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The goal of many writers is to make a difference. Some are more effective than others. It all comes down to your writing style and how you promote the article.

6 Strategies for Writing Great Articles
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A successful article is one that grabs the reader's attention and promotes reading. To do this, you must first write an article that is easy to read.

Grab The Reader's Attention By:

  1. Use the Inverted Pyramid Structure
  2. Create Short-to-Medium Length Articles
  3. Use Short Paragraphs
  4. Format Text When Appropriate
  5. Use an appropriate text link with anchor text (vs. plain link)
  6. Link to internal pages (ie. your past articles)

 STEP 1  Use the Inverted Pyramid Structure

We were always taught to begin an article with an introduction. However, when using the inverted pyramid structure, you start with its most newsworthy info first. A summary is always helpful in this case.

Inverted Pyramid Writing Style

Do you remember the last time you read an article from start to finish? Do you remember why?

Typically, a reader scans a page - looking for something to grab their attention. If nothing grabs them, they will exit. This loss is why it's essential to have the conclusions or key points first. In other words, provide the reason for creating the article first then provide its context/benefits.

 STEP 2  Create Short Articles

Write short articles. A 700-3,000 word article will provide just enough information. If your article consists of 3,000+ words, you should consider splitting into 2 or more pieces.

 STEP 3  Use Short Paragraphs

Long paragraphs are difficult to scan. Readers exit the moment they see a large blob of text.

  • Use short and familiar words - no jargon.

 STEP 4  Format Text When Appropriate

Do:

  • Use Headings (H2-H3), Bold, and Italic.
  • Divide content in short paragraphs
  • Use a bulleted list when possible.
  • Break up paragraphs with corresponding images, videos, or other media types.

Do NOT:

  • Change font-size - stick with the default text size
  • Use excessive BOLD
  • Use excessive emoticons. Emoticons are fun, but when used too much it takes away from the message.

 STEP 5  Use Appropriate Text Links

When adding links to your article use descriptive text for links.

Which do you think is better?

Don't forget to link to authority sites.

 STEP 6  Link to Internal Pages (ie. your articles)

A great way to promote your articles is to link to each other. So when you are writing an article - think about your previous articles. If you believe any would help support your current article than mention it. Use appropriate anchor text vs. just a link.

Submit Your Articles on allnurses.com

What do we offer?

  1. 1 Million+ Members with a focus on nursing.
  2. 1 Million+ Social Network (facebook, Twitter, etc) Followers with an emphasis on nursing.
  3. Millions of Pageviews per month

Most website owners don't even get a fraction of our traffic. We can help get you more exposure. For some that could be brand exposure or increased sales opportunities.

What we require:

  • Article Summary
  • Article Image
  • Main Content (700+ Words)
  • Grammar and Spelling Check

(Optional) Complete your Profile page. A completed Profile page builds TRUST between you and the reader.

  • Avatar
  • Cover Photo
  • Nursing Credentials
  • Current Occupation
  • Profile Fields
  • About Us
  • Website and Social Networks URL

Promote Your Articles

A smart way to promote your articles is by promoting your Profile > Blog page. Your readers can find all your articles on your Blog page. You can share your Profile link to your co-workers, family, and friends. The more people interested in you, the more FOLLOWERS you will generate.

Other ideas:

  • Promote your Profile on facebook, Twitter, personal website, etc
  • Clear your Profile > Signature and use this space to promote your articles.
  • Introduce yourself in your Profile > About section

Want more exposure? Get your article showcased on the main page.

Stay Active

The first year is critical. It's good to stay active to help increase exposure to your articles.

Why?

  1. You have no FOLLOWERS.
  2. Readers don't know YOU.
  3. TRUST is earned not created.

Don't know how to submit an article on allnurses.com? The following video will help...

Joe V is a programmer and obstacle racing enthusiast. “It’s gratifying to teach others what you know. At the same time, it’s very satisfying to learn from others.”

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