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Article Submission Too Short? Finding More to Write About When You’ve Run Out of Things to Say
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Here are some easy tips for beefing up articles that are too short...

Short and sweet articles can be great, just as long as they’re not too short.

At my article submitter service we have a 400 word minimum and many publishers have minimum word counts too, so if you’ve written your article and find that it’s still not long enough, I’d love to share some ways to find more to write about…even when you think you’ve run out of things to say.

The first purpose of your articles is to provide helpful information. This is how your article gets picked up for publication–if the article is just filler and fluff, then publishers don’t have much of a reason for publishing, do they?

Add Meat, Not Fluff

There may be some times though, when you have a great topic that just doesn’t make it to the minimum word limit. I had this happen a little while ago when I was writing on a topic I consider to be very important–putting a call to action in your resource box.

It was a super focused topic, but an important one. The initial writing didn’t meet the minimum word requirements, so I looked back over it to see where I could add some meat.

Notice I said “meat” and not “fluff”–it’s never a good idea to extend the length of the article and not add value.

If you have an article that’s a bit short, try using one of these 4 techniques for beefing up your article:

1 – There is always one point in your article that you can expand on.

Read your article over and pinpoint where you can add some more value.

In my article about the importance of a “call to action”, I decided to give some suggestions for resource box lures that you can use in conjunction with your call to action. This is added value to the article, not just added words.

Whenever you have an article that falls short on the word count, you must add more helpful content.

2 – Another way you can do this is giving more info in your opening paragraph.

Sometimes in article marketing you may see just a one-sentence opening. If that’s the case with your article, go more in depth in your introduction.

3 – Beef up your concluding paragraph.

Concluding paragraphs are a great spot to:

*Summarize the main points of your article.

*Give encouragement to your readers to implement the information provided in the article.

*Give “action steps”, the first steps needed to put the info you’ve given into practice.

*Ask a question that requires a thoughtful answer. For example, “Which of these tips will you use in your next article?”.

4 – Give examples and illustrations.

You may have offered some good points in your article, but an example always helps drive the point home. You know what an example is–you tell of an instance when this particular thing you’re talking about occurs.

An illustration would be like a word picture. For instance:

Just like a bridge carries people from one geographic location to another, so a link takes a person from one web page to another on the internet.

An illustration will usually start with “Just like…”. You take a concept that the reader is already familiar with (in this case, crossing a bridge), and you use it to teach a new concept (what a link is).

Don’t get discouraged if you think you’ve written a great article, but it falls short by a bit. Just use one of these very easy ways to add more value to your article.


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6 Responses to “Article Submission Too Short? Finding More to Write About When You’ve Run Out of Things to Say”

  1. Nick says:

    Hi Steve,

    4 great examples of adding meat to your article, do you have a favourite – if so, which one?

    Do you keep an eye on the word count as you`re writing or do you wait until you`ve finished & then check it?

    Nick

  2. Steve Shaw says:

    @Nick: Hi Nick,

    Thanks for asking–my faves are #1 (expand on a point) and #4 (give illustrations and examples).

    When I’m writing free reprint articles I do keep a strict eye on the word count as I’m writing.

    I usually will open up a word counter (most word processor tools have one) so I can see how I’m progressing. Now, mind you when I’m writing articles I’m actually re-writing blog posts, so I already know the main points that I’ll be including. I know what the beginning, middle and end is (in general) before I start writing. My goal is to keep it in a certain word count range, and I try not to write too far past that.

  3. Personalloan says:

    Thanks for this wonderful information, its really very helpful for new writing learner.

  4. Nahid says:

    Great tips, as always Steve. But you are right about writing short and sweet articles. I wrote a 326 word article back in 2007 that got the most views on goarticles than any other I had submitted.

  5. animesh chatterjee says:

    A very useful suggestion to extend the article.

  6. Sheila says:

    Thanks so much for the tips, Steve. I always look forward to them. This is a subject that just recently came up for me, as I was trying to add more content to my website. I thought I’d said everything possible about the subject, but, amazingly, dug a little deeper and came up with some added info. Your tips are very helpful.

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