Thoughts on getting content written for free

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We all know that content creation is one of the biggest costs in SEO work, especially if you plan on building an authority site with hundreds of pages.

My question is: How viable would it be to build your entire site by getting article "donations" from other people? These donations would be in return for an outbound link or two included in the article that they donate.

I ask this because I recently allowed my first ever "guest poster" to donate a page to my main authority site. He actually contacted me and asked if he could write a page for me, in exchange for including two keyword-focused links to his website in the article.

After experiencing this, I was wondering: Would it be possible to get article donations from potentially dozens or even hundreds of other IM'ers, so many that I don't actually have to build the majority of the website content myself?

What if I just had a list of 100 keywords, and allowed anyone to donate a keyword-focused article about any of those keywords? And in exchange, the author would be given 2-3 keyword-focused do-follow links to their website that would be included in the article that they donate.

Just curious: Does this sound appealing to anyone? I mean, article sites basically rely on this as a business model. So wouldn't it theoretically work for smaller sites as well?
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    How many of your professional services do you offer free?
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  • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
    My question is: How viable would it be to build your entire site by getting article "donations" from other people?

    U will never build authority site then
    reason: ****ty contents...
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    • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
      Expect the article writers to give you a tough time on this one. However, personally, I think it is indeed possible. The key is to deliver value. Let's face it, people pay money for links, they pay to be tweeted, they pay for mentions in Facebook etc.

      So, if you are giving them good quality, do-follow, one-way links and possibly other benefits too, there is a price that would make that service valuable. If that value is less than the average cost of an article, then your service will appeal to some people.

      Good luck with it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      How many of your professional services do you offer free?
      Did you even read my post at all? There are thousands of people who donate articles to article sites every day, for only a backlink in return.

      My post is asking if this would be viable for a smaller website as it starts from the ground up.

      Originally Posted by dsouravs View Post

      My question is: How viable would it be to build your entire site by getting article "donations" from other people?

      U will never build authority site then
      reason: ****ty contents...
      The content page that was donated to my authority site is quite good. In fact, I would say it was somewhat higher quality than the content that I wrote myself.

      Originally Posted by JOSourcing View Post

      In fact, the higher your offer (traffic, pagerank for example), the more submissions you'll receive.
      Good point.

      Currently I only have the backlinks to offer. Maybe I could come up with something unique to offer as a bonus? I'm not sure what that could be though.
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      • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
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        Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

        Currently I only have the backlinks to offer. Maybe I could come up with something unique to offer as a bonus? I'm not sure what that could be though.
        That will take a little brainstorming. One thing I did was offer free advertising to a company that kept sending me great content. For others, I offer aggressive social promotion to a bunch of networks I belong to. And when the content is really relevant, I'll interlink it to other pages and put it on a recurring tweet schedule.
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        • Profile picture of the author fin
          How do you expect to make money if there are outbound links on every single article?
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          • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
            Originally Posted by fin View Post

            How do you expect to make money if there are outbound links on every single article?
            Even with outbound links, I can host my own Adsense ads and Amazon affiliate links within the article.


            Originally Posted by Chris Worner View Post

            Curtis, what could you possibly offer me, or any other self respecting writer that would match or exceed the value of our services?

            Think about it;

            3-4 hours research and writing for a pissy little backlink on an unknown website so you can make money off of our work?

            Aint going to happen.

            -Chris

            First of all, if it takes you 3-4 hours to research enough material for a simple 400-500 word article, then you are a really slow writer/researcher.

            Secondly, as I mentioned above, there are thousands of people who write articles and donate them to article directories such as ezinearticles.com.

            Many of those articles will never send even a tiny bit of traffic through the links, but the authors still write them because they provide do-follow links that increase their site rankings.

            And finally, I am interested in this because I already had someone donate an article to one of my sites for the first time. The person contacted me asking if he could write an article for me, solely in exchange for 2 do-follow links in the article. This led me to imagine that perhaps there are others out there who would be willing to do the same thing in order to receive permanent do-follow backlinks, only from a new website.
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            • Profile picture of the author traderfx
              Hey Curtis,

              I could not help but see your topic.
              Here is something I learned. It all boils down to one question...

              What do people want? People as in your customer, what is his desire?

              Crap content does not sell, content that people want does. That's what google is trying to get people to understand. You can find gems in free content don't get me wrong but is it content your looking to give your visitors or what they truly want?


              -Mike.
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            • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
              Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

              First of all, if it takes you 3-4 hours to research enough material for a simple 400-500 word article, then you are a really slow writer/researcher.
              Lol. I guess if you don't care about user experience then perhaps it may well be.

              Secondly, as I mentioned above, there are thousands of people who write articles and donate them to article directories such as ezinearticles.com.
              People do not donate their work to Ezine Articles.

              They submit their work there in the hopes of either having their work picked up and syndicated across multiple properties, sending them highly targetted traffic from other relevant websites,

              or,

              they submit their work to EZA in the hopes of receieving direct traffic and some backlink.

              They aren't giving away their time and collected works for free.

              Many of those articles will never send even a tiny bit of traffic through the links, but the authors still write them because they provide do-follow links that increase their site rankings.
              Wrong again.

              There are many people who swear by submitting articles for direct traffic.

              EZA links of worthless. The domain may have a high PR, but the individual article pages themselves have zero PR. The ones who submit to EZA hoping to gain PR are misguided.

              And finally, I am interested in this because I already had someone donate an article to one of my sites for the first time. The person contacted me asking if he could write an article for me, solely in exchange for 2 do-follow links in the article.
              Good for you.

              By the way, there is a directory called Buzzle which only excepts unique content unpublished anywhere else.

              I don't know of any professional writers or other marketers who use it as a result.

              This led me to imagine that perhaps there are others out there who would be willing to do the same thing in order to receive permanent do-follow backlinks, only from a new website.
              I'm sure there may be some inexperienced people willing to waste their time. See what I wrote just above.

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              Do you even have a plan as how you are going to manage this directory your thinking of starting?

              Are you aware that around 99% of the article directories you can find now, will either be abandoned by the owner because the workload involved in operating said directory becomes too much, such as editing and dealing with all the spun garbage submitted.

              Or will just dissapear all together.

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              EZA has a ten year head start and a reputation as a good source of content for blog and ezine owners.

              Neither of which you have, nor does EZA require exclusive content.

              Chances are, you will give up in the end because the workload will become too great.

              Quite frankly, after the farmer and panda Google updates, you would have to be mad to attempt to start a new directory. Since these updates targetted content farms.

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  • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
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    Plenty of blogs build their content this way -- even smaller ones. To be successful, you'll need to offer something in exchange, such as high traffic and/or PR do-follow links (which I'm assuming you're already doing). In fact, the higher your offer (traffic, pagerank for example), the more submissions you'll receive.
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  • Profile picture of the author dame016
    I guess it can work. Aside from having free content on your site, you are gaining friends in the blogosphere who can help you in promoting your stuff. In my case, I have met a group of people in the blogosphere and they read my every blog post.

    Just be sure that you can generate good traffic to your blog/site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    Curtis, what could you possibly offer me, or any other self respecting writer that would match or exceed the value of our services?

    Think about it;

    3-4 hours research and writing for a pissy little backlink on an unknown website so you can make money off of our work?

    Aint going to happen.

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  • Profile picture of the author jessiepadgal
    I think for once someone is talking about getting free content without wanting to be skeevy. I could be wrong, but that is my opinion and that is how I took it.

    Guest posts are part of marketing. That means a freelance writer shouldn't consider them the same as client work: they should be scheduled in your marketing hours, not your billable hours.

    However, the fact that you are building a new website makes this a little iffy...why would anyone want to market on a brand new site.

    Get some content. Get some traffic. Then when you have numbers, you can have a solid offer for guest posters.

    If you want some sort of incentive to use...hmm..Inhave been racking my brain for the right thing, and I don't know your niche so I don't know what would work.
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  • Profile picture of the author erichammer
    I occasionally take guest posts on my blog. However, I have very high standards and I find that most offers of guest posts are for crappy junk. The first time I took a guest post, I made the mistake of not making it clear that I reserve the right to reject it if it's poorly written and ended up wasting an inordinate amount of time redoing the thing to make it readable.

    Now, with that introduction, yes -- you can get quite a bit of content through guest posts. However, I would highly recommend that you don't rely on that exclusively for three reasons:

    1. It's not guaranteed that you'll always get guest posts that you want.
    2. Your readers may be turned off if they see that you never post any of your own stuff.
    3. If you get a reputation for this, you could be hit by Google as a link farm (and yes, I know it's not really a link farm, but any time you do something with total automation, I get nervous about Google getting annoyed by it).

    My suggestion (what I plan to follow anyway) is to go with 50/50 split. Use a healthy number of guest posts to keep the amount of work to a minimum, but also do plenty of your own stuff so that you keep your site looking like a real authority site...

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  • Profile picture of the author andrealhendrick
    If you offer some sort of incentives to your visitors it shouldn't be a problem.. It can be as simple as a point systems like yahoo answers has.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimWaller
    It's possible, but not practical.
    As soon as I saw the topic, I knew the article writers would go into "attack" mode, because it is how they make their money. I totally get that, and I'm not trying to flame anything (Hence the quotes around the word attack).
    As has been pointed out already, most authors would want more than a couple of links in exchange for their posts. For a new site, most people would not be willing to do it, because even the backlinks would not have much value. With your existing, established site, it is probably more likely as evidenced by the person who contacted you. Now that you've had one, it has opened the door for others, so your workload may decrease for your existing site.

    It's nice to have a different voice to break up the monotony, but if you do it too much, the original voice becomes lost in the crowd. It's like going to see a great orator, and having them be one of hundreds who each only say one or two sentences. You'd be disappointed if not confused. Do you see what I'm saying?

    Whatever you do, I hope it works well for you.

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  • Profile picture of the author AnnaSEO
    You need to have some standards for the article and the links.Otherwise your authority site will just be a link farm.
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    Ever heard of private blog networks?

    Hello, welcome to 2010.
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  • Profile picture of the author gojiberryman
    Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

    We all know that content creation is one of the biggest costs in SEO work, especially if you plan on building an authority site with hundreds of pages.

    My question is: How viable would it be to build your entire site by getting article "donations" from other people? These donations would be in return for an outbound link or two included in the article that they donate.

    I ask this because I recently allowed my first ever "guest poster" to donate a page to my main authority site. He actually contacted me and asked if he could write a page for me, in exchange for including two keyword-focused links to his website in the article.

    After experiencing this, I was wondering: Would it be possible to get article donations from potentially dozens or even hundreds of other IM'ers, so many that I don't actually have to build the majority of the website content myself?

    What if I just had a list of 100 keywords, and allowed anyone to donate a keyword-focused article about any of those keywords? And in exchange, the author would be given 2-3 keyword-focused do-follow links to their website that would be included in the article that they donate.

    Just curious: Does this sound appealing to anyone? I mean, article sites basically rely on this as a business model. So wouldn't it theoretically work for smaller sites as well?
    I mean if anything, see if it would work. It doesn't hurt to try something new. Personally I have never even thought of such a unique method to internet marketing such as the one you just described. Who knows, you might be able to build links, authority, and generate a solid and consistent income easily.
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    • This led me to imagine that perhaps there are others out there who would be willing to do the same thing in order to receive permanent do-follow backlinks, only from a new website.

      So you're trying to profit on ignorance.

      Any writer who understands the importance of relevance would reject your offer.

      Yes, I have written guest posts. But only for relevant sites. There are a couple of Warriors who have approached me about guest posting because my Fiverr blog is a great resource for their audience.

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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        A guest post is a trade - content for exposure.

        A brand new site with no exposure has nothing to trade.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I say go out there and try it. I don't think you're going to find any good writers who'll do it. But you never know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Terrie Taylor
    I think it's a great idea. Like you said, people (myself included) post articles to Ezine Articles without compensation.

    You would get better response if you offered more than an outgoing link. Perhaps, if you have a big Facebook following you could post about the article itself and perhaps a post about the author as well.

    Of course, you want to have the option to decline any content that doesn't meet your standards.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      First of all, if it takes you 3-4 hours to research enough material for a simple 400-500 word article, then you are a really slow writer/researcher.
      This simply is not true at all! I could do quick research if I only scanned other articles written on the same topic, but then, how would I know if the facts given were indeed accurate? If they were antiquated? And how could I present my client with original and unique content?

      I pride my self in giving my clients the most accurate and up to date information as possible and this does require more time.

      I like to give my clients work that stands out from others and this requires a lot of research time to verify information and find a unique aspect on the topic that isn't discussed a lot in other articles.

      I also like to go to the library to verify some of the information I found online, and this too takes time.

      I'm sure you could find a writer to whip you up a 500 word article quickly, with little research time, however, if you wanted to be certain that the article was indeed accurate, then you would have to spend the time verifying what the article stated, or take the chance on it being a less than satisfactory read by your visitors. This could actually be detrimental to your site and reputation.

      (Of course there are exceptions like when the author is writing in their field of expertise, so therefore, they already know all of the latest info, for example.)

      But you can certainly understand where I'm coming from.

      I'm from the "you get what you pay for" sect.

      Just some food for thought...

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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Start a forum...Even the writers that say they would never write for free actually do write for free on forums....Check above for proof.

    (And forums can do very well in Google.)
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      LOL Kurt!

      What a clever idea!

      You have a very valid point there that can't really be disputed, unless of course some one is just plain argumentative or wanted to hone their debating skills.

      Terra
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    • (And forums can do very well in Google.)

      Once you get traffic.

      I don't waste time posting to forums that get few visitors -- and I don't think most other writers would, either.

      A forum is labor-intensive, though. If you're willing to do all that work, perhaps you might as well write your own articles to begin with.

      Still, it's an idea.

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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt
        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        (And forums can do very well in Google.)

        Once you get traffic.

        I don't waste time posting to forums that get few visitors -- and I don't think most other writers would, either.

        A forum is labor-intensive, though. If you're willing to do all that work, perhaps you might as well write your own articles to begin with.

        Still, it's an idea.

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        Yep...They are tough to get going. But that wasn't my point. My point was/is, writers do write for free at the same time they claim they don't.

        And a secondary point is to come up with ways to get User Generated Content of any kind. Facebook, Twitter, EZA all have built "empires" with UGC with people creating content for these sites for free.

        Again, it isn't easy, but UGC may be the optimal content model on the Web. And the title of this thread is how to get content written for free, not what is wrong with the concept. But then again, I'm a solutions orientated person.
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    You won't be getting anything free from me buddy. You want my skills and experience - show me your cash.

    That's why I run a business, not a charity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    I'm having difficulty adding anything much to Chris Worner's post above, but ...

    Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

    Does this sound appealing to anyone? I mean, article sites basically rely on this as a business model. So wouldn't it theoretically work for smaller sites as well?
    They don't really rely on that "as a business model". Or, at least, it depends on what you mean by "as a business model". But to the extent that it's true, it explains why article directories are barely a viable business model at all, at the moment (and are closing down all over the place), and why so many experienced people here think that even Ezine Articles may not survive (I don't actually agree with that, myself: it seems clear to me that they will survive, because of their management, longevity and widespread reputation, in all of which regards they're true exceptions).

    And no, it wouldn't theoretically "work for smaller sites as well".

    All IMHO, of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Ogbin
    Thanks for this discussion, I really was reading what you said guys in this topics. Please let me add something.

    The "guest poster" articles are free because you didn't pay them for writing but they get "two keyword-focused links to his website in the article" as you mentioned in your post, they get permanent backlinks from your website as a result and this is a long term payment from you.

    In case you have a budget for buying articles and avoid this, go ahead and forget this method.

    And if you don't have use it carefully and avoid black-hat websites that link from you or you will get infected as a result and put your website in trouble and maybe get banned even you don't know the reason.
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  • Profile picture of the author jpeddler
    I am speaking only for myself, but as a professional writer, and one not in "attack mode" - here are the issues you face:

    You are somewhat correct in what some marketers and writers perceive might be one of the better uses for EZA. And let's suppose they are right, and they get clickthroughs to their sites and their articles also get picked-up by other high ranking blogs and web sites.

    Top tier writers do use EZA for lots of reasons. But here are the flaws in your thinking and you and a couple of others have already touched on this:

    You don't have an authority site - this one thing makes what you propose a simple decision for someone that writes high or even average quality content.

    Why bother putting my content on your site? It's hardly an even exchange for better writers. I get a weak backlink for content that has high negotiable value - I don't think this is something I would consider at all.

    You have no traffic - a new site, and you have not even mentioned how you plan to drive traffic to it - except through using the free content you want to receive.

    It appears you want good content to attract visitors to your site, but a lot more needs to happen to make it attractive for writers to submit work for a link.

    You received an acceptable article from a writer - congratulations! I am serious - this is a good thing.

    Still, I would not consider doing it and neither would other top writers. My requirements are for sites to have at least a decent PR for me to submit work to them.

    There are simply too many other productive ways to make better use of the content I write - whether it is for my use or use by my clients.

    Obviously, the question for you becomes: do you need top quality content written by very good writers?

    Honestly - though arguably - you don't.

    Perhaps average content can help you a little in the beginning. But long-term, I have to conclude you would really suffer as a result of having less than very good content.

    The question of having excellent, original content as opposed to a large amount of weak to average stuff is being answered with an emphatic "YES" for the great stuff by my clients. Judging by the prices for even basic, average content, this appears to clearly be an upward trend in pricing and value.

    This is long overdue. Great content drives everything successful on the web.

    Someone has already mentioned the "link farm" label Google may slap you with. This factor, along with a lower quality scores, are just some of the considerations you need to evaluate and work out. The "link farm" label is the one that is scariest to me.

    Additionally, among many issues that EZA is facing is that they are "flatlining" as far as their traffic and rankings. Much of this has to do with the excessive amount of "spun and junk' content they have allowed for so many years. It is finally catching up to them.

    In many marketing plans, submission to EZA is not a top consideration any longer - this is just reality. They will exist and survive, but their model will have to evolve a bit. If anything, they need to have much higher standards and raise the quality bar substantially.

    At some point, it may be even be in EZAs best interests to drop their "pay to build their site" model. This has always been absurd to me and they don't have the kind of juice to collect fees from writers that continue to build their site and get them top rankings too.

    Add their Adsense income to their current model and they've made lots of money awfully easily for the past decade.

    As a professional writer, one of the best things to happen was Panda - and the future looks even brighter. There are some harsher, even more punitive measures Google will be applying to site owners that fail to adhere to what they have stated clearly and simply from the beginning:

    "Give visitors a great user experience."

    This has never changed - Google has never wavered about this singular purpose for existing.

    I am glad to be where I am and doing what I do right now. I write, deliver and use the great stuff - this eliminates any worries about Panda, Farmer or anything Google does or changes.

    Still, you have an idea - I've heard worse ones. Think it through a bit more and who knows?
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    I write articles to find an audience for what I have written.

    If you are a new site, you don't have an audience, therefore, I would not be interested in giving my content to you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
      Originally Posted by andrealhendrick View Post

      If you offer some sort of incentives to your visitors it shouldn't be a problem.. It can be as simple as a point systems like yahoo answers has.
      Why would any professional writer spend the time and effort to create high quality content for a couple or worthless points?

      Your suggestion is worse than what the original poster is proposing, a couple of useless backlinks.

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      I'm having difficulty adding anything much to Chris Worner's post above, but ...



      They don't really rely on that "as a business model". Or, at least, it depends on what you mean by "as a business model". But to the extent that it's true, it explains why article directories are barely a viable business model at all, at the moment (and are closing down all over the place), and why so many experienced people here think that even Ezine Articles may not survive (I don't actually agree with that, myself: it seems clear to me that they will survive, because of their management, longevity and widespread reputation, in all of which regards they're true exceptions).

      And no, it wouldn't theoretically "work for smaller sites as well".

      All IMHO, of course.
      Very well put. Nor do I think EZA is going anywhere anytime soon.

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    how about offer them any advertising revenue sharing? Something like what squidoo does.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    My question is: How viable would it be to build your entire site by getting article "donations" from other people? These donations would be in return for an outbound link or two included in the article that they donate.
    Building the site from user-generated articles is viable. As you've read, though, getting the flow of user-generated content of any useful quality started is the tough part.

    You might be caught in a classic Catch-22. You need an audience, or something more valuable than a couple of links from a still-obscure site, to draw good quality content. But you need a decent amount of good quality content to build the audience.

    Forget about the idea of posting a list of keywords for your donated articles - I can pretty much guarantee you'll get buried in digital compost.

    Your best bet, at least in the beginning, might be to take a proactive approach and look for up-and-coming writers looking to build a record of being published. Offer them that chance, and if they can contribute acceptable quality content on a consistent basis, you can offer them a title of some kind. "Field Editor" or "Senior Contributor" are a couple I've seen in print pubs. "Field Editor for BigNicheSite.com" looks good on a resume or, depending on your niche, a journalism school application.
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