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Best of the Web: Resources for Free (or Super Cheap) Content

Kaila Garrison
Product Marketing Manager


Sometimes, the page is blank. No water in the well. No gas in the tank. Your team is clamoring for inspiration, and you have none to offer. You need resources: ideas, concepts or maybe even factual support. Here are seven of our favorite places to rev your creative engine at little or no cost: 


  1. Google: When a noun becomes a verb, everything changes. Google may be the 600-pound gorilla, but it still offers the easiest and most comprehensive set of search tools across the widest spectrum of topics, industries and sources. News, Blogs, Images—you name it and Google can probably help you find it.

  2. Google Alerts: But why even spend time searching? With Google Alerts, information on your relevant topics is delivered to your email box weekly, daily or as it happens. Refine your results by topic and by search with varied keyword combinations.

  3. Alltop: If you’re looking for one source to aggregate content from hundreds of sources, it’s hard to beat Alltop. Classifications like Work, Sports, Tech, Health, Culture, People and My Alltop enable you to create your own digital magazine rack.

  4. Delicious: It’s been around awhile, but Delicio.us offers an easy-to-use interface for searching topics across the entire Web. Blogs, websites, news sources—Delicio.us touches them all. Create your account and save links to streamline your daily process.

  5. Brandpoint: Founded in 1996, Brandpoint's mission is “to provide copyright-free, high-quality content for editors, ad directors and publishers.” Topics range across the board, and you can access and use as much or as little content as you want after you complete your free enrollment.

  6. Digg: What are people talking about on the Internet right now? Digg tells you. Relevant. Fresh. New. You can access it at your desktop or on mobile apps. And The Daily Digg, a “best of today” summary, can be delivered right to you through email.

  7. SocialMention: Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. LinkedIn. The social media landscape is broad, and everything happens in real time. Social Mention monitors 100+ social media properties and gives you the feeds you want on the topics that interest your audience.


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