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    Are there reliable sources for free content?
    A new affiliate of mine is looking to add content to their blog. Asked me if I had any to offer. Are there any places to get free content on the subject of childcare that would follow good practices?

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    The cheeky answer would be that they should use their own keyboard, but all cheek aside, something I've started messing with lately is Google news alert service.

    It's a little like a clipping service. You set up alerts by keyword and they drop you an email whenever they find related articles.

    I have a blog related to prospecting, rockhounding, gem hunting, etc, so have set up alerts related to gold, rockhound, gem, etc, etc. Some of the alerts are totally unrelated, but some are worth writing about. I still have to do some actual content writing, but at least the alerts give me something to write about.

    Another option are the article directories, but those articles are a bit more heavily used I believe.
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    Places you can try are:
    http://www.goarticles.com/index.html
    http://www.articlecity.com/index.shtml
    http://www.isnare.com/
    http://www.valuablecontent.com/

    But note that all these articles are used by lots an lots of people.

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    Be very, very careful when using free articles. I have seen whole sites dropped from google overnight. The search engines are getting smarter with their duplicate content filters. The best is to write good quality, ORIGINAL content and build up your traffic over time.

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    bizzer wrote: > "Be very, very careful when using free articles. I have seen whole sites dropped from google overnight. The search engines are getting smarter with their duplicate content filters. The best is to write good quality, ORIGINAL content and build up your traffic over time." <

    Absolutely, positively, dead on.

    The issue of "duplicate content" is certainly a serious one -- I can't imagine that a site with substantial content that's also carried on dozens of other web sites could stay out of the dreaded "supplemental index."

    Another issue is copyright -- many of the repositories of "free" content are simply compilations of copyrighted material, with the attribution stripped out or replaced. Don't rely on the fact that you can't find the same content in a Google search -- you may quickly find out that it was copied from a site that isn't indexed because it requires registration, and/or because it charges for access to content.

    (This past weekend, some bozo registered here at ABW and began "cutting and pasting" vaguely-related editorial content from several other web sites into messages here, appending his affiliate link to the end of most of his posts. That's the same kind of person who will offer you 'free' or low-cost content for your web site.)

    Similarly, some companies that offer to create original content for you (usually using offshore "writers" in India) will often deliver content that is very thinly adapted from copyrighted materials (and it's not enough to "make changes" to avoid copyright -- even if you make very extensive changes while copying a work, you are still infringing on the original). Of course, this product is often "rewritten" very awkwardly and poorly, resulting in content that is not only copyright-infringing but also unreadable.

    Go ahead and copy that amusing column, and you may get a nasty letter from a syndication group or publishing company.

    And although most copyright owners will simply send you a "cease and desist" message, every year there are lawsuits filed by some copyright owner or broker against a zillion defendants. You get named in the lawsuit (and a widely-disseminated press release) as a defendant, along with 100 or 200 or 500 other alleged infringers (most of whom are truly scum, and some of whom may be identified by their crude internet pseudoyms), and you must either defend the lawsuit or pay a nuisance settlement -- or else face a default judgement against you.

    Bottom line: Write your own stuff, or hire someone you can actually trust to write it for you.

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    Nice commentary, Mark
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    Bizzer & Mark are dead on - great commentary!
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    Thanks to all of you on your feedback on this..I have also always been very wary of "Free Content". Thanks for the suggestion of using the Google news alert service for relevant content ideas. This affiliate blogger could use as this as a starting point for getting content ideas to write about.

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