How To Write Articles That Get Read

Written by Ken Hill

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When writing your article keep your article focused and torepparttar point, and just like with an article that presents a list of tips, numberrepparttar 129424 steps in your article to make your article easier to read and to keep it nicely organized.

7. Proofread your articles.

Before you submit your article for publication spell check your article, and go over your article for words you might have omitted or typed twice, as well as words you may have misused such as using "there" instead of "their."

8. Ask a question to spark your readers interest.

Use a question asrepparttar 129425 title of your article to entice people to read your article, or ask a question within your article to effectively keep your readers focused on your article.

9. Edit and re-edit your article.

Even after you feel you are done with your article it's a good idea to leave your article for a day or two and then come back to it.

The changes you make to your article after seeing it in a new light, will often berepparttar 129426 difference between a good article and a great article.

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How I learned to make my writing pay, and you can do it too. Copywriting is easy money

Written by Angela Booth

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That's how I started copywriting. I rewrote advertising, because I thought I could do better. You can dorepparttar same thing to start your own copywriting business. Become aware of allrepparttar 129422 copy around you. Just for fun, and to get some writing samples, rewrite some of it. If this gives you a real buzz, and you find it easy, you've just found yourself a new profession. Here's a newsflash: most copy is basic and uninspired. Display creativity inrepparttar 129423 copy you write, and clients will line up to hire you.

Develop a prospective clients database

Your prospective clients fall into two groups: businesses which write their own marketing communications material in-house, andrepparttar 129424 advertising industry --- agencies for advertising, public relations, graphic design, and marketing.

Start out by targetingrepparttar 129425 local companies stuffing your letterbox. The competition will be minimal. Chances are you'll berepparttar 129426 first copywriter to approach them. The writing experience and confidence you gain from doing this work will encourage you to move on to bigger businesses.

Here's your business prospecting process in a nutshell: * find a prospect; * enterrepparttar 129427 prospect into your Prospective Clients database; * brainstorm how you can offerrepparttar 129428 prospect a better ROI; * phone and/ or send a letter torepparttar 129429 prospect outlining what you can do for him; * follow up.

You need a way to keep track of your prospects, so create a prospects database. Your Prospective Clients database doesn't have to be fancy. I use a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. You can keep your database in a word processor, if that's what's easiest for you.

Write your first direct mail letter advertising your services

The easiest and cheapest way to get clients for your new business is to write personalized letters. Inrepparttar 129430 future, when your business is well established, you may want to invest in a commercial list, and send your letters to a few thousand advertising or PR agencies at once. When you're starting out however, sending personalized letters is cost effective, and you won't find yourself with more work than you can handle.

Each letter you send out addresses a specific need you perceiverepparttar 129431 business has. When I send out a letter torepparttar 129432 real estate agents I mentioned earlier, for example, I'll be usingrepparttar 129433 copy from their flyers, and making suggestions as to howrepparttar 129434 copy could be improved. (I'll be doing this extremely diplomatically, of course.) I'll be emphasizing "retain-ability", how to getrepparttar 129435 people receivingrepparttar 129436 flyers to keep them.

Each letter I write will take me around half an hour. Why? After all, I could just do a mail merge, and send out 100 letters in that time. The reason I don't do that is because when you're writing a direct mail letter, you need to think likerepparttar 129437 person who's receiving your letter. Everyone inrepparttar 129438 world has a single mindset: "What's in it for me"? Therefore, you need to show what you can do for their particular business. You have to provide something of value, up front.

A week or so after I've sent outrepparttar 129439 letters, I'll callrepparttar 129440 businesses to follow up. Not every business I target will use my services. However, a number will. They'll either have work for me immediately, or within a few months.

Get started today. Give copywriting a try. Although you don't get a byline for your work, you do getrepparttar 129441 gratitude of your clients, and real money for your writing.

(c) Copyright Angela Booth 2002

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Australian author and journalist Angela Booth writes about business, technology, health and creativity for print and online publications. She also writes copy for businesses large and small.

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