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Creating Memorable Articles: 5 More Tips For Writing Stand-Out Content (Reader Feedback!)

Posted By Steve Shaw On May 30, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Article Marketing Tips,Article Marketing Writing,How To Submit Articles | 9 Comments

A couple weeks ago, many of you were gracious enough to respond to my request for your feedback on what you think makes a great article [1]. I think it’s so helpful to change our perspective from the usual one of the writer and to step back now and again to remember what it feels like to be a reader.

Are we creating articles that we would be attracted to if we were searching for information on our topic? It’s a question that makes you say, “Hmm…” and start to see the content you produce from a different point of view.

I picked out 10 major points from the feedback that you provided about what you think makes a great article, and last time we covered the first 5 points. As a recap, the first 5 tips we covered [2] last time were:

1 – The Article Should Provide Practical, Useful Information That Will Improve The Life Of The Reader In Some Way.

2 – The Article Is Not Too Long And Is Easy To Read.

3 – The Writing Reveals The Personality Or Feelings Of The Writer (Depending On The Topic).

4 – The Article Should Provide Explicit And Strong Instructions On How The Teaching In The Article Can Be Applied To The Reader’s Life.

5 – The Article Needs To Have A Catchy Title That Clearly Pertains To An Area Of Interest Of The Reader.

Now, let’s take a look at the rest of the tips that YOU came up with (which I heartily agree with!):

6 – The article should have a convincing opening paragraph.

The power of the opening paragraph is often overlooked. That first paragraph can make or break the article, because the reader will read the first paragraph to decide if he wants to go any further. In the opening paragraph, you’re setting the stage and trying to hook the reader’s interest.

7- The information should be communicated in a clear and concise way.

Have you ever tried to read an article that made you feel stupid? I think we all have–either the jargon used went over our heads or the wording or argument was extremely complex and difficult to follow. Simplicity is best when it comes to writing articles. Using everyday language, short and simple sentences, and clear concepts really make an article stand apart from the pack.

8 – It helps if the article is not overly technical.

This was a helpful tip for me–sometimes I have to remind myself that I don’t need to tell every last thing about a topic in order for it to be helpful. I think people can get easily turned off if they start reading and feel like the information in the article is overly complex and technical. It’s important for us to remember that while we’re teaching topics that may be brand new to a reader, we want to teach in a way that even the newest beginner can learn. You may have some articles that are technical–you may be teaching a technical topic to people who understand such things. Keep in mind though, the readers of most topics are beginners.

9- The article provides new information, or at least information that is presented in a way that the reader has not thought about before.

No one wants to read the same old rehashed stuff. If you’re teaching on a topic that is popular and it’s hard to find new information, practice teaching the old info in a new way. It takes some creativity if the information that you’re providing isn’t ground breaking. I hope it’s some consolation that most of us are teaching on topics that others are already covering too.

I think about when I was at University and there was one beginner course that was taught by many different teachers and offered at different times and different days. The idea was that you would pick the class that coordinated with your schedule, but there were some teachers who were so popular that I would actually arrange my schedule around that class.

It is possible to teach the same topic as other people, but to do so in a way distinguishes you from the pack.

10- Â A great article provides thought provoking examples or analogies.

I thought this was a great tip telling something specific you can do to enhance the memorability of your articles. Whatever you’re teaching, an example or a story that illustrates your point is always helpful. Any time you can paint a picture in the reader’s mind (with words or examples) the better.

Your Homework:

  • Out of all of these 10 tips, which ones do you think will be the most useful to you?Â
  • This week, write an article that focuses on incorporating at least one of your favorite tips.
  • Do you have any additional tips to add to these? Please share!

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