How To Publicize Your E-zine OnlineWritten by Chip Rowe
Once you've created a webzine, how do you get word out? This short guide offers some strategies to let world of readers know about your work.
* ANNOUNCE YOUR E-ZINE *
Once you have your e-zine or webzine in place, visit yahoo.com, google.com and msn.com and submit your URLs (if you have a lot of pages, it's wise not to submit more than five URLs per day). Don't pay for services that promise to submit your site to hundreds of engines. It won't affect your traffic as much as just hitting larger ones. For a primer on how various engines work, visit SearchEngineWatch.com. It offers a free newsletter that gets into tons of details about how engines work. Anytime you make a major change to your site or add new pages, submit or resubmit URLs.
The next step is to enter your URL at major online directories. You'll save yourself a lot of time if you prepare enticing 25-word, 50-word and 100-word descriptions first. "If you can explain your zine in a sentence you have a fighting chance," says George Myers Jr. of LitKit. A one-sentence description can help you focus on audience you're after, and it helps when you're deciding where to place your e-zine in directories. Yahoo! is largest directory, followed by Open Directory. A good guide to smaller engines is directorylist.org.
Yahoo seems to prefer sites that have their own domain name; even then you may have to submit several times before you're listed. Don't do it more than once every two weeks, and chose your category carefully (suggest a second category if it applies, but don't get greedy). Submit your webzine under specific topics, such as Travel or Humor or whatever best describe its content. Yahoo! no longer accepts free submissions to Business categories; instead, it charges a $299 annual fee.
Finally, promote your e-zine by sending announcements to various services that alert surfers to new sites. Post a notice to Usenet group alt.ezines. If you do a non-commercial paper or electronic zine, post a notice on alt.zines. Announce new non-commercial Webzines on comp.infosystems.www.announce, or any e-zine at bookmarkz.com.
Analysis of a Topic: Writing Essays and Term PapersWritten by Lisa Dinis
Analyzing a topic is often first step in researching an essay or term paper. It describes and defines a topic and its importance. Does topic have value? Why should it be discussed? Answering these questions is important in an analysis of a topic. An analysis of a topic often compares items with others so in many ways an analysis of a topic can be compared to a comparison/contrast essay or it can be described as a descriptive essay. The purpose of an analysis of a topic essay is exactly what it states, which is to analyze specific item, idea, article, etc.
Often an analysis essay is done with articles, stories, or books. It begins with a short summary of book. The writer usually begins with what they have read, and then dissects it to state how he/she feels about book. Do they agree with author? What types of emotions does book create in reader? The analysis should include characters, plots, themes, and purpose of story or book. The analysis should provide a rational appeal as to why writer is making analysis of book.
An example of an analysis of a topic essay can be done with story of Cinderella. Who are main characters in Cinderella? What is plot? Why are wicked sisters so mean to Cinderella? Who is wicked stepmother? What happens after clock strikes midnight? What does prince use to find Cinderella? What emotions does story of Cinderella bring to reader? Could this story be true? Why or Why not? What themes are found in story of Cinderella?
Simple questions lead writer of essay to answer these questions in an analysis of story. Often best way to do an analysis of a story or book is to create questions to be answered. What is purpose of book? What characters are important in story? Do you like way author told story?
No two people will write an analysis of a story same. It is similar to a book report in that it gives facts about story or book. It goes farther than a book report in that it does a personal analysis of way writer of essay sees events in story. In many ways an analysis of a topic can be creative in that no two people would ask same questions or look at same two things in an analysis.