Article writing is a popular way to build your reputation and bring traffic to your site. However, if your articles are not effective, you cannot expect to get great results. So never submit your articles on the internet without checking the following 3 points.
1. Pitch: In the game of baseball, you have to throw the ball just at the right spot. You cannot be too high or too low. Similarly in the art of article writing, you must pitch your content just at the right level. You cannot be too broad or too narrow. If you are too broad, you will not be useful. Chances are that the reader will already know what you are writing about because many other authors have already educated him.
As an expert you need to provide a little more in-depth information for the reader to solve his problems. On the other hand, you need to take the other extreme position of making things too narrow. Avoid highly technical terms which the reader is not required to understand. Make your article simple to read and easy to understand. Also keep the article short and limited to one aspect of the topic. Write multiple articles to cover different aspects.
2. Punch: There are over a million articles written by over 170,000 authors in ezinearticles.com, the most popular article directory on the internet. When you add your drop of article in this ocean, you need to ensure that it is visible to all, that it stands out from the rest. One way is to make your title very attractive. Compose it in such a manner that the reader will be forced to click on it to read further.
Another way is to write an attractive excerpt. Many directories will allow you to write a short summary for your article. Most writers simply use the first paragraph as the excerpt but the first paragraph might not be the best summary for your article. So to make things more attractive, create a special summary for your articles.
3. Plagiarism: What is the point of writing something that is copied from another? If you are a real expert in your subject, you will never copy anything from anyone. You can surely research content from the internet to get ideas but finally, you must write the article in your own words.
Many articles are available on a PLR basis but then what is the point of using an article which hundreds of other authors are also going to call it their own. It is a good practice to use sites like copyscape.com and tools like DupeFree Pro to check your content for plagiarism before submitting. If you are getting articles written for you by freelancers, then make sure you get all the rights of the articles in your name.
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