Quick Case Study: Ellen Bell

The 14th edition in a series of posts that highlight one Expert Author who has achieved success by doing just one thing exceptionally well.

Ellen Bell sets herself apart as an Expert Author with her research. Specifically, she analyzes Article Reports to point her in the direction of new content.

According to Ellen, all articles on her account become case studies for future articles.

She closely analyzes the ones that have the most views and highest click-through rates (CTRs) for effective title formats, content presentation methods and Resource Box information.

This close analysis helps Ellen determine exactly how to put the pieces of her next article together.

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Transparent Draft Feature Now Live

Presenting a new auto-save system that’ll help prevent data loss.

This new feature, called “Transparent Draft,” will save members the frustration of losing their work if they accidentally close their browser window prior to saving a draft of the article. Instead, the article will be automatically restored the next time they log in.

To better understand this feature, imagine you’re writing an article …

  • Partway through entering your article into the submit form you decide you want to see what you’ve written thus far, so you hit the Preview button.
  • The Preview shows your partially completed article in a pop-up window.
  • Then, you accidentally close the browser window instead of clicking the Close Preview button.
  • Fortunately, your article progress isn’t lost. You simply go back to http://members.ezinearticles.com/ and click Submit A New Article under the Article Manager dropdown.
  • An Unsaved Draft Restored message (like the one below) appears at the top of the submit form showing that the data wasn’t lost:

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New Highlight Tool – Narrowing Down Problem Article Issues

A new feature to help you get articles through the submission process faster.

Our team of human editors can now highlight problem areas for you. This new highlight feature should quickly answer questions you have about why an article has been placed in problem status.

Just like before, when an article you’ve submitted is placed in problem status, you’ll receive an email notification of the details with a link to fix the article.

Unlike before, the email will also include a copy of the entire article with problem areas highlighted.

This new capability should help you narrow down exactly what part of the article caused it to be placed in problem status.

It’ll also reduce the number of times you’ll need to interact with our Member Support Team because the answers to most of your questions will be in the highlighted portions of text. In turn, this will reduce the time required to get your articles through the approval process.

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Article Content vs. Real Life – Broken Promises

The 4th video in a series that brings questionable article writing practices into the real world.

Almost all Expert Authors are good people, but many of them do things in their article writing and marketing that they’d never do in the real world.

When you, as an author, are trying to gain the trust of your readers, every positive experience they have with you matters. That means you have to be straightforward with the promises you make and deliver on them.

Just like in article marketing and writing, falling short on your promises in the “real world” ruins your credibility and looks plain silly. In this episode, we highlight what happens when a real estate agent makes lofty promises in a classified ad.

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From My Desk To Yours – 18th Edition

By: Penny, EzineArticles Managing Editor

Let’s face it, readers come to your article looking for the main course. Once they fill themselves up with your valuable information, they don’t need a big reiteration of what you just told them in the conclusion. That’s like eating a whole second helping.

A proper ending to an article helps readers get a grip by providing detailed information the right way, punctuating your article topic.

Just like dessert, the end of your article should leave your readers satisfied and comfortable with the content they just took in.

Here are some tips to keep your article endings short, sweet and meaningful:

  • Summarize – Try not to introduce anything new in the conclusion, that’s what the body is for. It’s better to give your audience your interpretation of what they should take away from the article. If the take away is one important lesson, the conclusion doesn’t need to be more than a few sentences.
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Increasing Article Views – Ramp Up Your Writing Efforts

5 tips to help you boost your writing and make your article views skyrocket.

One of the ways to measure progress in your article writing and marketing campaign is monitoring article view counts. More article views means more chances people will get to your call-to-action and be directed back to your website or blog.

Now, your niche will play a major role in how many article views you end up getting, but there are a few other steps you can use to ramp up your writing process and increase your article views.

Here are 5 ways to increase article views for your next set of articles:

  1. Break Through With a Meaningful Title – The first 3-5 words of your title can dramatically increase how much traffic your article will generate back to your website. You could have the world’s best article, but if you have a poor title you’d only see a fraction of the potential traffic a great title would bring.

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Making Your Articles Flow

How to keep your article flowing like a sailboat.

Information in your articles should flow to your readers like a sailboat going downwind on a lake. You have to keep the content moving in the right direction or your readers will jump ship and look elsewhere for the content.

If you’re able to keep the wind in your sails and keep the readers’ interest up, the article will flow and you’ll build a reputation for insightful content. If not, the article could get lost at sea.

There are a couple different things to think about when you’re trying to keep up a constant flow of information in your articles.

Mainly, the content in the article and how you present it will keep your writing flowing.

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Expert Author Case Study: Kevin E. Graham

Today’s Expert Author Case Study introduces us to Expert Author Kevin Graham, who builds article sets based on issues he’s passionate about.

Kevin didn’t consider himself a great writer when he started working on his first article writing and marketing campaign, but that didn’t stop him from giving it a try.

Now, with nearly 300 articles to his credit on EzineArticles, he sees the benefits of writing and sharing his knowledge with the world. Plus, he has discovered that developing good writing habits is a never-ending process.

Passion = Value

As part of our ongoing Expert Author Case Study project, we asked Kevin to share his thoughts on article writing and marketing. According to Kevin, his unique set of life experiences dictates the themes and messages he develops for articles. He only writes about things he is truly passionate about, and this passion helps him figure out what others find valuable.

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Article Writing and Marketing Tips to Retweet

Every month @EzineArticles provides well over 100 useful tidbits of information, fun facts and training – We’ve gathered 30 of the best ones from September right here. Retweet any (or all!) of them to enhance your article writing and marketing efforts.

Just CLICK on to auto-populate your Twitter status field.

EzineArticles Tips and Training Snippets:

  • Writing Time Management: Avoid procrastination. Schedule a time when you are your most productive and write it right.
  • Original Content: Focus on the benefits that your article gives and deliver something. How can your article HELP readers?
  • Grammar Police: ‘who’s’ is the contraction for ‘who is,’ ‘whose’ is the possessive form of ‘who’ or ‘which.’
  • How-to Tip: Write quality, detailed and easy to understand tips. Make it easy for your reader to follow.
  • Stay on topic! If you have multiple themes in one article, readers will be confused. Turn those themes into new articles!
  • If you repeatedly have to fix the same errors, it’s a good idea to get help so you don’t make the same mistakes again.
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