If you’re ready to write articles about your topic, keep the following article writing tips in mind.
Don’t be intimidated.
You’re not trying to get into The New Yorker. You’re also not competing with people who write with that type of quality. Some do, but they’re in the minority. Your article doesn’t have to be brilliant; it only has to be readable and informative. That’s not as hard as you might think.
Write like you talk.
Don’t try to write like a college professor unless you are one. In fact, don’t write like a college professor even IF you are one. If you want to tell people that your doohickey is the doohickey to beat all doohickeys, then just tell them that. Too many people think that the written word has to read like a legal brief, full of multi-syllable words and obscured meaning for the sake of formal, stuffy speech. That’s just plain wrong.
My doohickey, unlike other doohickeys which are near fascimiles to my original design, is undoubtedly the singular doohickey you could most likely require in order to symmetically slice the items you cultive from your garden.
No. Write it instead like you’d explain it to a friend over dinner. Put the thesaurus away and say:
My doohickey might look like other doohickeys, but it’s the only one you’ll need to chop your veggies.
It’s easier to write this way. And it’s easier to read.
Taking a paragraph from each of 5 different articles and pasting them together to make your article is plagiarism. Going through an article and changing the nouns and verbs to different same-meaning words and presenting it as your own is plagiarism. And of course, copying an article from the web or anywhere else and presenting it as your work is plagiarism.
Read a few different articles about your topic and then write what you’ve learned in your own words.
If you need to write an article about something and you don’t know how to come up with a topic or several topic ideas, just relax and write down several questions about your topic, then answer one in an article. Say your article is plastic spoons. What if you’d like to write 10 articles about plastic spoons? How do you come up with 10 different topics about the lowly plastic spoon? Think of questions about your topic, and it’s easy. In fact, 10 questions can spark many more than 10 article ideas:
- When were plastic spoons invented and first created? (a bit of history about the topic is easy, just be sure the way you write the facts is unique)
- How widely used are plastic spoons? Are they used more in some countries than others?
- How do plastic spoons compare to plastic sporks, or other utensils?
- How many varieties (sizes, shapes, colors, etc.) of plastic spoons are available?
- Can you use plastic spoons for anything other than eating? Can they be used for things like crafts, school projects, etc.)
- How could someone use plastic spoons during a celebration or gathering? (how to use plastic spoons at Thanksgiving without looking cheap, etc.)
- Are plastic spoons a good thing to use, or should they be avoided? (This could spark many article topics)
- How much do plastic spoons cost and where can you find them?
- Can you make your own plastic spoons, or find other uses for the ones you buy?
- What do people really think of plastic spoons?
Article Marketing Tips
Consider Your Title
If your article is about whether or not plastic spoons are good are bad, then don’t make your title “Benefits and Advantages of Plastic Cutlery.”
Go for: Plastic Spoons: Good or Bad? instead. Your topic and keyphrase (plastic spoons) is right up front in the title. You’ll get more people who are actively searching for your topic that way.
If your article is on debt relief you can achieve by getting rid of your credit cards, then Throw Out Your Charge Cards Today might be a good title for a website or magazine where there are thousands of readers and you’re trying to catch their eye. For online purposes, you need to catch searchers’ eyes. Choose Debt Relief: Get Rid of your Credit Cards or something similar instead.
Avoid Keyword Stuffing
Be sure your keyword or keyphrase appears once or twice in your article, but don’t put it in every sentence or every other sentence. That’s keyword stuffing. While some top Internet Marketers do this and seem to have success with it, we don’t like it in our articles. Make them readable by humans by only including the keyword once or twice, and going easy on the variations, especially in articles that are only 300 words long.