Tips on how to write an effective article

Posted April 7, 2010 in Tips & Tutorials, Worker Tips, Writing & Transcription by

ArticleOne of the more common jobs being posted online nowadays are for article writing.  If you know how to write in English (remember your high school and college essays?), you may have the potential to write an effective article.  An article is considered effective if people read them and like doing so.  The following are some tips on how you could write an effective article:

  • Do your research – Before you even attempt to write an article about a topic, you have to do some research.  No matter how familiar you seem to be about something, it still pays to refresh yourself by reading about it.  You don’t want to run the risk of getting your facts wrong.  This is especially true if you are dealing with facts and figures.  You have to include figures from the latest studies and for the correct demographics.  Even if you are writing an opinionated article, it would still help to do your research.
  • Start with a good title – A good article should start with an equally good title. No matter how good your article is, if your title is bad, you will be hard pressed to have people read the rest of the stuff you wrote.  Remember the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”?  While it could be true, I have always believed that it will be difficult to convince people to open the book if the cover is not that good.  If you could be bothered to write a good book, why can’t you be bothered to make a good cover?
  • Break your article down into shorter paragraphs – Ever seen an article with very long paragraphs?  Did you want to read it?  Long paragraphs remind me of text books.  I don’t like reading text books.  Do you?  Break your article down into smaller bite-size pieces.  It helps to make use of bullets and numbers.
  • Keep your audience captivated – Catch the attention of your readers and strive to keep their attention throughout your article.  Write your article the way you’d want to read them.  Use examples, descriptions, metaphors, and similes to get your point across.  Try to make your article as an enjoyable read as possible.
  • Whenever necessary, quote facts and figures – Including tables, graphs, and numbers lends an aura of authority to your articles.  However, you have to be careful not to overdo the figures.  You don’t want to give your readers a nosebleed with information overload.

By starting with a good topic and following the above-mentioned tips, you will be well on your way to writing an effective article.

25 responses to Tips on how to write an effective article

  1. thanks,

    very helpful and informative

  2. Hi! Good to read some writing tips from someone whose really good at writing. Hope many freelance writers will find time to read your article.

  3. @Joanne:

    Thank you for taking time to read on this article. :) You can find useful articles from easyoutsource under “worker tips”.

  4. i like your tips..it is indeed useful…it can give someone an idea what and how to write articles, etc…

  5. Thanks cromwell for liking this article! :) Don’t forget to read articles under Tips and Tutorials.

  6. great..cant help looking for a rewarding career in writing articles..

  7. I love to write and and compose any…i like the tips because i got some more ideas for it…i hope u can give me some good job..thanks…

  8. @Gemma & Marie:

    I’m sure you’ll find a good job here in EasyOutsource. Good luck!

  9. you guided me, although i am good in writing, and fluent in speaking English as i am qualified for a call center agent long ago, i admired very much and got some interest of your tips given, on how to be a good wirter, on certain articles as a task of given a job, thanks for this moment i was able to open your link, its me bebie to hear some comments from you soon.

  10. Thanks Warlita! Check out Honey’s other helpful posts for tips & tutorials!

  11. Good information reap good results!

  12. Thanks! Very useful tips for us.

  13. a big thanks for sharing this to us. Informative one!

  14. You’re all welcome guys! :) Do read more of Honey’s informative posts about worker tips.

  15. as a beginner to this job,through your tips,it gives an additional knowledge to me how to make an article..i love to write and i can use your tips in writing that will make me a good writer…
    thank you so much for your tips,in this site i’m confident that i can have a job…more power to this site…!!!

  16. Thank you Eva and good luck to your writing career! :)

  17. thank you so much for the great tips on this site, It’s a great honor that I am a part of this job site.

  18. thanks for your useful tips it helps me a lot to get started in writing articles.

  19. Very nice article!

  20. Yes people…This article is very helpful.Thanks to all the writers out there.

  21. Thanks !!! This article is really educational !!!!

  22. very informative.. thanks for this!

  23. thank you so much for this! very informative & helpful tips for writers like me. ^_^

  24. thank you for the tips in writing article. it will really help writers to be better.

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