| 5:58 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)|
There is an excellent program on your computer called Notepad - fire it up and push keys for a while and you will have a lot of free content.
| 6:40 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Typically, content that is "free" is not "original", and vice versa. (BTW, even if you write the content yourself, as the previous poster suggests, it may not cost you any money, but it would still not be "free" in one sense: it would "cost" you time...)
Moral: very few things in life are truly free!
| 6:56 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Set up blog software on your site and invite people to blog on it. The more interesting the person the better but you would be surprised how many people have something to say but don't unless you make it easy for them to do it.
| 7:02 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)|
>>Typically, content that is "free" is not "original"
not true at all, WebmasterWorld is full of content that was provided free - freely and willingly, it is nearly all original and some of it is astonishingly good quality.
if you want quality content for free you need to think outside the box.
| 7:27 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|Typically, content that is "free" is not "original", and vice versa. |
|not true at all, WebmasterWorld is full of content that was provided free....it is nearly all original and some of it is astonishingly good quality. |
So, topr8, you would view WebmasterWorld as being typical? Part of the reason I came by here is that I feel exactly the opposite!
| 7:39 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)|
ok, i'm not a linguist i'm not going to argue one way or another about the definition of typical.
nor indeed the definition of 'free'
however ... WebmasterWorld is the best known website within its niche, additionally the forum method of getting 'free' content is used all over the web and is very effective, there are many, many good examples of this.
there are many other good and well used examples all over the web of quality original free content - amazon reviews are another good example.
| 8:21 pm on Aug 19, 2005 (gmt 0)|
As has been suggested, invite people to contribute content.
Looking at this from a News perspective - a wonderful and never-ending source of free content - if you are in a sector where company/product information is relevant to your audience, get yourself on as many public relations mailing lists as you can. Simply locate the Press/Media Relations Department via the websites of the companies concerned.
Press releases are not solely provided by those seeking to market products or services...
Any sector (even niches) can be subdivided into further elements. Behind all these are trade bodies, government departments, regulatory authorities, user groups, joint committees which link many of the niches together, and many others.
Then there are the national, regional and local divisions of all of the above. They all have news and will undoubtedly have a PR mailing list that the news seeker can be added to. Therein lies an almost inexhaustable source of free content.
You could be in any sector or niche you care to mention and I bet that with a bit of lateral thought you'd find plenty of 'free' content in the form of press releases. Of course, how much of the 'free content' from these sources you choose to use is entirely down to you.
| 2:10 am on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
As Syzygy has suggested, press releases are a good source, depending, of course, on your topic.
US Newswire is one source of press releases, there are others. Often news.google will have press releases (look for the source of the article). You can also go to the web sites of organizations and politicians and you will usually find a section for press releases (often under About/Press Room).
One way to add value and make it interesting is to find opposite viewpooints and quote from both. For example:
Congressman Blowhard proposed increasing sales taxes on widgets that are larger than three pounds. here you quote from his press release. The Widget Makers Society responded with the arguement now quote from their release.
With a little bit of writing and some creativity you can come up with an article with little work (but some digging).
For science news, NASA is a good source of astronomy and space information. Also the U.S. Census Bureau has some interesting trivia in their daily feature found on U.S. Newswire (often with links to additional info that you can use.) [did you know that today is Potato Feast Day?]
| 5:45 am on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
My problem is that mine is an eCommerce site selling products. It's not an authority/portal, not a clearinghouse for information whose primary aim is to harvest revenue from ad sales. We solicit post-sale followup feedback and it's extaordinarily gratifying to see how many people love, worship and adore us. We do post those onsite - after some minimal editing - as 'Customer Testimonials".
Thing is, for every 100 buyers who love our stuff, inevitably one buyer is always dissatisfied with the exact same stuff everyone else praises to the moon. There's always some curmudgeon, or loony who is not only unhappy, but angry too. And even the ones who love our stuff always want more more more..."can't you gold-plate it? Why can't you peel us that grape?" etc.
I can't let those guys rant away on my site, they'll spook away all the first time buyers.
| 7:01 am on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|not true at all, WebmasterWorld is full of content that was provided free - freely and willingly, it is nearly all original and some of it is astonishingly good quality. |
I think that posting message (content) on this forum does not automatically waives all your right for this content. And if some quotation is done or the whole ontent is taken at least the reference for the author should be placed.
| 7:28 am on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
ColinVox, I believe the reference was to WebmasterWorld's own forum content functioning as its own free spiderfood for WebmasterWorld's own benefit - not as free content for other sites to pilfer and use.
WebmasterWorld doesn't process its content (other than minimal TOS editing for stuff like profanity). It just presents all content as-is, freely volunteered by its writers, and always attributes the sources as you can verify right here in this very thread, for example.
| 8:52 pm on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|We solicit post-sale followup feedback.... We do post those onsite... as 'Customer Testimonials". ...for every 100 buyers who love our stuff, inevitably one buyer is always dissatisfied... There's always some curmudgeon, or loony... I can't let those guys rant away on my site, they'll spook away all the first time buyers. |
Excuse my editing, but you can't solicit customer feedback and then complain that 1% have a problem and have provided you with stuff you don't like. You asked..:-)
Are customers allowed to post on the site? Or do you solicit comment and then post at your own discretion? If the former, can it not be filtered/pre-moderated? And how does this tie-in with the additional content you want to source?
| 9:12 pm on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
They don't post directly, no. The feedback solicitations and replies are by eMail. I didn't say it was necessarily fair. Bottom line is, we're in business and like a lot of businesses, we try to keep the publicity positive to the extent that we have any control over the process--like on our own site. By and large, most definitely our customers really do love our stuff. To our credit, if a complaint is legit, we always do our best to correct the issue. But new buyers are easily spooked, and they don't really need to hear all the sordid details from the ranting mouth of an irate and often irrational grump with a subliminal grudge from early childhood, about that one order of french fries which was served cold one day, or whatever..
| 9:15 pm on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Any thread that starts out where can I get free original content tells me the poster are too lazy for even this profession.
topr8, WebmasterWorld content is NOT FREE. Look at the bottom of every page and you'll see who owns the comments they post.
| 9:38 pm on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
From the bottom of each page:
|All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. |
Member comments are owned by the poster.
| 10:11 pm on Aug 22, 2005 (gmt 0)|
|topr8, WebmasterWorld content is NOT FREE. Look at the bottom of every page and you'll see who owns the comments they post. |
for those that didn't understand my post, even though luckychucky obviously knew what i meant as he has already explained it, i'll spell it out simply ...
if you run a forum then people will provide content for you willingly and freely - hence it is free content for the FORUM OWNER.
in no way am i suggesting that you can lift the content from here at WebmasterWorld or any other forum to use on another site ...
i was suggesting the original poster think a little outside the box, i say this,if you want free content, don't go off looking for stuff to cut and paste from somewhere else on the web, think of a method that will make other people go out of their way to come to you and write fresh content direct onto your site.
here's a tip, everybody has got an opinion about something and most people like to express it, you merely need to give them the opportunity to do so, how you go about this is up to you, but if you want original free content then it's a pretty good concept to start yourself off with.