From My Desk to Yours – 38th Edition

TOP 5 ARTICLE ERRORS

Article writing can seem like a daunting task.

For new or misinformed Expert Authors, writing articles may not come “naturally,” so they look for methods to inflate their articles in order to achieve bigger, faster results. For instance: write the bare minimum, sprinkle in some keywords, add a couple of links, and voila – you’re all set, right? Not at all.

What Is Article Writing?

Article writing is the practice of writing quality, original articles based on your knowledge, expertise, skillset, etc. that is unique to you, your niche, and your readers. This quality content then amplifies your exposure, builds your brand, and builds your credibility as an authority in your niche, thus creating a higher demand for you and your organization.
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From My Desk to Yours – 37th Edition

WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

The Internet is ruled by content. You can leverage your expertise, increase your exposure, and more with content. However, your success depends on how well you separate yourself from other experts in your niche with a dazzling spark that attracts readers. The spark? Creativity.

Creativity can be defined by a great many things. Some will say creativity is originality, idea generation, critical thinking, and even bravery. When we peel back the many layers of creativity, we are left with the heart: originality.

Originality can be intimidating. Many Expert Authors may feel as though they’re attempting to find another piece of land to stake as their own, but everything has already been identified or claimed. So, how do you incorporate originality into content when A, B, and C has already been claimed?
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From My Desk to Yours – 36th Edition

WHERE DO YOU DRAFT YOUR ARTICLES?
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

Welcome back, or simply welcome, to From My Desk to Yours. In this series, we address common Expert Author obstacles and provide stellar success strategies, tips to getting your article approved, updates to the Editorial Guidelines, and more.

Your feedback and suggestions are important to our growth and innovation and are the defining aspect of the EzineArticles platform.

This brings us to our topic today: The Body of the Submit New Article form on the new My.EzineArticles.com member interface.

We have studied data, tested new tools, pored over your comments, and much more to make the Submit New Article form easier, faster, and smarter than ever.

Now we need a little more specific input as we launch into another phase of improving the Submit New Article form on My.EzineArticles.com:
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From My Desk To Yours: 1st Video Edition

How to Write Compelling Articles to Maximize Your Return on Investment
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

The From My Desk to Yours Blog post series (by none other than yours truly), has been a series of educational tips aimed at helping you become a better writer, easing your frustrations with article reviews, as well as guiding the discussions that follow each post.

Today we’re taking these conversations and this series to the next level: Video. And while I am not at my actual desk in this video (mine is covered in all sorts of gadgets, including an air freshener that startles the Editors every time it puffs), I wanted to share specific tips and techniques to help you maximize your article writing efforts.

So, without further ado, check out today’s video How to Write Compelling Articles to Maximize Your ROI below:

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From My Desk To Yours – 35th Edition

To Quote, or Not to Quote? That Is the Question.
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

Our answer? Be the Source.

Maintaining originality is the most important key to building your brand, credibility, sales, referrals, and ultimately viral distribution of your articles.

Your view matters. It is your vision that keeps articles desirable to readers and as long as you are wanted by readers – publishers will want to use your articles in their newsletter (which means more traffic back to your site). Prove your status as an expert in your niche by not using more than 3-5 lines of sourced material in your article.

Here’s why:
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From My Desk To Yours – 34th Edition

Credible Linking DOs and DON’Ts
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

For a visitor, clicking on a new link is like skydiving for the first time – there’s always a little risk. Will they land safely after launching from your article, or will they break their neck on your landing page?

Don’t lose focus on your landing page and don’t lose credibility by driving traffic to a subpar site. Credible Linking is more than making sure your site is up and running.

Evaluate the quality of your landing page by considering the following:

  • Is the landing page relevant to the corresponding article’s content?
  • Is the intention of the URL and the landing page transparent?
  • How easy is the landing page and overall site navigation?

Before you pat yourself on the back for answering yes to the above questions, know that credible linking is more than just meeting the bare-bones guidelines of quality.

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From My Desk To Yours – 33rd Edition

Red Flags Sent Up By Spun Articles
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

A while ago, I wrote a post on standing up against spun content, or what I then called “chopped-up word salad” (others went further to call it “article vomit”).

No matter what name you have for it, spun content is an ugly practice.

Spinning software tries to imitate the hard work and dedication involved in writing 100% fresh, original content by taking completed articles and replacing select words in those articles with synonyms. This lazy practice creates articles that aren’t unique and oftentimes just plain don’t make sense. Submitting spun content or promoting the act of spinning articles will result in an account suspension.

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From My Desk To Yours – 32nd Edition

Establishing a Quality Culture in Your Article Portfolio
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

A common struggle among many article writers is the art of balancing the urge to pitch their product and ultimately achieving reader-driven quality.

So who will be the judge and what is reader-driven quality?

One way to understand this concept is to understand quality. Will your article meet or exceed your reader’s expectations? Of course this question is easier asked than supported but it doesn’t have to be.

Quality = Results, so if you’re not achieving results, chances are your quality meter needs to be revisited. The quality measuring stick often changes as circumstances are altered so it’s up to you to know when and why.

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From My Desk To Yours – 31st Edition

REACHING THE WORD REQUIREMENT W/O THE FLUFF
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

Overheard from an editor at EzineArticles:

I’m noticing some authors are having a hard time with the 400 word count minimum. When an article falls short of 400 words, they often just repeat their article body, summarize their main points over and over, add promo or add in filler sentences at the end of the article body just to meet the minimum.

As an editor, it’s frustrating because some of these articles have pretty good content. Then, it can be narrowed down to just one or two sentences that the author adds to the end of the body in order to meet the 400.

Adding 50 words of fluff on top of a 350-word article won’t get the job done. You never know which tip or strategy recommendation will make the difference or solve a reader’s problem. Adding just one extra tip or original thought is usually enough to boost them over the word requirement …

Any of this sound familiar to you?

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From My Desk To Yours – 30th Edition

PUTTING SEMICOLONS AND COLONS IN THEIR PLACE
By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

Ever get that feeling when you’re writing that a sentence needs just a little something extra to make it cohesive and complete? You know it needs some kind of punctuation to bring home the point, but you can’t decide between a comma, a semicolon, a colon or some other punctuation mark to get the job done.

Well, if you have, you’re not alone. It happens all the time.

To clear the air of mystery around these punctuation marks and decide how and where they fit, we put together this quick guide to putting semicolons and colons in their place.

Interestingly enough, colons and semicolons were originally introduced as a way to represent spots to add pauses in speech that were a little longer than a comma and a little shorter than a period. Now they’ve each taken on their own meaning.

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