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One way you get your users to write your content.

Content is king with AdSense. It's nice to have free help.



8:21 am on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The more pages your site contains, the more chances it has to hit the SE lottery when a surfer types a phrase into the search engine.

One person can only write so many pages. I am assuming that the vast majority of webmasters work alone...am I wrong?

I would like to get some ideas on how to speed up the content creation. It is important that it's not just blah lorem ipsum content though. Valuable, targeted content.

One thing I did to get my visitors to create valuable content for me -

My site users are very proud of the widgets they own, and more than willing to show them off. I created a way for my users to upload pictures of their widgets, and include detailed information.

To encourage people to add their widgets to the site, I made it so that the most recently added widget appears on the main page of the site. They like the recognition...their 15 minutes of fame.

Furthermore, to encourage them to link to my site (their widget) on other related websites. I made a visible "popularity" rating that displays the number of views their widget has received. I also allow users to sort the widgets by popularity in the members widget index.

This has generated LOTS of useful pages that are starting to rank well in the SE's. Because the widgets are so specific in nature, I receive VERY related AdSense adverts, and the CTR is phenominal on these pages.


10:02 am on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Certainly its a good idea to get the visitors write content for Adsense websites. One way can be to let them post comments over the articles that will appear right below the articles, get the articles from RSS or something and inviting the Article posters related to your industry to post on your Adsense website too.

This will also keep the Search Engine hooked and website Fresh.


10:05 am on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That sounds like a nice business model.
You will have to stay on top of things though, some editing in case of trolls etc. -Larry


2:39 pm on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have had to impliment a couple small filters to discourage users from constantly refreshing the page (Unique IP per 24 hours)

My only large concern at this point is that someone will upload an inappropriate image, and it will be on the front page. Today I will probably make it so that the 5th or 6th most recent added widget will display on the main page. This way I'll have time to catch it before it hits "Prime Real Estate"


I like the idea of commenting on articles. That would keep the spiders busy. I like it - thank you.


3:03 pm on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Then you'll have to deal with comment spam... We tried this approach, and although in all honesty we didn't try to promote it very hard, all we got was spam.

Jaunty Edward

3:27 pm on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think most of the sites can have the provision for users to add the content, only problem is spam. To some extend you can control it by using IPs but still its a major problem.

The other major problem is when you want to allow users to upload images( u know what I mean).

If we are able to solve or control them then we will see dynamic sites coming up almost every where.

Imagine this site without moderators and you will know what I am talking about.



3:38 pm on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Make it easy for users to send content - create a user friendly input form.
Don't have a "Reset" button on the form - we used to get blank pages sent to us until we removed the button. Users probably pressed "reset" instead of "submit".

Jaunty Edward

3:59 pm on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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but for how long will you be able to manage it, users will grow and the emails too. Its not going to work for the websites that want to grow into 1000's pages.


4:11 pm on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Spam isn't the only problem with this model. Copyright is also an issue, both for text and images.

That can be managed, but it does require some attention.


5:02 pm on Aug 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Perhaps a review before it goes live process should be put in place on things like this.

One way I have reduced spam is to make all of the information that the users fill out pre-formatted. They fill in optional fields like:

Widget Brand:
Widget Age:
Widget Add-ons:
...and so on

This way, provided they enter the proper information into the proper fields, I can arrange the data on the page any way that I chose to with PHP.

I have thought further on the SPAM issue, and if it becomes a problem - one make it so that the user has to be a registered member for at least 30 days to add their widget. It may slow the rate of widgets added, but if it's less spammy it will be more AdSense friendly (and a reason to come back)


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