Writing Articles For The Internet
To write articles for the Internet, you should first have a topic or a niche in mind. For the purposes of this lesson, I assume that you have already selected a niche and that you also have your own website. The entire purpose of writing articles for the Internet is to educate and entertain consumers so that they are motivated to go to YOUR WEBSITE and become a customer.
When I started writing articles, my goal was to write at least one article each week. This seems to be a lot of work. However, once you force yourself to do so, the resulting increase in traffic to your site will produce results. To achieve this, you must have at least some basic writing skills. Although I see my spelling, punctuation, etc. overly critical, it is possible to gain a following regardless of your talent level. If you are a talented writer, this process will become easier as you go.
It’s easy to set an article goal per week – achieving that goal is another thing. One of the biggest complaints (and what’s stopping you) is getting ideas for things to write about. The internet is a great source of ideas. Just search for a few key words from your niche – this should have happened when you selected your niche and set up your domain name – and then search related websites to find the most popular ones. If you are really enthusiastic about your product or service, you quickly get the idea. The hard part starts when the simple ideas have disappeared.
An effective tool that I use for ideas is to always have a pen and a small notepad with me. Memory is a wonderful thing, though it is hard to remember that a billboard you saw when you came home from work can be extremely frustrating. When I see something that has something to do with my niche, or when asked what I do, I take a moment to write it down so I will not forget it. Companies pay thousands of dollars to research what the consumer wants and then spend more to promote their products. Use these free resources (their ads) to see what they are promoting and who they are targeting. If it’s related to your niche, write it down and spend a few minutes later on your computer to supplement that idea. When someone has asked you a question, he obviously cares about what you are doing, and maybe they are. In my case, I currently offer reviews on spiritual fiction books, but I’ve also written about spiritual Christmas shows, nonfiction, and self-improvement books.
Your articles should not be too long. I’ve found that between 750 and 1,000 words are about right. Use this only as a guideline. If your topic is more or less complex, you can customize it accordingly. Some topics or products may self-explain. You may only need one photo or a short video to bring to your website.
After writing, editing and saving in a Word or PDF document, have your article read by a critical person. This does not mean that they agree with what you have written. You need to check the correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., and then make a final edit. Once you publish it on your website, send it to some of the social networking sites you belong to. This happens before you switch to other blog sites.
The next step is to create an author account on all websites where you can publish articles for free. You can search for suitable websites. The instructions are similar and you just follow them on each site. Once your account is created, most will have an area for an author’s biography. You can use the blurb from your “info” page on your website, create a new one, or customize one for each website. Make sure your website URL is included in your biography, if that’s allowed. Try to use a similar description for each site if you want to focus on your niche. If you have more than one niche, use a different bio file for each, or set up separate author accounts on the sites that you think are the best for you. You can also easily upload a photo – just follow the instructions.
At this point you can upload your article. Each site contains a list of categories or topics, and you choose the category (niche) you write about. Then copy and paste the title, short summary, current article, and biography. Each site has different rules for the number of links, widgets, photos, and so on, that you can include in your article. So take a moment to read the guidelines. This is sometimes only possible by actually submitting the article. So do not wait until it’s perfect. You have your own editing team to check your post before posting. Some are more severe than others and will notify you by email if your item does not meet the criteria. At this point, you can edit and resubmit as needed. They are NOT proofreaders and most have a “preview” option so you can see what they will look like before submitting. The duration also varies for the approval. Some only check for too many links or inappropriate topics and will be approved in a few hours – others may take a few days.
Some of the sites include free resources such as training for writing, examples of articles, suggestions, widgets to add to your website, statistics about your articles, author rankings, etc. Another step I’ve taken is finding websites that is specific to your niche that accepts your articles and blogs. Since you want to get as much traffic as possible to your website, it’s always preferable to enable them in advance. On the “general” article pages, people need to search for you or your niche to find your article.
Once you have submitted some articles, it is easy to write the article and submit it once a week in just 2 or 3 hours (for example, in a morning, afternoon or evening). Finally, there is a library of articles that you can provide to potential customers to answer questions, illustrate the quality of your letter, and illustrate your expertise. They can also be used as free freebies to create your lists. Once you are an expert, they can be sold to online sites, magazines, newspapers, etc. They can even be grouped into subcategories and slightly tweaked here and there and sold as an e-book or a set of e-books.
Writing articles can be an integral part of building your website in a relatively short time. Web sites are hungry for good, FREE material to attract visitors. The more you post, the higher your site gets classified in search engines. It also allows you to do something that you are probably still enjoying (reading and writing) and sharing it with others. Good luck writing and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions (I prefer ideas and suggestions!).
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