Thursday, July 14, 2005

Article Writing for Fame and Fortune

How would you like to have your name and web address spread all over the internet? How would you like to have your web site move up to the first few pages on the major search engines?Actually, it's not as difficult as you may think. It requires some time and effort on your part, however, the rewards can far outweigh the effort that you put in.Not only can you receive thousands of dollars worth of free advertising and promotion, but you can also develop a reputation as a smart person, one who many people would like to be affiliated with.So, just what is this all-powerful genie of self promotion?Believe it or not, it's Article Writing.That's right, the absolute best method that I have found to get free advertising is to write articles and submit them to ezine publishers and article directories. Website owners and ezine publishers are always looking for content for their sites and newsletters. Why not let them publish yours.Let me give you an example of the power of writing. I had written just 1 home business article and submitted it to about a dozen online article submission sites. Prior to this, when I checked Google to see how many links I had coming in to my site, MLM Wonders, it showed only 37 links. About 2 weeks after submitting my article I checked again and had well over 300 links incoming.If you're not sure what that means, let me explain.By submitting my article to those few sites, I was giving anyone the permission to download it and use it as content on their sites. By checking just one of the sites I submitted to I found that my article was downloaded over 150 times. So, if 150 people put my article on their web site, just think of the exposure (and links) I am getting.If you consider the fact that those 150 web sites may get thousands of views each month, my little article could be seen by hundreds of thousands of people. All at no cost to me!You may also be thinking that people do not want to read articles that are just advertisements with a lot of links in them so how does that let you promote your site. You're right about that, and also remember that most article submission sites will not let you submit articles that are just advertisements for your site or products. In fact I don't put any links into the body of my articles.So how are all those links coming to my site?Simple. With each article you write, you have the opportunity to put a resource box at the end. This short 'Signature File' is usually around 5 lines and is where you introduce yourself and tell the readers about what you are selling and how they can get more information. It can contain a link to your web site and an email address. This is your advertisement, and it's free.What's the matter, don't think you can write about anything interesting?I didn't think I could either. Then I got to thinking about what I have been doing online for the past few years. I thought about some of the problems I had and how I fixed them and how I used the internet to make money (i.e. this article). I also decided that other people may want to know about these things and presto, a writer was born!Thousands of people are joining the internet every day and are looking for information on particular topics. Some may be looking for ways to make money, others may be looking for recipes, or articles on pets, or just about anything. The possibilities are endless. If you have a favorite hobby, share it with others by writing articles about it. If you're not sure about a topic, do a little research on the internet. Read other articles, check websites and then condense what you learn into an article.You don't need to be an experienced writer, just write like you would talk to someone about your topic. Try to be grammatically correct and check your spelling, or have someone check it for you.Don't try to write it all at once either. If you're not sure what you are going to say, simply jot down whatever comes to mind then go back and fill in the paragraphs. Stop for awhile and then come back to it. You'll be surprised at how much you can remember about your topic when you are just walking around, then you can come back and type it out.Try to keep your articles between 500 and 1000 words. Keep your paragraphs short as this makes for easier reading. If you don't like writing paragraphs, you could make it a 'Tips' article, for instance, "7 Tips For ***", or "10 Good Reasons To ***".Writing articles can give you free promotion and at the same time develop a favourable reputation for you on the Internet.So what are you waiting for? About the Author Randy Justason is the Owner/Webmaster of MLM Wonders - - A website dedicated to opportunities, ideas and resources for starting a home based business on the internet. You can subscribe to the MLM Wonders free monthly Newsletter at: _______________________________________________

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Configuring Email Addresses

When configuring an email client it is important to set up the correct email addresses. Here we will look at email address set up that is generally applicable to all email clients (outlook express, IncrediMail) and all email providers -POP3 mailboxes, Yahoo email, Msn HotmailWhen you set up an email client like outlook express for accessing POP3 mailboxes, Yahoo email, Msn Hotmail or any other service provider you will be confronted with a screen asking for display name, email address,reply address.The important fields are :Display Name: This is usually your name or nickname and will appear on your email in the from address. In the Example above steveEmail Address: This is the email address given to you by your email provider. In the example above steve@....... (left bank here because of email harvesting). The email address is usually associated with a physical mailbox.Reply address: This is the email address That the recipient will reply to and is either blank or set to the same address as the Email address-The effect is the same. In the example above it is set to be the same as the Email address.Reply Address Different From Email Normally you set up the email and reply address to be the same. There is however a case for setting them to be different and that is normally when you have changed email providers but have retained your old email address.In order to retain your email address you need to own the domain name and this is covered in more detail in a guide to email addresses and lifetime email addresses.Assuming for now that your addresses are as follows:old: steve@oldISP.comnew: steve@newISp.comlifetime email address: steve@mydomain.comYou would set up your email client (outlook express , IncrediMail) as follows:Set up for old ISPDISplay Name: steveEmail Address: steve@oldISp.comReply address: steve@mydomain.comSet up for new ISPDISplay Name: steveEmail Address: steve@newISp.comReply address: steve@mydomain.comNotice that in either case the reply address is the same and it is your lifetime or permanent address. Anyone replying to email from you will reply to the reply address ( You will need then to make arrangements with your email address provider to forward this email to your new mailbox.Email ForwardingEmail forwarding allows you to continue to use an existing email address e.g. an email account provided by your lifetime email address provider regardless of which ISP (Internet service provider) you use. If we continue the example of oldISP and newISP then any email messages that are sent to need to be forwarded to either the oldISP address or the newISP addressoldISPYour ISP or email provider is oldISp your email address and physical mailbox is arrange with the lifetime email address provider (usually you do it yourself through a control panel) to forward email sent to to your mailbox then decide to change your ISP or email provider to newISp your new email address and physical mailbox is now now arrange with the lifetime email address provider (usually you do it yourself through a control panel) to forward email sent to to your mailbox Email AddressesA catch all address is a special case of email forwarding. With a catch all email address then all email sent to will be forwarded to a single> -----> Mailbox1 -----> Mailbox1When retrieving email you only need to connect to mailbox1 to retrieve email sent to any of the addresses. About the Author Stephen Cope is a freelance trainer and the Webmaster at - making a website, Niche Website Guide. ,Money Making Websites , IncrediMail and Outlook Express Updates. ____________________________________________

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The Benefits of Freewriting

It's 2 am and you're sitting at your desk, no ideas and no thoughts. The cup of coffee to your side is the sixth. But still, the same blank sheet of paper from an hour ago taunts you, there is nothing to show for your effort but a back cramp and a feeling of inferiority.We've all faced it. The loss of ideas and the lack of drive. When we are left wondering why we can't seem to find the right words.Perhaps what you need is to simply forget about structure and finding the right words.Why not take a break from the tedium and freewrite?The Benefits of Freewriting."If writing was dinner, then freewriting would have to be dessert."It only takes a few minutes a day, but there are many benefits to be gleaned from freewriting exercises.Freewriting promotes activity. It keeps the writer sharp and in control of his writings. Practicing freewriting everyday is one of the best preventions against writer's block and boredom in the writing process.Freewriting allows you to stop thinking and make mistakes without judgement. When you freewrite, you allow yourself to be a little kid, able to misspell and be imperfect.Freewriting gives us the freedom to be ourselves with all our faults.As authors, above all else we need freedom. Freedom to write as we please. Sometimes we even need freedom from ourselves. Freewriting allows us to gain that. It allows us to detach from our worries and our mistakes, from our problems and from our concerns. All that is left is the words, with all their imperfections.Freewriting is a good form of brainstorming. When you freewrite, you are actually performing a type of brainstorming. Freewriting can kickstart the mental process and bring new ideas and new concepts to the forefront. It brings new life to a tired mind that has focused so much on a topic that it clams up and can no longer create new ideas on that topic.Freewriting in Practice.Freewriting is one of the easiest ways to write. No prose, no context, just us and the words. It doesn't matter how they are arranged, it doesn't matter if they even make sense. All we have to do is write.For this exercise, let's buy ourselves a spiral bound notebook, I personally use OMNI.Write in it everyday. Just one page and one side per day. It doesn't matter if you can't think of anything to write, just write what comes to you, even if you feel it is subpar or not worth the effort.It doesn't have to be neat or perfectly spelled. This exercise isn't about spelling, structure or neatness. Instead, it's meant to promote plain and simple activity. If you write more often, even if you feel it's bad, you will improve. The key to improvement in any activity is to practice often, and writing is no exception.Keep on freewriting everyday, one page and one side at a time. By the time you have reached the end of the book, I can promise you will be more skilled than you were before you started. Once you get into the habit of writing everyday, writing will become easier and more natural.This exercise also promotes mental clairity. We all have stress and other issues on our mind. By freewriting everyday, we allow our minds to be cleansed of this muck and allow the mind to be freed of that so it can think clearer and create more precise and interesting ideas.Closing Arguments on Freewriting.To truly be a creative author, it doesn't take knowing the magic words, it takes the patience and persistence to write the wrong ones often and the willingness to mold and shape them into the right ones. Freewriting will help to keep your mind fresh and your heart in the right place, not to mention, it's very fun too.Sources."Anybody Can Write" by Roberta Jean Bryant. About the Author David is a freelance writer who is enthusiastic about writing. He is also the webmaster for _______________________________________

Monday, June 27, 2005

4 Major Mistakes to Avoid when Writing an Article

By avoiding these common mistakes, you will greatly improve your article. The Internet has an overabundance of disregarded content that was written in the same rambling way that the author normally speaks in. Many of these articles would never have been neglected by the general public had the author simply looked for these common mistakes prior to publishing.Number One: Poor TitleThe title, or headline, must grab the reader’s attention and reel him or her into the story. It should not be extremely long. The title can be fun and does not necessarily need to be a verbatim description of the article. Sometimes a title is best written last. Keep in mind that we are talking about titles for articles and not books. This is an important distinction because longer titles and sub titles that might be appropriate for books will not work for articles.Bad Title: Website Promotion Ideas: 8 Simple But Effective Tips To Get People To Visit Your Web Site Again And AgainWhy? This long and clumsy title does not work for an article. The title has unneeded words and does not take the intended audience into consideration. The theme was correct and the title could be salvaged by properly rewriting it.Better Title: 4 Major Mistakes to Avoid when Writing an ArticleWhy? This title is short, informs the reader what the article is about, and is worded to walk the reader into the article. It is properly targeted for the intended audience.Number Two: Poor OpeningThe opening paragraph, especially the introductory line, must be strong and present the topic. The title should flow nicely into the opening paragraph. If the title is “Saving Money at the General Store” and the article leads with “I really don’t understand why more stores don’t supply coupons”—it is time to rewrite. In this example, the reader will become confused quickly. It is important to maintain a logical flow.Additionally, never write the following: In this article, I will show… (Just show it) This article will cover… (Articles do not need a table of contents or an outline) By the end of this article… (Don’t talk to your readers like they are in grade school—unless the audience really is in grade school)Number Three: Poor Flow Poor flow destroys writing in general. Many writers would benefit from creating an outline and rearranging their writing based on it. Writing that does not follow logical flow is completely doomed. Many article authors seem to simply write in the same order as thoughts occur in and then call the job complete. Meanwhile, the writing is a complete mess and a potentially great article remains nothing more than amateur fodder.This mistake can be avoided by printing out the work, reading it over, and labeling the main theme for each sentence. In the “poor opening” example, the introductory sentence belonged later on in the article—perhaps the conclusion. Reading the article draft aloud is a professional technique for discovering sentence structure errors.Number Four: Poor ConclusionIt is poor form to label your conclusion as such in an article. There is no need to type the word “Conclusion” or state “In conclusion”. A conclusion should not be a summary of what was already written. It must include fresh writing, illustrate the main point of the article, and bring the article to a logical closing. Moreover, it can’t leave the reader with the sense of incompletion. An ideal conclusion will drive the point home and give the reader the satisfaction of having read the article. The closing of the article must be communicated well or the reader will come away unsatisfied—even if the article was great up until that point.Writing great articles takes practice and adhering to some basic principles. To eliminate poorly written articles, share them with your friends and family. Write down their questions and comments as they read your article. With newfound information in hand, proceed to rewrite your work. Never be afraid to delete and rearrange—every writer must do this. In the end, your readers will thank you by continuing to read your improved work. ©2005 Jason Andrew Martin LLC About the Author Jason A. Martin has been conducting business on the Internet for 11 years. He is a freelance writer on many topics and is currently working on obtaining a degree in Journalism and Law.His official web site, which contains articles you can use for your web site, can be viewed at: Jason A. Martin _______________________________________________

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Tips for Writing an Informative Article

How to write an informative article?The following tips can help you in writing an informative article -1. Write about what you really know. Before writing, do a search and find out some more details to polish your knowledge on the selected topic. You can find details about anything on the interent, using a search engine.2. Please remember the vital point that many of your readers already know more details than you about the topic you are writing. Therefore, write about the topic you have sufficient knowledge.3. People will be more interested to know how you sorted out a particular problem when you had faced one. A well written article about solving your own problem will be more useful to the readers. Many of them would've faced the simialr problem and your information will be of immense help to them.4. Remember to leave enough white space in between your paragraphs. You may wonder why should it be? Reading the matter on the monitor is different from reading on the printed page. It causes eye strain and for some people neck pain also.5. Try to write small paragraphs, which is easy to read. Most of the people will be just scanning the matter within a short time. Therefore, the smaller the paragraph the easier to read. About the Author Lakshmi Menon is a writer and internet marketer. Visit her website at __________________________________________

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Why Every Site Needs RSS

RSS or 'Really Simple Syndication' is not just for Blogs and News sites. Every website can benefit from this newly popular technology. The term 'syndication' is what throws a lot of people off the track. Syndication is like news articles, isn't it?Well it can be. But think of it like this. If you had a bricks-and-mortar store and decided to carry a new product line, how would you let people know? You could advertise of course, but a better and free alternative is to send a news release to the local paper. Their business section may carry your announcement free of charge.Now back to our cyber-store in virtual space. If you add a new web page, or make substantial changes to existing pages, how do you let your customers (both former and future) know? You can email your former customers, but spam blocking software will prevent half of them from getting your message. And keeping track of mailing lists, unsubscribe requests and address changes is nothing short of a nightmare.Instead, post a news release using RSS. Interested customers will have their newsreader programs watching for your announcements, and will get the news as soon as you send it out. The announcement will include a link to the new or changed page, and your customer can click on it if they are interested. True, fewer will click through than might read an email from you -- but those who do will arrive at your site in a much more receptive frame of mind. And those email readers still need to click through to your site to see your new page anyhow.If you make frequent additions or changes to your site you should have your own RSS feed. Check out these sites to learn how to make your own feed:Making An RSS Feed To Get Your Web Site Content Syndicated you might want to try these programs to format your information, so you can post it to your website:ListGarden RSS Feed Generator ProgramWindows, Mac OS X, or Linux, open source HeadlinerCreate RSS Feed file on-line to copy and post to your site. what if you don't often make changes or additions to your site? There is a new site that offers a solution to that problem. Shared RSS provides feed by TOPIC rather than publisher. So you simply post your message in the appropriate topic category (there are thousands to choose from) and share your feed with others publishing on the same topic. It is a free service that you certainly should use if you do not publish your own feed.'t that mean (I can hear someone object) that I would be sharing a feed with my competition? Well yes, but that isn't a bad thing. It's like all those antique stores that congregate in the same part of town -- shoppers flock there and wander store to store, to the benefit of all.Don't kid yourself, customers already know about your competition. For every customer of yours who visits their sites because they found an RSS link on your site, you will receive one, two or three visits from potential customers who found your information on an RSS link they discovered on your competitors site, or in a catalog of RSS feeds. The benefit far outweighs the risk.And RSS feeds are not just for business. If other sites submit to the shared feed they will bring with them more people interested in that topic, who may become your future customers.No, RSS is not just for Blogs anymore! Start your own or submit to a shared feed, either way you can only benefit. About the Author Andrew J. Morris is the owner and creator of SharedRSS -- a website that allows all website owners to syndicate their newly added material for FREE.

Friday, June 24, 2005

The Laid Daughter --- Book Review

There has been a lot of publicity lately centered on the issue of child molestation. Child molestation is a horrific form of child abuse that leaves its victims with a deep loss of self and the inability to cope with life's challenges. Another form of child abuse, that leaves its victims powerless and confused, is incest. Incest is a topic that most families refuse to discuss and sometimes deny that it ever existed. The Laid Daughter, by Helen Bonner is such an example. In this riveting novel, the author discusses her own issues with incest. What is so unique about the novel itself is that the author has been journaling her strange feelings and dreams for over 20 years before she realizes that her journal entries depict her true life experiences. The author takes us on her journey through self discovery and healing by allowing us to see her daily struggles in life. She is plagued with failed marriages and her inability to have honest and open relationships with others. She cuts herself off from her family and friends. There is however, something very striking about Ms. Bonner's character. She is able to hold down a job and build herself a lucrative career while dealing with the incest issue. Going through the healing process was not an easy road for Ms. Bonner. Early on, she was given erroneous advice from some early therapist. She found herself dropping out of therapy with the belief that somehow she could conquer her demons on her own. She then seeks therapy through a wonderful therapist by the name of Glenda Parkinson who discovers that Helen was not just a survivor of incest, but she also suffered from a Multiple Personality Disorder. Glenda Parkinson also expresses how quickly Helen was able to work through her demons as shown by the following excerpt: "Helen spent only a year in intense psychotherapy with me. The average length of treatment time is somewhere between five and ten years. She was highly motivated and followed her gut instincts in making therapeutic decisions for herself. She read. She wrote. She practiced suggestive directives. She attended a national conference for adult survivors. Her art work was another vehicle for self-understanding. She used relaxation techniques when feeling panicky. She begin to fill her new "house" by acknowledging and fulfilling the needs of her integrating selves. Decisions Helen made for herself rather than against herself were the catalyst toward wholeness." As you can see by the above excerpt, healing from incest or any other form of childhood abuse can be done with hard work and determination. I would recommend this fine piece of work to anyone who has suffered the pain and anguish of child abuse or to anyone who wants to discover how they can make changes in their own life that can help them move forward to living life to its fullest. ISBN: 1884178235Author: Helen BonnerPublisher: Kairos Center Faye Brown, Author of the upcoming novel, Strange Fruit In A Small Town. ( Copyrighted 2005: Faye Brown: All Rights Reserved. Article Source:

Thursday, June 23, 2005

It's Not Enough to Blog

A properly created weblog will do the following for your website: (a) add rich content; (b) add interactivity in the form of user ability to post comments; and (c) if properly set up, can automatically ping major search engines when new posts are made. This results in more frequent spidering of your website by the major search engines, with the fresh content being picked up quickly and increasing your site's ranking. But to really see an impact, more is needed. First of all, be sure to set up your weblog with an XML site feed, allowing for the easy syndication of your blog's content to third party websites - which in turn generates numerous inbound links to your website, all them relevant to your site's content, which vastly improves your link popularity. Then, if you want to make a real splash, submit your articles manually to article submission sites - respected ones - which are easy to find by doing a simple search on the net. Finally, be sure to use your keyphrases, as in this case, search engine optimization, in your article. Update as frequently as possible, and submit to the article submission sites, and don't forget to ping the RSS feed directories. A number of RSS feed directories are available - visit geckotribe for a start, and keep searching. You will find places (like this one, for example) which will post your article for free. People are starving for content. So feed them! Matthew Foster is the President and CEO of ArteWorks Business Class - - and has been active in the seo industry since 1995. Mr. Foster regularly optimizes websites for search engines, which appear in the top 10 results within 8-30 days. For more information, please visit ArteWorks. Article Source:

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Writing Articles For the Search Engine

This is precisely what I am doing here today (and every other day in my life)! I am writing to share my experience and hopefully, my knowledge and information can help some others who are in need of such information and advice. Writing is a very powerful way to connect with people and we can use it to not only share information but promote ourselves. When you’re writing an article or some form of web content, you have to bear the following things in mind:- a. The purpose of writingWhat I do is this….before I start an article, I leave the title of the article empty and start typing out the purpose of the article. What kind of feeling do I want to leave with the reader? Then I move on to the keywords that I want to use consistently throughout the article (for search engine optimization purposes). Right after that, I write down (in point form) the content of the article. Then and only then, I start beefing up the article. The reason why the purpose, keywords and the skeleton of the article is written before anything else is to keep you focused and reminded of the reason why you’re writing the article. As any professional and experienced writer can tell you, it’s way too easy to get derailed half way. I have a bunch of articles that are completely wwwaaayyyyy off mark because I lost direction halfway through the article!! b. Title and keywords of your articleThe title should contain one of the keywords that you’re trying to use in your article. For instance, you want to optimize the article for business card, so, you should include the word ‘business card’ in your article title and also in the first paragraph of your article! If you can’t think of anything mind-blowing….force it in! I am being really honest with you here if you want to make sure your article is ranked highly in search engines for the keyword ‘business card’. c. Don’t make them hit the back buttonIf you’re writing content for the Internet, yes, keywords are important because the search engines use keywords to rank their web pages. But you don’t have to compromise readers with search engines when you’re writing! No, not at all! You can write in an engaging way and yet use your preferred keywords in the article itself, you just have to practice a lot! d. Don’t sellSales letters sell, not articles! You’ll be surprised at the number of people who actually think that selling through articles work….well, here’s news for you….THEY DON’T! Your articles are not supposed to do the selling for you, they are supposed to your ‘customer relations manager’ of sorts. Maybe they’re like ‘GROs’ too, if you want to put it that way. The moment the reader think that you’re trying to sell them something, they’ll hit the back button or click that ‘godforsaken’ x on the top right corner of the browser. e. Too long, too shortSome people think that the longer your article is, the more fact it contains. Well, yes and no. If you want to write long articles, make sure the article is ACTUALLY packed with facts. If not, cut to the chase and just get to the point. Short articles have its benefits too. Write articles that are about 400 – 500 words. But even industry experts cannot agree what the best length of articles on the web but generally speaking, if you are into search engine optimization, don’t write more than 800 and no less than 400. Marsha Maung is a freelance graphic designer and copy writer who works from home. She designs apparel and premium items at and is the author of "Raising little magicians", and the popular "The Lance in freelancing". More information can be found at Article Source:

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

1 Powerful Strategy To Craft Your Article For Maximum Readership

Do you know one of the most powerful marketing techniques to get free publicity? It does not involve any optimization for the search engines or any bidding for the pay per clicks. The answer is that simple and it's called article writing. Many marketers have recognised the true power of writing articles as a means to get free publicity and marketing their businesses. The problem is that not everyone can be 100% sure to be successful with this method because although writing articles may seem to be easy, it is not in the sense that you don't just need to produce an article but you need a quality one. Then you need to reach a large audience of people interested in reading your articles and this is why your articles need to be good. As a result, you have more chances in getting these people to click on your website link in your author bio or bylines at the end of your articles. This means traffic and potential subscribers or sales. The real value of this marketing strategy is to get your articles distributed to as many websites on the Internet as possible or even newsletters and to get read of course. Submitting to article directories or article banks are also a profitable way to get your articles picked up by other websites and webmasters. Getting your articles read is absolutely crucial because what's the point of having your articles on hundreds or thousands of websites if noone is interested to read them. If people don't read them, you won't get any traffic because they won't even bother to click on your website link in your author bylines. So how do you increase your chances in attracting a maximum readership for your articles? The answer might surprise you. It's your article title, simple as that. You might have the best written article but if you have a poor title that does not arouse any interest or curiosity, you have dramatically reduced your chances to get a maximum readership and potential clicks to your website. Some good examples of powerful article titles can be: (1) 5 Powerful Ways To Generate Loads Of visitors Without Spending A Dime(2) 2 Search Engine Optimization Strategies That Have Never Been Revealed Before(3) 1 Simple Thing That You Are Neglecting On Your Site That Is Costing You Thousands In Lost Sales These titles are "how to" titles and are among the most powerful to get maximum readership. So here you have it. If you are writing articles but are not seeing any real benefit, try creating an eye-catching title for every new article that you write and of course a good introduction, body, conclusion and get it distributed to as many sites and newsletters as possible. With time when you will have all your quality articles scattered across hundreds or thousands of sites, you will see the true power and potential of getting a signicant amount of free long lasting traffic from your articles. So now you have no excuse not to get a better return on investment(ROI) from your articles. Jean Lam is the editor of Web Biz Secrets Newsletter. Subscribe today for powerful marketing tips and receive his new PDF eBook "3 SureFire Ways To Start An Internet Business And Strategies To Promote It" Visit his website at Article Source: