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7 Article Writing Tips For Success

Aug 17, 2007
If you are a website owner then you will no doubt have read about the importance of writing articles to get the word out about your site and to use as content on your site. One of the reasons for this is that articles are a great way to build credibility and trust. To do that, you will need to put considerable effort into creating your articles, especially in the beginning if writing doesn't come naturally to you. Follow these article writing tips and you'll be off to a great start:

1. Develop a plan and imagine objectives & potential outcomes.
There is nothing worse than not knowing what you want to get out of writing your article. Do you want to be considered an expert in your field? Do you want to be thought of as innovative? Do you want to be controversial? Before you actually say or write anything, work out your pitch.

2. You need a framework for your article
A standard way to layout an article is with an opening paragraph which sets out what the article is going to be about. Then comes the main bulk of the article - usually several paragraphs that cover the topic in depth, followed by a closing paragraph which needs to pull the different points together into a natural conclusion.

3. Length is Important
Don't feel that you have to tell your reader everything you know about a subject in one article. The ideal article length is around 400 words. It is better to focus on one aspect of a particular topic and cover it well than try to cram too much information in.

4. Be Professional
Keep the content of your article professional and don't make personal comments about others or use an article solely to pitch your products or website. You need to offer information of value to the reader to make them want to read your article.

5. Use specific details where possible.
For your article and views to be considered valid you need to explain exactly what you mean. For example, if you are writing a product review then say exactly what you liked and disliked about a product and wether those particular aspects are important or not. If you are providing tips then use examples to illustrate your points.

6. Keep the personal stories short. It's not about you!
Keep your own stories to a minimum and use them only where they illustrate a point that you are trying to make, but not as the focus of the article.

7. Practice Practice Practice
If writing articles isn't something that comes easily to you then you'll want to take your time to develop a voice for writing, a style that feels comfortable to you but that also gets across to the reader what it is you want to say. It is a good idea when article writing to do a first draft and then put it aside for a day or two and then go back to it and re-read it to see how it flows.

Regardless of whether you are writing articles to promote your site or web writing for content if you want your reader to take action then you need to provide information that is useful, informative and engaging. Don't worry if this seems difficult in the beginning. With a bit of practice you'll soon be churning out articles in less time than you thought possible.
About the Author
From her years of experience online Jill Brennan has put together a free ebook on article writing called "Kickstart Your Article Writing: 9 Ways to Breakout of An Article Writing Stalemate". Its full of practical article writing tips and free tools. Go here: http://www.howtosubmitarticles.com/article_writing/ to get your copy today.
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