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How To Write Articles On The Internet

Updated on December 11, 2013

The best stories stand the test of time. You want material people can read again in a year and still consider it as fresh as it is today.

When I say “best” I mean in terms of making money or increasing readership.

Even if you don’t post a date at the top, what you say in the piece tells us when it was written. That pregnant actress will have her baby and move out of the lime light in a year and that senator who is having a spicy affair will soon be old news.

Look for articles that will hold readers interest for the long haul. If you have stories that draw an audience everyday of every year you will make more money.

When telling about famous people add ones that are iconic in memory so you have some work that even though vintage is still interesting enough to get noticed. Be sure to add your own flair so it isn’t the same stories anyone can find in other periodicals or websites.


Articles that have staying power:

Health- (Even though advances in medicine happen on a regular basis it doesn’t change frequently so you would be safe until the next break through.

Relationships- the coupling of two people is an ever popular subject and everyone wants advice on getting that special someone.

Religion or Spiritual Beliefs- This will appeal to a certain group but can turn off other readers so beware when writing them. Everyone has their opinion and think their way is the only way. Astrology, Atheism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Shinto, Taoism, Wiccan, and many others; the list is huge.

Pets- Cats and dogs are the most popular and always a hot topic to talk about.

Gardening- This could be under hobbies but has a large enough audience it can be in its own category. There will always be people growing flowers and vegetables. During the winter months your readership can fall off but even then some keep thoughts of the next spring in mind and will still read.


Emotional Well Being- These are stories more of a psychological nature, such as depression, anxiety, and how we deal with everyday life.

Home- Whether it’s getting grass stains out of junior’s uniform or reupholstering your sofa, anything to do with where we live and making life easier will always attract readers. Everyone nests to some degree.

Cooking- This one could have been placed under home but it is big enough to be in a category on it’s own. Basic recipes have staying power but as you know over time some foods become bigger news than others either because we should avoid them or they suddenly become the new hot food everyone must eat.

Family/Raising Children- Kids are a puzzle many parents are trying to figure out so these articles are always popular with people who have offspring.

Travel- These stories are popular with anyone who is thinking about taking a trip. If you talk about hotels or restaurants beware that businesses change hands and close down. Even that little café that has been there for 50 years may not be around next month so keep up on these things. Prices change so if you add them make sure you update as needed.


Hobbies- Even though these come and go over time depending on what is popular there will always be someone out there who is into the same creative outlet there just might not be as many readers when it's no longer hot. For instance, in the 70’s Macramé was a hit; in the 80’s quilting was popular but not so much anymore. The problem with a craft losing interest is that it’s harder to find supplies so even if you love ceramics and want to get others excited about it, if it’s difficult to locate materials you might lose their attention.

Field and Stream-This is anything organic that you find in the great outdoors such as rocks, reptiles or archeology.

Sports- General discussions are always popular. Beware writing articles on particular athletes or current scores or games.

Holidays- If you don’t include trendy decorations and gifts that will be out of style in a year or so. These articles will only be interesting during the season. Christmas is a longer period of time and people tend to get in the mood three to four months prior to the event so expect traffic to that story a quarter of the year. Most other holidays aren’t as popular and will only be hot for about a month.

Automotive- Maintaining our vehicles will always be noteworthy. You can even write stories about makes and models just be sure you don't date your work. People drive cars for years to come so even if you do a piece on cars coming out today they will still be around for a while.

Topics that change frequently:

I hesitate to tell you to avoid these issues because there is a need and many of us do enjoy reading them they just have to be updated on a regular basis and as a writer it will take more of your time than the above subjects.

Fashion- Styles change every year and what you wrote about two years a go will soon be outdated. A few things will stay around for a few years but if you follow the trends you know what I mean.

Politics- This is a fast changing arena and although popular, writers must keep abreast of new information. Even after politicians leave their post some remain in the spotlight for a while. There are the outrageous people who even though they never get voted in keep trying and somehow stay under the microscope for a few years.

Celebrities- Depending on whom you choose to discuss, some are popular/unpopular longer than others. I say unpopular because there are those we all seem to love to hate.


News Events- This can be from Hurricane Katrina to the latest serial killer. Depending on how big the situation was it can remain in focus for quite some time but as you know after a while they lose momentum. You can write in past tense and sometimes keep readers even after the dust has settled but it’s a gamble.

Photography- Equipment changes so quickly just look at cameras in the 80's compared to what we use today.

Electronics- Computers, cell phones, MP3 players and whatever those geniuses are inventing we don't even know about yet. This department changes constantly.

Economics- This is a roller coaster constantly going up and down.

Reviews and Product Recommendations- What's hot today may be cold tomorrow.

The beauty of writing online is that you can edit your work even after it’s published allowing you to keep your stories current so if you do write from the second group you can sometimes go back and update depending on your title.


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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      How to, it is interesting how different trends are depending on what country people are in.

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      Joshua Pine 5 years ago from San Francisco

      These are really good tips. I try to always write about things that are timeless and/or relevant for the next decade. It's so interesting to watch the memes change throughout time. Also I've been fascinated looking at the location of the traffic going to individual hubs. Certain parts of the world seem to have certain inclinations towards certain subjects.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      I try to go back and edit old stories so they stay fresh but after we have so many out there is becomes a big job. Thanks for reading, Tammy.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great tips Pamela. It takes much thought to create "evergreen" material. This is a big help!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Ardie, I reedit my work several times before posting because I'm afraid of errors and still find glaring ones later. Sometimes over thinking it makes it worse but hopefully this article gives some ideas.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Oooh, thanks for all the great topics! Sometimes I spend days or weeks just trying to think up an idea...then I add in the research and the writing and proofing and page layout hahah Its no wonder it took me 3 years to get to 50 Hubs! I will keep this list as a reference for my next 30/30 challenge :)

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      JKenny, I refer back to this article when I'm having writer's block.

      EcstacY9845 and Sgbrown, some call these articles "evergreen" since they stay fresh all of the time.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great information! We need to think about hubs with "staying power". This hub will be useful to all of us. Voted up and useful! Have a great day! :)

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      ecstacY9845 5 years ago

      Nice article.....now I have so many topics to write about..

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      I loved reading this article, some very handy tips for anyone stuck for what topics they should write about. Its very nice to know that my passions are topics that seem to have staying power.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, prasetio30.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Useful information, Pamela. I learn much from you. I hope I can keep my passion in writing. Rated Up!

      Prasetio,

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, capncrunch.

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      capncrunch 6 years ago from New Orleans

      Hi Pamela,

      I appreciate this Hub! It always good to learn techniques that are applicable in different time periods. Thank you for sharing.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Susan Miles, it does work.

      Don, you should write what you like. Who knows, you might get lucky and make money doing it.

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      DonDWest 6 years ago from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I know you're right Pamela, unfortunately, I have little interest (and thus my knowledge isn't the best) in the timeless generic topics you mentioned, so Hubpages is making me go broke!

      I can write well enough though, I could write the US tax code and make it look entertaining, but I find it difficult to write about subjects that are not exactly appealing.

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      Susan Miles 6 years ago

      Great article on writing online articles. It is true many of the writers interviewed by hubpages are saying more money can be made with evergreen hubs.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I hope they help you, katrinasui.

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      Pamela, Thank you so much for these wonderful tips. i learned alot from this hub.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, FaithDream.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Great article.. I'm bookmarking this one. Thanks for sharing.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Becky.

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Excellent advice Pamela. I'm glad you listed the topics that have staying power. This will be of great help to many. Voted up, useful and awesome. Thanks

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, iburahimu, I'm sure your article will be great.

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      iburahimu 6 years ago

      Very nice hub Pamela,

      I'd been thinking about the same thing.. you just write it better.. awesome..

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Twilight, I knew I didn't list them all I just put down several I have seen recently and yes I alphabetized them so it didn't look like I was putting any above others.

      Thanks, Glenn, I may have overlooked some but those are what I see most.

      Thanks for reading Chatkath.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Really good information - Thank you for sharing!!! Great reminder for all of us.

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      You did a great job explaining what has staying power and what doesn't. And you made a very complete and useful list of both. Very worthwhile keeping...I'm bookmarking this one! And I voted up.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I've yet to make a penny (as in 100p = £1), but plug on regardless, eys.

      By the way, in your list of religious chaps, all neatly dealt with in alphabetical order, did you realisie that between, Christianity and Judaism, there should have been Islam?

      Astrology, Atheism, Buddhism, Christianity,(?), Judaism, Shinto, Taoism, Wiccan, and many others; the list is huge.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      We can all use some inspiration now and then.

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great advice....an awesome read ...especially when you are stuck for ideas....voted up

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, kashmir. I look at that list sometimes to get ideas.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Pamela, thanks for sharing this information and advice to help us all write about the most popular subjects !

      Awesome and vote up !!!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, Felicia.

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      FeliciaM 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the really useful tips on writing articles. It's good for me to keep that in mind. Voted up and useful!!Cheers.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Book reviews are good if it's a classic. Trendy books don't always stick around. Childhood stories are considered blogs.

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      What, no crackling good book reviews, or childhood reminiscences?

      Great information. Voted Up.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks anginwu.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Thanks for showing which topics have more staying power. Health, relationship and articles on things that people enjoy are perennials. Rated up.

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Oil spills will be an ever present problem for years to come maybe you can change it up a bit to make it non-specific.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Lol,my oil-bug hub on oil-eating microbes are fleeting in concern with the BP oil-spill.;)