Article Marketing – Simplified and De-Mystified

Article writing can be seen as one of those boring tasks that are a throw-back from school and university days. But in articlesbusiness the writing of article is an effective marketing strategy to deliver targeted visitors, increase your rankings and boost sales.

If the thought of it still fills you with dread, the good news is that after learning a few simple steps, writing your own articles isn’t as hard as it appears.

What to write about?

This is probably the biggest hurdle most new writers face. The easiest way to begin is to write about things you are interested in and preferably passionate about.

Once you have decided on a general area, a good way to narrow the topic down is to focus on the problems that people have. Typically, people read articles because they want to be entertained or they want information.

A guiding principle is to expect the readers to be looking for “What’s in it for them?’ You may already know the common problems that people have in the particular field, but if not, a good source of information is to look at related online forums and note the most common questions asked.

Chunk it

Most people don’t like to read large documents from the Web, so articles tend to be around 400 words long. If you break the article into an introduction, a small number of sub-headings and a conclusion you may only have to write about 50 words in each section.

For your eyes only

The first draft should be for your eyes only. Don’t try to produce a final copy as you write. It tends to be much quicker to get your thoughts down and come back to edit later. The final, and most important step in the writing process, is to proofread your article.

Get it out there

Once you have written your article you may want to add it to your own website as an item that search engines love – a piece of original content.

By adding an ‘About the Author’ section with a link to your website, you can also submit it to article directories. As other websites publish your article you receive another thing that search engines look for, one-way back links.

After writing your first few articles you will find it is not as daunting as it first appears. You never know, you may even want to offer your services as a freelance writer on the Internet as a way to make some extra income.

See also: 4 Ways to Make Your Article Creative and Interesting

The 5 Benefits of Article Writing You Might Miss

Article Writing – How To Write Quality Articles Quickly

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6 comments ↓

#1 Simon - presentations training on 03.30.09 at 11:42 am

Couldn’t agree more with your “Eyes Only” point! For me it goes not just for articles and so on but for pretty much anything one writes (in my case presentations). Trying to get it perfect AS you write it is trying to do two mutually exclusive tasks at the same time.

For writing you need imagination and free-flowing thoughts, for proofing and getting “just right” you need attention to detail and to turn OFF your imagination.

Simon

#2 admin on 03.30.09 at 11:45 am

Thanks for your comment Simon – indeed, writing and proofing are 2 very different disciplines.

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#6 BudJohnson on 04.02.09 at 3:24 pm

To those who are thinking about taking the plunge… Do it.

Yeah, article marketing can seem like a chore at first. With a little repetition, however, it gets easier and more natural.

And when you start seeing the results, it’s easy to stay motivated!

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