Where have all the web content sites gone?Written by Melissa Brewer
Many web content websites have vanished or stopped in their tracks in last few months.
It's quite amazing that this has happened, actually, in aftermath of September 11th tragedies -- more people than ever are now using web to get vital news information in real-time. (Family members in my household now visit international news websites to get a different perspective on events going on!)
Content is still around, websites still advertise for content creation jobs, and yet websites for web writers and content community have dissipated to a small, yet vital, few.
So, if you're looking for support, news, and training, where should you go? Here's a rundown of surviving -- and thriving -- websites and communities for those of us who write online!
Web Page Content http://www.webpagecontent.com/ Articles and products to improve web content >From website: "75+ ways to make your web content more usable, readable, credible, accessible and profitable, and attract more traffic through search engines. New articles every week or so." An interesting mix of content and creation how-to's.
Contentious http://www.contentious.com/articles/011210.htm Amy Gehran continues to write her monthly articles on online writing and content creation at www.contentious.com. Meet with her when she travels to DC!
Sins of The Internet: Para-SiteWritten by Richard Lowe
The other day I was surfing web as normal, going quickly from site to site. I was looking for a good site to present with an Excellent Site award and I was getting frustrated because nothing was measuring up. You know, more of say old thing time after time. I'm sure you've had days like this when you've surfed, everything just seemed, well, plain.
Anyway, I ran across a site which looked pretty good. In fact, it was very nice, good graphics, excellent content, nice layout and good navigation. In other words, at first glance it looked like a good candidate for an award.
The only way to be able to judge sites in a high-volume awards program such as ours (usually 40 or so entries a week) is to ensure that time is well spent. This means when I view a contender for an award first 60 seconds of viewing is used to quickly reject or accept a site. This whittles down contenders greatly so that my time can be spent on those web sites that deserve a closer look.
So anyway, I was surfing web and found a site which looked pretty good. Very good, in fact. Lots of nice graphics, very well-done layout, HTML code looked good and content was first rate. I continued looking and comparing and came to conclusion that I had a real winner here, a site which was worthy of excellent site award.
I hesitated as I started to give out award, though. Something didn't seem right, something was wrong. I continued looking, and before long realized I had found a para-site.
Oh, guy was good, I'll admit it. What had he done? He had used frames to seamlessly merge someone else's web site into his own. Actually, on further investigation I found that this "webmaster" had similarly merged over a dozen web sites into his own.