The Anatomy of the Perfect Article

… And Tips to Write It

Comprising six sections (Title, Category, Summary, Body, Keywords, and Resource Box), the perfect article targets readers with quality, original, and relevant content that meets their needs and provides a great user experience.

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The Anatomy of the Perfect Article
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Title

Write eye-popping, compelling titles:

  • Target humans, not search engines
  • Be descriptive, yet brief (under 60 characters)
  • Use good grammar, capitalization, and spelling
  • Write with power words in active voice

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Category

Help new and loyal readers find you by matching your article topic to the most relevant category.

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Summary

Write a gripping article summary to give readers a taste:

  • Get straight to the point and identify the reader’s benefit
  • Use present and active language
  • Be brief in 2-5 sentences (200 words max.)
  • Use good grammar, capitalization, and spelling
  • Provide a compelling call to action

Body

Organize your article body into three sections:

  1. Introduction

    Your introduction should:

    • Compel readers using direct, active language
    • Engage by providing a relevant compelling analogy or fact
    • Focus on your main idea and its benefits to the reader
  2. Main text

    Format original, quality content according to the topic:

    • Unordered lists when providing an overview of options
    • Ordered lists when providing a step-by-step process or ranking of importance
    • Bolded headers to compartmentalize sections of text
  3. Conclusion

    Write a motivating conclusion:

    • Recap your main point
    • Provide a thought-provoking piece of information
    • Create a bridge connecting readers to their next step

Keywords

Enter up to 100 characters worth of keywords to help interested parties find your articles.

Resource Box

Advocate your authority in your Resource Box:

  • Add your name and (optional) business title
  • List your website address in valid URL form. Example: http://your-company-name.com/
  • Include your unique value proposition pitch in 1 to 3 sentences
  • Provide one final call to action that directs readers to your website or blog

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Randall Magwood writes:

Awesome template to use. I think the resource box area may be the most important part of your article. After all… isn’t the purpose of your article is to deliver high quality content, display yourself as an expert in your niche, and get traffic back to your website?

Comment provided June 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

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John Mc writes:

the first, and most important element of a perfect article should be correct grammar and spelling, surely.

There is no “of” with “comprised,” ever! Your firts line mixes tenses. You have “comprised” (past) with “targets” (present). The line should read “Comprising six sections … the perfect article targets readers…”

Note, also, that the number should also have been written out in full.

Comment provided June 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

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Annette writes:

the first, and most important element of a perfect article should be correct grammar and spelling, surely.

Your firts line mixes tenses

So is it first or firts?

Easy to make a spelling mistake/ typo, isn’t it?

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This is one of the best documented article on the blog.

Well done, Penny!
(and the infographic spices it up smartly)

Cheers,
~Steve

Comment provided June 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

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Gracious Store writes:

Good anatomy of article!

Comment provided June 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

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pawan writes:

i must say, you have come up with smart article submission guidelines this time.

Wish you were more author-friendly though…

Comment provided June 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM

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Joe Q writes:

Ideal anatomy to build well structure material for you articles, very great keep on posting!

Comment provided June 22, 2013 at 2:32 AM

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Alan To writes:

A very good template for writing the perfect article.

Comment provided June 22, 2013 at 3:54 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Excellent.

Comment provided June 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

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Baseme Gode writes:

This is evidence that not only do you write articles, but you can also teach others how to do the same. Is this template not a good piece of art? All good pieces of art have their own critics – some contructive and others destructive. For me this is excellent!

Comment provided June 23, 2013 at 6:49 AM

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Joshua writes:

Well explained, there is that temptation of writing articles for the search engines while ignoring readers. Article writers should be aware that readers can share articles they find informative on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Focus on the readers instead of the search engines.

Comment provided June 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM

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Well said, Joshua!

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Arshad writes:

Well what you mentioned I am surprised that I am doing that already, Never thought it would make up as guidelines..

Comment provided June 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

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I’ve always thought it rather tacky to include a sales pitch in your Resource Box. I think if you write a good article then people will click on your link to see learn more about you or your company.

Comment provided June 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

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Arshad writes:

valid point matey :)

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Jitendra Shukla writes:

Awesome,
All points are useful and guide for a successful writer.
I’m going to follow all these.

Comment provided June 25, 2013 at 5:21 AM

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Jarrett Holmes writes:

This is a great, detailed piece on article writing. It has awesome SEO points to follow and is an excellent blueprint to follow for anyone looking to get the most traffic from your articles possible. Highly recommended and I’ll share this for sure.

Comment provided June 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

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Rajeev. R writes:

Excellent. This is what every niche article should include.

Comment provided June 28, 2013 at 5:08 AM

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Robert Andrews writes:

Very helpful info. I certainly wasn’t sure what to do when it came to the resource box.

Comment provided July 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

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Robert Andrews writes:

This template has helped me with writing articles on my blog site. It’s always good to have a good guide.

Comment provided July 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM

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Kent Chen writes:

I really like the tips here, you’ve made the writing process so simple!

Comment provided April 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

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Jessica writes:

Quality posts is the crucial to interest the viewers to visit the website, that’s what this web site is providing.

Comment provided April 7, 2015 at 6:16 PM

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