The day I learned this writing tip was the day my writing just got a whole lot easier, faster, and more fun. It’s no secret really, but this one tip could change the way you write articles for the Web, for your ezines, your blog, for all sorts of marketing with content.
Make a list.
That’s right. Not too complicated, is it? As Jeff Herring, The Article Guy, puts it: "If you can write a 7-item grocery list, you can write an article."
Ever since I learned that, getting started with writing (some say this is the most difficult part) has become a snap. If I’d known it was this simple, I might have skipped graduate school.
Here’s how it goes in my head: Say I want or need to write an article on ezine publishing.
How do I know that I need to write about ezine publishing? I did a keyword search and my newsletter site doesn’t come up on the first page of Google when people use the search term "ezine publishing." I only come up on page 3.
If I have more web pages using the keywords "ezine publishing" I should improve my ranking. So I need to publish more articles using those keywords, either in article directories, on my website, on my blog, or in my ezine which gets archived on the Web.
Here’s how the "Make a List" writing tip works:
I start with all the reasons you should publish an ezine. I came up with 8 good reasons. Then I looked at what goes into publishing an ezine. I discover there are four really different components you have to pay attention to. Then I looked at writing an article for your ezine, and made a list of 10 important things to include in your article.
You see how this goes? Now I have just created three different articles:
- 8 Reasons to Publish an Ezine
- 4 Essential Steps to Ezine Publishing
- 10 New Rules for Writing a Successful E-Newsletter
I ended up writing a special report that includes all three sub-topics. The only place you can get it is over on the sales page for our All-in-One Ezine Publishing System. (There’s no obligation to buy the Ezine Publishing System, just go there to download the special report if you’d like to learn more about ezine publishing.)
Come back to this blog tomorrow because I will be giving you 10 Easy Article Writing Tips, based on what I have been talking about here. I gotta walk my talk, you know, and this 10 tips list just got created while I was writing this blog post. That’s the power of the secret "Make a List" tip. Writing gets easier, faster, and more better.
(I know, but what says it better than more better?)