Friday, August 28, 2009

Article - How To Write Good Articles

You are here because you want to know how to write a good online article. Unfortunately, I can't teach you how to write well, not in one article. And anyway, I'm not a good enough writer to be qualified to teach. But I do know a thing or two about writing for the online community, and this article is about how to gear your writing for the online world.

Know Your Subject

The key to writing good articles is knowing your subject matter. Granted that you can't be an expert in everything, and that most writers are asked to write on a wide range of subjects, that little extra time taken to do a bit more research or homework before starting to write will pay off handsomely.

Use Subheadings And Bullet Points

It is an excellent idea to break up your article into a few sections. Start each section with a subheading and if you are presenting a list of items, you would do well to put them in bullet form. When you write your article in this way, you make it easier for the reader to have an idea of what your article encompasses, so that he can decide if he wants to read further.

Write In The First Person

I would recommend to always write in the first person. The reader gets the feeling that you are personally talking to her, and will be much more open to listening to what you have to say. And as a writer, I find that it is easier and more enjoyable to write in that way.

Be Short And To The Point

The articles you write for online consumption are generally not meant to be literary pieces but are vehicles through which you impart your expertise. Nevertheless, you can incorporate your own style but do be mindful that your readers are looking are a quick and fast read to get the information they want.

Check For Errors In Grammar And Spelling

Make sure you run your article through a spell checker. And before submitting your article, spend a few minutes and give it a onceover to eliminate any grammatical errors. Remember that it doesn't have to be perfect, but you also do not want any obvious errors in your article.


If you take the time and trouble to write a good article, it can boost your popularity and reputation much more than any promotion could. And it isn't really that difficult to write a good article. So do take the time and effort to craft an article that will keep your readers well informed, and one that they will enjoy reading as well.


Staci Burruel said...

Well, there are lots of things to be checked before writing an article. Making it straight to the point is better, since making it longer will make people ignore it and move on to other articles. And knowing about the reader-writer relationship will make things easier for you.