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Article Writing Software - What You Need to Know

Updated on November 12, 2010

Looking for software to write your articles for you? Article writing software is a popular request as many people struggle to write articles - but the sad truth is that you already own the best article software money can buy - the stuff that resides between your ears!

In this hub I want to look at first why we all want to write more and more articles, and then secondly how we can write articles more quickly and efficiently while still providing an appropriate level of quality. Thirdly I will look at some article writing "software" which will speed up the process - but its probably not what you think - read on to find out more!

Why Write Articles?

There are many reasons that we write articles online. I write articles to provide backlinks and gain traffic for my main sites. I also have to write the content for those sites as well. I earn income from my articles both directly (for example here on hubpages and on infobarrel) and also indirectly from articles on sites such as EzineArticles.

Anyone can write any article given an infinite amount of time. Unfortunately none of us have that luxury of infinite time and the trick to earning an online income is to not just write articles but to write articles fast.

As with any skill - the more articles you write the faster and better you will become at it.

What Type of Article Works

Before you start to write your article you need to know what keywords you are using for the article - or at least your topic! Keep your articles focused and don't make them too long. A supporting article should probably ideally be between 300 and 400 words - for an article on your own site anywhere from 400 to 2000 words will work depending on your approach to article content.

The most important thing about your article is your keywords - your keywords will determine how easy it will be rank your article in the search engines and what type of competition you are against in advance.

Once you know your topic then the next important item for your article is your title - its the title that your potential readers will see first be it in an article directory or a search engine result listing - you need to have a "hook" in your title to encourage potential readers to click through to your article.

Volume Is Key with Article Writing

Frankly writing just one article to support your site or your hubpage - is just a waste of time. Instead you need to write five or ten or even twenty articles spread over a number of sites.

This amount of volume scares some people - but its not so difficult. First off you need to be able to type well - or use a dictation program if your typing skills aren't good (or your hands are getting sore!)

Writing Many Articles Fast

How do you write so many articles on a similar topic though? Well its not that difficult - think about how newspapers and broadcast news will tell the same story over and over again just using different words - well you can use that same approach.

Say I want to write about learning to fly fish - how could I change that around to make more than one article?

Well obviously we would start with "How to Learn To Fly Fish", then we can look at some obvious variations on this theme:

  • Step-by-Step Guide to Learning How to Fly Fish
  • FAQs about Learning to Fly Fish
  • Take this Quiz to See How Much you Know about Learning to Fly Fish
  • Learning to Fly Fish - 5 Mistakes to Avoid
  • Learning to Fly fish - 5 Top Tips to Learn Fast!
  • Learn How to Fly Fish - A Women's Guide
  • Want to Learn to Fly Fish - Check List for Beginners
  • Learning fo Fly Fish - My Story

The really powerful thing with this approach of writing a number of related articles is that you can also use the same basic research to write each article - but still produce unique articles. No software required! In fact taking this approach can actually be quicker than using traditional "article spinners" - and is far more likely to provide quality, unique content.

So there you have it - yes I've tried the traditional articles spinners and other short-cuts to writing content.  However I have never found an automated solution which provides good enough copy for my websites and places like HubPages which have humans as readers. I found the approach in the recommended ebook and video worked for me and is probably what you would learn in a being jouranlism class - its just I've never been to writing school so I found it helpful .

Do you use article writing to promote your websites and hubs?

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    • beezcontent profile image

      Cedric Jackson 

      7 years ago from 848 N. Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107

      Exactly what I was looking for. Your points seem very obvious but despite that I haven't started interacting with article writing software I read yet. What I occasionally do is sharing my story with the topic stated in the article, it’s also always interesting for me to read about the story of others.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      You are awesome. You have a new fan!

    • tinigenie profile image


      9 years ago from New Jersey

      I am at a loss for words, so I am just gonna say thanks!

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      Doctor blog 

      10 years ago

      I think its a perfect guide.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks, I was just searching for tools to help me writing articles, but now I understand after reading your article that I will not find that, But at least it saved me from losing my money.

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      doctor reviews 

      10 years ago

      Its a perfect guide for writing original content.

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      David 470 

      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      I can not thank you enough for this hub. I would like to produce more articles on the same topics. Obviously, it can not be a copy of words.

      Inititally, I was not sure if you could write on multiple sites on the same topics etc. As long as the words are not the same, you can.

      Infobarrel, and ezine seem like good places to write. Infobarrel offers adsense revenue sharing. Ezine does not offer adsense, but I could prob use it for my new website or something.

      I'll take a look at some article directories, and see if I can find the ones that are best for me.

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      Autumn Lynn 

      10 years ago from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

      I am only one month into online writing and the idea of writing 5-10 or 20 articles to promote each hub is overwhelming! I did write one article for Ezine based on comments you have written here and TKA forum. So far that is all I have done. Time to get busy writing and finding some other sites to post to as well. Thanks for sharing your experience. It all helps.

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      10 years ago

      Great info on article writing software! appreciated

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      lissie hudson 

      10 years ago

      I am a newbie - only been article writing for 1 month to (hopefully) get traffic to my new website. Am suffering from information overload at the moment and was considering getting article writer software. I'll keep my money in my pocket now. Thanks for the information.

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      10 years ago from Las Vegas

      I am always looking to learn more, thanks for the hub

    • Maggie Elaine profile image

      Maggie Elaine 

      10 years ago

      Hi Lissie, I am new at hubs and read your article. I am sure that anyone who reads this will appreciate the help that your article provides. Thanks so much for the information!

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      10 years ago from I was Born in Bethesda, Maryland and I live in Chicago,IL



    • TnFlash profile image


      10 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Great Hub! I write articles to build back links and it's been a big help. Having said that, I'm obviously doing it wrong. You point of writing titles before articles will help speed up the process. I'm going to try it on my next article and a couple of my older articles. Thanks for the help!

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      11 years ago

      THanks for the great softwre advice.

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      Tom T 

      11 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for the tips. I've had some success pulling visitors to my site but I get the sense the race for traffic and growth is won by the turtle not the hare.

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      11 years ago from California

      This article contains the same things that I usually follow in writing articles. Some great advices, and a fantastic hub. Liked your other hubs too. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)

    • jamesbrownbete profile image


      11 years ago from Philippines

      I'm a beginner here. You motivate me to write more. Thanks Lissie!

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      Research Analyst 

      11 years ago

      Thanks I book marked it

    • pinkhawk profile image


      11 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      ...need to learn more about this, interesting! :0..thank you ma'am! :)

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      Jenna May Swan 

      11 years ago

      I think half the 'enjoyment' (well sort of) of making money online is actually being the creative force behind it all and part of that is the boring job of article writing!

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      11 years ago

      i think its great way to generate good content.

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      Michael Jay 

      11 years ago

      Hi Lissie! I was impressed with the good points here on your hub. This is a very useful hub especially now that more and more people are relying on article writing software. Thanks for sharing this.

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      11 years ago from Sleaford, Unite Kingdom

      Hi Lissie

      I've got 155 articles published on Ezine articles and to give you an example, I've just launched a new product and site.

      I've written 5 articles around keywords associated with those articles and at least three of those articles now rank on the first page of google.

      One of the keywords I was using had something like 274 million competing sites and yet within one day I was ranking around the 5th position.

      I can write and should do more! Like the ideas you have on purely changing the theme of your title that litle bit so that you can rewrite the same content, but just in different words.



    • samboiam profile image


      11 years ago from Texas

      Very educational. I am definately a fan. Thanks for writing this hub.

    • Leandraluv profile image


      11 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Lissie thanks.. I like how you outlined the example with Fly fishing.

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      Renee S 

      11 years ago from Virginia

      Superb advice. I will definately take this into account.

    • bryanmccarty profile image


      11 years ago

      Great hub, Lissie. I look forward to reading more of your work. And I realize now that I am going to have to start writing more articles.

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for the reminder. I guess I have to rewrite those "weight loss" articles into "losing weight" article.

    • kevin1877uk profile image


      11 years ago

      wow very interesting indeed, i've now just said 2 of your hubs, both very good and i've learnt alot from them.



    • infoguider profile image


      11 years ago

      That list of different ways to write the same article at the end is extremely useful. Thank you!

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      11 years ago from South Paris, Maine

      Great content. I'll have to check out the course soon. I will let you know how I like it. Thanks for the information.

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      Hope Wilbanks 

      11 years ago from Louisiana

      Great article, Lissie! I used to write and submit articles to Ezine Articles all the time, but I've gotten lazy and haven't done much there in a while. Looks like it's time for me to get back at it again. ;)

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      @Monika - do yourself and read the article you are commenting on before you leave inane comments. Oh and the link is no-follow...

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      monika@children party invitation 

      11 years ago

      Article writing is very important tool in seo it helps in getting more number of back links.thanks to you for providing this useful tool.i will try this next time.but i believe in manual written article.

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      Jeffrey Neal 

      11 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you for this Hub! I am just starting out, and struggle with the sheer amount of work it seems like to write multiple articles to aid in marketing my online presence. Your Hub has been helpful and is a motivator.

    • tinarathore84 profile image


      11 years ago from India

      Hello Lissie. i must say your article gave a new insight into writing, particularly online writing. i have just begun writing articles online. your hub is very helpful. tahnks for sharing.

    • Jakobs profile image


      11 years ago from East Coast, USA

      Hi Lissie! Good hub. I'm with you on the 7 minute article technique. It definitely sped up my article writing. I then got lazy with it, and didn't learn more than one or two of its techniques... this hub reminds me to look at it again, and also to try out some of that dictation software. I feel like I could write a ton of stuff once I mastered the dictation software!

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      Much that it pains me to say it - Ezinearticles - they are pain to deal with but they are really the only one I ever get any direct traffic from!

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      Much that it pains me to say it - Ezinearticles - they are pain to deal with but they are really the only one I ever get any direct traffic from!

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      Singular Investor 

      11 years ago from Oxford

      I still need to write more articles but it is a tedious process especially as they often want original content - which do you think are the best articles directories ?

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      Tony McGregor 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for sharing some great information, as usual!

      Love and peace


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      Susana Smith 

      11 years ago from UK

      Thanks for this Lissie - I came across hubpages when I was looking for places to write articles to promote my website....then I got addicted to HP! Now I'm looking for places to write articles to promote my hubpages. I'm gearing up to writing 3 articles outside of HP for each of my hubs. I write quite slowly so this is going to be tough for me, but I know it will pay off. I shall not be bothering with article writing software - the amount of editing the articles would need to make them any good just doesn't make it a timesaving option, lol :)

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      The Good Cook 

      11 years ago

      I made the huge mistake of purchasing some article writing software a few years ago. It never worked (at all!) and the vendor would not refund the purchase price. I then got some free software but that was next to useless as well. I really no longer care whether I make any money or not - the experiences of learning and sharing are enough.

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      11 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thanks for the great info, Lissie. I have written some articles and gotten traffic to my hubs and other sites for them. Trouble is volume - I haven't written enough to make a big difference. Think I need to start burning some midnight oil!

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      @Pete I've never used dication myself as I type at over 80wpm and have done since I was a teenager. Some people seem to find the typing thing a barrier and I everyone who is looking for that type of software agrees that Dragon is the best of breed.

      @Tesa - almost anything is better than watching grass surely LOL

      @emievil I am doing on my own blog recently so you may want to subscribe to it for updates! I'm afraid I don't have much time to do social hubs here anymore so I do the fun stuff on my own blog LOL BTW I started the blog because of the audience I'd developed on HubPages - everything is connected really...

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      11 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub Lissie. I miss reading your hubs and I've been thinking, how difficult was it when you decided to really concentrate on writing online? This question is never far from my thoughts and, honestly speaking, I'm starting to like the idea of following on your footsteps =). Keep on hubbing and I'll keep on reading them =).

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      11 years ago from Sunny Spain

      As always an excellent article informative and useful and everytime I read one of your articles I come away learning something new

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      Nancy's Niche 

      11 years ago

      Lissie, Your ideas of how one can create various articles from the same subject matter is a rule I had forgotten! The piece was well written and very enjoyable reading.

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      Tesa Adams 

      11 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Writing my own content is better than watching golf on tv any day and so much more entertaining. LOL. Your variation suggestions have been inspiring to me. I have a little print out of those to remind me how to create the next article on the same subject when I get stuck. Thanks.

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      Pete Maida 

      11 years ago

      I have Naturally Speaking and I find I type faster than I talk. All of your points are well taken and one of these days I'll stop writing articles off the top of my head and actually try to write one properly.

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      11 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true! This leit motif approach works so well!

      In fact I have sold some articles and yes, they were variations on the same theme. Worked beautifully. A few years ago I got $35.00 for one article, then $500.00 for the next and $35.00 for a third. They went to 3 entirely different magazine audiences all based on financial instruments.

      Thanks for this reminder on how we can be most financially efficient. It does work!

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      Clive Fagan 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Interesting info thanks

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      11 years ago from Cairo, Egypt

      Thank goodness you didn't write about some article writer software! I agree wholeheartedly that the best software resides in that grey mush.

      Thanks for a great hub.

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      LOL Amanda and I am long past the edit timeframe - oh well... Bad, bad jokes girl!

    • amandakjones profile image


      11 years ago from Michigan

      Oh no Lissie! I think you meant to say "public"! I really hope your name isn't pubic! LOL Hopefully Hubpages won't flag your Hub for inappropriate content. :-) Anyway, this Hub was very useful but for some reason after reading it my head start spinning. OK, I'm done with the cheesy jokes now--REALLY.

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      LOL I am lucky that this is my only "pubic" name - lots of personas but they all stay quiet!

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      11 years ago from North Carolina

      Great Hub as usual, Lissie!

      I have learned a lot from reading your hubs and sites (but under a different name)LOL

      Macki (Jo Ann)

    • Lissie profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      @Jon LOL you got it - its useful to be reminded of the basics from time to time!

      @wandereh - yeah sorry about that bad news this online income game is very hard work! Tell you what though when I find that mythical article spinner I won't be broadcasting it to the world LOL - not everything I do requires great content - some just requires lots of links - either way its lots of work!

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      David Lim 

      11 years ago from Singapore

      Hey Lissie. So, essentially what you are saying is that I got to do the thinking and write the article, and that there is no super dupper article spinner that can do it for me.

      But that's work! :(

      Maybe there really is an article spinner that costs next to nothing, writes better than TS Elliot, and will make you a ton of money with just a click of the button. Maybe you haven't looked hard enough? :)

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      11 years ago

      Great technique.


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      Jon Sterling 

      11 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      You write great content and the best hubpages Lissie - I see signs of the "7 Minute Article" in there somewhere! LOL




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