By Graham Lee
We all know the value of having quality content on your website, but let’s face it not everyone is a natural writer. Whilst it would be great if you could write quality articles for your blog or website, there are many webmasters that find writing articles for their site to be a very tedious task. It can be very time consuming and mentally draining.
Many people who need to write articles procrastinate as much as they can, to delay the amount of writing they actually need to do. Many people dread writing articles because they find researching for the topic and then writing down original material too much like hard work for them.
It’s true that you need to have your creative juices flowing when trying to write articles and simply downloading an article form the internet would be plagiarism or tantamount to stealing, especially if it’s not from a recognised content site.
Many content sites exist where you can find the sort of content you are looking for, but they may not be suitable for what you want the articles to do. If you publish an article from one of these article content sites you must publish the article as it was written and include the resource box for the author. Not only does this mean the article may not be worded exactly as you may wish it also means that anyone who clicks the authors link will be taken away from your website.
The problem you have is not in finding articles and content for your website but in finding suitable content you can include in your own articles without resorting to plagiarism.
Have you ever heard about Public Domain?
Public Domain refers to anything which is available for anyone to use as they wish. The work may be a book that was written such a long time ago that it has been removed from copyright and has entered the public domain or it may be a work that the originator has donated to the public domain.
Public domain articles are by authors who have declared their works to be available to in the public domain, which means anybody can use them for whatever purpose they want.
While most authors would prefer to copyright their work to maintain their rights, there are also a number who don’t mind sharing their work. The writers have waived their rights to their works and have published them for the public to make use of. Public domain articles are not owned by anyone and as such can be used and abused by anyone.
You do not risk the chance of being sued for copyright infringement when using public domain articles, simply because they are in the public domain.
So you can safely use public domain articles to help you write your own articles.
Using Public Domain Articles
Although you can use public domain articles just as they were written, you must remember that anyone can use them, so you may find that the content you publish on your website is not unique to your site. Other people will also find these articles and may publish them without making any changes.
If you can, you should try to make some changes to them, to make the content more unique to you. This could be as simple as adding your own words or paragraphs around those in the article already. Try changing certain words to similar words you would use. Reword whole sentences by changing the structure of the sentence without changing the meaning.
We all read differently, so try changing the wording to the way you understand the point. If you understand it better, there is a good chance so will someone else.
With public domain articles you can do as much or as little work on them as you wish. You can simply edit them to your own style or rewrite them as you please to make them suitable for your needs. You can use them as ideas for your own articles and use selected parts of them in your articles. All the ideas are there already and it’s just a matter of finding the right article with the topic or subject you need.
This is probably the easiest way to write articles. You don’t need to scour around the library or the internet for hours for information and then spend even longer writing an article from scratch. For webmasters who are looking for articles to fill their site and to generate a high ranking for their website in search engine results, they can just modify the article by infusing keywords and keyword phrases related to their site.
Save Time and Money
If you wish you can use public domain articles as they were written, without any changes.
For those who need articles for newsletters or ezines, this can be a very beneficial timesaver. If you rely on your contributors or pay writers for articles to publish in your newsletter or ezine, but still have space available in your newsletter, which must be filled, you can simply fill the space with a public domain article.
You can fill all, or some, of the pages very easily without any cost and without being at the mercy of delays in getting the articles from your contributors or article writers. You can simply copy the articles and place them on your newsletter and e-zine.
Writing articles by using public domain will not require as much work as writing one from scratch, so you save a lot of time.
Another factor in using public domain articles for your site is that you save money.
You do not need to hire experienced and seasoned writers that some webmasters use to write their articles. While a single article from a writer would only cost you a few dollars, this cost will drastically increase when you need hundreds of articles to fill the needs of your site. The costs could run into thousands of dollars if you publish an article every day of the year. Imagine how much cost would be involved if you publish a 10 page newsletter every month, with an article on every page.
Where to Find Public Domain Articles
The power of articles, keywords and keyword phrases has been proven to be invaluable in the last few years for many internet based businesses and sites that want to rank high in search engine results.
The number of articles and content writers has grown significantly due to the rise in the demand for these articles. As newer and newer topics and subjects have arisen, there are many more demands for new articles to be written. An industry has been formed around article writing and has grown into a worldwide demand.
Public domain articles are a virtually untapped resource in this area, the value of which many people fail to realise.
Finding public domain articles is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.
Search for ‘public domain articles’ or ‘public domain subject or topic articles’ in any search engine. There are many directories that deal in public domain articles in almost any topic, so you are sure to find something you can use.
When you find the article or subject you are looking for, copy and paste the content into a word processing program and then edit the article to suit your needs.
Public Domain for the Public
Public domain articles have provided a great alternative for those who either don’t have the money to spend or do not have the time or the skills to write articles for themselves.
Even if you write well, having a supply of public domain articles at your disposal could be your life saver if at any time you find yourself lost for words or without the time to write for yourself.
They are in the public domain, so why not use them to your advantage as a member of the public.
About the Author
Graham Lee is CEO of The Income Zone, where you will find online ebusiness tools for web entrepreneurs. Graham is also the owner of a number of other websites offering tools and information about internet marketing and working online.
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