Articles - A Great
Way To Build A Content Site
A great source of quality content,
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
- 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 minutes.
- 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 visitors.
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
- Article 1
This is the description for Article 1. You can edit this description by going to the Info tab and editing the text in the box labelled "Description for sitemap and metatags".
- Article 2
This is the description for Article 2. You can edit this description by going to the Info tab and editing the text in the box labelled "Description for sitemap and metatags".
- Article 3
This is the description for Article 3. You can edit this description by going to the Info tab and editing the text in the box labelled "Description for sitemap and metatags".