How To Write an Ezine ArticleWritten by John Mussi
Writing can be fraught at best of times but it never ceases to amaze me just how much more difficult we make it by our approach. Writing an Ezine Article is no different to writing anything else. You need to approach task in a professional way. There is little point in attempting to write anything whilst trying to answer mail, doing dishes or grooming pet. You have to give article your undivided attention.
There is no set formula for equipment you choose to write with, it just boils down to personal preference. Some people prefer to use a computer, others prefer a typewriter and some still like to use pen and paper. Select one that you are most comfortable with. Here are ten tips on how to make writing an Ezine Article a lot easier:
1. Allocate time
This will ensure that your train of thought is not interrupted. There is nothing worse for a writer than to have a good idea ruined by an interruption. To help yourself think find quietest spot in house, put up a “Do Not Disturb” sign up and close door.
2. Remove all clutter
When you commence writing you do not want to be distracted by anything so clear your desk or table top of everything apart from your writing paraphernalia.
3. Select a topic
Most people find this one of hardest things about writing and yet we are spoilt for choice. You can write about an activity that you enjoy, a sport you play, a hobby that you have, work experience, health concept, travel experience and so on. The choice is endless. Have courage of your conviction and go for it.
4. Choose a title
Choosing a title is just as important as selecting content. The title has to capture gist of content whilst at same time be eye-catching enough to enable an editor to pick your article out of thousands of others.
5. Plan content
There is little point in rambling on for countless pages and hope to retain readers interest. All writing whether a book or Ezine Article will need to have a beginning, middle and an end. Write down some basic points about your content. Then use headings and follow up by expanding headings. Once this has been achieved, organise content so that it makes sense whilst retaining a beginning, middle and end.
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.