Article writing tips, techniques, strategies

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Eliminate Common Problems in Writing Articles

Before writing an article, have you ever felt overwhelmed by a blank sensation, not knowing where to start?

...I'll bet you have!

This checklist should help you eliminate some common problems in writing articles:

1. Have a specific purpose in mind.

Always have a specific purpose in mind before you begin writing: you should be crystal clear about what are you hoping to accomplish by writing your article. Is it an article clarifying an issue for your customers, to attract prospects, to improve the link popularity for your website?

2. Know your target population.

Before writing an article, conduct research on the target population. What are their experience, their interest, and their wants in the chosen topic? What pain or problem do they try to avoid?

3. Develop a detailed outline first, stressing on the benefits.

Now that you have a purpose and a target, organize your article so that scanning it quickly will show immediately to your reader how he will benefit from it and what are the most important points.

4. Stop your reader in his tracks with your title.

Your title should grab the reader's attention and 'force' him to read your first paragraph. Using your most important benefit usually does it.

5. Start your article with the most important information

Again, do not keep your most important information for the conclusion! Give it immediately and develop on it in the following paragraphs.

6. Keep jargon to a minimum.

If possible, avoid jargon as well as prejudices and insinuations. Write your article so that even a child can understand it.

7. Make your article warm and personal.

Speak direct to the reader. Use a lot of 'you'. Reading your article, the reader should feel warmth and empathy, knowing that you have the same problems and goals than him.

8. Keep sentences short and simple.

Using short and simple sentences will allow a fluid and easy reading, preventing your reader to get bored.

9. Have someone from the target population critique your article.

Who can give you a better feedback than someone from your target population? It will help you

10. Spend more time rewriting than writing.

Besides formatting your article for easy reading and nice presentation, be sure to use tools or an external editor to carefully proofread your writing for grammatical and spelling errors.

Remember that the more writing you do, the better you will get. After sometimes, when you are in the habit of writing, article writing will not seem as difficult as now!

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Write Articles That Relate to Your Product or Service

If you want to make money online a good strategy that won't cost you a dime is to write articles that relate to your product or service.

Search Engines are constantly on the "look out" for freshly written content that has been submitted online. So how do you come up with ideas for your next article? Here are several suggestions that may help...

* Hang out in online forums. Watch what people are talking about. Look at the questions they are asking. The topics that are bringing the greatest number of visitors would make for an excellent article.

* Take a look at what information is being broadcast on TV, radio, newspapers, and online. This information is usually a hot topic.

* Read blogs. What are people posting about? What kind of comments are they leaving? What questions do they have? Blogs are the hot internet marketing medium right now and you can literally find them everywhere on any topic. This is an excellent source for your next article idea.

* Survey your current customers or website visitors. Ask them what kind of article they would like to see in your next ezine or published on your website.

* Check bookstores online. What are the top sellers? This can be a good way to come up with an article that catches the attention of what people are reading.

* Be seasonal. Write about what is going on that time of year. Holidays, festivals, sports, graduations, etc. all make for an article that someone will want to read.

* Write an article about a current fad. There is always something that is hot at the time and could make for interesting reading from you.

* Keep track of what your customers and prospects are asking you. If you get an email or phone call with a question this may make for a good article. Others may have the same question, but are afraid to ask it.

* Start a swipe file on what others are writing about. If it is of interest to you it will probably be of interest to others. Never plagiarize the work of others, but you can certainly get good ideas this way. The biggest benefit of a swipe file is having it handy to refer back to over and over whenever you are ready to write your article and are not sure what you want to write about.
Hopefully this will give you some ideas on how to come up with your next article. The internet marketer who can write interesting articles has a huge leg up on their competition. If you can master this strategy there is no limit to how much money you can make online.

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The Fifth Step to Increase Internet Traffic Through Writing Articles Requires the Personal Touch

Each day hundreds of articles make their way to the Internet from article submission sites to blogs. Yet, if the purpose of article distribution is a marketing mechanism to increase web site traffic, what creates the loyal readers who look to find your articles on the web? Simply, what makes one article viewed and consequently distributed many more times than another?
In reviewing my own articles, I realized that the more that I could connect my personal or professional experiences to the content of the article, the greater the increase in views. People want more than the purely technical information. They want to know from your experiences what worked, what didn’t work and by sharing your experiences how the article can help them.

Writing from a personal viewpoint is a challenge because you as the writer do not want to overload the effort with a lot of “I’s.” However, by not including some personal perspective, the reader cannot make a connection with you. If the reader cannot connect with you as the writer, there is a greater likelihood that the reader will not read your complete article. If they don’t finish the article, they probably won’t forward the article, review the article nor include the article for future distribution. HINT #5: People will buy who you are first and then what you do second.

When writing using personal experiences, you are beginning the development of a relationship. As more articles are submitted, readers have the opportunity to see you as a giving, sharing individual who truly wants to help them overcome a current challenge or prepare them for a future one.

Since I have changed my writing style to be more personal, I have experienced dramatic feedback in both the articles and the monthly newsletter than I co-publish at

Will ever reader relate to your article?

Absolutely not! However, I believe that if the goal is to increase traffic to your website and to have your article widely distributed, you must make yourself unique. Given all the information out there, one of the simplest ways to achieve that goal is to write from a more personal viewpoint.

Asking yourself the following three questions may help you write with a personal viewpoint while sharing what you do or know.

1. What excites me as a reader?

2. From my own experiences, what can I share to help others?

3. Am I truly sharing or editorializing?

Copyright 2005(c) Leanne Hoagland-Smith,

This article may be freely published. Permission to publish this article, electronically or in print, as long as the bylines are included, with a live link, and the article is not changed in any way (grammatical corrections accepted).

Leanne Hoagland-Smith, M.S. CEO of ADVANCED SYSTEMS located outside of Chicago, IL, is the Learning & Process Specialist. With over 25 years of business & education experience, she helps her clients to double their performance. By uniting systems, strategies and people to create loyal internal customers, Leanne delivers ROI solutions in 4 key areas: financials, leadership, relationships and growth & innovation within a variety of industries including education, healthcare, manufacturing and professional services. As co-author of M.A.G.I.C.A.L. Potential: 7 Capacities for Living an Amazing Life Beyond Purpose to Achievement due for 2005 release, Leanne speaks nationally to a variety of audiences. Please contact Leanne at 219.759.5601 or visit if you are seeking to connect your passion to your purpose to double your performance for unheard of results.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Becoming A Ghostwriter

by: Lorraine Cote

Ghostwriting can be rewarding in two ways.

a) You get a chance to research and write about all types of topics that you wouldn't normally have a chance to learn about. The old theory in writing "write what you know" doesn't apply to ghostwriting since your clients will dictate what topic you will write about.

b) You can make a decent living at it.If you're new to writing, it may take a while to get clients but it is possible. It just takes a little hard work and perserverance. There are several ways to get clients. Here are a few.

1. Bid on writing jobs on contracted work site such as, and

You basically signup as a service provider to begin bidding on projects posted by clients. If you win the bid, you do the writing project as a ghostwriter.

2. Place ads for your ghostwriting service on free classified ad sites. It doesn't cost anything to post ads on these sites and is a good way to get your services out there in front of potential clients.

3. Post responses in forums with a signature that defines your ghostwriting service and an email address or website URL. Something along the lines of "Affordable Ghostwriting Services, [your website url] or email for more details [your email address].

4. Introduce your services in forums where you are allowed to do this. Many forums have a section where you can introduce your business. See out writing forums for this.

5. Have business cards created showcasing your ghostwriting business. Pass them out every chance you get. Put them on bulletin boards in supermarkets etc. You can create your own or have them made.

6 Write a press release announcing your services. There are plenty of no-cost or low-cost distribution services on the web to get the message out for you. Ghostwriting may not be for everyone because you don't get credit for your work, the client does. If that doesn't matter to you and you like writing on a variety of topics, it can be an enjoyable way to earn some money.

Copyright 2005 Lorraine Cote

About The Author

Lorraine Cote is the CEO and Owner of The Write Touch 4U, Copywriting Service. She is also a published freelance writer who has written over 100 ebooks on various topics for clients as well as all types of other written materials. She also has 16 years experience in the corporate world as a Trainer and Business Writer and is an Internet Marketer as well. Visit her at or visit her blog at

Break In With Fillers: The Best Market For New Writers

by: Shelley Wake

Interested in breaking into writing or breaking into a new area? You can’t go past writing fillers. Fillers are one of the most overlooked opportunities in the freelance writing world and offer one of the best opportunities for new writers.

Fillers Are In Demand

I’ve spoken to hundreds of editors and been told over and over again that fillers are the one thing they never get enough of. Most publications tend to publish more freelance fillers than they do freelance articles. Yet, they often receive 100 times more articles than fillers.

This is a gap in the freelance market that you can take advantage of.

Fillers are a Great Place to Get Started

Many publications are careful about publishing feature articles from writers they don’t know. Even if your article is good, an editor might decide not to publish you because they don’t know you as a writer. This is especially true if you don’t have a lot of experience or any clips.
But even without experience or clips, most editors will consider a filler. In fact, many editors treat writing fillers as the testing ground to see if a writer can be relied on to write feature articles.

Here’s what one editor had to say about fillers:

“One of the best ways to break in is to write fillers. It gives me a chance to start to build a relationship with a writer and see that I can trust them. Of all the freelancers I work with, over half started out writing fillers.” - Margaret, Magazine Editor

So not only can writing fillers get you some clips, it also has the potential to turn into a long-term writing opportunity. Consider fillers a stepping stone to much bigger things.

The Smart Way to Write on Spec

Fillers are almost always submitted on spec. This means that you avoid the problem of having to query the publication and sell yourself as a writer, because your filler is doing the work for you and showing the editor your writing skill.

The big argument against writing on spec is that you spend your time writing pieces that might never sell. Fillers reduce this problem because they are short and take less time to write. So even if your filler doesn’t sell, you haven’t wasted as much time as you would have on a longer feature article. Fillers are also more flexible, with few publications having set guidelines for fillers. This means that a filler will often be suitable for more than market. So if it gets rejected once, it’s not a waste of time. You can just send it to a new market, often without having to make any changes.

Fillers Rely on Information, Not Writer Qualifications

Fillers usually rely on information, not on the writer’s qualifications.

This means that you don’t have to sell yourself when you submit fillers. Instead, the information you put in the filler sells it for you.

This makes fillers a perfect option for writers lacking the experience or clips to sell themselves to an editor.

You Can Write a Lot of Them

Since fillers are short, you can write a lot of them and submit a lot of them. You could literally have hundreds of pieces out in the market for consideration in a short time. And if you write them well, you could have a lot of them published in a very short time. That means you can build a list of clips fast.

And one other benefit is that magazines don’t have as limited a space for fillers as they do for feature articles. So if your filler gets accepted, it’s likely to get published fast. The same isn’t true for feature articles, where an accepted article will often be scheduled for an issue a year or two away.

That’s one more good reason why fillers are a great way to build clips fast. Once you’ve got the clips, then you have a few more options. Until then, fillers are a great place to start.

And one final tip. Once you have the clips and start moving into feature articles, don’t forget about fillers. As you’re researching a feature, take note of interesting facts, trivia, or anecdotes you come across. These can make fillers and be an added bonus, bringing in some extra cash and some extra clips.

About The Author

Shelley Wake is the author of “Getting Published Without Clips.” This practical no-nonsense guide shows writers exactly what to do to break into freelance writing. Packed with inside information, proven methods, hidden markets, and more, it’s successfully launched hundreds of freelance careers. Link:

7 Ways In Which You Can Overcome Excuses for Not Marketing Your Website by Writing Articles

by: Laurie Meade

Wannabe writers, are full of excuses as to why they aren’t writing yet. Many of these excuses can be changed to proactive statements with a mere switch in attitude and perspective.

How many times have you read an article, and said to yourself, “I could have written this.” Well, why don’t you?

It took me a long time to discover that my passion in life was writing. Even though, as a teenager, I filled a whole blank book with poetry, which I wrote while trying to recover from the “first love’s” broken heart type of feelings.

It wasn’t until I made it a habit to start writing in my journal every morning, that I found out just how easy it was to get the writing juices flowing. Below is a list of some common excuses writer wannabe’s make for not writing. You will find suggestions along with each excuse on how to counteract those excuses and move forward to success.

1. EXCUSE #1 I don’t know where to start, or what to write about.

---Just get up each morning a few minutes earlier than the rest of the household, and start writing in a journal. Write about anything and everything that pops into your mind. Try to write at least 3 or 4 pages. Devote at least 10 minutes each morning to this ritual.

Do it with a pen and notebook, rather than the computer. There is a physical connection between the brain and your fingers on the paper.

Keep your statements positive. Try to eliminate words like, “I need to” or “I should” or “I have to” replacing them with more affirming phrases. Using “I am” and “I can” changes your whole focus. I find just replacing the three phrases above makes the writing process much more positve and results oriented.

You will be amazed at the material that you can pull from this journal that can be used in your daily projects.

2. EXCUSE #2

I don’t have any experience or formal schooling in writing.

----With the internet, and all the writing books available today, it is easy to teach yourself what it takes to write successfully. Just jump in and get your feet wet, give it a try.

Have someone you trust read over your writing, and then give you their opinion. But don’t stop with one person’s point of view.

Some of the best feedback I have received, has come from people wanting to use my “free to reprint” articles. I remember one lady email me saying, “I really enjoyed reading the passionate article you wrote on this subject.” Up to that point, I had never looked at my writing as passionate.

3. EXCUSE #3

I don’t have enough confidence in my writing abilities, I can’t measure up to what is already out there.

----Following the same advice as above, as you jump in and do it, your confidence will grow. Publish some free content articles, to promote a website, and discover just what people like and don’t like. With feedback comes confidence. It is hard not be be confident in your writing abilities when you get showered with requests to use your articles in others ezine’s and on their websites. :o)

4. EXCUSE #4

Writing will take too much time away from my family and other responsibilities.

----On the contrary. Writing can actually benefit and help you with your other responsibilities. By establishing a morning routine of writing in your journal, you will get to know yourself better, and grow both in professional and personal development. These positive changes to you will affect everyone you come into contact during the rest of your day. This includes members of your family.

5. EXCUSE #5

I am not very creative.

----Everyone has creativity in them. Some people have a harder time tapping into it than others. By creating a time and space for writing in your life, you are giving yourself permission to tap into your own creative subconscious resources and intelligence. You may be surprised and amazed at your own creative results.

6. EXCUSE #6

What I know has already been written.

----Did you know, you could give 5 writers an assignment on the same subject and each one of them will come back with an article with a very unique and different focus. It is because we all look at things from different perspectives. Our perspectives are developed by our own individual life experiences and the lessons we have learned. You can take what is out there and put your own unique slant on it.

7. EXCUSE #7

I am scared, not sure I can handle criticism and rejection.

----As mentioned already, by just doing it, jumping in and giving it a try, you will gain confidence and grow. Rejection is just someone’s opinion. Get another opinion, and then another.

Some of the best books published in history were rejected dozen’s of times before some one took a chance on them and would eventually hit the New York Times bestseller’s list.

So there you have it. Stop making excuses and jump in the water and get wet. It will be more fun, rewarding and maybe even profitable for you once you actually take some daily action steps. Who knows, you might even make a big splash upon entrance to the pool of what's floating around. . :o)

As you begin getting your work out there, ideas will come to you so quickly it may be overwhelming at times. Just remember to write down your ideas, keeping notes on topic ideas, titles, and themes to research. The list will be endless.

Use these intuitive thoughts to spark your thought process when you actually sit down with pen to paper. You will find many stories, experiences, and lessons learned that can easily be incororated into a promotional article. “So start writing now, may the force of your creativity be with you!”

About The Author

Laurie Meade is the admistrator of the Articles 411 Information Content Directory.She has an AA, majored in journalism in college. An online researcher, reviewer and writer, you will find her articles spread into the deep recesses of the Internet. Put your free content article at her article directory, at: Also visit

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Can't Sell It? Give It Away Instead: The Benefits of Publishing Articles Online

Earning a living as a writer is next to impossible. Even when you’re published, the amounts received for the majority of writers are far below poverty level in the course of a year. When you have a book published, you receive an advance, but that advance has to last until the book earns back the money. That could take about three years for a successful book. Divide your advance by three, and that will give you your annual writing income per year. A $6,000 advance will net you $2,000 a year. Can you live on that? A less successful book might go out of print before the advance is paid back. The answer, of course, is to have more than one book published—a book a year would probably be worthwhile. But having one book published doesn’t necessarily mean your next book will be accepted.

The solution to this problem is simple. You must decide why you’re writing in the first place. If you just want to get rich, you might think about entering the entertainment field. Once you’re known throughout the world, publishers will be knocking on your door to publish anything you want to write. Otherwise, you have to make a commitment to write and market your manuscripts every day. If you spend enough time and effort, eventually you will be published, and, ultimately, you will probably make a living at writing. But you won’t be rich.

If, however, writing is in your blood and you find yourself continuing to write whether you get published or not, consider submitting your work to an e-magazine article market. It’s a wonderful place to see your non-published article collection in print. Some of these markets even pay you, but regardless, if you are good at your craft, the nonpaying editors will jump on your submissions and beg for more. There is a benefit involved here that could lead to fame and fortune as it relates to Google and being showcased on the Internet. If you enter your name on the Google site, what do you find? If you’ve had any publishing success, you should be there. But if you aren’t there, and even if you are, it’s to your benefit to consider e-publishing. A previous paying market in this field that unfortunately is no longer active is

This market paid only $15 an article for all rights, but if you were accepted, you could submit as many articles as you wanted to submit. The site offered numerous subjects for which two- or three-page articles were needed. At the beginning of each month, your earnings would be deposited in your PayPal account. And, yes, this was done without fail. The link to the articles I had published with them continues to be active, and if you wish to see one, please go to:

The closest I could find to this type of market is Unfortunately, there is no pay for articles submitted here, but unlike Write for Cash you retain the rights (in case you want to put all your published articles into book form at a later date). You can also submit to other markets as long as you add a link to If you’re really good, your article will not only be accepted, you will be designated an expert writer, which greatly increases your online image. As a regular writer you are limited to 10 submissions, but if you are an expert writer, you can submit as many articles as you wish. If you haven’t entered the online marketplace yet, I would suggest that you start here. It will offer writing credits you can use when submitting to paying markets. This site also offers a list of various subjects for which they will accept articles. I would further suggest that you self-edit your articles and make sure there are no misspelled words, no typos, and that you follow the format set forth. Don’t hesitate to use a spell checker and make sure you use the correct grammar.

One e-magazine that pays for articles is Brady magazine. Go to: . The payment here is $20CDN for first electronic rights and $10CDN for reprints. In American funds that is about $15/article. The manuscripts accepted by Brady must, however, be about writing. It’s very important to know what prospective editors want for their online publications. It is further important to know what rights you’re selling. Read the guidelines carefully.

“Writer’s Magazine” has published a list of online writers’ markets in its September 2005 issue. These sites are intended for writers looking for writing markets online. Some are gateways into other sites, and others offer articles about writing, while a few seem to be limited to articles by the owner of the site. The one site I found to be useful is . It lists several subjects with prospective markets. The best way, I think, to locate a market for your articles is to enter “article guidelines” or “article submissions” in Google or Yahoo. It will take some time to winnow out the chaff, but it’s worth it.

If you decide to follow this path to publication, it is best if you have your own website. That way every article you have published can link back to your website. My website is listed below, and I invite you to check it out.

Stay away from any site that says you can earn a lot of money. Not that easy. If you have good writing skills and have learned your craft well, you can become a published writer and ultimately a paid writer. Good luck.

Marjorie N Allen is an award-winning author of several books and has taught writing at a community college. She has presented school workshops in writing, and has written book reviews for “The New York Times Book Review,” travel articles for the "Boston Globe," and is a longtime freelance editor. Her website is

How I Made $1683.04 From Writing ONE Article

Yeah, $1683.04. One article.

Here’s how:

You can’t just sit down and write an article that makes money. Most articles don’t ever make it past the directories they’re submitted to. Why? They don’t get reprinted because they are horribly written, or they’re advertorials, or flat-out spam. But there are a few - a select few - that make it to the big leagues. And those make money. Lets start by talking about how to write a good article.

How You SHOULD Start

Don’t just start writing. Start by thinking about your audience. Think about their wants, not their needs – people are much more likely to make a decision based on their wants, and put off their needs. Focus on their feelings, and accelerate them. Take advantage of them. How? Be your audience, take some time to step into their shoes, and feel what they feel. Now, what would you respond to? Take that, and run with it.

Put Your Plan Together And Write Your Outline

Still don’t start writing your article. Start by writing down those wants and feelings you thought about, in outline form. Go ahead and write them on paper, in Notepad, in Word, wherever you want to. Feel free to add to your list if you think of other good ideas.

Now Start Writing

Take your outline and turn it into paragraphs. Make sure you write in a conversational style - your readers hate to be lectured as much as you do - but make sure that you use proper grammar as much as possible. When you’re done writing, save your article and get away from it for a while.

Proofread, Proofread, And Proofread Again

I can’t stress this part enough. You MUST proofread your articles at least 2-3 times. And while you’re reading, try to think like the reader again. This will help you use the language that will be the most effective, and it will help ensure that your writing style isn’t confusing. If you’re not good at proofreading, or grammar in general, find someone who is, and have them do it for you. A poorly written article probably won’t make you a cent.

Now, Where Do You Submit It?

Easy - everywhere. You want to submit your article to as many places/people as possible. Find every article directory available and submit your article to them. Yes, this takes time, but it’s worth it. Why? Because you never know where a publisher will find your article. Submitting by hand can get very tedious and time consuming, though, so make sure you allot time to do it.
Or, if you’re willing to trade a little bit of money for your time, consider using a submission service. I personally use, because they submit to roughly 30,000 publishers, sites and directories. I’m not even going to try to figure out how much time that would take me to do by hand, but I know the small price tag I pay to have my articles submitted is well worth it.

And How Will This Make Me Money?

I’m getting to that... Hold your pants on. Now that you know how to write and submit a great article, you can move on to how to profit from them. There are a few things to consider here –

1) Topic - You can’t write an article about how to make great spit wads and expect to make any money from it. Why? Well, not many people really care enough about how to make great spit wads to spend money on them.

2) Reason - You have to have a reason for the article. You can’t just write an overview of a program and expect it to be published, let alone sell anything for you. Your readers have to see a value in reading further, or they’ll leave. This means you have to give them great content, preferably something they haven’t heard before.

3) Trust - If your readers are going to do ANYTHING for you, you have to give them something first. You can’t write an article and only include stuff that’s common knowledge. Give them value, and they’ll repay you for it.

4) Means – Once you’ve picked a great topic, given your readers a reason to read it, and established trust by telling them things they didn’t know before, they’ll be primed to make you a profit, so give them a way to do it.

Now It’s Time For The Juicy Stuff

The article that made me $1700 had all of those things, and my means of profit was through a very subtle affiliate link in the middle of the article. I didn’t hype it up, I didn’t point it out, I simply mentioned it once and went on with the article. Looking back, I probably could have mentioned it subtly again at the end of the article and made more sales, but hindsight is always 20/20.

I do need to say that most article directories and publishers won’t reprint an article with an obvious affiliate link in it, so you have to disguise it. I purchased a domain name and had it forwarded to my affiliate hoplink (it is a Clickbank product), and when you type in my domain, it redirects so quickly, you can’t even tell there is a redirect. Check it out; it’s - sly, eh? It just looks like I’m referring the reader to a great product, as opposed to including the link because I’m trying to make money.

Don’t Forget The Good Ol’ Resource Box
Affiliate links aren’t the only way to profit, you can also include a link in your resource box (aka About the Author area) back to your site, and direct people to where they can get more information about the article topic. You can direct them to another affiliate site, a name squeeze page, or just about anywhere you want. This is a great way to get a number of backlinks for your site, as well.

Jackpot! picked up my article about 15 days after I had it submitted, and they sent it to their subscriber list of 500,000 people. I’m not sure how many people read it or how many followed the affiliate link, but do I know that in 2 days I racked up about 20 sales of SEO Elite and the link in my resource box almost tripled my traffic, as well.

Want To Write Your Own Article Now?

I feel like I should say something about how my results are probably not typical, and not everyone will be able to make $1700 off of one article. But I’ll also add that if you find that right topic, and produce a great article, you could blow my $1700 out of the water, and I hope you do! Just remember these things:

- Don’t just start writing, think about your reader first.- Proofread- Use an article submission site like, it will prove invaluable in the time and effort it saves

Happy writing!

Jason is the owner of, and an avid article writer. In case you wanted to see it, the article that made him $1683.04 can be found here: (You thought I was going to leave you hanging, didn’t you?)

9 Steps to Unique Articles

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.

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 for your link, so when your article is converted to html your link will automatically be live.

9 Submit it!

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Eliminate Common Problems in Writing Articles

Before writing an article, have you ever felt overwhelmed by a blank sensation, not knowing where to start?

...I'll bet you have!

This checklist should help you eliminate some common problems in writing articles:

1. Have a specific purpose in mind.

Always have a specific purpose in mind before you begin writing: you should be crystal clear about what are you hoping to accomplish by writing your article. Is it an article clarifying an issue for your customers, to attract prospects, to improve the link popularity for your website?

2. Know your target population.

Before writing an article, conduct research on the target population. What are their experience, their interest, and their wants in the chosen topic? What pain or problem do they try to avoid?

3. Develop a detailed outline first, stressing on the benefits.

Now that you have a purpose and a target, organize your article so that scanning it quickly will show immediately to your reader how he will benefit from it and what are the most important points.

4. Stop your reader in his tracks with your title.

Your title should grab the reader's attention and 'force' him to read your first paragraph. Using your most important benefit usually does it.

5. Start your article with the most important information

Again, do not keep your most important information for the conclusion! Give it immediately and develop on it in the following paragraphs.

6. Keep jargon to a minimum.

If possible, avoid jargon as well as prejudices and insinuations. Write your article so that even a child can understand it.

7. Make your article warm and personal.

Speak direct to the reader. Use a lot of 'you'. Reading your article, the reader should feel warmth and empathy, knowing that you have the same problems and goals than him.

8. Keep sentences short and simple.

Using short and simple sentences will allow a fluid and easy reading, preventing your reader to get bored.

9. Have someone from the target population critique your article.

Who can give you a better feedback than someone from your target population? It will help you

10. Spend more time rewriting than writing.

Besides formatting your article for easy reading and nice presentation, be sure to use tools or an external editor to carefully proofread your writing for grammatical and spelling errors.

Remember that the more writing you do, the better you will get. After sometimes, when you are in the habit of writing, article writing will not seem as difficult as now!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

10 Tips For Better Writing

As a proofreader of business writing, I see many of the same errors made again and again. Errors in your writing (be they in advertising copy, correspondence, or a web site) are more serious, I believe, than most people realize.

Why? Well, the standard of your writing has always been important. Today, though, more than ever before, FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT. We are bombarded by the written word in its many forms -- books, pamphlets, magazines, signs, e-mail, web sites and many other media.
We are all suffering from information overload and are forced to find ways of screening out as much as we can. We thus tend to make quick decisions on what to read and what not to. First impressions increasingly determine what we read and what we don't, and poor writing leads to a poor first impression.

The following list of tips should help you to avoid some of the most common slip-ups.

1. Capitals: Avoid the temptation to capitalize words in the middle of a sentence Just To Provide Emphasis Like This. If you want to be more emphatic consider using bold face, italics, color or larger text.

2. Commas: The most common use of the comma is to join together short sentences to make a single longer sentence. We do this with one of the following small joining words: and, or, but, yet, for, nor, or so. For example:

We have finished the work, and we are looking forward to the weekend.

Notice that the two halves of this sentence could each be sentences in their own right. They thus need to be separated with a comma and joining word. In the next example, though, we don't need a comma:

We have finished the work and are looking forward to the weekend.

The halves of that sentence could not stand alone, so no comma was used.

3. Ellipsis: The ellipsis is a series of three -- and ONLY THREE -- full stops used to mark missing words, an uncertain pause, or an abrupt interruption. Avoid the temptation to use six or seven dots -- it looks amateurish. For example, we write:

Niles: But Miss Fine's age is only ...Fran: Young! Miss Fine's age is only young!

4. Excessive punctuation: Only one exclamation mark or question mark should be used at a time.

Consider the following over-punctuated examples: Buy now!!!Great bargains!!!!!!!!!!

Excessive punctuation looks too much like hysteria and detracts from your credibility. Avoid it.

5. Headings: For long works, establish a clear hierarchy of headings. Microsoft Word's heading styles are great for this. (They also allow you to automatically create a table of contents.)

6. Hyphenating prefixes: Most prefixes don't need a hyphen; i.e. we write "coexist", not "co-exist". There are exceptions, though. The prefixes "self-" and "ex-" are almost always hyphenated.

7. Numbers: Numbers of ten or less are normally written as words.

8. Quotation marks: Users of American English should use double quotes (" "). Users of British English should choose either single quotes (' ') or double quotes and stick with them for the whole document. Incidentally, British English usage is increasingly moving towards single quotes.

9. Spaces: Modern style is to use a single space at the end of a sentence, not two. Also, most punctuation marks (e.g. commas, full stops, question marks) are not preceded by a space.

10.Tables: Set table text one or two points smaller than the main body text and in a sans-serif font such as Arial or Verdana. Avoid vertical lines as they tend to add unnecessary clutter.

Armed with these simple guidelines, your business writing should be well received every time.

Good luck!

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Online Tools Improve Writing Skills

Traditionally, every serious writer has kept several books on writing as well as at least one excellent dictionary close at hand.

As our world changes and the Internet and email become part of more people's lives, good writing skills rate extremely important for effective communication.

Thanks to the 'Net you don't have to worry about maintaining a personal resource library any more.

Now you can find some of the best writers' resources available free right online.
Words and phrases - A rhyming dictionary for poetry or songwriting (enter a word, click a button to receive words that rhyme). This resource rates very simple to use and comes in handy when you need it most. - A database of thousands of acronyms and abbreviations. Also search by keywords to find the perfect or correct abbreviation for a word or phrase. - Search through over 60,000 acronyms, their abbreviations and meanings. Did you know there are 11 meanings for "PDQ" and over 20 for "ASAP"? - Choose from over 3,300 clichés to illustrate points and paint vivid images in your readers' minds. This site will keep you "busier than a one eyed cat watching two mouse holes!"

Great Quotes - Nothing sets the tone for any written work quite like a stirring quote from a famous person. Finding such quotations often took hours of searching - until now!

Now you can quickly search the database of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations to find that perfect quote virtually in minutes. You can also find more quotes at
Dictionaries and Thesauri - Webster's hypertext dictionary. - Roget's Online Thesaurus along with a number of other useful reference tools. - Interesting tool that transforms any web page into easy convenient links to definition and word lookups in dictionaries or thesauruses. Terrific time saver if you see a web page with lots of words you don't understand.

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10 Can't Miss Article Topics Readers Will Love

You sit down to write the first article for your third issue. That's when it hits you. There's nothing left to write about!

At The Write Exposure, we get lots of panicked calls from clients saying, "I've run out of article ideas!" What we've found is that seldom has our client actually run out of topics, rather they've covered all the topics that came most easily to mind and now are overwhelmed with the possibilities.

It's a little like being told to write a poem. Any poem. Limerick, haiku, whatever you feel like. It's a bit overwhelming, isn't it? That's why we suggest you brainstorm topics within these categories.

So, the next time you think you've run out of article ideas, why not brainstorm all of the customer successes you could write about? Some of the most popular newsletter article categories are:

Customer successes. Has a customer used your product to produce an amazing result? Do you have a customer with a recent success your other customers could learn from? Whether it directly relates to your product or not, success is always newsworthy.

Customer complaints. Receive a couple similar complaints lately? Address them in your newsletter (be sure to point out how you've responded and fixed the problem). By addressing complaints in print, you prove your company is trustworthy and always improving.

New products or services. Customers love the word new. So, if you have a new product or service, don't hold back (just make sure it's really new!).

Frequently asked questions. In fact, you may want to run a regular Q & A column in each edition of your newsletter.

How-tos are must-reads. Is there something you can do to explain the steps pertaining to your product or service. What can customers do with your product or service?

Coupons and special offers. Always include incentives for being a newsletter reader. Show readers why they should come in with special offers.

New customer welcomes. By welcoming new customers, you show readers your business is growing. Also, new customers who are recognized feel like they've made a good decision in choosing your business.

Profile an employee. Newsletters are fabulous internal morale boosters, plus customers will appreciate getting to know someone they're dealing with (or who operates behind the scenes).
Special events. Special events are great for content both before and after. Make sure to include plenty of photos and quotes in the piece written after the event.

Before and after. Makeovers are always popular, whether you make over people or houses or closets. Pictures make these pieces especially effective, so get out the camera.

By deciding to write a specific type of article, you should find yourself back on track and full of ideas once again. Happy writing!

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6 Article Marketing Smarts: How To Get More Reprints And Exposure

Copyright © 2005 Priya Shah

Article marketing is the latest buzzword for marketers looking to promote their sites and products online. But how do you measure the success of your article marketing campaign?

It probably depends on what you expect your article to achieve for you - better branding, more sales, or more publicity.

One way to measure article performance is to check how many times your article has been picked up and reproduced on various sites.

To do that, just copy and paste the article title in quotes into a search engine like Google, and you’ll see how many sites it’s been reprinted on.

My article “How To Get To The Top Of The Marketing Food Chain” shows 1061 links in Google.
That means Google has indexed 1061 sites on which this article appears.

This gives me about 1061 quality links to each of the sites I included in my resource box.
As you can see, this makes article marketing a very powerful way of building quality links.
So how do you ensure that your article gets picked up and reprinted by as many publishers as possible?

1. Pick A Topic That’s Hot Or Always Fresh

For instance, my article on Neuromarketing got picked up pretty quickly because it was a hot topic.

The problem with hot topics is that they also tend to cool off quickly. So while they may get a lot of reprints over a short time, they may get very few reprints once the craze is over.

There are some articles that are slow starters but eternally fresh, like the one I wrote here.
To Be A Champion, Become A Child (591 links in Google)

These are the ones that will give you reprints over a longer period of time. I think in the long run, these are more valuable.

2. Target A Large Audience

Another way to get a lot of coverage is write an article for a large target audience or one that is very active online - like bloggers.

This one gave me 164 links back, mostly from other blogs, even some for which I had to use a translation service

This shows 248 links back . 316 links for this one.

But again, it’s the quality of links back that matters - not the quantity.

Another large target audience is the health market. I get a lot of links back from my health articles.

3. Craft A Catchy, Relevant Title

A catchy title ensures that your article gets the attention of publishers - the first step to getting your article published.

Follow the basic rules of copywriting to make your article interesting and readable.

Publishers are more likely to pick up an article if its title includes the keywords that they (and you) want to target.

Use your main keywords in your title, preferable in the first half (like I did in the title of this article), to ensure better rankings for those who reprint it.

4. Offer Publishers A Monetary Incentive

Give people an incentive to publish your article. I have an affiliate program and I allow publishers to use their affiliate link for my ezine in the resource box.

Allow publishers to earn by publishing your article and they will gladly reprint it.

5. Write An Article Series

Break up a long article or report into a series of articles like I did with my “Marketing With Blogs” series here.

Marketing With Blogs - Part 1, 2, 3 and 4.

These gave me 5270 links back in all. As you can see, a series of articles can be a very powerful link-building technique.

6. Distribute Your Article Widely

Ensure that your article is distributed to the best and most appropriate article directories and announcement lists online.

Feel free to browse through my own collection of article directories and announcement lists.
Priya Shah is the CEO of eBrand360. She writes the Marketing Slave blog and publishes an internet marketing newsletter. Subscribe to her free Marketing With Blogs eCourse.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Article Cross-Pollination

As a marketing-minded copywriter, I am an advocate of the "streamlined article campaign." This is where you write targeted copy in the form of a mass distribution of web articles. Just like any other ad campaign, your articles should all speak to one audience and build on a single theme. Just like any other web ad compaign, the resource box in each of your articles should point to one URL where you showcase your product.

Yet, I know from experience that not every article that blooms from our writerly souls always fits the category mold.

Today, a member of my article marketing network, let's call her Jane, mentioned that she was inspired to write an article about business achievements, but it "wasn't her niche." Well, let's see. Jane's niche is nutrition and health. What type of reader might be interested in learning more about those things?

As another member, "Carol", illustrated in HER posts... the interested reader might be someone like Carol, who is really working toward all-around body/mind/spirit harmony. Yes, Carol's current principle goal is to grow her dream business, and she's on her way. But Carol's also recognized that you must keep the machine well-oiled if you want it to function. Part of the machinery is body and spirit. Nourishing both of those is critical to someone like Carol who is going for all-around success and fulfillment.

Would Jane qualify to talk about business achievements, even though her "niche" is nutrition? Why yes, if she has great information to share, she certainly would. Would Carol qualify to discuss how exercise should be part of that plan to further your business goals? Absolutely.
I call this "article cross-pollination." The point I'm making with my anecdote: even though Jane didn't consider inspiration or biz achievement her category, she's still as qualified as anyone else to write the article if the article just seems to be manifesting itself from her own experience.

So why the heck not just write the article?

For all we know, someone who's hunting for nutritional information could take a left turn at Motivation or Inspiration and land right on the article Jane's written. And there's your Article Cross Pollination at work.

If you write articles, I'm not suggesting you quit working in your primary niche, building on your article campaign theme and feeding your goal. But if you feel something coming out in the form of a mismatched article, just let it come. Go with the flow and see where it takes you. Instead of using the usual author bio that you've written for your article marketing campaign, write a "generic" bio that tells who you are in an all-around get-to-know-you sense. And of course... don't forget the URL. Even though we've veered from the usual topic doesn't mean we should skip the part where we "send the reader home."

Who knows who we'll meet up with in our meanderings. After all, this is the web, not everyone takes the direct route. Wouldn't it be funny to meet up with one of your future prospects or business connections when the both of you were totally blown off course?

Article marketing is funny that way.

Copyright 2005 Dina Giolitto. All rights reserved.
Dina Giolitto is the author of ARTICLE POWER: Create Dynamite Web Articles and Watch Your Sales Explode... a 49-page manual covering every aspect of article marketing on the web. Learn about article marketing, copywriting and more at

10 Most Powerful Article Marketing Tips

Great Houdini -- this really works!

Never would have believed how writing some simple little articles would put my website marketing into overdrive until I tried it. These techniques worked for me, can't imagine what they will do for someone who can actually write!

If you haven't tried it, give it a go and see exactly what article writing can do for your marketing efforts; you may be pleasantly surprised.

Here are 10 powerful article marketing tips you should apply to all the articles you write. These ideas will help you discover the real power behind article marketing.

1. Information, Information, Information Don't ever forget, the major reason anyone is reading your article is for the information. Make sure your articles have at least some! The more timely, the better.

2. Keep It Short And Simple Writing for the web and ezines is different than writing for off-line publications. Keep your writing brief and write in short paragraphs. Be concise. Be precise. Talk directly to your reader and trim any unnecessary fat. Be lean and meaningful.

3. Put Your Reader's Major Benefit In The Title Always put your readers first, give them the main reason they should read your article in big bold letters at the top of the page, i.e. in the title.

4. Take Full Advantage Of Article Directories Kick-start your articles by submitting them to popular online article directories. These already have a large clientele looking for your articles.
Here's my killer

5. Use Autoresponders For Your Articles Set up all your articles on autoresponders. Have a Master Autoresponder -- listing all your articles. Automate your genius.

6. Post Articles On Your Site Place all your articles on your site. This builds trust and creditability. Not to mention all that 'keyword drawn' traffic from the search engines.

7. Use RSS Feeds To Syndicate Your Articles Place your articles in RSS Feeds and syndicate them to all interested parties. RSS is Hot! Google Blog Search. Microsoft's RSS Powered Longhorn. XML Sitemaps...

8. Use Affiliates If You Have Them Let your affiliates brand your articles with their affiliate IDs and promote your articles for you. Win-win situation. Harness and harvest your affiliates' energy.

9. Cross Reference Your Articles Get more bang for your links. Place links to your other articles in the article you're writing. If you're offering helpful advice, most ezine editors and webmasters will let you do this. Self-promote. Self-pollinate.

10. Place Your Articles In An eBook Place your most popular articles in an ebook that can be branded and passed around. A great viral technique that works. Your greatest hits for all the world to enjoy, again and again.

Happy writing -- go get 'em!

Well respected Marketer Jason Potash has released some handy software that will syndicate your articles. Check it out here: Article Announcer

Copyright © 2005 Titus Hoskins of Internet Marketing Tips. This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.

How A Self-publishing Writer Can Identify The Best Affiliate Programs

When it comes to selecting lucrative affiliate schemes, self-publishing writers have several advantages over non-writers. Probably the biggest one, even if it is not obvious to most writers, is the fact that a self-publishing writer already has the most lethal and effective marketing weapon known to the online world already in their possession. Others have to pay dearly to have access to this powerful online asset.

Writing and self-publishing or posting articles on the World Wide Web is one of the most effective online marketing tools anywhere. Self-publishing writers have the advantage of being able to do their own writing and in as much quantity as is necessary to be a success. Non-writers who wisely choose to use online self-publishing to market are usually forced to pay another online writer to do their writing for them.

Unfortunately this advantage is not fully appreciated by most self-publishing writers and many do not even believe that well written articles are such a powerful online marketing tool.

Although more and more writers are making serious money online from various affiliate programs, the vast majorities remain frustrated and unable to sell their services let alone make any money online from affiliate programs. Yet, make no mistake about it, affiliate programs offer the best opportunity for self-publishing writers to make a regular five or even six figure incomes. The truth of the matter is that it is much simpler for a writer to make serious cash from an affiliate program or two than it is for them to do so just from their writing. More so when you take into consideration the usual rates in the market for online writing.

So how does a self-publishing writer identify the right affiliate programs to join?

The Self-publishing Writer Should Go Where They Will Make The Best Use Of Their Skills

There are dozens of lucrative-looking affiliate programs that are bound to be competing for your attention at any one time. You may even know people who have already made it big with one affiliate program or other. Still a golden rule is that you should never join an affiliate scheme where you cannot make use of your special talents and skills. This is a rule that applies to anybody planning to join any affiliate scheme.

Everybody was born with some special talent. The purpose of that special talent was to get us through this journey called life. Yet most of us have chosen to ignore our talents and have instead preferred to imitate what others are doing as closely as possible. Be warned, doing this is the same as a Lion admiring the way a Cheetah hunts for food, using its’ sheer speed to race across the jungles of Africa to catch a speeding Antelope. Imagine what would happen if the King of the jungle would choose to start hunting like that? The lion is much slower than the Cheetah and has to get very close to it’s intended prey before it shows itself, and races across a shorter distance to catch its’ prey. Still it has the advantage of much more strength and power. A single swipe from its’ front paws can break the neck of most antelopes.

My point here is that we should always look to use our “assets”. The Lion knows better than to try and hunt like a Cheetah, because it would fail miserably. And that is precisely the reason why most folks fail at the affiliate programs they join.

A self-publishing writer is bound to be a very skilled or talented writer. So why not join an affiliate program where you can make use of this advantage? Why waste your time joining an affiliate program where you have to send out your ads to hundreds of safe lists or do some other unfamiliar online chores to succeed when you can write?

One Affiliate Program Where Self-publishing Writers Are Making A Fortune

The Google Adsense Program is an example of a popular affiliate program where self-publishing writers are already making a killing. Make no mistake about it, it is not easy to make money from Adsense, but self-publishing writers have a huge advantage over non-writers.

When I first joined the Adsense program I was bitterly disappointed at what I was earning. But then I soon noted that I was doing very little writing and spending all my time trying to find some magic formula to instantly start earning thousands of dollars. Although I acknowledged that I had a lot to learn, I decided to make use of what I already had - writing skills. So I started writing like crazy. It worked. I created many pages within my blogs and sure enough my earnings started rising steadily as I continued to learn and put my knowledge into practice.

You will not make instant wealth from Adsense, but it represents one of the best and most viable long-term Affiliate programs for any self-publishing writer to consistently make a regular five or six figure income. Especially those prepared to use their writing skills to the maximum even as they learn about the right keywords to use to maximize on earnings.

Actually to be totally honest, Adsense is one of the easiest affiliate programs to start making money from quickly. Other programs (apart from writing ones) have taken me months to earn a pittance. With Adsense, the first few cents were flowing in within a few days.

Self-publishing Writers Should Look For Affiliate Programs For Writers

There are not many affiliate programs for writers around yet, but a few good ones exist. And before I recommend one, let us make sure that we understand and fully appreciate the full value of an affiliate program specifically for self-publishing writers.

One of the other golden rules for making serious money from an affiliate scheme is to join a program dealing in a product or service that has a high and rising demand. There is a huge and rising demand for online writing. This demand is set to grow for many years to come. So any affiliate program for writers that allows a writer to refer other writers and earn revenue from this is very valuable because it means that a self-publishing writer can cash in on the demand for online writing by earning an income from other people’s writing. If that affiliate program also sells articles on behalf of writers and also allows writers with blogs or sites to refer webmasters looking to purchase content to that site then we are in serious business.

Christopher Kyalo makes a good living from online writing. You can read the rest of this article at the following link:- He can be reached at strongwallafrica at

7 Valuable Tips For Article Writers

1. Let your affiliates use your articles to earn commissions.Simply make your articles available to your affiliates to publish in their ezines or on their web sites with theiraffiliate links in your resource box.You'll be able to increase the success of your existing affiliates.You'll also be able to get your new affiliates started on the right track by providing them with a unique and powerful way to begin promoting your business.

2. Post your articles on your site.Not all article writers do this, but it's a great way to showcase your expertise and increase your visitor's trust in you.It can also help you to get more new affiliate sign ups. Just let your visitors know that they can use your articles to earn commissions.

3. Write to one person.A good way to draw your reader into your article is to write as if you're writing to a friend. By doing this, your article won't turn out like a "business document", and you'll be able to make your writing morepersonable and get more traffic to your site.

4. Do an article swap.You could swap an article to be published in another writer's ezine, or you could swap articles to be published on each others' sites.

5. Start an article announcement list.Get more ezine publishers and webmasters to reprint your articles by running an email list that tells them when you've written a new article or articles.Like publishing your articles on your site, your list can help you to get more new affiliates.Your list can also keep your existing affiliates up to date on any new commissionable articles you have for them topublish.

6. Use autoresponders. Make your individual articles and also a "master list" of your articles available by autoresponder.Include your master list email address in your posts to article announcement lists, along with your publishing guidelines and other information.That way you'll be able to further promote your past articles, and you'll get more of your articles published by webmasters and ezine publishers that enjoy your writing.Autoresponders can also be used to publish your article announcement list (or ezine). With broadcast capable autoresponders you'll be able to double opt in your subscribers, easily send out your announcements, and your autoresponders can easily take care of your subscribe and unsubscribe requests.

7. Create ebooks.For example, you could make an ebook compilation of your best articles on a specific topic such as ezine publishing or copywriting.Add to the profit you get from your new ebook by publishing articles in it where you're able to earn commissions, or bymaking it available to your affiliates to rebrand with their affiliate links.

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Anatomy Of An Article Submission

Writing and submitting articles to publishers in order to promote your business, services and products is a wise choice for any entrepreneur. The only cost for this kind of marketing project is your time and, if you want the maximum benefits, the amount you pay your proofreader/editor. Many people are overwhelmed by the submission process and don't know where to begin. I have outlined below the ten steps I take with each article submission project. Having a process in place makes organizing submissions so much easier and removes the confusion of where of what to do first.

1. Start by having your article proofread and then add it to your website. Make sure you have a catchy title and a by-line that compels readers to take action.

2. Use a text to html tool to format your by-line so that your URL will appear live when your article is posted on a site. I recommend you use the tool at

3. Collect the information you'll need for most submission sites including: title, author name, address, phone number, e-mail, website URL, topic, two line summary of the article, word count, line count, article URL, auto responder address (if available), document file names and 10-15 keywords.

4. Make a list of the type of submission sites appropriate for your article. I use EzineAnnouncer to collect and keep track of my submission list and I always write down the categories that are a match for my article. My latest submission qualified for more than 400 sites but your success depends upon your article topic.

5. Begin submitting to sites that accept articles by e-mail. Never send an attachment unless asked. Incorporate the entire article into the e-mail and include an option for the recipient to opt-out of your list.

6. Your next step should be to sign-up for all new submission sites on your list that require registration. Typically, you have to wait for a confirmation e-mail before submitting. You can move on to the next step while you wait.

7. Submit to all sites you have registered for and to all sites not needing registration but offering a submission form.

8. Check your e-mail, confirm your new accounts and visit those sites to add your article. Keep track of your login and password for each site.

9. Update your submission list by removing or correcting bounced e-mail addresses and URL errors. You will also need to add your new submission sites to your list.

10. Create a report to keep on your computer with the name and URL of the sites you used for submission. Update this list when you submit your older articles to newly discovered sites.

Create your own submission process by building on the steps I have provided and you will find your submissions taking less time while helping you to become more organized.

(c) 2005. Davis Virtual Assistance. All rights reserved. Permission to publish online or in print granted provided the article and byline are kept intact with links are made live.

Bonnie Jo Davis is an experienced writer and publications coordinator with over ten years of experience submitting articles online and in print. Read her blog at and join her no-cost monthly e-zine

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Article Writing; The 2000 Word Article

If you are an Internet Article Writer and use informational marketing you may want to learn of a very ironic truth. It is a misnomer to think that a 2000 word article will entice your customer to come to your website, better than taking that larger article and breaking it into five; 300 word articles. You see smaller articles get picked up more than larger articles, plus you would not have 5 instead of one. So if your goal is to get visitors to your website and click thru, you will need to consider this fact.

On the other end of the scale; A research article which has lots of examples and is a full on discussion is of value for serious people in that line of endeavor whatever it might be and 2000 words is possible, permissible and often desired. Yes, most people will generally NOT read it, but those who do can derive information. For those doing very serious academic research this might be a good strategy. So there is a potential reasoning for the Big One. But it is not necessarily a wise idea for those who want to attract visitors and buyers to their website. After all once they click thru they can have their choice to read what ever they wish on your website. Some say I am an expert now after writing over 1900 online articles which is quite a flattering statement indeed, yet to be honest about the whole thing, I am just doing what works you see? This article is now finished due to word count. Think on this concept or come think about marketing with me.

"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance;

The Forum Phantasm Method Of Writing

Having trouble writing? You may need to shift your writing mind to a different mode.

Whatever you’re writing, whether a chapter in a book, a blog entry, or a new article, transmute that piece of writing into a forum response… at least while you’re writing it.

You don’t actually have to post it on a forum, just think of it as an off-the-cuff reply to a forum participant. Take these steps…


First off, are you using a full screen word processing page to write? Then here’s a trick that just might kick your writing into high gear…shrink that full screen page down to something less intimidating.

Here’s why…even though you have trouble filling a full page, I’ll bet you don’t have any problems with responding to a discussion forum post.

What’s the deal? For one, since you have a smaller text entry area, you’re absorbed with the thought at hand. When you have a big space to fill, you worry about what you’ve already written, what you’re writing now, and what you think you should write next.

The small entry space of a forum allows you to lose yourself and your writing in the current moment, since that’s really all you can see.


And think of yourself as responding to an actual forum member. If you approach a blank page with a formal task mindset, that’s when the stage-fright and intimidation sets in. But if you can imagine you’re answering a real flesh and blood person’s questions…someone who needs an answer right now…then you’ll be more apt to knock out that article, podcast, or blog entry.


And speaking of questions, another thing you can do is…ask questions. To get the feel of a forum response, you can turn your topic into a question and then answer it.

One question probably won’t be enough, so take your article outline and turn each topic sentence into a question and answer them one by one.


And finally, here’s a great way you can get into the forum mindset…visit your favorite forums and look at the questions people are asking. This is a good research exercise that will connect you with actual concerns held by your audience. Doing this will also give you insight into your audience’s emotional hot buttons. And you can be sure, if one or two people are asking a question, it’s also on a lot of other people’s minds.

If these tips work for you, then just maybe you’ll find yourself writing more frequently and with greater impact than before.

Michael Taylor is the publisher of The Copper Fox website, which provides information to information product developers and marketers. Visit The Copper Fox today!

Marketing a Website Via Ezine Article

The purpose of this brief article is to demonstrate how I utalized an ezine article to drive some traffic to my writer’s website. As a disabled author, of little means, I was unable to pour in the massive dollars necessary to make my thriller~mystery novel, “For Sale By Owners:FSBO” a bestseller. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t bestseller material anyway? But then, neither were John Grisham’s, “A Time To Kill” or his 2nd novel, “The Firm,” until some years after they were published.

So what I did, was post some Chapter Samples as articles to allow potential book buyers to taste some of the flavor and meet several of the major characters.

Once directed ~ via “Remarks”~ to a website, the visitors would find some features of interest, even if they did not wish to order anything. I knew that I needed to keep the site changing and interesting so visitors would return to see what might have changed.

I soon discovered that “Work In Progress” was to become a favourite destination, in addition to the “Free Reprint Articles,” information on Multiple Sclerosis, disabilities, and links to related sites, groups, and a “Forum” that was in residence.

Yes, there was purchase information on my other two “Out of Print” poetry books, Beacon© and Imperfections© which I was told had become “Collector’s items.” Again, some of my poetry and songs were on the site to read ~ if visitors so chose.

I did ask for feedback from visiters but had to request that any comments be sent to me as e-mails because contact connections at the website did not always function properly ~ due to my inexperience at being a so called webmaster. As with ezine articles, I did not want to miss what site visitors had to say.

I realized it would be impossible to make a blatant request for visitors. Yet, having learned that perceived honesty is an asset, ezine articles proved a very good vehicle to establish credibility while providing a method of stimulating interest in “What else” a passionate writer might have to say on his or her own website.

Russ Miles is author of the novel, For Sale By Owners:FSBO. A “Seasoned Real Estate NAR® Broker,” disabled by Multiple Sclerosis, Russ writes books & articles on varied subjects. FOR SALE BY OWNERS:FSBO ISBN 0-595-28703-4,in trade paperback, is available by phone or Internet:1-800-Authors to order direct! Adobe e-book & hard cover editions also available at at Barnes and Noble and other fine booksellers.

Comments: Please visit Russ Miles's website for other informative features and information of interest.

Writing Articles: A 10 Step Formula for Writing a Publishable Article

"Oh no, Jeff I could never write an article!"

Snooooooooooooooooooore. Snore. Snore.

I hear this one all the time from from our members and mentees at Building Your Ideal Practice. When I hear someone say this, I usually think the follwoing three things:

1) Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them. - Richard Bach

2) Whether you believe you can or you believe you can't, you are right. - Henry Ford

3) Oh yeah? - Jeff Herring

10 simple steps for writing articles over and over again

Whatever your area of expertise, take a moment and list 5 major signs that someone has the problem that you can fix.

Now list the five major things you would recommend someone do to fix the problem.

If my math is correct, you now have ten things listed out, 5 signs of a problem and 5 ways to fix the problem.

Now pick one of the major signs of difficulty and add a few lines.

Now pick one of the major solutions you have listed and add a few lines.

Do this 4 more times for the major signs of difficulty and 4 more times for the major solutions, and you have an article.

Expand each of the ten items a bit more and your article becomes an e-book.

That wasn't so tough, now was it?

Visit The Article Empire Coach for more leading edge tips and tools for writing articles that bring you prospects, publicity and profits. You can also subscirbe to our monthly Article Empire Tips Newsletter. You are also invited to visit my Express-Start Article Writing Program for more information on the next article writing tele-seminar

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Battling Internet ADHD: Ten Tips for Writers

Write for a reason

Get to the point. One of the basic references for Web design is Steve Krug's, Don't Make Me Think. My book for Web writers (not yet available in stores) will be called, Don't Make Me Yawn. The Great Democracy that is the Web has spawned far more spam and yammer than thoughtful prose. Don't fall in love with your own voice. Make sure every word supports the message.

Write for "scanners"

The five-second rule applies, only make it shorter. Visitors look at a Web page, then they read it. Think of your page as the cover of a magazine. A visitor will first absorb the total picture, then kick into reading mode and skip tra-la from headline to headline until they find, a) what they're looking for, or, b) something better. Don't lose the scanners with deathless prose.

Get engaged

Lively writing will draw visitors to your message. I know you're trying to be precise. I know you're trying to be complete. I know you need to get the whole message across. I know. Believe me. I'm reading it and trying to...zzzz.


Give long content a good home. Okay, sometimes content gets long. Sometimes it is supposed to be long. Sometimes it even has to be long. Understood. When that is the case, tease it up front, and put the long content where the long content goes. People who want to read it will follow the trail, and the rest of us will be spared.

Grammar kind of counts

Complete thoughts...less important...key words...phrases. Just kidding, ha ha. The point is, this may not be advertising writing, it may not be headline writing, and it had better not be bad writing. But in most cases it also is not pure narrative. Sentences, loaded with subordinate clauses, clogged with interesting but unnecessary detail, need not begin slowly, gain traction, and rise to a crescendo before a graceful, gradual, inevitable descent to a complete, satisfying end.Just say it, and get out.

Smooth or Extra Chunky

Just enough information makes visitors feel refreshed! Chunk your content into easily digestible portions. My brother-in-law-the-restaurateur talks about "plate coverage," making sure the beans and the catfish and the French fries coexist in harmony and balance. Portion control for your visitors comes from teasers and intro paragraphs and "Learn more…" and "Read article…". Chunking your content gives visitors a taste, rather than a force-feeding.

Tighten it up

When I was in grade school, my newspaper editor father reviewed my papers for me. He never understood why I cried when my three-page report on Chile became a two-paragraph brief under the machete slash of his red pencil. But he was right. I didn't need that word. I didn't need that paragraph. I had said the same thing on the previous page. I did need to revise and rewrite and cut and cut some more. I did, and I still do, and so do you. Writer, edit thyself.

About the Author

David Beveridge is the Managing Director of Brook Group, a Web site design firm near Washington, DC. More articles by this author can be found at Usability and Branding

How to write good articles for profit

Writing cood articles to make money takes a certian kind of person becuse you need to switch from one subject to another in a matter of seconds and you also need to be an expert researcher to get the articles on topic.

I have been writing articles for profit on and off the internet for several years and I think that I have built up a wide ranging knowledge of almost every subject in the word.

One day I may have to write 10 articles about running and the next day I could be writing articles or press releases about the female sexual organs. The wide diversity of subjects makes it an interesting career because you are very rarely doing the same thing one day to the next.

One of the problems that I do encounter is having to keep my writing style very different and to make sure that i dont repeat the same wording patterns over again becuse it will create whats called `unique footprints` which will be associated with me and will not be unique to the orner of the website or the newspaper.

The owner of the nespaper may give me a short article and I have to make it fill one or two pages so thats where my article research skills come into their own because I can normally research the subject on the internet or look at some files in the city library.

As all I have to do is type I sometimes go to the beach through the day and I just sit on the harbour typing and writing the articles which is fantastic and has to be one of the best jobs in the world.

About the Author

I am an content writer based in Florida and i work freelance as a florida private investigator in my spare time.

5 Self-Publishing Ways To Earn Continous Cash From A Single Article

While it is clear that writers and self-publishers will never be able to attract the same rates online that they did from offline publications and media, it does not mean that online writers doomed to starvation. If anything a number of them are already proving that many online writers and self-publishers will end up making a lot more cash than their offline counterparts ever did.

Actually already we are starting to see online writer's incomes grow steadily. However what has confused a lot of folks is the fact that the rules online are very different. It is useful to examine a few of these differences because it will help us understand the online rules better and how to make money as an online writer with less effort.

Why Online Rules For Writers And Self-Publishing Are Different

The offline media has always been fat from the high advertising rates attracted and in some cases from a high circulation on a healthy cover price. The result was that freelance writers could live off a few articles a month. This is in sharp contrast to webmasters looking to pay single-digit figures for 500-word articles.

What all this means is that there are only two ways a writer can make money. Either by selling the same content to hundreds of sites or by finding a way to earn a continuous stream of cash from a single article. The first option doesn't fly on the net because the World Wide Web is not a local fragmented medium. Rather the feeling is that when an article is published at one site, the whole world has seen it because the whole world has access to it. While this may not be entirely true, it is the general feeling and it greatly limits the number of different web sites you can sell a single article to.

In this article we examine closely what writers and self-publishers online are doing to maximize on their earnings from a single article.

Self-Publishing For AdSense

So far this has proved to be the most lucrative source of revenue for self-publishing and writing online. AdSense are pay-per-click ads from Google that are posted on web sites and blogs all over the net. When people click on them Google shares their income with the owners of the blogs or web sites.

So a writer writes a single article and posts it at a blog somewhere where it attract relevant Google AdSense ads and they will continue aerning money from that single article for years to come. Even if an article earns $ 2 a day on average, it will end up earning the writer $730 a year. Not bad when it has the potential of doing the same for the next couple of years.
The trick with Adsense is to use the right keywords that will attract ads that will pay a lot more when people click on them. It is said that there are some keywords that will attract ads that will pay out as much as $100 per click. My special report provides tools that will help a writer find the highest paying Adsense keywords.

Self-Publishing At A Site That Sells Content For You

The great challenge for any writer is that they have to be good at two very different tasks. At writing and also at selling and marketing their writing. Not any more, web sites have emerged that will gladly sell your articles for you, leaving you with the task of writing them. The particular site I have in mind has experience selling license rights to the same article to various web sites, meaning that the writer can earn again and again from the same single article.

Self-Publishing For Traffic

Self-publishing your article and content at various other sites is a powerful tool for increasing traffic to your site by creating links to it and also causing folks to visit your site for more information.

So the result is that a single article can earn you cash for a long time by simply directing targeted traffic to your site where some of the folks will click at your Adsense ads while others will purchase something, maybe your special report based on some of your articles.

Self-Publishing At Blogs

An increasing number of organizations are paying people to blog. Some will pay bloggers for the traffic their articles attract while others pay writers a commission from the Adsense revenue that their articles generate. There are a host of different programs a writer or self-publisher can use to generate income from a single article for years to come.

Self-Publishing A Special Report

It is very easy to convert your article into a special report, which you can then sell at your site. Even if you charge pocket-change for your special report, over time you could earn thousands of dollars from it.


Now imagine the potential if you were to ensure that every single article you wrote was slightly adjusted so that it was able to earn you a steady income stream from all the 5 revenue generating ideas we have talked about in this article. That's how a self-publishing online writer can make over $ 100,000 a year.

About the Author

Christopher Kyalo earns a good living writing online. Get his special report that is a more detailed version of this article from He can be reached at strongwallafrica at