Meet EzineArticles’ Expert Author Peter Phillips
Hailing from Canberra, Australia, Internet entrepreneur and offline consultant Expert Author Peter Phillips writes articles to help small businesses thrive. Offering a wide variety of articles and services on website design, logo design, video production, and mobile optimized websites, Peter is a regular contributor to business magazines and forums.
Before he published his first article in 2006, Peter thought publishing articles to get quality traffic “seemed too easy” – there had to be a catch. “I used to worry that my writing wasn’t good enough, but once I got a few articles published, I realized it was,” he said.
When asked what set him apart from other Expert Authors, Peter replied: “Probably nothing – to get to that status you have to pass a stringent review by EzineArticles adjudicators.” He continued, “I will say that I pay particular attention to spelling and grammatically correct sentences … I have made some laughable mistakes, which would have got through if I hadn’t re-read my article properly. One example would be when I wrote that a man was arrested for stealing cats (instead of cars!).”
For inspiration, Peter reads extensively. From newspapers to blogs, “if I read something that fires me up, I’ll dash to the computer and start writing.” Creating an outline of the main points, Peter will use voice recognition software and speak the thoughts that come from each point. “I pay no attention to spelling, grammar or article construction; I will hone it when I’ve finished writing. From start to finish, Peter’s writing session take approximately a half an hour.
Advice From Expert Author Peter Phillips
Offering tons of advice for new and experienced Expert Authors, here are additional highlights we gleamed from our interview with Peter:
- Article writing should always be a pleasure, not a chore. If I don’t feel like writing, I don’t. You will invariably write a better article if you are pleased to be writing it than if you are not.
- Sometimes you really want to write about something, but it is sometimes possible to say all you want to say about it in less than 100 words. The challenge then is to make an article of reasonable length without resorting to obvious padding.
- Avoid obvious keyword stuffing. By all means use keywords, but the article should flow smoothly – don’t make the keywords look out of place in relation to the rest of the article. Remember, an article is an article, not a sales letter.
- Have an interesting headline, one that will make the reader say “I wonder what that is all about?” Remember the golden rules of the structure of an article: (1) Tell them what you are going to tell them. (2) Tell them. (3) Tell them what you’ve just told them.
Increase the quality traffic to your blog or website by taking Peter’s advice: Write for pleasure and know your writing is good enough, if you give it a little quality care.