I Want to Do an Ezine! Part 3 What is Content? Copyright Terri Seymour
When you publish an ezine, you most definitely want to provide useful, and original content as well as promoting your business. Some things you might want to include:
*Original Articles/Guest Articles - If you are not writing your own articles, please try it. Although guest articles can be very effective, it is always a good idea to have some original content as well.
There are lots of places to get articles:
Article Announcement Lists: mailto:email@example.com; mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; mailto:email@example.com; mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; mailto:email@example.com; mailto:QC_Reprint_Articlesfirstname.lastname@example.org; mailto:email@example.com; mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; mailto:email@example.com; mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; mailto:Free-Contentemail@example.com; mailto:Free-Reprint-Articlesfirstname.lastname@example.org;
Article Directories: http://OpportunityUpdate.com/articles/ http://amazines.com/ http://ezinearticles.com/add_url.html http://marketing-of-training.com/motoarticles.htm http://www.womans-net.com/submit.php http://www.MakingProfit.com http://www.articlecentral.com/suggest.asp http://www.articlecity.com/article_submission.shtml http://www.bestparentingresources.com/Article.html http://www.boconline.com/sub-art.htm http://www.businesstoolchest.com/articles/submit.shtml http://www.connectionteam.com/art.html
You could also ask for article submissions in your ezine and on your website. Provide a special email to receive articles such as: mailto:email@example.com?subject=articles
*Freebies - downloads, tools, ebooks, and any other useful Freebie you can find. Freebies can be found all over as well. Do a search for Free Downloads, Freebies, Free resources or whatever type of freebie you are looking for. There are also freebie ezines and email lists you can subscribe to.
*A Forum for Your Readers - A place where readers can vent, question, complain, interact, whatever comments or feedback they might want to send in. This also helps in starting that all important connection between reader and publisher.
*Human Interest Items - Inspirational stories or poems, people helping people, survival stories, whatever you think your readers might enjoy reading about.
*A Little Fun/Humor - We all need to laugh, so why not have a little fun with your readers!
Note: I would put last two items together in one section because you do not want to get too far off subject matter.
*Editorial/Personality - This is where you can let your readers get to know you so they can begin to trust you. Talk about interesting news items, things you have learned or experienced, relate to your readers. You need to make a connection with your readers. Make sure your personality shines through in your ezine. Make your ezine warm, friendly, and inviting while being informative and helpful.