20 Article Writing Tips From the Experts
Since 2005, we have featured 200 Expert Authors on the EzineArticles Blog! In celebration of this amazing milestone, we collected the top 20 Expert Authors to share once again with you. Here they are with their best tips:
- Lisa Mason: “[Balancing quality and quantity] is a skill that comes with much practice … Quality is important … However, you’re not trying for a Pulitzer with every article you submit.”
- Harriet Hodgson: “Article marketing is the key to promoting my work … I would tell newbie article marketers to strive for quality every time. In other words, try to top yourself. To understand word flow and emphasis, I often read my articles aloud before I submit them.”
- Titus Hoskins: “The articles which seem to do the best for me are the ones that I am most excited about writing. Bit cliche, but the passion shows, no matter what you do.”
- Steve Wickham: “[If I had to start over again] I’d structure my articles from the beginning with more subheadings. I’d also get savvy with better titles. Also, I’d better utilise keywords; I didn’t use the maximum characters until I realised that it actually pays to use every character possible. In short, do everything you can to make each article as attractive as possible.
- Lisa Angelettie: “Wow! If I had to start all over again, I would buy less of the “bright and shiny” marketing systems and coaching programs promising me the moon and the stars and just do more of the consistent marketing actions that work. For me, that is writing and publishing articles, then doing it again and again.”
- Richard Brody: “I would recommend that ‘newbies’ develop a personal style and write on topics that interest them. When I have written articles based on the recommendations of others, I haven’t felt the personal direct ‘connect’ that motivates me.”
- Elisabeth Kuhn: “I hardly ever sacrifice quality for quantity. I want my brand to stand for quality – quality writing and quality information – so I do my best to avoid fluffy or otherwise sloppy articles.”
- Tiffany Dow: “There are three things that motivate me … First, there’s money in the end result. Second, there’s a new and powerful backlink pointing to my site for added relevancy … And lastly, there’s the opportunity I’m given to share my expertise and increase my own branding authority within a niche.”
- Paula Eder: “Produce content regularly. You’re more likely to get a steady stream of traffic by writing and submitting a steady stream of articles. Submitting articles in big groups will give you spikes in article view numbers, but those spikes may wear off quickly.”
- Marcia Yudkin: “People want to read articles with personality as well as content. Readers respond to your unique set of attitudes and information, which rarely comes across from a hired writer. And definitely don’t post lousy articles that are little more than keywords strung together in minimally interesting sentences. This just clogs the Internet with junk and wastes everyone’s time!”
- Daniel Murphy: “Article writing forces you to become well read and competent in your field. It makes you think more clearly about your subject areas. The best way to learn anything well is to teach it and writing articles is a form of teaching. The more one writes, the better one becomes at it. There is no substitute for just getting in there and doing it every day you can.”
- Carla McNeil: “Get more articles out there faster. Nothing beats getting the feedback that my article helped someone solve a problem … Just keep writing.”
- Erica Goodstone, Ph.D.: “As the Nike Ad says, ‘Just do it.’ Starting has a momentum all on its own. As you write, it becomes much easier to write. If your grammar and spelling are not that good, write your article in your computer program, e.g. Microsoft Word. Show it to somebody who can help you to fix up the spelling or grammar. Then, when it is fixed … submit your article.”
- Lee Binz: “Appreciate that people approach the topic from every perspective… I do not write to a single type of homeschooler. They can be beginners or experts. Some have one child and some have twelve (or even more). Sometimes I feel I should be the one asking for advice!”
- David L Greene: “EzineArticles has been one of the best Internet marketing decisions I’ve made over the years. One thing that is important with [writing articles] is to produce content consistently, not once a month. The benefits … will be dramatic in that regard. The whole process is a marathon, not a sprint!”
- Bruce Hoag: “Like many writers, I often use prompts … Some books for writers will describe short scenes, and then ask you to write about a particular character or from a different point of view. Anything that gets you to start writing, whether it’s good, bad, or indifferent will prime the writing pump.”
- Nancy O’Neill: “I rarely submit an article or story to any publication without having someone else read it. It’s easy for a writer to think everything makes sense because it’s their words and thoughts. Having someone give it an once-over seems logical. Oftentimes my husband is my sanity check with my writing.”
- Stephen J. Blakesley: “Initially, I wrote an article once a week. Lately I have committed to quality over quantity … Do not discount the value of the articles you write in establishing yourself as an expert.”
- John Highman: “[Article] writing is the way to set up a matrix of credibility globally. It just comes down to writing quality articles; the more the better. Yes, it does mean that you have some work to do … but article writing is almost foolproof providing you know what you are talking and writing about. Article writing makes you the expert, and your credibility will rise.”
- Terry Weber: “If you want be an Expert Author, you have to write! If you want to be a writer, you first have to be a thinker … After all of that thinking and preparation, be sure to be ENTHUSED about what you are writing. Allow that excitement to show in what you write. “
Read more about each of the above authors by clicking on their name above to visit their original spotlight or visit their Expert Author profile page by selecting their image. You can browse all of the Expert Author Showcases as well as Spotlights in the “Author Showcase” category. Thank you to all of our 200 Expert Author Showcase authors!
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