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    I was wondering what some of your thoughts were on gathering free content/articles from the web in exchange for the author’s bio and link? Is this just a way to lose traffic or can it be used to build traffic? If you are in favor of it…where are some good sources for reliable articles and content?

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    It can be a great way to find c*ntent for a content site, if you're willing to wade through all the stuff that doesn't pertain to whatever subjet you've chosen!

    As for losing traffic, I'd only do it where it doesn't matter all that much if they stay or not. Slap Fastclick on and you get paid a microbit every time a page loads. And, of course, AdSense, because a person may click that instead of the link in the credits.

    Traffic gain/loss is a 2-edged sword here. You'll gain traffic from people searching on phrases relevant to the articles. But that traffic may decide to keep surfing and check out the site at the other end of the required credit out-link. I figure with AdSense on the page, there's more pay links than nonpay links so at least there's a decent chance of getting paid. And the person doesn't have to actually buy anything for you to make money, which eliminates the main problem with c*ntent sites...

    As for the articles being "reliable," I don't know, and I tend to favor those which are opinions rather than harder facts for that reason. It saves me from having to verify things. I've also got a disclaimer on the site in question, that says that neither I nor MySite.com are responsible for the accuracy of 3rd-party articles.

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    [This message was edited by Leader on December 07, 2003 at 03:11 PM.]

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    Leader: good insight, very nice.

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    Leader:

    :gasp: Is that a positive response regarding content?

    We engage in this practice regularly, by the way.

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    Yes, it's good to provide good content to your web visitors, they will see your site as educating them or beneficial and are more likely to return.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Leader:

    :gasp: Is that a positive response regarding content?~Karl <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>



    Notice I didn't say content was good for SELLING stuff! If it wasn't for the Sales sites doing the "heavy lifting," I wouldn't have had any time to play with c*ntent... But (financially worthwhile) nonsales uses have been improving, although for me it's still a small percentage compared to what a Sales site can bring.

    Also I still don't put nonsales content on a sales site. I don't want anything to distract the buyer from their objective of buying things! They can come to the content sites AFTER they order...

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    Oh good ... I was afraid you were moving from your "yin" position and I would have to alter my intepretation of "yang."



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    If you are in or near a major city you can place a classified ad in the local "artsy-fartsy" newspapers (ie; Village Voice in NY, The Phoenix in Boston, ANY newspaper in San Francisco) offering writers free internet exposure in exchange for articles on a particular subject.

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