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If you’re a newcomer to article marketing, I know how intimidating it can feel to be faced with the prospect of writing not just one quality article, but a steady stream of them.

For many people, the last time they wrote a piece of content that needed to be top notch was in high school or college, so it’s no wonder that the thought of starting an article marketing campaign can bring up feelings of nervousness.

I’d like to assure you that it’s okay to be a beginner!

Even the most experienced, proficient, and successful article marketers were at one time novices. And it’s actually a perk that article marketing requires steadily writing articles, because it’s only through experience that any of us see improvement.

I wish that I could just sit down at a table across from you and address each and every one of your fears, and as much as possible that’s what I’d like to do here. I’ve made list of 7 of the top concerns people have, and I’d like to go through them one by one.

1) I’ve never written an article before.

That’s just fine–if you can write a letter to your Aunt Martha, then you can write an article.

As I said before–there was a time when every one of us were beginners, having never written an article before. Just because you haven’t done it before doesn’t mean that you aren’t able to start now. I assure you, as you write your first, second and third articles, you will notice that each time it gets easier and less intimidating.

If it makes you feel an better, I have a friend who has a degree in English and is used to writing term papers, and even she was nervous about writing her first articles for article marketing. I think it’s normal to feel a little off balance at the beginning–that is a sign that you’re trying something new and expanding your skills.

2) I don’t know the correct formula/format to use.

Having some sort of “format” to guide your writing helps, doesn’t it? While there is no one way of writing an article, there are a few article writing “formulas” that are tried and true and make it easier to write.

I’ll share with you 2 of the formulas I use when I’m writing articles:

  • The ‘how-to’ article. The ‘how-to’ article has the purpose of telling a reader detailed steps for doing something having to do with your niche. I think the best how-to articles involve a series of clearly identified steps (it helps to number each step). An example of a ‘how-to’ article would be 5 Steps To Writing A Killer ‘How To’ Article For more detailed instructions on how to write a ‘how-to’ article, please see that article.
  • The ‘list’ article. The list article is the easiest type of article of all in my opinion. Think of a topic having to do with your niche–usually for a list this will be a general topic. For example, a recent article of mine was called Top 15 Article Marketing Tips. Incidentally, this post you’re reading right now is also a list and would be an appropriate topic for a list article. Here are some more detailed instructions on how to write a great list article.

Again, these are not the only two types of articles in the world, but if you’re looking for some sort of formula/format to follow to help you get started writing, I highly recommend writing ‘how-to’ and ‘list’ articles.

3) I’m not sure what a “good” article is, so I don’t even know what to shoot for.

Sometimes all we need is to see an example that we can emulate, and then from seeing a few articles that are “good”, you can start to feel more confident that you can do it too.

I’ve shared with you a few articles of my own already, and you’re welcome to look at my entire article list, but it also may help to browse through the entire SubmitYOURArticle.com article directory for examples to follow. These are all articles that have passed editorial approval, but if you have any specific questions please don’t hesitate to ask us.

4) I’m afraid that my article won’t be accepted.

One of the perks of submitting articles through SubmitYOURArticle.com is that your article is pre-screened by an editor to be sure that it meets our editorial guidelines. Our guidelines are set up to make it so that your article has the maximum chance of getting accepted by most publishers. If your article is for some reason not accepted by us on the first try, don’t worry–all you need to do is make the changes that the editor specifies and then resubmit your article. If you don’t understand what changes need to be made, just ask us and we’ll be happy to elaborate.

We do the best we can to help ensure that your articles have the best chance of getting accepted by publishers. If your article happens to be sent back for changes by our own editor, no worries–even I’ve had articles sent back with problems pointed out!

At any rate, getting an article sent back for changes is not necessarily a bad thing–that means that our editor noticed something that might cause your article to be declined by a publisher, and you have the opportunity to fix things before your article is distributed.

If your article passes our editor’s review, then it’s very likely that it will be approved by most publishers.

And here’s another resource of common publisher guidelines: How To Get Your Article Accepted On The First Try!

5) I don’t even know where to start…

That’s okay–I don’t blame you! The first article can be the hardest because you can get that “deer in the headlights” feeling of “oh no, where do I even begin?” Let’s just take it one step at a time–I’ve got a step-by-step tutorial on writing your first article from scratch that I hope you’ll find helpful.

6) I don’t have time to write.

Do you have time to market your business?

Sometimes we can get caught up on the idea of writing a single article, but article marketing is not about one article or a handful of articles–it’s about marketing your business, increasing traffic to your website, gaining more customers, selling more products, and building on the success of your business.

Every business person knows you need to market your business in order to grow. In the online world the way you market your business is to drive traffic to your website.

So, instead of thinking of writing articles as just another thing on your to-do list, think of it as an integral aspect of running your business.

In the same way you wouldn’t say “I don’t have time to meet with clients” or “I don’t have time to ship the products that people have ordered”, you wouldn’t say “I don’t have time to write.”

Writing articles is how you market your business.

7) I don’t know how to tell if it’s working.

If you aren’t sure how to tell if you’re efforts are paying off, it’s hard to keep the motivation and momentum going, isn’t it?

Most people want to submit an article and then count the minutes they wait for results, but you should be looking at a calendar rather than your watch.

I’ll just tell you up front–it will most likely take 3-4 months before seeing results from your article marketing efforts, and it will likely take longer to see results if the website you’re marketing is brand new.

The reason for this has to do with how search engines index new sites and register new backlinks. Search engines usually adjust rankings and calculate new backlinks every 3-4 months, so when you launch an article marketing campaign, the impact is on a time delay.

Why is article marketing such a popular marketing tool if it doesn’t yield immediate results?

Because it can produce dramatic effects on a website’s traffic over the long term.

This doesn’t mean you can’t measure your progress–I keep track of my progress every month to see how things are coming along. Please see this post for the indicators I measure to get an accurate idea of how my article marketing campaign is impacting my website.

We’ve just covered the 7 ‘top fears’–are you feeling more confident and comfortable? I hope so!

Remember, take it one step at a time, and you will grow in your skill and knowledge. No one expects you to do things perfectly from the get go, so just forge ahead bravely, and let me know if I can be of assistance to you.

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5 Responses to “7 Common Fears Of New Article Writers”

  1. bryan says:

    Good Stuff. . very useful information!

    thanks!

  2. Writing that first article is the scary part. I am writing posts daily to my new blog and need to get in the flow of also writing an article to submit to the article directories as well.

    One good way to do this is to rewite your daily post into an article.

  3. Barry says:

    Thanks Steve,

    I really appreciated this article as it brings back the memories of first sitting down to write, then not doing it on the first try because of the fears.

    Now that I have a few articles under my belt the fears have subsided. I like that you overcome the fear of the new writer by having positive things to say.

    Thanks,
    Barry

  4. Ricardo A. says:

    Thanks for this article.

    Normally, I appreciate an article that’s educational and instructive. And while this one fits the bill, it also has an added dimension.

    It’s rather comforting. Sort of like feeling low coming home because of a bad day and having a wise and understanding person, like a grandma or auntie, giving you kind and soothing counsel.

    Puts things in perspective.

    Again, thanks.

  5. Steve Shaw says:

    @Bryan

    Thank you–glad you found this helpful.

    @blogmoneymania
    Yes, I always bounce articles off of blog posts–it’s an excellent time saver!

    For anyone who needs it, here is a method for using your blog to generate articles:
    http://www.submityourarticle.com/creative-article-marketing/2009/01/12/how-to-use-your-blog-to-generate-articles/

    @Barry
    Thanks so much for your feedback–I learn best with encouragement from a patient teacher, and I’m glad you do too.

    @Ricardo

    Glad this was soothing and comforting :)

    Thanks for your input.

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