Saturday, June 09, 2007

Writing Articles Quickly and Effortlessly…

…To Powerfully Explode Traffic to your Website or Blog!

Laser-targeted, quality traffic is the lifeblood of any website or blog. There are many free techniques to drive visitors your way, but none more successful, than writing articles and submitting them to article directories and ezines. You may be thinking ‘I can’t write’, ‘my grammar is terrible’ or maybe English isn’t even your first language…
I’m about to reveal how anyone can quickly and effortlessly learn the art of writing articles, and by allowing them to be republished, watch your traffic explode!

This is the step-by-step formula I use to write articles. Though it's not necessary to follow it exactly, it makes a good solid guideline…

Research – When you write an article, you want it to be read by as many people as possible, so make it search engine friendly, easily indexed and presented as good solid information. In addition to finding a profitable niche, your content must be relevant and scattered liberally, but not over the top, with your keywords. Go to Overture, type in your subject and scrutinise the resulting search terms.

Write a Catchy Title for your article – Make certain to prominently feature keywords in your title. A title should be attention grabbing – this is your chance to grab a browser’s attention and make them want to read more. If you use ‘shock tactics’ to engage your reader, be sure to qualify your claims later in the article.

Introduction – With your first few sentences, your aim should be to inform the reader what they can expect to gain by reading further. However, you don’t want to wring yourself out, at this point, leaving nothing to say later on.

The Body of your Text – Now you can get right into the ‘meat’ of your subject. Expand on points you introduced earlier, adding valuable information your reader won’t want to miss out on. Keep primarily to the facts; add a dash of humour and a pinch of excitement. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through, when writing your articles. Given time, the more articles you write, the more skilful and confident you’ll become, in turn developing your own unique style.

Conclusion - Your work is almost done. You just need to pull the whole article together. Re-iterate the main points of your article and neatly round it off. You could also include hints of further information you have to offer.

And Finally – But very important, include your ‘resource box’ or ‘by-line, giving the hungry reader the opportunity to visit your website for more information. Keep it short, try to provoke excitement about writing articles or whatever your subject matter covers – don’t bore the pants off them!

Writing articles really isn’t that difficult, by following a simple formula – anyone can do it! Remember, careful use of keywords (but not too many) will attract higher search engine listings; the body of the text must be informative and interesting; your resource box should make people want to visit your website and learn more…

About The Author
Steph White is an author, affiliate marketer and webmaster at 'The Smart Marketer's ToolKit'
>>Her other Blogs include - 'The Smart Marketer's Blog' and 'The Smart Marketer's Resale Solution'

Monday, June 04, 2007

SEO Article Writing 101

SEO writing is very different from content writing, article writing, story writing and news writing. When I first realized my innate talent for writing stuff and putting thoughts into words, I was still reading Mills and Boons, and it was during this time that my romance storybooks were confiscated by my classroom teacher because I was reading in class.

Writing is a very personal thing, I discovered. Some people have the talent for writing creative stuff. Some people have the talent for writing ads. Some write excellent factual stuff. Well, I fall into the factual stuff category. The boring-writing-technical-mumbo-jumbo writing stuff. How I fit into this category, I don’t know.

Well, SEO article writing is very much like that. First, you decide what topic or keyword that you want. For instance, you’re selling decorative lamps, right? in the SEO article writing process, list down ‘decorative’ and ‘lamps’. Then think about other words that relates to ‘decorative’ and ‘lamps’…words that people use all the time to describe them. This is a very important part of SEO article writing because these are common words that your potential site visitors will use to find you.

How about ‘light’, ‘bright’, ‘pretty’, ‘lighting’?

Ok, now your SEO article writing keywords are:- decorative, lamps, light, bright, pretty and lighting, right? So, on to the SEO article writing process. First you write everything that you need to write down first. Beef up the article. As a general rule of thumb, SEO articles should be no less than 300 words and no more than 500 words. Any more than that, you’re wasting your writing a novel for your SEO article. Read through the SEO article now and replace words and reword sentences to fit in those keywords. Yes, you’ll have to restructure some the SEO keywords here and there, but do it anyway.

Make sure the sentences make sense, ok? Because although the search engines won’t know bad grammar from good grammar, your site visitors will. And most of them, site visitors who visit your website based on those SEO keywords DO mind the bad grammar. And once you turn them away, it’s almost impossible to bring them back!

The final step to SEO article writing is…..proofread your SEO article and make sure they flow. The problem with SEO writing is that your thoughts might come in buckets….a splash here and a splash there. So, during the SEO article proofreading process, you’ll have to make sure one paragraph flows on to the next.

Good luck!

About The Author
Marsha Maung is a freelance graphic designer and copy writer who works from home. She designs apparel and premium items at and is the author of "Raising little magicians", and the popular "The Lance in freelancing". More information can be found at

Sunday, June 03, 2007

How To Be Rejected By The Article Directories

Article writing is one of the best ways to increase your traffic and get more sales. You've heard it a million times so you decide to finally just do it. You write an article and submit it to the article directories, eagerly anticipating the flow of traffic. Instead you receive the dreaded rejection letter.

What did you do wrong?

1. Did you proof-read your article before you submitted it?
Popular article directory sites receive hundreds of submissions each day. It's much easier for the owner to click "decline" than to edit your typo-filled or unformatted article. Before submitting, proof the article and proof it again. If grammar and spelling make you sweat, then hire a Copywriter or ask a friend to help you before you click that submit button.

2. Is it an Advertisement or an Article?
Article directory sites are looking for informative, useful content, not press releases or ads. If your submission reads like an ad, it will not be accepted. And, think about it -- even if was approved on a fluke, do you think that website owners will be clamoring to publish your 500 word advertisement? Not a chance.

If your goal is to write and submit a press release, then check out places like

3. Did you read the Submission Guidelines?
Each article directory has a different culture. Glance through the Submission Guidelines before setting up an account to make sure your article will be welcome before you submit it. If an article directory is based around a niche like gardening, then please resist the urge to submit your Mesothelioma articles. There are plenty of article directories that want your articles. It’s not an effective use of your time to submit unwanted articles to a niche site.

4. Is your article PG-rated?
Don't submit sex-related articles, profanity, or general nastiness. Article directories are businesses and, therefore, exist to make money. This means they generally receive income through affiliate sales or advertising. So, if your article includes sex or contains words stronger than "darn", don't be surprised if your article is rejected. Of course, if your article contains nastiness or anything illegal -- don't even bother.

5. Is your Article original and written by you?
Submit only original articles. Please do not copy someone else's article, edit it, and submit it. That's stealing and you will be caught. And, do not submit articles from shared content sites. Article directories want original, unique content. Public domain is 'public' but think how ineffective article directories would become if there were 500 versions of the same public domain piece. Instead of wasting your time figuring out how to reinvent other people's content, just write your own.

Now that you know what not to do, start writing the kind of articles that article directories dream of -- and watch your business grow.

About The Author
Nicole Dean, owner of – an article directory for women, invites you to visit to learn how writing simple articles can be the most effective way to bring traffic and sales to your website.