How much would you pay to learn the basics of creating a website? How much for finding and buying houses for under $ 50,000? Would you pay for a crash course on acing exams? What about street-wise tips on preventing identity theft? Keep your wallet in your pocket. With the advent of article directories, many how-to topics are conveniently covered in one place and they are free. If you are discerning and diligent, the information you can glean from article directories is priceless.
Some of the larger, popular directories have thousands of articles on hundreds of useful topics. With over 50,000 to 100,000 articles, a few of them rival encyclopedias in the amount of useful content. While the quality and depth of the articles usually do not conform to high academic standards, most directories are chocked full of valuable information. The focus of many of the articles is to provide useful tips on how to complete various tasks. Other articles shed light on how things work. Most articles are very practical, written for the man on the street with little previous knowledge.
So how do you get the most from article directories and the articles that they contain? One approach is to use a
directory's search feature to hone in on interesting topics. Use key words related to the topic to see what emerges. Another way is to choose subcategories where you suspect interesting topics are located. Once you find articles of interest, skim them quickly to see whether they will be useful. Some directories provide article summaries or excerpts written by the authors. These introductions are a great way to get the gist of an article's content.
Once you find an article of interest, check other articles by the same author. Many authors post several articles examining various aspects of the same topic. Some authors post only a few related articles in a directory, but may have more information at their websites. While many authors use their resource boxes to guide you to information products for sale, some have additional free information and articles at their sites that may be valuable.
If you find an author who provides useful information, it may be worthwhile to perform a Google search for additional content by that author. The author may have posted other articles at other articles directories. If the author has published a book, an e-book, or booklet on a topic of interest, you may decide that the information has enough potential value to warrant a purchase.
While article directories are great sources of valuable information, they do have drawbacks. Some articles are poorly written, devoid of useful content, incorrect or misleading. Not all authors are authoritative or knowledgeable. You may have to wade through a lot of useless information to find information of value. Although the information is free, your time is not.
Some article directories are almost completely deficient of useful information, poorly organized or difficult to navigate. Additionally, since many authors submit to a number of directories, there is often a lot of redundancy among directories.
Notwithstanding the disadvantages, article directories are great places to gather valuable information. Since spending time at some of the better directories, I have gained excellent insights on momentum investing in mutual funds, tax-wise estate planning, guarding against identity thief, where to purchase quality houses for under $ 50,000, how to create customer-oriented booklets using my articles, how to optimize our firm's website for the search engines, and many other useful topics. If you are looking for an excellent source of useful free information and great ideas, spend some time at a few of the better directories.
George Parker is a co-founder, Director and Executive Vice President of
Leasing Technologies International, Inc. (LTI). A twenty-five year industry leader, George is a frequent panelist and author of several articles and e-books, including "Using Venture Leasing As A Competitive Weapon" and "101 Equipment Leasing Tips".
Headquartered in Wilton, CT, LTI is a leasing firm specializing nationally in direct equipment financing and vendor leasing programs for emerging growth and later-stage, venture capital-backed companies. More information about LTI is available at: http://www.ltileasing.com