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You seem to have a very executable plan already - go for it! The idea sounds similar to what Mahalo is doing - check out this interview with Jason Calacanis. There is plenty of niches to be filled. Tips: For setting up - There are hosted Wordpress solutions. Fast and easy. For managing it - Best to do it yourself in the beginning - but when it gets ...


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Here is how I would do it. Let it be a chance for them to establish themselves as an expert. Pay them with: an author box an author page a chance to brand themselves rely on intrinsic motivation and focus on specific areas Of course, you could let them add a link in the author box to support a charity/local event/etc as added incentive. Something ...


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I don't see any problem with this. LinkedIn does a similar thing for any links that are posted by users. If you make sure that all the stakeholders win from your site existing, then you should be fine. By stakeholders I mean, users and site owners as well as yourself. My personal perspective as a content site owner is that I wouldn't have a problem with ...


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Just to clarify, when you say you: My partner and I discussed business plans, premium services and what not, but finally decided to keep the project as completely non-profit Makes me think you are using terminology different then I may use it. "Non-profit" does not have anything to do with bringing in revenue or charging people for your services. I ...


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I learned in human ressource seminars that its better to pay nothing than just pay them little. Voluntary work sometimes has an intrinsic motivation. People do it because they enjoy it. If you pay them for their work, it has a diffrent notion. They will write for money, and for little money! So they will loose motivation to spend so much time for just a ...


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You can go to places like Digital Point, and pay people to add content. I always see people in there paying for forum posters (yours is basically the same thing). You can also run contests to get people to add content. Top contributer gets $50, or something like that.


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You wrote two statements: "The niche is actually fairly popular" "the ones I emailed with my announcement didn't bother responding". There is information in that statement. Statement 1 is the hypothesis, and statement 2 is the test result. There is information in the second statement, since it is the test of your hypothesis. Unless you targeted the ...


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I don't mean to imply you should take advantage of them, but don't underestimate the value of peoples personal desire for meaningless competition. Maybe at first you should just reward people with "badges" and "digital trinkets", which see, to be common these days. Appeal to the teachers' natural desire to teach and share knowledge. Create a badge ...


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There's nothing wrong pre-populating a site with content. I'd be careful about blowing a lot of money paying people to generate content. That's not sustainable, and those users may behave differently than your real users (in a bad way). If the amount of content needed is small, do it yourself. You get consistant quality, and will likely learn a few valuable ...


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Belong to the niche or have close contact with members.


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A few tactics I've discovered since I started looking into this: Using Google Alerts to monitor for news mentions of the keywords I'm targeting is a great way to find content both to get links from and to respond to. Reaction pieces are not only easier to write since they have a built in prompt, but it's usually pretty easy to add value to what a harried ...


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It is typical example of "blank state" problem. Yes, you should definitely populate you site with content. You can use some payed users to use you site during you initial advertising period.


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Check out the Warrior Forum "Warriors for Hire." They have some good American writers there with excellent portfolios. Here is another site that I heard good things about. It is run by a big internet marketer. http://www.iwriter.com/


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Contently does that. They recently graduated from Techstars NY.


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Give Textbroker a try! I've used them and so have some friends, they're pretty good.


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Its unclear to me how much quality assurance, support and service you are providing for buyers of the content and what value you are creating (besides distribution) for creators of the content. Given i don't understand if you would like to build a distribution channel, create a marketplace, or actually 'own' the IP related to the new content, rather than ...


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This is a question for a qualified lawyer. All this "internet liability" issue is hard to understand and interpret. It also depends on the location (and it can be very complex! Consider a situation like this: you as provider are U.S. citizen, your data are stored on some server in Germany and some Somalian user is using it for illegal operations... A mess!) ...


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I don't think that idea validation is the highest priority here. I think intuition and maybe a few conversations with international travelers and tourists would let you know you've got a good idea. The problem, however, is the competition. Just doing a google search for "Madrid dentist english" brings up more than a few possible dentists and reviews. ...


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To make sure I understand.. you're talking about the content being delivered via a piece of software changing the license of that software? To answer, I'll give you some potential parallels to ponder: Does reading the Bible - many (most?) versions are public domain - on a Kindle change how you can use that Kindle? Does watching a movie on iTunes change ...


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In my experience if there is a benefit visitors will write reviews. These benefits might be earning social reputation, winning awards, learning new things, sharing their ideas, announcing their complaints or something similar. If visitors have things to say they'll want to understand if it is the right place for reaching most relevant people. The most ...


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You could look at sites like Elance or Odesk to recruit a contractor to write regular articles. A service I've been using lately is MediaPiston. You don't necessarily get the same writer all the time (though you can try and request your favourite writers) - but you get content easily and can request changes before publishing. Worth a look at least. Their ...


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There are plenty of job boards out there, why don't you just hire someone to write content for you?


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Kudos to Chris and the others for their answers. The thing here is that this is a LOCAL online newspaper. Hence, your pool of potential writers is actually limited. You can't just hire a writer in New York to write about what's going on in Yorksville, Idaho (I made up the name). How small is that town? Is there any local college in the area? If so, you ...


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Regardless of the method you use to get people to write for free for this publication, I don't think is a good idea... You will get what you paid for, in this case, nothing or something of low quality. How about starting by offering a flat amount for each article that is published? at least you'll be paying people something and that way you might be able to ...


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I don't think I would advertise to the world that I'm outsourcing all my content writing for my websites for $10 - $15/hr. Probably because you are charging / the value of that service to the end client is much greater than that. Your clients could easily see your Facebook statuses and how you work. If you do want to have friends help you out. Send them ...


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In terms of SEO, if BadIdea receives a lot of good links, it would be able to transmit some link juice to GoodIdea if you link it. The best way to do this is to have at least a link to GoodIdea on each page of BadIdea, to have few other outgoing links and use rel="nofollow" in those few other outgoing links.


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I believe these details are always outlined in the legal documents. Terms of Service, and other policies... Most countries uphold freedom of speech however this may not hold true if any domestic or international laws are being broken. Whenever in doubt regarding legalities, it is always best to consult a lawyer.


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You can pay for piece of content i.e. standardize (approximately, of course) various types of content and set fixed prices for it. This is popular model for paying for content (e.g. that's how Huffington Post/Engadget/TechCrunch are/were paying their editors for posts). If you do that, the issue boils down to: does the price you can offer can attract ...


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For something as simple as to what you are describing, I will build it from scratch and save it as a template for others to use or even sell to whom might be interested... You are a software developer, coding and building something from scratch is what we (developers) enjoy the most, heck I do it just for the fun of it! Just open your code editor and start ...



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