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The Fastest And Easiest Way To Write Great Articles
Now, with as many tip websites as there are and as many online forums, there’s no need to come up with all the content off the top of your head.
Now here’s something vitally important – you must never take another person’s words for your article.  Not one sentence.  Not one phrase.  It’s illegal and can get you jailed.
But you can certainly learn from their content and write your own article. Find three or four articles on your topic, read them carefully, and write your own article in your own words based on what you’ve just learned.

Where To Find Good Info

If I wanted to write an article on “unschooling”, I’d search Google for “unschooling forums” or “unschooling discussion boards”.
All I then do is look for what folks are talking about, read their responses and use them to help write my own article.
If you find a great info-product on Clickbank for gardeners, do a search for garden forums.  See what kinds of questions folks are asking and write an article to answer.

You can also find Frequently Asked Questions at FAQ.org and Groups.google.com.

Remember, you’re keeping your article short and to the point.  Use helpful tips throughout.

I remember one article I read about searching for a fitness club.  One of the tips went like this.  “In order to find the best fitness club for you, you must go out and look for one.”
Well, duh!   For crying out loud, that’s idiotic.  Of course you have to look for one.  That’s a piece of totally useless information.

Steer clear of stating the very obvious.  Give unique, helpful suggestions.  That’s what your readers want.

Writing Your Article Title  

Like a headline, this is what gets folks to decide to read your article or pass it by.
People want articles with helpful tips they can use immediately.  Your title must convey what you’re offering in your article.
“Reaching Your Goal” – kind of boring “Making It” – too abstract, this could be a title for baking cakes or any number of things
““7 Proven Steps to Reaching Any Goal That You Can Implement Right Now!”” – much better

You can use personal anecdotes in your article.  These add flavor and help hold your reader’s interest. People love a story!

Editing Your Article 

Any professional writer will tell you how difficult it is to proof your own work.  Because you know in your head exactly what the page is supposed to say, it’s easy for your brain to skip over little errors.
You can read your article aloud to help check for flow.  But also have another pair of eyes look over your work and see if the  article makes complete sense.

Don’t forget to check for spelling errors.  Too many of these and your article will likely not be accepted/published.

 

 

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1 Remove your limits

Reduce your subject to a single core word and then brainstorm around it. For example, if you’re trying to write about “Study Skills”, expand your thinking to “School”. Now jot down everything that comes to mind when you think about School, and when you run out of ideas start asking yourself open questions around the subject and noting your answers.

Examples:

What did I enjoy about school?
What scared me?
What did I wish I’d known from Day 1?

This will help you get back into the mindset of someone struggling with school issues of all kinds and you’ll start to get a feel for their concerns and worries.

2 Restore your focus

Once you’ve started to understand the general feelings of your readers, allow your mind to focus back on your original topic of Study Skills. From your new perspective, what questions would you ask? What would you want to know? Is this really a “Studying” issue or is it more about Time Management or being able to work without distractions or being paralyzed by the fear of not doing well?

3 Be your audience

Write each question on a separate sheet of paper; don’t stop until you have at least ten and preferably more. Stay in the mindset of your readers until you feel you’ve asked every major question that concerns them.

4 Take a step back

Put your pile of question aside for a few hours, overnight if possible. Don’t consciously think about them; just go about your day as usual. Give your subconscious time to process them without any further prompting from you. If new questions come to mind jot them down somewhere safe and then forget about them.

5 Get out your pen and write

When you’re ready, sit down with your pages of questions and simply start to answer them. Writing your answers by hand can give you access to ideas that might be missed if you type them. Don’t edit yourself at this stage. Using Speech to Text software or a digital recorder can also be helpful in bypassing the internal editor.

Imagine someone sitting in front of you asking for advice and just talk to them. Keep your tone natural and conversational and stay with the question-and-answer format.

6 Edit lightly

Trust your first instincts. Proof-read and correct any obvious errors, but don’t do any major editing until your piece has had time to “sit” for a while. Again, leaving it overnight will give you a fresh perspective the next time you look at it, but even if your deadline doesn’t allow for that it’s important to give yourself a break from it.

When you’re pushed for time, writing several articles at one sitting can create enough change of focus to make you “forget” the one you’ve just written.

7 Polish it up

Short articles are unlikely to need major editing if you’ve written them as described here. They will flow easily and naturally already and having each Q & A on a separate sheet makes it easier to select only the ones you want. Your job now is to put them in a reasonably logical sequence and make sure they’re understandable and that the reader is led smoothly from one question and answer to the next.

8 Top and tail it

Write a brief introductory paragraph as a “teaser” for the main article. Many article directories now put the first paragraph of each piece into RSS feeds which are picked up by other websites, so you’ll want to make sure that your two or three major keywords appear at least once in that first paragraph.

Write another short paragraph to summarize the major points of the article and provide some ideas for the reader to explore the subject further. Don’t of course forget your own resource box: use the format <a href=”http://www.SubmitYourNewArticle.com”>SubmitYourNewArticle.com</a> for your link, so when your article is converted to html your link will automatically be live.

9 Submit it!

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As an article directory owner, there are several common mistakes that many article authors make, some of which may directly affect how successful an article is in its purpose of website promotion.

One of the most common errors that are made is not reading over an article to check for spelling errors. Although it is understandable that the occasional spelling mistake may go unnoticed, it is not uncommon to find articles with dozens of errors throughout. This immediately conveys that the article author is not as bothered about the article as they should be and is merely using it to try and get their resource box link out to as many sites as possible.

But what about human visitors using article directories?

In order to gain traffic directly from article directories it is important that the article is interesting but also grammatically correct and spell checked, so that readers will respect the article and will be more likely to read it to the end and follow the resource box link. An article author who does not spell check an article after completion is not only missing out on a lot of promotion and wasting time submitting to article directories that reject the article, but also from the direct traffic that could have been received from the directories that do accept it.

One surprising mistake that is made by some, although not as common as spelling and grammatical errors, is an incorrect/broken link provided in the resource area. This area is meant to be the section where a reader will read a brief promotional segment about what you and your website offers and then to hopefully follow the link to your site. However, on occasions mistakes are made in the URL. For example I have noticed a website with an URL such as “mypetdog.com” spelt as “myptedog.com”. This is an obvious typo which many article directory owners will notice and correct, however it is possible that a lot of traffic and link popularity is being lost from directory owners who miss the error and accept the article “as is”.

Another mistake, and one that is a pet hate of many article directory owners, is article authors who do not read a sites terms of service and article submission guidelines prior to submission. This is shown repeatedly when authors submit articles with more links in the resource box, for example, or directly linking to an affiliate program. Although many errors are corrected by article directory owners, there are some that are simply rejecting articles that do not abide by the submission guidelines, as there are so many others to review that there is no time to correct articles.

To increase the likelihood of an article being accepted, ensure that the layout is correctly formatted. This is to say that the article is not formatted to a specific line width but instead should flow to the end of the line and onto the following line. Space paragraphs clearly as paragraphs with a line space between them.

Probably the biggest point to remember here is to double check an article before submission. If possible, also have a friend read the article to check for errors. Doing so will allow for the best possible results to be gained from the submission.

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