Introduction:New online writers often struggle with finding a good format for writing online articles. Its really not that difficult, once you understand the basic structure.
Writing off the top of your head about things that interest you may be fine for blogs, but if you expect to be taken seriously as a writer you do need to do some research. The amount required depends on the topic, but even topics you know well benefit from added info you can only find with research.
A brief introduction sets the stage for your article and hooks the reader--but use caution that your hook isn't misleading. Humor can work wonders, but only if it leads the reader to the subject of your article. Include your keyword as close the beginning as possible for good SEO and to let the reader know what your article is about. Avoid the lame phrase "I'm going to tell you about.." or "this article is about.."
The body of your article should contain 3 to 5 paragraphs, depending on the topic. These provide the "meat" of your article. Stay on topic. Don't repeat yourself. Keep it interesting. This is where your reader finds the information he is looking for. Make sure the body of your article contains enough substance to hold the reader's interest and provides valuable information.
Your last paragraph concludes the article. This is a good place to add those keywords as you give a brief summary of the information your article contains or the benefits of the topic. Keep conclusions simple and no more than three to four sentences long. Not only does this wind up your article and provide closure for the reader, it helps with SEO, too.
Proofreading is an important step in writing an article. This is where you clean up your spelling and grammar, clarify ideas and polish your work. Read the article out loud and listen for confusing or poorly worded sections. Use the spellchecker, but always double check for words that often slip by undetected, such as the use of "there vs their" and "it's vs its".
Online readers typically prefer short articles that provide the answer to their questions or solve their problems. Provide it in a format that they can read quickly and easily.
Great List! Very helpful article.
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Professional advice...thank you!
You said it well. As for #5, my pet peeve is "your" instead of "you're". This is an informative article and it fits all the specs you pointed out.
Excellent to lay out the steps in writing a valuable article. Nicely done.
This is a great resource, for new writers and seasoned writers alike (sometimes people need to be reminded of what works and what doesn't). Thank you so much for sharing this! :)
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