Free articles for your blogA few days ago I received an email alerting me of the existence of Article Alley which provides, while not exactly copyright free articles, free articles that you can republish in your blog. This was exactly what I want as I need a demo blog for a multi-columns template, namely Good Computer Software.
Although Article Alley did not specifically stated the conditions under which their articles can be republished, generally such content provider do require active links to their website as well as to the author.
Now Article Alley has conveniently provided a republish button which when clicked upon lead to a page where you can copy-paste the article as HTML or plain TEXT. Now assuming that Article Alley do require clickable links, if you use their plain text, you will probably have to type in the relevant HTML to make those required links active.
If you chose to use the HTML version, here are a few points you should take careful note of. Their HTML was created for normal websites and thus will contain codes that are not necessary for blogs. Let me elaborate. The HTML version for <
<title>Search Engine Optimization - The Key To Achieve Online Success</title>
<h1>Search Engine Optimization - The Key To Achieve Online Success</h1>
Those first few lines in green are superfluous and should be left out. Start copy-paste from the line
The ending lines of the codes for republishing are:
<div class="source">Article Source: <a href="http://www.articlealley.com/article_964906_81.html">http://www.articlealley.com/article_964906_81.html</a></div>
The last 2 lines in blue are also superfluous and should be left out.
Now there is one glaring mistake. The closing tag (in red) </author> is a mistake and should be replaced with </div>
I have republished from Article Alley: How to control cookies in Internet Explorer 6 at a demostration blog Good Computer Software: How to control cookies in Internet Explorer 6. Note the huge blank space between paragraphs. This is because Article Alley have included line break tags <br /> which caused the large blank spaces. What I did was to delete the line break tags and separated the paragraphs by clicking the return key to create a single line break.
To demonstrate, I have republished another article from Article Alley: Why is keeping the computer's registry clean is so important at Good Computer Software: Why is keeping the computer's registry clean is so important. Note that there are no large breaks between paragraphs. The paragraphs are all separated by a single line break.