Location-Based Article Template

This article template is all about location, location, location.

Each of us has knowledge and experiences to share from the places we’ve grown up in, lived in and travelled to, but we may not really think of the locations as sources of article inspiration.

In fact, sharing location-specific details about places you are familiar with is a great way to write relevant content and build your credibility as an Expert Author.

Whether you’re giving a travel recommendation, sharing a perspective on cultural values or providing an insight on local/regional laws, location-specific articles can give new life to your writing. For example, it can be fun to put a spotlight on specific restaurants, shops or attractions that you feel are essential to living “like a local.”

This article template is a guide for embracing the local expert in you.

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Beware of “X” Article Template

History often repeats itself, but with this article template you can warn your readers ahead of time.

Articles are like road signs: they provide important information, they help you get where you want to go safely and they should be easy to understand. Some articles point you in the right direction, just like street signs on intersections. Some tell you what to do/not to do, just like STOP signs. Other articles alert you of when to be cautious, like CAUTION signs. Make sure your pool of articles provides a mix of all these different styles, so your audience gets a wide variety of information.

Your readers are always on the lookout for articles that’ll help them get the information they are looking for; whether that’s how to do something, rules to obey or when to proceed with caution.

As an Expert Author, you probably have untapped knowledge you’ve accumulated based on everyday situations that happen and how you reacted to them, so share that knowledge now.

This article template is a guide to help you alert your readers of the possible dangers they could face and how to proceed with caution.

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What If? Article Template

Jumpstart your writing by questioning the way things are and the way they ought to be with this article template.

We’re all products of our own life experiences. Based on choices we make, we lead only one life and experience it in a certain way. Those choices have led us to today. But what if we could accurately predict how events or choices will shape our future? We’d be able to see the answers to personal questions like: “What if you went back to college to get that degree you promised yourself you’d finish?” We’d also be able to think about events that impact all of humanity like: “What if the leaders of every country came together and agreed to world peace?”

Well, we can’t predict the answers to these questions with complete certainty, but we can think about the possible consequences of these imagined events. This article template is one way to embrace the “What If” thought experiments in life and turn them into articles.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Great “What If?” Article

  • Create an Imagined Event – Think of an event that would have an impact on the future. This could be a personal life event or an event that has a broad impact on society. The type of event will be different based on your niche. Here’s where you need to get creative. The more imaginative, the better.
     
  • Write a Revealing Title – Identify the event, but leave it open to interpretation. This will pull readers in have them looking for answers. Include the entire “What If” in the title if it can be communicated concisely.
     
  • Add a Compelling Introduction – Tell the story of how the scenario happens. Present the conditions of the event and anything leading up to it.
     
  • List Ways Life Would Change – List ways life would be different because of the event. This includes the event itself and things that happen in the future. This might be the most challenging part of the thought experiment, but if the idea comes from a natural vision, it’ll be really valuable.
     
  • Say Why it Matters – Outline the meaning of the event. Discuss whether the event is probable and how close it is to reality.
     
  • Encourage Readers to Ask Their Own “What Ifs” – Recap the scenario. Encourage more discussion by asking readers for their own “What Ifs.”

So are you ready to think about the future? Test your mind and the next time you think “What if X happened right now?” write that thought down and add it to your next high-quality article set. Also, leave a comment to share your train of thought.

Motivational Triggers Article Template

Try this article template when you discover an activity or technique that sparks motivation in you!

Even the best performers fall into slumps. When an activity slips down the priority list, it might feel like there’s nowhere to turn for help. That’s where motivational triggers come in handy. Motivational triggers inspire a mentality of pushing past the slump and succeeding. There are many motivational triggers that you use every day and might not even think about. For example:

  • Listening to a particular song or genre of music
     
  • Looking at a picture that inspires you
     
  • Going to a specific room in your house to think
     
  • Finding a scenic area in your town or city to get away from man-made distractions
     
  • Going for a walk outside
     
  • Any other activity that helps you clear your head of negative energy and remain motivated

If you use these triggers to stay motivated, the readers in your niche are going to want to hear your secrets to staying motivated. Here is an article template that will help you share your own techniques for succeeding when you need motivation in everyday life.

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Myth-Busting Article Template

Become the myth buster in your niche for traffic, credibility, exposure and fun!

Most people would agree: Myths are fun. Busting myths is even more fun. And being the myth buster yourself is a total blast! By using this article template, you can become a bonafide myth buster in your niche and enjoy the exhilaration and accolades that go along with identifying, demystifying and debunking your favorite myths in your niche. Plus, you get the added bonus of being the hero for your readers by providing them with the reality that may have been eluding them.

  • Title: Acknowledge the Myth – Here’s where you want to announce the myth and your intentions to bust it. Titles like: “Busting the Drunk Driving Myth – 5 Ways to Keep Friends from Driving Drunk” or “The Starvation Diet Myth Exposed – Discover a More Sensible Way to Lose Weight” are going to draw readers in with their promise of an interesting and informative article.

    Search our title suggestion tool in your category or niche using the keyword “myth” for more great article title ideas.

  • Introduction: Perpetuate the Myth – Tell a story that involves your chosen myth to draw the reader into your article. Perhaps the story is the myth. Many myths are born of what essentially amounts to simple urban legend. The point of this introduction is to use the power of story to hook your reader into continuing on with the rest of your article.
     
  • Body: Demystify and Debunk the Myth – This is the meat of your article. This is where you want to take away the myth’s power and credibility and then proceed to tear it down and bust it.
     
    1. Demystify – Tell your readers why this myth is … well, a myth. Where did it come from? How does it get perpetuated? Why does it still exist? Answering these questions will help put you in a position of credibility where the reader begins to accept that perhaps you know a little bit more about the topic than they do.
       
    2. Debunk – This is where you kill the myth. Describe the reasons why this myth isn’t reality and provide evidence to support your case. Hint: This would be a great place for a bullet or numbered list.
       
      You’ve already established yourself as the judge and jury for this particular myth. Now you get to be the executioner! Mwa-ha-ha-ha-haa …

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Question & Answer Article Template

I write a lot of articles in “list” format – but I want to try something new. How can I shake things up a little?

A. Try a Q&A format! Answering questions is one way to establish or raise your credibility in your chosen area. A question-and-answer format delivers valuable information and is easier to read than paragraph after paragraph of copy.

You can frame a Q&A article in many ways such as “Top 10 Questions about Body-Building” or “Frequently Asked Questions about Mortgage Financing.”

Q. Where do I get the questions?

A. If you’ve been in business for a while, you’ve probably heard clients, customers or prospects ask the same questions over and over. Start with these.

If not, invent your own questions. Think back to when you were new to your niche and had many questions about what things meant, or the right way to do business. Or, think of questions people should ask but don’t?

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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.

Predictions Article Template

We predict this article template will help you quickly write and submit another great set of high-quality, original articles.

It’s generally believed that authors who make informed, reliable predictions gain credibility in their field. Good predictions are based on knowledge, experience and an ability to recognize and explain trends, developments and signals. They provide a glimpse of what lies ahead and are highly sought after by those not yet in-the-know.

Using this article template, you can quickly tap into your particular knowledge and expertise to generate articles that are both enticing and provide a high-value insider perspective for your readers. The key is to create relatively safe and peer-accepted predictions that contain relevant, useful information that may not be readily apparent to your non-expert audience.

7 Steps to Writing a Great “Predictions” Article:

  1. Narrow Your Topic Area – The most meaningful predictions are those your readers can use in their daily lives or careers. Predicting how money markets will perform will probably attract more interest than a list of general economic predictions.
     
  2. Write a Revealing Title – Expert Author Susan Kohlback put an irresistible title on her travel-trends article: “Travel Predictions For 2010 – Unexpectedly Good News!” Although the article follows a different format than this template, the title is a great example in that it states the topic (travel), sets the time period (2010) and hints at the article content without giving it away (e.g. “Unexpectedly Good News!”).
     
  3. Add a One-Paragraph Introduction – Provide a general outlook for your industry or area of expertise, or review past predictions and how close they came. If you’re listing predictions for the banking industry, for example, you could sum up the previous year of economic activity and whether the general outlook is positive or negative.
     
  4. List Each Prediction Separately in a Bulleted List – Your readers are probably pressed for time. So, make each prediction easy to scan. Your readers will get much more out of your article and be more likely to read it completely.
     
  5. Include Information to Back Up Each Prediction – Readers need to understand why you believe gasoline prices will go up or down. You don’t need excruciating detail, but you should provide enough background to give your predictions more credibility.
     
  6. Be as Specific as You Can – No one expects you to predict exactly how many games the New York Yankees will win this season. However, your readers will want to know whether you believe the team has the potential to make the World Series. So don’t hesitate to take a stand and back up your claim with evidence.
     
  7. Conclude with a Caveat – Here you can remind readers that your predictions are just that: educated guesses based on your experience and knowledge of the subject. Suggest ways they can use your predictions, but don’t guarantee that they will come true.

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I’m Grateful for … Article Template

Give thanks for this extremely simple, yet useful and thought-provoking, article template.

We could all be a little more grateful, couldn’t we? What better way to express our gratitude than to write an article about it?

What are you grateful for in your niche? Are you grateful for new technology that makes your work easier? Are you grateful for a selection of books or other products that help you get the job done? Are you grateful for a variety of motivational or inspirational quotations or ideas that help you get going each day?

This article template helps you identify what you’re grateful for, so that you can give your readers the same benefits you’ve received. If you’re helping your reader get out of debt, you can show them 5 or 10 debt-reducing tools for which you are grateful. If you are writing about something more enjoyable – like cooking – you can show your readers which gadgets you’re thankful to have in your kitchen.

How to Structure Your Grateful Article:

  1. Introduction – In your introduction, tell your reader what you are grateful for and why.
     
  2. Create a list of things you are grateful for (be specific) and explain how each item works and why it’s so crucial.
     
  3. Conclude by summarizing why you picked your choices and encouraging your readers to contribute to your list.

By using this amazingly simplistic template, you should be able to write tons of articles on the things you are grateful for. Once you start thinking about what you’re thankful for, it practically writes itself!

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How-To Article Template

Use this simple, yet powerful and flexible template to create your next set of high-quality articles.

Writing a how-to article seems like an easy task, but forget one step and your “Simple Guide to Installing a Toilet” could end up as a simple guide to disaster! Spend a little time analyzing your subject matter, however, and the outcome will be valuable content your readers will love.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Great How-To Article:

  1. Pick a Topic in Your Niche – Think about things that you have done that require a specific set of steps, like how to install a toilet, build a bookshelf or make a 3-bean salad.
     
  2. Lead with a Great Title – What is the top benefit of your informative article? Use that as your title. Try this template: “How to [get/save/become] and [insert big reward here].” In his book, Advertising Headlines That Make You Rich, copywriter David Garfinkel gives these examples:
    • How to Save Time and Get Things Done (Time Management Coach)
    • How to Get a Better Job and Make More Money (Recruiter)
    • How to Save Money and Retire Rich (Financial Planner)

    You don’t have to use the words “How To.” You could just say “Install a Toilet Yourself and Save a Pile of Money” – or whatever.

  3. Begin with a Simple Introduction – Maybe relating a personal experience as to how you came to know about the topic the hard way – or, conversely, how simple it was to learn.
     
  4. Include a List of Supplies, Tools and/or Resources – If your reader is going to need something besides their wits to accomplish the task, tell them upfront so they can prepare everything in advance.
     
  5. Write Instructions in Chronological Order – Don’t make your instructions convoluted or confusing – keep it short and simple (KISS) and don’t include more than one thought per step.
     
  6. Create Mental Images – Since your article can’t include photos or illustrations, use words to paint a picture instead. Clearly describe what your reader will experience to avoid confusion … and a loss of credibility for you!
     
  7. Conclude with Cautions, Tips and Advice – This is a great place to add some goodwill and wrap things up on a positive note. It’s also a wonderful way to lead readers into your Resource Box.

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