Hello there! I am back after a month of silence. I have been very busy writing for my clients and for their blogs that I have neglected to write for mine. But this is not a blog for my forgotten blogs so let’s get on with what I intend to write (or not intend to for this site but I have to).
Okay, I have mentioned that I have been writing online to earn fulltime income. And yes, I am happy to say that I am earning here as much as I am earning while working as a college instructor with a potential to earn more – that is if I have people to help me with my LOADS of work.
This one is for my friends and writers who are still learning the ropes of writing online. I have been writing these instructions over and over again that I just realize, hey, why not post it in my blog? This way, I will just have to refer to this each time a writer will inquire about article writing.
So here goes my instruction….
Base from my experience, there are just about 5 key points in which all of my clients ask from me. First, have my articles written grammatically correct with the right punctuations. Second, my articles should never be copied from other sites. The rule is that I should never just get more that THREE CONSECUTIVE words from other site and just paste it on my article. Copyscape will find it and judge my article as nothing but a “second hand trying hard copycat!” That is why if you want to remain within your client’s good grace, never copy and have your article checked at copyscape (you will need to invest for this). I have copyscape and I always check my articles for plagiarism even if I know I did not copy from any site. I might have used some famous phrase and plagiarized without me knowing it.
Third, count the words. If the client says 500, it is really 500+ but not reaching 1000. Some would say a boundary like one client of mine who specifically say that I should write an article a 500 to 550 words article, no more than 550 and no less than 500. Boy that was a challenge as I have to be mindful of the word count. Fortunately, MS Word, especially 2007, have a word count information showing at its status bar so I can always see what word number I am at every moment.
Fourth thing you need to see while writing are the personal writing guidelines or format of a client. Some would like their article justified, in a .doc format, saved in a specific filename format and so on and so forth. Font would either be Times New Roman or Calibri for 2007 default. Of course, font size twelve is standard. But let us not go into details about this as I have mentioned, each client have their own preference, you just watch out for it. If there are no instructions about this, just choose the default and save your file.
Fifth, I save this best for the last, keywords. The articles that I often write circulate around specific keywords that I have to repeat at a certain number of times in the article. Clients are very keen of this. If the client say to repeat the keyword twice, once in the first sentence of the article and once at the last then you do so.
In case you are not familiar with keywords, keywords are words or phrases a client will give you to start your writing. Instructions for article writing are often like this:
– 500 word article
– Keyword ‘clogged sink’
– key density 2%
I have not been receiving key density instruction for quite some time now, maybe because of Google algorithm (too technical for me so let us not dig deeper into it yet). Key density is actually the number of times you have to repeat the keywords. Like if you have 500 words, key density at 1%, this means you have to repeat the keywords 5 times. Now, if you don’t have any idea how many times to repeat the keywords at a given density, you can use this free key density checker online: http://www.live-keyword-analysis.com/.
Did I say five? Well, I have forgotten to include this: DEADLINE. There might not be a very specific set of instructions for deadlines but you can have to follow deadlines. Just like what I have said with my CSAT blog here: https://earnfulltimeincomeonline.wordpress.com/ you just have to meet the deadlines. Some will say specific time and some will just say to finish the task within specific days. But in the end, you just have to see to it that you submitted the articles on time with a quality that is worth reading.
Yes, writing an article is filled with instructions and the things you have to remember above are just but icing to the cake. All basics are like that. Some clients will really dig into more instructions coupled with content guidelines.
For me, the more instructions a client give the easier for me to write the articles.
Now, there are, of course, more to article writing than this. But I guess I have to write LESSON 2 for it. They are more to tips and advices really than an academic like LESSON instructions. So stay tuned for more, even if I have to write it next month. But I always see to it that I write each month so that I can be of more help with my fellow writers online.