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AC Nuggets: How to Write a Quality Article Efficiently

In AC Nuggets, Writing Tips on January 4, 2008 at 7:00 am

One of the best ways to continue getting high offers on AC is to write quality articles consistently.

No matter how long you’ve been writing for AC, there’s always an opportunity to learn more and improve your skills. You can get better at not only how you write, but also what you write about.

Take a look at the work of CPs such as Amy Brantley and Freedom to Work and you’ll notice a pattern. Their writing consistently flows in the same way, and their topics are easy to read, informative, and provide just enough information to follow the headline’s main idea.

How can you change your approach to article writing so that it’s more consistent, of better quality, and still an enjoyable process?

Much can be learned from ‘old-fashioned’ writing process of outlining the topic, setting up your research nodes, and then pulling together all your information for a balanced article.

But this can take a lot of your precious time, and severely limit your ability to write between 5-10 articles per day (a goal for many CPs who turn to AC for a part-time income).

The solution?

Templates.

A template is simply a series of steps that can help you put together all sorts of different articles in far less time. To write a quality article, you can follow a basic outline such as this:

Introductory Paragraph: at least 2 keywords

 

P. 2: at least 1-2 keywords + main point

 

P. 3: at least 1-2 keywords + secondary point

 

P. 4: at least 1-2 keywords + third point

 

Wrap Up: at least 1 keyword + final thoughts

 

After you pick the headline and main idea of your article, just create a bulleted list of each part of the template–a few words or sentences is all it takes. This is your blueprint for the article, and you can leave it be if you want to brainstorm a little more, or jump right into the topic and start writing. Whatever process you choose, you’ll have the overall idea right there in front of you so you’re not scrambling for information or direction as you write.

Just set up the general outline as a document in your favorite word processor, and ‘fill in the blanks’ after you’ve plotted your thoughts.

When you set up this type of system, the whole process becomes much easier; after that, you just repeat the cycle for each and every article idea you want to tackle.
And of course, follow the EPS (edit, proofread, spellcheck) formula to make your article that much more valuable–twice if you have to.

Don’t compromise on quality, and you’ll set the stage for success with both the search engines and on AC; you’ll speed up your writing cycle so much faster with a system, and delving into new topics to create fresh content and you’ll be able to create your own rhythm.

‘Free flow’ writing, then editing, then reorganizing, then editing again can lead you to spend far more time than necessary on any given topic; if you need to slow down and practice the step-by-step process, do it and you’ll quickly adopt a natural writing process.

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  1. Wonderful tips! Thanks for mentioning me 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for mentioning me and I love your website. I have just added it to my list to browse daily.

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