:26:42 PM »
This is bound to happen, of course, sorting out it out fast when it is noticed is the only way to control it.

Re: I am not happy with my first article and here is why
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2013, 08:37:22 PM »
Thanks Jon for taking a decisive action and the refund :)
As Andrew said: "This is bound to happen, of course, sorting out it out fast when it is noticed is the only way to control it."
I really want this to work. I understand that this is a low cost service  but picking one article and putting it through a spinner should be a no-no.
My topic is in the in the queue again. I'm looking forward to receiving a new article and I will report about it here.
Thanks again

Re: I am not happy with my first article and here is why
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2013, 09:07:33 AM »
I received the new article. What a pleasant surprise!!!
The article is absolutely perfect, on topic, well researched and written in a nice conversational style.
I can't be happier. The quality is as though you were reading an article in a magazine.
Absolutely 5-star-plus rated.
Thanks Jon
« Last Edit: April 09, 2013, 09:12:46 AM by livelife »

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Re: I am not happy with my first article and here is why
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2013, 10:08:29 AM »
Perfick!  8)

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Re: I am not happy with my first article and here is why
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2013, 09:38:52 PM »
After waiting patiently for 4 days I received my article. I ordered only one because I wanted to see what the quality of the article would be like.

LiveLife, you can bet your boots that will not happen again...

Jon does not accept deception from anyone, must less anyone in his employ~

I have written for Jon in a previous venture and I can assure you that what happened to you, almost never happens.

Glad you have received the perfect article, which is the norm for content coming thru Jon Ledger...

HJ

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