I am an old time SEO a bit rusty right now but trying to get my feet back into the water. I am working on building a new site for a niche and want to seed it with few thousand articles and have a few questions from the community that you may be able to help me with. I hear so much talk about not using free articles and and you need to use original unique content or Google will screw you. Well that is all fine and dandy if you have thousands of dollars to throw at developing this content as well as tons of time. I wonder if Google thought about this back when they were starting out scraping basically stealing everyone else content to make their own success. I know they are so big now they don't need to think about these things. So here are my questions if I could get some good experienced feedback. 1. How can I use free articles and not get whacked from Google and without spinning them I want to keep them in tack? 2. Can you recommend best places? 3. Can you recommend any good wordpress article directory plugins not a theme help with the higher archive and management of authors? I found one but it looks to be a bit dated and does not support images if I wanted to upload them. 4. Any advice on bulk uploading and populating meta data?