Accepting pre-written content is something I never used to do until recently.
If I got offered a piece of content, I’d either reject it or ask to re-write it myself.
This was simply because I didn’t want anything on my blog that wasn’t written by me. I was afraid it would ruin the quality, stand out, make everyone hate me.
I guess life circumstances have kind of forced me to change my mind on this. The biggest thing for me is time. Finding time to write 7 posts a week is hard. Some weeks are easier than others, some weeks are busy, some weeks I want to chill out after work and not sit at the computer.
So I’ve started accepting them.
There’s a few great reasons to do this:
- Keeping up with a regular schedule.
- Sharing knowledge that you might not be an expert in.
- A variety of content.
- More time for you.
You do have to be careful though. There will be people that want to share the same article on your blog as they will put on others. Duplicate content is bad, so you want to avoid this not only from an SEO point of view, but because it would be a tad embarrassing if someone reads both blogs.
Also be aware of images. Remember you can’t just take images from the Internet without permission so be certain that any images in pre-written content do not belong to someone else. If unsure, ask to add your own images or pick your own from a stock website.
Ask if you are able to edit slightly just to add your tone to it or make it more suitable for you audience. I like to put a bit of an intro to the post in my own words.
As always – make sure it feels right for you and your blog. If you feel a bit icky posting it, just say no. Not all topics will suit your blog and values so it’s important to stick to them.
I understand how someone might not want to accept pre-written content, but I think as I’ve become a bit more relaxed about blogging and wanting to live a little more, it’s just made sense for me.
What do you think about pre-written content?