These are projects posted by the students of Dr. Gove Allen at Brigham Young University. These students have taken one semester-long course on VBA and generally have had no prior programming experience

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

ArticleMaker by Dave Brown

Executive Summary:

The business of “content creation” can be profitable both on-line and off. Particularly in the area of on-line content creation, though, the speed of creation is important. An individual article on a niche blog might only generate a few dollars of advertising revenue per year. Similarly, articles submitted for publication to Yahoo’s,, and other user-submitted content sites generate small amounts of money.

To make a full-time income from on-line content creation, writers must consistently produce numerous completed articles in an hour. On a pay-per-article website, for example, a writer might receive an average of $3 per completed article. Assuming a 250-day work year, a writer would have to write 100 articles per day to generate a $75,000 annual income from this site.

My ArticleMaker program makes this rapid creation of original content possible by automating the most time-consuming elements of content creation – namely, research and citation. Writers enter facts (with citations) into the program, thereby creating a database of cited facts for use on future articles. To aid in this process, the program includes a “Search Wikipedia” function that export any Wikipedia article to a Word document, accompanied by the correct citation. Once facts are entered into the database, writers use the “Write an Article” function to select facts for inclusion in a particular article. The program creates a Word document with the facts listed, each followed by a correct citation, and with a properly formatted bibliography. It is then a simple matter for the writer to expound upon the cited facts, and thereby create a completed article.

As an added bonus, I have included a “Write a Book” function that guides a writer through the creation of an outline for a full-length non-fiction book.

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