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Article Marketing Strategies For Newbies: Tips For Submitting Your First Articles
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The more articles you write, the easier it gets.

I hope that is a little consolation for those of you are struggling to write your first articles.

I received this question recently from a beginner. I think it’s safe to say that he’s not alone:

Steve,
I’m a new client of yours. I have never done any article marketing. Right now I’m reading the Article Marketing pdf you sent. It’s helping.

I just wrote my very first article. I’m waiting to get 5 or 6 more. It takes me a long time, hours and hours, just to write one article. Any suggestions?

Yes, I know when you first start writing articles, it can be a painstaking process. I remember when I first started, it would take me upwards of 7 hours (!!!) to write an article that I wanted my name attached to.

Here are a few suggestions:

1 – Write an article–your first ones may take you longer than you think.

*Pick a very specific topic, something to teach your readers.

You might take the easy route and use one of my article templates. The “Beginner’s Guide” one might be very helpful to you.

Or here’s one that basically takes you by the hand: How To Write Your First 3 Articles

* Make an outline for your article. It does not have to be anything fancy–just jot down some ideas that you’d like to include in the article.

*Then flesh it out. Get a first draft written. Put it away for 24 hours.

*A day or so later, pull the article out again. Proofread for grammar and spelling.

2 – When you have one article written, then enter it into SubmitYOURArticle.com and submit it.

You will feel good knowing that it’s done and off of your plate. You don’t need to wait to submit 5 at one time–just submit the articles as you get them written, and that will be an encouragement to you.

Do not expect Nobel prize quality literature with your first articles. I think that’s why it used to take me 7 hours! I had such high expectations, which is not necessarily a bad thing in moderation, but it can make things go slower than they need to.

You might enjoy this article about the value of getting articles under your belt, getting experience with writing, and not obsessing over one article.

I hope this helps–hang in there! It gets easier…I promise :) .


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7 Responses to “Article Marketing Strategies For Newbies: Tips For Submitting Your First Articles”

  1. ivan says:

    That was great information.

    I have write a lot of article and post it.

    But i still don’t have the traffic i want.

    Anyway, thanks for your advice..

  2. Martin Okon says:

    I think an article doesn´t have to be written with in 5 or 10 minutes, a well written article on your subject will give you better exposure as one of those useless articles which have the keyword plastered all over a hundred times and where the article in the end says nothing. A well written article should give something to the reader, either interesting Information or should be educational in your field this will make people far more willing to cklick to your website. And if this website is nice also the better for the author.
    By now there are so many Article submissionservices and loads of articles just look rewritten or are simply crap (sorry to say that) I know its hard to be a writer thats why I don´t write myself (I wrote one about ginger took me actually 3 days befor I was happy with it) but I do read through a lot of them, and a lot realy make me wonder

  3. Hi Steve,

    I have put off writing articles for tomorrow:-( cause I find it very time consuming …
    I realise I need to get going… your suggestions sound great.
    Will give it a go.

    Great post.
    Cheers
    Bryan

  4. Steve Shaw says:

    @Martin Okon: Hi Martin,

    Yes, as always the article must be high quality content, useful to your target readers and containing proper spelling and grammar.

    You’re exactly right–in order to make your article submission worthwhile, it needs to have value and not just be thrown together.

  5. Steve Shaw says:

    @Bryan McHeyzer: It gets easier the more you do. Unfortunately there is a learning curve–we all go through it. You will too. Give it a shot.

  6. Ken Taylor says:

    Hi Steve,
    You made some great points. However, if the above reader’s ‘real’ problem is the ‘actual writing’ itself, I would like to add the following…

    * Take some time, read and take notes. Don’t bother with organizing the notes, just get them down.

    * Next, go over your notes and maybe re-read what ever you think would be of value to share with your readers.

    * Now for the fun part! Set your timer for 10 or 15 minutes, or less time if you’re really struggling with getting stuff written down.

    *Start your timer and you write..
    …You write whatever you think.
    …You imagine that your brain is an idea factory pumping out ideas right down through your arms into you your hands where you write, type, or use Speech Dictation software and get your ideas on paper.
    …If you can’t think of anything, well, that’s what you write, “I can’t think of what to write.”

    * The main purpose, you main goal is to physically get you comfortable with the actual writing process and get you to let your mind ‘spew’ (love that word) out all those great ideas, thoughts on to paper or on your computer.

    * Once the time is up. Go for a Starbucks, play with your kids, dog or cat, or go for a walk. Do something different. Steve recommends give it a 24 hour rest. You may find a simple walk is all you need.

    * Skim the article looking for main ideas that you can build up. Keep in mind the important points about ‘value’ mentioned in the above posts.

    * If you need more ‘volume’ just do another ‘free writing’ as described above and add the info.

    * Trouble with starting? Grab a sentence from your notes and write that out before you hit the timer.

    * Still can’t seem to get it together? Try going to ‘writeordie (dot) com (Write or Die by Dr Wicked). It’s good for both Macs and PCs.

    Steve is write (yes pun intended :) , the more you write the easier it will become. Pretty much true with about anything you need to learn how to do. I always say to myself, “Once difficult, now easy.”

    Hope this helps. Good luck. Oh, and have fun!

  7. Steve Shaw says:

    @Ken Taylor: Thanks Ken–well said! :)

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