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    What is the best way to solicit ARTICLES for a website?

    We're building an archive of the best computer help related articles on computerhelpcentral.com - Are paid articles always the best way to go or can we get very helpful but FREE articles? Where sites are the best sources of these computer articles?
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    Yea, offering cash is going to get the largest response.
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    i was afraid someone would say that, in short "money talks"

    but there's gotta be some good free ones out there willing to have a reciprocal benefit right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zunenatic
    i was afraid someone would say that, in short "money talks"

    but there's gotta be some good free ones out there willing to have a reciprocal benefit right?
    There are lots of websites where you can download content for free. ArticleCity is one that I like. The only catch is that you have to give the authors credit and provide a link back to their site. But it seems like a fair deal to me.
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    is there a website where i could post what articles i need and they could then respond on my requirements? i want timely, related, reliable, advanced, computer help articles for computerhelpcentral.com, internethelpcentral.com and gadgethelpcentral.com
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    What's the going rate if you're paying for articles? Is there any site out there where you can put up a "article wanted" ad?
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    If you have a community that is zealous enough about your site you might find it easy enough to solicit articles from within the community and not need to pay outsiders.
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    On one of my communities we recently ran a tutorial writing contest. We gave out about $130 worth of prizes and received 19 articles (so about $7/article when all was said and done). With a larger community or a broader topic (ours was pretty focused and community was at about 1000 members at the time) or more promotion of the contest you might get a better response (though I was very pleased with the one we got!).

    Peter is right that offering to pay for articles is certainly the best way, but a contest might be a lower cost alternative, and it might also be a good way to get your community involved (i.e., your community is writing rather than paid off-site writers, you might attract new members because of contest publicity, and you could even take it a step further and let your community vote on the winners).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jingoro
    What's the going rate if you're paying for articles? Is there any site out there where you can put up a "article wanted" ad?
    It REALLY varies. Some markers out ther pay $.01 per word, or less, some pay $1/word. Some pay $10 for a 300 word article, some pay $5,000 for a 2,500 word article. The more the offer the better quality writers you will attract.

    The second part of your question, try sites like CraigsList (the creative gigs boards are a good place to start, writing jobs boards if you have more long term or higher paying work). The job at this site is another good resource: http://www.freelancewriting.com/fjb.html You can even try posting non-paying gigs there.

    EDIT: It looks like they moved their jobs board to: http://www.online-writing-jobs.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by jingoro View Post
    What's the going rate if you're paying for articles? Is there any site out there where you can put up a "article wanted" ad?
    www.constant-content.com has a section where members can post article wanted requests. The owner of that site, or someone involved with it, is a member here at SP.
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    Guess I can't post more info about the site.... interesting...
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    Your previous post read a bit too much like an advertisement to be in line with our self promotion policies, so it was removed. It is fine if you answer direct questions about the site from other users.
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