14 Tips for Getting Your Articles Published More Often

By: Bill Platt

The writers who have learned the value of using free reprint articles as a promotional tool, go back to the well time and time again because it generates real results. Some writers have ended using all other methods of promotion because reprint articles work so very well.

It is a beautiful thing when one of my clients tell me that they need to stop article distributions for a spell because they are swamped with new business and need to have time to catch up. Of course, that is less money for now, but they will be back.

TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU GET GREAT RESULTS WITH YOUR ARTICLES TOO

1. Teach, Don�t Sell –

Article writers who generate a 1000 word sales pitch will not get the results they expect, if any at all. Publishers do not want to reprint sales pitches. They want to reprint articles that will teach or entertain their readers.

2. Tell an Interesting Story –

Just the other day, I saw an article in the lists that flat put me to sleep after two paragraphs. Did I finish the article? No. Do you think the article got republished? I doubt it. Did the article generate any traffic or sales? Not likely.

If you can capture the interest of readers and keep their interest through your whole message, you will have overcome the greatest challenge all writers face.

3. Trim Excessive Words –

Even I occasionally put together an article that should have had the excess baggage trimmed from it. One of my most printed articles ran 200 words longer on its first publication. On the first run, I received zero reprints. Trimmed and resent, the article has been published hundreds of times.

4. Select a Good Title –

A title should always catch the eye and tell the reader that it is an article they want to read. An article that is written well can fail to produce results if the title does not match the quality of the article.

5. White Space Management –

In newspapers and books, white space is not as important as it is when you are writing for the web. Short paragraphs are vitally important to keeping the interest of the reader. And extra white space to break up the ideas in an article are just as important.

Unless you can manage white space properly, reading on the web can be extremely difficult. The reasons for this are the smaller viewing area in electronic print, AND the eye strain that comes from looking at a monitor.

6. Highlighting Ideas in the Copy –

Some writers use a Numbered List like I am using here. This can generally produce good results. Better than a Numbered List is a Bulleted List with stars or dashes defining the different ideas.

Yes, I considered using a Bulleted List, but thought a Numbered List would be better for this particular article.

7. Highlighting Subtitles in the Copy –

Most articles I write do not fit the Numbered or Bulleted List scenarios. In those cases, I always use subtitles to differentiate my ideas. With subtitles, I either use ALL CAPS or Title Case for the subtitle. In most cases, I prefer using all caps for the subtitle to ensure that the title case subtitle is not mistook as standard body text.

8. Write an Effective Resource Box –

The Resource Box is otherwise referred to as your About the Author Information. When your reader reaches the end of the article, if you have done a good job in the body of the article, the reader will be interested in who you are and what you do.

Your goal is not to sell a product or service in your Resource Box. Your goal is to provide an intriguing biography that will entice the reader to actually visit your website URL.

9. Keep Your Resource Box Short –

The basic length restriction for your Resource Box is 9 lines by 65 characters.

Sure, you can put out a larger Resource Box, but the chances of getting published is greatly dimished if you spent too many words talking about yourself.

10. Leave Your Site URL�s in the Resource Box –

You should always try to leave links to your website in the Resource Box and not in the body of the article. The only links that should appear in the body of your article are links to URL�s where the reader can find additional documentation to support the basis of your article or where the reader can find additional tools or resources associated to the context of your article.

Your site URL is expected to be seen in your Resource Box. That is where it belongs.

11. Rules Governing Links to Your Site in an Article –

Many publishers and distribution list moderators believe that if you put your own links in the body of your article, then your article is simply an advertisement disguising itself as an article. Most publishers and distribution list moderators reject this type of offense out of hand without any recourse.

The only exception to this rule is when you are linking to a related resource on your website or providing a shorter-url redirect for another website.

Most publishers and distribution list moderators will check your on-site links to verify where they go.

12. End With a Solid Conclusion –

It is always good to conclude your article and wind everything up nicely. Sometimes we see bulleted list articles that would have done well, had they only told us that the article was over. When your reader gets to the end of the article and wonders where the ending is, then you will know that you have failed to reach your true potential.

13. Get Wide Distribution for the Articles You Publish –

Over time, you might be able to search out all of the resources available for distributing your article for free. There are literally thousands of them out there.

Figure out which ones have the widest possible reach and use those. Some places will never actually generate any reprints, so do be careful of your time. Make your assessments of a resource�s value over several uses, since not all articles will appeal to all publishers.

There are also services available that will help you to distribute your articles. If you search them out and use them, they can help you to spend more time writing and less time doing the tedious and time-consuming tasks of submission.

14. Persistance Is Your Most Valuable Tool –

A single article may not have the pulling power that either you or I think it will have. The marketplace is very fickle. Put yourself on a schedule to write one article a month or one article per week, and then follow through with your plans.

Four articles in the marketplace are more valuable than one. And, fifty articles are more valuable four.

The more articles you have in circulation, the more links you will have to your websites, and the greater a chance you will have to be reprinted and to generate new sales.

If you keep it up, in a few years you will find that you have become a household name and that people will seek you out to offer you new opportunities for real success.

IN CONCLUSION…

If you follow these tips and utilize them in your own articles, you will find that you will get published more often and gain greater results from the articles that you do write.

Good luck in your article writing endeavors.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Through his article distribution services, Bill Platt can
deliver your articles to 17,000+ publishers & webmasters eager
for fresh, good quality content. http://thePhantomWriters.com
When you visit, be sure to use our contact form to ask about the
possibility of having us Edit or Write your articles for you.
— 1400+ articles archived for easy reprint.
About the author:

Through his article distribution services, Bill Platt can
deliver your articles to 17,000+ publishers & webmasters eager
for fresh, good quality content. http://thePhantomWriters.com-
When you visit, be sure to use our contact form to ask about the
possibility of having us Edit or Write your articles for you.
— 1400+ articles archived for easy reprint.

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