CONTENT GENERATING TOOLS

Let us explore the efficacy of free online content generators available across the web.  A blogger has to inevitably be a multi-tasker with writing as his or her forte.  Writing a blog post sometimes proves to be a pretty tedious job.  You may more often than not run out of your creative juices for churning out posts after posts.  Moreso, when you have to remind Google regularly that your blog is active.

Given the fact that you have to do a lot of things as a webmaster, you must be hard pressed for time. But does that provides you with a pretext for opting for one of the online content generators widely endorsed across the blogosphere?

While as a blogger myself, I may have some strong RESERVATIONS against its usage.  But I cannot shun them totally without giving them a try.

DISADVANTAGES OF FREE ONLINE CONTENT GENERATORS

At the onset, let me gauge the cons that one may encounter if he/she is using them on regular basis. My inhibitions emanate from the benefits I have realised while writing my own contents.  They originate from the advantages I personally experienced for maintaining the originality of my posts.

#1     It is really difficult to produce original content out of your creative instincts.  You have to do a lot of research for giving the best to your audience.  In the process, you learn some valuable lessons.

But to be successful in any field, hands on experience is always better than something which is served prepared. Sane voices have maintained that wisdom is always better than invisible knowledge.

#2     The contents created by these online generators cannot be claimed as authentic ones.  Though they are often touted as SEO compliant, informative and updated, one should always check their veracity.

 This is because these tools may be giving you some outdated contents.  Or the tool makers may be hiring someone who is neither that good at writing nor is aware of the latest developments in your business.

#3     If search engines discover that your articles are products of some online content producers, they might penalise you for plagiarism or copying others content.  There are a handful of quality content producers.

But just ask yourself, is it possible for these tools to bring out 10 different contents for 10 same content requests.

Two recognised tools are co-owned by the same people. A query to one of them confirmed their ownership status.

#4     You can’t escape the ever-vigilant Google with a spun version of those auto-generated contents either.  Yes, I am sorry to bother you guys.  Suzzane Edwards in her post on spun articles opines that Google and other search engines are always on the hunt for such content.

#5      Blogging demands your creativity.  Your article must stand out in the scores of articles hitting the blogosphere every day.  You, therefore, have to increasingly depend on your ingeniousness.

And not on online article creators circulating the same content or its spun version to umpteen webmasters.

#6     There is an unexplainable joy in doing things on your own instead of taking help from others.  Can there be anything better than creating your own content and finding it on the first page of the SERP.

I reiterate the point that I want my peers to write their own content without resorting to any Black Hat SEO methods.  But I won’t advise you to do away with these free online content generators. There are some good tools out there though.

They do provide you with some good contents albeit outsourced from others.  But don’t use their content both original or spun, in your posts. Before you hit the publish button, you should make a comparison with that of yours and initiate necessary changes.

FREE CONTENT GENERATORS DON’T COME FREE

The web world is replete with a number of online content generators.  Most of them come for a price.   Some of them boast themselves about being available for free.  As I write my own contents, I have never tried those paid tools.

However, just to have an experience, I decided to try those tools said to free for webmasters.

  •      seocontentmachine.com/free-online-content-generators/
  •      articlecreator.fullcontentrss.com
  •      articlegenerator.org/
  •      free-article-spinner.com/
  •      www.articlegeneratorpro.com

But surprisingly, most of the content generators are not free at all.  All they offer as free come as a free trial.  Their products are never original. When I Googled the very first line of one of such contents, I came to know about the origin of these auto-generated contents.

AUTOMATED CONTENT GENERATION -INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

These tools have inbuilt software within which spin the articles for you. But how can you rely on them when these article generators can neither think nor perceive like humans.

Just to know about other’s opinion, I put up a question in Quora.  This is the response I got.

The issue of automated content generation has reached an alarming level.  While delving on the subject, Harsh of shoutmeloud fame has pointed out that there are many software, WordPress Plugins which generate such automated content for ad-sense blogs.
He maintains that Google has come down heavily on such blogs Google’s official stand in this regard is-
Fact: We don’t allow sites with auto-generated or otherwise unoriginal content to participate in the AdSense program. This is to ensure that our users are benefiting from a unique online experience and that our advertisers are partnering with useful and relevant sites.
As per Googles, Auto generated contents are never Adsense friendly.
Creating user-friendly articles is synonymous with producing informative, updated, unique, original, authoritative content (as Jen Van Iderstyne wants us to know in her post-www.internetmarketingninjas.com/blog/branding/free-website-content)which these tools can never produce.

 FINAL THOUGHT

So next time don’t fall prey to those catchy phrases like “amazing SEO article generator for optimising your website” reflecting in the meta description of these free online tools’ sites.  Be patient and exploit the opportunity for showcasing your writing potential.
 I have elaborately discussed the issue of using content from free online generators.  If you have some valuable inputs to make this post better, then please feel free to suggest.

20 thoughts on “Free online content generators – Are they a safe bet?”

  1. I don’t think that any content that comes from an online generator would be original but the generated article can be helpful in getting the writing process started

    1. That is what I specifically mentioned in my blog post that you can get a rough idea of how to begin, how it should be looking.
      Thanks
      Rebecca

  2. Hi Barnali,

    I highly don’t recommend any content generators. It’s not worth the risk and you will be found out and it will tank your site.

    You can instead hire writers if you don’t want to write yourself. Even hiring writers need to be from high quality sources to ensure original content. Make sure you give specific instructions and use a content checker to make sure the writer didn’t copy content from somewhere.

    I really would stay far away from content generators or any content spinners.

    Thanks for your post!
    Grace

    1. At this stage, I am not in a position to hire writers. However, I love writing my own content. Yes, I should also be checking my contents with a check to ensure that they don’t appear to be copied. Thanks for the advice Grace.

  3. Excellent views, Thanks for sharing with us @Barnali.

    By writing self, one can develop the better skill to connect well with readers. It will teach how to create good content. A tool may help us to a limited extent. That’s good. But, we should not be entirely dependent on it. It is much better to learn about the topic correctly, then represent well.

  4. Blogging demands creativity and I think one must be truthful as a blogger. If we don’t have time, if we find it’s difficult to manage everything, we always can take a short blogging break. (you yourself have stopped writing poems). It’s really not always possible to carry on with the same enthusiasm and creativity as very few of us are full-time bloggers. But, I don’t think such machine-generated articles can help anyone in the long run. Of course, one can acquire a preliminary idea about a particular topic, only that is somewhat a positive point.

    Honestly, didn’t know about the existence of such article generators! Really a news to me. Just thinking how machines even trying to tame the natural creativity of human beings! Where are we heading to?

    Thanks for enlightening me on the topic… 🙂

    1. It is nice to hear from you again, Maniparna. By the way, it also depends on the sort of niche you are writing. These tools, as far as my knowledge goes, can’t produce a replicated/spun version of poems.

      Thanks a lot, Mani for your viewpoints.
      (Barnali)

  5. I do not recommend the online content generator as they are not trustable. Ive tried few on my niche blog and they went down. Even after proper editing .
    Yes you can use them for getting the idea and then writing in your own words or for tiers backlinks.

    1. Thanks, Ismail. It is good to have your opinion on the issue. I think that even a spun version of their product is never safe for your site. So, one has to experiment and be innovative.
      Regards
      (Barnali)

  6. Hi Barnali,

    Its better to use tools where the process is fixed like managing your social media accounts.

    Content Generation for a blog is the primary task and to generate a useful and unique article you need to write it manually.

    1. Well said Rajpal. Moreover, you cannot simply write a post without doing extensive research on a given subject. This helps you gain deep insight into your topic like never before. In the process, you learn many things which you wouldn’t have access to, had you been using these free online tools.
      (Regards)
      Barnali

  7. Hi Barnali,

    This post is very nice and informative. One thing I want to ask those peoples who are using auto content generators, If they have no writing skills they hire writer, if they have no much time for postings. Post a even single post in a week is enough. But they don’t want to do both of this, then they are not serious about blogging. I m also not able to post regularly on my blog. If you see my blog my last posting is on 17th March.

    Always keep in mind that, “There is no any shortcut to Success!”

  8. Hey Barnali,

    Hope you are doing good.

    If you want to know my opinion about online content generators, my reply with a big NO.

    You have everything to loose and nothing to gain if try to publish articles generated through these software’s.

    My best suggestion would be to hire professional writers, in case you want to publish more article but could not find the time and/or expertise to write them yourself.

    Cheers!
    Gaurav

    1. In this regard, I totally agree with you Gaurav. If one doesn’t want to confront with a Google Manual Action, then he/she has to write his/her own content.

    1. Thanks, Agha. Glad that you thought this post merits your comments. Looking forward to more interaction in future.

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