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Using Other People's Articles
Posted 08 February 2004 - 05:31 AM
As I'm relatively new to this SEO 'malarky' (about two to three years since I first implemented SEO, one year since I got serious about it!), how accommodating are SEO article writers generally to requests that involve placing their article on your (my) web site with full credit and a link to their web site?
I say this because over the past few months I've seen a lot of really good articles (and posts) that really hit the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned. Although I see my self as fairly elowkwent ( ) I don't feel sufficiently experienced at this stage to start churning out articles about certain areas of SEO. I don't want to fall into the trap of creating sub-standard web pages for my web site in the quest for more content.
Posted 08 February 2004 - 06:16 AM
If in doubt, send the person an email telling them what you want to do and ask if it is OK to do so.
I don't think too many are going to complain about it as long as you have full credits with a link to the author intact. Some articles already give you the permission to copy with those clauses built in.
I don't think you need to worry about sub-standard articles, more as they are written based on your opinions. Articles are biased, gossip, fact, fiction, opinions, etc. That's what makes some better than others.
Posted 08 February 2004 - 10:24 AM
Links to other articles could be an exception. Most people encourage links to their articles and you could include a brief description of the article along with a link to the detail. I understand that this is probably not what you are seeking, becuase it looks like you want to add content to your site. However, the description does add content to your site and a page with several brief descriptions of similar articles could be beneficial from the SEO perspective.
Posted 08 February 2004 - 11:13 AM
Basically, as long as you ask permission, are willing to give full credit, and have a site that wouldn't be an embarrassment for the writer to be associated with, most will be happy to grant you permission.
It never hurts to ask. It does hurt to not ask. Never put anyone's article on your site unless it explicitly says you can, or you have permission.
Posted 09 February 2004 - 01:58 AM
I've put a couple quotes and links to articles from members here, and basically did it the same way that Jill said. I asked permission, mentioned their name, they could review it, and then placed a link to both their site and article.
It wasn't really for more content, but the more useful site info you present can only help long-term.
Posted 10 February 2004 - 04:24 AM
I may well have to email / PM a few peoples out there! Beware, you have been warned!
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