So You Want To Be A Web Guru

So You Want To Be A Web Guru



Guess what my fast-start recommendation is? You got it​ -
write articles for​ other publishers. Why is​ this such
a common suggestion? Could it​ be because - it​ works?

This is​ the​ fastest and​ easiest way by far to​ get
a following of​ people who recognize your name and​ listen
to what you recommend.

When I was newly online and​ learning about online business,
clicking on the​ links in​ articles, forums, and​ discussion
groups signatures was my primary method of​ finding good
information.

I reasoned that if​ the​ person was published, odds were that
they were somewhat of​ an​ expert on that subject. And, if​ they
were experts, the​ products and​ services they sold or
recommended were likely to​ be good. Those were the​ people
whose products I bought and​ whose lists I joined.

If you include a​ signature with each article, including
a line or​ two about your business and​ your website URL
and/or email address, you may be very amazed at​ the​ traffic
it will generate for​ you - the​ best kind of​ targeted traffic,
too!

Are you having trouble just getting started? I understand.
And I can't tell you that writing isn't hard work.
It certainly is​ for​ me. But once you write the​ first article
it gets much easier. in​ fact, you may discover, as​ I did,
that you have a​ hard time stopping!

Here's a​ "jump-start plan" to​ get you going:

1. Get a​ notebook and​ pen, or​ if​ you are a​ "cut and​ paste"
writer like me - a​ word processor or​ computer, and​ just
brainstorm ideas for​ articles. if​ you are at​ a​ total loss,
go and​ read some articles in​ other's e-zines or​ websites.
That may spark an​ idea for​ a​ different approach to​ the​ same
subject or​ remind you of​ your own experiences in​ that area.

Think about what You need or​ want to​ know. What have you learned
from experience that might help others? Once you get started you
will come up with many ideas. Write each one down. if​ you think of
a good title for​ that article, write that down too. Make it​ "catchy."

2. What you should do next depends on you. There are several ways
writers work, depending on their personalities. You may like to​ order
and organize your points first by making an​ outline of​ the​ information
you plan to​ include or​ the​ points you intend to​ make. Then all you have
to do is​ go back and​ "flesh out" the​ points, adding useful facts or​ links
to more information.

Or, you may be a​ natural teacher, and​ write just as​ though you are
explaining the​ subject to​ the​ reader in​ person. Either method is​ fine,
just do what is​ comfortable for​ you. One method may work best for​ one
kind of​ article and​ the​ other for​ another kind.

3. in​ either case, don't forget to​ add "personality" to​ your writing. Share
some of​ yourself with your readers, make your writing uniquely your
own. It's fine to​ read e-zines and​ others' articles to​ see what
people may be interested in​ and​ spark your own ideas, but don't pattern
yourself after someone else. People want to​ feel that they know You -
Your knowledge and​ personality. This is​ what builds loyalty.

If it​ fits with your subject, don't be afraid to​ mention your product or
service and​ give the​ URL or​ email address, but DON'T write a
"glorified ad" and​ call it​ an​ article! That can offend a​ publisher so that
they won't even consider articles from you in​ the​ future.

4. After you've finished writing your article, read it​ through aloud,
preferably to​ someone else who will ask questions if​ they don't
understand some point.

5. Run a​ spell checker! if​ you own Microsoft Word or​ something similar,
run the​ grammar checker also. Have someone else proofread it​ for​ you.
Even professional proofreaders will tell you that they try to​ have
someone else proofread their own writing, because it​ is​ next to
impossible to​ catch your own mistakes.

6. Once you finish your article and​ make any necessary changes,
you will need to​ submit it​ to​ as​ many websites and​ e-zines as​ you can.
Search the​ web for​ "article directory" and​ you will find many places to
submit your article for​ free. There are also, of​ course, paid services and
software that will do the​ submissions for​ you, but you may want to​ wait
until you have successfully written a​ few articles before you choose to​
pay.


As I said earlier, writing is​ hard work for​ me, and​ I reworked my first
article many times before I was satisfied. But if​ you persevere you may
discover that it​ can be loads of​ fun as​ well as​ a​ great promotion method
and a​ quick path to​ "web-guru-ness."




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