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All About Writing Articles Online

Updated on June 1, 2010

Quill by ideas4eyes, sxc.hu

Introduction

Writing articles online is very different from writing for an offline magazine or newspaper. The following is a collection of articles that focuses on writing articles online. The articles are categorized immediately below, while short introduction are given further down.

About Writing Online Articles

- Writing Articles For The Online Audience
- How To Write Articles Fast
- HTML For Article Directories


Article Resources

- Article Directories - The Top 10
- Get Paid For Your Writing Talents
- Free Photos And Images


Miscellaneous

- Copyright
- Creative Commons Licenses
- What Is Plagiarism?

Writing Articles For The Online Audience

As an online marketer, writing articles is an important part of your marketing strategy. You have probably written hundreds, if not thousands, of articles promoting yourself, your products and your services. You know that a good article can increase your reputation more than any promotion can.

How To Write Articles Fast

We all have to finish writing our articles as fast as possible. Because there are so many other more important things waiting for us to do like watching sports on television, going out for a beer with the guys, and just lazing around doing nothing, we just can't spend the whole day writing articles. And the wife will remind us that there are other things to be done like mowing the lawn, fixing the leaky faucet and taking out the trash. So, to give you poor overworked guys a break, I have prepared a list of hints on how you write your articles faster without sacrificing the quality.

HTML For Article Directories

When writing articles for the article directories, a knowledge of HTML is usually not needed. Most articles directories come with a rich text editor with which you can perform simple formatting actions like bold, italics and lists. But there are some directories in which you can only submit in pure text, although they do accept some HTML tags, and that is what this article is about.

Article Directories - The Top 10

Article directories are an excellent way of getting the word out, or of showcasing your work, or you might just want to write for fun. In fact, article marketing is the main "weapon" of choice for many Internet marketers.

Get Paid For Your Writing Talents

On your marks, get set...Write!

One day later, after numerous rewrites, hair pulling incidents and kicking the cat, your masterpiece is ready. This must be your best work yet. In fact, if your article is a painting, it will probably be on par with a Picasso. How much can you sell it for, you wonder?

Free Photos And Images

When I searched the web for free photos and images that allows personal and commercial use, I discovered thousands of sites. Many of those sites were small, personal sites with a few hundred images, while some sites hosted hundreds of thousands to millions of images.

Copyright

Copyright is something you have to deal with as you go about your business on the web. So it is really useful to know a little bit about the Copyright Act. I have prepared a short summary and I also hope to clear up some misconceptions about it.

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons licenses are created to fill the gap between a copyrighted work, in which you reserve all your rights, and releasing your work into the public domain, in which you relinguish all your rights. Creative Commons licenses have been described as some rights reserved, in which you retain some measure of control over how your work will be used while giving permission for other types of uses.

What Is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism, as defined by Dictionary.com, comes in 2 forms. Firstly, it is the "unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author". Secondly, it is also " the representation of " those ideas "as one's own original work."

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    • Benson Yeung profile image

      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      Not reading this is a serious omission for writers online.

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you, Benson, for your kind endorsement. :)

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      Gerald 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these excellent tips on article wriing. I think that writing online requires a way different approach than writing for school, newspapers etc. It is because of search engine requirements.

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      David Lim 5 years ago from Singapore

      Gerald - Very true. Another thing is that reading from the screen is more stressful and uncomfortable on the eyes than print media, so it is better to keep it short and sharp when writing online.

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      Bbudoyono 5 years ago

      Thanks for the comprehensive information. Voted up.

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      David Lim 5 years ago from Singapore

      Bbudoyono - Thanks! :)

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