If you are considering the idea of writing articles for the Internet for places like websites, directories or blogs you need to make sure that what you write is written effectively. No one is going to want to read what you have written if the articles aren't put together in a way that is going to be enjoyable for them to write. Below you'll find a few tips that will hopefully help you get the attention of others and keep them coming back for more.
One of the first things to remember is to try your best to keep the paragraphs in each of your articles short. The larger the paragraph the more difficult the article will appear to the possible reader. Long paragraphs makes it far to hard for the reader to digest the information. Some people see an article that is filled with nothing but super long paragraphs and they'll just simply skip over the entire article. Try to keep the paragraphs to about five sentences.
Make sure that when you are writing your articles that you use your spelling and grammar check. All good word processors generally come with this feature so it's a good idea for you to take advantage of it. But don't rely solely on this feature, the feature isn't going to catch everything. That's why it's really important that you also proofread your article really well before you go ahead and post it.
It's important that you have a title that will catch the interest of the reader. It needs to be something that gives them information or at least an idea of what the article is about. You don't want to put a title on your article that is just there to grab their attention and then they discover that the article really doesn't have anything to do with what they thought they were going to read about. You need to make sure that the title includes something that is going to make them want to read the article.
Try to avoid complicated language when you are writing. Do your best to write as simple as possible without coming off as being condescending. In other words try not to impress your readers by adding a bunch of big fancy words. It's best that you do your best to try and keep it at a 6th to 7th grade reading level if at all possible. The reason for this is so that it can be read by anyone easily and be understood by just about anyone that comes across your article. If a reader starts to feel that the article is going to be too technical from the beginning is not going to want to continue to read the article.
With an article that might be long, it's a good idea to break it up. Breaking up your article means that you should add things like subtitles, numbering and bullets for certain points you want to bring to their attention. This will not scare them off, in fact these kinds of things draw them to an article. People like lists, it seems to attract them more to a longer article and will keep their interest longer.
Most importantly, make sure the you like the topic you are writing about. It is important that you do your research and know what you are writing about. If you know a lot about the topic or have good research behind you, you are going to be able to write with more passion. If you know nothing about a topic and try to write about it, it won't take a reader long to figure out that you truly don't know what you are talking about and more than likely they will pass over your article.