Article writing tips, techniques, strategies

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Top 10 Common English Goofs By Web Authors

In reviewing and browsing web sites over the years, I have compiled a list of the most common misuses of English by web authors. Here they are in Letterman (reverse) order.

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How To Find A Professional Copy Editing Service

A professional editing service will be one that meets the demands of the company or business, perfectly. To find a qualified editing service for your needs, consider the following services that they should be able to provide for you. While it is nice to search out a freelance provider, they too must meet the demands that you have for them. Here are a few things that are virtually mandatory for them to provide for you, the business owner looking for an editing service.

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Re-Fresh, Re-Hash, Re-Write

You are running out of ideas, you sit down in front of your computer and stare at the blank screen with a blank mind.....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Lost Art of Hand Writing

by: Ieuan Dolby

For a couple of years now I have used a computer for everything from writing articles, to communicate, to playing games and to printing addresses onto envelopes. My laptop is never far away, it is usually by my side or on my knees, and the furthest it ever gets from my side is when I am on the toilet or in the swimming pool. Recently though I had to write a personal letter to my mother, just to say hello sort of thing and I thought that a printed letter would not be quite the right thing for the occasion.......

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Framing Your Story: Writing Tips for Online Marketing

One of the keys to small business success is the ability to develop, write, edit and design your own marketing material. In order to accomplish this goal a small business owner must learn the essential art of self-promotion. The Internet has opened many doors for small business owners and entrepreneurs to market themselves for little or no cost through online writing and publishing. To take advantage of this easy and affordable marketing opportunity all you need is time to research and skills to help you express yourself. Writing skills can be honed with creativity, planning and practice. Building your skill in this area helps create a more focused marketing campaign and increased confidence in your sales approach. Once focus and confidence are infused into your marketing scheme it can generate more leads, more sales and more exposure to your identified consumers........

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The ONLY Thing You Need to Know About Writing Articles

You don't need to be a great writer to write great articles, just be fast and entertaining. There is only ONE SINGLE THING you need to know about article writing........

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Every Writer's Dilemma: How Do You Decide What to Write About?

So, how does a writer decide what they are going to write about? I needed to know what inspired them to write, and how they chose the topic. Were my sources of inspiration any different from another’s inspiration? I discovered that the key is to be true to your heart and write about what interests you, discover your passion and you will you be able to write and succeed. Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction those sources can vary, so let’s break it down and examine some common methods for finding inspiration.

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Promoting Your Affiliate Programs with Articles

If you are not creating articles for your website and your affiliate programs, you should. Why? Even though it may seem like a lot of work, and it may take you time to build -- articles add a valuable commodity to your site -- content.

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Four Article Marketing Secrets to Boost Your Internet Home Business Profits

Many internet home business owners today have learnt that one of the best ways to promote an internet home business today is through writing and submission of articles online. This is because your articles get placed on high traffic websites and in turn people click your link in your signature line to your internet home business website.

This article highlights 4 article marketing secrets that any internet home business owner can use to increase the number of visitors to your website via your signature link in your article.

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Custom Writing Services: Market Overview

by: Serge Chepurko

In this article the author is going to carry out custom writing services market overview providing comprehensive survey of the market divided into the following categories: market identification, market size, market segmentation, market growth speed, market customers, principles of operation, financial characteristics, regulations, and other categories. The research is structured in such a way as to group related issues in a logical order.

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SEO Article Writing 101

by: Marsha Maung

SEO writing is very different from content writing, article writing, story writing and news writing. When I first realized my innate talent for writing stuff and putting thoughts into words, I was still reading Mills and Boons, and it was during this time that my romance storybooks were confiscated by my classroom teacher because I was reading in class.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Seecrets On Writing: Free Requotable Quotes For Internet Writers

Original quotes, when used at the beginning or at the end of an article provide a touch of class. At the least, it will make your article different from the thousands of articles filed daily. It can be witty, satirical, funny or just a different opinion on current issues. Perhaps, it could be an outrageous prediction that even no expert will dare to rule out.

Famous quotes are often used as templates. By substituting certain words, voila, you have created something worth pondering.

If you are the author of an original quote which you want to share with the internet writing community, send an email to this author. Objectionable material, pertaining to adult content, hatred, religious intolerances will be rejected. The list will be constantly updated at the author’s website.

Stan Seecrets:

The sum total of all human knowledge is a prime number. (Spoof of Fermat’s Last Theorem and commenting the pool of public domain knowledge is great)

The sum total of all human wisdom is not a prime number. (Spoof of Fermat’s Last Theorem and commenting the lack of wisdom among our political leaders)

There are two types of people in the world – those who know what they don’t know and those who don’t know what they don’t know. (Commenting on the lack of common-sense among individual investors and the public)

The imminent war for world domination will be fought between the gods of the internet and the gods of finance. (Disagreeing with Samuel Huntington’s claim in “A Clash of Civilizations”. All wars are economic in nature)

Crypto will be a search engine’s nightmare. (Commenting of the possibility of using crypto as a safeguard against search engines increasing encroachments on individuals’ privacy)

Website promotion is a journey of a million sweats. Savor each drop and it will taste like honey. (Commenting on most websites’ futility in trying to use shortcuts and dubious methods to improve their site’s ranking)

If reading maketh the man, conference the complete man and writing the exact man, then the internet maketh writers free. (Addendum to Francis Bacon’s famous quote and commenting on the writers unprecedented freedoms)

Poets try to capture the essence of the universe with the elegance of words. Mathematicians try to do the same with their formula and numbers. Therefore, mathematicians are calculative poets. (Poking fun at mathematicians, and himself)

Those who write articles cannot write software. Those who write software cannot write articles. Those who can do neither, become publishers. (Spoof of Lao Zi’s 56th verse and poking fun at publishers while jealous of their top positions of the content food chain)

About the Author: The author, Stan Seecrets, is a veteran software developer with 25+ years experience at http://www.seecrets.biz which specializes in digital asset protection and total website management. You can send your views or criticism by e-mail to Stan at seecrets.biz. © Copyright 2005, Stan Seecrets. All rights reserved

Kudos To You The Reader

First I want to thank a very special friend. He told me a few months ago when I began writing articles. “Rose you have to quit saying that you don't see yourself as a columnist because you are one". So to my very special friend you know who you are, I thank you.

Article writing is something very new to me, so when I’m submitting my work to Ezines and webmasters or bloggers are using that free content for their website it really helps me as a writer to boost and develop more self confidence. Starting something new can often make one feel un-confident. Maybe for many writing content and submitting it to Ezines is a way to receive a free plug or up their Google ranking and drive traffic back to their website.

That is not why I submit to EZines. My reason for submitting to Ezines and offering free content is because I’m passionate about writing. I enjoy writing my thoughts down about a variety of topics. Every sense I can remember my dream was to someday become a journalist. However my dreams got put on hold to raise a family. Now I’m almost thirty-six years old and I’m looking at my life and I’m saying Rose it is time that you did something with your writing. The only way that you are going to get further in life is by setting goals and developing a plan to move ahead with those set goals.

That is where you the reader comes in. You are the writers driving force that gives someone like me unsure about her writing the courage to move ahead. When I see something I wrote posted on a website or I receive comments like “I like how you think and the way you write. I will be using more of your articles in my blog “and “it is a good article. Thanks for writing it and distributing it for free for sites like ours to use”, or “KUDOS! What a great article and one that should be read by a lot of people in my line of work. I am sending my association members this article.” It really feels good as a writer and is a great honor.

You might feel as the webmaster that you are just gathering content for your website and providing articles for your readers but little do you know that you are actually helping a writer like me with the motivation to write more articles. You are the driving force behind my writing.

Yes you the reader and webmaster are a great access to my career as a writer. Whatever it is as writer that we write it would be nothing without an audience. So today I acknowledge you the reader and the webmaster. Give yourself a huge pat on the back for it was you who just inspired this article and I thank you. I thank you for believing enough in my writing to use it for your website or send me feedback. It is a great feeling when you know that your writing is being enjoyed.

About the Author: Rose DesRochers admin@todays-woman.net http://www.todays-woman.net Rose is a published author and web columnist from Canada Ontario and she is also the founder of Today's Woman a community for men and women over 18, where writers/poets/columnists meet and exchange ideas, contest, rate and review and help each other succeed in the writing industry.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Content is King!

A pencil. Yes, a pencil. In my opinion, every great idea has started with a pencil. Sure, lots stay in someone’s head, but to me a great idea doesn’t have any value until it’s written down. Until it’s written down it’s just dust I the wind: here today and quickly forgotten tomorrow.

But, every great idea needs a little something extra. Maybe you’re great at design, but you simply can’t write worth a darn. Or, maybe, you have the best idea for a website, but no real way to get the word out. Either way, we all have different skills and we all have something to give and wouldn’t mind getting a little something in return.

The website I’m talking about today is really about just that: getting something valuable in return for something valuable. Whether you are a website owner or a writer, this website has been rather successful at giving you what you need, when you need it.

Constant Content is all about giving webmasters the content they need to make their sites great while at the same time giving authors the exposure and income they need to keep doing what they are great at. At it’s core, it’s about allowing people to play to everyone’s strengths.

The Gist of the Gist

There are really two parts to Constant Content. If you are a webmaster, there are hundreds of articles available for you as free content, licensed content or exclusive content. Constant Content will even have content custom written for you if you don’t find what you need!

It’s a little bit like having hundreds of writers sitting around at your beck and call. Some would call it spoiled, but I call it a dream come true.?The flipside of this equation is for authors. As you can tell, I’m an author. I’ve written articles, reviews, tutorials and curriculum for magazines, universities, books… You name it, I’ve done it. For me the two hardest parts about being an author are exposure and a revenue stream. Either you can’t find enough work, or the work you find doesn’t pay you often enough or well enough to make life easy.

For writers, this is where Constant Content comes in. It provides you a place to showcase your work, to license it (lots of people buy, lots of money for you) and even to sell exclusive, lucrative, licenses of content you prepare.

As I said before, Constant Content really is about connecting webmasters and writers up to form a team. A very cool concept which works very well.

Webmasters, Put Your Hands in the Air!

By now any smart webmaster should be aware that content is what makes the site go round. Even if all you have is an Ecommerce site, it’s still ultimately the content on that site which gives it legs. Your users need to know certain things, and content is what fills them in. Whether it’s articles, reviews, tutorials, essays or editorials, every site benefits from new, professional content.

Before we get in too deep to how you can get that great content right now, let me go through some of the basics of how Constant Content works for site owners. The process is fairly simple. You go to the Constant Content site. Then you find the type of content you are looking for (there are several ways of narrowing it down). Once you’ve found a piece you like, you are able to see a preview of it to make sure it fits with the overall tone of your site.

You then have a choice. Do you want a “Usage” license or a “Unique” license. A Usage license basically means you are allowed to use the license, but so is anyone else who buys a Usage license. It gives you the content you need, but does not guarantee you won’t find it elsewhere. The flipside of this is that the content is very well priced: often in the 10-20$ range, which isn’t bad at all. If you’re looking for exclusive rights to a piece of content though, you will need to purchase a Unique license. This will guarantee that nobody else buys the piece in question. It’s a bit like buying a print of a famous painting versus buying the original. Both are great, both will work, it just depends on your needs.

Ultimately, there is only so much content on Constant Content right now, as it is a fairly new service. So, what happens if you don’t find the content you like? Well, you can either submit a Request for Content and hope authors help you out, or you can apply to have a piece custom created for you. Sure, you’ll pay a premium, but you will also work with the author to make sure the piece is ideal for your project.?Whether you choose to buy content already on Constant Content or get it created just for you, ultimately you’ll find what you need, at a great price, delivered with a smile. Constant Content allows you to play to your strengths, without having to worry about all the extra hassles.

Authors, Princes Among Men

Being a writer is tough these days. Either you can’t figure out what you want to write about, or you’ve written tons of stuff that nobody’s buying. After all, we can’t all be John Grisham’s (nor do most of us want to… though the 3 boats wouldn’t be bad).

Working with Constant Content has several key advantages, at least in my experience. First, it helped get my name out there. I submitted several articles for free which are now in use on dozens of sites. It gave me exposure, and several times has given me opportunities to write custom content for a decent fee!

The other area Constant Content has helped me is in writing that I’ve just got “kicking around”. I haven’t sent it to anyone, it isn’t published and it’s basically just gathering dust. I can submit the piece to the site and just sit back. Sometimes I’ll get purchases fairly quickly. But sometimes nothing will happen for a few months. Somehow that’s even more gratifying. The fact that I can submit content, and have it pay me for years to come isn’t a bad deal at all. It feels a bit like some of the royalty checks for book contributions that I get.

Besides the ability to submit free content, Usage content, Unique content and custom content deals, there is one other great thing about Constant Content: referrals. I’ve referred several friends to Constant Content. Every piece they sell, I get 5% for. Yeah, that’s right. Sometimes I wish real world publishing worked like this, because I know a lot of authors. If every time one of my friends got a big signing bonus for a book I got 5%… I could practically retire.

You Too Can be King!

While I’d hate to be really cliché and say Constant Content provides a win-win situation, I really have to. If you’re a webmaster you have access to a growing repository of reasonably priced content. If you’re an author, you have an easy forum to not only let your writing speak for itself, but to make some decent money while you’re at it.

Visit Constant Content now at http://www.constant-content.com to find out more and to sign up for your account.

By Jeremy C. Wright http://www.ensight.org

How to Effectively Hire a Ghost Writer

In today's busy world, whether your business is large or small, it is easy to become over whelmed with day-to-day tasks. Suddenly you realize that you need to update your web presence content or you need to have a processes and procedures manual on-hand in case of key personnel being out. It just becomes too much to handle! Or perhaps you need to produce articles to promote your business, but writing simply isn't your forte. What do you do? It's simple; hire a ghost writer to assist you in performing your writing tasks.

Professional, well-qualified ghost writers can be contacted via any number of freelance project posting sites such as www.guru.com or www.elance.com , and others. These freelance project posting sites permit a buyer who needs writing projects completed, while maintaining all rights to the material upon payment, to post a project description and allow “Work for Hire” freelance writers to bid on your project. You can set the time length during which bidding is permitted and even request samples of the writers' work for review.

When posting a freelance writing project for bid on any project posting site, you should strive to communicate facts clearly so that service providers can bid accurately on your project.

-Establish exactly what length, in number of words or pages, you are requesting to be written for you.

-Define exactly the content and purpose of your requested project. Some examples of content types are web content, search engine optimized web content, magazine article, resume, processes and procedures manual, how-to report, ebook, or white paper. The type of writer that will bid on one type of job may not be well suited to another type of project.

-Define format requirement. These requirements include exactly what format you want the data should be delivered to you as a final product such as MS Word, plain text, or rich text format.

-Determine precisely the deadline for delivery of your final products. If you have an exact need date for your material, state that date in your project description. Those writers who can not meet your deadline will simply not waste your time reading their bids.

-Communicate any other requirements. You may want content to have bulleted points, or to have margins of 1.5 inches on every side. Any requirements that you desire in your final product should be stated in your project description. Most freelance writers, upon accepting your project award, copy your exact project description into their information files to ensure they are working to your specifications.

The online freelance project posting systems allow you to review the portfolios of the writers who are members of that system. You can select based on criteria such as previous feedback, length of time on the system and other factors to view a selection of service providers' information. You can then select a few service providers which appear to fit your needs and invite them to bid on your project, if you wish.

Keep in mind when reviewing service providers' feedback reports that no one makes everyone happy all of the time. If a 5.0 is a perfect rating, and a writer has over 20 projects on which they have received feedback, you can expect at least one client to have not given even an exceptional writer a perfect score. Be realistic and look for service providers with a feedback rating near the top as well as those at the top of the ratings.

Once bids have been placed on your project, review those bids. It is wise to identify which service providers bidding on the project included in their response your exact project requirements. If you stated that you desire 30 articles written and the bid stated the provider will write 15 articles for you, it is clear that they did not read the project description. That kind of inattention to detail when bidding can indicate a general lack of attention and your project deserves to be treated with care. A good service provider will tell you in their bid exactly what services they will provide for how much money and within what timeframe. If those key items are not contained in the bid, move on and review the ones that have clearly responded to your request.

If you request samples of work from the service providers bidding on your project, you can expect to receive anywhere from one to two articles per bid to as many as ten articles attached to bids. Read at least one sample from each bid to learn about that writer's style and tone. If the sample style fits with what you have in mind and their bid reflected care and precision in bidding, you should add that writer to your “short list”.

As soon as you have honed the respondents down to three or four bids that are from reliable providers, choose based on price and turnaround time that best suits your personal needs. There are many, many wonderful freelance writers working in the global marketplace of the Internet today. Let them relieve you from some of your job stress by writing documentation and content for you!

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How to Use This Unique Writing Site To Make Money From Your Writing

by Christopher Kyalo

There is absolutely no doubt that the future belongs to online writers. The rapidly growing number of sites and blogs being set up every day will increasingly require writers.

So how does a writer use this information to make money now and in the future? The answer is to look for affiliate schemes for writers, or writer’s sites with good affiliate programs and join them fast and right now shortly before the rising demand for good online writers hits the roof - as it surely will.

Apart from making money from the affiliate program at the site you choose to join, you will also be in a good position to advertise your online writing services or to get work directly from the hundreds or thousands of potential clients who visit the site regularly looking for good content.

Sadly there are hardly any affiliate programs for writers yet or writer’s sites with good affiliate schemes. Actually they are very few. My advice is that if you can find even one that you can rely on, then it is a good idea to join immediately and set up a system to maximize your earnings from that single site. Then as other similar sites emerge and prove their reliability, you can transfer your skills and contacts to earning money from those other sites as well. That is exactly what I have done myself.

In this article I will reveal the name of that site I have joined and I’ll also give you a few tips on how to maximize on your earnings from that site, both from the affiliate scheme and from your writing.

This site has got a number of advantages over other sites for writers;

- The site sells your writing directly to clients seeking content. The writer gets the largest percentage and the balance is shared out with the host site, the writer’s up line (person who introduced them to the site) and the site that introduced the client who ended up purchasing the content at the writer’s site.

Writers have never been good marketers of their work and besides even when they are, marketing and selling your writing work can be very time-consuming. This site enables the writer to concentrate on writing and somebody else (in this case the website) does all your marketing and selling for you.

- There are two ways that your content can be purchased from the site. You can sell exclusive rights or license rights. Exclusive rights means that you cannot sell the same content again to somebody else, but under license terms, it means that you can still sell the same content to many other sites. I find this unique feature of the license terms, exciting because an article you wrote once can earn you income (royalties) several times and for many years to come.

- You will earn 5 per cent of all the earnings of other writers that you introduce to the site. 5 per cent may not be much but remember most of the cash has to go to the writer. And again, if you introduce many active writers, the income can be interesting. For example, imagine a situation where you introduce 200 active writers to the site and they are each earning an average of just $100 every month. Your 5 per cent will be $1,000 every month. Not bad money for doing nothing.

Introducing 200 active writers will not be that difficult, especially if you are a regular reader of my writing blog.

- Clients seeking content that arrive at the site via your affiliate link will earn you 20 per cent from whatever purchases they make. For this you will need to register separately for the affiliate program where they will analyze the main site you intend to use to refer clients to the constant content site.

- It is free to register at this writer’s site, which in my opinion is a sign of wonderful things to come for the online writer.

How do folks make serious money? Most do so by recognizing a trend and investing in it before it has taken off properly. This growing huge demand for online writers is a trend that is clear to most people. Now you must take urgent steps to invest in it.

Please use the link in my resource box below to get to the site I am referring to in this article. Tips on how best to make money from your own writing at the site are available at my writer’s blog.

About the Author
Christopher Kyalo makes a good living from online writing. Use the following link to register at the site he has talked about in this article; http://www.constant-content.com/?aref=1363

Visit his blog for more hot tips on online writing at http://100grandonlinewriters.blogspot.com
Join his free online writers course by sending a blank email to writertips@freeautobot.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Marketing Your Home Business in Just 30 Minutes a Week

It’s all the rage. It’s what everyone is talking about. It is unquestionably the most effective form of marketing available to home based business owners. It costs almost nothing, it takes about 30 minutes a week, and it makes your business stand out above the competition.

What is this thing that everyone is talking about? The buzz is about “article marketing” – the practice of providing royalty free content to websites, e-zines and newsletters.

It works like this: You write a simple article that is interesting to a particular group of people. It doesn’t have to be The Great American Novel, just about 500 words on the topic of your choice. Then you submit your article all over the web to ezine publishers, newsletter editors and content-laden websites.

When they publish your article (and they almost always do) your target market reads your words, sees you as an expert (after all, you’re a published author!) and they click on a link to your website that you conveniently provided at the end of the article. Viola! Instant, qualified traffic.

And it’s not fleeting traffic. Your article remains out there for people to find for weeks, months, even years. As new people happen across your article, they click the link and visit your site. You have a perpetual traffic machine, driving tons of pre-qualified, open-to-an-offer, interested traffic to your site. This is better than advertising, and far less expensive.

The problem is the effort of submitting your articles to enough sites that you really make a splash. Most authors will submit their articles to 20-30 places before getting totally burned out on the submission process. It’s tedious, dull, drudge work.

There are three online services that automatically submit articles for authors. Each of these services explain the intrinsic value of publishing your articles, and of course they each describe their services as best-in-class. They range from single submissions to unlimited submissions and from completely free to $119.85. Check them out and draw your own conclusions.

- - - - - http://www.SubmitYourArticle.com - - - - -
Sends out articles in three categories: * Internet marketing/online business * Self-improvement/motivation * Health and fitness. (They promise “Business-General” and “Finance/Investment” categories soon.)
Submits articles to an undefined number of ezine publishers and 15 or more article announcement lists with over 10,000 subscribers.
Special Feature: Offers an article management suite to retrieve, edit, or resubmit your article.
Cost: * Bronze membership, $37.00/month, you may submit one (1) article per month * Silver membership, $57.00/month, you may submit two (2) articles per month * Gold membership, $75.00/month, you may submit three (3) articles per month * Platinum membership, $90.00/month, you may submit four (4) articles per month

- - - - - http://www.ThePhantomWriters.com - - - - -
Accepts articles in nine categories: * Business and Marketing * Coaching and Personal Development * Health * Internet * Money Saving Tips * Home and Family * Pets * Writing Related * Christian.
Submits articles to about 20,000 publishers and webmasters. Depending on how you categorize your article, it will be submitted to appropriate publishers.
Special Feature: No limit to the number of articles that can be submitted. (Is this really a "special feature"? They seem to think so. I guess it's better than SubmitYourArticle.com's one article/month limitation)
Cost: * One article: $49.95 * Three articles: $119.85 + $39.95 per article thereafter.

- - - - - http://www.ArticleMarketer.com - - - - -
Accepts articles in 27 categories, with tons of subcategories which (for the sake of space) I won’t list here. These are the main categories: * Art * Books * Business (with 41 sub categories) * Consumer (6 sub categories) * Current Affairs * Education (1 sub category) * Entrepreneurship (19 sub categories) * Family (2 sub categories) * Finance/Accounting (12 sub categories) * Government * Health & Beauty (4 sub categories) * Hobbies (4 sub categories) * Home & Garden (2 sub categories) * Internet (22 sub topics) * Internet Marketing (9 sub categories) * Law & Legal (6 sub categories) * Politics * Psychology/Sociology * Recreation & Leisure (2 sub categories) * Religion (2 sub categories) * Self Improvement (3 sub categories) * Social Issues * Sports * Technology & Science (3 sub categories) * Travel & Tourism * Women’s Issues * Writing & Speaking (6 sub categories)
Submits articles to over 50,000 people. Depending on how you categorize your article, it will be submitted to appropriate publishers.
Special Feature: An “auto pilot” feature where an author can submit several articles at once and have them distributed on to a custom defined schedule. (That’s one of my favorite features. I just set it up for the month and don’t have to think about it again. The articles are consistently distributed.)
Cost: * Free Article Distribution: goes to over 2,000 people * Best Exposure: goes out to over 50,000 people: $8.95 for one article * 3 months of Best Exposure: $39.95 for as many articles as you want to send out
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All three of these services seem to do a fine job submitting articles. They appear to have automated the process and articles are distributed within a few days of submission. Of course, each offers the disclaimer that your article will only get published if it’s interesting.
Of the three, I prefer Article Marketer (for obvious reasons) and I have absolute proof that it works: you are currently reading this article.

Now that's what I call effective marketing!

"Free Article Distribution to 1000s of
Publishers"

http://www.articlemarketer.com?a_aid=81787a27

How To Rank Your Articles Higher In Search Engines

All of us, the authors, know that to enhance our sites' listings in search engines we need to do certain things and some of them are :

(a) get fresh content on our sites on regular basis

(b) get backlinks from high PR (page-rank) sites

Get Fresh Content:

Inserting RSS Feeds on related subjects is a great way to create automatic fresh content in a website. However, we can also put our own published articles in a section, say, 'My Articles'. Many authors aim to write at least one article every week. So, every week whenever search engine robots come to our sites, they can get fresh content.

Get Back-links

Back-links are considered an important factor in search engine placements. When we submit our articles in article directories, we get a link back from those sites. Mostly all article directories have good PR (page rank). The benefit of submitting articles in article directories is that not only is there a fair chance of getting our articles published, but also our articles get published in many other web sites with our resource boxes. So, when different sites link to our site from a related page (the page where our articles are published), there are chances that search engines would look at our sites respectfully and rank us well. So, submitting articles to article directories is a good choice. We get link back from a page, which talks about related subjects.

Actually, upto this part, I have not talked about anything special. Authors write free articles knowing these features.

But, how many of our articles are positioned high in the search engines? If not, what could be the reason?

Outbound Links

The another important factor of ranking high in search engines is 'Outbound Links'. Search engines consider this factor equally important as back-links. As back-links from related sites are important, outbound links to related sites are equally important. In fact, that's one of the main reasons why mostly all article directories have high PR. Because, in every article directory, there is a huge amount of outbound links. And each outbound link is sent out to a related site from a page where the subject is being discussed!

Sometimes we exchange links with related sites and both the parties put those link in a seperate pages. That 'links page' contains only links and links -- no content! So, how would search engines consider them as valid outbound links?

How can authors like me factor this element in our sites?

Not many of us would want to link out to sites which are of our competetors. But wait, article writers can do this wisely.

As I have discussed above, authors should publish their own articles in their own sites, before submitting them to article directories. There is a reason for this. When multiple sites publish our articles, the search engine finds duplicate content in large number of sites. Therefore, search engines list on top the site from where it got the article first. So, if we publish our own articles first on our sites, it is possible that our own sites would be listed on the top of all other sites that published our articles.

After submitting the articles to article directories, we should keep track of when our articles are published in those directories. Most of the directories inform us when when our articles get published. We must visit those sites and get the URLs of our articles.

Let us put the links of those pages in article pages of our sites. If we put, "These article is also published by :" with a list of links of the sites where those particular articles are published, we cleverly send out links to pages where our subject is discussed. This will definitely help us creating authenticated outbound links and rank well in search engines without hampering our businesses.

About the Author: Subhendu Sen is the owner and the webmaster of The Web Content - an article directory, which uses XML/RSS feeds. Authors may also submit their articles at : http://www.thewebcontent.com

Article Marketing: Why 2 URLs Equal Pure Champagne

If you are using articles to promote your business then I don’t need to tell you that including the URL to your website in the resource box at the end of your articles represents payment for the hard work involved in writing and submitting those articles.

But, if you’re including just one URL, instead of the two allowed my many article announcement sites, then your reward could come in the form or orange juice instead of champagne.

One of the first rules of marketing, which applies whether you’re writing sales copy or an article to promote your business, is to give your reader one simple message and, having delivered that message, to clearly ask that reader to take one single action.

For this reason, people often believe that your article resource box should contain just one single call to action and, accordingly, just one single URL link. And I would agree wholeheartedly, if it were not for one simple thing – the search engines.

Yes, article marketing is indeed about getting your message out to as wide an audience as possible so that they can read it and, hopefully, click through to visit your website. But it is also very much about getting your article posted on websites across the internet and building links to please the search engines – particularly Google and Yahoo.

Now the subject of building links to please the search engines is a little beyond the scope of this short article, but I’d like to give you just one example of why I believe that you’re leaving money on the table if you don’t add a second link to your resource box.

Suppose your article is posted on a website and that the page containing your article has a PR (Google Page Ranking) of say 4, which is derived from a points score given to the page by Google. For a PR4 page this score could fall anywhere within a fairly broad range, but might for the sake of illustration be 3000 points.

This page, through your resource box link back to your website will pass some of that PR to your own website page. Exactly how much will depend on a number of factors, including the total number of links on the page that contains your article. But, If there are a total of 10 links, then your resource box link could pass somewhere in the region of 250 points back to your website page. Enough to give that page a PR3 ranking from this one link alone.

But suppose that instead of having just a single link in your resource box you have two. The page containing your article will now have a total of 11 links and each will pass a slightly lower score, of perhaps 230 points, but this is still enough to give not one but now two pages on your site a PR3 ranking.

Now take this small illustration and imagine your article being posted on hundreds of websites, many with little or no PR, but others adding your article to PR4, PR5 or even PR6 pages. If you think that getting your article on a PR5 or PR6 page is dreaming believe me it isn’t. I know from experience that this article will appear on several PR5 and PR6 pages within 24 to 48 hours of my submitting it.

Now, take this illustration one step further and image submitting not one article, but hundreds of articles.

While article writing is still very much about getting your message out to a wide audience of readers, it is also increasingly about building link popularity with the search engines and gaining PR to raise your profile in the search engine listings.

Love or hate the search engines they play an increasingly important role in promoting your business and your article resource box can play a vital role in ensuring that you get those champagne top listings, rather than those orange juice second page spots.

About the Author: Donald Saunders is the author of a number of Internet Marketing publications including 20 Major Marketing Mistakes - http://webmarketingcentre.com/mistakes/ Writing articles is key to your internet success, but submitting those articles is hard work. Discover the secret to easy article submission at http://webmarketingcentre.com

5 Sizzling Tips To Creating A Money Making E-Book

If you have been looking for a genuine business opportunity on the internet, somewhere along the way, you have heard about creating an e-book. And no doubt, you have read about the thousands of dollars you can make from home publishing. It just gets your juices going to think you could write an e-book and sell it to people all over the World and create an income that can replace your job. The excitement sets in but then the reality hits. You say to yourself, "I hate to write, I failed writing in school, my friends laugh at me because I can't spell."

Or, maybe the voice rattling around in your head screaming failure says, "What would I write about, I don't know enough about anything to write a book…"

Here are 5 sizzling tips to help you on your way to creating a winning e-book.

1. The Easy Way

No matter what advice I might offer, there are some of you out there that just don't want to write. The best thing to do is to find people that have already written a quality e-book and will offer you a resale license or agreement. Sometimes it is free if you buy the book which is what I do. And others charge a small fee for the complete resale rights. All in all, for most e-books out there, you can buy them for under $100 with resale rights. A business is born. Try and look for newer e-books and those that would be interesting to you. E-books that make the most amount of money teach you how to avoid pain or how to gain pleasure.

2. Another Great Idea

Go to the top article directories and search for articles in your subject of interest. For example, if you wanted to write a book that helps people save money on their taxes, go to several article directories and look up what articles have been written on that subject matter. If you see twenty great tips that can save people up to $1000 a year or more, you could compile a report that says something like "20 Tax Saving Strategies You Can't Afford to Miss." Of course, you can't use these articles word for word because that is illegal but you can write down your own thoughts and ideas about each of the tips and re-write them in your own words. Now you can market this on the internet and sell it for $39.95. Do you think some reasonable portion of the 265 million people that live in the USA are interested in tax savings? You bet!

3. The Born Writer

Some years ago, Reader's Digest reported that some 70% of people acknowledge they had a book inside of them they wanted to write one day. Most of us have something we want to share but many times just don't know where to get started or feel overwhelmed by writing a whole book. This is where e-books can be fun. Most e-books are about 50 pages long with 12pt type and paragraphs double spaced. They really aren't that long. If you break your e-book down into tips or ideas, it is easier to write. For instance, if you generated 50 tips, you would have one page per tip. That's not so daunting! And, for heaven's sake, write when you feel like writing. I have found that I can write twice as much when I feel inspired. And the quality is oh so much better!

4. What's Hot?

If you are at a loss of what to write about, go to Amazon.com and find out what the best sellers are. They are a wonderful resource for anyone. Let's say your interest is in the top weight loss programs. Order the 3 best selling books, read them and then write your own e-book. If it is a subject matter you are interested in, you'll breeze through the books and have lots of ideas and comments. Even if your interests don't seem like you would have much of an audience, you might be surprised to find out otherwise. Going to Overture and typing in your keyword is always helpful. For most subjects there are thousands if not millions of people that want to know more. If you can provide them with quality information, they will buy from you.

5. Teach What you Know

Most of us have some kind of a specialty but don't recognize our talents. "No talent lies latent." It could be anything from raising a difficult child to coaching basketball. Or it could be related to a job you have held whether it is a mechanic for sports cars or a software developer. Your e-book could simply be teaching someone how to do it better. Or maybe it is how to save time, or money or enjoy life more or to live healthier. People want better lives and if you show them some solutions, you'll sell your e-book. Remember, your e-book doesn't and shouldn't be a novel. Break things down into steps or ideas and the writing will go smoother. I hope these 5 simple tips have ignited the fire in your brain and inspired you to write that e-book. A business opportunity will be born.

About the Author: Jan Peterson founder of http://www.goldstarreview.com researches and reviews business opportunities Over 400 FREE reports available. Successful e-book with reprint rights also available.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Be a Jerk - And Watch Your Business Grow!

Who remembers the 1979 movie, The Jerk with Steve Martin?

Do you remember the scene where Steve's character finds the phone directory and runs around screaming, "The new phone books are here, the new phone books are here! I'm somebody!"

I was 17 years old when the movie came out and I fondly remember that scene. Why? Because in 1979, I didn't have a phone number of my own. I remember laughing at Martin's goofy character but privately thinking, "Imagine that, my name in print for thousands of people to see. How cool!"

What did I do when I got my first apartment? You guessed it. Looked myself up immediately when the new phone books came out and ran around yelling, "I'm somebody!" I hoped someone would find it hilarious that I was quoting lines from The Jerk. No one got my joke. But that didn’t stop me.

Secretly, I was addicted to seeing my name in print. I wanted more. Guess who is the happiest person in town when she sees the Verizon truck loaded with its stacks of books, glossy yellow on the outside, thin pages with fine print on the inside, each book with my unique personal gem (my name) deep inside, adorning one of those beautiful pages? I can’t wait to get my hands on those fresh, clean, new, pristine pages.

Imagine my delight this morning when I Googled myself and found not just one entry, but at least 13 pages of entries associated with my name. Holy cow! Last time I checked there were only 9 pages! Why the new pages?

It’s simple. Article marketing.

I’m more of the slow, steady article marketer rather than a prolific one, so if you’re writing huge volumes of articles, imagine the exposure. Aside from the vanity aspect, what does this mean for me? Simple. My blog traffic has tripled. My articles have been picked up in a few newsletters. I have submitted the same articles to several article sources. I’m selling a ton of shortbread and just landed some freelance copywriting business.

This all translates into EXPOSURE. Exposure translates into REVENUE.
Don’t be a jerk and sit there.

Or should I say, “BE The Jerk and feel the power of YOUR name in print.”

Copyright 2005, Ann Zuccardy, All rights reserved.

Ann Zuccardy is a freelance technical and copy writer with 17 years of industry experience in marketing and technical communication. She currently consults with IBM in Essex Junction, Vermont where she writes software user manuals, training guides, and release notes. Ann is also the owner of Vermont Shortbread Company. She can be reached at Wordbrains.com.

7 Key Features Any Good Article Submission Directory Should Have

There are many places on the Internet where you can Submit Articles for Redistribution.

Submitting Articles is very Time Consuming so why not find the Best Places to Spend your Time. Here are 7 Key Features any Good Article Submission Directory should have

1 - High Page Rank

The Higher the Google Page Rank the Better. High Page Rank Article Submission Directory Sites get more traffic. So often when your articles are published on these High Page Rank Article Submission Directory Sites you will notice an immediate impact on your Search Engine Position Here is a Free Tool that will allow you to find the Google page Rank of those Article Submission Directory Sites http://ewguru.com/googlepr

2 - RSS Feeds

Dynamic Content is the Latest Rage (Okay maybe not the latest). Many Article users will grab the RSS Feed from Article Submission Directory Sites. Look for Article Submission Sites that offer RRS Feeds By Topic and Sub Topic. If you find a High Page Rank Article Submission Directory Site that offers Feeds by Author Post their Often.

3 - Number of Articles

Some Article Directories will tell you how many articles they have. Others will make you guess. Take some time Browse the Article Submission directory see if you can determine how many Authors and Articles they Have. Some of the Top Article Submission Sites have 25,000 or more Articles with 5,000 or more Authors

4 - Easy Search Capability

What's the point of posting an Article if no one can find it. Look for Search by Author, Search by Keyword and Search by Article text. Submit an Article go back to the site a few days later. If you can't easily find your article then forget about it.

5 - Easy Submit

The Easier it is to submit your article the quicker you can move on. There are a few places that allow you to post a link to your Article. If you find a High Page Rank Site that allows you to post a link to your article you found Gold.

If you go to submit and it crashes your browser or comes up with a 404 Page not found Error Say Next.

6 - Author Index

Having an Author Index where they Display your Profile and Article Organized by sub topic is a great Touch. This often Means Extra Back Links for you and your Web Page.

7 - Detail Author Profile

What could be better then placing your Link on a Web Page of a High Page Rank Article Directory Site.

Nice Bonus Upload Photo

People will are more likely to read your article and Click on your Link if they can see your Photo.
Another Bonus Good Stats

It is really nice to be able to see how many times an Article was Viewed and E-Mailed.

Here is a List of over 80 Article Submission Directories. Many of them still need to be evaluated. Have Fun and Good Luck. http://trafficninja.com/article-submit.html

About The Author:Mike Makler has been Marketing Online Since 2001 When he Built an Organization of over 100,000 Members
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Writing for the Internet - How to Market Yourself on the Web

Writing articles for online newsletters and websites can be a low cost, effective and powerful way of marketing yourself to new clients.

Writing for the Web, however, is quite different from writing for other formats. For example readers tend to scan texts more. Often one search can uncover a number of relevant or not relevant articles instantly. The reader must then sift through and find the appropriate ones quickly, offering little time to actually read your article unless it passes the initial scan.

If you want to make the most of the opportunities the Internet provides, here are 12 tips on writing articles for the net:

1. Turn your knowledge into articles.

Take your unique experiences and ideas as an expert in your field and turn them into at least 10 articles. Brainstorm 10 different topics you could confidently speak or write about based on your hard won knowledge. These topics may not be related but will give you a better idea on areas you are confident on writing on.

2. Start with an informal outline of the main points.

The hardest thing about writing articles for the net is getting started! Use a blank piece of paper and a mindmap to work out key themes and points. Add detail later. Sometimes several articles will come from one brainstorm as you identify linking themes or different angles to take on a subject.

3. Research websites.

Look for websites or e-newsletters that are content hungry and will publish articles by others. Target sites matching your target audience and tailor your article to suit that audience.

4. Clarify the logistics.

Contact the editor and clarify the length, style and how much promotional material you can use in your articles. Length will vary from 200 to 2,000 words, with between 400 and 800 words being most common. Often the editor will erase any information from your articles, promotional or otherwise, if it does not fall within the boundaries of the site. It is best to know your limits to avoid having articles taken apart by another party or not posted on the site at all.

5. Keep it short, keep it simple and keep it active.

Remember people don't read computer screens they scan them. Keep your writing style simple and active. Use an active rather than passive writing style. This all starts with the subject line. When a recipient or scanner sees your subject line, you will have their attention for about 2 seconds. Make every second count. After the heading use short sentences and bullet points to keep concepts simple.

6. Use a Dictaphone or voice recognition software.

If you are really busy, use a Dictaphone or other technology to get your thoughts down. I have found this a great way to get articles written during those times you are traditionally not very productive. Use a virtual assistant or ghost writer to actually write the article. Remember it is your ideas and experience readers want, they don't care how the ideas get from your head onto the computer screen. Focus on high value work.

7. Provide solid, practical advice.

Avoid waffle and useless, irrelevant information. Focus on practical tips and ideas. Use dot points and numbering. Make your article as easy to read as possible.

8. Personalise.

Use personal stories, metaphors or examples to highlight key points. They make intangible ideas more real.

9. Customise.

Tailor your articles for key targets - for example engineers, scientists or accountants. This includes adapting language, using relevant examples and taking new angles on a subject so the market can relate to it.

10. Timing.

Timing is everything for news and e-newsletters are no different. Use news events or seasonal angles to make your material more relevant. For example we had great feedback from an article on goal setting in January because this is a great month for planning the year ahead.

11. Be proactive.

Always spend time writing articles. It is money well spent and far more credible than advertising.

12. Use links and provide contact details.

Always provide a link back to your website and summary details on your background and how people can contact you.

Thomas Murrell MBA CSP is an international business speaker, consultant and award-winning broadcaster. Media Motivators is his regular electronic magazine read by 7,000 professionals in 15 different countries. You can subscribe by visiting http://www.8mmedia.com Thomas can be contacted directly at +6189388 6888 and is available to speak to your conference, seminar or event. Visit Tom's blog at http://www.8mmedia.blogspot.com

Ezine Publishers Want These 5 Things From Article Authors/Writers

Want your articles to get picked up and reprinted by top name brand ezine publishers?

While there is no shortage of authors willing to give their articles away for free with hopes of attracting ezine publishers who will pick up your article to send to their list as supplemental content or 'guest expert' - there is a gap between two very different types of articles:

Type 1: Those That Get ReprintedType 2: Those That Get Passed Over

Article marketing can help you achieve fame, traffic, credibility, sales, referrals and much more, but not if your articles don't make it into viral distribution.

Here are the top 5 factors that ezine publishers look for when they decide which articles to publish:

1) Does the article have zero self serving links in the article body? If so, good.

Loading up the body of your article with affiliate links or other obvious self-serving links is a liability. Your short-term thinking or scarcity based thinking (that you need to get an immediate return from your article) will keep your article from ever seeing top results.

2) Does the article have no more than 2 self serving links in the resource box? If so, good.

Your resource box at the bottom of your article should be short, sweet, succinct, to the point, and be less than 10% of the total word count of your article. Ezine publishers don't mind giving you name credit and a link for sharing your article with them, but they don't want to look like a fool by being required to reprint a short novel about all of your websites and accomplishments.

3) Is the article short (250-700 words)? If so, great.

We live in a 'sound byte' economy. No one has time to really go deep when it comes to reading email newsletters. It's proven that the shorter articles achieve a much higher distribution than the longer ones.

4) Does it deliver quality original content with numbered lists, bullet points or easy to glean information that their audience would find valuable? If so, good.

Key point: Make sure your articles are 100% original content. Anything less is really an insult.

5) Is the author well recognized or respected within their market niche. If so, excellent!

Ezine publishers have an ego just like you do. They want to use articles in their email newsletters that make them look good. The more you use your articles to help yourself gain credibility for your unique expertise within your niche, the greater the chances you'll find your articles getting picked up by your ezine publishing peers.

Hint: You'll need to write at least 100 or more articles before a top dog takes your credibility seriously. The greater majority of authors think they can put 1-6 articles into distribution and that's all that they will need to make it big. How erroneous their thinking is... You can quickly separate yourself by putting 100 more articles into distribution before this quarter is over. Yes, it is possible; Yes, it has been done; and Yes, you can do it.

There are many other considerations that ezine publishers look for, such as:

Relevancy of the article to the ezine publisher's core focus
Timing of the article and its relevance to current market dynamics
Grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure are perfect
Simple, clean, neat and no abuse of the bold/italics/underline attributes
Formal approach to the article vs. blogging loose style
How well referenced the article is

About The Author:

Christopher M. Knight invites you to submit your best articles for massive exposure to the high-traffic http://EzineArticles.com/ directory. When you submit your articles to EzineArticles.com, your articles will be picked up by ezine publishers who will reprint your articles with your content and links in tact giving you traffic surges to help you increase your sales. To submit your article, setup a membership account today: http://EzineArticles.com/submit/

Copyright 2005 - Christopher M. Knight. All Rights Reserved Wordlwide. Reprint Rights: You may reprint this article as long as you leave all of the links active, do not edit the article in any way, give author name credit and follow all of the EzineArticles.com posted terms of service for Publishers.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

How to Write Money-Making How-To Reports

This is the "real" Money Maker in the Mail Order business the basic "How To" Report. It's something anyone can produce, and with all the proper ingredients at the right time, you can become independently wealthy! The hard part, of course, is getting all the proper ingredients at the right time.

Your basic "Money Making report" is usually two pages in length, sells for $3, and outlines instructions, details, or a "How-To Method" for solving a problem: making more money, saving money, attaining greater happiness, or fulfilling an ambition or desire. An example of a successful moneymaking report had to do with the many different ways to prepare and serve hamburger. Simple, basic, information is what we're talking about.

Anyone can write a saleable report on any subject - providing he or she has knowledge of that subject through personal experience, research, or both. A lot of women write successful money-making reports based upon better ways of solving household problems. And a lot of men write successful money-making reports on how to get greater pleasure from leisure time activities such as fishing, woodworking or other hobbies. The list of subjects one can write about is endless, and reports on how to make more money easier and faster are no more limited to male authors than expertise in cooking is limited to female authors.

Writing your report is easy and quite simple. However, it does take longer, and requires more sweat, blood and anguish for some people to produce a "finished" product than it does others, even if they are equally intelligent and knowledgeable.

The best advice anyone can give you on how to write a money-making report is to advise you to write as though you were talking to someone - as though you were instructing your next door neighbor via the telephone on the subject at hand. I use the word telephone here to point out that regardless of how much you wave your arms, point your finger, or even draw pictures, you aren't getting the message across, and your neighbor won't "see" what you're talking about until you tell him in the kind of language he can understand. Write in a style similar to the book reports you used to give when you were in the middle school. Do you remember the "theme papers" you used to have to research, outline and write for term finals? You got a good grade if you presented your material in a straightforward style, had the facts, and didn't pad out your paper.

Be factual, and be clear. Know your reader and use the kind of language he expects you to use. This does not mean that you should drop to the level of military barracks talk or that you should elevate yourself to the level of a pseudo Rhodes Scholar. It just means that in writing the basic "How-To" report, you should bear in mind that these reports serve as personal one-to-one consultations between you and your reader, and that your language should establish a rapport he can feel.

Outline what you want to say before you write it. This helps; tremendously. Many writers "think" as they're typing or writing what they want to say, myself included. Everything flows smoother, with a lot less rewrite involved, and the finished product is always much better when you've outlined what you want to say before you start.

When doing business by mail, these Money-Making "How-To" reports we've been talking about are known by many names: folio, booklet, pamphlet, guide, or even Personal Success Plan. In reality, these reports are written guidelines that give the reader more information on a subject he wants to know more about
Money Making reports have been, and can still be written to show other people how to start, develop, enjoy or expand a hobby; how to learn and develop new or greater abilities; how to start, develop and operate a new business, or even expand a current one; how to develop and prepare for a new career; how to make more money; how to save money, better one's standard of living and have more time for leisure; how to solve personal problems and enjoy life more; how to attain success in any endeavor.

You'll find that the better selling reports are well researched, authoritative, factual and helpful to the reader in attaining his or her goals. Your report can be put together and sold as anything from a two-page typewritten paper to a multipage typeset and professionally bound book. an important point to remember here is that the people who are going to buy your report are going to be interested in the information it contains - not how long it took you to put it together, the reason you wrote it, or the number of pages you've written – so long as it contains the information he or she wants.

Picking a subject to write about - one that has sales appeal and that will sell well for you - is not as hard as it sounds. The best rule to follow is to write only about something you already know a great deal about. With this advice in mind, it will follow that your best writing will be about those subjects that particularly interest you. And remember, the more you are involved or interested in the subject, the easier it will be for you to write about that subject in a manner that will hold your reader's interest. Your knowledge and enthusiasm will show through - causing your reader to overlook any technical writing weaknesses.

How do you determine the subject that's best for you to use for your first report? Channel your thinking along these lines: If you love to fish, you could probably put together a money-making report on "How To Catch The Big Ones". If you love to sew, you could probably write a report on "Tips for Beautiful Sewing". If you have experience in advertising, you could write a report on "How To Write An Ad For Best Results"; experience in printing, a report on "How to Prepare Copy and Layout for Best Printing Results"; experience in business, a report on "Better Business Operating Techniques". It's worth repeating: Whatever you write about, make it something you know about, and are especially interested in.

Once you've decided on the subject you're going to write about, the next step is thorough research. Visit your public library and "bone up" on your subject. Read as much about it as you can find - newspapers, magazines, books - everything! Start collecting clippings, talk to your neighbors, your friends and relatives, and take notes on all information you gather from reading and personal discussion.

When you've spent a good six weeks intensively researching your subject, gathering notes and discussing it as often as you can with as many different people as possible, you should be ready for the next step - the sorting, compiling and assembly of your notes. Simply read through all the notes and clippings you have accumulated, discarding those that are repetitious, and organizing those you're going to use according to your "subject coverage" outline. Don't let the outline part of your project become an obstacle. An outline is simply listing the order in which you want to write about or discuss each aspect of your subject.

Everything that's written should have a natural beginning, a body and an ending. When you outline your subject, and your "subject coverage", which can be likened to a table of contents, you'll find it easier to say what you want to say. You'll be ABLE to say everything you want to say. You won't have to worry about forgetting or leaving out an important point you want to make. The coverage of your subject will be more complete, and your writing will be much smoother.

Once you've completed your research, organized your notes, and have your "subject coverage" outline set, you're ready to write the money-making report that just might make you rich! Start writing, and write as though you were talking to someone, because writing, after everything has been analyzed, taken apart, studied, improved upon, and put back together, is still nothing more or less than a written conversation between two people. Write your how-to report as though you were instructing a high school graduate in how to do something his first day on the job.

It makes no difference whether you write it all out longhand or pound away at a keyboard. Just get it all written! Once you've got your material organized, start writing and don't stop until you're finished! When you have finished, be proud of yourself! Take a break, go out to dinner, enjoy a night on the town! In other words, put this first draft of your report aside for a few days and allow your brain, your body, and your creative juices to rejuvenate themselves.

After a couple of days off, take up your report and go through it with a sharp pencil, just as you imagine an editor would do. Strike out, rewrite and polish each paragraph for clarity, accuracy and flow. This is the time to make sure that what you've written is easy to read, easy to understand, and each sentence follows the one before it just as surely as spring follows winter. The smoother the conversation or the writing of your report flows, the easier it'll be to read, and the easier it is to read, the more copies you will sell.

Now you have a money-making report that has the potential of making a great deal of money for you. If you are a good typist, go ahead and type it out in finished form. If you're not a typist, you can have it typed by someone who is, or even have it typeset for a small fee.

Copyright DeAnna Spencer 2004

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Writers Block - Find an Article Topic in Minutes Anytime Anywhere with These 7 Tips Guaranteed!

One question I get asked all the time is how to you get Ideas for your Articles? How can you churn out 5 Articles in a Day? Use these 7 Tips and You too will be able to Churn out Article Topics in Minutes Anytime Anywhere Guaranteed!

As you go through your daily routine Article Ideas present themselves all the time you just need to pay more attention to what you do and How You Do It.

As an Example Today I was looking over my Web Site Counter to see which keywords Web Surfers were using to Find my Web Page. Basically I look over the referred by logged and click on the link to see where the Surfers came from. If it happened to be a Search engine I look at the Search Term and My Position in the Search engine.

A light bulb went off in my head Wow I could write an Article about that. I jotted down in my blog to write an Article on How I find Article Topics. Like many of you I operate an Online Home based business. I use my DVD-RW to backup my critical Home Based Business Files. That's an Article just waiting to be written.

Here are 7 Ideas that will enable you to find a Limitless Number of Article Titles

1 - Procedures

Any of Your Daily, Weekly, Monthly Procedures are Ideas for Possible Articles. Like the Procedures I used to Back Up my Computer or Look over my Web Site Logs

2 - Write a Review

Did you read an Interesting Book, Use a Good Piece of software find a great Web Site then Write an Article.

3 - New Product

Write an Article about a new or Recent Product or Development in your Industry or company.

4 - Overlooked or Little Used Product

In your Profession are there any overlooked or little used products. Write an Article About it.

5 - Recent Accomplishment

Have you or someone you know received any awards. Have you or someone you know done anything Special Lately.

6- How To Guide

You can write a How To Article on Virtually Any topic. Need some ideas, go to a book store or online Bookstore and look at the Titles of all the Dummy Books.

7 - News Stories

Newspapers, TV News,Radio News, Magazines ,Technical and Trade Journals are all sources of articles

Over the Last Few Days some stories in the news have been about surging Gas Prices, A Computer Virus and Tropical Storms in Florida. Now that you have 3 Stories do a quick Brain Storm and Write Down possible Article Headlines for Each Story. Don't worry if you can write the Article Just Jot down the Headlines, Some will become Articles.

High Gas Prices
10 Ways to Save Money on Gas
Every Thing You wanted to Know About Alternative Fuels
Tips for Car Poolers - How to Save Money and Make New friends
5 Simple ways to Fix-Up Your Car and Save Gas Dollars
Hybrid Vehicles are they Cost Effective
Solar Power and Your Home Gas Bill
7 Energy Conservation Tips for the Home Owner

Computer Virus

Will that Free Virus Software really Work
3 Free Spyware Programs Reviewed Which is Best for You
3 Virus Programs Reviewed Which is Best for You
Can Spam Blockers Reduce Your Risk of an E_mail Virus
Which Browser Offers the Best Virus Protection
Choose Your Browser Carefully or Get a Virus
Viral Marketing The Good Kind of Virus
7 Ways to Protect your Computer from Spyware and Ad Ware
A USB Disk Drive Cheap Back Up Insurance
Why I run 2 Virus Checkers and SpyWare
Fix your Registry

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Do you have enough Flood Insurance
10 Things you should do before that Hurricane Comes
Road Tips if you are Caught in a Hurricane
Damaged by a Hurricane, 10 Questions you should ask your Contractor
Hurricane Damage Don't Fix that Roof Until You Read This
Federal Disaster Relief
Low Cost Loans to Fix Your Home
Will Your Homeowners Policy Cover the Next Natural Disaster

Wow 26 Possible Articles from only 3 News Stories. How many Newspaper Stories are their in any Given Day.

Still having problems writing Articles One of the Easiest Types of Articles to write is 7 Tips or 10 Tips Type articles. You know something like 7 Tips to find an Article Topic

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Do You Know the 7 Essential Parts that Make Up a Resource Box

The Whole reason you write those articles is so you can get Your Resource Box Displayed. Do you know the 7 Essential parts every Resource Box should have.

1 - Your Name

The best way to gain respect and be known as a Guru is to brand your name. One of the best ways to brand your name is by writing Articles, Always include your First and last Name in your Article. Sorry Mom I am Mike Makler not Michael Makler. If you have a prestigious Title like Dr. or Professor you may want to include it as part of your name as well.

2 - Your Contact Information (Phone and / or E-Mail)

What is it, Phone, E-Mail or both? This really is a matter of personal taste. When I write Articles about my Finance Business I put my phone and direct them to a Web Page with a Sign-Up Box. Most other Times I put neither because I want them to go to my web page to contact me.

3 - A Brief Bio

This is Just one or 2 sentences telling them why you are an Expert. Robert Allen's Bio may look something like this

Robert Allen New York Times Best Selling Author and Real Estate Investor ....

4 - Website Link

You want to have at least one link Pointing to your Web Site Make sure the anchor text for your link is your Web Site URL (i.e. http://ewguru.com/newsletter) as some publishers don't use live links.

5 - A link to a Blog (optional)

If you have a Blog related to your article Topic include that link as well. Same as in Step 4 Make sure the anchor text for your link is your Blog URL.

6 - Your CopyRight

Just use a Standard Copyright Statement
Copyright © 2005-2006 Mike Makler

7 - A Statement allowing them to reprint my Article

Here is a Sample Statement

[You have permission to publish this article electronically or in print, free of charge, as long as the bylines are included. A courtesy copy of your publication would be appreciated]

These are the 7 Essential Parts of a well written Resource Box. You may want to include other things like Additional Web Links, a Newsletter Subscription Address, A Fax Back Number, A Cell Phone Number or even a Postal Address.

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Mike Makler has been Marketing Online Since 2001 When he Built an Organization of over 100,000 Members

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7 Important Elements of Any Article - Miss Just 1 Element and Your Article is Doomed

These 7 Important Elements are your Blueprint to Article Writing Success. By Applying these 7 Key Elements anyone will be able to craft Articles for Re-Distribution on The Internet.

1 - The Title
The Title can make or break your article. A good friend of mine always says if I make a mistake and my wife isn't here am I still wrong? You can write the Best Article in the world but if it doesn't get read then what difference does it make. Often Potential Publishers or readers will only see your Article Title. If your Title doesn't arouse their curiosity then your article won't be read. Titles Like:

7 Key Elements...

Duplicate these 10 Steps...

The Complete Beginners Guide to...

The Best way to learn to craft good titles is to read as many titles as you can. Scan the Article Directories see what grabs you. Go to the Supermarket and look over those Gossip Papers. Many an Expert Copy Writer told me those are the best places to learn about Titles and Headlines.

2 - The Abstract
The Abstract may be as Important and in Some Cases More Important then the Title, Many Article Directories want a Short Abstract about your Article. They will display this right under your title in their Listing. Wouldn't it be a Crime to grab them with an Amazing Title only to loose them with a Terrible Abstract. Think of your abstract as an Extension of your Title or a Sub Title. The best Abstract will build suspense and peak curiosity making the reader wanting to know more.

3 - The Opening Paragraph
With many Article Directories going to RSS Feeds frequently only your Title and part of your opening paragraph is all that is displayed on a web page. Frequently my abstract and opening paragraph are the Same. Usually they differ only slightly.

4 - Tease them with the Meat
Also known as the Article Body. This is where you get a chance to shine and show what you know. Be Sure and Dazzle them with your Brilliance and stay away from the Bull. You may want to tell them just enough so that they feel the learned something but still not enough so they feel compelled to click the link in your resource box.

5 - The Closing Paragraph
Leave the Reader feeling good, Sum up your article maybe make a final key point. Direct them to your Resource box if they want further information. Maybe even thank them for getting this far.

6 - The Resource Box
The Resource Box is the Big Payoff. The Resource Box is the reason you wrote this Article. A Resource Box should contain
Your Name

Your Contact Information (Phone and / or E-Mail)

An fact telling them why You are an Expert

A Link to Your Websites

A link to Your Blog (optional)

A Link Related to the Article (Optional)

Your CopyRight

A Statement allowing them to reprint your Article (Optional)

7 - Submission
You need to get your article re-published and Read. One of the best ways to do this is to submit it to article Directories. Here is a List of over 70 Article Directories. http://www.trafficninja.com/article-submit.html

Follow these 7 Simple tips and you too can be on your way to reaping the rewards of article writing.

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Publish Article

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Some of the benefits of this amazing strategy include:

-it's totally FREE and gets links to your website distributed to a huge number of other related websites on a permanent basis...

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-The presence of your links in many other websites also directly increases your Google PageRank and increases the targetted free traffic you get from search engines!

-When people see your name and website/company in the bylines of the articles on different sites, you will naturally be thought of as an "expert" in that field...This increases your credibility and makes it more likely that your visitors will take your recommendations to them more seriously.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

SEO Article Writing 101

SEO writing is very different from content writing, article writing, story writing and news writing. When I first realized my innate talent for writing stuff and putting thoughts into words, I was still reading Mills and Boons, and it was during this time that my romance storybooks were confiscated by my classroom teacher because I was reading in class.

Writing is a very personal thing, I discovered. Some people have the talent for writing creative stuff. Some people have the talent for writing ads. Some write excellent factual stuff. Well, I fall into the factual stuff category. The boring-writing-technical-mumbo-jumbo writing stuff. How I fit into this category, I don’t know.

Well, SEO article writing is very much like that. First, you decide what topic or keyword that you want. For instance, you’re selling decorative lamps, right? in the SEO article writing process, list down ‘decorative’ and ‘lamps’. Then think about other words that relates to ‘decorative’ and ‘lamps’…words that people use all the time to describe them. This is a very important part of SEO article writing because these are common words that your potential site visitors will use to find you.

How about ‘light’, ‘bright’, ‘pretty’, ‘lighting’?

Ok, now your SEO article writing keywords are:- decorative, lamps, light, bright, pretty and lighting, right? So, on to the SEO article writing process. First you write everything that you need to write down first. Beef up the article. As a general rule of thumb, SEO articles should be no less than 300 words and no more than 500 words. Any more than that, you’re wasting your time writing a novel for your SEO article. Read through the SEO article now and replace words and reword sentences to fit in those keywords. Yes, you’ll have to restructure some the SEO keywords here and there, but do it anyway.

Make sure the sentences make sense, ok? Because although the search engines won’t know bad grammar from good grammar, your site visitors will. And most of them, site visitors who visit your website based on those SEO keywords DO mind the bad grammar. And once you turn them away, it’s almost impossible to bring them back!

The final step to SEO article writing is…..proofread your SEO article and make sure they flow. The problem with SEO writing is that your thoughts might come in buckets... a splash here and a splash there. So, during the SEO article proofreading process, you’ll have to make sure one paragraph flows on to the next.

Good luck!

Marsha Maung is a freelance graphic designer and copy writer who works from home. She designs apparel and premium items at http://www.allmomstuff.com and is the author of "Raising little magicians", and the popular "The Lance in freelancing". More information can be found at http://www.marshamaung.com

Smart Writing and Layout Styles for the Web

If you write web content, it may be a mystery to you as to what “works” and what doesn’t work. You want people to read what you write, but are they understanding your content or clicking away soon after stopping on your page? If the latter, you stand to lose visitors and, ultimately, sales. Let’s take a look at how you can rework your site to one that attracts and keeps visitors.

Know your audience.
Unless your site is geared exclusively to the scholarly crowd, gear your words toward a younger audience. Many web content producers know that language understood by 12 and 13 year olds is much more effective for attracting and keeping guests than anything else. This takes into consideration a couple of things: not everyone who visits your site is well versed in English, but they have enough of an understanding to read at a middle school grade level. If your goal is to reach the masses, you must consider a global audience particularly an audience where English is not their native tongue. In addition, unfortunately many Americans are – to be polite – lacking in certain abilities when it comes to reading. No need to stand on your platform explaining why it is this way – it just is.

Speak to your audience.
Use “you” when writing. Too much talking about yourself is not very interesting. People want to know what you can do for them. Testimonials, however, can be effective especially if it discusses a problem and the resolution to the problem is shared. Create empathy!

Short and sweet.
I already violated this particular principle by writing a lengthy paragraph and by including a long sentence previously. Oh, well...live and learn! Still, many people approach the internet as something to be scanned, not read. So, include plenty of white space and split up your paragraphs. Keep your sentences short too. Mrs. Grimsley, your 8th grade English teacher might not approve, but her students today will!

Use bullets, numbers, or bold.
Make what you want to say stand out by bulleting, numbering or “bolding” the beginning of your sentences. In other words, lists work very well on the internet.
Select nice fonts. I love Times New Roman, but it is best used only for print. Instead, use Trebuchet, Arial, and Verdana as they are easier on the eyes. Give your visitors eye strain and they will look away...they will probably miss something too.

Grammar and spelling.
Proper use of grammar as well as being careful not to misspell are critical parts to your writing. Do not rely on spell checks and a thesaurus exclusively as they cannot pick up every misused or misapplied word.

Get an opinion.
Feedback from others will help determine whether your site is readable, friendly to the eyes, easy to navigate, etc. Don’t expect criticism to always be wrapped in niceness; take what is said as constructive criticism and then apply the changes to your site.

If you are new at web content writing, it is likely that it will take some time for you to “get in the flow” of writing web content. Of course, not everyone is able to fully grasp this method, so your best option may be to hire someone who can get the job done for you instead.

Matthew Keegan is The Article Writer who writes on just about any and every issue imaginable. You can preview samples from his high performing site at http://www.thearticlewriter.com

4 Ways to Outsource Your Article Writing Needs

Not every web designer has the time – or skills – to be able to write effective web content. Thus, it is imperative of you to find someone capable of writing articles that are interesting, informative, engaging, as well as persuasive. How do you find the right person for the job? I am glad you asked! Here are four ways to outsource your article writing needs:

1. Seek and You Shall Find. Finding the right writer for the right job is a matter of doing a little research. If you like the style of a certain writer, contact this person and ask them directly if they will work for you. Ezines are great places to find talented writers and many writers who frequent these sites already know how to write for the internet. Even if the topics you want covered are on subjects different from what the writer currently writes about, an excellent writer will be able to write about almost anything.

2. Search and Verify. Once you have narrowed your list of potential writers down to a select few, check the writer’s links on the internet. If they are a prolific writer, their name should appear all over the place. You can also find out how effective their back links are by entering “link: www.theirwebsite.com” in your Google search bar and then counting the results. If they have been writing extensively the search returns should be numerous.

3. Go to Writing Sites. Elance, Guru, and Writer’s Write are several sites that come to mind. Writers actually pay to have access to these sites. You can submit your project, receive bids, and select the writers of your own choosing.

4. Contact Schools. Colleges and universities are full of budding writers. Perhaps you can give a student a chance at submitting work to you. It can make for a good part time job for the student and give you the opportunity to possibly build a long term writing relationship with a future source.

Once you have found your writer, you must finalize the terms of the agreement. Some important questions to ask include:

What is your rate? Will you pay per article, per hour, or per word?

How should your writer be paid? Paypal, check, money order, etc.?

What target audience is the article being aimed at?

How should completed work be submitted? Email, Word document, double spaced, etc.?

How soon are projects expected to be completed?

Do you need to work with a contract or is a verbal agreement sufficient?

When you have come to an agreement on terms, have your writer submit one article to you. Use this first article to critique their work and help shape them to write according to the style you prefer. Communication is the key; make sure that each party understands what is expected of the other.

More than likely it will take for several articles to be written before a comfort level is reached in your relationship with each other. You have every right to require that the terms you have agreed upon are kept, however showing some flexibility in styles and deadlines will go far in keeping a good writer "on staff" as well as helping you avoid going through the laborious task of finding, hiring, and training a new writer.

Matthew Keegan is The Article Writer who writes on just about any and every issue imaginable. You can preview samples from his high performing site at http://www.thearticlewriter.com