So you want to write, you want to be seen, and you want to make some cash off it? Okay.
Writing isn’t for everyone, it takes a certain kind of person to want to write. You’re here because you are one of these people, you want to write articles, you want people to read what you’ve written, you want to enjoy their reactions, and of course you want to make a buck while doing it.
Well before you start writing anything, you need to get a better idea of who and what you are. Just like there are different types of audiences, different types of literature, and different kinds of movies there are also different types of writers.
1. The Tutorial Writer
Do you know a lot about something and know how to make it easy? Do you like telling people how to do something complicated in a much easier fashion? You’re the tutorial writer! You write how-to articles giving complex instructions in a simple manner. It could be for SEO, cooking, or even writing how to earn money online with articles.
2. The Critical Writer
Do you have an opinion? Do you want everyone to know your opinion? Do you know how to word it so they all get the message? Well congratulations you’re a critic and I hate you…not really but you’re a critical writer. Whether it’s politics, music, TV, or games you write critical articles about them, you share your opinion and people want to hear it.
3. The Casual Writer
Do you think more about everyday life than politics and games? Do you care more about gardening or poetry than the government? You’re a casual writer! You write about anything from flowers to poetry, your everyday life, your job. You just write a novel from your mind and fortunately that gets some good attention as well!
4. The Jack of All Trades
This one is sort of what I’m like, jack of all trades master of none, except in this case you’re a writer of all but an idealist of none. You can write about anything, perhaps you have more talent at tutorials or more talent at reviews and criticism, but you have the option to write about whatever subject you like. This is more of a learned trait than a natural one, so if you’re any of the other 3 you can become closer to this if you want.
So now you know what you are and what you write about. Time to make an article.
A good article starts off with an interesting title. But not just an interesting title, a descriptive title. “Three people jump off a boat in the pacific” I would’ve named this article that, but I didn’t. Why? It’s an interesting title, but it’s not what I’m talking about. Your title has to be a cliff hanger to your article, the audience has to know “this article is about _____”. That makes sure you’re not only getting views, but you’re getting views from interested parties. Interested parties that are more likely to share your article with their friends.
If the site you use allows a description, your article’s description must play off your article’s title. It must reveal a little but not too much. It also must make people who see it actually want to continue reading. Remember not to give too much away.
Once again if this is allowed on your site, your article’s tags must be informative like the description, but there are a few tricks you can use here.
1. If your title AND description have a word in common, it must be in your tags
2. If your title says a word more than once, it must be in your tags
3. If your description and your content have a word in common, it must be in your tags
4. If your content and title have a word in common, it must be in your tags
5. If the content of your article mentions a word more than 3 times per hundred words, it must be in your tags
With these rules your tags should look very good.
This is the main body of your article, basically this is your article itself. The content must be interesting and engaging, it must have proper grammar and spelling so your readers do not get confused and it must have a proper layout. Plan where your beginning, ending, and conclusion will be, plan what you’ll say in between the beginning and the end, the end and the conclusion, and what you’ll do after the conclusion (if anything). This article alone took me about 15 minutes of planning just to get what order I’d do all this in.
So now you have your article, where do you put it? There are several places!