Keyword Article Writing: the Key to Your Success!

Written by Dina Giolitto, Wordfeeder.com


Ready to jump onrepparttar keyword article bandwagon? Billions of companies are using keyword articles to gain free exposure onrepparttar 105152 internet. Whether you're a netpreneur marketing a product or a writer seeking freelance work, odds are you can benefit tremendously from keyword articles.

Why use keywords? The point is to be "found." Internet users acrossrepparttar 105153 globe are searching for information. How are they searching? The same way you do; they type specific words into a search engine. If you don't incorporate these words into your web content,repparttar 105154 other guy will... and then your reader is lost on someone else's copy. Help them find you... with keywords!

Never written a keyword article before? Have no fear. The process isn't much different from writing regular articles. Don't let lack of experience stop you from profiting through keyword-rich content. Just follow these easy keyword-writing guidelines, and get ready to key in some great article copy!

1. Learnrepparttar 105155 buzzwords. Every industry has its own jargon. If you're well-versed in a particular subject, it's likely that you already knowrepparttar 105156 buzzwords and you don't need to read up on it. If it's a relatively new topic for you, do some research. Read four or five different articles to get an idea ofrepparttar 105157 lingo used andrepparttar 105158 most popular sub-categories ofrepparttar 105159 industry. I'll give you an example. Let's say your article is going to be about... keyword articles. Some of your keywords might be: keyword, "keyword article", keyword-rich, "web content," "web article," RSS-feed, "keyword writing." How do I know this? Not because I did a keyword lookup. Because I read lots of articles! Reading is a great way to load up on catch-phrases and terminology. You can get your fill of keywords without even trying!

2. Writerepparttar 105160 article without paying attention to keywords. Don't bother trying to plug keywords into an articlerepparttar 105161 first time you write it. Just write it, period. Keeprepparttar 105162 flow going, craft your sentences without paying particular mind to word selection. It's likely that if you know what you're talking about, keywords will very naturally fall into place as you write. Those sneaky keywords... they tend to just slip right in without your even knowing it happened!

3. Select your keywords. Once your first draft is written, you can concentrate on building a list of keywords to insert throughout your text. Sit down with a pen and paper (or a blank document if you prefer) and write down words that you frequently come across inrepparttar 105163 industry you're covering. Imagine if someone were doing a search onrepparttar 105164 web for your topic. What words and phrases might they key in torepparttar 105165 search box? Don't forget search terms that contain two or more words. Such words work together and would be placed in quotes if someone were typing them into a search engine box. Suppose you were writing an article on email marketing. You would include terms like "drip list" and "email newsletter" to name just two. 4. Assessrepparttar 105166 popularity of your keywords. Find out how many times internet users searchedrepparttar 105167 web using specific keywords, withrepparttar 105168 Overture Keyword Selector Tool. The tool is free and available through this link: http://inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion/. Just type inrepparttar 105169 word and hit return. The higherrepparttar 105170 rank number,repparttar 105171 more popularrepparttar 105172 keyword, andrepparttar 105173 more likely you'll want to use it in your article.

A Day in the Life of a Freelance Copywriter

Written by Glenn Murray


Ever wanted a job where you could spend all day, every day, writing clever and inspiring prose? Yes? Well donít become a freelance copywriter!

Donít get me wrong, itís a great job, and for some of us itís a calling that wonít be denied. And you definitely do get to write clever and inspiring prose. Itís just that you donít do it all day, every day. In fact, when you sit down atrepparttar end ofrepparttar 105150 day and think about what youíve done,repparttar 105151 percentage of time spent writing is surprisingly low.

So what does a freelance copywriter do other than write copy? Well, basically, they run a business. This article discusses 11 daily rituals involved with running a freelance website copywriting or advertising copywriting business (other than writing). It also provides some tips for performing them successfully.

1) Quoting

Freelance copywriters serve many masters. They generally have quite a few clients, and spend quite a bit of time quoting on new jobs. When you quote, youíre calculating how much to charge forrepparttar 105152 job. For a freelance copywriter, there are a number of important factors influencing quoting. You need to have some way to accurately estimate time. Generallyrepparttar 105153 best way to achieve this is to be diligent in your tracking. If you know how long past jobs have taken you, youíll be much more confident and accurate in your estimates. You need to know how much time you spend not writing (as you should try to cover as much of this as possible). You need to have a feel for whatrepparttar 105154 client is prepared to pay (are they a big or small company, how highly do they seem to value copy, etc.). You need to know how much your competitors are charging forrepparttar 105155 same thing. You need to understand what differentiates you from your competitors. You need to think about how badly you want or needrepparttar 105156 work. And, of course, you need to estimate how time-consumingrepparttar 105157 client will be.

2) Submitting Proposals

A quote is notrepparttar 105158 same as a proposal. A quote is generally contained within a proposal, but itís notrepparttar 105159 same thing. When you submit a copywriting proposal, youíre marketing your skills, your solution, your work ethic, your customer service, your commitment, and your experience. Basically, youíre justifying your price, and differentiating yourself from your competition. And itís not just about WHAT you say. Itís also HOW you say it and how you PRESENT it. Everything about your proposal plays a part inrepparttar 105160 clientís decision! If possible, include additional helpful information. Use a title page, a table of contents, headers, and footers. Introduce atrepparttar 105161 beginning and summarise atrepparttar 105162 end. Include your price, but call it an ďinvestmentĒ, not a ďcostĒ. Showrepparttar 105163 client youíve thought their job through by summarising their requirements. Outline your proposed solution. And most importantly, giverepparttar 105164 client a clear call to action (ďWhere to from here?Ē).

3) Chasing reviews

The freelance copywriter is almost neverrepparttar 105165 bottleneck in a copywriting job. In 99.99% of copywriting jobs,repparttar 105166 bottleneck isrepparttar 105167 review process. Most clients take a long time to review. In fact, about a third of clients need to be prompted at least once before theyíll get back to you with their changes. Itís not uncommon for a one-day writing job to take a full month to reach sign-off Ė or longer. Some clients will putrepparttar 105168 copy review onrepparttar 105169 backburner for months (just another reason to request a deposit before commencement of work)! As a result, freelance advertising copywriters and website copywriters spend a lot of time chasing reviews. Make sure you factorrepparttar 105170 delay andrepparttar 105171 chasing time into your quotes as best you can. And always record which clients take a long time, so you can be prepared when discussing deadlines onrepparttar 105172 next job.

4) Project scheduling & tracking

No matter whether you work on big projects or small, project scheduling and tracking are vital. You need to knowrepparttar 105173 exact status of all work in progress (tracking), and you also need to be very aware of whatís coming up and how youíll manage it (planning). If youíre doing it right, you should be using your tracking and planning tools several times a day. In fact, they should berepparttar 105174 hub of your business. TIP: A good way to track copywriting projects is to use a job (and contact) tracking database. I created my own database using Microsoft Access. Click to download a 208KB working copy for FREE. Youíll need Microsoft Access 2000 to run it. Iím no database expert, so itís not a work of art. Itíll certainly get you started though. (TIP: When usingrepparttar 105175 database, press Ctrl + ; to enter todayís date.)

5) Accounting

Issuing invoices, processing payments (and part payments), chasing outstanding invoices, recording expenses, managing bank accounts, putting tax asideÖ It all takes a lot of time. Donít be fooled into thinking you can handle your accounts manually (or with Microsoft Excel). Even if you only have a few clients, you NEED a proper accounts package like MYOB or Quicken (they both offer small business versions). Youíll understand whyrepparttar 105176 first time you do your GST reports or annual taxes. In fact, youíll understand why whenever you need to chase down outstanding invoices

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