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What Does It Mean to Spin an Article?

What is spinning an article? How does one get an article spin ready before submitting it to an article spinner? Learn about what it means to create a spun article.

You may have seen it mentioned here and there that some online articles have been spun, or that article writers put their articles through an article spinner, but what does it mean to spin an article?

People might have observed it is revealed in some places that a number of pieces of writing on the Internet are spun articles, or that article authors have put their pieces of writing through an online article spinner, but how does one spin an article?

Do you notice anything similar in the above two paragraphs? The first paragraph was spun manually, and the result was the second paragraph. It can take quite a bit of time spinning a piece of writing manually: it’s basically a rewrite of a piece of writing – that results in a new piece of writing that says the same as before, except it has different words or phrases, or sometimes even a different order of sentences.

Some freelance job site clients require the freelance workers to spin articles for them. The client may simply be requesting a single rewrite and editing of an article, or may want the freelance worker to spin one article and then submit many new spun articles, all originating from just that one article.

Before submitting a piece of writing to an article spinner, the person has to prepare one article, making it spin ready.

Using the above sentence as an example, a spin ready piece of writing could look like this:

{Before|Prior to} {submitting a piece of writing to an article spinner|submitting an article to an article spinner|putting a piece of writing through an article spinner|putting an article through an article spinner|submitting an article to a place with a tool that spins articles} {the|a} {person|worker|freelancer} {has to|must} {prepare one article|get one article ready|prepare a piece of writing|get an article ready|make one article look different}, making {it|the article|the piece of writing} spin ready.

The above spin ready piece of writing was manually created, but some article spinners help people create pieces of writing that look like this by providing places to fill in the alternative words or phrases.

Then they click a button and get the spin ready article displayed. They click another button and get a brand new article displayed, without the symbols. They click the button again and get another version. Each time the button is clicked, a new version of the one original article is displayed.

The tricky thing with article spinners, though, is that people have to be careful about which synonyms or different phrases they use when making an article spin ready. The word “looks,” for example, could also be “seems” (“It looks like it might rain,” or “It seems like it might rain,) but if saying, “He looks at the rain,” also saying “He seems at the rain” would be a bad spin result. After an article has been through an article spinner, a person would still have to check through each result manually to eliminate the possibility of bad spin results.

People who manually prepare articles to be spun have to be even more careful. Just one misplaced curly bracket or divider could damage the structure of an entire sentence.

When realising that it takes quite a bit of work to spin an article well, even with the help of an article spinner, article spinning doesn’t seem like such a wonderful idea. It’s also why there are not only so many poor quality articles on the Internet, but why there are so many similar articles on the Internet too.

People searching for information on the Internet want to find good quality articles.

It would seem that (or should that be it would look that) writers should stick to creating fresh and original articles, with good grammar.


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Comments (9)

I liked your article and did not know how easy this was. If you spin your own article, or are hired to spin a company’s articles, that is fine. However, I have seen many articles that are remanufactured by others. I know of at least one of my articles entitled “understanding the playstation addiction” has been rewritten at least a half dozen times. I know this because the combination of words “playstation addiction” is a rare combination. I was surprised to see that entire paragraphs in the exact order as they were originally written have been copied. In some articles the credit was give while others no credit was given. I am not certain if spinning falls under plagiarism since the articles are different in the arrangement of the words or ideas. I would be interested to read a follow-up article on how widespread spinning is on plagiarized articles. Thanks!

Thanks for your comment Eva. Many of these article spinner sites say that the spun articles pass copyscape, but even if this is true, I'm still not an article spinning fan. I've seen too many poor quality articles that are obviously spun. It's also not fair to the original writer if somebody comes along and just takes that writer's original work to spin it and then possibly earn an income of sorts from it. That's like saying they can earn an income off some work YOU did. You may have spent a lot of time researching a topic for your article, and then somebody comes along and just takes it and uses it because they feel it will be different after they've spun it?? I don't believe it's ethical to spin articles in this way. If somebody has taken an article of yours, spun it, but gives you credit for the original article (and you don't mind this happening) at least be sure that they haven't spun it badly - you don't want it to look like you don't write well. I'm not sure if spinning articles falls under plagiarism, because, as you say, the spun articles are different to the original. There are so many web and blog pages online that it could be quite easy to sometimes come across an article that is similar to another one, even though it wasn't even spun. If many people have knowledge about a topic, and many of those people write about it, it is quite likely that two or more very similar articles could both end up somewhere online. I'm not sure what other people like doing. I like to write what I think are unique articles - and if there happens to be a very similar one out there, it's not because I already saw it and used it in a spinner. I had to spin articles for somebody once, more than a year ago, and I didn't feel comfortable doing it, even though the articles I were spinning were not already online. It just didn't seem right. I may look into that "how widespread spinning is on plagiarized articles" sometime!

You are so on target. This is never talked about. I'd also be interested in seeing a plagiarism article. A wrter's mantra should always be content, content, content. If we can't create content worth reading why both? I'm glad that you've written this Teresa. More light needs to be shined in this area. You go girl!

Thanks, Gayle, I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

Great, great great article! I hate having to spin my articles. It is at the top of my list of unpleasant chores that a writer has to do right next to bookmarking articles.

Hi Rachel, thanks for the comment. I don't spin my articles, and if you don't like doing it, then perhaps some easier ways of putting your articles in more than one place without having to first spin them should be looked at. Some places accept articles without any changes as long as your same name appears on all of them, and definitely be sure to have it on the first one you put online. For example submit to Factoidz first as they don't accept previously published articles, but three days later you can then add that same article to other places that do - where you may also earn from pageviews, clicks on Adsense ads, or from even selling the articles (with usage rights only.)

@ rachel PS - you may have to change a title, or slightly alter a first paragraph or something if the other sites call for something slighly different, but you won't have to spin the entire article.

Another interesting info. I was actually spinning most of my articles without my knowing.

very interesting