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Improve Your Writing: How To Write A High Quality Article

Updated on September 28, 2012

As online writers, there is one core and fundamental thing we must do to ensure our success as writers, and therefore optimise our chances of making money... and that thing is to write! Okay that's the end of the Hub I hope you liked it!

Ahh... wait... you mean you don't know how to write online?

As simple as the concept of just 'writing' may sound, (and it is) there is a fine line between writing for an offline source such as a magazine or newspaper, and writing for an online audience. One of the things which baffles most online article writers, is that there are so many affecting factors of actually writing, that one false move could literally shred your chances of success with any of your content!

That is why it is important for every writer to know just how to improve your writing to the point where, your content meets a standard that your audience are satisfied with and are willing to share with other people.

Step 1: Write with Your Audience in Mind.

The most crucial step with writing online, is that you must know exactly what your audience will expect from you content, as well as whether you can write in a way which appeal specifically for them. For instance, is you are writing to entertain a gaming community, writing in a style which would suggest that you are 'one of them' as in 'a hardcore gamer' would be the right way to go.

Why?

This is simply due to the fact that people will feel more inclined to read what you have written, if they feel that you are on the same line as them. However, they will not want to read content by you if you come across as if you know nothing about the topic you're writing about. So, this does mean that your primary focus with writing is to use words and phrases that your audience would associate with a professional in their field, and if that field just so happens to be in gaming, it would be wise to start looking into the kinds of 'slang' that online gamers use to get their message across.

Step 2: Provide Quality Information in Your Content.

It goes without saying that one of the hardest parts of writing online is providing unique and quality information that couldn't be found anywhere else on another webpage. Whilst most of the information you will need will come simply with experience, finding information that no one else has touched on is a skill in itself! Yet, it is absolutely crucial to your ability to reap success from your writing.

You will not make it as an online writer to simple copy and paste other people's work into your own blog/profile, as for a start you did no actual writing! The best and only way to make a decent income or gain a large following by writing online, is to provide something in your content that your visitors/audience will come back for time and time again. So presenting the best quality information possible is your best bet.

Step 3: Compare With Other Similar Article Writers

This can be easily done by doing a Google search for the keywords or title of your article, and then see what the top 3 Google searches have or don't have tat you can improve on in your own article. By reading these posts by article writers similar to you, if you can be certain that you could produce a better result than they have, then you should absolutely begin writing your article on that topic.

On the other hand, if you feel that honestly these other writers may know more than you do on the topic, then it would be best for you to do some background research, and then eventually try to produce some content which offers everything that the other site offer, yet more. This ensures that more visitors will want to come to your site as they know that they will gain more than anywhere else! I mean... how do you think Wikipedia got successful? It offered everything the person needed and more!

Step 4: Include links to Your Other Articles Which Could Help the Reader

A great way to both distribute and help your traffic, is to refer them to other articles that you have posted under the same topic. This way not only will be they be visiting one of your articles, but multiple of them as they search for their answers. The best way to utilise this, is to make sure that each article you produce has something more than the previous one, so that the reader always feels that there is something more to be found from your content.

Whilst you may see this as luring your traffic from page to page, you must see it as this... You are guiding them through the contents of your articles, so that whilst they are looking for one specific answer, they are simultaneously discovering the answers to other questions they may have as well. So not only are you helping all of your articles to get more traffic, but you are also helping the reader find what he/she needs.

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Step 5: Write Longer Posts

For those of you who would be content with pushing out 300-400 worded article to your visitors, really need to see the full picture here. Unless you are some sort of expert at cramming as much information into an article, whilst including minimal words as possible, whilst still making the article as high quality as possible, you should know deep down that you aren't providing your best work with 400 words.

The main successes with article writing tend to either create TONS of articles with barely any more words than 500, or only have to write a few articles with around 1,500 words... As a plus, the article writers who include 1,500 words in their articles, tend to be the ones who receive the most positive feedback and appreciation for their work.

Although, I'm not talking about 1,500 words of 'fluff' which is basically repeating the same thing over and over again, or worse... nothing at all, but rather as much quality information as possible, whilst still making it readable to their specific audience. You will notice that the more professional article writers will make sure that their paragraphs are spaced out well, and that they know that their visitors attention will not expire during the course of their content.

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    • vasmenon profile image

      vasmenon 4 years ago from India

      Quite a useful Hub there, especially for fence sitting writers like me...thanks a lot

    • rjsadowski profile image

      rjsadowski 4 years ago

      Good advice. I'll bet you could add five more points if you thought about it.

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      drspaniel 4 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      Yes, maybe I will begin a part 2 or possibly add more to this post. Thanks for your input. :)

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      His princesz 4 years ago

      Thank you! Your hub is informative. I'm a new come back and aims to write more. voted up! :)

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      drspaniel 4 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      Thank you for your comment, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it and found it useful!

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      LA Elsen 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks for writing this I really learned some useful information.

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