If you’re going to build websites quickly and efficiently, you’re going to want quick and easy access to content.
In this endeavor, Gmail can be your best friend.
Gmail now offers more than 2 Gigabytes of space, and is a perfect place for you to collect articles about all niche topics. It has a brilliant search engine attached, and you can also manually sort your email into folders that Gmail calls “Labels”.
Armed with a new Gmail account (email me at wendy at publishingcentral dot com if you want an invite), head over to the Article Announce list at Yahoo Groups and sign up with your Gmail account.
Then head over to Amazines to subscribe to the topics that you’d like sent to you.
You might also want to sign up for the EzineArticles.com New Article Email Alert Service, which doesn’t send you the articles, but rather points to new articles on their website that match your topic criteria.
There are plenty of other places to get articles too, but this is a great place to start. You can start your article database right away, and find your own flow and methods to sort and search the articles.
I’ll include a list of other article directories in a future post. For article directories that don’t offer email announcements of new articles, I search manually every now and then, and copy/paste and email interesting articles I think I may be able to use to my Gmail account.
Why not just use your current email client?
First, if you collect tens of thousands of emails in many Windows-based email clients, they become slow and unstable. If you don’t backup your email data, you run a serious risk of the files becoming corrupt, and losing all your articles… along with anything else you’ve been saving in your email client.
Second, when you search, you’ll be searching through all your other personal, business and miscellaneous emails as well, making your work more difficult when you want quick and easy access to all articles. If you save all your articles in a Gmail account dedicated to that purpose, your searching will be accurate, fast and brilliantly efficient.
Third, Gmail shows Adsense ads along side the email, which gives you a really easy and effortless way to get a ‘sneak peek’ at the sorts of ads Google thinks are relevant to each. This can give you great clues as to which articles are going to do exceptionally well, and which are duds.
I’ve tried working with articles in other ways, but Gmail works best for me.