From the virtual “Chris Knight Interview” tour bus, today I have a new interview to share with you from article writing & marketing questions asked by Todd Strait of WM8C.com, an amateur (ham) radio website and more. Read Part 1 and then Read Part 2
Off Topic Trivia: Growing up as a teen, I always wanted to be a ham radio operator, have my own little radio shack (with postcards from all over the world from long distance CQ DX connections made) and monster antenna tower so that I could reach out and learn from people all over the world with shortwave bands. Didn’t have much interest in the 2 meter FM stuff most of the local Hams here in town use… but guess which major shift or technology completely displaced my interest in being a ham radio operator?
EzineArticles expert Kammie Kobyleski recently wrote a blog entry that got our attention called: “Writing for WOM & Branding the Croc Hunter Way”
Here’s an excerpt from it:
“Thought about linking over to the ezinearticles.com website so you could see for yourself how advantageous it is to write about what you know, submit it to the database and let the universe work it’s magic. Meaning if you really are an expert in your field, people WILL find your articles and they WILL use them on their websites, on their blogs, in their e-zines and in their newsletters. You WILL begin getting sited across the blogosphere and beyond as a “go to” person for your business/product/service.
So I was gonna say, get busy writing. Get your fingers tapping on those keys and churn out a few simple, but sassy articles on what it is that YOU’RE an expert at. Knit mittens for kitties? Cool. Write about that. Sell the latest and greatest widget or wadget? Awesome! Are you the next big techno-savvy small business consultant that the rest of us just can’t live without?
Right on! Then sit your happy ass down, put your creative hat on, and start hunting and pecking. Because this method of WOM really works. The features and author tracking tools are awesome….”
We couldn’t have said it better Kammie… :)
This email that came in today to illustrates an important lesson in what not to do when writing about current events: “YOU NEED TO UPDATE YOUR FACTS. EFFECTIVE THIS PAST WEEK YOU ARE ALLOWED TO CARRY-ON UP TO 3 OZS. OF LIQUIDS/GELS IN ZIPLOCK BAGS. SINCE I MAY BE HEADED TO ELEUTHERA TO CHECK ON MY PROPERTY I WAS INTERESTED IN WHAT YOUR WEBSITE STATED. CORRECT IT.”
An EzineArticles author wrote about how you can’t take liquids, gels or cremes onboard any aircraft within the United States… a policy that was in effect until last week when the policy changed.
The lesson: Article writing for the purposes of distribution & syndication must take into consideration the fact that the author may NOT be able to edit their works, and thus some may look foolish promoting an idea or fact that was true when the article was written, but is no longer true today.
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