Building a Content Rich Website - Part 3
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How to go about sourcing content for your sites.
Well the most obvious but also the most time consuming way to do this is to write the content yourself, although it's not nearly as hard as it sounds. Do you realise that if you read 3 entire books on one subject you've pretty much set yourself up as an expert? By doing this chances are that you will know more than 99% of the population, of course there will be some people out there who are extremely well educated on your subject (or niche) who have spent years studying it, you can't hope to compete with them but don't let those few stop you getting started.
If you don't have the time or patience for that then there's always the internet to turn to for research. Spend several hours carefully and selectively reading up on your chosen niche, keeping bookmarks and taking notes and you'll be surprised at how much you'll know by the end of it. Remember that it is OK to use bits and pieces of other people's work as long as you don't copy large tracts of their work verbatim. You can always use a tool such as http://www.copyscape.com to check if your written work has likely infringed someone elses copywrite, if it has then just go back and make changes and keep checking until your work is sufficiently unique.
A way that many people source their content is through the free article directories. The terms of service vary for each of the article directories so you need to check them before using them to ensure you comply. Basically you are allowed to reuse the content on your own sites provided that you do not alter the articles and leave all the links intact, including the resource box for the author.
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