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The Four Step Plan For Online Article Writing Success

Updated on August 30, 2013

I Do Not Hate Recipes

I had a friend comment recently on one of my articles, and in the comment she said she knows how much I dislike recipe articles.

Not true!

I do not dislike recipe articles. I understand why people write them and I think there are a great many people who are interested in finding new ways to prepare food. What I dislike is someone writing a recipe in a bland and boring manner, and I dislike it for two reasons.

First, my time is limited and valuable, and if I’m going to take some of that valuable time to read a recipe then I’d like to be entertained during that time.

Second, I hate to see good writers putting the time and effort into an article only to have that article fail miserably, when all it would take is a bit of creativity to make it a great article that many people would want to read.

Big difference!

In this Google world that we live in, I understand why writers write about topics like recipes and travel; I just don’t understand why writers don’t try to make them as interesting as possible and thus increase their views.

Just for fun I Googled “apple pie recipe” and found over 24 million results.

Need I really say more?

Fine, I will. I then Google “travel England” and found 691 million results.

Need I really say more?

That, my friends, is a lot of competition for your next apple pie recipe or travel article about the UK.

I have written, to date, 566 articles in the past two years. Exactly five of those articles have been travel articles. I just Googled “Washington State tourism” and found there are over 78 million entries about that topic…..and I have an article at #11 and #28 out of those 78 million….and I did it without using keywords or SEO strategies.

Either I’m awful lucky or maybe, just maybe, I understand how to attract views in this competitive field.

And now I’m going to pass the secret on to you.

You have to be unique and you have to be interesting.

Period!

There is no doubt that keywords and SEO strategies drive traffic to your site and/or article, but once you have that traffic, how are you going to keep those readers coming back for more? If you find the answer to that question then you will see long-range success as a recipe or travel or craft writer.

Here is my four step plan that will garner you more readers than you know what to do with. Some of this I have mentioned in earlier writings of mine. For some it will be new and I think you will find it helpful. For others it will not be new, but maybe you have forgotten it, in which case it will serve as a reminder and also be valuable.

This is where you improve as a writer...at your computer actually writing
This is where you improve as a writer...at your computer actually writing

Do you try daily to improve your writing?

See results

Improve As a Writer

You can tout the benefits of SEO until you are blue in the proverbial face, but if you are not a good writer you will not increase traffic to your articles. You might be lucky for awhile, but over the long run nothing spells success in the writing game like quality.

In other words, build your talent and they will come.

The reading public has a limited amount of time to read articles, and they sure as heck don’t want to waste that time on pig slop….and lazy, uninspired, dead-from-the-title down articles are pig slop. You might get lucky and attract a few hundred to your first article, but after it is read, and your reputation as a pig slop artist has been established, you will find it increasingly difficult to attract those readers for a return. They will see your name and instantly shudder from the unpleasant experience they had the last time they read your article and waded through slop. Is that what you want?

There is no doubt that keywords and SEO strategies will drive traffic to your article and gain you initial views, but what about afterwards? If you want repeat views then quality is the key.

Do you try to write interesting introductions?

See results

Introductions Are Da Bomb

In this article I’m going to teach you how to make a delicious German Chocolate Cake.

Well just gag me with a spoon!

In this article I’m going to teach you how to make a lovely craft project using popsicle sticks.

Well just gag me with one of those sticks!

In this article I’m going to tell you the sites to see in Scotland.

Well just run me down with your tour bus!

You have ten seconds to interest the average reader in your article. Ten seconds is about the time it takes to read the first two sentences of your article. Do an exercise just for fun. Go pull out one of your old articles and read the first two sentences. Now ask yourself if those two sentences are good enough to attract readers and make them want to read more. If they are not then you have some work to do.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me! As a reader, that’s how I feel about boring introductions, and I see them daily and I refuse to read them unless the writer is a friend of mine who I am supporting, and then only because loyalty is an important quality to me.

Show me you care enough to make your introduction interesting and I’ll show you some readership loyalty.

I want you to read the recipe article to the right; it is done by a friend of mine on HP. See if you don't agree that it is something special.

Weed-whack the excess and narrow your focus
Weed-whack the excess and narrow your focus

Narrow Your Focus

Apple pie recipes….24 million search results. Dutch apple pie recipes….1.9 million search results.

Which pool do you want to jump into, the crowded one where there is no room to dog paddle, or the one where you can spread your water wings and fly?

Find your field of interest and then cut out competition by narrowing your focus. In other words, find your niche and then find a sub-niche….and then pound it like crazy, article after article after article, until you are the online expert in that sub-niche.

Do the math. A large percentage of 1.9 million readers is better than a miniscule percentage of 24 million readers.

Find an Interesting Angle

You are a unique individual so how about writing like one?

Instead of writing an article entitled “Bed & Breakfasts of the West,” how about writing an article entitled “Bed & Breakfasts Along the Oregon Trail.”

Instead of writing an article that boringly lists the ingredients in a pot roast, how about sharing a story about lovely Sundays when you were a child and your grandmother would make pot roast for dinner on a crisp fall afternoon.

“Recipes and Country Wisdom with Jeannie” or “Recipes With Grandma.”

“A Walker’s Guide To Topeka” followed by “A Hungry Walker’s Guide To Topeka” followed by “A Walker’s Path Guide To Topeka” followed by…..well, you get the point.

Create an angle that is uniquely you and then continue to build upon it.

The teacher in me never fades away
The teacher in me never fades away

No, I Do Not Hate Recipes

But I do hate boring recipes.

No, I do not hate travel articles, but I do hate the same old stuff regurgitated over and over again.

Either present new material to me, or find a new angle, or dazzle me with your folksy humor, or knock me for a loop with your incredible writing voice….just do something, please!

I just want you to succeed. It’s as simple as that. You can fight me on this, and continue to do articles that are worthy of the paper shredder, or you can try it my way and open new doors of opportunity.

The choice is yours. While you decide what you want to do, I’m going to be busy writing my next article….”The Hairiest Politicians in Olympia, Washington.”

Got your attention, didn’t I?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DrBill, after two years I still don't have the answer to that question. :) One of the mysteries of HubPages. I will be by to read your work shortly; thank you.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for the useful ideas.

      BTW, why are some comments earliest to latest, and some are the other way around?? Still have a lot to learn here, at hubpages. Thanks for your contributions! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...maybe, Paula, I'm psychically in tune with them. :)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....you've been talking to my teachers. Don't try to deny it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LMAO....Paula, you would have been the wise-ass in the back of the room who drove me crazy daily, and who I looked forward to seeing daily as well. :)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Teacher, teacher, show me how

      Teacher, teacher, tell me why.

      Not tomorrow...tell me now

      I need to get my grades up high.

      You teach so well, that I learn quick

      the way you teach me what to do

      Gets through this head of mine, though thick

      I'm Oh so smart, because of YOU!

      Up++++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Suzie, you remembered! Yes, that is what I am doing today as the fog lifts and the sun begins to shine. Thank you and no, it is not easy becoming a good writer, but it is so worth it. :) Enjoy your week my beauty guru and thank you.

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Better late than never, apologies my friend.

      Loved this article and so darn on the money - AGAIN!! I have been trying to improve daily with tweaks and more interesting ways to write, creating my own style and taking all your tips on board. It is not easy but when you put these basics into practice it DOES make sense.

      Appreciate more wisdom my yoda and wishing you a wonderful week, now go do your 5 articles which you do on Mondays!!

      Votes and sharing this on!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbs, thank you for your insights. I appreciate your perspective and yes, passion....in fact, I love passion in anything in life. I hope you have a great weekend!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 3 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @billybuc...Obviously, if one writes in the professional areas, grammar is paramount. Quality writing is important to me in my own offerings, as well, and I try my best to maintain it, but you know as well as I do that traffic driving is the main Internet game -- that was my point!

      I don't require anything of anyone else, here. In the beginning of my Internet experience, I, too, was put off by the less grammatical, but I've learned to accept people's efforts as they exist and look for the silver lining. I can read, or not read, respond, or not respond, just like everyone else. And it's a strange little phenomenon that anyone can learn something from any one "writer". And what I don't like, I don't "like", or bless.

      One former teacher and one former journalist aren't going to change the Internet. I accept the Internet for what it is -- a fun place to share knowledge and communicate with others, as Billy Gates intended it to be -- not a teacher's, or a journalist's dream location to bring grammatically correct language. That will never happen -- about like tackling world peace(!) -- because the medium is too open, free to all to express their views, as they know how. And so, we will have less than perfect grammar.

      But we will have oodles of thoughts and ideas, from people everywhere! On another site -- Bubblews -- I just read a wonderfully sincere article from a writer from the South. It described her growing up years there, her life in the South, as unique and as common as so many others from the area. It was not grammatical, but it was mesmerizing and from the heart. Teacher's, or journalist's, delight? No, but a case in point.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joyette, it warms my heart to read your words. I see far too many articles that are rubbish....and I want everyone to succeed and do their best...but it takes effort. :) Thank you!

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      Joyette Fabien 3 years ago from Dominica

      I absolutely agree with you. Anything worth doing is worth doing well, so it is not enough to write just for writing sake. We have to use our best efforts to engage readers and keep them wanting more.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbs, it is a cruel world we live in today....I have been on a one-man crusade to raise the writing level online, and let me tell you it is a tough battle. I was a teacher once and I will never stop teaching that quality counts....and if quality is not important to a writer then they do not deserve the label of "writer." :)

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 3 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @billybuc...All of what you say in this piece is true...to a point. I've won numerous Internet writing awards on several different writing sites, including Hubpages, but that hasn't been enough to sustain my readership.

      In the end, it's about knowing the driving traffic computer language, which I don't, and about constantly following up on article comments and looking about for new readers. I've seen horribly written articles get oodles of traffic, because the writer knows more about doing that than he does about quality writing.

      Just sayin'!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, I've got to let my humor out or it gets all bottled up inside of me and makes me mighty uncomfortable. :) Thank you my creative friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You crack me up and yet you are spot on!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Passionate, what a lovely comment to begin my day with. Thank you so much! If I inspire you then my work as a writer has been done, because that is what I set out to do. Thank you for the affirmation.

      blessings always

      bill

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      wow, so wonderfully insightful article throwing light and giving complete advice on how to make an article interesting and to the point to keep the reader focused on our page, i bookmarked the page as a reminder. i am big fan of your writing style Bill, that always keep me focused on your page till end and i admire that your are an extremely powerful writer that grips the reader's attention with every word and knows very well how to convey his message to his reader in an explained yet very interesting manner that never let us get bored with long excessive details. Million blessings ahead all through your writing journey my dear friend and my source of inspiration too. useful, voted up and shared. stay blessed always!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, thank you so very much. What a nice thing for you to say.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Great no-nonsense advice from someone who really knows his stuff. I can tell you were a teacher. No one says it quite like you do.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia my friend, thank you! I hope your week is everything you hope for.

      blessings a hugs coming across the Atlantic

      bill

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for these tips Bill. I will keep these in mind while writing the next one! Have a great week ahead. Smiles and blessings :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Glimmer. Photos are very important for recipes....we respond to our senses and the writer must use that knowledge to his/her advantage.

      Thank you my friend and Happy Labor Day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, it is always nice having your drop by for a cup of tea and a chat. Thank you my friend. I hope your coming week is filled with good surprises.

      blessings

      bill

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Ok - Now I have to go check out my recipe intros. Great points here Bill. For recipes I also like good photos. I never used to think that, but with all the great recipes out there, photos really make a difference. But the photo only gets me so far, the intro is another important pull for me.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Late for lesson again teach....my my, I just love it when you're all fired up :). Many of us make the mistake of focusing purely on bringing the traffic to our work, but if the work is not up to scratch, SEO or not, all that lovely traffic just bounces right back to the competition. Thank you for the timely reminder, another one to keep.

      Awesome!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, it is amazing how many hubs I read that virtually have no introduction. Why that surprises me I know not, but it does. :) Thanks my friend and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

      bill

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Right on, Bill. Within the first paragraph of any article, there must be a hook of some sort to pull the reader in. I expound on that same fact in my hub, "How to Generate More Traffic" using the 'Philosophy of Success.'

      Thanks for reminding your readers of the importance of the 'hook.'

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      W1total, it is always my pleasure. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you follow the formula perfectly. Your recipes are never boring because you write in an interesting manner, sprinkling personal experience in with the recipe. People relate to that.

      Have a wonderful Sunday my friend and thank you.

      blessings and a hug are yours

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made my dear, you must have had a very busy summer. Now I'm sure your children are heading off to school.....hopefully you will be able to write soon. Thank you for stopping by and it was very nice to see you. Take care my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, it is always a pleasure. Thank you for taking time on this weekend to read and comment, and I hope you are well.

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      Good, solid advice. Thank you billybuc.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You are da bomb. I knew I had to get my fix before I set out on today's journey.

      This is very informative and helpful. Yes, how we title our articles does help us to get into the pool out there that is so huge. I actually do not do too much with that part of my experience on here but when I return in full force will definitely consider it more.

      And, I for one, am so glad you do not hate recipes as I may be on the way to being the queen of recipe submissions.

      Have a lovely day Many Angels and hugs are on the way ps

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Bill, I have missed reading your wonderful hubs. I just blinked and August turned into September. I hope September will be a month of writing for me, and I'll try to follow all the great advice you share about writing. Have a nice Sunday! :)

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      So true, the article has to be unique and interesting, presented in a new angle. Boring stuff puts off the reader. The title really does matter. Thank you for sharing these valuable ideas. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Music to my ears, vkwok...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, no reason to apologize. It has been a busy weekend for me too and I'm just getting around to reading my comments. Thank you! Really these are pretty common sense ideas; it's amazing how many writers don't follow them. :)

      Thank you and enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you figured it out.....give people what they want and they will come back for more. :) Well done!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I feel enlightened reading your hubs. Thank you as always for the amazing advice.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Awesome! So, So true. Writing an article or a book or a hub or a blog- either way-you're right- the first 10 seconds are so important. They are as important as first impressions when you meet someone in person. Love your writing and your advice. Always motivational and always pushing to the next level. Keep 'em coming!

      (Sorry it took so long for me to read- busy few days)!

      Have a great weekend,

      Liz

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have a few recipes that I did. Some views are darn close to 1,000, and one has nearly 100 comments...I figured out the strategy a LONG time ago. Those recipes better be incredibly enticing, appealing, and darn attractive... Take a look at them and see for yourself.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, good morning, and yes, great news about Joe. He had us worried there for awhile.

      I appreciate you coming by again. I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, good morning, and that is great news on the health tests. Full speed ahead my friend. I have been doing interval running with Bev and feel fantastic. Today we are going on a walkabout in honor of you. :)

      Have a great weekend buddy and thanks as always for a great comment.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Teresa! Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you as always Martin!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Joyette! I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Good morning, and I hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable beginning to the Labor Day weekend.

      It is good news to learn that our friend Joe has good medical test results after his recent health issue . I often return to read comments on a hub I've enjoyed, and this practice can be beneficial in more ways than one.

      Jaye

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Good morning, Bill!

      First of all, it sure is good responding to your great articles once again. I've been so busy, my friend, but I'm happy to report that a second test (the first was an EKG which was unremarkable, or good), an ultrasound of my carotid arteries, showed that they were free and clear of any traffic congestion, like I-5 at 3 AM.

      Great article, Bill! Congratulations on the high ranking with those two specific articles you mentioned. Way to go, SEO-contrarian bro'! I like your style, my friend!

      Although I've been very busy with eBay lately, I did save your articles to be savored over the weekend...so you'll be hearing from me at least four more times today.

      See ya, Bill! And always with aloha!

      ~Joe

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      Teresa Coppens 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      AddAnother great writing how to Bill. I will keep coming back to these as the advice is sounf and the articles so very entertaining. Thankyou!

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for your great advise.

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      Joyette Fabien 3 years ago from Dominica

      A most interesting article, billybuc. Thanks for the very useful tips.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, your poems soar each and every time, and that is coming from a person who is not a huge fan of poetry. Your wings are glistening in the sun my friend.

      blessings to you always and have a great weekend.

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I listen to so many how toos and sometimes they fly over my head, But you always make sense to me. What if someday you read a beautiful poem signed by Always Exploring and it soars, That's my dream. Different strokes for different folks..Bless you my friend

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, I don't get it and maybe I never will. Success, in most cases, requires work. I think we live in an instant gratification world; that plus get-rich dreams fueled by online successes have led many to believe it is as easy as writing one article and then collecting your payout. If it were that easy all writers would be millionaires, and you and I know that ain't happening.

      Thanks buddy and I hope you have a great weekend.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alice! I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I have a five year strategy and I'm in year number three. It's my business training I'm afraid; that plus an anal attention to short and long term details. LOL Hopefully it works out in the end because I don't have that many five year blocks to experiment with. :) Thank you Anna and I hope your weekend is enjoyable as well.

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      chrisinhawaii 3 years ago

      Good stuff, Bill! It's amazing how so many people want to build a successful online business by writing articles, yet they put little effort into their product.

      Out in the real world, most people realize that to have a successful business, you need a high quality product. But then they go online and think they can build a successful Internet business with garbage articles!

      There's no difference! Sheesh.

      I share your frustration, buddy.

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      Alice Ann Day 3 years ago

      This is such excellent teaching. I have bookmarked so I can read it again and again.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Interesting and useful. I like how you are working on a long term strategy.

      Initial views are meaningless unless they are evocative enough to spark an interest in returning for more. A simple true with onwards repercussions. However one which isn't usually voiced.

      Straight to the point and very helpful

      Enjoy your weekend.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, your writing has definitely sprouted wings and you are flying my dear. I love to read your messages of hope and love. Keep being who you are. :)

      Thank you and blessings to you always

      bill

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Ohh I don't want to be a "pig slop". You have my email any suggestion the teacher also in me never fades away neither the student.

      Thanks again for those wings!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I actually think a recipe video would be very effective, and posting it on Youtube would be a great cross-reference....great suggestions my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, I am taking the weekend off from writing but will hit it again on Monday. As for your comment, there are definitely topics that do not lend themselves well to these tips.....thanks for the clarification and your views. I respect the knowledge you have about marketing.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I love that...you stated it perfectly. I'm just jealous I didn't think of it. LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, thank you so much. I am honored that so many people have a file with my name on it...it really is very gratifying and I appreciate all of you.

      Have a wonderful weekend, Connie!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill... PS,

      I do not write recipe hubs; however, if I ever did, I would make sure they were written in such a tantalizing manner to make one crave such a recipe, as a must-have recipe!

      In the future, if I do write a recipe hub, I believe I will make it a video recipe hub, for even more added interest, hopefully.

      Thank you for the great tips again.

      Have a lovely weekend with your darling, Bev.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      There are times I've been very uninteresting since I'm writing about more tech-y subjects (such as calculating profit margins) and know people are quickly looking for answers online. Taking an interesting approach might frustrate them, causing them to bounce. But if my subject was "how calculating profit margins incorrectly nearly killed my business," you'll get a whole boatload of interesting. :) I think it depends on the subject, focus and goals of the piece.

      However, for more personal, heartfelt or hobby type material (such as travel, cooking, health, etc.), taking the interesting approach will definitely help writers stand out from the gajillions of other writers out there.

      Hope you have a relaxing and labor-less Labor Day!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      The writing of the hub is a good recipe, in and of itself...the ingredients, and how we use them. Voted up ++

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      billybuc, the Writing Wizard shines brightly in another superb offering from his velvet bag of writing tricks! I have added this to the bookmark that bears your name, my friend. I feel very fortunate to have access to your remarkable talents and wisdom.

      Bless your heart ;) Pearl

      Voted Up+++++

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Emma! I hope I didn't make too much work for you. :)

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      Emma Harvey 3 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Thank you for another great hub. You are right about keeping readers interested in what is written. I must go back and check my recipe articles now! ;)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that is very kind of you. I owe you a visit or two. Thank you for visiting me twice today. I do appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, that is high praise and I thank you for it. Best of luck to you my friend and I hope your weekend is filled with writing success.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, the HP tools are beneficial. Best of luck to you and I admire your desire to improve your craft. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, no matter what you write about, you always write in a comfortable voice that lets your readers know you as a person...your writing style will never go out of style. :) Thank you my friend and have one heck of a weekend.

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      Mary Merriment 3 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Excellent advice for captivating an audience immediately and keeping them interested in the long run. I am taking your wisdom to heart; may I use it well!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Bill,

      You are a wonderful teacher, I wish I had a mentor like you in my creative writing program. I write for print as well as online, and I understand the forms of both medium. However, finding success is a different matter.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      The new HP tools which label our articles as unfit have at least one good benefit. They give us a chance to correct some of the blunders we made when we first started. Many of the suggestions you give are timely for me as I seek to improve. Thank you.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you couldn't be more right. I do post recipes at times, but it is more for me and anyone who would like to try. Mine are not written a cash cows by any means, but I do love your tips here and you know you are preaching to choir to me at this point. Thanks and enjoy your weekend now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again Eric!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mark! I just toss this stuff out there and if anyone picks it up then great. :) Have a good weekend buddy.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      True dat Brother!!!

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Another awesome article with the wisdom and guidance of the master!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, it is an interesting point now isn't it? Will they stick around (pun intended) and will they return? I'm old-fashioned and proud of it...nothing beats quality.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, I'm trying to be known as the pig writer! LOL It's been a goal of mine for quite some time now. :)

      Thanks my friend and I owe you a visit.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      As usual you are fixated on pigs. One week you're putting pigs in dresses and this week you're crying out against pig slop. Seriously, great hub as usual with pig troughs full of useful info!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Gag me with one of those sticks. LOL

      I like that point you made about SEO: you may attract viewers, but are they going to stick around to read your whole article? Or for that matter, will they share it or look for more of your work? Hmmmm . . . something to think about there.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jaye! You know my friend, I just want writers to succeed. If any of this helps then fantastic. :) Have a great weekend Jaye!

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Another good writing lesson from Bill...another reminder not to let our writing get stale and uninteresting. Thanks...again!

      Voted Up++ and shared

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I normally don't write hubs on Friday but I've got one clawing to get out...best pay attention to it. :) Thanks my dear and have a great Friday.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, Faith, I just want writers to be successful. If my suggestions help then great; if not, there is no harm in giving them. :) Have a great weekend my friend and thank you for being the person that you are.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you radhikasree....much appreciated my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, that's exactly the point. We can always reach the diehards, but what about the fringe group? How about crossing the line between storyteller and recipe sharer, and grab both groups?

      I just want you to make money at this writing gig....and that astrology thing you have going should be making money, darn it! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, it's a good thing the teacher in you never fades away. Where would we be? You could be selfish and keep what you learn to yourself, but you share with us. You're the best. Now, I'm off to begin the hub I wanted to get to yesterday. "Best laid plans....."

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill, I am glad to know you do not hate them, but only desire they are written in such a way to a actually make the reader's mouth water so to make the reader actually want to try the recipe out. It truly does make a huge difference in one actually reading the recipe all the way to the end and enjoy the mouth-watering photos, is a most important aspect. Thanks for the clarification. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Radhika Sreekanth 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Your view points on writing certain topics are really educative. A must read for all the writers. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      You are way too good Bill and I need to go over all my poorly viewed recipes on Hub..You brought it all to light and outside of the diehard recipe seekers you are right..lets entertain. Hairiest, harryest, whatever you did get a rise and interest..Thanks as always for sharing your ideas. GOing to pin and facebook this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Eric! I like that compliment....when someone tells me that my read was easy and flowed well I am quite pleased.

      Have a great weekend and I agree, I love life recipes. :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Perhaps I am over the top on this. I like my recipe articles but they are more about life I hope.

      This article also -- just taught me about an easy fast read. It flowed so cool. I was bummed at the end. Like a good dream. Thank you buddy.