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    14 Tips for Getting Your Articles Published More Often
    Copyright © 2005, Bill Platt

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    The writers who have learned the value of using free reprint 
    articles as a promotional tool, go back to the well time and time 
    again because it generates real results. Some writers have ended 
    using all other methods of promotion because reprint articles 
    work so very well.
    
    It is a beautiful thing when one of my clients tell me that they 
    need to stop article distributions for a spell because they are 
    swamped with new business and need to have time to catch up. Of 
    course, that is less money for now, but they will be back.
    
    
    TIPS THAT WILL HELP YOU GET GREAT RESULTS WITH YOUR ARTICLES TOO
    
    1. Teach, Don't Sell - 
    
    Article writers who generate a 1000 word sales pitch will not get 
    the results they expect, if any at all. Publishers do not want to 
    reprint sales pitches. They want to reprint articles that will 
    teach or entertain their readers.
    
    
    2. Tell an Interesting Story -
    
    Just the other day, I saw an article in the lists that flat put 
    me to sleep after two paragraphs. Did I finish the article? No. 
    Do you think the article got republished? I doubt it. Did the 
    article generate any traffic or sales? Not likely.
    
    If you can capture the interest of readers and keep their 
    interest through your whole message, you will have overcome 
    the greatest challenge all writers face.
    
    
    3. Trim Excessive Words -
    
    Even I occasionally put together an article that should have 
    had the excess baggage trimmed from it. One of my most printed 
    articles ran 200 words longer on its first publication. On the 
    first run, I received zero reprints. Trimmed and resent, the 
    article has been published hundreds of times.
    
    
    4. Select a Good Title -
    
    A title should always catch the eye and tell the reader that it 
    is an article they want to read. An article that is written well 
    can fail to produce results if the title does not match the 
    quality of the article.
    
    
    5. White Space Management -
    
    In newspapers and books, white space is not as important as it is 
    when you are writing for the web. Short paragraphs are vitally 
    important to keeping the interest of the reader. And extra white 
    space to break up the ideas in an article are just as important.
    
    Unless you can manage white space properly, reading on the web 
    can be extremely difficult. The reasons for this are the smaller 
    viewing area in electronic print, AND the eye strain that comes 
    from looking at a monitor.
    
    
    6. Highlighting Ideas in the Copy -
    
    Some writers use a Numbered List like I am using here. This can 
    generally produce good results. Better than a Numbered List is a 
    Bulleted List with stars or dashes defining the different ideas. 
    
    Yes, I considered using a Bulleted List, but thought a Numbered 
    List would be better for this particular article.
    
    
    7. Highlighting Subtitles in the Copy -
    
    Most articles I write do not fit the Numbered or Bulleted 
    List scenarios. In those cases, I always use subtitles to 
    differentiate my ideas. With subtitles, I either use ALL CAPS or 
    Title Case for the subtitle. In most cases, I prefer using all 
    caps for the subtitle to ensure that the title case subtitle is 
    not mistook as standard body text.
    
    
    8. Write an Effective Resource Box -
    
    The Resource Box is otherwise referred to as your About the 
    Author Information. When your reader reaches the end of the 
    article, if you have done a good job in the body of the article, 
    the reader will be interested in who you are and what you do.
    
    Your goal is not to sell a product or service in your Resource 
    Box. Your goal is to provide an intriguing biography that will 
    entice the reader to actually visit your website URL.
    
    
    9. Keep Your Resource Box Short -
    
    The basic length restriction for your Resource Box is 9 lines by 
    65 characters. 
    
    Sure, you can put out a larger Resource Box, but the chances of 
    getting published is greatly dimished if you spent too many words 
    talking about yourself. 
    
    
    10. Leave Your Site URL's in the Resource Box -
    
    You should always try to leave links to your website in the 
    Resource Box and not in the body of the article. The only links 
    that should appear in the body of your article are links to URL's 
    where the reader can find additional documentation to support the 
    basis of your article or where the reader can find additional 
    tools or resources associated to the context of your article.
    
    Your site URL is expected to be seen in your Resource Box. That 
    is where it belongs. 
    
    
    11. Rules Governing Links to Your Site in an Article -
    
    Many publishers and distribution list moderators believe that if 
    you put your own links in the body of your article, then your 
    article is simply an advertisement disguising itself as an 
    article. Most publishers and distribution list moderators reject 
    this type of offense out of hand without any recourse.
    
    The only exception to this rule is when you are linking to a 
    related resource on your website or providing a shorter-url 
    redirect for another website. 
    
    Most publishers and distribution list moderators will check your 
    on-site links to verify where they go.
    
    
    12. End With a Solid Conclusion -
    
    It is always good to conclude your article and wind everything up 
    nicely. Sometimes we see bulleted list articles that would have 
    done well, had they only told us that the article was over. When 
    your reader gets to the end of the article and wonders where the 
    ending is, then you will know that you have failed to reach your 
    true potential.
    
    
    13. Get Wide Distribution for the Articles You Publish - 
    
    Over time, you might be able to search out all of the resources 
    available for distributing your article for free. There are 
    literally thousands of them out there. 
    
    Figure out which ones have the widest possible reach and use 
    those. Some places will never actually generate any reprints, so 
    do be careful of your time. Make your assessments of a resource's 
    value over several uses, since not all articles will appeal to 
    all publishers.
    
    There are also services available that will help you to 
    distribute your articles. If you search them out and use them, 
    they can help you to spend more time writing and less time doing 
    the tedious and time-consuming tasks of submission. 
    
    
    14. Persistance Is Your Most Valuable Tool -
    
    A single article may not have the pulling power that either you 
    or I think it will have. The marketplace is very fickle. Put 
    yourself on a schedule to write one article a month or one 
    article per week, and then follow through with your plans. 
    
    Four articles in the marketplace are more valuable than one. 
    And, fifty articles are more valuable four. 
    
    The more articles you have in circulation, the more links you 
    will have to your websites, and the greater a chance you will 
    have to be reprinted and to generate new sales. 
    
    If you keep it up, in a few years you will find that you have 
    become a household name and that people will seek you out to 
    offer you new opportunities for real success.
    
    
    IN CONCLUSION...
    
    If you follow these tips and utilize them in your own articles, 
    you will find that you will get published more often and gain 
    greater results from the articles that you do write. 
    
    Good luck in your article writing endeavors. 
     
    



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