Monday, September 7, 2009
We are a society starved for information, but adults don't use libraries anymore: They turn to Google, punch in a few keywords, and instantly hone in on what they are looking for.
It is BIG business, a multi-billion dollar industry actually, but there's one small catch: To remain on top and to keep customers totally hooked, companies must keep the information unique, interesting, and free-flowing... and that's where the challenge begins.
With thousands of online businesses frantically searching for people (just like you and me) to write articles, reviews, blog content, and sales copy, there just aren't enough writers to go around.
Seasoned professional copywriters don't want this type of work; they prefer larger direct response projects with lucrative commission fees...
...and business owners would rather focus their time and their employees' time elsewhere.And that's where you come in...
...because, whether you realize it or not, each person has something to contribute — we all have stories to tell, information to explain, and opinions to share. And, as long as you can write at a basic 9th grade level, that's all you really need.
You see, writing today isn't about perfect sentence structure and grammatically correct paragraphs. Readers prefer simple, everyday language; so if you can talk, you can write.
Today, it's ok to start sentences with AND, BUT, or even Hiya... because it's genuine, honest, and part of real life. Readers don't care if you use proper punctuation, most don't know when to use a comma anyway. So as long as the words are easy to read, that's all writers need to worry about.
It sounds simple, because it is! It's a feeding frenzy that's allowing hundreds of everyday people with a passion for writing to make a great living, from the comfort of their own homes.
It's a career that lets moms (and dads) stay at home with their children. It provides the flexibility to take time off when your kids are sick. It lets you sleep in when you've had a lousy night of sleep. And, it connects you with people, products, businesses, and such interesting ideas from all types of people around the world. It's truly fascinating!
Yet, businesses still have a difficult time finding fresh, original content.
It makes no sense to me, because they aren't being picky about the quality they seek — all they require is "average" writing skills.
Understand The Power of Words... You see, content is precious for a couple of reasons. Websites need to be updated almost daily, so they stay fresh and interesting — otherwise, all the money invested in building a clientele is lost.
Did you know that there are over a billion Internet users worldwide? In January 2008, there were 1,319,872,109, yet that only represents 20% of the world's population, and 18% of North Americans.
Furthermore, 88% of adults who purchase products online do some sort of online research — and 67% of U.S. adults who purchase online use search engines as a research tool.
It all boils down to.... WORDS!!! In fact, according to NPD group, 81% of people use search engines to find the information they need. And, businesses that rank in a search engine's top 30 get over 90% of search traffic; those in the top 10 get nearly 80% more traffic than those in positions 11-30 do.Starting to get the picture?Search engine marketing is a $5.75 billion industry that will double to $11.1 billion by 2010. And, businesses will invest about $8.3 billion in search engine marketing.
MORE CONTENT = MORE MONEY!!!
And that, my friend, is why writers are in such high demand.
Writing is a need so huge that it's opened the door for people, just like you and me, to earn an insane amount of money — plus have the flexibility to work whenever we want (day or night).
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But my biography, or my non-fiction book on train spotting doesn't need suspense, surely? Oh, yes it does. But more about that later.
Let's consider the two most usual types of suspense.
First there is the 'signpost' suspense. This is where something happens, or is said, or is described that hints at some outcome, pleasant or unpleasant, in the future. Here is an example:
'I was shown into a dimly lit room. On one wall hung a painting. It was grimed with age, but I could make out the shapes of two people, a man and a woman. The man was holding a short sword in one hand, and as I looked, I felt a strange uneasiness creep over me. Why this was so I couldn't tell just then, but I wanted to leave that room and never come back.'
The reader will get the message that something about this painting forbodes ill for the future in the story. Notice the phrase 'just then', this tells the reader that later he or she did find out. It's a signpost, a hint of dark things to come. Your readers will keep reading to find out what it's all about.
Next there is the 'up to their eyes' suspense. The Indiana Jones stories, as well as many others, show the hero or heroine 'up to their eyes' in some desperate physical situation that is life threatening, or at the very least may seriously damage their health. Underground passages with snakes and rats come to mind. You need to keep them occupied like this for a reasonable length of time build the suspense and have your readers frantically turning pages to find out how they escape.
Sometimes the suspense is a little less fraught with physical danger. For instance in a romance story you can keep your readers in a state of agitation which hangs on whether the heroine is going to marry the rich squire or turn him down for the penniless farmers son.
What about the biography or non-fiction book? Believe it or not, the same applies to them. For example:
'When I was 17 I longed to join the Army and fight for my country. So I went down to the recruiting office, lied about my age, and got enlisted. If only I had known what this decision would have made to my life and to that of my parents, I would never have been so rash.'You can see that readers will want to find out how this decision changed all those lives.
'One of the most serious forms of blight is orange spot. Many gardeners say it can't be cured but I'm going to let you into my own secret cure later in this chapter.
'It's a good idea to plan at what point the suspense occurs and at what point it is resolved. In a short story the object of suspense and it's resolution may be the whole reason for the tale in the first place. In a book you may want to have a series of suspenseful situations throughout. Do make these episodes of varying degrees, though, as you don't want your readers in a constant state of frenzy through all 80,000 words!
Mervyn Love writes on several topics including creative writing. His website http://www.WritersReign.co.uk has a mind-boggling array of resources, articles and links to keep any writer happy for hours. Subscribe to the WritersReign Article Writing course here: http://www.writersreign.co.uk/WRac.html
Tension is inextricably bound up in the emotions of your characters, and by introducing tension you lead your readers into the same emotions, as they 'feel' for the characters in your story.
So just what is tension? We can define it as where a character is being pulled in two, or more, directions at the same time.
Imagine Lizzy Battlebridge, the heroine in our tale of everyday country folk, falling for Tom Roding the tractor mechanic. She has been giving him the eye and knows he is interested. Problem is she's been seeing Ralph the postman for five years now and is really in love with him. Or is she?
This, of course, is the classic love triangle, but in our story we must show the emotions that Lizzie goes through as she is torn between Tom and Ralph. We must show the excitement and even danger of her new love, whilst at the same time telling the reader what she goes through whilst trying to sort out who she will end up with. Plus there is the fear of having to tell Ralph, assuming he hasn't cottoned on already (but maybe he has!), and the agonising over what Ralph's reactions might be when she does.
Tension is usually something which develops over a period of time and several incidents or conversations, but it is possible to hit the reader between the eyes with a situation that generates tension immediately. This will often be when the tension arises between just two people or between one person and a situation.
Here are examples of both of these situations:
Lizzie, in the staff room, is about to relieve her friend at the Post Office counter where they works, when she hears through the half open door two customers talking...
Scenario 1: They are saying that Tom has fallen off his tractor and is on his way to hospital. Lizzie can't go and sit by his bedside until her shift finishes at 5.30. But, oh dear, she is expecting Ralph to pick her up to go over to the town to have a KFC and then on to see a movie! Here the tension will build as Lizzie goes though the evening with one love, whilst fearing for the life of the other. It could be protracted over several days as one thing after another prevents her from seeing Tom.
Scenario 2: One customer is telling the other they have just heard that the Melksham & Milton Keynes Building Society is in turmoil. The Chief Cashier has disappeared and vast amounts of cash have disappeared with him. Lizzie's life savings are with MMM. What is she going to do? Of course, there is insurance in place to cover embezzlement, but Lizzie doesn't know this. Yet. When she does, tension relieved.
In a previous article I have spoken about using suspense in a story. Suspense and tension go hand in hand. If you've generated one the other should be close on its heels. The difference is, and this is a generalisation, that suspense can be held over a long period of time, whereas tension needs to be introduced at intervals followed by the relief of that tension. Until the next one. Otherwise your readers are going to have no nails left!
So, in our storyline with Lizzie we could say that the suspense of who she is going to end up with runs throughout the story, but scenes of tension, such as Tom's precipitation from the tractor, make up just part of the story.
Now if you've got an hour or so, I would be awfully grateful if you would kindly finish the story above as I'm dying to know what happens to poor Lizzie. Will she, won't she? I'm on my fifth black coffee and the suspense is killing me!
Mervyn Love writes on several topics including creative writing. His website http://www.WritersReign.co.uk has a mind-boggling array of resources, articles and links to keep any writer happy for hours. Subscribe to the WritersReign Article Writing course here: http://www.writersreign.co.uk/WRac.html
5 Ways To Make Money At Home Online
The economy has not been this low in a great deal of time. More people lose their jobs every day and businesses continue to go bankrupt leaving people unemployed left and right. While the job market is certainly struggling right now, the internet is one industry that keeps on flourishing. For that reason, here are five ways to make money at home online yourself today.
1. Offer professional expertise Professional expertise in all areas is needed from entrepreneurs and small business owners. In order to separate a business from the rest of the field, every facet of the business must stand out. This is where you can make a great deal of money writing content for web sites, designing templates, or even creating video for businesses.
2. Sell photos One type of freelance work that often gets overlooked is photography, which can actually pay extremely well. If Flikr is something you are constantly taking advantage of, you may want to look into making some money off of it. Some of the web sites you can go to get your photos out and actually make money include Fotolia, Dreamstime and Big Stock Photo.
3. Blog More and more entrepreneurs pick up on the fact that having a blog can be extremely beneficial for their business. However, many do not have the time or creativity to come up with fresh and enticing posts every day. Fortunately, this opens the door for you to step in and make money creating posts for business owners to use directly on their blog.
4. Virtual assistant As with any other business in the real world, small business owners need assistance from time to time too. Few people actually think about the idea of becoming a virtual assistant, but there are businesses willing to pay for such a position. Some of your responsibilities may include making travel reservations, handling expense reimbursements, or paying bills for the company.
5. Write reviews The last unique and rather new opportunity on the list of ways to make money at home online consists of writing reviews. After blogging on a particular niche or topic for quite some time, you will eventually be approached to do book or product reviews for people. It is a simple way to make a decent amount of money just by looking over various products.
As you can see, there is a tremendous amount of ways to make money at home online. This article highlights just a few of the many ways you too can start a career on the internet and turn your life around for the better.
Paul Jesse started a successful work from home business in 2003 and inspired many others to work at home online. If you want to make money at home online, visit ==>http://www.sheamarketing.com for more information.
How to Write a Great Business Vision Statement
As a small business consultant helping women start up businesses, one of my favorite things to do is help my clients write vision statements for their businesses. However, this isn't always easy for them to do.
Why? Because like many people, they think vision statements and mission statements are one and the same. They haven't really stopped to consider why having one could be an asset or what the purpose of a vision statement is.
Vision statements are meant to be big and bold. They're meant to inspire, energize, and create a captivating picture of where you see your business going in the future.
If you don't write a vision statement, your business will be without direction. When you complete one, your vision statement will supply the inspiration for the daily operations of your business and motivation for its strategic decisions.
Every business needs a vision statement. Want to make sure you've written a great one? Just follow these guidelines, fill out the vision statement formula at the end of this article, and you will have created a vision statement that clearly articulates the future of your business and paints a vivid picture that primes it for success!
What's the difference between a vision statement and a mission statement?
Vision and mission statements are two separate entities that answer two different, yet complementary, questions about your business.
Simply put, your vision statement answers the question, "Where do I see my business going?" Your mission statement answers the question, "Why does my business exist?"
From the start, vision statements are future-focused and written with the end result in mind. Mission statements are focused in the present and state the fundamental purpose of your business.
Which comes first: the vision or the mission?
If you are a new business just starting up, a larger company getting ready to add a new program, or an existing organization planning to overhaul your current services, then write your vision statement first.
If you are an established business with a mission statement already in place, then let your mission guide the writing of your vision statement.
Top Five Things to Keep in Mind When Writing Your Vision Statement
1. Describe outcomes that are five to ten years out.
2. Dream big and focus on success.
3. Write your vision statement in the present tense, as if it has already happened.
4. Infuse your vision statement with passion.
5. Paint a graphic mental picture of the business you want.
There is no space limit when writing a vision statement. They often contain one or more paragraphs. Write as much as you need to in order to create a dynamic mental picture of your business that will serve to energize and inspire you and your team.
Two Vision Statement Formulas for Success
Here are two basic vision statement formulas. The first one is for any business starting up without a mission statement. The second is for businesses that already have a mission statement in place.
1. Five years from now, _______________________________ (name of your business)
will become a successful ___________________________ (type or description of business including whether it will be local, regional, national, or international in its scope)
by providing ____________________________(description of your products and/or services)
to _____________________________________________(your customers).
Example: Five years from now, the Sierra Women's Shelter will become a successfully run non-profit shelter serving the Greater Pittsburgh area providing education, life-skills training, and the necessary support to help women who have been previously battered or abused build self-sufficient, sustaining, prosperous lives.
2. Within the next ________ (add a number) years,
grow ___________________________________ (name of your business)
into a successful _______________________________________ (type or description of business including whether it will be local, regional, national, or international in its scope),
increasing revenues to ____________________________ (amount) by _________________ (date)
providing _______________________________(description of your products and/or services)
to _____________________________________________(your customers).
Example: Within the next five years, grow Cultural Awareness Travel into the premier North American women's tour company increasing revenues to $225,000 by 2012 by becoming known for helping women to develop greater self-awareness and confidence and to discover a new respect for diversity through cross-cultural exposure.
Your vision statement is what sets the tone for your business. It defines its future. It inspires, energizes, motivates, and, above all else, describes what will be achieved when your business is successful. It is nearly impossible to plan the direction of your business without one. Follow these guidelines, and use the vision statement formula to perfectly articulate your dream, your passion, and the direction you envision for your business.
Susan L. Reid works with women starting up home-based businesses for the very first time who are feeling both excited and overwhelmed at the prospect and haven't a clue where to begin. If you are ready to take the first steps toward owning your own business, get instant access to your own free PDF copy of "Doing What You Love: Multiple Streams of Passion."
Copyright © 2009 Black Butterfly Press
Dr. Maxine Thompson
“Don’t go into the city alone,” the blonde tourist warned me at the port of Belize. “They will cut off your arm for your jewelry.”
This was in October 2004, when I went on a Caribbean cruise which, among other islands, stopped in the country of Belize. As I have a friend (whom I’ll call Natalia) who grew up in Belize, this made me curious as to how the people actually lived.
Instead of jumping on a tour bus, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and go off the beaten path. I found a group of men standing outside the gates of the port, clamoring for customers to get into their cabs. Finally I chose the most friendly-looking man and climbed into a taxi, which was actually a jitney. On this hour-long ride around the island, I, not only felt deliciously alive, I saw Belize through Natalia’s eyes.
My driver, Raoul as I’ll call him, assured me that the people would treat me kindly because the island is largely supported by tourism. First, he took me to the richer side of the island. This side of town was comprised of small mansion-like homes, wrapped around by lush palms, which belonged to the prime ministers and the dignitaries. The neighborhood was sedate and quiet as all the inhabitants were at work.
Afterwards, we blundered through the back streets and alleys of Belize, and I met the everyday denizens, including the derelicts.
Looking back, in what Raoul described as the “hood” side of the island, I noticed that the largest house belonged to that of the Obeah woman. This house was chalky white and resembled a mausoleum. It stood out like the Taj Mahal in a trailer camp as it was surrounded by what can only be described as windowless hovels and wooden shacks. Suddenly I realized and appreciated how much Natalia had accomplished by coming to America from this third-world country. (Truly, Natalia had given me an accurate picture as to how underdeveloped the country was.)
But this trip also made me think. How can a writer improve his writing through traveling?
These are just some of the benefits I gained.
1.. Travel gives you a broader frame of reference from which to write.
2..You get to see how people in other parts of the world live.
3..Travel helps you learn how it feels to walk in another man’s shoes.
4..Travel satisfies a writer’s curiosity and can give you life-changing information.
5..Travel gives you a fresh perspective on life and expands your horizons before you close your eyes in death.
Travel helps you fill out the small details of your writing projects. These were some of the ideas that I gathered while traveling. Some will be used in future projects.
1. From my trip, I absorbed many small details, which eased their way into my novella, Second Chances, a story about renewal and resurrection in life.
2. People are basically generous. As people opened up to me, I found everyone has a story.
3. I learned about the haunted hotels in Galveston, Texas, which is an area of research I’d like to look into.
4. I learned about the flood in Galveston, Texas, which killed over 8,000 people in 1908. I’d like to research this story more.
5. On the cruise, I took classes in traveling around the world safely, which cultivated my desire to travel around the world.
6. I also took a class on feng shui, which I found to be useful as a fictional plotting tool. (Pronounced fung- schway, this is the ancient Chinese art of manipulating and arranging your surroundings to attract positive life energy, or chi, so it can flow smoothly, unblocking any obstructions in your body and environment. Feng Shui evolved from the theory that people are affected for better or worse by their surroundings.)
Most of all, since this trip, I discovered that travel not only broadens a writer’s horizons, it is a lucrative way to make money as a travel writer.
As a writer, how would you like to travel the globe and find out how different cultures live? What if you could do this, stay in five-star hotels, and have an all-expense paid for trip? Moreover, what if you could get paid for writing articles about your travels? Wouldn’t it be nice to supplement your income as a novelist?
Bottom line. The largest journey is the internal journey that you go on when you travel. I believe the best writing should “Tell me something I don’t know.” Therefore, when you travel, you will encounter the unknown. Some resources to help you sell articles, including travel articles are the following:
1. Writer's Market -- this annual publication lists 8,000 or more (mostly North American) publications that buy articles -- travel and others.
2. Writers & Artists Yearbook -- A directory for writers, artists, playwrights, writers for film, radio, and television, designers, illustrators, and photographers. This is a good resource for British and European markets.
3. The Guardian Media Directory -- Also focuses on the British and European markets, this listing contains over 10,000 contacts, from regional newspapers to publishing houses.
Maxine Thompson does 3 Internet radio shows to help authors promote their books and products. They are at www.maxineshow.com., www.vloiceamerica.com, www.artistfirst.com. If you are interested in being a guest, or for help with your writing needs, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. http://www.maxinethompson.com
If writing is an art, then, blogging is one way of using words to come up with an art. This is because people who are into blogging are the ones who are artistic on their own sense, carefully choosing words that would best describe their feelings, sentiments, wishes, desires, and everything.
Basically, blogs were first introduced as weblogs that refer to a “server’s log file.” It was created when web logging hit the virtual market. Since its inception in the mid-1990s, web logging gradually saturated the virtual community making the Internet a viable source of greater information.
However, with web logging, you still need a web site and domain names, but with blogging, you do not need anything just an account with blog providers. In most cases, these kinds of blogs are free of charge.
With the onset of blogging in the industry, personal journaling had been a common ground for people who wish to be known all over the world. However, not literally famous as this is not a case on being popular or well-known personality.
Generally, blogs are created for personal use. Like a journal, people can write their daily adventures, sentiments, and whatever ideas they want to express online.
Nevertheless, with the advent of the online businesses, blogs had gradually taken the limelight in providing businesses a chance to boost their productivity online. This is where the business blogs have taken the limelight.
Business blogs are, basically, created to advertise the services or products of a certain web site or online business in order to increase online sales.
Moreover, business blogs are also one way of promoting the company so that the other readers will know that a certain company exists online. With blogs, entrepreneurs are able to establish a name in the virtual market through articles that can be very useful in the reader’s life.
From there, you can make money out of blogs by simply syndicating it to your business’ web site. This can be done through the RSS technology.
So, if you are thinking to create a blog, whether for business or for pleasure, you need to know some tips that could help you get through and make your blog one of the interesting blogs online.
1. Consider your audience
Even if your blog is generally personal, still, it would be better to consider the minds of your readers. You have to think of something that would interest them.
After all, most of the reasons of people who write blogs are not at all confined to their own personal motives. Most of them would love to be “heard” (or read) and would love to be known, in some way or another, even for just a minute. Hence, it is very important to come with a write up that everybody can understand, not necessarily that these people can relate to it but they can understand it.
2. Pictures speaks a thousand words
To make your blogging worth the browsing effort of your readers, it would be extremely nice if you will put some pictures in it. It does not necessarily mean you have to place a picture of yourself. Any photographs will do as long as it does not pose danger or insult to anyone who will be reading your blog.
3. Make constructive and beneficial blogs
Even if you are free to write anything you wan to say to the world, still, it would be better to create some write-ups that would be beneficial to your readers.
After all, its information technology that you have there so better be inclined to provide information rather than sheer quirky entertainment.
4. Avoid making multifaceted and complicated blogs
In order to have an interesting blogs, try not to use some highly technical and highfalutin words. After all, it is not a science discourse or a debate that you are making, so better stick to simple facts and short blogs.
Bear in mind that most people who use the Internet usually do more scanning than scrutinizing each site word for word. Therefore, it would be better to come with blogs that will not bore your readers just because you have these lengthy articles.
5. Make it interactive
As much as possible and if your capacity will allow it, make your blog interactive. Yu can do this by placing some video or audio clips in your blog.
You can even place an area for comments or for some feedbacks. In this way, you can get some impressions or reactions of other people. Who knows, you might even gain some friends just by making them feel at home in your blog site.
Indeed, blogs are not created just for the mere fun of it. It also has its own purpose in the world of the Internet.
Therefore, for people who wish to harness their craft, as far as writing is concerned, blogs are the best way to do it.
As they say, blogging is the contemporary term of creative and commercial writing.
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Ten ways to put some kick back in your life!
1. Be crystal clear about your own life passion.
When you're in touch with what brings you joy in life, you can choose wisely where to direct your creating attention. You then attract people and activities that do, in fact, make you happy and fulfilled. And, as you share your joy in the world, you naturally give expression to the core soul message that you are here in this life to impart.
2. Have an outrageous vision.
The bigger and bolder the vision, the more it will propel you forward. Focus on the experience and qualities you want to create, not on the exact physical form -- which is too limiting. Outrageous visions are contagious!
3. Tolerate no delay.
Set up supports and systems around you to instantly translate your ideas into action. Don't wait on others before you act. Invite people to join you at your speed. You're setting the pace for transformation.
4. Experiment, Experiment, Experiment.
Have many small, inexpensive experiments running simultaneously. The more experiments, the larger the number of successes. If an experiment fails, take it in stride, and look at what you can do differently next time.
5. Be lovingly ruthless about clearing up your life.
Simplify your life to make enough room for the energy, money and time to flow through. Create the space in which powerful change can happen. "If you build it (the space), they will come."
6. Listen, Listen, Listen.
Ask for input from others. Listen to what the real question is. Don't be fooled by the appearance of limiting circumstances. Open to every alternative perspective on the subject. Anything is possible when you play with the energy dynamics of a situation.
7. Jump on every opportunity.
Keep the momentum going in your life. Respond to every opening that is in line with your purpose and vision. Be ready to bail out as soon as you see that an opportunity is ineffective or non-aligned with your goals. Remember to honor others who are involved in the opportunity. Keep your door open to future creative partnerships. Don't burn bridges.
8. Be visible and available.
Radiate an authentic, attractive profile for yourself so that people are magnetized to you -- rather than you having to "sell" your idea, or yourself, to others or to the universe. Write, speak, interact and express your creative visions with every opportunity you get. If there is an author, speaker or musician you like, drop them a line and start a dialogue. The more networked and available you are, the more impact your visions create.
9. Give and you shall attract.
Be overgenerous of your time, energy and attention to others, in alignment with your purpose and your vision. People will respond in amazingly supportive ways when you least expect it!
10. Invest energy in the people and things you love.
Dynamic, meaningful creations are nurtured with care and attention just as flowers are in a garden. Authentic appreciation attracts more of the same to you. "If you love then, they will come."
Copyright © 2005 Keith Varnum
About Keith: Keith Varnum shares his practical approach to transformation as an author, radio host and "Dream Workshops" facilitator. Keith helps people get love, money, health and spirit with his free Prosperity Ezine, free Empowerment CD and free Coaching at www.TheDream.com.
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I receive over 40 articles per day from individuals who would like me to republish their article. When I was in law school, I was told that when sending in a resume, the average time spent reading the resume is 7 seconds, due to the volume of resumes received. I have found that to be true with articles as well.
Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world. You may be the most intelligent writer in the world, and have breaking information, which, if people actually read it, would benefit them and their business.
Problem: most, if not all, publishers of articles don't have the time to read the whole article unless they are "captured" within 7 seconds. So that tells us that, when submitting your articles to newsfeed services, publishers, bloggers, and the like, you have about 7 seconds to capture their attention (and I personally believe that is a liberal amount of time - my experience tells me more like two seconds).
Example: An excellent article was written just today, if you read the content of it. But the title almost instantly created a "deletion response" from me.
Titles must be captivating, yet relevant as well to the content of the article. Major mistake would be to post an article with a title that has nothing to do with the content - but that is a completely different discussion.
In summation, please spend time on an effective title - and that will get your article read and spread across the Internet.
Copyright © 2005 Matthew Foster
About Matthew: Matthew Foster is the President and CEO of ArteWorks Business Class, a company that specializes in online marketing, ecommerce and public relations for business. Self-educated in HTML and HTML 4.0 certified by the National Computer Science Academy, Mr. Foster has been actively involved in Internet policy, international banking and ecommerce, website design and search engine optimization since 1995. For further information, please visit www.arteworks.biz.
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Think of writing like karate...it's about DISCIPLINE.
Writing, like other forms of art, work or talent, requires discipline. It won't ever be enough that you say to yourself that you are a writer. Only when you write and write with discipline can you call yourself one. Before you can earn a black belt in karate, you have to dedicate yourself, practice and instill discipline in yourself to learn the moves and techniques.
The same goes for writing. Don't just read books. Devour them. Ray Bradbury, author of Zen in the Art of Writing, suggests books of essays, poetry, short stories, novels and even comic strips. Not only does he suggest that you read authors who write the way you hope to write, but "also read those who do not think as you think or write as you want to write, and so be stimulated in directions you might not take for many years." He continues, "don't let the snobbery of others prevent you from reading Kipling, say, while no one else is reading him."
Learn to differentiate between good writing and bad writing. Make time to write. Write even though you're in a bad mood. Put yourself in a routine. Integrate writing into your life. The goal is not to make writing dominate your life, but to make it fit in your life. Julia Cameron, in her book The Right to Write, sums it best: "Rather than being a private affair cordoned off from life as the rest of the world lives it, writing might profitably be seen as an activity best embedded in life, not divorced from it."
Believe that EVERYONE HAS A STORY -- including you.
Extraordinary things happen to ordinary people. As a writer, your job is to capture as many of these things and write them down, weave stories, and create characters that jump out of the pages of your notebook. Don't let anything escape your writer's eye, not even the way the old man tries to subtly pick his nose or the way an old lady fluffs her hair in a diner. What you can't use today, you can use tomorrow. Store these in your memory or jot them down in your notebook.
Jump in the middle of the fray. Be in the circle, not outside it. Don't be content being a mere spectator. Take a bite of everything life dishes out. Ray Bradbury wrote, "Tom Wolfe ate the world and vomited lava. Dickens dined at a different table every hour of his life. Moliere, tasting society, turned to pick up his scalpel, as did Pope and Shaw. Everywhere you look in the literary cosmos, the great ones are busy loving and hating. Have you given up this primary business as obsolete in your own writing? What fun you are missing, then. The fun of anger and disillusion, the fun of loving and being loved, of moving and being moved by this masked ball which dances us from cradle to churchyard. Life is short, misery sure, mortality certain. But on the way, in your work, why not carry those two inflated pig-bladders labeled Zest and Gusto."
Attack writing with PASSION.
The kind of writing you produce will oftentimes reflect the current state of your emotions. Be indifferent and your writing will be indifferent. Be cheerful and watch the words dance across your page.
Whenever you sit down to write, put your heart and soul in it. Write with passion. Write as if you won't live tomorrow. In her book, Writing the Wave, Elizabeth Ayres wrote: "There's one thing your writing must have to be any good at all. It must have you. Your soul, your self, your heart, your guts, your voice -- you must be on that page. In the end, you can't make the magic happen for your reader. You can only allow the miracle of 'being one with' to take place. So dare to be you. Dare to reveal yourself. Be honest, be open, be true...If you are, everything else will fall into place."
Copyright © 2005 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
About the author: Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ is the creator of WriteSparks!™, software that generates over 10 million story sparkers for writers. Download WriteSparks!™ Lite for free at http://writesparks.com .
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Developing Original Articles: The Human Touch vs. Computer Software
By: Hunter Waterhouse
With the increasing demand of high quality content on the web, finding original articles and carefully stylized content is a priority for companies to retain credibility. With today's fierce search engine ranking competition, a steady supply of original articles has become a necessity. Websites need to be designed to increase traffic, and sites updated regularly with fresh information are more likely to receive higher search engine placement than those updated less frequently. As a result, companies need to find sources of new and original content as often as possible. The challenge is finding human writers who can provide original articles with the right tone, voice, and quality that the company needs, and also at the right price.
Before the emergence of computer programs that could 'create' articles and pieces of web content, human writers were responsible for developing all the original content for websites. However, with the rise of blogs and websites for independent publishers, several applications are now available that simply churn out content made from a computer program. While these have the potential to create several articles on a given topic, they do have limitations. Semantics, sentence structure, meaning, and even punctuation are often overlooked with these content spinners and programs, and if they are caught by a search engine, the risk of website blacklisting runs high.
Human writers provide reliable, authentic, and original content on a regular basis. By making use of natural creative processes to develop and present an idea, they can develop a series of original articles for any website or company.
The Value of Authentic Content and Original Articles
All website and business owners know how valuable original content is for search engine placement, website validity, and credibility in their industry. Without a steady supply of original articles, it is difficult to keep visitors returning to the site and maintaining interest in the company. The increasing popularity of blogs is just one example of why 'content is king' still rings true on the web today. Human writers can develop articles and unique ideas far better than any computer software and application. Unfortunately, many companies choose applications that lead to poor quality content and a decrease in their credibility.
What Content Creating Software Does
Content creation software is designed to string words and sentences based on a topic and basic article. These programs run several variations of an article by substituting synonyms and words throughout the page, and reconstructing sentences to generate a 'new' or original article. Today's leading content duplication and content creation software programs include: Article Content Spinner, Jetspinner, SiteEqualizer, ArticlePro, and Article Output.
While these article and content spinner programs offer many promises of 'well-written' article and original content, they are not always accurate enough to catch duplicate sentences, and they often have trouble even putting together sentences that make sense. In many cases, their processes are considered to be forms of copyright theft, especially if the original article used as the input was not generated by the owner. Search engines that can find even one sentence duplicated from an article can bar the website from being listed on the rankings, and a single sentence 'stolen' in this way is at risk for copyright infringement.
Why Companies Need to Pursue Quality Human Writers
Google is the leading search engine on the internet, and specifically outlines its duplicate content policy in the user terms. Article spinners that help generate 'original articles' can create significant damage to a company's page ranking and credibility online, putting them at risk for copyright infringement and other penalties. Submitting just a single article to an article directory can be shared across multiple web pages and websites, but using a content spinner to create 'fresh' content from this very same article puts all of the content at risk.
Article marketing has become an industry in itself, but finding high quality human writers is the most efficient, and safe, method of generating valid clicks and increasing visitors to the site. Human writers can provide benefits beyond the limitations of article content creation services. These include completely original article batches, clear and consistent messages, an author's voice, powerful words and phrases that are easy to read by all visitors, and simply and efficiently provide unique and creative ideas in an original format. Human writers can often provide a fresh perspective on a topic or idea, something that cannot be achieved with automated article writing software packages.
Author Resource:-> Copyright © 2007 Hunter Waterhouse
Hunter Waterhouse is one of the ghost writers that lends his talent to thePhantomWriters.com. An effective promotional article is one that talks directly to the needs of the people most likely to buy your products or services. The Phantom Writers employ human writers and editors who will ensure that your original articles will be of good quality and interesting to read. To learn more, give Bill a call at 405-780-7745 or visit: http://thephantomwriters.com/x.pl/tpw/info/ghost-writing/purchase.html
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By: Daiv Russell
Practically all Internet marketing wizards see eye to eye on this – One of the major factors to effective Internet marketing is through article marketing.
Since you know you need to leverage the opportunity of Internet marketing using articles, you have to worry about writing articles to attract three, vastly unique readers with the same article.
Three targets of article marketingHere are the three targets of article marketing and how to write good headlines for each:
Readers - Ultimately, these are the people who will come to the conclusion that they are interested in what you do sufficiently to come to your site. You have to write a headline that will pull in your audience to actually read your article in the first place. You want to attract them to read further into your article and actually pay attention to your message.
80% of readers will read your headline, but only 20% will make it to your article. How effectively your headline is written will decide the reader's next step.
Readers can see your article headline on social networking hangouts like Del.icio.us and Digg, as links in an e-mail from a friend, and in their search results. If your headline does not appeal to them enough to read your article, you just won't get audience, even if you have the best article or product in the world. You could provide the cure for cancer, but with a poorly constructed headline no one will find out about it.
Search Engines - Yahoo and the like agree that the page title is the most important on-page indicator of the content of the page. Coming in second place is the use of the heading tag. When your article is published, publishers have a tendency to make either or both the title and H1 tag the same as your article title. Therefore, having words in your article title which are important to those searching for information increase your chances of showing up in search engine results.
You want your keywords in the headline and as near the start as reasonable to still satisfy the other two audiences.
Publishers - One of the keys to article marketing is the viral mass-publication process. This is the big reason article marketing is so powerful. One well-written article can get published on a thousand web sites around the Internet in only a few weeks.
These are the folks who determine if your article will end up on their site, newsletter, blog, etc. They are a tough combination of both readers and the likes of Yahoo. They want to know your article will bring in search engine users and also make their readers happy. However, if they don't find your article because the bad headline doesn't come back in their Yahoo results, or the headline doesn't draw them in to take a look at your article – you're out of luck.
It's fairly safe to say that publishers can make or break an article's success and by satisfying the needs of readers and search engines you can get on their good side as well.
Writing Great Headlines for All ThreeThis article's title was written specially to provide an example of meeting the needs these three audiences. As you can see, the first three words of the article headline are Google fodder - they are a combination of two highly sought phrases, and those words are the very first in the headline.
The first words also tell you what you can expect if you read the article. The last part captures your interest and draws you further in. It promises something of interest that will give you what you're hoping to gain or learn about. It causes you to ask yourself, "I wonder what lesson I can take away from this article…" and so you keep reading, just as you did.
Armed with this information, you can now write good article headlines that get noticed, get published, and get traffic coming to your web site. Get out there, get writing, and cash in.
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Why You Should Keep Writing Articles to Market Yourself
By: Judy Cullins
Maybe you have affiliate programs, maybe you have a service-oriented web site. Definitely you want more affiliate click throughs that boost your commissions. Definitely you want more qualified clients, and definitely you want more targeted visitors to your site. To stand out from the crowd do these things:
Feature your own free content on you web site to educate your visitors. This builds trust and they are more likely to buy from you. Make most of these articles your own to show you as the savvy expert.
Set up your articles with links that lead to your affiliate programs. When you write an article why something is important and useful to your audience, it's like a mini sales letter and sets up ready buyers.
Parlay targeted people coming to your site daily. Build these numbers by submitting your well-edited articles to top article directories like ezine articles.com and article city.com. When thousands, even millions, interested in your topic people, read your gems, they will eagerly go to your web site where after a few visits, will buy from you.
Know this viral marketing is the number one way to get BIG visibility. Because blogs, other web sites, newsletters, and big companies constantly need new content for their readers, you can expand to much bigger audiences.
Find out your visibility progress by Googling your name or your article title. Once you see the growth as min from 900 in four months to over 110,000 in 6 years. Read where you are featured, and send them more articles because they already used you.
Know consistently writing and submitting articles will make you well-respected and known globally. Be sure to send one or two weekly to top-rated Web sites to make your marketing sizzle.
Other article writing benefits include low cost, free if you do it yourself, and you attract many because you take time to educate them . The time to do this is also short, probably only four hours a week. Keep writing those articles. The payoffs are big.
Author Resource:-> Internet Marketing Coach Judy Cullins helps non-techies get big web traffic, expand your business clients, and sell your products.Check out her AdvancedArticleMarketing 3-Book Special with free reports at http://www.advancedarticlemarketing.com/
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The purpose of an expository essay is to present, completely and fairly, other people's views or to report about an event or a situation. Expository writing, or exposition, presents a subject in detail, apart from criticism, argument, or development; i.e., the writer elucidates a subject by analyzing it. Such writing is discourse designed to convey information or explain what is difficult to understand. Exposition usually proceeds by the orderly analysis of parts and the use of familiar illustrations or analogies.
Writers, who are ready to write a thorough description of a topic, need to make sure that they have a thorough understanding of the topic that they ought to write about. While choosing the topic, the writers, too would have to make sure that the topic is narrowed and concise. A broad topic would not only weaken the article as a whole, it is also impossible for the writers to write a prominent points or idea, as they are trying to cover too many aspects in their paper.
When you are trying to report of describe something in your paper, you must always bear in mind that you present someone else’s point of view without expressing your personal opinion. The success of your article depends on your careful planning and organization. You must be able to: emphasize important points, separate the thesis and its supporting arguments, be objective when sharing the ideas with the readers.
While writing your paper, you must write clearly and fully enough for your readers to know how you have arrived at your analyses and conclusions. They should never have to guess what you mean; give your readers everything they need to know to follow your reasoning in your expository essay. This practice of writing a report, or any essay at all is not "just for students." Accurate analysis is a fundamental professional activity in almost all careers.
Do not be afraid to revise your piece of work! In fact, you will probably want to change your paper at least once; this is called "thinking through a 'problem'" or "learning." The revisions will consist of finding the precise words to express your thoughts, correcting typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors, making sure that your paragraphs are "tight" and sequenced properly, and making sure that the transition ("segue") from one major topic to another makes sense.
To write a report has a distinct format. In general, the thesis statement of the paper must be defined and narrow enough to be supported within the essay. Each supporting paragraph of the article must have a distinct controlling topic and all other sentences must factually relate directly to it. The transition words or phrases are important as they help the reader follow along and reinforce the logic of your paper.
Finally, the conclusion paragraph of your expository essay should originally restate the thesis and the main supporting ideas. Finish with the statement that reinforces your position of your expository essay in a meaningful and memorable way. You must bear in mind, however, never introduce new material in the conclusion.
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