Writing articles and re-purposing them is one of the highest payoff activities you can use in your marketing mix. Yet many business owners don’t take advantage of this relatively simple strategy and write articles consistently.
The problem arises though when you feel you have exhausted your repertoire and begin to struggle for topics to write about. This approach certainly doesn’t help the creative juices flow so here’s a few tips that will keep you eagerly cranking out articles that your clients will not only want to read but they will want to share with their peers and colleagues.
Use a template
Templates simplify and speed up the process of writing articles. Find one that suits your purpose and work with that. For instance, the How-To article is a little different in structure from the informative article and is often used on websites and blogs as typically these articles are easy to read and teach a specific skill in a very clear way – all excellent points for effective web writing or article marketing.
Get into the mood
Writing articles can become a chore if you’re not in the mood. And it would be great if you could write when the mood strikes you but often you’ll have a deadline to meet so knowing how to create the mood will serve you well.
Where and when you write articles and how you are feeling at the time will be reflected in the words that flow or don’t! So, set yourself up for success. Perhaps it’s a walk or meditation or maybe a workout at the gym before you commence. Music soft or loud or complete silence? A cold glass of water or a hot tea or coffee? Find whatever works for you and build that into your article writing routine.
Get clear about your audience
Remember, you’re not writing articles for everyone! Who is your ideal client/audience? Write articles for them. Better still, picture a specific individual within that audience and imagine you’re having a conversation or explaining your topic to them. This will enable you to zero in and the words will flow more easily.
Get clear about your topic
Now that you know exactly who you are writing to. What is it you want to share with them? What do you want them to know or do as a result of what you share?
This will help you get clear about your topic which will in turn make sure your content delivers relevant and interesting information your clients will want to read.
Identify several main themes and chunk down to smaller aspects of the topic
Say you’re a travel agent and your topic is Cruising
Think of all the different aspects you can and make a list. Imagine you are looking at a large framed painting and you write about what you see. For instance, it could be a painting of an ocean cruise ship leaving port.
Now imagine looking at each aspect of that painting and creating smaller frames within the larger scene and write articles about them. This could be the ship itself, the on board activities, the wharf and surrounds, the luggage, the passengers, the crew, the food, mountains or buildings in the background and so on.
Once you’ve exhausted this you can pick another topic and repeat the process.
If you take this approach you will never run out of interesting articles your clients want to read.