Ask Christopher Knight Day

I’m unable to respond to everyone who writes me directly, but here are a handful of common questions asked in the last few weeks:

Mark writes:

“how to write a good article that can really make people think i am a very smart people?”

Chris Knight Responds:

First, hire someone to proof your articles. If you’re not going to capitalize the first letter of a sentence to me or capitalize your “i”…or use improper sentence/grammar structure… you’re going to need an editor to fix your work before you submit it anywhere. You will be judged by your ability to write in proper English. No one will trust your words or think you are smart if you can’t put a simple 500-1000 word article together without spelling/grammar/sentence structure mistakes.

D writes:

“how i never wrote any thing in my life can u help me please”

Chris Knight Responds:

Uhhm, just do it… and judging by your question mechanics, you’ll need an editor anyway to help you. Start some where. Put your thoughts down. Article title, 5 short paragraphs with a lead sentence in each paragraph and 3-5 supporting sentences that reinforces your first sentence of each paragraph… Read the article writing articles to pick up the basics for free. Better yet, subscribe via email or rss to the Writing Articles feed to be emailed daily with lessons. Lastly, join our free 12-part e-course.

James writes:

“Sorry I don’t have a question at the moment. However, I just wanted to thank you for granting me Platinum status. Such an award makes the task of writing all that more worthwhile.”

Chris Knight Responds:

Glad you earned it!

A ‘different’ James writes:

“I was told that there were some company’s that allowed free articles on there site. Is this true or have I been misinformed and if so,is there any way that I can obtain a list.”

Chris Knight Responds:

I’m not sure I understand your question, but do a Google search for “article submission sites” and you’ll find a laundry list of sites you can send your articles to. I just wouldn’t trust 99% of them… but most people have to go through the experience to see for themselves. Sorry, I don’t provide any lists of article sites because most are transient at best.

Samantha writes:

“My biggest question is – Will you come and write something short on my blog? LOL I’m serious because I love you and I am a freelance writer who constantly promotes ezine articles. This is my blog – [DELETED] and you can help me get traffic, which helps me sell articles, which helps you because I submit them all free to ezinearticles for my clients….*big, genuine, puppy dog eyed grin designed to convince you.* Thank you thank you thank you and I will sing your praises the world over if you help me!!! Oh, and a *batting eyelashes.*”

Chris Knight Responds:

In my “Brian the dog” voice… Uhmm.. WOW. … ok, seriously, sorry, I can barely get this blog published frequently.

TB writes:

“Hello, I have been wandering what is the traffic source percentage breakdown for an article? If an article I write gets 100views how would you break down where it came from? 30views from direct ezinearticle readers, 40views from search engines..etc. Thanks again for this great reseource!”

Chris Knight Responds:

Yeah, I bet you misspelled “reSEOurce” on purpose, eh? Sorry, we have not disclosed the exact percentages, but a good chunk comes from repeat visitors, 3rd parties such as search engines, social media sites, RSS feeds that are on high traffic niche sites, our own email alerts that goes out to millions of permission-based members monthly, and forwards to a friend.

Eduard writes:

“How do I submit my articles?”

Chris Knight Responds:

Create a free membership account here and send in your best quality original articles.

Gentle Note/Request: Please don’t use the site to ask member support questions. I’m the last resort after our team has failed you. Most members seem to contact our support team and then me redundantly and it creates more work to sort through the questions to get fast/accurate answers back.


Samantha writes:

In my best Stewie voice –

“I am available to help you publish regularly here for .10 a word.” :D

Comment provided April 3, 2008 at 9:23 AM



Hi Chris Day!

I’m glad you changed your name!
The questions you receive are very interesting.

Why you don’t want to receive them?
You must evaluate their positive aspect.

They can for example help you start your day with humor!
Help you evaluate the IQ level of a few authors; learn the new English language spoken in the streets, so many things!

Comment provided April 3, 2008 at 12:19 PM



I LOVE this! Now I don’t feel quite so stupid for a few of my questions. Ah me I guess we are all human after all. Everyone has a beginning to every single thing. It sure is fun to look back on beginnings and see how far we have progressed.

Comment provided April 3, 2008 at 1:21 PM


Shafir Ahmad writes:

Thats an interesting mix of questions. Are you sure you are answering the best ones or worst ones? Or is this for some humour? Your responses are even more funny :P

Comment provided April 4, 2008 at 8:49 PM


Thaddeus Ferguson writes:

I wonder how many questions have already been answered in this blog?

I wonder how many questions people ask dont already have an answer available online?

I wonder who is going to are is already taking advantage of aspiring writers who want someone to hold there hands all the way to promise land of article writing?

I wonder if they would realize the answer to the questions they ask are already answered in this blog?

I wonder if I could write an article entitled I wonder?

I wonder if this 250 words yet?

I wonder if anyone is still reading this as I write?

I wonder if you are still reading this how hard you are laughing right now?

I wonder if I should post this?

I wonder if this will be removed?

I imagine I am somewhat close to 250 words now?

I wonder if you noticed that I can imagine things too?

Comment provided April 4, 2008 at 10:28 PM



I wonder.

Comment provided April 5, 2008 at 6:18 AM


Lance Winslow writes:

I have a comment on the first question. “How to write an article to make you LOOK or APPEAR to be smart?”

First, this is bothersome to me because, shouldn’t someone concentrate on being smart, studying, doing research, coming up with original content. When someone works on being smart it will show.

Second, the return reply to the question was appopos in that people really do judge you by your spelling, sentence structure, grammar and mechanics. So, why not concentrate on writing really good stuff and yes, then carefully edit it.

Comment provided April 5, 2008 at 6:51 PM



Hi Lance!

Your comment made me laugh! Here was I interpreting the last dream of a dream collection, tired and sad with the problems of my online patient, when I decided to take a look at the Outlook and I found your funny message!

It really seemed to be particularly funny right now!

I’m going to give my answer for the question you mentioned, because it is very interesting.

Let me think!

Comment provided April 5, 2008 at 8:55 PM


Lance Winslow writes:

Christina, yes, well, I am in a sarcastic mood this evening and almost cringed at the types of emails that Chris is fielding. I guess we all do it in our businesses, whatever industry sub-sector we are in. However, since this is a “Ezine Content and Writer’s website” in many regards, despite the lean towards article marketing, SEO and Internet traffic attainment; it just seems to me that, the emails coming in ought to be edited too.

In other words, why would some send an email full of mistakes, silly questions that have common sense answers or comments that are revealing character flaws? So, in my personal opinion, folks ought to work harder to do it right, stand on strength of character and give it 110% of their abilities. With that said, 110% of one person’s abilities might be 40% of anothers, but still, folks ought to shoot higher and provide this sight with their “Best Articles” and very best efforts. Like you Christina for instance.

Comment provided April 5, 2008 at 10:50 PM


Samantha writes:

Wow. Do you really judge the person’s work by their questions? I don’t think that’s fair. I completely agree with you as far as giving 110% and standing on strength of character. However, sometimes you just have to be a little silly and yes, maybe even a bit dumb. I’d be willing to bet that you have at one point or another. :~)

Comment provided April 5, 2008 at 10:55 PM


Lance Winslow writes:


Me personally, yes, I absolutely judge people by their quesitons, I believe that says a lot about a man (person). And I judge people by how they ask the question, their spelling, their understanding of the question and subject matter, in fact, I judge them too on their ability to ask a dumb question with a straight face without pretending. So, I judge both sides of that. If someone is afraid to ask a question, I judge them for that too.

Realize, I am not a teacher, but even on subjects where I am, I judge folks. It helps me knowing who I can trust to get the job done, and who I better be leary of, when the task is paramount and performance is omnipotent. You see? But you must know that I am a last year baby boomer not an X’er, Y’er or other, so, I do not go around shower folks with compliments they do not deserve and I toss incompetents overboard without wasting a life preserver that might be needed someday for someone who truly deserves it.

Comment provided April 5, 2008 at 11:01 PM



Lance, sorry for delaying so much, but I had to do a thousand other things before being able to care for our conversation again.

I delayed so much doing other things that now I don’t have time to give my answer to all the questions! However, I would like to give my answer to the first two ones at least, because are extremely inspirational.

This is why I like this blog: it is light, we talk about writing, we laugh! This is very nice for a change, because as I told you in a previous discussion, I usually talk about serious problems and impossible solutions.

However, there are many other aspects in life that deserve my attention.

So, here is my humble contribution:

‚¬“how to write a good article that can really make people think i am a very smart people?‚¬

Christina’s answer:

People will never think that you are a very smart people, because you are only one person, you are not a group of people. Besides that, based on your question we can only deduce that you are not a smart individual. Only a ghost-writer can help you.

‚¬“how i never wrote any thing in my life can u help me please‚¬

Christina’s answer:

Yes, of course!

Turn your computer on, wait a little bit, be sure you are connected to the Internet, open a page and wait for a while.

Now, copy and paste on your browser the words: ‚¬“elementary school for adults‚¬.

Good luck!

Comment provided April 6, 2008 at 12:50 AM


Lance Winslow writes:


Indeed, there is a lot to be said for the power of a group and their endorsement of an individual in the group, as achieved, intelligent, gifted or expert. Which, in a way, is an utter shame, because someone in a group has to alter their thoughts and mind to be one with the group to prove they are worthy, rather than using their intellect to reason a “third way” or alternative. Thus, the need to belong is so very important to people, their ego, their status and how they are perceived by others as being in this case smart, or in other cases talented, brilliant, or expert in nature.

Often people who wish to be top tier professionals will go out of their way to align themselves with associations, groups or committees to show that others believe them to be of that status.

Therefore, those who follow in lock-step in order to be perceived as intellectuals, are only of high emotional IQ, understanding that the value of perception of being wise, smart, or brilliant is more important to many than the actual genius.

The most brilliant of all would most likely allow their names to be bantered or given accolades occasionally in such groups only for the benefit of information flow or opening doors in order to go onto the next important endeavor, but all the while they would understand that groups give awards to promote the group as being filled with smart people, not actually for the benefit of the individual getting the honors. Indeed, that is a fringe or secondary benefit to the individual, but groups care about their status as much as the gentleman wanting to be thought of as being smart, rather than going the distance to become one with wisdom, which is a long, hard and lifetime road, not merely a few writing techniques, allowing for a short cut.

Comment provided April 6, 2008 at 1:52 AM


Samantha writes:

Lance – That’s fair enough. Everyone is different. At least you’re true to who you are rather than following the crowd. ;)

Comment provided April 6, 2008 at 8:22 AM


Lance Winslow writes:


If you are the one who asked the question above about a request for Chris to post on your blog, well, indeed, I was not referring to your comment. In fact, the top Bloggers on the Internet say that “Guest Blogs” are one of the smartest ways to gain credibility and readership, and interviews work well also. In fact, the interview or guest blog serves both parties well. So you question was intelligent and smart marketing too.

Perhaps the reason Chris, did not have the time to be a guest blogger is because to do it right it takes a little extra care and time, for instance:

Being a guest blog is good, having high profile guest bloggers is even more wise. Folks have interviewed me and had me as a guest blogger to promote their blogs and I think that they ask me because of my prolific-ness and not due to my quality as a writer like you. I bet Chris gets asked to be interviewed or guest blog regularly and would spend considerable time doing that if he accepted them all.

Now with that said, the question asked above, again if you are the same Samantha, was well written, smart marketing and very insightful as a plead to make an exception and for Chris to consider that invite. I believe that asking such a question is not wrong, rather, worth a try and as percentage shots go, what do they say; “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” so, take the good shots, give it your best shot and luck will eventually find you as preparedness meets your opportunity and turns into destiny. – Lance

Comment provided April 6, 2008 at 3:55 PM


Samantha writes:

Oooh – Thanks for the information Lance. It was me, actually. I have never taken the time to actually read the comments here. However, I did this time and found it very interesting. :-)

Thanks again…

Comment provided April 6, 2008 at 4:02 PM


Vern writes:

Hey Chris,

this is pretty amusing. I’m sure plenty people out there would like to start writing articles and get traffic to make money in the end.

However, I always believe that its all in the mindset. Thanks for exposing the questions above. I should already know how to answer them but well – you hit the nail on the head with your own personality! ;)

God Bless,

Comment provided April 10, 2008 at 6:19 AM


Mark writes:

Thank you very much. All You are very great smart people, you are legend . I am sure about that. And you know what I can judge you nicely too besed on your reponses. What i can say is that i love Chris. Chris is the man. Thank you Chris. And thank you people too. You are great. Wonderful.

Comment provided April 11, 2008 at 12:42 PM




No, “Will Smith” is Legend. :)

[get it? I AM LEGEND movie reference]

Comment provided April 11, 2008 at 12:50 PM


Samantha writes:

Wow! That was such a good movie! :-) Poor Sam :(

Comment provided April 11, 2008 at 12:57 PM


Mark writes:

That was a great movie. I got it! Thank you Chris. I am gonna watch that movie again, see what i can find something new on that movie.
Hava a nice weekend!

Comment provided April 11, 2008 at 1:47 PM


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