Are you stuck on how to find material for articles? Here are three easy ways to create content quickly.
Write an Article Review
Decide on a topic you want to write about and do a search for articles with similar titles. Let’s suppose you have decided to write an article on How to Teach Your Cat to Swim. A Google search shows about 781,000 articles on this improbable subject, some with videos!
You don’t need to read all of these, of course – just check out those on the first page quickly to find one that looks most interesting to you. Once you have found it, read it and decide on what you like and what you don’t like about the article.
Don’t be tempted at this point to just copy the article and claim it as your own – you could be punished for copyright violation. Write your own article, quoting the source in the opening paragraph. What you write is up to you, but be careful to distinguish between material taken from the original article and your own views.
Use quotation marks, referring again to the original article, whenever you take a direct quote. Be careful not to be too caustic or personal when describing points you don’t like in the source article, and make it clear that the views you express are based on your personal experience. Don’t claim to be better informed than the original author, and don’t pretend to be an expert unless you are really qualified in the field.
Make sure to include a link to the original article somewhere in your article. It’s a good idea to use two such links – one right at the beginning of your article and one at the end.
Write a Topic Summary
Using the same example, you can write an article picking, say, the five or six best articles (in your opinion) on Teaching Your Cat to Swim. You can summarize each article briefly, say what you like and don’t like about it, and give links to the original articles.
The same rules about attribution, quotation marks, copyright and expressing opinions apply as for an article review. You may find the rules of the site to which you are submitting your article prevent you from using links to all the articles. In that case, use the author name and the article title and leave the reader to do his or her own search.
Spin Your Own
Another easy trick for finding material for your article is to take one or more of the articles you found and select passages from them. Rewrite the selected passages in your own words, being careful to avoid any phrases that look unique. (I have seen some of my own articles rewritten where particular phrases the article thief liked reappeared with my exact wording – I knew immediately that the perpetrator had stolen the material.)
If you do plan on using material directly like this, at least give credit to the author and the source article – don’t be an article thief!
I hope these suggestions will help you find material for your articles. There are many more tricks available to you, but these three will certainly help when you’re stuck for finding content.
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