Learning how to write articles online is probably the biggest factor to getting high search engine rankings. However, for most people is also the most difficult aspect of marketing on the web. It can be extremely difficult for most people to come up with articles that they can use for syndication.
It's time for a reality check!
The sad thing is that writing articles is not as difficult as most people make it out to be. Almost every day I'm telling somebody the same thing: "if you can talk about your niche, you can write an article; if you can't talk about it, you are in the wrong niche!"
So, today, let's look at what it takes to write an article, and a few tips to help you get the articles out of your head and onto the web.
What is an Article?
When it comes down to it, all you're doing with an article is having one side of a conversation. Think about it: a conversation is words, and an article is just words written down.
So, an article is a conversation written down.
Often when I am writing an article, whether for my own website or for one of my clients, I use the questions someone else asks (whether through social networking, reading up on forums, or anywhere else you have direct contact with your potential customers) as subheadings, and the answer to that question as the paragraph for the article.
One thing that I find extremely funny is seeing people who can write a 500 word post in the forums to ask a question, while claiming that they do not have the skills to write an article. If you can write that much in a forum post, then you can write an article as well.
The difference will be that you need to spend a little time researching the information that you need to write about. Unfortunately most training programs fail to teach you how to research your content properly.
Most of the Internet marketing training programs that I have gone through focus on outsourcing articles, so they don't take the time to teach you how to research the content that you need. Often niche research is limited to picking out keywords rather than finding information within the niche.
How to Write Articles Without Ripping Your Hair Out
If you keep ripping your hair out every time you slave away over an article, before long you're gonna be bald. Instead, let's look at some different ways that you can come up with content for your articles.
Using Web Content For Article Research
Those of you who know me by now have probably realized that I enjoy forums for a wide variety of reasons. They are a great source of finding keywords. However, they are also a great way to find content that you can rewrite for your own website.
Simply browse through some of the questions that people ask, and the answers that other forum members give, and you can come up with a lot of information that you can rewrite in your own words to add to your site.
You can also do the same thing with just about any other website that you find. Browse websites within your niche, article directories, popular blogs, and even groups and fan pages on Facebook. Also take a browse through some videos on YouTube. All of these are great sources of information that you can use for your articles.
You can also find a lot of great PLR content available on a wide variety of niches. I I have an 8 GB flash drive full of nothing but PLR content that I have picked up, mostly for free (although I have paid for some).
I use this PLR content to come up with ideas for articles, blog posts, and e-books. I never take it as is, to avoid any duplicate content issues - instead, I rewrite it in my own words and use the PLR to ignite my brain when brainstorming information to write about.
Getting It Down
The next biggest problem people have is taking the information they have, and putting it into an article. A lot of this has to do with people not wanting to slave away over typing out an article manually.
In order to overcome this hassle, I recommend using speech-to-text software; this allows you the opportunity to dictate an article quickly and easily. An article that would normally take me 45 minutes to an hour to write can be dictated in about 5 to 10 minutes.
If you are ready to get more out of your content, then pick up my free Web Content Guide. With loads of ways to create a lot of great content for your website. I also recommend that you check out my Dragon Naturally Speaking Review, and start dictating your content rather then wasting away your days typing away.