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Here's a short list of article directories:
http://www.ezinearticles.com http://www.certificate.net/wwio http://www.ideamarketers.com http://www.goarticles.com http://www.netterweb.com http://www.jogena.com
Key #2: Choose a "Magnetic" Title
Magnetic title? That's right. Your article title is your headline. If it doesn't pull reader into article, nothing will. Just think ... what if I called this article:
"Get More Traffic In The Search Engines", "Easy Search Engine Tips", or "Free Traffic Generation Strategies".
BLAH! See what I mean? These don't pack much "punch", do they?
Your title is just like a classified ad. Look at it this way. If your article title is crowded on a webpage with 100 others, what will make it jump off page?
Key #3: Use The AIDA Principle
Attention Interest Desire Action
This universal formula applies to your articles as well. Once you've enticed your reader to read your article (via a great title), you need to keep them reading.
The first paragraph of your article is critical. If it's dull, boring and lifeless, your reader will surely bail out. You must keep their interest right from start. Try using short paragraphs, sentences and words. This will keep tempo upbeat and make your article much easier to read (or skim, as most do online).
Key #4: Create Several Sub-Headings
To better organize your thoughts, divide your article into sub-headings. At times, writing a 500-700 word article can seem insurmountable. Sub-headings make things easier. Instead of tackling entire article at once, try writing one paragraph at a time.
Key #5: "Close The Sale" With A Resource Box
One of worst things you can do is to leave your reader hanging. They've just read your great article, now what? A resource box appears at very end of your article. It's last line that your reader sees. It's your chance to set next step.
Make sure that your resource box is compelling. Make reader jump over to your website, sign up for your ezine, download your latest ebook, claim their free gift -- get creative!
Also, resource box allows you to include a direct link back to your website. Sit back and watch your link popularity soar!
Key #6: Poofread Your Work
Did you catch that? It should have read, "Proofread". Nothing hollers out amateur, newbie, or just plain unprofessional than an article filled with typos and bad grammar. If you don't have an English major in family, hire a proofreader. Their rates are reasonable and they can save you from damaging your reputation online.
Key #7 - Promote, promote, promote
Let's make one thing clear. Without key #7, keys 1-6 are a waste of time. Bottom line, no one will read your article if you keep it stored on a floppy disk in your desk.
You've got to promote it!
How can you promote your article? There are close to 90 article directories, article banks, free content sites, article announcement lists, and article syndication services out there. And best part is ... 95% of them are FREE!
Plus, there are thousands of ezines, websites and blogs that are looking for article submissions. Develop a list of contacts in your target market. Next, e-mail each ezine publisher, blog owner, or webmaster a copy of your latest article. There are countless stories of individuals who have succeeded using this exact same approach.
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