Can you make a successful website if you don't create any content yourself?
I've been going over a few ideas on how to make a massive authority website without doing much of the content generation myself. It sounds pretty crazy, but it can be done, it just takes a lot of dedicated writers behind your website publishing new content all the time.
At first it will be pretty slow, you'll probably have 1 or 2 writers doing some work here and there and you'll have to do a lot of the initial content generation to get new pages up and running. I don't have a problem with that because I can type pretty quick and don't mind hammering out a few pages an hour that have a ton of content and are very detailed. But some people may not have the writing skills to do what I can, so how could they get the content generated?
If you can't write well yourself, or you simply don't have the time to do it, you can hire a VA (virtual assistant) to do it for you. Sometimes this can be like $5 a day up to $100 a day, it just depends on who you're hiring. I've actually found a few good writers, for cheap, here on SeoClerks who do work for me each month and I plan on keeping that going for a while so I don't have to worry about the content generation. Now I have these guys and girls doing more than just website content, but you don't have to if you don't want.
The trick to pulling in free writers is to offer them something in return, even if you're giving them a perk on your website that they like. I've seen some people offer free dofollow links in the author section of each post and this entices a lot of people to come in and post content for free. They do so because they can link back to their own website and get a boost in SEO and possibly pull some traffic from your website.
One thing I was thinking of is having a reward system for people who write in depth articles, tutorials, how to's, or guides on a subject and they will be rewarded with advertising impressions. Basically they will get X,XXX impressions per 1,000+ word high quality article. You would obviously have to monitor the submissions to make sure people aren't abusing your system, but this could work out well in the long run
What do you guys and girls think? What would you do to generate loads of content for free?