5 Top Tips for Writing More Online Posts
How to Write More Articles
How many times have you been doing something and thought to yourself, "I should write an article about that"? The moment passes, you don't write your idea down and when you sit in front of your computer screen you can't remember what you wanted to write about? Okay, perhaps it's just me who has this problem.
Or is it?
Today I would like to share with you where you can discover ideas to write more hubs. Of course you don't want to sacrifice quality for quantity but the more articles, or posts, you have the more likely you are to get views and we all know more views equals more money.
Solve Problems for People
Think back to when you were in school. For some of us, this can be a long time ago! The teacher told us not to be shy about asking questions because it was likely we weren't the only ones who didn't understand. This was and still is wonderful advice. Let me explain how this relates to today's post.
Over the years people's usage of the internet has change. They now search for things on the internet to help them solve problems.
They either want more of something
- more money
- more friends
- more information
- more gossip
or less of something
- less stress,
- less pimples
- less wrinkles
- less weeds
As writers, we can offer help in these and other areas. What advice can you suggest to help people solve problems? What questions are your friends, work colleagues, or children asking you about? If you don't know the answers to the questions, can you research how to solve these problems?
Writing 'How To' Articles
Another great idea for posts are 'instructional articles'. What was the last thing you figured out how to do. It doesn't matter how simple it seems to you now, there is someone out there who doesn't know how to do what you just learned. Whether this is how to build a wasp trap, take an underwater photo of the fish in the aquarium or to get into a car without smudging their newly polished nails.
Don't think that it is all about writing out instructions, 'how to videos ' show people how to do everything from parallel parking to knitting. Below is one I made with my friend to help language learners.
Using Posts as Reference Material
I have also found that writing reference posts for things you don't do often but may need to know in the future. For example I wrote a hub about how to insert a table into Blogger. Now if months pass before I need to make another table, it is possible (okay, quite likely) I will forget how I did it.
If I have posted an article here on Hubpages, I can refer back to the hub I wrote some time ago and refresh my memory. Remember although these are things which may help you, there are people all over the world who are wondering how to do something, and searching on the internet to find a simple solution. You can be that problem solver.
- Pump Up the Traffic With Recipes
If you want to increase your traffic, you should write about your favorite recipe. Some of the most popular pages on the internet are about food. If you doubt this go to Pinterest and have a look.
Post Your Recipes Online
Do you put recipes here on Hubpages? I have posted several, some of them get more views than others. I have had a few awarded an 'editors choice' accolade and others which get additional views around the holidays.
The thing is, I found I was using these recipes as references. Because I have successfully made these recipes and posted them here, it makes an easy reference for me. As a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of cook, I don't use recipes for the things I make frequently. So for those items I make just on special occassions I refer to my hub Instead of trying to find that elusive recipe card which is stuck inside one of my many cookbooks.
People Love Lists
As impatient humans, we now expect to have everything we want delivered to us not in a leisurely manner but fast. We want our problems solved in as short a time and painlessly as possible. Enter the list as a means of getting your reader's attention.
.Have you ever noticed how many titles you see such as these below.
- The top 10 ways to lose weight
- 5 easy tips to learn Russian
- Build better biceps with these 8 secret exercises
- 20 unbelievable conspiracy theories
- 7 meals in 30 minutes (or less)
So why are lists so popular? We are busy people, and lists are easy to browse through. If one catches our attention we'll stay and read it. If , after scanning it, we don't like it or it doesn't offer what we are looking for, we can move on quickly without having to trawl through lengthy paragraphs.
The joy of lists for the writer, is the post almost writes itself. You pick the overall topic and subtitles. Then a paragraph or two explaining each subtitle. Add a few carefully selected photos, a video related to the topic, and maybe a poll. Bingo you have just written another hub. Now if you have written something which lends itself to something you can sell, place an Amazon or affiliate ad on your post.
Don't forget that writing your article is just part of the process. You need to share it across the social media sites and being an active member here on Hubpages helps boost its presence.
Keep your page fresh by updating it and adding new information and pictures.
Do you find it easy to come up with ideas for posts?
© 2015 Mary Wickison