The Best Way to Write Articles
Write about what you already know.
The best way to write an article is to either write about a subject with which you are familiar, paying attention to proper grammar and making sure that you have created a unique piece of content that has actual value for the reader or you can also research a subject and write about your findings..
Used to be that when I researched a subject I would see a few links on the front page that I knew had to have been written by a computer or written by someone whose first language was clearly not English. Being more experienced now, I recognize those articles for what they are. They are spun articles (nothing really wrong with that) which the publisher had not taken time to properly rewrite with proper grammar, infusing it with his or her own personal experiences in order to make it truly unique, helpful content with actual value for the reader (and there is plenty wrong with that.)
Quality counts today more than ever so take a little extra time to create a good post.
Once you have written a quality article, you can then set about maximizing the SEO aspects of it such as determining appropriate keywords for the subject matter, creating appropriate and headers, and making sure there is a smattering of keyword phrases and related long tail keywords scattered judiciously throughout the body of the article.
Make sure you do not engage in keyword stuffing.
Google will penalize you in the worst way.
Keyword stuffing has little effect. It is not worth the time. Any good it might have done in the past is, well, past.
Conversely, you can choose a keyword based on your ability to compete. How do you know if you can compete? In order to maximize your chances of landing on the first page of Google’s search page for a particular keyword, look at Google’s keyword planner tool. If you can generate more backlinks for the article over time than the majority of the competition ranking for the keyword in question then proceed with either writing what you know or researching the issue. If you cannot then move on to a different word.
If you don’t know what I am talking about, I suggest we talk about how to best get you up to speed on SEO. Also, be cautious about researching this issue. Google Panda is slapping down sites in a hard way for using SEO techniques that used to be perfectly legitimate, penalizing sites for overuse of SEO. No point in crying about it; just know that it is a danger and adjust accordingly.
Besides, an over SEO’d (yeah, that is a new verb), keyword stuffed, over linked piece of writing is just about the most mind-crogglingly boring piece of reading you could ever hope to avoid coming across. Seriously, such will hurt your brain.
What Is Needed for a Well Written Article
Why not read 7 to 10 articles on the issue of article creation? If you have not done it, I would. I have been journaling for near 40 years now and blogging for pretty much as long as the Internet has been around, even before they called it blogging actually and I still get a kick and occasionally an inspiration from reading the current thinking on the subject. Yes, some of it is all blather and trash even if it does wind up on the front page of Google but sometimes you get a real gem.
After that, you will need to either have knowledge of the subject or have done your homework such that you now have knowledge of the subject. In any case, reading the first ten articles that come up on the subject on Google is a good idea simply because it will give you fresh eyes through which to see the subject and also possibly give you new information or developments of which you previously were unaware. This is not necessary, but occasionally it is a good idea.
Also, don’t over write your article. $100 dollar words and phrases may impress your college English professor but it will cause the average web surfer to experience temporary blindness and loss of consciousness (it will put them to sleep and you don’t want that.) Any concepts associated with the web can be put into comfortable high school level English and convey the essential ideas very well.
I am assuming you are writing on your own blog here. The urge to overpopulate your post with links to everything you are offering is a natural one.
Tomorrow In Part 2
In part two which I will post tomorrow I will show you a free resource that can help you quickly get into the habit of writing good articles from scratch and which gives you skills you can easily adapt to your own blog.
If you want to see how to save time on creating articles, click here now.