Articles - A Great Way To Build A Content Site
A great source of quality content, fast
You can build tightly focused content by including appropriate articles on your
There are several options available for acquiring article content.
- You can write the articles yourself - time consuming, but it does mean that
you will have unique content that will not be found anywhere else on the Internet.
- You can find appropriate articles on the many article directory sites on the
Internet. This can be a great way to find niche articles, but the downside is that the content you find is
likely to also feature on many other sites on the web. This can result in pages being 'penalized' by search
engines for being 'duplicate content'. Also, for copyright reasons, it is not usually possible to edit the
articles you find in article directories and in most cases you will be required to include a resource box that
gives credit to the author of the article and usually a link to one of their sites.
- A great alternative to article directories are 'article membership sites'.
Although this is not a free resource, like those above, it does offer several big advantages. Firstly, it means
that the number of people who have access to the articles is restricted so you can be quite sure that the
article won't be appearing on thousands of sites all over the Internet (so your pages are less likely to be
penalized by search engines for duplicate content).
Secondly, most membership sites that offer articles give you the rights to edit the articles as much as you
like. This means that you can take the basic article and change it to suit your own needs. Not only does this
mean the content becomes your own unique content it also means that you can optimize the article for your
chosen keywords. Lastly, having access to articles you can customize for your own use will help to get you over
that initial writer's block. To write an article from scratch can take anything from 30 minutes to a few hours,
but if you are customizing an existing article it will take a fraction of the time, often as little as five
- Another option for generating article content is to pay someone to write it
for you. You might be thinking "that's too expensive, surely..." but you'd be amazed at how easy it is to find
really cost-effective writers online who will often write copy for incredibly low fees. Again, an advantage of
this type of content is that it takes you no time to write, can be keyword rich, and is truly unique to your
A really neat little feature within XSitePro is that you can quickly
generate lists of sub-pages (below we've included a list of our article pages below this 'articles index page').
This not only looks very professional, but also makes navigating your article content easier for
It's especially useful if you have a lot of articles (or other sub-page content)
which you wish to present, but don't wish to clutter the main navigation menus
with. And the other great reason for using this is that whenever you add another sub page (in this case, another
article beneath this article index page) it will automatically be added to the page list below. The descriptions
even get added automatically for you!