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PLR For Your Blog: Pros And Cons

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Abandoned Blog

Is Your Blog Neglected?

Of late my blog has been rather neglected and kept going mainly thanks to the many excellent guest bloggers who have supplied me with infographics and interesting articles.

But that's not really what blogging is supposed to be about, is it?

It's supposed to be branding me!

I'll confess there were times when I nearly abandoned my poor neglected blog.

But my original plan was to use it as a basis for generating a retirement income. In fact, you will see at the end of this article how PLR for your blog can be an opportunity to earn a part-time income online.

When Blog Posts Dry Up

There have been three main reasons why I went through a dry spell with my blogging:

  1. My move from London to Norwich (wonderful though it is NOW) was consuming every thought and hour, before the move to make it happen and after the move to settle in.
  2. It's no secret that blogging is a part-time venture for me, so my offline businesses pay the bills and I have to give them top priority.
  3. I was too short of TIME to research any topic, because it typically takes me a full day to write each article and do even the minimum of promotion. That's without the chore of finding suitable images (artistic is NOT my middle name).

It could have been time to give up blogging. Yet I was loath to let go of all the hard work I've done on my online business and the skills I've accumulated.

Have you ever felt like this?

Here's the solution I have found for myself, and your reaction initially may be like mine was.

PLR For Your Blog Saves You Time

At first when a friend suggested I use Private Label Rights material – commonly known as PLR (what is PLR?)  – for blog posts I was totally against the idea.

Cons: If you're anything like me you have folders full of rubbish, out-dated PLR. When (if) you try to use it you probably spend so long turning it into readable text, correcting the grammar, and checking whether it's reliable, that it would have been quicker to start from scratch anyway. That was my initial reaction, and probably yours too.

But I had already tried other possibilities.

Alternative Ways To Find Good Content

  • Hire Freelancers – I've tried this with mixed results. One lady was excellent, but quickly priced herself out of my budget when she realised how good she was. Others have been disappointing and expensive mistakes. The truth is that I can't afford to hire content writers who will produce good enough quality articles.
  • Article Generating Software – I've tried many of these, but none of them generated articles I was happy to post unchanged. Often they were just patching together ill-formed paragraphs repeated over and over again.
  • Guest Bloggers – Some of my best content has come from guest bloggers (and they are still most welcome), but as covered above, it's not branding me.

Content Marketing In General

content marketing problems It's not just my blog that needs content…. there are all those social media platforms where everyone but me seems to be dropping useful, witty nuggets of information.

Not to mention the thought of making videos and podcasts! I wasn't even finding time to do one good blog article a week.

So I decided to be open minded and think “What if there IS a way to use PLR on my blog?”

Using PLR On My Blog…

… and on other platforms where good quality content and images are essential.

  • I have already used it to spark ideas, and adding my own thoughts and experiences – here's one post.
  • It's very unlikely I will use any material unchanged; I will change it so that it's unique to me.
  • Each monthly issue is so full of choice that there's more than I will ever manage to use.
  • Reading the articles is teaching me new skills that I wouldn't have time to research for myself.
  • Some of the short quotes make great posts for social media platforms.
  • It can be added to increase the value of some of my ebooks.
  • It is pre-formatted to be a complete monthly newsletter, brandable to me, for subscribers, bonuses, free gifts etc.
  • My friend is going to use it for Podcasts.
  • There is an affiliate program so it can be a source of monthly income too.

Of course, not EVERY post will be from the PLR, because I will still have “things to say myself” but having a backup source takes away the pressure of getting to my usual blogging day with paid work waiting to be done and no blog post ready to go.

Benefits Of PLR On My Bloghire article writers

  • The original source is produced by a whole team of top quality copy-writers the like of which I couldn't possibly afford
  • This is an affordable alternative to traditional article writing services
  • Up-to-date content on subjects it would take me a long time to research
  • Because I know the product owner as a top UK-based Internet Marketer I trust the quality of the product
  • Time saved to explore being a guest writer on other blogs (but with my own content, NOT using PLR as a guest author on other people's blogs)
  • Time saved for promoting my content – which I always tended to “forget”
  • Time saved for enjoying life – the whole purpose of running a part-time online business

If any of the above could help you solve your content marketing problems, I suggest you at least consider PLR for your blog.

benefit of plr on blogYour needs will be different from mine.

If you are NOT in the Internet Marketing niche, you can find more general PLR here: https://JoyHealey.com/PLRProducts (aff link).

So having briefly explained what convinced me to use PLR on my blog, and how much I value the quality of this particular marketer I suggest you check out his sales page (affiliate link) where you can see  for yourself, in much more detail – and with examples – the many ways in which you can benefit from this material.

There's even a $1 trial to give you chance to see how much value is included in a subscription costing less than a dollar a day. Visit Content Marketing Solution sales page (affiliate link).

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I left it too late to plan for a financially secure retirement. Don't make my mistake. Start building an extra income with a part-time (or full-time) business online. Think you don't have time? Can't afford the start-up cost? Can't meet sales targets? Contact me for free advice (no obligation) on the best fit for your circumstances.

  • Hi Joy!

    I have very mixed feelings about PLR – but it sounds like you’re using it in the best way possible, using it as supplementary material / a framework for what you’re going to put out.

    I could definitely see myself using it to help speed up blog content writing if need be, or at the very least, on other platforms.

    Anyhow, may I ask if you were to hire a freelancer, what your total budget would be and roughly how many words / month you’d need combined with all of your businesses? The reason I ask is because if you’re ever open to the idea of it again, I have some connections that can get content done surprisingly cheap – in fact, it would leave most people shocked.

    I almost don’t want to release it and just start a content agency instead, but I try to do what’s best for people. Anyway, if you’re ever interested in this, just send me an email.

    Thanks Joy and hey – we’re glad to see you publishing regardless of how much PLR you use!

    – James McAllister

    • Joy says:

      Hi James,

      I completely understand your reservations about PLR for my blog, and I certainly felt the same way too, based on PLR I had seen before.

      But I’ve found that using it as I described in the post it actually generates ideas and a template for me (although there are full articles in their own right), and then I go rambling off developing the topic with my own ideas!

      Also I like the fact that it’s a monthly income generating program in itself.

      Thanks for the suggestion of introducing me to your freelance contact. It’s an interesting option and could be useful to generate content outside the Internet Marketing niche – because this particular PLR is slanted heavily in that direction. When I need content like that I’ll be sure to drop you an email to find out more.

      I’m glad to be back publishing again, and funnily enough the thought of having the PLR as backup, and as a product, has revitalised me more than I would have expected.

      It’s also great to see you back publishing again 🙂

      Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  • Sazia says:

    Hi Joy Mam, Wonderful article about PLR. I never tried it. Thanks for giving detailed information.

    • Joy says:

      Hi Sazia,

      I’m glad you liked the article about using PLR for my blog. It’s may even be appropriate for your blog (which isn’t in the IM niche), because this PLR could give you marketing ideas. Do feel free to take a trial and check out the content to see how it would work for you.

      Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  • Hi Joy,

    I can understand why you have gone down the PLR path and yes, with editing, if it’s based on good content, then there is no reason why this strategy cannot work for you.

    The key issue is having a PLR source that is of high quality as then it overcomes one of the biggest challenges faced by bloggers – creating relevant interesting content.

    And with a wide range of high-quality PLR resources, your content creation juices can get flowing again very easily.

    Cheers and best wishes from Thailand
    Peter

    • Joy says:

      Hi Peter,

      I’m glad you can understand my reason for using PLR and appreciate the benefits I am finding from it.

      Completely agree with you about the need for quality – I have a hard drive full of digital dust (aka rubbish PLR) that I wouldn’t let near my blog. However, I am very confident of this source, a UK marketer I have worked with before. And because he has a team of content writers working for him there is a good quantity too.

      Some are “evergreen” articles that I can keep in reserve for when I need inspiration, and others are topical content that will be useful learning new skills.

      Finally a quality product I’m proud to promote, because I believe this solves a real problem for Internet Marketing bloggers who have run short of posts to write about.

      Thanks for your visit and your thoughts.

      Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  • Gaurav Kumar says:

    Hi Joy,

    When it comes to the professional world, we have to understand the pros and cons of every step that we make.

    It is a wise idea to use content marketing and hire freelancers to get the job done in the most professional manner. Also keep track of the content using “content scoring” and focus on research using “Eagle eye concept for blogger.”

    Thanks!

    • Joy says:

      Hi Gaurav,

      If bloggers can afford to hire top quality freelance writers, that’s the best solution. For those, like me, who don’t have very deep pockets yet want good quality content, modifying good quality PLR is the perfect solution. I have paid for freelance writers in the past and been bitterly disappointed, to the extent that I wouldn’t publish what they supplied and would have been better off saving my money and writing it myself.

      Also, I find that using this monthly PLR as a basis for my articles generates new ideas that I would have had to “feed” to freelance writers before I could hire them.

      Thanks for your thoughts,

      Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  • Hi Joy,

    When I started blogging, that was some 7 years ago, I used PLR articles regularly. After a while, just like anyone, I have some reservation for using them further.

    So I deleted the blog entirely and started from scratch again. I mean installing a fresh WordPress blogging software.

    That was my last encounter with PLR articles.

    But after reading through your story and some reason for using it, I think there are some positive reasons one should consider using PLR articles for a blog post…at least as a template for getting content ideas and to build upon.

    Thanks for sharing, Joy

    • Joy says:

      Hi Shamsudeen,

      Yes, it’s probably a rite of passage to do something similar and then delete the whole site 🙂 I know I did it too because the PLR I was sharing was (frankly) rubbish and I should have known better, but at the time I didn’t!

      However, this PLR content is completely different. It’s top quality, and the $1 trial gives you chance to check it out for yourself. I’m pleased I did. Don’t think I’ll ever be stuck for blog content again – and I’m learning a lot from the articles, so it’s like training course too.

      Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  • Hi Joy!
    Woah! I’m enjoying the theme of this post. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s very hard to get that “ perfect balance” between superb usability and visual appeal. I must say you’ve done a very good job with this.

    • Joy says:

      Hi Rahesh,

      Glad you think I have hit the right balance. Another balance that this PLR package gets just right is affordability!

      Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  • Spyros says:

    Pure value! I didn’t know about this, and definitely they will help me to skyrocket my blog. Thanks for sharing!

    • Joy says:

      Hi Spyros,

      Glad you liked it and I’m sure that after you finish the free trial you will be even more convinced of the quality of this PLR.

      Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  • Mozie says:

    Hi Joy. Thank you for all the tips. I’ve been considering using PLR content for blog posts, I used a PLR article recently and it took me at-least an hour to edit and tweak it in my voice and added extra content to it. I think it turned out OK and saved me some time writing and coming up with ideas from scratch.

    • Joy says:

      Hi Mozie,

      Yes, I suppose I spend that time on a PLR blog post too – but that’s much less than I would spend on an original.

      Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

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