I was talking my business accountability partner this week about article writing and whether or not it gives our business results anymore? And, our obvious traffic volumes from our own articles clearly shows that YES, article marketing is a valuable marketing strategy all should be strategically utilizing!
Writing articles can sometimes be a real struggle. Not to mention, trying to write articles that get results.
Here are a few tips to help you through the struggle while also boosting your writing confidence, website traffic and bottom line.
#1 Ask a question. The easiest, and also most valuable and therefore popular, type of content to write is a “how to” article. However, how to articles can get quite complicated. For example, if you’re trying to write an article on how to market your website or getting into the social media realm, that could easily be a book and narrowing it down to 500-ish words can be tricky.
So here’s the key, ask a question. Brainstorm one question or a series of questions people might ask on your topic. If, for example, you’re in the marketing industry then one question might be, “How do I get into Google?” Or “How does one optimize their blog post for high rankings?” Once you have your question, and quite likely your headline, then all you have to do is answer it with at least three points.
Voila! Add a nice introduction and a conclusion and you have a useful article that was easy to write. In fact, once you become accustomed to this process, and if you really know your industry, you can write an article that gets results in about ten minutes.
#2 Reference a current headline, controversy or trend in the industry. This is a great way to capitalize on a popular topic and thus drive traffic to your website. Additionally, it enables you to give your two cents on the topic. When you reference content written by an expert in your industry, it adds credibility to you and your business because it demonstrates that you’re on top of the trends in your industry.
#3 Answer a question you commonly receive from customers, prospects, associates, friends and family. This is an easy one because you know if you’ve been asked it before, perhaps several times, then the question is on the minds of others. Start your article by restating the question and then answer it. It’s often very easy to write these articles because you’ve already answered the question at least once. If you write conversationally, the words will flow quickly onto the page. This type of article gets results as well because it helps people find answers and information to questions they have.
#4 Lists. Finally, it must be said. Everyone loves lists. They’re particularly useful online when our attention span is perhaps a bit shorter than normal and we can quickly and easily scan the article for the useful information. Lists are also saved, printed, emailed and referenced so they’re great for generating repeat traffic. What kind of lists should you make? You can make a list of mistakes to avoid, products to try, websites to visit and so on. The opportunity for list making is virtually endless and they’re super easy to write.
Writing an article that gets results can be quick and easy. The next time you’re in a crunch, try the answer a question approach or the list. You’ll be surprised how easy they are to write and how much your website visitors appreciate them.
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What are you waiting for? We still are accepting applications until the end of February for speakers who are in the Virtual Assistant industry for our Spring http://www.VAvirtuosos.com (VAVS5) series held March 26-30th. No speaking experience necessary, just a desire to share what has helped you in your VA business to others in our industry.
Don’t be scared, it’s fun and everyone is there not to hear a perfected speech but to hear what you know about being a Virtual Assistant that they don’t. If you’ve got something to tell/teach your business VA colleagues to help with their VA business success, why not step up to the podium and share with us?
If you’ve ever been thinking about speaking as a side line income this is a great way to test the waters behind a computer screen via a webinar scenario. Or maybe you just want to share your knowledge of your VA business success with other VAs to make you feel all gooey good inside It always feels wonderful to give. Or, you know something us other VAs don’t know and you’d love to tell us about it! For whatever your reason, I hope you take this opportunity to strut your stuff and speak to your business colleagues on a subject we all love, virtual assistance.
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It’s a social networking webinar to JOT down everything on our minds, from introducing new members to discussing positive flows within our businesses. We guarantee it will be a fun and informative social night for all to hang with their peers in the VA industry! All Virtual Assistants (or wanna-bees?) welcomed and please bring your URL with you to promote to us.
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Our Motto: No question is ever stupid, stupidity comes from not asking when you have the opportunity (VAnetworking.com) to do so.
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To your $uccess!
Tawnya Sutherland, VA Market Leader
Certified Internet Marketing Business Strategist
PS: A warm welcome to all our new subscribers this week. I look forward to helping you answer all the questions you may have in your virtual business. Remember no question is ever stupid, stupidity comes from not asking when you have the opportunity (VAnetworking.com) to do so.