Look for Inexpensive Sources for Content

No matter what your site is about or how you intend to use it to generate revenue, you're going to need content. Stories, articles, videos, blog posts, pictures…the stuff people will read or look at when they visit your site. It might not seem like a big deal, but developing new content regularly can be time consuming and tiring.

Just as you can find inexpensive professional services online to get your site up and running, you can do the same with content. Craigslist.com is a great resource for finding quality writers for blog posts, info about your company, press releases, and more. (Look outside major cities, where the cost of living is less. I've hired freelance writers to write 350-word blogs for me at just $4 per post without much difficulty.) Similarly, if you don't have pictures, illustrations, or photographs of your own to work with, look at sites like istock.com , where you can search for the subject matter you want and buy good-quality images (and videos) for very reasonable rates.

Of course, Google makes it easy to find content for just about anything, and it's easy enough to copy text and images from other sites so you don't incur any costs at all. Resist the temptation! Aside from being morally wrong to steal someone else's content without compensating them, you open yourself up to potential lawsuits for violating other people's copyrights. There are enough sources of cheap content that you can purchase it the right way. There's really no reason to place yourself, your site, or your company at risk.

(MLA 8th Edition)