Marketing With Articles: How To Write Your Own Content
by Steve Shaw, founder of SubmitYourArticle.com
Writing your first articles can be a little intimidating. You're not sure what to write about in your article submissions, and you're uncertain what you should be shooting for.
If you're just getting started writing your first articles, rest assured that it gets easier. As you get more experience you'll have an easier time writing, and you'll learn to write articles more quickly too.
Here are 6 article marketing tips for beginners to make the process of writing your own content easier:
1 - Take away the power of the blank page and just start typing anything--really anything that comes into your mind. Type for 3 minutes straight, and don't worry about any spelling or grammar errors or even if what you're typing makes sense.
Don't worry--this is not your article. It's simply a writing warm-up to help loosen up your fingers and get the wheels in your brain moving. Doing a writing warm-up is painless--there is nothing that you need to live up to, and you really can't make any mistakes. As easy as it is, it has a huge impact on your ability to write your real article. You'll find that on the days when you took the time to do a writing warm-up, your fingers move more easily and you're better at expressing your ideas in words.
2 - Don't expect to finish your article in one sitting--this is a process. After you've finished your first draft, put your article away for a day or so and give your brain a rest from it. Then, look at your article again and refine it.
3 - In your final proofreading, be very conscious of spelling and grammar.
The quality of your article is largely influenced by correct spelling and proper grammar. Remember that your article is going to be republished all over the internet, and your business will be linked to the article. It's important to produce a piece of content that reflects well on you. A well-written article also has a much better chance of being accepted at the publisher level.
To proofread your article, try reading it backwards, starting with the last sentence and working your way to the first sentence. Reading your article out of order will help you focus on irregularities. You can also try reading your article out loud, and don't rush it! By this time you've read your article so many times that you've almost memorized it--reading it slowly out loud helps you to get some objectivity, so that you can see your article as it really is and not just how you imagine it to be.
4 - Shoot for a word count of 400-800 words.
5 - Be sure to write articles that are educational and that teach your readers something about your niche. Stay away from sales oriented content, as that can be a big turnoff for publishers and readers.
6 - Wondering what to write about? Your topics are limited to the general topic of the website that you're linking to from your resource box. If your website is about ballroom dancing, there's no use writing articles about motorcycles, even if that's a topic that interests you. Your articles should always be on the general topic of the website that your resource links to.
I hope these tips have taken some of the mystery out of writing your first articles. If you haven't started yet, just do it. Jump in with both feet and sit down to write. It's easier than you think, and you'll get better the more you do it!
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