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Many major sites are monitored and rated by some of larger corporations and industry experts. If you article catches their eye, you could end up with a client that you would have otherwise never had chance to work for. The wider audience, more additional work you can acquire!
--- Writing a Free Content Article ---
Writing a free content article is simple and follows a similar professional approach as an article for a standard, paying market. A few pointers are:
* Be Concise Keep it under 1,500 words. Some professional organizations might pickup your article for a paying market and they usually only accept between 500 and 2,000 words. Also, if you can write an in-depth topic in fewer than 1,500 words, that usually demonstrates that you have a handle on topic.
* Be Real Take free content articles seriously. Be professional and write about something you know professionally. Stay away from MLM articles and avoid meaningless writing.
* Be Honest I've seen some authors use same free content from other writers and just modify it a little to suit their needs. Do you own work!
* Your Byline Make sure that you byline provides enough information to identify yourself and provide contact information. This byline is your business card!
--- Here, steal my work! ---
As I've said, I sometimes see that same article used by numerous writers. Sometimes, unethical people steal other's work so that they can look good in public eye. Take it as a compliment, but protect yourself.
Protecting free content is no different than protecting paying market content. One place to go is MediaRegister (http://www.mediaregister.com). They will register your work online for a minimal fee. This way you can distribute your work and protected it from little thieves of Internet.
--- What next? ---
Free content articles can provide you with enormous amount of exposure on Web. In some cases, you can obtain exposure that you would have otherwise missed!
Edward B. Toupin is a freelance consultant, writer, and published author living in Las Vegas with his singer/actress wife. He currently handles technical writing tasks for various companies in New York, Chicago, and Denver as well as imagineers and markets feature-length screenplays.