Writing a 500-word article can be easy and doesn’t have to take hours. This simple tutorial will show you how.
Know what your audience expects
First of all, you must know what your audience is expecting to find on your website. If it is the most up to date information about a particular product, then you can start by using the product name as a basis for your initial search for an article title idea. Sometimes an idea will come to you immediately.
Take a moment to imagine what a great article title would be like on your website and what you’d expect to find in it after clicking that link in Google search results.
You can survey your site description – the one you may have entered when you first installed your WordPress site – for the main topic of your new 500-word article.
For Greatwebsiteplans.com, our audience expects to find a slew of articles about affiliate marketing. So we can take any number of questions that arise for our audience like:
- Keyword research – how to do it? How do I know the keywords I found will get me more traffic? How will I know a keyword that can help conversions on my site?
- Writing content – how do I write better content and more frequently?
- Finding a good affiliate program that pays well – where do I find it? What programs should I avoid and how many programs to apply to ?
- What is a good way to get a guest blog post link? Is there a good email template to use?
- What can I do to increase conversions and reduce bounce rates? What one tool can I use that’s free to improve my site’s on-page time?
- How do I track conversions using Google Analytics Goals?
- And so on.
Below we’ve compiled a list of steps you can take to write a 500-word article easier and faster. It involves the use of one key website and the rest is preparing a simple outline, compiling urls with relevant, quality resources and sound advice.
The final step is weaving the information gathered in a document into a single, structured linked up article.
- Use the free tool FaqFox.com (now called WebPageFX) to find a question posed within your topic on the web.
- Take one question you believe will be a perfect fit for your audience – the question posed should have enough depth that you could base an entire article around it, providing valuable insight and citations to further knowledge.
- Go to the URL (where the question was posed) and read the comments, picking out the most sound advice possible.
- Do your own research using Google search, looking for authoritative high quality articles with more links to further resources. Save all these URLS.
- Prepare a simple outline – start with Introduction, Topic A, Topic B, Topic C, Conclusion or in the case of a How to article start with Introduction, Step 1 -10, and Conclusion, then Sources.
- Write the article and edit. Rewriting the article can bring out even better quality writing as your comprehension and comfort with the subject will increase.
- Publish the article.
Click the video above to watch a simple tutorial on using Faqfox.com – a great tool for gathering questions asked by people across the web.
Just enter your topic and select the industry or “General”.
Writing content can be easier. With the simple steps above, we hope you’ll be able to compile a set of excellent questions that you can readily answer for your audience.
If you already know what your audience expects (their needs, wants) via Faqfox.com’s plethora of query results – what’s stopping you from preparing the sources and outline for a sweet, simple article answering their need?
With these content writing tips, you’ll have more reason to put pen to paper. Go on, try it!
If you’re writing an article that will draw return visitors, shares and bookmarking – check out our article around researching a topic. Apply some of these additional research steps and your article will truly stand out.
Linking your articles is important, too. After you have a 500-word article, remember to link it up to other articles that are relevant and match the needs of your visitor. Is the article about styling hair? Then suggest an article about saving money on hair products.
Sample Article Outline
The outline below can be copied into a document and used as you gather sources, refine the title of the article and compile the best source articles you can.
Make a modified outline for a how-to article by having an introduction – the steps in the middle – then the conclusion and sources heading.