Convert Article Parts To Stand Alone

Let’s talk about article parts (the act of spanning an article across multiple articles to make up a whole article)

In a non-article-syndication world, article parts makes perfect sense *but* it makes no sense in a distribution model where a reader/user/ezine publisher of your article will have to seriously struggle to pull your article parts together to get the full article (if they are able to at all).

Therefore, when writing articles for individual syndication, consider only writing articles that can stand alone without requiring another to complete the thoughts presented.

We’ve been here before on this topic. See: Article Parts & Article Series

I’d also argue that articles submitted to a site like EzineArticles will also see a much lower use/distribution by email newsletter publishers who won’t even bother picking up articles that are done in a series or parts.

A better strategy if you’re feeling the “article parts” bug bite:

1) Go ahead and create your multi-series/parts articles. Why fight the urge? :)

2) Step back from the series you just created and ask yourself how they could each stand alone?

3) Expand the article title to be about *both* the original topic plus a specific benefit found in the part that you’re going to make stand alone.

Bad Example:

  • Strength Training Bicep Tip 1
  • Strength Training Bicep Tip 2
  • Strength Training Bicep Tip 3
  • Strength Training Bicep Tip 4
  • Strength Training Bicep Tip 5
  • Strength Training Bicep Tip 6
  • Strength Training Bicep Tip 7

Good Example of an article parts converted to stand alone articles:

  • Strength Training Tip – Biceps 101 For Girls
  • Strength Training – Build Bigger Biceps
  • Strength Training Your Best Bicep Workout
  • Strength Training To Create Huge Biceps
  • Bicep Curl Exercise Done Right – Strength Training Tips
  • Bicep Muscle Stretches To Do During Your Bicep Building Set
  • Bicep Building Tips With Free Weights

Conclusion: When writing articles for syndication, only write articles that can stand alone. It’s ok to do an article series but don’t make each article dependent on another article to be complete.

Make sense?

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S Phadke writes:

I appreciate your point. I shall have a relook at the series I had been planning. Please ignore the article I submitted today.

If I feel the swries I had intended to submit fits in with your views I shall modify and resubmit

Thanks for pointing out my slip!

Comment provided May 28, 2007 at 7:15 AM

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S.

It’s ok to produce an ARTICLE SERIES, but just make sure that none of the articles in the series are dependent on another article.

Comment provided May 28, 2007 at 7:30 AM

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ALEX NEWELL writes:

Very glad to read this, since I was hesitating about how to proceed. Good timing!

Comment provided May 28, 2007 at 8:37 AM

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Having just scoured EzineArticles for the first time as a publisher on a specific topic for a new website, I second Chris’ advice. Because my topic of interest was narrow, in my search several times I found useful articles, but couldn’t use them because they were part of a series. In some cases they *were* stand-alone, topically, but it doesn’t make sense for me to publish an article with “…Part III” in the *title* when I didn’t need the rest of the series. And publishing *just* “…Part III” could make my website look like something is missing.

I suspect the motivation of authors that submit these series (and some of them spanned 10 or more articles!) is to drive publishers to pick up more of their articles. Understandable, but truly, not necessary. If you write high quality articles, once a publisher finds one — they are likely to look to see if you have more (I know I did!)

So don’t leave publishers with an “all or nothing” choice — the answer will more often be “nothing”.

Comment provided May 28, 2007 at 10:07 AM

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Mark Sturgell writes:

Christopher’s article has me thinking – perhaps a bit too late! The same goes for all the helpful comments from others to far.

I just submitted two stand-alone articles as a new contributer to EzineArticles. Each was on a separate value. However, I put in the title “part of a series” to let publishers know that there were other values covered and more coming (not “to drive publishers to pick up more of their articles” as Terry mentions in her comment, although that’s a good point, too).

Obviously, I need to rethink my titles perhaps. Can I still change them after they are accepted?

Comment provided May 28, 2007 at 11:54 AM

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Steve Hards writes:

I was really surprised to see Chris, such an experienced writer, use ‘dependant’ in this context. Have Americans lost the distinction we have in the UK between ‘dependant’ (a person), and ‘dependent’ (= depending on)?

Comment provided May 28, 2007 at 12:12 PM

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Emily Erickson writes:

Speaking as a 25-year veteran court reporter, American English has no ‘dependant’; it is all ‘dependent.’ Chris probably made a typo or was tired.

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Ok ok … I get the point. :-)

I fixed it.

Thanks for catching that.

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Zack writes:

Hi Christopher,

Thanks for sharing this tip. I will have to take note of this thing when I am writing more articles in the future. :) Thanks for always posting very useful information on your blog :)

Comment provided May 28, 2007 at 1:10 PM

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Edward Weiss writes:

Although I’ve never written an article series before, it sounds like something someone may do when they can’t think of a unique title for the headline.

A problem I know I have from time to time. Writing a series solves this problem but isn’t good when search engine spiders come around.

Comment provided May 28, 2007 at 4:29 PM

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Mark,

There is no need to tell others that your articles are part of a *series* – instead, just write the series and know that they will usually be found.

Yes, you can change articles at any time.

Steve,

Thanks for the spelling lesson. I was using the FireFox spell checker because I had questioned myself before using that word… apparently, I failed…but now I’ve got this blog entry to refer to in the future to get it right next time.

I’ve corrected the blog entry to reflect the proper spelling.

Edward W,

Yes, I completely agree! Only a few seconds more of some keyword research and they could significantly boost the effectiveness of their articles.

Comment provided May 28, 2007 at 6:35 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Completely agreed. Indeed this also speaks to authors of out-of-print books or perhaps e-Books where each chapter and sub-heading could be an article spanning many different categories. Since it is impossible to piece them all together the author loses nothing by enjoying both venues simultaneously.

Each article broken out of the larger work allows for more “keywords” in titles, different niche searches and the ability to reach additional clientele and targeted traffic to your website.

I myself have made mistakes previously in listing articles early on that where “Part I, II, III” until I realized how that was defeating my real goals. Thus I have broken apart articles or essays of 4,000 words into 8-10 articles. I have taken 247 page e-books and broken these into countless articles.

Therefore, I am going to have to recommend that anyone who wishes to succeed in online article marketing really think hard on Chris’ advice here, I think the words speak wisdom in the online article writing domain. Boy one can certainly learn a lot reading this simple Blog.

Comment provided May 28, 2007 at 7:40 PM

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I did the same dividing the book, “German Memories in Asia” into 112 stand-Alone articles which now “LIVE” at Ezine, makes a surprising traffic to my website.

Comment provided May 29, 2007 at 12:41 PM

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Carol Bentley writes:

Hi Chris,

I submitted a ‘series’ of articles ages ago (when I first started writing articles), which were all split down from a much longer report.

Is it still OK to change the titles and resubmit the articles?

Comment provided May 29, 2007 at 3:41 PM

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I like to make the distinction between ‘article parts’ and ‘companion articles’ , the latter being articles that can stand alone [essentially formatted like the ‘good ‘ example Chris gave in his posting,above.] I have found the ‘companion’ approach to be appealing to publishers. When i write my own newsletters of 1500 or so words, they become two perhaps three articles on this site but i am also careful to flesh out anything that leaves gaps in understanding for the reader. It has paid off for me, taking this extra step or two. I had a print magazine notice three articles that the editor approached me to combine into one 2000 word article, along with some fresh material. It’s a beautiful full colour publication perfect for my niche, I now have an established relationship with this editor and am slated for another article for them for a fall issue. Hope this is helpful to others.
Feels great, like the writing really pays off, when that happens!!

Comment provided May 29, 2007 at 4:53 PM

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Carol,

It’s not ok to resubmit the same content you’ve already submitted, but you are welcome to re-title them if you’d like.

I’d only ask you to re-title a former series or article parts because we’d consider it a bit spammy if someone retitled all of their articles or a large number of them.

Comment provided May 29, 2007 at 7:03 PM

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If you are writing a non-fiction book, divide the content into various stand-alone articles and connect your book title as the main title and the each divided contents into related sub-titles.

See the exposure you are getting for the book.

If you are not clear of my strategy just click my name above, you will understand how I have done it.

Comment provided May 30, 2007 at 10:38 AM

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Bud Coggins writes:

Chris: I agree to keeping a full article intact. I have found the best way to use “parts” is in blogging. As you know, blog posts need to be shorter than articles. So, let’s say you have a 5 part article then post it in your blog, one each day for 5 days. It’s also a traffic builder. I still love to write articles…but blogging is a blast.
Coach Bud

Comment provided May 30, 2007 at 12:53 PM

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Hi Chris! I think your advice is essential. I wanted to write many articles about the same subject because you can’t say too much in a short article, but besides understanding that my readers wouldn’t be able to follow them, I understood that I could better share the series of articles I wanted to write in different articles with different tittles, focusing different points, even though I’m talking about the same subject. I think most readers prefer different articles too, instead of following a series.

Comment provided June 1, 2007 at 5:15 AM

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Aldian Prakoso writes:

Thanks for the tip Chris.

Comment provided June 4, 2007 at 4:17 AM

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Scott Best writes:

Chris, Thank you

I had searched the site for information just such as this, when I gave up in desperation. Casey emailed me the link to this post

I have been concerned of late on how actually to complete and tile an up coming article series. Again, thanks for you help

Comment provided January 16, 2008 at 10:04 AM

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Scott Best writes:

I guess I should have used spellchecker, here’s the missing r

:)

Comment provided January 16, 2008 at 10:06 AM

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Julie Jones writes:

I’m knew to article writing and have been advised to keep articles to about 400 words if at all possible. I’ve created one that ended up at about 1800 words and it turned out well. Then I stumbled across a guide tutorial somewhere that said if you have an article this long, you should consider breaking it in two, the advantage being, in effect, giving you two instead of one. Nothing was mentioned about how they should stand alone in content though. I did go to the trouble of breaking it down into two parts but they the first is obviously related to the second although the content in each deals with different aspects. Classic confusion over different views! Do you think 1800 words is too long? I’d rather keep it as one if you think that is the best approach to having the article picked up by publishers. Thanks very much for this discussion. It is very helpful. Regards, Julie Jones

Comment provided October 2, 2009 at 7:46 AM

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1800 words may be a lost traffic crime… :-)

(3) 600 high value articles will ALWAYS out-perform (1) 1800 word article in terms of traffic attraction.

If you want to feel better, split the difference and make it (2) 900 word articles.

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Emily Erickson writes:

If the 1800-word article is written in such a way as to engage a reader who is interested in that subject–especially if that subject establishes your reputation in your chose field–and if continuity would be broken if you divided it…well then, you are speaking to a chosen few. Sometimes, like the Marines, one is looking for a few good men.
That is my opinion anyway. I have never gone that many words, but I have around 1300-word articles. To me, they read as if they were shorter than that. And they are one of a kind as to the subject matter.

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Marc writes:

Julie,

You will always have better success with several smaller articles vs. one big one. You are correct, the articles should stand alone. For more tips on that topic, check out this blog post: http://blog.EzineArticles.com/2009/07/cut-up-your-long-articles.html

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Tayo Solagbade writes:

Thanks to “Vanessa” of for sending me to this blog. All I had to do to understand what correction to make to my “part 2” article became obvious from reading through the post by Chris – and others.

Comment provided October 31, 2009 at 2:33 PM

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Trudy Steinbeck writes:

This clears up a lot of confusion I had. Thanks for the great tips on how to make a standalone article out of a potential series.

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