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New To Writing Articles? 8 Steps For Writing Your First Free Reprint Article (It’s A No-Brainer!)
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I once heard a wise person say that you can accomplish any challenge, as long as you break it down into small enough steps.

That advice made sense to me and gave me new hope for accomplishing some things that I had been putting off (and dreading) doing. So often we’re faced with doing things that we’re not used to doing, and we never begin because we feel so overwhelmed from the onset. I know it’s that way for some of you who are just starting to write articles for article marketing.

You may have never written an article before in your life. Perhaps the last time you wrote anything more formal than an email was when you were in school. Today I’m hoping to break down the challenge of writing your first article into small steps.

Each step builds on the others before it, and by doing each one of these very small steps you will end up with a finished piece of content that you can submit as a free reprint article.

Before we begin, open up the word processing document of your choice. Maybe it’s MS Word, maybe it’s a document in Google Drive, or something else. You want to be working in a program that has a tool for measuring word counts.

Step 1: Your Topic.

For every article that you create, the first step is to determine the topic of the article. The article topic that you choose will always have something to do with the general niche of your website. For example, if your website is about Tennis, then all of your articles will be on some aspect of the game of Tennis.

I’m going to make this easy for you–I’m going to tell you what to write about.

I want you to think of something simple that a beginner in your niche needs to know how to do. That will be the topic of your article–teaching the reader to do a specific task associated with your niche.

Step 2: Your Title.

Again, I’m going to make this step easy for you–here are some ideas for titles:

A Beginner’s Guide To [Your Topic]

How To [Do What You're Teaching In Your Article] In 5 Steps (or however many steps you have)

You can also get title inspiration from the format of my title for this blog post. Just change it to suit your specific topic.

Step 3: How Will You Present Your Information?

Today you’ll be writing a “How To” article. In a “How To” article you set out to teach the reader how to do a specific task. In the article, you walk the reader through each step it takes to accomplish that task. These types of articles are like tutorials.

This piece of content you’re reading right now is an example of a “How To” article. I’m teaching you how to write an article.

It’s a great idea to number the steps in your tutorial (like I’ve done in this blog post). That way the reader can easily see the steps he is supposed to do and in the correct order. In your article, I’d like you to present your information in a similar way, using a numbered list.

Step 4: Figure out your steps.Â

Hopefully the thing that you’re teaching is very simple. If you have more than 10 steps, consider choosing a simpler topic, at least for your first article.

Get very detailed–jot down every step that your reader will need to do to complete the task or skill you’re teaching.

This list of steps is like the skeleton of your article that you’ll flesh out later (or you may think of it as an outline).

Step 5: Flesh out your steps.Â

Once you have all the steps written, you’ll go back and give a brief description of the step, as I’ve done in this piece of content you’re reading right now. Here’s where the word count comes into play–aim for an article that is 600-800 words long. This length of article is most attractive to most publishers.

As you’re fleshing out your steps, every once in a while do a word count check using the tool provided by your word processor. Keep in mind you still need to add an introductory and concluding paragraph.

Step 6: Write an introductory paragraph.

Your opening paragraph is very important because if you catch the reader’s interest, then he’ll continue reading the rest of your article. If the opening paragraph is weak, vague, or uninteresting, you could lose the reader before he even gets started reading your tutorial.

In the introductory paragraph, state why it’s important to learn the thing that you’re going to be teaching. Briefly address any concerns that people may have about tackling this new skill. How will the reader benefit from reading your article?

Step 7: Write a concluding paragraph.

The purpose of the closing paragraph is to neatly wrap things up. There are lots of ways to end an article, but for this first one that you’re writing I want you to try this approach:

Use your closing paragraph to encourage the reader to put your tutorial into action. Again, state the benefit that the reader will receive by doing your tutorial and end on a bright and encouraging note.

Step 8: Proofread your article!

Put your article aside for 24 hours, then bring it out again and read over it looking for grammar and spelling errors. This step is crucial!

You’re On Your Way…

When you look at the big task of writing an article, it can be overwhelming, and you wonder if you can do it.

But, if you take it just one small step at a time, you see that you actually can do it, as long as you break the task down into small enough steps. By the time you’ve gone through these steps, you will have created your first article.

Will you try this? If you used this tutorial to create your first article, you can put a link to your article in the comments so that we can see the fruits of your labors!

 

 

 


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2 Responses to “New To Writing Articles? 8 Steps For Writing Your First Free Reprint Article (It’s A No-Brainer!)”

  1. Magallanes says:

    Good! Thanks like always shaw!

  2. camera says:

    It’s crucial that your site contains quality content that’s not duplicated elsewhere.

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