How To Produce Great Content Even if You Don’t Think You Can Write

If you want to make a living in the world of Internet marketing then you need to understand that writing is the key to your success. It doesn’t matter whether you are writing posts for your blog, a sales page or articles to promote your website; great content will drive traffic and increase sales. Of course if you don’t consider yourself to be a writer then this can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are three things you can do today to prove to yourself that you are a writer.

1. Make a list

One of the easiest ways to write an article is to make a list. Take out a pen and paper and thinking of the problem that you want to address with your article jot down as many things as you can to tell the reader why they should do something or how to do something. For example you might make a list of reasons why people should create their own organic vegetable garden or ways to stop their cats scratching the furniture.

Now all you need to do is write a paragraph or two for each item on the list to explain them to your reader. Start with an introduction which sets out the problem you are going to show them how to solve and finish up by summarising the solution.

And that’s all there is to it!

You’ll only need five to seven in order to generate a 300-450 word article so if you have more items in your list you have scope for more than one article.

2. Record yourself

If you prefer to talk than write then grab yourself a microphone and start recording. Just pretend that you are telling a friend about how to solve a problem than they have. Just keep talking until you can’t think of anything else to say on the subject.

You now have a couple of options. You could listen to the recording and transcribe what you said yourself, or you could pay someone to do it for you.

If this method works for you consider investing in a speech to text software package like Dragon Naturally Speaking which will allow you to dictate your articles to your computer and the software will transcribe it as you go.

3. Interview someone

Interviews make great articles, especially if you can find an expert in your niche willing to be interviewed. The easiest way to interview someone is just to email them a list of questions.

All you need to do to convert the questions into an article is write an opening paragraph telling your readers about the person that you interviewed and add a conclusion to summarise the interview or highlight a particular point that the expert made.

Whatever method you choose to write your article don’t forget to include a resource box at the end telling the reader what else you can do for them and inviting them to visit your website. You can now submit the article to a directory and use it to drive traffic to your website.

Great Article Marketing – 4 Excellent Tips To Get More From Your Articles

There are so many internet tools that you can use in promoting your website and your products online. However, if you are looking for something that will effectively help you drive quality traffic to your website and improve your page ranking at the same time without shelling out a single dime, I would highly recommend article marketing.

This is a simple process of distributing your articles to publishing sites.

Here’s how you can breakthrough with article marketing:

1. Power up your titles. In order to succeed in this marketing tool, you need to make sure that you can get online users to open and read your articles through your titles.

How to do that? The answer to this is very simple; just like movie trailers, your titles must be compelling, punchy, descriptive, and attention-grabbing.

2. K.I.S.S. By this, I simply mean keep your articles short and simple. Why? You need to remember that you are serving people who have diverse languages and cultural backgrounds.

Some of them don’t even speak English. You’ll stand great chances of getting your message across if you use terms that are easy to understand.

You also need to keep your articles short as your audience is known to have a very short attention span. Strive to share your knowledge in 500 words. If these are not enough, I recommend that you create short sequels for your articles.

3. Choose your topics wisely. Your ultimate goal in distributing your articles is to improve your sales and revenue. That can only happen if you are able to attract quality traffic to your website.

You can grab the attention of your prospects by writing about topics that they will find interesting. You may talk about their most common questions, pressing issues, areas of interest, and the things that they would like to achieve.

Avoid writing topics that are not totally relevant to your chosen niche or to the lives of your readers because these cannot surely help you realize your marketing goals instead, they will just waste your precious time and energy.

4. Volume is the key. I am sure you have heard this before but let me tell you once again. Article marketing is a game of numbers.

If you want to stay on top, you need to make sure that you produce more articles compare to your competitors. You can either do the legwork by yourself and spend at least 8 hours writing your articles or hire ghostwriters who can offer you with quality content for reasonable amount.

Follow these 4 tips and your article writing and article marketing will become more profitable.

William Safire and His Great Rules of Writing

Author William Safire, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter, has contributed to “On Language” in The New York Times Magazine and written a number of books, including books on writing. If you search the Internet, looking for quotes about writing, you will find different versions of his Great Rules of Writing. Here is a short version:

“Do not put statements in the negative form.

And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.

If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.

If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.”

Safire has joyfully broken each rule as he has written them down. In this article, I will examine each of these rules:

1. Do not put statements in the negative form.

Always write positive statements. The positive is stronger than the negative.

Still this is a rule I sometimes break. Even though the positive is stronger than the negative, the negative sometimes just feels more natural.

2. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.

Do not start sentences with a conjunction. Conjunctions serve to connect words, phrases, clauses, and sentences, not to start them.

Still this is a rule I sometimes break. And when I do, I find the sentences look fine. And is sometimes the best option for continuing the flow of an idea.

3. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

Reread and edit your work to avoid repetition. Enough said.

This is a rule I never break except when I am really tired.

4. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

Never use a long word when a small one will do. Using a thesaurus and carefully selecting new vocabulary words can help improve your writing. In some sentences, however, simple is best.

Still this is a rule I sometimes break. Words are small empires and each has a boundary around it. Words want to expand their boundaries. They want to become all things to all people. Sometimes the bigger words are simply better.

5. Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.

Superlatives should not be qualified. Perfect is perfect. The brightest is the brightest. Very perfect and the very brightest simply add meaningless words.

Still this is a rule I break once in a while simply because sometimes “very” is a collocation such as when she was very, very bad or sometimes very just fits.

6. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

Linking verbs link the subject of the verb to more information. A linking verb cannot properly end a sentence as more information must follow.

Still this is a rule I sometimes break.

What are you laughing about?

7. Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

Avoid cliches. Cliches were once original speech or writing and sounded great. Since then, they have become used so much that they are dull. Cliches add nothing to your writing and detract from it. Take the time to think of something new.

Still this is a rule I sometimes break as rules were meant to be broken.

Following rules is not always the best way to write. Breaking the rules can result in better writing. Knowing when to break the rules and why is essential. Without rule knowledge, however, breaking the rules rarely results in improved writing. We recommend that you follow Safire’s rules unless you know exactly why you are breaking them. And when I break them, I know why I am doing so.