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Outsourcing these articles would free up a lot of my time for more important things. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
I've used rentacoder for a small Delphi application to automate some html work.
I'im also looking at rentacoder for content. Some outsourcers are asking for articles at $3 - $5. I think that at that rate you'll get content scraped from the web, and thrown together as an article.
I've chosen an author for some content, at $20 an article, for about 1000 words each. I couldn't live on that, but he is a westerner living in the far East where the cost of living would be cheaper. It will be a few weeks before i get the content, so i can't vouch for the quality yet.
Another option is getafreelancer.
Some outsourcers are asking for articles at $3 - $5.
One site has hit upon a clever idea that is worth adapting - he runs weekly competitions for college students to write articles about his niche. The winner gets some paltry amount, which is a lot in that country, and all entries go on the site - so he gets a lot of dirt-cheap content, all properly attributed to the authors, and acreage for his affiliate ads. :)
All my projects overlap about 10-30% industry-wise, so they're never off-topic and I'm never really starting from scratch. If I want to make something really unrelated, I'll do 1 or 2 sites inbetween to bridge them... Sort of about.com one site at a time ;)
I think his (travel) related sites seem to do OK because of one site he set up in about 1999 which was a local directory.
It was fairly succesful at the tim but hasn't had fresh content for a long time. Still I guess it has a few important regional links.
Strange thing is though most of his bookings are outside of that region.
I wish I understood it - he claims he's just great at SEO
During this waiting phase it might also help to build credibility by inserting good outgoing links, not in a seperate links page, but in the content itself by linking keyword/phrases to relevant external content sites.
Early web documents by scientists/educators probably had a more "natural" linking pattern. They were linking to ideas and documents, not web-sites. And of course the google pair came from stanford.
Now how would I be going about getting nice backlinks? Do I buy them? Request reciprocal links from other sites that deal with the topic?
And if I have some good links in place, would it be enough to rank high in the SERPS. I can imagine google doesn't like one-page sites alot...?