Written by Craig Lock

Writing articles can provide you with enormous amount of exposure onrepparttar 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,repparttar 129658 competition for content is fierce. Every Web site owner wants content and hundreds of writers want their content visible onrepparttar 129659 Web It's FREE promotion through your signature file atrepparttar 129660 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 forrepparttar 129661 www:


1. Accept that writing forrepparttar 129662 web is different to writing forrepparttar 129663 off-line world. People tend to skim and scan (note alliteration) when reading online. They read quickly scrolling downrepparttar 129664 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 torepparttar 129665 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'srepparttar 129666 "instant coffee, sorry generation.

10. Write briefly and concisely (redundant words, meaningrepparttar 129667 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 isrepparttar 129668 hall-mark of good writing...or so say many ofrepparttar 129669 teachers of writing!

11. Userepparttar 129670 OCCASIONAL exclamation mark (!) to get your readers attention. Forgetrepparttar 129671 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".


Written by Mary Anne Hahn

Have you ever heard aboutrepparttar "motivational" concept of writing your own obituary?

The idea is, you write what you would like your obit to say, by summarizing all those accomplishments that you most want to achieve duringrepparttar 129656 course of your life. Motivation gurus suggest that this enables us to focus on what's most important to us, while discarding those activities that truly don't matter inrepparttar 129657 long run.

Along similar--but less morbid--lines, I believe that we writers might find it helpful if we tookrepparttar 129658 time to write our own writing job descriptions. If we could leadrepparttar 129659 writing lives of our dreams, what types of writing would we be doing? Who would our customers and/or readers be? In what niches would we specialize? What would we consider to be our strongest skills, our areas of expertise?

Or let's say that you want to diversify your writing goals. You could develop a job description for each niche. In this way, you could identifyrepparttar 129660 experience and skills you already possess, and which ones you still need to work on.

Here's an example: suppose one of your writing career goals involves writing profile articles--of celebrities, politicians, business leaders, scientists, or just ordinary people who do extraordinary things. What attributes would such a writer need to possess? Excellent interviewing skills, obviously. Research skills would help as well; you certainly wouldn't want to walk intorepparttar 129661 interview with absolutely no background knowledge of your interviewee or his/her subject matter. Attention to detail would come in handy, too. What is your interviewee wearing? What can you say about his smile, or her vocal qualities? What doesrepparttar 129662 interviewee's home or office tell us about him?

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