Easily Find Free Content for your Blogs

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Real Estate Services with MyST Technology Partners

I was having lunch with a few of our customers last week and one of them remarked that it was a pain looking through all the free content sites for images, articles, and stories that can be reused for blog posts and articles. I had also experienced this - the Creative Commons directories are wonderful, but not as friendly as good'ol Google's format and layout. And the new Creative Commons filters in Google are excellent, but your searches include the entire web - not always ideal if you're trying to narrow your scope to professional produced images, videos, and text.

GimmeFreeContent LogoSooo... I decided to build a comprehensive aggregation of all the great content sites that are free (or mostly free) and host it at GimmeFreeContent.com (Note: the DNS may still be propagating). This search engine is still a youngster with plenty of room for growth, but like the content it recommends, it is free to use so spread the URL.

I also have plans to add more free content directories and lots of other resources related to helping you blog faster and better. Be sure to submit your suggestions and comments - I'm sure this could be greatly improved and I'm confident many of you know of some great resources.

I've never been a big fan of using free content for blogging, but I've changed my tune after researching this arena. I was amazed to see the number of sites and catalogs that offer great images for free and open use in blogs and websites.

Enjoy. Cheers! --bf

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Carole Cohen
Realtor, ePRO
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office

WOW Bill this is great. I just typed in three words of photos I had been trying to find for posts last month and got two out of the three. This is a big help!  I wish I had 1/4 the creative ideas in my head you do!  Hope you are well..

July 12, 2008 04:03 PM
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Bill French
MyST Technology Partners

Carole:

Glad it was helpful. Many of our blogsite clients are saying similar things, and I'm also now a fan of using content that is being published openly for the benefit of others. Every now and then, drop a note to the creators to thank them, or link to them - they will appreciate the feedback as well.

And thanks for the comment about ideas - I strive to think up new things all the time. We just launched a pretty cool wacky idea - our platform now matches up our clients with requsts from 12,000 journalists looking for experts on subjects they blog about. Eevery day it sends introductions to help our clients increase their business exposure.

My next project - twitrisk.com. ;-) A service that helps big companies assess the risks of their employee tweats.

July 12, 2008 11:29 PM
Rainer
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Carole Cohen
Realtor, ePRO
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office

The connect the blogger to journalist idea is good on two levels.  Good for blogger exposure and maybe even help the two 'sides' see that they can work together to each other's benefit rather than  each side having to be right lol.

July 19, 2008 09:12 PM
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Allen Tate

Food for thought ...thanks for sharing,.

July 19, 2008 10:22 PM
Rainer
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Bill French
MyST Technology Partners

Carole -

"... connect the blogger to journalist idea ..."

Yep - this idea is working pretty well. A number of our clients have secured free press. It turns out that journalists really like to interview business people that blog because they have a "voice" and typically experience verbalizing their message and domain expertise.

In the I-can't-stop-inventing category, we recently integrated our Free Content search engine into MyST Blogsite so that our users can search for resources directly from their authoring tools [read more]. ;-)

July 19, 2008 10:45 PM
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