We predict this article template will help you quickly write and submit another great set of high-quality, original articles.
It’s generally believed that authors who make informed, reliable predictions gain credibility in their field. Good predictions are based on knowledge, experience and an ability to recognize and explain trends, developments and signals. They provide a glimpse of what lies ahead and are highly sought after by those not yet in-the-know.
Using this article template, you can quickly tap into your particular knowledge and expertise to generate articles that are both enticing and provide a high-value insider perspective for your readers. The key is to create relatively safe and peer-accepted predictions that contain relevant, useful information that may not be readily apparent to your non-expert audience.
7 Steps to Writing a Great “Predictions” Article:
- Narrow Your Topic Area – The most meaningful predictions are those your readers can use in their daily lives or careers. Predicting how money markets will perform will probably attract more interest than a list of general economic predictions.
- Write a Revealing Title – Expert Author Susan Kohlback put an irresistible title on her travel-trends article: “Travel Predictions For 2010 – Unexpectedly Good News!” Although the article follows a different format than this template, the title is a great example in that it states the topic (travel), sets the time period (2010) and hints at the article content without giving it away (e.g. “Unexpectedly Good News!”).
- Add a One-Paragraph Introduction – Provide a general outlook for your industry or area of expertise, or review past predictions and how close they came. If you’re listing predictions for the banking industry, for example, you could sum up the previous year of economic activity and whether the general outlook is positive or negative.
- List Each Prediction Separately in a Bulleted List – Your readers are probably pressed for time. So, make each prediction easy to scan. Your readers will get much more out of your article and be more likely to read it completely.
- Include Information to Back Up Each Prediction – Readers need to understand why you believe gasoline prices will go up or down. You don’t need excruciating detail, but you should provide enough background to give your predictions more credibility.
- Be as Specific as You Can – No one expects you to predict exactly how many games the New York Yankees will win this season. However, your readers will want to know whether you believe the team has the potential to make the World Series. So don’t hesitate to take a stand and back up your claim with evidence.
- Conclude with a Caveat – Here you can remind readers that your predictions are just that: educated guesses based on your experience and knowledge of the subject. Suggest ways they can use your predictions, but don’t guarantee that they will come true.
A Word of Caution: Despite the fact that this template, by its very nature, is time-based, be very conscious of ways to keep your content as evergreen as possible.
Many people write prediction articles at the end of the year or early in the New Year, but you don’t have to wait for December. This template can be used at anytime during the year – as a matter of fact, you’ll stand out better if you predict in the “off-season”.
So are you ready to look into the future? Try your hand at writing and submitting a few prediction articles; then come back and post a comment telling us what we can expect in your area of expertise.
Looking for an example of this article template in action? Check out “Top Five Business Predictions For 2010” by Expert Author Lesley Charalambides for a good model of how to put it into practice.