#HAHD 5 Wraps Up Tomorrow

The 5th #HAHD Marathon Challenge comes to a close on Friday, December 31st at 11:59PM CT-US.

This deadline will be here before you know it. Keep submitting your high-quality original articles to qualify.

To complete the Challenge, you must successfully submit 100 qualifying articles of 400 words or more during the 100 days of the Challenge, which ends tomorrow, December 31st. If you’ve signed up for this writing marathon, you can check out how close you are to the 100 article mark and any other goals you set for yourself with the #HAHD 5 progress bars in the Author’s Area of your account.

If you’re already past 100 articles and looking for more of a challenge, aim to qualify for the Double #HAHD Challenge. Write an additional 100 articles (total of 200) in the same time limit and we’ll reward you with a bonus prize!

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Expert Author Case Study: Robert Henry Schwenk

Today’s Expert Author Case Study introduces us to Dr. Robert Henry Schwenk, a full-time life coach with 38 years of experience and several books to his credit.

Robert (a.k.a. Dr. Bob) writes articles about the meaning of life and happiness based on a lifetime of experiences of helping real people. According to Dr. Bob, everyone is unique and can find the meaning of their lives through the process of being happy.

Article writing and marketing is a way for Dr. Bob to share bits and pieces of the knowledge he’s gained from interacting with countless people. Ideas and mental exercises that work are turned into articles.

As a part of our ongoing Expert Author Case Study project, we asked Dr. Bob to share his own thoughts on article writing and marketing.

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Resolutions to Consider Article Template

It’s the perfect time of the year to pick up this article template.

Millions of people each year make New Year’s resolutions to themselves, their family and peers. Typically, these resolutions are undertaken to make lifestyle changes, reform bad habits and start a journey towards self-improvement.

As this year comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to share your own ideas for resolutions to consider by writing new, high-quality articles.

Your niche and the expert advice you have play an important role in articles you write on the theme of resolutions. For example, you may write articles related to these common New Year’s resolutions:

  • Developing Healthy Habits
  • Seeking Further Education
  • Improving Your Financial Situation
  • Giving More (e.g. volunteer to help others)
  • Cutting Stress
  • Changing Lifestyle (e.g. more independence)

… or any other resolution you’ve come up with.

Think of your niche and the advice you can give to people on how to establish, work through and execute their own resolutions. Then, use that advice to write and submit your own well-timed “Resolutions to Consider” article.

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Happy Holidays 2010 from EzineArticles!

On behalf of the entire EzineArticles Team, we wish for you a safe, prosperous and traffic-filled new year!

Take time, as 2010 comes to a close, to look back at all the work you’ve done in writing and submitting high-quality articles to EzineArticles. Thank you for doing your part to make EzineArticles what it is today.
 


 

With the holidays coming, make your 2011 New Year’s Resolution a commitment to keep up your writing efforts. In so doing, you’ll reap the benefits of increased traffic, improved exposure and enhanced credibility – benefits that you’ll continue to enjoy long after 2011 is over.

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Quick Case Study: Kelly Swanson

The 19th edition in a series of posts that highlight one Expert Author who has achieved success by doing just one thing exceptionally well.

Kelly Swanson strives to have an impact on readers’ emotions by telling a story, rather than just sharing her knowledge. This sets her apart.

She avoids comparing herself to other authors because she’s established her own writing style and hopes to maintain her uniqueness. She says, “I see [article writing] as an opportunity to tell a story, make them laugh, touch their heart and inspire them. If they learn something, great. I’m more concerned with how I make them feel, than with what I make them think.”

This is her strategy and it works in her primary niche – Arts and Entertainment: Humor. She has her own barometer of success with each piece that helps her evaluate her decisions. She says, “I think the true ‘secret’ [to article writing and marketing success] is that you know (or at least keep your finger on the pulse of) what you want these articles to do for you.”

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Expanding Subcategories: 27 New Additions

Expanding our grand total to 700 niches!

We recently completed a review of the subcategories (niches) we offer to authors for organizing their articles. Despite our ever-growing list of categories, we continue to receive articles that don’t really fit into any of our existing subcategories. When that happens, we note the potential new category and watch for more article submissions that match that topic. When there’s enough activity to warrant the addition of a new subcategory, one is created.

Below are the 27 newest subcategories.


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

  • Arts-and-Entertainment: Body-Piercings – Articles about/concerning Body Piercings, Earrings, Nose Rings, Belly Rings, Body Piercing Materials and Tools, Body Piercing Shops, Piercing Prohibitions and Taboos, Body Piercing Jewelry, History and Risks.
  • Arts-and-Entertainment: Filmmaking-and-Film-Editing – Articles about/concerning Filmmaking, Cinematography, Movie Making, Audiography, Filmmaking Schools and Courses, Film Production, Film Editing and Directing, Screenplays, Development, Pre and Post-Production, Independent Filmmaking, Tools and Equipment, History, Sales and Distribution, Cameras and Popular Filmmakers.
  • Arts-and-Entertainment: Painting – Articles about/concerning Painting, Painting Techniques and Guides, Painters, Oils, Watercolor, Acrylic, Brushes and Canvases, Elements, Media, Digital Painting, Styles and History.

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Fourth Quarter Video Roundup

EzineArticles Quarterly Video Roundup
2 Minute Approval Tips, Writing Article Sets, Going Behind the Scenes, and More!

Our video studio has been busy in the last quarter producing an assortment of videos to help you, our Expert Authors, get the most out of your article writing and marketing efforts.

In case you missed the announcements on the Blog and in the newsletter, here’s a list of the videos we’ve released in the fourth quarter of 2010, along with a recap of each video’s key message:

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How to Post Newly-Published Articles on Facebook

An RSS feed is one of the most versatile tools for presenting a regularly-updated content stream online.

In a recent post, we shared some powerful ways to use your auto-generated Expert Author RSS feeds (aka Really Simple Syndication) for your benefit.

The flexibility of RSS makes it perfect for sharing your articles on your own website. Plus, you can also input an RSS feed URL into an RSS reader to follow the published works of a single person or an entire niche.

One of the things we skimmed over in that post and want to revisit now is how easy it is to incorporate your Expert Author feed into other sites, like Facebook. We want to revisit it because it can help you reach an audience that you may have overlooked, and it’s pretty simple.

There are a few options when it comes to posting your Expert Author feed to your personal/business Facebook page. The first option, which we use for the EzineArticles Blog RSS feed on Facebook, involves adding an RSS application to your account to automatically post a status update when new articles or posts are added to the feed. Another option is to import the RSS feed through the “Notes” feature. We’ll cover both in this post.

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Your Member Interface Has Been Widgetized

We’re excited to launch a new Member Interface that’ll have you jumping up and down!

Yesterday, our Developer Team launched a new BETA Member Interface, which you can personalize and make your own. We figured since you are the one using it, why not have the ability to make it look and work the way you want it. Right?

If you haven’t done so yet, log into your Author’s Area. From there, you’ll notice this text link on the left sidebar: “Try the new homepage.”

Clicking that link launches your journey into personalizing your space. Keep in the mind that it’s in BETA right now, so you can revert back to the old look if you prefer.

On the top of the page is the “take a tour” link. The tour will walk you through a few steps to explain the customization process.

Once you log in, take the tour, move your widgets around and jot down notes to let us know why you love it or why it may be something you won’t use.

So how does it work? Simply login and begin.

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The EzineArticles Formula: Last Chance for 2010

This is your last chance in 2010 to own The EzineArticles Formula and become a student of this article writing and marketing training system.

As a reminder, here’s what’s included with this quick-start article writing and marketing training package:

  • Instructional videos (66 in both MOV and WMV file formats)
  • Convenient audio files (An audio-only alternative in MP3 format)
  • Workbook exercises (Over 50 in PDF format)
  • Quick reference checklists to accompany each module
  • EzineArticles instructors providing a true student/teacher experience
  • Two VIP teleseminars with EzineArticles CEO, Chris Knight (Includes transcripts and MP3 replays)
  • Complimentary five weeks of access to EzineArticles Premium membership – a $121.25 value!

From the The EzineArticles Formula Classroom: Week 1

As an instructor for The EzineArticles Formula, it was exciting to start interacting with students/owners this past week for Modules 1 and 2. Marc, Chris, Penny and I have been answering each and every question that is asked. The questions are coming in greater volume now with each and every student that takes advantage of this great opportunity, which inherently creates even more value to this training system.

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