The main goal of article writing is to show your expertise on a certain subject. Your readers will appreciate your professionalism and the information provided in the article, will find you to be an expert on the subject, and will want to know more about you.
The secondary goal of article writing is advertisement, which can be divided in 2 parts:
- Most writers own a website, and a reader who wishes to know more will probably search for the link to your website. Thanks to article writing, your site will be found and accessed from different sources.
- Inbound links to your website help promote it on different search engines, so the more an article gets "scattered around" the Net, the more it help's your site's optimization.
The following are some tips on how to use HelpingStudent to its full potential:
The article title is the first thing a reader spots, as do search engines. Make your article stand out among countless others by having a clear and convincing title, one that will "lure" the viewer to keep reading. We recommend you use relevant keywords in the article's title, but not a meaningless title containing only keywords. For example, an article about Law with the title "Law enforcement" has no meaning for the reader and they will probably look for the next article on the subject.
The article summary is the second stage in reeling in the reader. The summary is an overview of the article, showing the reader what to expect from the article. Therefore, the article summary should also be well written and convincing.
The content of the article is the core element of the whole process. The article itself is a great opportunity to place relevant keywords in order to improve search engine indexing of the article. It is also the opportunity to place links to information resources (to improve credibility) or to relevant pages on your site. But the most important thing is QUALITY CONTENT. Nothing can replace quality content. Article writing serves to establish your reputation, and for that matter the reader must feel that they are reading rich and professional content. If English is not your first language, and even if it is, we recommend that you have someone proofread your articles before you post them. Good grammar will help increase your credibility.
On the Internet "content is king", and the real guts of content is the written word.
How to write an article? - Top 10 Tips
1. In the first paragraph
clearly state what the article is about. In standard journalism you would tell who, what, why, when and where an event is happening. In web articles you often state a problem, such as "how to discuss a current issue or a problem related to students", and then explain how the article is going to solve the problem "by showing a simple step-by-step approach to writing".
2. Organize your material in a point-wise fashion.
Before you begin writing think of the points that your article is going to cover. You may not necessarily show the points, as I am doing in this article (calling them ten tips), however, for your own outline of the article you should know what you are going to say before you begin writing. Write down these points and then make sure you include them as you begin the writing process.
3. Put the reader at ease.
You are not writing for a scientific or literary society, but to your peers on the Internet. Write in a simple style and if you introduce new terms, define them for your readers.
4. Explain your points in short paragraphs.
Short paragraphs are easier for the reader to follow. No one likes to look at a long block of solid text. Three, four or five sentences are usually enough for one paragraph.
5. Don't be afraid to spill all the beans!
Tell your trade secrets! No, I am serious, the more you tell, the more the demand you will create for your goods, services and writings. I once hesitated to write an article on "Tips for Writing technical tips" thinking, who will need to come in my lectures if they read the article? I was wrong; the article was widely published and generated more students as people feel good to come into lecture after reading my writings as somehow they already know me and trust my abilities. If you give more information, people will understand that you really are an authority on the subject that you are speaking about.
6. Give concrete examples and personal experiences to back up your points.
Tell how you faced a problem and how you solved it.
7. Emphasize the key areas.
Stay focus on the key areas of your article as reader like to read about what you have mentioned in the title of your article. Try to formulate discussion and example around the title area. It will increase the interest and readability of your writings.
8. Give references and acknowledgment to other's work.
Generously acknowledge other's work or ideas you may include into your writings. Some people may think if would put bad impact if they acknowledge someone's effort, but it is to the contrary that their writing will be more trust worthy and worthwhile with reference.
9. Get 2nd opinion on your article.
Show it to your friends and colleagues, and don't worry if they criticize you, it is better that your friends find the mistakes than your viewers. Always remember, a critical editor is a writer's best friend.
10. Keep your most important information near the beginning of the article
Summarize what you want to say at the end. Editors usually cut things near the end, so keep your most important points and ideas in the beginning of the article. At the very end of the article you can summarize what you set out to accomplish in your opening paragraph.