To Write or Not to Write Articles

One of the most important requirements for owning, running and maintaining an internet-based business or a website is the ability to write and publish articles. Plain and simple, everyone who has a website knows this. Even those who don’t have a website or blog but are frequent internet users are aware of this requirement. Articles are to information and knowledge seekers as cold, clear water is to thirsty people. Plus, the articles provide many other benefits for your website.

One of the benefits provided by articles is putting a website high in ranking on the SERPs (search engine results pages) for keywords and keyword phrases that pertain, or are relevant to, his or her website. They also provide an attraction to website visitors who appreciat them and are linked to your website from another website or newsletter. Articles have been proven to increase the confidence and trust levels of users who visit your website and online business page.

Benefits of articles

Articles have also been considered as beneficial to both the business via increased traffic. When readers like your articles, they would are usually inclined to tell more of their friends, family and peers in an effort to recommend your website to them which, in turn, provides a larger volume of traffic. You derive a bigger sales volume if traffic to your trusts and believes in you; and your product and/or service would be much easier to sell when your website viitors (traffic) know you, know what you are doing, and what is discussed on your website.

So, it is reasonable to assume that we have established the importance of articles to a website and/or business page; but it is also necessary to point out that articles play a crucial role in helping you, the website or business owner, keep ahead in the Internet marketing (IM) game. Said differently, since a website must have traffic to be considered relavent, and a well-written and compelling article is, more often than not, a traffic magnet, the article is therefore deemed imperative. That having been said, there is one dilemma: Not many people like writing articles.

Many website owners would rather spend their time on something other than writing articles, and unless you’re a big time company, you don’t have the necessary resources to use on a pool of article writers. Plagiarism or copying of other articles is frowned upon (illegal) and could easily get you into trouble, the kind of trouble that often results in a hefty fine and/or jail time. So what are your other options?

Public domain articles

Well, for starters if you hate writing articles and you can’t afford to hire people to write for you then it seems that your only other choice is to get free articles; but you might ask, from where? And the most credible answer to that question is, the public domain which is the first most website/blog owner look at for free articles. With public domain articles you won’t have problems with copyright infringement and the possible penalties and fines if you get caught committing plagiarism.

Public domain articles are articles freely given to the public for public use and once they are given you can do whatever you want with them. You can publish them to your site, claim them as yours, place them in a newsletter, or any other use you deem suitable for your own purposes. It’s you decision! Always remember, however, that you will have to choose articles that are very relevant to your site’s topic.

The downside to public domain articles is that since they are free for everybody, many of your competitors may have access to them as well; and since every site needs to feature original and unique content even though they may have the same niche, this could present a predicament to you and the other site owners utilizing public domain articles. To eliminate such a predicament it will be necessary for you to edit the articles a bit and even place more keywords and keyword phrases in them to improve the quality, uniqueness and originality of such articles.

Sites with similar topics

Another way to get free articles is to allow other sites which has the same subject or topic as yours to submit articles to your site. This would be only to augment your existing content or else all your articles would be leading to other sites since resource boxes containing redirect links would be placed at the bottom of these articles and therefore direct your readers to their sites. That’s why it is important to have your own articles which you could use to link your site to other sites in a similar fashion.

But, to truly feel the impact of what a good article can help you accomplish, it is best to get original ones. There are many article writers who do part time and freelance article writing jobs for which they charge only minimal fees. You can have good (if not great) articles written that contain all the keywords and keyword phrases you need to attract the people are looking for them.

The investment you make for these articles would be worthwhile because you could use them to promote all the benefits you have to offer. You hold copyrights to them and you will be able to use them anyway you want. As your articles help you in building your business and your website, you will have more articles to write and maybe then you won’t be forced to entertain second thoughts about articles.

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