There are many people who dread having to write articles or blogs. Many just feel like it seems to be too much work and it all just goes to waste when no one reads the article. To some people, reading articles seems like hard work too, especially if the article is boring and very bland.
Well, articles are supposed to be read. That’s their purpose to impart your message and information. If it is not read, then it is a waste of time and effort.
But all the same, articles must be written to be read. It’s just a matter of making them good. Making a good article doesn’t have to be strenuous and straining. There are just some points needed to be reminded of, and some guides to follow. Once you get the hang of it, writing articles could be fun, as well as profitable for you and your site.
Of course, writing articles must be about something you know about, that’s why if you own a site, you probably are knowledgeable about that certain topic and theme. When you write about it, you won’t have a hard time because you already know what it is and what it’s about. It’s just a matter of making your articles creative and interesting.
Red Hot Tips
To make sure that your articles get read and enjoyed, here are 12 red hot tips to get your articles read. These tips will make your articles readable and interesting.
- Necessity vs Desire: Articles and Blogs are necessary in today’s online world of search engine indexing. All of us hate article and Blog writing at times, and some of us dread the journey to pen and paper (or keyboard as the case may be), but they “a necessary evil”.
- Just Start, It Gets Easier: At first, it’s difficult to get a subject or theme and to get the first couple of lines scribbled down. Loosen up, once an author has a starting point and gets passed the initial thoughts, article and Blog writing usually goes smoothly.
- The main thing is that you get started: Pick a subject you know something about and just start. You will be pleasantly surprised at just how easily ideas flow. Don’t assume everyone knows what you know, they don’t.
- Blog Length vs Article Length: Most publishers now want a minimum of five hundred (500) words per article – some has a minimum of 1000 thousand (1000) words. But to get index on Google and start showing up on page one, you will need an average of eighteen hundred (1,800) words to two thousand three hundred (2300) words to stand a chance.
- Blogs can be much smaller, but it must be well researched and detailed. It must answer comprehensively the readers’ questions, or it will not pass.
- Images: Blog images can and maybe should support appropriate pictures and embedded links. Just don’t overdo it, perhaps One image per every four to six paragraphs. Too many images may slow down your page. Too gaudy or too slow to load and you have wasted your time, ticked off a potential reader, and probably upset Google index for being too slow.
- Spelling and Grammar: Once you have your article or Blog run it through a good spell checker and a good grammar checker like Grammarly. Microsoft Word works well for these purposes too but Grammarly is more comprehensive and is a great choice.
- Use short paragraphs: When the paragraph is very long, the words get jumbled in the mind of the reader just looking at it, can get quite confusing and too much of a hard work to read. The reader will quickly disregard the paragraph and move on to much easier reading. Paragraphs can be a single sentence, sometimes even a single word!
- Make use of numbers or bullets. As each point is stressed out, numbers and bullets can quickly make the point easy to remember and digest. As each point, tip, guide or method is started with a bullet or point, readers will know that this is where the tips start and getting stressed.
- Format you bullet and numbers with indentations so that your article won’t look like a single block of square paragraphs. Add a little bit of flair and pizzazz to your articles shape.
- Subheading: Use Sub-headings to sub-divide your paragraphs on the page. Doing this will break each point into sections but still would be incorporated into one whole article.
- It would also be easy for the reader to move on from one point to another; the transition would be smooth and easy. You will never lose your readers’ attention as well as the point and direction to where the article is pointing.
- Titles: Provide a good attention-grabbing title or header. If your title can entice a person’s curiosity, you’re already halfway in getting a person to read your article.
- Use statements and questions that utilize keywords that people are looking for. Provide titles or headers that describe the content of your article but should also be short and concise.
- You could also use titles that can command people, for example, “Make ityours in six easy Ways”. These types of titles reach out to persons’ emotions and make them interested.
- Keep them interested: From your opening paragraph, use real-life situations that can be adopted by the reader. Use good descriptions and metaphors to drive in your point, just don’t overdo it. Driving your examples with graphic metaphors and similes would make it easy for them to imagine what you are talking about. Making the experience pleasurable and enjoyable for them.
- Use Figures: Utilize figures when necessary and not just ordinary and insipid statements. Using specific facts and figures can heighten your article because it makes it authoritative. But do not make it too formal, it should be light and easy in them and flow. Like a friendly teacher having a little chat with an eager student.
- Use Figures:Once your Blog or article is ready you may want to use some automatic tools to publish and announce it. An RSS feed like Pin-O-matic will automatically publish to hundreds of hosts in under one hour or so. Make sure you use social media as well as an email to announce your article to your followers.
No Go Ahead and Publish and Announce!