Archive for the ‘Article Writing’ Category

SEO Article Writers: Getting Back in the Game Post-Panda

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

ghostwriterArticle writing was definitely hit hard by Google Panda, but members of our service know that perseverance pays, and some of them have even reported an improvement in their rankings in the post-Panda world.

Affiliate Article Writers founder Dan Ho doesn’t get too excited by these changes. He’s seen several like it in his 10 years in the business, like the famous Caffeine update in 2009. The way to get past them? According to Dan:

“It’s time for eveyone to step up their game, not just here at AAW, but everyone who wants to have their articles accepted at EZA. And the less people who step up, the less comeptition there will be, which is exactly what I expect to happen (which, of course, is a good thing for people who do).”

One of the criteria Google representative Matt Cutts listed as part of the new quality measures is “Would you expect to see this article in a printed magazine, encyclopedia or book?”

Let’s look at what makes an article magazine- or encyclopedia-worthy.

1. Does your article contain original research or a new angle? Have you taken the time to come up with an interesting parallel or a new way of looking at a commonly-held piece of information that could be interpreted in a novel way to engage the reader? There is a concept often cited by Roy Williams, ‘The Wizard of Ads’, about ‘surprising Broca’. What he means is when you put a new spin on an old piece of information in a way that surprises people, it literally tickles the brain. By tickling the brain, you make a much deeper impression on the reader and you are more likely to get the most wanted response from them.

2. Have you taken time to format your article in a way that online readers can easily skim and scan? Readers skim through headlines, sub-heads, and bullet points, to determine if the article will be of any use to them. Readers scan for keywords (likely the ones they typed into their search engine) searching for a match. SEO article writing relies on using these two techniques to engage the reader and get them to read your article and resource box.

3. Have you established yourself as an expert? Experts show a deep level of understanding of their topic. Their articles are edited, with no spelling or stylistic errors, and it is clear that they have taken the time to proof-read their articles.

Stepping up your game to improve your SEO article writing ultimately means more money in the bank for you. Remember the truism that the harder something is, the fewer the number of people who are willing to work for it, and the sweeter the rewards.

AAW members can get more help with SEO article writing in our private forums.

Bring It On

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Are you game?

Are you game?

Maybe it was the sugar high, maybe it was that last glass of eggnog. . . regardless, over the holidays a few members of my family were talking a good game about article writing, and how good they’d be at it.

Of course, it’s mid-January now and not a soul has written a word, so I decided we’d better make it a challenge if we were going to see at least one of our New Year’s Resolutions through! So we set a little wager for 100 articles, starting Monday . . .

Telling Dan about it yesterday brought about a chuckle from him, and a suggestion that I might want to expand the challenge out to a few of you hardy souls.

So here it is, the 10 Weeks to 100 Articles Challenge.

That’s right, for 10 weeks, you’ll keep up with the keyword delivery pace set by AAW. Every week, you’ll write at least 10 articles. Know you have a school play to attend next week? Ping me and I’ll send your keywords out early.

To sweeten the pot a little (since I can’t buy all of you dinner if I don’t make it to 100!), here’s how the prize structure will work at AAW:

If you sign up for the challenge, you get a little bling for your forum account, to mark you as a contender.

Each week you complete 10 articles, you’ll get a little more bling for your forum account.

If you make it to 100 articles, you’ll get a free article from us.

And if you have the most articles after 10 weeks, you’ll win five free articles from us.

Are you in? Click here to go to your dedicated forum for complete details and to sign up for the challenge.

Article Writing Tip: Planned Breaks

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Article Writing TipHere’s an article writing tip that may help you!

If you’re like me, there are days when you’re staring down the quota of articles you set for yourself and you just don’t think you can get through it.

Or I start to research a particular keyword, and before you know it I’m 20 pages deep at Amazon with a lovely new book or DVD on my wish list!

It can be hard to stay focused and on course, but like most people, I respond well to rewards.

After much experimentation, I’ve found that if I take time to play a game after each article, I am able to stay focused and not get overwhelmed by the keyword list in front of me.

My phone has a fun word game on it called “Shake and Spell”. (If you’ve played Boggle before, you know exactly how this game works.) You can set the time limit on it to three minutes (the max, but hey, why not go all out? After all, it’s my reward!) I finish an article, then treat myself to a game. Just one mind you! Because it’s a word game I feel like I haven’t gone too far off course, and I am constantly thinking of new words when I am playing, which helps me to write when my break is over.

I find this article writing tip has helped to keep me from following “bright shiny objects” that crop up in the course of researching an article. I know that if I can just stay the course, I can relax for a few minutes.

Because it’s the same game every time for me, my mind is trained to ‘relax and catch its breath’ for a short time, and then it knows that we have to get right back to work as soon as the game is done.

Other tricks help me to start an article, or to find a unique angle, but this one in particular just helps me to stay the course and get through the list I have set for the day. If you’re like me, crossing off a goal on your to-do list gives you immense satisfaction, and it helps you to feel optimistic about your odds for success.

Do you have an article writing tip that helps you get through your list for the day? I’d love to hear about them!

Easy Article Writing Secrets That Can Boost Your Online Income Quickly

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Article marketing as a means to generate leads and sales has been around for several years now, and despite some loud claims of its impending obsolescence, it’s going to remain a viable marketing vehicle for many more years.

However, like all other marketing methods, don’t perceive this one to be easy. Many people read about how easy article writing is and think it’s going to be their key to riches. Sadly, when they find out it takes real work and consistent work, they give up and never reap its true and long lasting benefits.

On the other hand, there are article writing secrets you can employ to make your article writing easier. Secrets is a word that is often overused, but when I use it, I just mean these are things most people simply aren’t aware of and don’t employ, even though they should. Not that they are secrets in the sense that there’s some conspiracy to keep them from you.

One of the best article writing secrets I can give you right now is to write your articles in sets. This means to group your articles in related themes and write as many of those as you can before moving onto another set.

For example, if you are writing about health or nutrition related issues, like I often do, then I might break my article writing into sets about the benefits of fish oil for heart health and write as many articles on that topic as I can before moving to another theme.

Why does this strategy work so well? It’s because to write well about a topic, the most time consuming part is actually the research that goes into the article. If you do the research beforehand, you can write articles almost nonstop on a set without having to keep looking for new reference material.

In addition to employing this easy article writing tip above, another strategy you’ll want to use is to write the actual article titles out for several articles before writing the article bodies themselves.

Why is this a powerful technique? Because the article body must deliver on the article title. So by coming up with some interesting article titles first, you’ve already steered the direction you need to go with the article body itself. I find that when I use this technique, the articles naturally flow from me almost effortlessly when I begin writing.

Try these and other article writing secrets out before you judge, and you’ll find out for yourself just how much they can boost your productivity and online business!

How To Write Articles For Money Using The Affiliate Marketing Model

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The writer’s dream? To engage in his or her creativity while managing to make a living from it.

Sooner or later, most of us realize we won’t be the next Stephen King or John Grisham, so we use our writing skill for more practical matters: like generating a useful income online.

There are several ways you can write articles for money online, and some are better than others. I will cover just two basic ways here.

First, there are companies and places online that will pay you a modest fee, usually a fixed one, if you create content for them or pen blog posts that they will publish. Sometimes they will give you a byline (meaning author credit), and other times they will want to run it under their own name or brand (you play the role of ghostwriter).

Although freelance writing or creating content for blogs is a viable way to write articles for money, it’s not my preferred method for a couple major reasons. First, you are simply trading time for dollars without building any equity for your efforts. Secondly, the pay scale is usually very low because there are a lot of writers online who are willing to do this sort of writing for cheap.

The second way to write articles for money is to use your writing skills through the prism of affiliate marketing. If you direct your writing talents toward a leveraged system, you can actually build equity through your writing efforts.

What do I mean?

Consider this: for many years I have been promoting affiliate programs that pay me lifetime income. This means, if I bring a customer to the company, the company pays me every time that customer comes back to buy — again and again.

That means by writing even a few articles, I am beginning to build equity, because I can get potentially paid over and over again for the one time effort of those articles. This means I am no longer trading time for dollars in a strict sense.

The second factor that makes this work is to apply the article writing via a system. The scatter shot approach of trying to write articles on a whole bunch of affiliate programs, constantly changing from one to the other, is a sure fire way to dilute your success or prevent your success from happening altogether.

This is why when I created an affiliate training system based on article writing, it had to be a system — one that kept people focused and one that was scalable — and only on carefully selected products and companies that pay for life.

Writing articles for money won’t be an overnight road to riches, but it can be a viable method to generating a useful income online.

The Remarkable Difference Between Building Equity Vs Getting Paid To Write Articles

Monday, July 12th, 2010

A lot of people are looking to get paid to write articles. Freelance writing and ghostwriting are hot topics online as many people all over the world are looking to make a useful side income in these turbulent times.

And getting paid to write articles is a viable way to earn some extra cash, whether you’re blogging or ghostwriting for publishers.

However, there are a couple of issues you should seriously consider before heading down this path, to determine if it’s the right one for you as opposed to building true equity with your article writing skills.

First, freelance writing and ghostwriting tend to be low paid careers because the supply of writers is so high. This tends to drive the price publishers are willing to pay for any article down.

Moreover, you will only get paid to the extent that you write. If you get sick or stop writing, well, you stop getting paid. Another issue is finding publishers who will accept your writing (they may want to see samples of previously published work first) and I’ve known many article writers who have put in a lot of hard work writing articles and then getting stiffed — that is, not paid! And collecting money owed to you as a writer is virtually impossible on the Internet.

What’s interesting is if you just take the same writing skills you have and use them in a different fashion, you can create a lot more income for yourself over time and build true equity with your writing — meaning, you can even generate income after you stop writing.

No, I’m not talking about something far-fetched like becoming a rare NY times best selling author and making royalties on your works. That’s great stuff, but it’s a pipe dream for most of us.

But what is within our grasp is using our writing skills to get paid on lifetime income affiliate programs. There is no trust issue of whether you’ll get paid because the software automatically does the tracking. You don’t have to worry about if the publisher will like your work because you are not asking their permission. You are writing for yourself and your own benefit.

And best of all, when sales start to happen, which they will soon enough if you stick to it, you can get paid over and over again on the same customers your original articles generated.

None of this is a pipe dream; it’s something I’ve personally been doing for almost a decade and have been teaching for the past three years to hundreds of writers around the world.

A system where you gain leverage from your writing skills can truly be the difference between getting paid to write articles for a pittance or building a significant, passive income that will continue to flow in regardless if you decide to write on any given day.

The net result is nothing short of a massive difference in the lifestyle of those who exchange their writing time for dollars and those who work smarter by building equity with their writing efforts.

Freelance Article Writing: Making Money In A Tough Economy

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Are you looking for a great way to earn money from home, either while you look after young children or aging parents? Perhaps you’re trying to replace some income that was lost in this tough economy. Regardless of your reason, one low-cost way to start making money is with freelance article writing.

Writing For Other People

One way to make money with freelance article writing is to look for work on websites such as Odesk or Elance. These sites allow you to post samples of your writing, and you can get notified when people are looking for writers who match your criteria.

The downside? It’s “work once, get paid once”.

Work Once, Get Paid Forever

There is a smarter way to do freelance article writing: use article writing as a marketing strategy to get traffic to your affiliate link.

An affiliate link is a cookie that gets set on someone’s computer when they click on an article you have written. You get that cookie from a merchant who has items for sale online.

When you use this strategy, you write articles that contain a link back to the merchant’s site with your cookie, or to your website that also has a link back to the merchant’s site.

A potential customer clicks on it, and if they buy something, you get a commission on the sale!

What’s the Forever Part?

If you pick the merchants wisely, you can find some that give you what is called a “lifetime commission”. In short, that means that every time the customer in the example above purchases something, you will get a commission, for as long as that person remains a customer. Even if it’s years.

So instead of your freelance article writing only netting you a couple of dollars on one of those websites I mentioned above, your articles potentially earn you money for life. Now, doesn’t that sound like a better deal?

In addition, your articles can reach more than one person (obviously!). If you do the work correctly, you can get highly ranked at search engines for the topics you’re writing on, and that’s when the money will start to flow in.

It isn’t easy to find the right merchants to partner with, of course. It’s critically important that you don’t waste time with shady or untrustworthy affiliate partners.

It’s also important that you have a strategy around the keywords you use in your articles to get people who are looking to buy.

To find out the best programs to work with, the right keywords to use, and to get lessons on how to do freelance article writing so that it makes sales for you, visit our website today.

Article Writing Tips: Defeating the Dreaded Blank Screen

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Are you struggling to get past the big white blank screen? Looking for some article writing tips to get you started?

Students in our service set a goal of 10 articles or more a week. Without a doubt the first ten are the hardest, and then they hit their stride and are able to write more easily.

What are some proven techniques to get the words flowing? This video shows you two quick article marketing tips that will jumpstart the process for you.

Article Writing and the Lizard Brain

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

One of the most common things we hear from students who are struggling is that they ‘can’t.’ Can’t compete with other writers, can’t write more than one article a day, can’t get over writer’s block, can’t make the time to execute the program.

But article writing, like all writing, demands that you push past the excuses and fearlessly carve your niche in the marketplace. Our most successful students ignore the fears and push through. They get busy ‘doing’ and don’t allow time for worrying. They understand that the law of physics say it’s easier to keep something moving in motion, then it is to start something moving from scratch, so they put the majority of their effort into getting the motion started and know that it only gets easier after the first couple of weeks.

Renowned marketer Seth Godin recently blogged about the source of the fear and excuses, the Lizard Brain. Although Seth wasn’t commenting directly on article writing, the parallels are striking. Check out Quieting The Lizard Brain if you need a little push to get through the toughest part of the new program.

A few thoughts to end on. As Dan always says, “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.” (Henry Ford)

And my favorite quote that applies to article writing and really all of life: “You can only coast in one direction.”

What motivates you to quiet the lizard brain?