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Public Domain Content from Similar Sites

Okay, I admit it, I am a research addict! Being a good researcher can be a great strength…but at times, a weakness as well. It can be SO easy and tempting to get distracted by ALL the goodies you find! Because of this, I tend to rely on tools that help me find the content or information I’m looking for as quickly and as efficiently as possible. The tool I want to share with you today is one such amazing research tool. It’s a website that has become one of my favorites. As a reader of this blog, YOU have benefited from the research gleaned using this tool many times, and so, after today, you will gain the same benefit (and edge) that I have leveraged into content creation, articles and much more.

To be honest, I share this website with you reluctantly BECAUSE it’s such an amazing research tool. I don’t like giving away ALL my secrets. In this case, however, I’ll make the exception so that you can benefit from it as I have!

The website I’m referring to is SimilarSites (http://www.similarsites.com). It’s a search engine of sorts that enables you to find other websites that are similar to the website you type into the search box. I use this website’s search strategy in many different ways, but I’ll share one key method with you today as it relates to the Public Domain. You can use it to find similar and related content sites! Here’s what I mean.

For our example, I typed in the well-known Public Domain content site, Gutenberg.org. I don’t do much with the content from Project Gutenberg, but figured that there may be other sites out there RELATED to it that may offer more great content. BINGO! I was right. Upon conducting the search, here are the results I received…nearly ALL of them offer content from the Public Domain in one form or another:

Similar Sites to Gutenberg.Org

  • ManyBooks.net – Free eBooks for your PDA, iPhone, or eBook Reader (manybooks.net)
  • LibriVox (librivox.org)
  • The Online Books Page (onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu)
  • Free-ebooks.net | Download free Fiction, Marketing,electronic publishing ebooks (free-ebooks.net)
  • Bibliomania – Free Online Literature and Study Guides (bibliomania.com)
  • Online Books, Poems, Short Stories – Read Print (readprint.com)
  • Bartleby.com: Great Books Online — Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus and hundreds more (bartleby.com)
  • FullBooks.com – Thousands of Full-Text Free Books (fullbooks.com)
  • etext center: collections (etext.lib.virginia.edu/ebooks)
  • Feedbooks: Food for the mind (feedbooks.com)
  • Page By Page Books. Read Classic Books Online, Free. (pagebypagebooks.com)
  • Free eBooks at Planet eBook – Classic Novels and Literature You’re Free to Share (planetebook.com)
  • Munseys : A Bangsian Fantasy (munseys.com)
  • DP: Welcome (pgdp.net)
  • World eBook Fair (worldebookfair.com)
  • World Public Library Association (netlibrary.net)
  • Bookyards.com » Library to the world (bookyards.com)
  • eBooks@Adelaide: Free Web Books, Online (etext.library.adelaide.edu.au)
  • The Burgomeister’s Books: Truly free ebook download library (#1) (truly-free.org)

Of course, as you can see in the screen-capture image, you also have the ability to also conduct similar site searches on every result as well…meaning that you could find a LOT of related websites in a very short period of time. Told you this was an amazing tool! What make this tool even MORE fun is that SimilarSites also offers a toolbar (which I have installed) so that if you are out surfing the web and you happen upon a website you really like, the toolbar enables you to find sites similar to the one you are visiting right there on the spot. How cool is that?!

Now I just used Gutenberg.org as the example, but I hope that you’re picking up on the greater implication…like finding niche-specific content, for example. You can also use the search to find sites similar to the popular ones out there…like Facebook. There are new social media sites coming online all the time and there is no way you could possibly find them all. SimilarSites makes it easier…and as I always say, “easier is better!” Have fun with it!

31 Responses to “Public Domain Content from Similar Sites”

  • support:

    I haven’t…but thanks for sharing it. Another great tool!

  • Thanks Tony for going the extra mile in sharing resources for finding public domain resources.

  • Tony, I haven’t used it before but plan to use it extensively in the future. Thanks for the tip.

  • Tony, I love your stuff and always have. You provide real content and value! Thanks a bunch!

  • This is interesting indeed.l’ve just tried it and it worked
    quite well.

    This is to say a BIG thank you to you for leading me to a site like this which l probably coldn’t have discovered by myself.

    Really, it’s good to be a worthy researcher like yourself.

    I’m learning from you.

    Of the different areas of internet marketing available to every newbie like myself,l’m beginning to fall deeply in love with this Public Domain thing.

  • support:

    Hey Sikaz…I hope this site serves you well in building your business!

  • support:

    Thanks David! In light of all the crap out there, I feel compelled to offer real content. Makes life fun!

  • support:

    If you find an real goodies, Gloria, let me know…grin.

  • support:

    Thanks Paul…my pleasure!

  • There’s nothing wrong in being hooked on research, Tony. As ever, you’ve delivered a fabulous resource. Thank you so much.

  • Thanks Tony. You give away more free information than
    most paid sites! Bravo!

  • Jeanette:

    Hi Tony!
    Once again you’ve gone above and beyond the means of offering something that will help everyone that does any kind of research via the internet regardless if it’s public domain research or not.
    I do a lot of work concerning the bible and history of gospel music and I’m sure this site offer a tremendous boost in my research quest.
    Thank you for sharing one of your “secret weapons” with your readers.
    Personally, I need all the help I can get and am always thankful for anything that will help me.
    Thanks again and I pray you receive many blessings this Easter season.

  • support:

    Thanks Deborah. I do my best!

  • support:

    Well…that skill has gotten me to where I am today…grin…I’m just intensely curious about a lot of things. Drove my mother crazy…lol

  • support:

    Thanks for your kind words, Jeanette. I always enjoy seeing your name pop up!

  • Alla:

    I love research and totally understand your point. Takes me off the track sometimes, but research is necessary. And thank you very much, Tony.

  • Brilliant! I generally know exactly what I’m looking for, so having multiple sites that might provide it in the format I want, and/or a different edition that might be better… that’s a tremendous resource!

    Thanks!

  • Stuart:

    Hi Tony,

    Thank you so much for the information regarding SimilarSites. You are so helpful and thoughtful. Really do appreciate it.

    Kind regards

    Stuart UK.

  • Michelle:

    What a jewel, Tony!

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  • John:

    Hey Tony,

    Great find and a big thank you for sharing it. Yes I a buthcers at it and it is the kind of find people would keep to themselves.

    So thanks you for sharing it.

    John :o)

  • What a cool resource! Thanks for sharing it, Tony — you are a resource fountain! It will be very helpful as I do research for one of my clients.

    All the best,
    Susan

  • Bronwyn:

    Hi Tony
    another great resource that makes it easy to do research and find new aspects of a topic. Do you have a resource that stores all these links so you can find them later? Other than bookmark within the browser?
    Thanks again for sharing a real tool that you use. And real content without the fluff.
    Bronwyn

  • essexlad:

    Hello Tony,
    I have been with you since 07 and you always seam to go that one more step to help the people who recieve your newsletter and are subscribed to recieve you information Thanks and Thanks again.
    You are just Great

  • Hey Tony,
    I have been using similarsites for quite a while.
    But I thank you for sharing this here with us.
    Have you tried http://www.similarweb.com/ yet?
    Dusty

  • Thanks for sharing. Great discovery. This Guttenberg search alone is a treasure.

  • Thanks a lot, Tony,

    You inspire and inform me!

    Marijke

  • John:

    It is not often that a blog post will consume two full days so I can use the advice. Now I must keep focused and quit going off in 20 different directions.

  • Dave:

    Thanks for the info here, I should be able to put it to good use! Keep up the hard work.

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