Article & E-Mail Power Secrets Revealed – #2

This is Day Two of my Mini Course about Article & E-Mail Power Secrets ========================================================

When writing articles for any niche, these are the main points you need to consider: 

Give your article a catchy title…
…your title is the first and often the only thing that visitors see. Put some thought into coming up with a title that grabs the reader’s attention right away. Words like “Secrets”, “Free”, and “Successful” tend to attract more attention than others.

Your article should not read like an ad…
…think about what benefits your readers want to get out of your article or topic. Important: cater to your reader’s interests rather than your own.

Write a popular article to a problem…
…that the people in your target audience have. Provide them with a pregnant and to the point answer, so they can get help quickly and solve their problem.

People like solutions…
…a short way to get it done, fast results, something to be proud of, etc., explain it in a way that it is not too hard to achieve. Offer easy to follow steps, a good description. Make it in 3-4 dot points, motivate them, give them a link to see proof that it works, or ad a testimonial.

Offer lots of free, useful information…
…keep in mind that your readers are looking for specific “how-to” instructions to help them achieve a certain goal. Offer lots of tangible information that is immediately useful to them.

Be succinct…
…get to the point quickly, preferably in the first or second paragraph. Avoid lengthy paragraphs. Use lots of white space to separate your paragraphs to make them easier to read.

Your article should not be too short…
…if your article is too short, however, some webmasters may feel hesitant to reprint it on their sites. They may, instead, borrow your ideas and write their own article, gaining authorship without having to give you credit for your ideas. I suggest writing at least 800 words, preferably longer. Longer articles give webmasters the impression that you have put some thought and effort into your work and, thus, are deserving of publicity on their sites.

Use clickable links only in your resource box…
…many directories or e-zines permit clickable links in resource boxes. Whenever permitted, you should spell out your URL as well as make it clickable (Hyper-Link) so readers can go to your site simply by clicking on it. Search engines will be able to record it as a link your web site, adding to your link popularity and search engine rankings

Avoid hyping in your resource box…
…your resource box, while promotional in nature, should be brief and tasteful. The purpose of your resource box is not to sell your readers something, but to lead them to your website which does the actual selling.

Put some thought and effort into your writing…
…do a good job and be honest. If your article comes off as half-baked, readers may make a similar assumption about you and your business practices.

Submit your article to as many e-zines as feasible…
…there are dozens of e-zines on the web that welcome submissions from independent authors. I recommend that you first submit to only a handful of the more popular ones.

Here are some directories and eZines where you can submit your articles to:

               Article Marketer
               Affsphere
               EzineArticles
               USfreeads
               Promotionworld

And there are many, many more. Just do some Googling with “article submission”.

In order to facilitate and automate the sign up process to the various directories, you can use software which stores your entire login and other information. I use and recommend

               Article Submitter and Directory Submitter

I hope this is useful information and it helps you to speed up your article submissions. Please leave a comment if you know about or use other proven and useful article submission sites. Thanks.