If you are an internet writer, sooner or later you will need article spinning techniques. Spinning is the task of converting one article into several articles that, almost in the words of Eric Morecambe, say exactly the same thing, but with the words in a different order. It’s not actually quite that simple as good spinning requires a lot of different words and maybe in a different order, to say the same thing.

Why would you want to do article spinning at all? The main reason is to make the most of your hard work (or somebody else’s, of course). By spinning an article you can make a high number of variations very easily. Each one of these variations can be submitted to a different article storage site, all with links pointing back to a URL of your choice, and no one gets penalized for duplicate content.

Some article sites are more fussy than others and insist on unique articles. Others will take almost anything they’re offered, but if you’re pushing 20, 30 or 100 copies of an identical article all over the place, sooner or later, someone is bound to notice and your reputation as a hard working writer goes down the pan.

The easiest article spinning technique is to write the whole article in short paragraphs of say 100 words per paragraph, making each paragraph as ‘stand alone’ as possible within the context of your article. Once it’s complete, you just study each paragraph in turn and what it has to say and say it again in a slightly different way. Do this 5 times for each paragraph so that by the time you’re done you’ll have 5 versions of the same post.

Article 1 has paragraph 1 version 1, paragraph 2 version 1, paragraph 3 version 1, paragraph 4 version 1 and paragraph 5 version 1

Article 2 has paragraph 1 version 2, paragraph 2 version 2, paragraph 3 version 2, paragraph 4 version 2 and paragraph 5 version 2

Article 3 has paragraph 1 version 3, paragraph 2 version 3, paragraph 3 version 3, paragraph 4 version 3 and paragraph 5 version 3

Article 4 has paragraph 1 version 4, paragraph 2 version 4, paragraph 3 version 4, paragraph 4 version 4 and paragraph 5 version 4

Article 5 has paragraph 1 version 5, paragraph 2 version 5, paragraph 3 version 5, paragraph 4 version 5 and paragraph 5 version 5

Got it so far.

Article 6 can be paragraphs 1 to 4 of article 1 plus 5 & 6 from article 2.

Article 7 can be paragraphs 1 to 4 of article 1 plus 5 & 6 from article 3

and so on. Mixing and matching paragraphs as you see fit or need variations.

I recommend changing at least 2 paragraphs at a time to increase the uniqueness of each article. Each article really needs to be different from any other by at least 25% although 40%+ is better. Posts done with this article spinning technique will always read correctly and should not need proof reading afterwards if you did a good job in the first place. However, this article spinning technique will only give a limited number of variations.

The other article spinning technique is a little more involved and revolves around finding synonyms for various words or using variations of phrases and mixing and matching these from within a single master source article.

Now there is software available as well as internet sites that can do the whole thing, taking a completed article and generating new versions, although with varying degrees of accuracy and readability afterwards, so a better article spinning technique is to prepare the article yourself and just let the software generate the articles from there.

Variations of a given word or phrase are contained within braces (also know as curly brackets) and separated by pipes (vertical line symbol. The software will then select one word or phrase from between each set of braces and construct a new article. Let’s consider a simple example:

{Yesterday|The other day|On Saturday} {my friend|my mate|my pal} John {went|travelled|took a trip} on a train.

Brace or curly bracket : {  and }
Pipe or vertical line symbol:  |

This example will give us 9 variations on that single sentence. Minor 1 or 2 word variations from any other, to be sure, but each variation will mean the same or almost the same thing. There is nothing to say that there has to be only 3 variations within each pair of braces and the more selections there are, the more variations can be generated. Do this over a 500 word article and you can end up with potentially thousands of articles, although many may only differ by one or two words, but as each variation is generated within a couple of seconds getting a hundred or so articles of 40%+ uniqueness would not be difficult.

Free and cheap software do not consider context, merely individual words so a phrase”The cat played with a ball‘ might end up auto-spun as ‘A tiger dribbled the sphere‘, which, more than likely, would not fit with what you were trying to say. To avoid this you can hand-spin the article yourself or find someone on Fiverr to do it although you need to make sure they are using context-aware spinning software if they’re not doing it by hand.

Now to add more to uniqueness you can also nest braces so that you can end up with a huge number of variations on your starting theme. I’ll try and demonstrate nesting braces here:

{ {Yesterday|The other day|On Saturday} {my friend|my mate|my pal} John {went|travelled|took a trip} on a train} | {My {mate|friend|pal} John {went|travelled|took a trip} on a train {yesterday|the other day|on Saturday} }

So you can see our original simple sentence (in red) as above and a second variation (in blue), separated by the pipe symbol and grouped within the outermost braces. Only one of these phrases will be chosen, before the variations of each phrase are generated. Note that this is a bad example in real life as all the words are the same in both sentences, just in a different order. To do it better, each ‘root’ sentence should be as totally different as possible. It might not be possible to do this every time, but it can drastically increase the number of variations you can create.

Things to be aware of when you’re using this manual article spinning technique.

  • Make sure the indefinite article is within a variation so you don’t end up with ‘a elephant’ or ‘an zebra’. If each variation between pipes makes sense in its own right, you then have more chance of the whole sentence making sense too.
  • Choose your synonyms and phrases with care. More variations of each word mean you end up with a potentially larger number of articles, but they might not all make sense if you are careless. Not every synonym is sensible in every case.
  • Keep your paragraphs short to make them easier for you to scan and cross check after the spinning has taken place.
  • If you do nest phrases or sentence variations, use colour coding to help keep them separate. It makes it easier for you to read. Selecting all and changing the colour back at the end is not difficult.

Check your results carefully before releasing them into the wild. Badly spun articles show up and it was rumoured for a while that Google was able to spot automated spun articles and were discounting them from search results. After reading a few you can easily understand why!

Article spinning is a useful tool when done correctly. Hope these article spinning techniques will enable you to do things the right way and end up with a large number of useful articles in a very short while.

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