WordPress Plugin v2.0 Goes Live

Submitting articles right from your WordPress interface just got a whole lot easier!

When version 1.0 of the EzineArticles WordPress plugin was unveiled last month, members rejoiced at the opportunity to easily repurpose new and existing blog and website posts right from their WordPress user interface. The resulting influx of excited new users was like beta-testing on steroids!

Our development team quickly realized that version 2.0 needed to come sooner, rather than later.

As soon as the new version was live, we immediately went to work creating the following video to show you how to use it. In this video, I’ll walk you through the simplified installation and activation process as well as the enhanced article submission procedure.

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Get Ready – #HAHD 4 Starts May 1st!

Are you ready? Because the 4th “100 Articles in 100 Days Marathon Challenge” (#HAHD) begins in just 2 days!

TO QUALIFY:* You’ll need to sign up and submit at least 100 qualifying articles of 400 words or more anytime between 12:01AM CT-US Saturday, May 1st and 11:59PM CT-US Sunday, August 8th. Once those 100 articles are approved, you’re qualified!

Sound too easy? Then you’re going to like the new Personal Goal progress bar that allows you to set and track your own personal article goal above and beyond the 100 articles needed to qualify for the normal #HAHD.

If that’s still not enough of a challenge for you, we’ve also upped the ante this time by adding a Double #HAHD Challenge! Write an additional 100 articles (200 total) in the same time frame and we’ll reward you with a leather-bound EzineArticles journal and pen!

QUALIFICATION PRIZES:

  • All Qualifiers Receive:

    1. Downloadable #HAHD Certificate of Achievement (frame not included)
    2. Original Limited-Edition EzineArticles #HAHD Trophy Mug
    3. Limited-Edition EzineArticles #HAHD Mouse Pad
    4. Limited-Edition EzineArticles #HAHD Canvas Tote Bag
    5. Limited-Edition EzineArticles Motivational Wall Clock
  • Double #HAHD Challenge Prizes (Click on image to see a larger photo):
    1. EzineArticles Leather-Bound Journal
    2. EzineArticles Premium Pen
  • Added Bonus:
    The top 100 members for total number of approved submissions will also qualify to be selected for 1 of 10 FREE 1-year EzineArticles Premium Membership subscriptions valued at $697 each!

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Expert Author Case Study: Roseanna Leaton

Today’s Expert Author Case Study examines how Expert Author Roseanna Leaton approaches article marketing from a different perspective.

Perhaps it’s her natural habitat — the Isle of Man, lying between the rugged coastlines of Ireland and Scotland — that gives Roseanna Leaton a unique approach to article marketing. Or, it could be her background as a clinical hypnotherapist.

“I’m sure marketing experts would cringe at my approach to article writing and submission, but I do what I know how to do and learn little bits about marketing along the way,” she says.

However different her approach, Roseanna exhibits one of the characteristics that mark a prolific and successful writer: a strong curiosity and a diverse set of interests that inspire her to write and submit an average 3 articles a week in categories as diverse as Self-Improvement, Anger Management and Golf.

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Anybody Can Be an EzineArticles Expert Author

A video testimonial to the success of 7 seemingly ordinary EzineArticles members.

Two months ago, we asked you to promote your article writing and marketing success to the world via video [See the 2/26 Blog post]. Many of you sent us links to YouTube videos telling us your story and hoping to catch our eye. Out of all those videos, 9 did indeed catch our eye. Of those 9, 7 survived the difficult choices we had to make during the editing process and went on to become an integral part of the final video.

That video truly and succinctly tells the story of success we were hoping it would tell. A story of the passion, enthusiasm and diversity of our members. 5 women and 2 men, some young … and some not-so-young, from different places in the world, come together in this video to share their message.

And their message is clear: Anybody can be a EzineArticles Expert Author.

Now, as they say in the movies … ROLL ‘EM!

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If you were paying close attention, you would have noticed that there were virtually no similarities between any two people in that story – yet they were all successful EzineArticles members. And they’re not unusual. In fact, our experience has shown that with a little effort and tenacity, almost anybody can realize the same level of success achieved by the members highlighted in this video.

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Controversial Opinion Article Template

This article template has Handle With Care stamped all over it.

A little controversy is good, but too much can kill your credibility with readers and publishers alike.

On the other hand, an article stating a controversial opinion can attract interest and readers if it is written well, based on facts and avoids inflammatory statements or personal judgments. Although “controversial” implies disagreement, you don’t have to use words that intentionally create divisions among readers and set one group of readers against the other.

Your goal should be to tell the truth, even if it’s uncomfortable or challenges common assumptions. Make controversy a side effect of your article rather than its goal.

Anatomy of an Effective Controversial Opinion Article

  1. State Your Case – In your opening paragraphs, present your viewpoint and explain why it’s controversial for readers who don’t know the subject as well as you do.
     
  2. Present Your Facts – Once you establish your opening statement, outline the facts or statements that back up your opinion. Use bullet points or give each fact statement its own paragraph to make your points stand out and make them easier to read.
     
  3. List Opposing Arguments – You need not go into great detail to outline the case for the other side or your own responses. You just want to present as balanced a view of the issues involved as you can. Once you state the opposing viewpoint, repeat your main points to defend your position.
     
  4. Conclude with a Call to Action – Recap your viewpoint in the conclusion and encourage those who either agree or disagree to comment. A statement like “Do you agree or disagree with me? I welcome your comments” invites readers either to comment in the forum where your article is published, which can build traffic for your publisher, or to contact you at the location you list in your resource box.

Now let’s hear your opinion!

For your next article, take a stand on a topic in your article niche. Don’t stir up controversy for its own sake, but feel free to experiment. Then, come and tell about your experience, or ask questions if you’re unsure how to proceed, in the comments box below.

Earth Day Challenge: Write One ‘Evergreen’ Article

Go Evergreen Articlesgreen (evergreen, that is!) to increase the useful life expectancy of your articles!

Writing a regular stream of fresh articles is important to your article marketing success. However, it’s important to make your articles as “evergreen” as possible with content that stays fresh, useful and informative long after you publish it. Being sensitive to how your articles will read in the coming years will help keep them from eventually becoming a stale piece of irrelevant text.

Publishers prefer evergreen content, too. Your articles might live for years on a publisher’s website. Evergreen content makes them useful to their readers longer, and they can spend less time pulling out stale content.

How to Increase the Evergreen Factor

  • Remove the Time Element – Notice how the evergreen title below drops the year reference? Be sure to remove any time-specific references in the body copy, too.
  • Stale: “Hot Summer Fashion Trends for 2010”
    Evergreen: “Hot Summer Footwear Trends: Sandals vs. Flip-Flops”

  • Find Long-Lasting Angles on Time-Sensitive Topics – This allows you to take even topical news items or recent events and make them virtually timeless.
  • Stale: Writing about this week’s top-ranked tennis players.
    Evergreen: Writing about the traits and characteristics of top-ranked tennis players and how you can incorporate their success into your own game.

  • Use the One-Year Test – After you write your next article, read it again and imagine it’s one year later. Rewrite anything that would be outdated.
  • Stale: “5 Things You Should Know Before Dropping $499 on Apple’s Hot New iPad”
    Evergreen: “5 Things You Should Know Before Investing in an iPad”

Take the Earth Day Challenge!

Unlike most of our other challenges, this one doesn’t involve writing lots and lots of articles. Nor will it win you any shwag prizes. For this challenge, simply write a fresh article, or take one you already have in the works, and revise it to make it evergreen.

Then come back and tell us about what you did by leaving a comment below.

Basic and Basic+ Members Get Laser-Targeted Article Titles

All EzineArticle members now have total access to top-performing, data-driven article titles!

With the successful adoption of our Article Title Writing Service (or simply Title Suggestions) by both Premium Members and Platinum level members alike, we decided it was time to make this powerful tool available to every EzineArticles member. So effective immediately, Title Suggestions are now available to all Basic and Basic+ Members as well.

The Article Title Writing Service automatically creates a pool of (5) article title suggestions that are designed to be highly effective in each author’s individual niche. The author has a week to either use or reject any of these titles for one of their articles. Once those (5) stock title suggestions have been exhausted, you can choose another pool of (5).

3 Key Points:

  1. Title Suggestions Are Protected1) If you are submitting a new article and you happen to use a title that’s in our Title Writer System, you’ll get a notification that this title already exists in our system. It will be removed from the title inventory and you’ll be allowed to use it, or 2) If you are submitting an article title that has already been assigned to another author through our Title Writer System, you will get an error message and need to change the title in order to submit the article.
     
  2. Use ‘Em or Lose ‘Em – Title suggestions not used or returned within 7 days of receipt will be automatically returned for the use of other authors. No replacement title suggestions will be issued.
     
  3. How to Get There – To get YOUR laser-targeted article title suggestions, log in to the EzineArticles Member Interface, click on the Author Tools drop-down menu and select Title Suggestions from the menu list.

To find out more, check out these two previous Blog posts:

The best thing you can do for your article marketing success is to go check out this new feature today. The title suggestions you’ll receive have been culled from mountains of user data to make them extremely effective in gaining readership and helping you achieve more traffic back to your website or blog.

Leave a comment below to let us know what we can do to improve this already powerful feature.

Quick Case Study: Dr. Marlene Caroselli

The second in a series of posts that highlight one Expert Author who has achieved success by doing just one or two things exceptionally well.

Dr. Marlene Caroselli is the author of 60 business books and numerous curricula and articles. She has served as an adjunct professor at UCLA and National University, while conducting training for Fortune 100 companies and numerous federal agencies. In 1984, she founded the Center for Professional Development, an organization dedicated to helping working adults enhance their professional skills. She has served as a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and educational institutions.

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Overcoming Writing Obstacles: Leveraging Your Time

Part 2 of the “6 Ways to Overcome Obstacles and Write High-Quality Articles in Large Quantities” video series.

Gary’s like most EzineArticles Expert Authors. He’s got a spouse, kids, pet, house, etc. He also spends a lot of time working and playing in his niche. Basically, he has a very busy life. So, when he writes, he has to leverage his time and get as many articles written as quickly as he can.

In this episode, Gary shows you how to be more effective with your time so you can get more of a return on your article writing efforts.

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From My Desk to Yours – 11th Edition

By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

Putting the Comma in Its Place

The comma is one of the most vexing punctuation marks in the English language. Writers either put it where it doesn’t belong or leave it out where it’s needed.

Take the title of this book: “Eats, Shoots and Leaves,” by Lynne Truss (subtitled “The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation,” which isn’t nearly as frightening as it sounds).

The title refers to a sentence describing the dining habits of pandas. The correct version is “The panda eats shoots and leaves.” The errant comma makes it sound as if gun-slinging pandas are walking out of the world’s restaurants without paying the bill.

Two Rules for Comma Use

If you’re less than secure about where to put commas in your sentences, or if you forgot or never learned how to use them back in grade school, here are two of the rules that cover situations we see often when reviewing articles for EzineArticles:

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