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chadc1518
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Any tips for Writing Content? I'm finding it hard!

I am having a VERY hard time writing content. I do not have enough funds at the time to hire it done, so I'm stuck doing it myself. I hated English class in high school, and this feels like an evil relapse of that feeling. Only with this, I can get paid in the end so it's a bit more alluring. Even a subject that I know everything about, I don't know what to write. I get 2 sentences in and I draw a blank. Any tips?
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this sounds just like me :) i wouldn't mind a few tips to
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aletta
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Try talking and recording yourself. Try interviewing someone and recording the interview, then transcribing it. Try paraphrasing content from other places. Try getting a PLR membership. Try reading this lovely lesson that I wrote for the "content creation" section:

http://www.affilorama.com/content-creat ... -your-site

If you know what the topics of your articles are, then it's a lot easier to write about. Make sure you have a good spread of topics when you're writing articles, cos it can get really boring to write about the same thing again and again and again.

Hmm. I can't imagine not being able to write! I have the opposite problem, in that I can't shut up! :)
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LOL cheers thats some good advise
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If your having trouble re-writing your articles i recommend checking out this tool to make it quick and easy http://goto2.com/rewriter

If you want to outsource your articles this place seems to be good value and easy to deal with, and its free to sign up they offer a 100% American writing team http://bit.ly/bhv4Fu
 
kiwiboy
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I know exactly what you are saying... it is taking me along time to get into the writing habbit, I got kicked out of the english class more time's than I did speeding tickets, I can tell you that right now, and they added up to a heap!

You just got to practise bro! we all know what that makes :)

I began by reading what others were writing and then just forced myself to do a 300 minumim word article a day, and believe I am getting better each time...
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freddy
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I bought Dragon naturally speaking, which is a dictation program. I'm using it right now. I'm strictly a two fingered typists and that turned out to be a big stumbling block for me, (when it came to getting my ideas down quickly). It's not perfect, many times it gets the wrong words, but I'm getting better at using it. I know it will cost you more money and more time to learn, but it certainly helped me a great deal and hope that might be a good tip for you. I also rely heavily on Microsoft Word for spelling and grammar, and I try to keep my sentences as simple as possible, because I don't even know how to use proper punctuation when it gets to long compound sentences.
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superaff
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Chad,

Listen... When I wrote my first articles, I didn't have any contact with English speakers for years...

English isn't my first language... It's just a matter of writing. After a couple of articles, you will see how it's easy.

I heard good things about dragon.

Franck
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ninjanewbie
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well, it's all pretty much been said already, but i would say ditto on the plr part. i have found it very helpful for writing my blog posts. incidentally my most popular post so far is the review i did of affiloblueprint, most of the views were on launch day.
here's the thing, i used two of the emails mark provided us in the affiliate area and pretty much melded them together. i'm really starting to get into this whole writing thing even though it's kinda hard for someone like me who types with two fingers.

anyway i say plr is the way to go, if you're new like me. oh, and it wouldn't hurt to read your competition.

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Read "Write Like A Maniac" (broken link removed)

It's a 28-page PDF Travis Sago sent out recently. It's by a guy named Ed Lewis, and it's a free share item. (He has one affiliate link in it, at the back.)

I know it helped me to gain a great perspective.

Mitch
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ninjanewbie
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Hey Chad, I feel your pain brotha, I've been there(not so long ago)right where you are . Her are two resources that may be able to help you http://10freevideos.pinurl.com and (removed broken link). I don't know if you're familiar with Yaro Starak, but he's a six figure blogger who is willing to teach his tricks of the trade. Now like any other pro(not guru)he has some paid stuff but wait till you see what you get for free. Between those two links above that should definitely be enough to get you going, it has definitely helped me. Anyway let me know if it helps.

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infopreneur
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chadc1518,
it seems that you have what is commonly known as writer's block. What is Writer's block?
In the following web site you will find a definition of what is writer's block
"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writer's_block#Strategies_for_overcoming_writer.27s_block"

while in the following website you'll find how to overcome it:
"http://www.43folders.com/2004/11/18/hack-your-way-out-of-writers-block"
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Write as if you are telling your story to a friend.
Adopt a conversation approach.
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superaff
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Yeah, imagine that someone (a complete beginner) is asking you something, and just reply.
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richcroc
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Hi all,

In regards to writing rticles, I don't really have a problem with it but I was wondering what do you say to article writing software? Would that be any good?
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One of the most important things in developing any website (whether it be an affiliate site or a general content site) is having a high level of quality content. Content is what people come to the site for so you want to give them the best you can so they continue to come back to your site.

Ask yourself the question - is the article of a quality high enough to interest your readers?
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arianera
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Go to Google news and type in your keywords. Viola! Many topics to choose from. Write about recent things, something that interests you on the topic etc.

Go to yahoo answers - type in the keyword or keyword phrase and find out what questions people are asking. Viola! More topics to write about. Or answer *hint*
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msanders
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Hi Guys,

I worked a journalist for a few years, and everyone gets writers block, however experienced you are. There are a few tricks which can help everyone though.

Firstly, like Aletta said it's best to write like you talk. Everyone can write, the best writing just sounds like someone talking excitedly about a subject. Most people just think they have to sound different somehow when they write so they think about it too much and freeze up.

Here is an awesome journalist trick that never fails to kill writer's block: it's to do with how our minds work when we think about a subject. We all naturally think much faster when we're answering a question. If someone says to you 'tell me about football', you will probably list a few things, then start to run out of steam pretty quickly. But if someone asks you: 'what do you like about football?' it is a specific question and you can immediately go on and on and on about it (if you like football :). The mind responds to questions!

So for your article try thinking of five specific points you want to talk about. Five topics, which will cover 500 words, 100 words per topic more or less. Then phrase each of those topics in the form of a question. So for example, if my topic number one was 'The benefits of playing a druid in WOW', write 'What's good about being a druid?'. Then, after each question think a bit about your answer and write three words that sum up your answer - I might write 'nature, power, magic' or something. Then topic 2 might be 'How Druids go up levels' so I'd write 'How do druids go up levels?' and so on...

When you have your 5 questions and answer words, you're ready to go. Set an alarm clock giving you 10 minutes and just read each question and write the answer as fast as you can. Don't read back over it, don't worry about spelling mistakes. Just write as much and as fast as you can in answer to each question, it's fine to ramble - the 3 words help to trigger ideas. When you've finished, you'll see in 10 minutes you have easily filled the 500 words and probably much more! Then it's just a matter of editing and tidying up the language. Which is much easier than starting from a blank page.

This whole process sounds strange but try it out when you're having trouble and you'll be amazed how easily you can write.
Hope this helps!

Marek
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Hi,
Mark has a PLR pack advertised on the site. Can you supply details of it? What niches it targets and the price... please ?
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gillesjh73
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Personally I am delighted with this article writing software:
http://vur.me/s/Article-Writing-Software/

I think it is a great tool to speed up writing, I just then review the content and this makes for a better use of my time

good luck to y all
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Article writing software can definitely help, but you need to make sure what comes out the other end sounds human!

Writing articles when you're not a natural writer can be hard work. First things first, READ! The more you read, the more you'll get a feel for what works and what doesn't. I also regularly read http://www.copyblogger.com which has some great tips on writing for online.

The biggest thing is practice though... the more you write, the better you get at it. When I first started here it took me hours to crank out a blog post... now I do it in 30 to 40 minutes. Practice makes perfect!
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Hi Chad,

I think you should try and make an outline first. Just open a notepad file, or get a sheet of paper and scribble some details about the topic that you want to write about. It doesn't have to be in perfect grammar, just feel free to write anything about the topic.

Ask why, what, where, when, who, how questions and you should be able to come up with something. Once you've made a rough draft of the article, you should chisel the general bulk of your ideas into a more refined essay. After you've reviewed and re-written your work, you should end up with an article that has a more defined structure.

Like any skill, all you need to be better at writing is enough practice. Once you've gotten into the proper habit of narrowing down your basic ideas into sharper, focused chunks of information, you'll have an easier time writing articles as you go along.

Best of luck!
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jemary
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Hey guys,
I really struggled with writing content for my articles. I now use a service that writes for me and is very simple to use. They’ll do different degrees of research for the articles or re writes if needed. They’ve done a great job for me and are very reasonable. If you struggle like I did then check them out here at;
http://www.articlez.com/index.php?aff_id=837
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jasondodd
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thanks for the tip, its nice to have options when you feel like youre just plain stuck!

some other options if your budget doesnt extend to outsourcing or PLR is to record yourself talking and use that as the basis for your writing (or get it transcribed), or just practice writing about something you enjoy, sometimes that gets the creative juices flowing
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Hi Folks,

This is my first post so hope this is OK but it should be relevant with what is being discussed here. With backlinking being all the rage I just want to ask about Mass Article Control which is an article creating and directory submitting package being pushed by affiliates at the moment. In the past, from what I have seen, this type of software only produces mumbo jumbo but of course it is promoted as the best thing on the planet though I have my doubts. One probably spends the same amount of time on ensuring their articles make sense with it than if they didn't have it in the first place. What is your opinion of MAC because there seems to be a few "gurus" out there promoting it, which may or may not, indicate that it has some merit.

Would really appreciate your feedback on this if anyone has used it yet as I think Mark promotes AMAutomation which is similar to Matt Callen's My Article Network however, one still has to write the articles for these before submission.....is that correct? Cheers!

Rgds,

Mike
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ahmedseddiq
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Psst...
what are the points that i want to say?
what are the points in order of importance to my reader ?
shall i be honest-sharp when i fill between this points?

That is it...
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