I actually thought of this a few weeks back and was going to post it on here, but then I thought it dumb lol. THEN, I was on Harros site and saw he made a post awhile back in 09 about free content and how to get it a different way. I actually am a content provider, but sometimes its just a pain in the ass to write write write for nothing in return (short term anyway). Anyway, usually I just lurk, but I figured since so many people were looking for content on here, maybe I could make my mark. I didn't see anyone posting anything like this yet - if so, sorry about that! First, you have to get a few accounts going on some of these freelancer sites: Code: Elance.com Aquent.com Adveres.com ? another cool marketplace for freelancers. Ework.com Freelance Auction Freelance Auction Network Freelance.com Freelance Writers Freelancefree.com Freelancewriting.com Freelancewebprojects.com Freelanceseek.com Getafreelancer Guru.com Ifreelance.com Projectlance.com Scriptlance.com Freelancer.com etc It can ultimately be ANY freelancer site, as long as its a site where WRITERS can bid on content projects. Secondly, you need to post a job. Yea, you should see where I am going with this already. But, if not, Ill clue you in. Our company places a lot of bids and a lot of posts on these freelance sites and one thing I notice a lot of are project posters looking for content that want "samples". I try to make my post pretty legit so it doesn't sound too spammy or fake. Something along the lines of: "We are looking for content writers that would like to make $800 a month writing content for us. This content will include website content, blogs and articles ranging from 400 words to 600 words each. Each article must be edited and unique! All we ask from our bidders is to please provide a sample on blah blah blah. If we find that this piece is anywhere else, we will not be choosing you as the winning bid." I know this sounds too good to be true, but it's not. I mostly use this tactic for our own business website for article marketing. When asking for the type of content (blah blah blah) you can ask for something specific ie; The Keywords for the content are: example, 1, 2, 3, whatever. Or you can be broad about it and just ask them for a sample that is unique. Then, you have tons of bids, which you can weed out if they don't provide a sample. And you get people that actually PM you with their samples. Nine out of ten times they will send a unique piece of content - which you can then take a use however you see fit. You can even spin this a few times if that's your thing. ==== Tactic #2: Since we DO have a content and Internet marketing site, we are always looking for writers to join our company when they visit our website. So, one thing we have implemented is an application form. This simply states for the writer that in order to join the team, they must write a content piece. In our case, we made it on Wine & Cheese Pairings so we could article market our Wine and Cheese store online. I would say we get about 5 articles almost every single day that are 100% unique. Most of these writers don't do article marketing or anything like that, so they have no need for the article in the future. This is the content you are stealing to market your own sites, or whatever you are using the content for. Again, you can be specific and tell them that in order to join the team, they have to write about whateverwhatever or you can just have them write about anything. The point is - free CONTENT. If its sh*t content, throw it out. There's always more where it came from. If you really are hard up, and you need that content, read through it quickly, fix anything that sounds retarded, spell check, grammar check (I like pro.spellcheckplus.com) and you are done. Took you 1.3 seconds to edit it rather than 30-45 minutes to write it. By the way, you can also do this with rewrites. Take a rewrite, attach it to your post on the freelance site, and say - "I need rewrites. Please write a rewritten sample of this article." Voila. Free content rewrites. Try it out. P.S sites like Freelancer*com MAKE you pay $5 to post a bid. However, if you do not choose a bidder and you cancel the project, you get your money back right away. So, take $5, use it, reuse it, rinse and repeat. Pretty simple and incredibly cost efficient.