Everybody is talking about how to write an article, but the truth is not a lot of people actually give examples.
It can be hard to start learning from scratch. Whether you’ve been writing for a while and you need to see some extra opinions, or you are just starting with blog writing, here are a few things you should know!
Here, the fun part begins. Writing an article is really not rocket science, and you may get many opinions as you ask or read around. The most important thing is that you are comfortable writing, as it’s not just a chore.
If that’s the case, then move on. It’s going to be impossible to be productive if you don’t have a slight attraction to it, and it will be seen in the quality of your materials.
How To Write An Article
In most cases, you will be required to write articles that rank in the searches. You can see what SEO is by following this article. It will walk you through everything you need to know when you first start in this industry.
You will need to see how headings work and where you need to insert your keywords in order for the articles to be found by the search engines.
Topic and Keyword Research
Ok. No topic, no article. Things are pretty straightforward here. Find your main subject and work around it. Remember to stay within your blog or store specialization though. I keep saying this, but it’s quite important that you stay on brand.
Now. In order to write an article that ranks, you will need to use keywords. In some cases, the editor will provide you with the right keywords, but if you’re writing for yourself, you need to do a quick keyword research and find your key phrase. Without it, you have pretty much no chance of going somewhere.
I preffer using Keywords Everywhere when I do my research, as it's a browser extension and I see everything quick and in real time. I can see the search volume and competition and choose what's appropriate for the blog I'm working on.
It's important to consider the domain authority, because a new blog won't stand a chance in ranking a keyword with a search volume of 1,000,000.
Choose Your Approach
Usually, people would say that you need to solve the problem. I’d rather call this ‘choosing your approach.’ Why? Fairly simple. I just don’t consider the lack of information a ‘problem.’ But again, this is my approach. It may be different, but trust me, it works.
You can choose to be friendly, you can offer precious information, or you can simply tell a story.
Now, all these things depend on your topic. They depend on what you have to say. News requires a different approach than tutorials for example, and your audience is important. Know who you’re talking to.
You need to either tell an interesting story, or offer precious information. Without any of these, your article will just be a piece of text no one wants to read.
Do Your Research
If you don’t know what to write, you can quickly do a Google search and see how others did it. Make sure you don’t plagiarize any content in the process, as that’s a very, very sad move.
Create a word document, or write everything down in your agenda, and then proceed to create something of your own.
If you already know the topic, then you can skip this step and just create your outline from the things you know. That’s honestly the best scenario. And yes, an outline is necessary. Trust me, I know what it's like to write without one. All the information is messed and in a random order, and your reader won't understand anything.
Sometimes, at the beginning, writers make the mistake of assuming that everybody know what they're talking about. Obviously, you grow to realize that's not the case. People who know something about a topic won't Google it.
While you're doing your research, make sure you don't copy someone. Whether we're talking about style, wording or exact structure. You are an unique human being and you need to be original. Having original content builds an authority.
Draft and Upload
After you have everything put together, all there’s left to do is draft everything. I personally prefer to draft everything once in my agenda and then change things as I upload them. The second read always brings up more ideas and makes you see the possible mistakes.
While drafting, consider your outline and follow it. It's ok if you want to add extra information, but make sure it's structured!
Remember to always double-check your content. You may realize you forgot important things or that you made terrible mistakes in the process. Nevertheless, this is how to write an article and here, you have your free article example, blueprint, or however you want to call it!
Let me know in the comment section if it helped you, and of course, if you have any questions!