How to Create Quality Content in 7 Steps

Content marketing is now more important than ever in managing an online presence.

While strategies like blogging and social media are must-haves in today’s content marketing world, article writing is an incredible strategy that will take your efforts to the next level. Article writing will give your efforts an advantage to get ahead of the competition, increase exposure, and create an authoritative brand that delivers long-term results.

Although I like to believe so, writing isn’t for everyone. If you lack passion for your niche, don’t have a good grasp on English grammar, or are unwilling to share your incredible insights in the form of informative articles, then no – article writing isn’t for you. However, if you have the passion, the patience, and the willingness to improve your writing skills, then article writing is absolutely for you and we’ll help you get started.

Discover how to write great articles using the How to Create Quality Content in 7 Steps graphic as your guide! Simply click on the graphic below to view in a new window and then click the image to zoom in or out.


How to Create Quality Content in 7 Steps
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Your audience wants quality content. Avoid getting lost in the details and stay on the proven path to writing success with these 7 steps.

  1. Prewriting:
    • Know your audience’s needs, wants, goals, and obstacles
    • Brainstorm solutions
    • Form an original hypothesis (a proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth)
    • Research what has been and is being said by credible sources
    • Consider what’s not being said
  2. Outline:
    • Choose a format that best suits the topic
    • List all the main points
    • Organize related ideas together
    • Create sub headings
  3. Draft:
    • Be creative
    • Lead with originality
    • Deliver quality
  4. Revise:
    • Trim 10% of your article
    • Remove redundant content
    • Review for holes in logic
  5. Proofread:
    • Spelling
    • Commonly misused words
    • Punctuation (especially apostrophes and commas)
    • Sentence structure, run-on sentences, and awkward syntax
    • Excessive parentheticals in the form of parentheses, commas, and hyphens
  6. Final Edits:
    • Ask a family member, friend, or peer to review your work
    • Read and repeat any steps as needed
  7. Submit New Article:

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santanu debnath writes:

Very nice infographic. Creating good content is really tough and it is art as well. Liked the article….

Comment provided July 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

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marie joseph writes:

I think it is a very helpful Content for all article writer.
Thanks a lot

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davidinnotts writes:

Thank you, Penny. Nicely encapsulated.

Comment provided July 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

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sara woodward writes:

Thanks for a very interesting article. Provides an excellent framework for writing articles and is well structured and presented. Will keep as a reference. Many thanks.

Comment provided July 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

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Ethan Poltrack writes:

I was reading through and almost gave up but then slowed down and realize the value you are providing and more importantly and the part I want to stress here is that taking the time to learn and do it will make you better and it will just get easier the more you do it.

Totally forgot about adding the sub titles.

Thank you for the great article. I’m going to save this url and keep it as a reference for future use. Thanks again

Comment provided July 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

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Ken Glick (EEI) writes:

First, as someone who HATES Infographics, I appreciate the fact that you also included the transcription below it. Thank you.

However, perhaps it depends on how one defines the term ‘Article Marketing’ but I would do so to include any type of written material used to promote a given website. This could include a social media post, a blog post, webpage or an article in EzineArticles. So long as it’s well written, if it gets the name of your site out there, it’s article marketing.

Search Engine News has said that having a good writer is the “secret weapon” of SEO.

Comment provided July 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

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saideau writes:

Excellent methodology to create meaningful content

Comment provided July 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

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Precisely written, great infographics that explains from each aspects considering the targeted audience/ readers. Many thanks for sharing !!

Comment provided July 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

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Akshay Mane writes:

Very well explained and design.

Comment provided July 20, 2013 at 2:20 AM

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This is really great tips and idea, since I’m a freelance in odesk and also on an article writing category, this could help me boost my profile and make my work much better with a great accomplishment.

saving your url for recap.

Comment provided July 20, 2013 at 6:04 AM

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Seven steps to stardom. Beautifully yet simply written post.
We welcome such advisory writings from you.

Comment provided July 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM

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Robert Perry writes:

Quality content is very important and Google gives a big plus for that.

Comment provided July 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM

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Ruth Clark writes:

Thank you Penny, for this well presented article. I like info-graphics a little more today than I used to, but am grateful for the transcription.

It’s simply my age, I’m sure, and I hate change, but change I must or get left behind. I always enjoy the articles from the EzineArticles Newsletter but this one resonates with me.

Comment provided July 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM

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davidinnotts writes:

Ruth (and Ken Glick above): infographics is simply the new buzz word (now there’s a dated expression!) for an age-old way of presenting information in a different way than writing it out in a linear sequence, word by word. If they’re properly done, there’s nothing to dislike: they inform well and are more pleasant to read than plain text.

Infographics were used a lot by the geniuses of ancient civilizations. They were commonplace on medieval church walls and in windows, to explain bible stories. They were used in the Renaissance for scientific treatises. And every modern schoolroom wall is covered with them: commercial charts, teacher’s help and kids’ displays. It’s a fair argument that the ‘writing out’ below it of the infographic above is itself graphical, because it uses subheads, numbering and bullet points to reorganize the material from plain text.

The key thing about correctly-prepared infographics, though, is that they ADD TO, rather than confuse, the plain text meaning. This article is great without the infographic, and would still be great if the explanation below was in plain, unnumbered paragraphs. But with it, the layout is reorganized to improve the emphases of each section and make the flow of ideas clearer. If it doesn’t do this, then someone has failed – and I see far, far too many such failures. As ‘info’ is the key to it all, obscuring the legibility of the text, making the flow any less than totally obvious, and altering the author’s emphases are all bad practice.

Commercial infographics are usually produced by a ‘professional’ graphic designer – who will not usually be a writer, neither an educator. It’s all to common for these ‘arty types’ to have little grasp of what the author wants and to go for prettiness at the expense of clarity; such lower class illustrators will not be much interested in liaison with the author, as they’ll see their jobs as ‘creating art’ rather than providing information. It’s nice to see that whoever does EzineArticles’ infographics is a long way more skilled than these people! (Side-note: why aren’t these graphics signed?)

In bad infographics, expect to see hard to read typefaces (and often far too many of them), too small or large a print size, eye-watering colour combinations, and big pictures (called ‘graphics’, whatever they are) which are almost irrelevant to the topic. You’ve probably met all of this!

So if you use infographics yourself, keep all these points in mind, and use this article as an example of good practice.

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Randall Magwood writes:

Great tips for creating high quality content. Although i must admit, it is a bit lengthy lol. But if i helps someone who has trouble writing a 250-word article, then i guess it’s worth it.

Comment provided July 20, 2013 at 4:59 PM

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As you rightly said, if you don’t have passion for something, it will be difficult to succeed.
Thanks for the training.

Comment provided July 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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Gracious Store writes:

Thanks for this writing tips

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Cortney Luthara writes:

great tips. I am really thankful to EzineArticles editorial team for providing these tips.

Comment provided July 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM

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Shawn Dietzer writes:

I liked the graphic and how you laid out everything in steps. I would have liked more information on the different formats to use but other than that I thought it was very informative article. Thanks for the great tips!

Comment provided July 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Excellent, and the more you do it, the sooner all this will become a reflex and second nature – that will truly increase your productivity and speed in producing quality content.

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Marie Ryan writes:

The one point which has resonated with me…..”Do not get lost in detail.” I think I will write this out in big letters and stick it on my screen!
Thanks for good, sound advice.

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Paul Israe writes:

Good tips for creating quality content. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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Jasonb writes:

Thanks for sharing these tips.

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Michael Owens writes:

Awesome advice and adhering to these rules will make articles stand-out more. I love the experts here and I have learned a lot already. Thanks.

Comment provided August 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM

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professionalism in action. This is what talent can do for us.

Comment provided August 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

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Hernando Cadet writes:

The tips were very good, I am using some of the strategies but it is always good and wise to keep learning new things, or go back to what you already know. Great Post!

Comment provided August 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

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dunia remaja writes:

Thank you for sharing knowledge,, it is very useful for me who still need guidance in building a quality blog

Comment provided July 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

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Elevator writes:

Thank you very much for these valuable information. The information provided here are highly valuable to every marketing blogger. Thanks and Cheers.

Comment provided January 9, 2015 at 9:05 AM

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This EzineArticles post was ahead of its time; today, quality content is the only thing that really matters. In the past – just 5 years ago lol – you could ‘game’ the search engines; but, no longer.

Comment provided October 12, 2015 at 9:41 PM

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