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Articles

Articles and columns are very much related. The only different being articles are static and columns change on a periodic basis -- daily, weekly, or monthly.

There are two ways in which to come by articles for your website 1) write them yourself, 2) get them from someone else. Supposedly you started your website because you were interested in the subject. If that is truly the case it should not be difficult for you to generate articles. The interest is there, now all you need is to take the magical step of putting to pixels the thoughts you have on the subject. We know it's not easy, but it is possible. And we find well worth it -- especially since the website is a reflection of your interest. If not, then why not dump that website and start one you are interested in?

The other option of getting articles from someone else can either be through paying for material or using anyone of a the many free sources of articles on the internet. There is an industry developed on the internet of article brokers. Here how it works:

  • Person 'A' wants to promote a website, product, or idea.
  • Person 'A' writes an article about that something.
  • Person 'A' posts the article in a database of available articles on Person 'B's website.
  • Person 'B' sells or gives freely the article written by Person 'A' to Person 'C' -- that's you.

So basically some folks are out there writing articles for their own reasons -- typically promotion. And, you are grabbing these articles from an inbetween. A good arrangement all in all.

Since there is no free lunch, what are you giving up or giving away or paying by posting these so called "free" articles on your website -- promotion and links. Every article will have links leading back to the writer's website and links leading back to the website of the broker. Also you might be giving up advertising space and income. As you see, an article can also contain an advertising banner. The broker gets the income from this banner not you. That is the cost. This can be well worth. That's up to you to determine.

As in all things I like to do business with people I wouldn't mind being stuck in a hunting lodge over the weekend with. If I wouldn't be caught dead sitting down to dinner with someone, it is probably a bad idea to do business with them. Don't get too antsie. You aren't getting married. But you are still associating. And you will be known by those with whom you associate. So do use common sense. There are many free columns available for little or no money. To find sources go to Google.com or another such search engine and look for something like "free articles." Doing this we came up with thousands of results -- some of which may be pertinent to your situation.

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