A Guide To Writing A Good Article
There are a lot of things to consider when writing an article and before you even get close to actually sitting down and typing a lengthy piece, you should plan out what exactly you are going to do. The trick is, that you do not just plan your content, but you plan the response to your content. For example, if I am writing a hubpage and I think to myself, 'OK, I am going to write an article on Ancient Persia' (which I have done, so I am being a bit hypocritical here but ignore that) then whether or not is is incredibly interesting, the simple fact is not many people will search it, so unless you have crazy marketing skills - it ain't gonna be much use!
However, if I decide to write a hub on Justin Bieber (which I have also done), then as a current "hot topic" it is likely that a lot of people will read it. Why is this? Well when people search the Internet they tend to click on things that look interesting and easy to read, so something like Justin Bieber is an obvious attraction. Don't get me wrong, if I see Justin Bieber on the Internet, I have to restrain myself from chucking my laptop out the window. But I am a man, and therefore, destined to hate that overly successful, overly smiley, overly annoying boy!
So, first rule of article writing: Write on something interesting!
It seems simple, but you would be surprised. Just sit down, do a little research, look for what is hot in the press at the moment, or what people are finding interesting - once you have that niche, exploit it and write away.
Second rule or article writing is even more simple. Have an eye grabbing title!
This cannot be over exaggerated in its importance. If you write the best article in the world but give it a title that doesn't grab attention - then no one will read it! That is unfortunately a fact! If I had written an article on the cure to cancer which I had discovered and named it 'Emiological neurosisical peranthis and it's cure' (yes i made those words up, I'm not good at science) then no one would read it. If I instead wrote 'Cure to cancer finally found!' - it would probably get read!
Third rule of article writing: research your topic!
Don't be the fool (and I have done this and been the fool so I know how it feels!) that writes an article on something they think they know about and then have someone comment at the bottom with something that shows that what you have written is utter rubbish. By all means create an article which contains an argument, but don't create an article which contains just plain bad information. You will find yourself very quickly being discredited as an author for doing that!
The next rule of article writing is about the grammar, content and layout.
Make sure you have an introduction, a middle and an end. The introduction needs to nicely introduce the article in a more general sense explaining what you are going to discuss. Don't go straight into the middle otherwise the reader won't have the chance to get into what you are trying to say. For the middle section, make a paragraph for each key point. Don't make it one giant paragraph that has jumbled points all over the place, instead present smaller paragraphs that are simple to follow. The reader will be intimidated by big blocks of writing. Finally, in the conclusion you must sum up neatly what you have been speaking about, perhaps end with a witty comment, or a question to your reader or something that leaves the reader thinking about your article. If they are thinking about it, they might come back, or recommend it to others - which is what you want.
Obviously, you need to proof read your article.
Make sure you don't have spelling mistakes. I was reading an article for a mainstream paper the other day which had been published and was shocked to see typos and about five words spelt wrong. Sure, no one likes one of those people who goes ahhhh you spelt a word wrong on every article, but by the time a professional article has five spelling mistakes and typos, you somehow begin to doubt it's authority!
Last of all, and this applies especially to hubpages, make sure your text responds to your tags and your title if you want views.
If you write on the Queen, then don't put a tag of 'milk' or 'basketball' or a title mentioning something else irrelevant to your article. This is important because without views, there is no point writing the article in the first place and if you get the tags and the title right, and you have written a good article, then it should mean that search engines drive traffic to what you are writing about. To go into further detail about traffic, have a look at my hubpage here on how to get views: http://chuckbl.hubpages.com/_205v1nmjc85a8/hub/earningmoneyfromyourhub
So, to sum it all up:
Write on something interesting.
Have an eye grabbing title.
Research your topic.
Have good grammar, content and layout.
Make sure your text responds to your tags and your title.
If you get all this right, then hopefully your article will be a resounding success. Let me know how it goes, please feel free to leave me comments or ask any questions. I am always happy to help anyone who needs it!
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