How to Write Articles for the Internet - Ten Simple Tips

To Be or Not to Be a Writer

Why Write?

So you want to be a writer? It is said that there is a book in everyone. However, a book could be a hard way to start in that a book implies length. As children how often were we faced with the blank page syndrome? Starting writing as an adult is no less difficult. However, the upside is that as adults we have more experience, skills and knowledge that we can share with our readers.

Not only is there a book (or maybe just a short article) in everyone it is also true that everyone is an expert in something. Our knowledge, skills and experience are valuable to us and to others. Writing an article or series of articles is an excellent way to share that valuable knowledge, experience and skills to an audience.  Hubpages is an excellent place to start your writing career.

Simple Tips for Writing for the Internet

Writing for the internet requires different skills to those covered in most school writing lessons. This article contains some quick tips to help you get started and to achieve success.

1. Catchy Titles Ensnare Readers

 The title is the first point of contact with your reader.  Make it attention grabbing and relevant to your topic.

2. Keep it Short

When reading online it is important to keep it short and simple. Most people can't cope with reading lots of continuous text on-screen. Keeping it short and the writing style simple will give you a wider readership.

Your article should aim to be 300-800 words in length.  If it is going to be longer then split it into two shorter articles.

3. Keep it Simple

 A short and simple writing style is important.  Use tools like those in MS Word(c) to check the readability level of your writing.  A readability level of 63%+ is good.

4. Have Style - Be Straight (Forward!)

Talk to your reader. Write in a style that sounds just like you are chatting directly to the reader. This will engage their interest. Imagine you are sitting chatting over a coffee or beer and write. That way you should avoid being too long-winded.

5. Get Writing

 Write. Write some more.  Don't just write for payment.  Get your name and style known.  Create a blog.  Write some Hubs.  By building up a range of Hubs you get your name known and your writing read.  If you have taken out Adsense affiliateship then you can even make some money whilst breaking in your pen.

6. Check it Out! Edit Your Work

It is essential to read through your work to check for errors in spelling and grammar. Many published internet authors will tell you to check and edit your work but do not practice what they preach. Don't have your readers focussing on spelling mistakes instead of your message.

Write what you know
Write what you know

7. Knowledge is Power

 Write about subjects that you know about and are familiar with.  Writing will be less of a chore when you write about subjects that you feel comfortable with.

Enjoy your writing
Enjoy your writing

8. Enjoy Yourself

 How many times have you tried to read a book and failed?  We can't read books or articles we don't enjoy, so it figures that writing books and articles becomes more difficult when we don't enjoy what we are writing about.

9. Read All About It!

 A good place to start when thinking about writing for the internet is Hubpages.  Why?  Because the authors at Hubpages are just like you; ordinary people writing about things they know and love.

10. Start Your Writing Career - Today

So why wait? Grab a coffee and start your writing career today.

I hope that this short article of quick tips helps you to start writing today.

Comments 15 comments

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for presenting needful advice in a concise manner. It is good.

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Tigermadstanley 7 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK Author

James, My teachers at school always complained that I was too concise and to the point. Learn to waffle they advised! At least it wasn't long-winded and boring.

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thefount 7 years ago from North Central Louisiana

This hub is very helpful. I wish I had read it before I wrote some of my hubs! Thank you.

Be Blessed!

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Tigermadstanley 7 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK Author

Thefount, Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Your hubs are a great source of information and inspiration. Blessings, Amanda

Hxprof 7 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

Thanks for this advice. You followed your own advice in writing the article!

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Tigermadstanley 7 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK Author


Thank you for kind comment. I generally do try to practice what I teach. My boys think it's hilarious that I'm becoming really organised in all areas of my life and I'm developing routines for everyone. Each year when I start with a new class I always tell them that I will try to only ask them to do things that I'm willing to do or have done myself.

I'm now off to read some of your hubs.

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SistasExpress 7 years ago from Chicago

Tigermadstanley! I really like this blog! I am going to do just that. Great blog!!

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Tigermadstanley 7 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK Author


Thank you for your kind comments. Hubpages is such a great place for sharing ideas and finding inspiration.

asmi 5 years ago

hi, i read ur tips for writing and i will improve my writig also, thank you.

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htodd 4 years ago from United States

I think "Engaging" your readers is the most important think you can do.Well ,The points you covered is all valid points and we should concentrate on that while writing

Kul 4 years ago

Great Blog!!

Shabbir shah 4 years ago

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susanc01 3 years ago from Kentucky

I think your tip about choosing a title is important. Its the "window dressing" to "sell" what you have to say.

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balu 12 months ago

This tip is good any work

Its good!

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