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PLR –Pros and Cons

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another great illustration from Stuart Miles at www,freedigitalphotos.net

I do recommend buying PLR . I have folders full of past purchases languishing in a to-be-used folder in my documents file.

Private Label Rights can be a quick and fast way to boost your blog posts. The packs have focused content. They’re cheaper than hiring a ghost writer for your sites. You can rewrite the information as reports, auto-responder e-mails, even use it as a basis for e-books and print books, depending on the licence.

They often include images, audio and video files and can have pre-written auto-responder and social media files as well. This is very handy for a beginner blogger or marketer and a good pack is worth its price alone for everything you can learn from it about producing your own content.

You’re an author, after all, and producing PLR for others is yet another string to your bow. It’s getting harder all the time to live from fiction alone.

But take care not to fall into the trap of buying everything that comes your way. It all sounds good but is it?

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Image courtesy of gnepphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

All that Glitters…

Have you calculated your PLR costs recently? Be honest. Was it worth it?

A beginning of year calculation of my PLR costs stopped me in my tracks. I was about to click on the buy  button for a highly recommended health pack when I stopped to think.

I Googled the topic and found a brilliant site which gave me all the information I needed to research my own articles–for free.

PLR should always be rewritten anyway to put your own stamp on it. It may save you time in researching and planning but you do run the risk of finding surprisingly similar articles on competing sites. Be original.

It may promise free images but I don’t mind finding my own free images.  And PLR images do need to be changed or again you’re producing copycat info for blogs and social media. This only helps the PLR provider’s reputation rather than your own.

We all have our own favorite Internet Marketers. Mine–for always telling it how it is–is Tiffany Lambert, an ace PLR marketer who writes her own packs and only recommends providers she uses or has reviewed herself.

Avoid PLR Which…

  • has no writing sample. You must be able to see the quality.
  • has blind copy. The Sales page does not tell you exactly what you’re getting.
  • has too little content.
  • costs too much

What is too much when it comes to cost? Anything is too much if you can settle down to doing it yourself in a day or two. Pay for the things you can’t supply in a short time yourself–the videos, the social media images, the e-books.

But use them to learn how to do it for yourself in future.

notepad and photos, twobee at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of twobee at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Buy PLR Which…

  • is an exact fit for your site
  • gives an example of the provider’s style, either through a free e-book or an up-to-date blog
  • offers a short money-back guarantee. You don’t want to be one of those scammers who download everything, use it, then want their money back.
  • teaches you something you want to learn for yourself.

But again, beware. Almost everything you want to know can be found online for free. All it takes is research time and the willingness to write your own copy.

Stop. Start. Write for your Life.

Writing is full of stops and starts–and it’s easy to let the stops get the upper hand. Some of us seem to write daily with no  problems at all.

threads photo Pixabay
threads photo Pixabay

Some of us are more like knitters who get upset with the dropped stitches, the length of time it takes to finish a sleeve or even with the pattern itself. The finished–or in my case usually unfinished– garment looks nothing like the stylish knit shown on the model.

We’re left with work boxes full of useless woolly not-quite jumpers and square socks and resentment at waste of time for nothing.

Sound familiar? How many unfinished, half-finished and rejected manuscripts do you have under the bed? On those dreary days when you can’t concentrate, think nothing’s going right , or wonder what’s the point of it all, try dusting off your past work.

You may well be gratified to find it’s not nearly as bad as you thought.

Five ways to profit from rejections

  • repurpose them as  short articles or blog posts
  • use them as teaching lessons–lots of new teaching platforms around. Look at Udemy, Teachable, Thinkific. You can even find a free version to get you started.
  • Rejig and use as freebies to build your subscriber list.
  • Share them on social media or as serials on Wattpad , asking for readers’ help in suggesting revisions. It may hurt but can only do good.
  • Profit by using them as a basis for improvement. Writing courses abound all over the web and are at their most helpful when you have work of your own to improve.

Y for Yesteryear #A to Z Challenge

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Cozy mysteries set in the past have a double edged appeal for writers and readers. They conjure up a recent past and have all the best qualities of historical fiction plus a mystery.

Several excellent series are based around events of World War 1 or 2. The historical background gives more depth to the genre though readers who prefer the lighter touch may well choose tea shop mysteries instead.

Some of my favorites are…pause while I research exact titles…and have a little think.