Writing articles can provide you with enormous amount of exposure on Web. You are branding yourself on a shoestring budget - it hasn't cost you a cent, but a little time and effort Writing a free content article is simple and follows a similar professional approach as an article for a standard, paying market.
People want quality content : for their ezines and their web sites .; however, competition for content is fierce. Every Web site owner wants content and hundreds of writers want their content visible on Web It's FREE promotion through your signature file at end of your article* Articles that give good information or explain how to accomplish something are usually best, and will be read most often.
Here are some pointers in writing articles for www:
1. Accept that writing for web is different to writing for off-line world. People tend to skim and scan (note alliteration) when reading online. They read quickly scrolling down page.
2. Identify your target audience.
3. Give your article a catchy title that will grab attention and make people want to read.
4. Keep your title reasonably short. Put some thought and effort into your heading - again to get your reader's immediate attention.
5. Be professional and take your article writing seriously. Write about something you know professionally. Don't be overly casual in your writing (ie. don't write exactly as you speak) 6. Keep your paragraphs short.
7. Get to point quickly (enough waffle with maple syrup, Craig!).
8. Target your article to your audience with "focussed information".
9. Be brief, if you are a "waffler", like this writer. People want immediate information online and have limitedtime usually - it's "instant coffee, sorry generation.
10. Write briefly and concisely (redundant words, meaning same thing, Craig!) Try to keep your article under 1,500 words. Most paying markets usually only accept between 500 and 2,000 words... and with a bit of luck they may even "pick up" your great article. Try to be concise in your wording. Brevity is hall-mark of good writing...or so say many of teachers of writing!
11. Use OCCASIONAL exclamation mark (!) to get your readers attention. Forget ALL CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation points!!!
12. Be credible (big word, eh?) at all times.I try to write my articles in a "conversational style with dashes of my funny humour".