Writing for the internet Tips
Writing for the internet
When it comes to writing for the internet there are several things that you must take into consideration.
The first thing you must realise is that most of the people who view your writing will be looking for a quick fix, or information that is really easy to understand. If your writing is not short and to the point then there is a big chance that the reader will leave your page and look for the information elsewhere. The internet is full of useful articles and web pages and blogs that discuss pretty much everything that the world has to offer. Unfortunately it is often the case that people get over loaded with information and wish to find somewhere where they can get the answer to their question without having to read a load of fluff designed to entice them into buying products that they do not actually want. If you want to make money writing for the internet then you have to research your audience well. Ensure that the people who find your work will appreciate what you have to say and make sure you do not go off on tangents in an attempt to make your writing more interesting.
I guess what I am saying is “stick to the point”!
Even though you should keep your writing short (the length of the writing will depend on the subject matter) you shouldn’t dumb it down too much. Don’t make the mistake of talking down to your readers they will not appreciate it. Write in a clear and concise way. Some of the best and highest earning pikes of writing on the internet are between 300 and 500 words long. I have covered this in another of my Hubpages
NB: Make sure that your writing contains no spelling mistakes as this will give your readers the impression that you either do not care about what you are saying or that you are in fact an idiot who is just trying to squeeze them for their hard earned money.
It is important to know that even though your writing should be short, to the point and as clear as possible you should attempt to cover all of the material contained within your chosen topic. Do not skip bits just to keep your writing short. If your work goes over the 1,500 word mark it is fine as long as your work is clear and concise.
Another thing that you should always do is try to put your own personality into your work. Your readers will empathise with the subject matter much more if they feel that you are interested in the subject you are writing about. Add personal stories and experiences where applicable. For example, a product review about a product that you actually use and enjoy using will often be more successful than a review about a product that you have never even seen in real life because the first one will engage the reader much more because they will be able to sense your passion for said product because you like it.
One of the biggest problems with writing for the internet is that websites that you choose to write for may just suddenly close down so it is important to write for as many web sites as possible (not that I am saying that Hubpages will close down all of a sudden, but other similar sites have sprung up, lasted a year or so and then disappeared leaving some very frustrated writers very upset because they just lost a source of income and many hours of their time). The internet is constantly evolving and what is hot today may not be hot tomorrow so websites do sometimes come and go in a blink of an eye so it is always a good idea to back up every pike of writing that you submit to the internet. If you write on Hubpages than keeping a copy of your articles is a good idea because if Hubpages did end up ‘going the way of the dinosaurs’ (not that I think it will!), not only do you still have a copy of every article that you wrote, you still have the rights to the intellectual property. This means that you can republish those articles to other mediums.
I hope this Hubpage has been of some use to you all.