I have been playing with article spinning using macros recently.

Article spinning is the practice of taking one article and creating multiple copies of it -- each with small variations.

The "source" for an article to be spun with macros will look like this:
I am pretty tired of being {filtered|blocked|firewalled} from web {pages|sites|hosts} that I want to {see|browse|surf}.

I've been using {proxy sites|proxies|web proxies} to get around these {blocks|filters} for quite some time, but I've often had difficulty finding good {proxy sites|proxies|web proxies}.

There are <b>a lot</b> of {proxy lists|proxy databases|proxy topsites|proxy collections} on the {web|net|Internet}, but many of them are full of {old|out-of-date|dead|broken} proxies.

I recently found a {great|sweet|wonderful} proxy {list|database} full of {fresh|new|working} {proxies|proxy sites}.

The {site|web site|proxy list|proxy database} is <a href="http://www.allproxysites.com/">Proxy Sites</a> and it's going to be my new {choice|home|source} for {web proxies|proxies|proxy sites}.
The article spinning software will randomly choose one of the phrases from each set of curly braces. The output will be a large number of articles which are similar, but not identical.

The purpose for this is to avoid search engine "penalties" for duplicate content. Google claims these are not "penalties" as such, they just don't show the pages with duplicate content in the SERPS. That sounds an awful lot like a penalty to me.

A good search engine would be able to analyze each of these articles and determine that the content is essentially duplicate. However, Google does not appear to be doing that currently. In fact, I have performed tests recently which show that Google has relaxed it's deduplication algorithm entirely. I am seeing multiple exact copies of the same article rank on page one.

I have been playing with the article spinner built into Link Farm Evolution, but there are many article spinners available.

  • JetSpinner provides a free web-based article spinner.
  • Mass Article Creator is a Windows-based article spinner that you can purchase.
  • ContentBoss is a web-based article spinner that is priced on a hybrid subscription/cost-per-article model.

Article spinning doesn't appear to be a panacea for low-end content creation, but it does seem to be one more useful tool to keep in your toolbox.

Are you using article spinning now? If so, what results have you seen?