About article writing

@ccdiane (151)
Cheyenne, Wyoming
April 6, 2011 3:22pm CST
Hello, These questions had been on and off of my mind ever since I discover my writing ability a year ago. Of course, you know the writing indistry has a ray of various avanues to take. I thought maybe short articles would be a good place to start. But I found out through various places, which one can submit articles, something seems to stop me in my tracks, so to speak, even to write an article to get paid. So I thought I come here to ask my questions I have about articl writing or other forms of writing. First question, is there a way to write an informative article these days without having to add or insert terms,or whatever there called, for search ingines and get paid well? Whatever happened to just writing articles and still get paid for doing so? Is this way only for writing stories instead? I get hung up on this every time. I have good knowledge to share but I'm still a little bit old fashion. I just would rather write, write and write without all of this insert for search engines. Is there any place online that one can just enjoy sharing good old down home knowlege? Probably not, but I thought I would ask.
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@Arkine (216)
• United States
6 Apr 11
Actually, a lot of it depends on the article that you are writing and who you are writing for. I finished two articles last night where I did not have to "optimize" them for search engines. (I assume that you are talking embedded meta tags for search engine optimization). On that note, meta tags aren't that difficult, a few simple searches on the term should give you enough information to insert them into the articles. As for just good old-fashioned writing, well there is a website called fanstory.com. I go there for fiction (writing fiction), but you'd better be able to take a hard critique or two, or three. For fiction writers it's great for improving skills or just writing for fun. Now, getting paid, that's a whole different ball game. Seriously. Article writing is one of the proven methods of breaking into the publishing world, but these days it seems to be harder to get an editor's attention because they are so bombarded with submissions that your writing better be nearly perfect from the git-go. As you stated, there are MANY diffferent ways to go about article writing these days. I think your best bet is to try and find a magazine or ezine that falls within your niche of expertise and see if you can aquire some work from them. I'm sure that you will need a portfolio, or some kind of example for them to look at. This is really the first thing you should do, build a portfolio. In terms of writing on this site, Mylot, its good practice and you get paid for it. Write discussion articles and post them in the appropriate interest catagories. Make sure to use proper English (grammar), to make sure your skills don't start slacking. Another method is to write the articles and start a blog, ezine or do a website that has downloadable (purchaseable) PDF files. There are many blog sites that pay their users, and ezines usually have monthly subscriptions. This is a bit difficult and very time consuming, not to mention you will have to do all the marketing for your ezine or blog, yourself. I hope this answered some of your questions. :) Feel free to PM me if you need further information. If I don't already know it, I can probably find it. ;)
@ccdiane (151)
• Cheyenne, Wyoming
6 Apr 11
Hi Arkin, I truly appreciate your response. You have some good points. I don't think it's meta tags I have issues with. I did that once when I put my blog together. My typing program helped me to do the meta tags. I think what I'm having issues with writing articles is inserting keywords?, right inside of the articles. So when one wants to just write an informative article lets say, crafts for instance. One cannot write and submit an article unless it has more than one keyword, I believe this is my issue. I know they are important, but for me they interrupt my writing and my thoughts that's all. So to remember to insert these keywords is a battle for me. So when I found out last year with a site I was going to submit articles to, I stopped. Thanks for the tip on a website, I will want to check that out. Thank you once again. Indeed, the writing indistry is very large. I'll keep trying to find a place to start. I'll also check into writing discussion articles her on Mylot as well. Oh, I did forget about having a portfolio, I don't have one. I'll need to find out how to get mine started. Thanks for all your good information.
@ccdiane (151)
• Cheyenne, Wyoming
5 Feb 17
Thank you so much. Wow! I believe you have given me some good and fresh ideas. I'll try to do more on here as much as my time allows me to. Thank you once again.
@dlpierce (488)
• United States
6 Apr 11
Magazines would be a good place to start. Almost every magazine has a web site with their writer's guidelines on it somewheres. A copy of a new Writer's Market Book would also have valuable information. Many magazines prefer printed manuscripts mailed to them. Some want a query letter sent first. But some that will take electronic submissions done online. What ever your choice remember to use your spell and grammar check or a good dictionary as editors can ignore a good story by dismissing it early because of misspelled words and/or grammar. I too enjoy writing and am currently taking my second writing course. The one I'm currently doing is done online. You may want to consider taking a writing course as well. There is so much to learn about being a freelance writer. Good luck.
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@ccdiane (151)
• Cheyenne, Wyoming
6 Apr 11
dlpierce, Thank you for your response. I have forgotten about magazines, I guess it's because I rarely read any of them now. But I will look into them, it might surprise me. Yes, indeed, there is so much to learn about being a freelance writer. I get several notices about freelance jobs that are available. I also have a life time membership with an online typing program as well. So thank you once again I really appreciate your suggestions and inputs. I'm also glad to hear you enjoy writing too.
@addy007 (726)
5 Feb 17
have to written for any blogs ?
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@ccdiane (151)
• Cheyenne, Wyoming
5 Feb 17
Thanks for your question about writing for a blog. Well, I actually started one blog page with a site quite a long time ago. But I seem to of faded out of that. So the only thing I've done recently is one of the tasks had me to post to someone else's blog page. Haven't done really any worth while blogging lately. But thanks for asking.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
6 Apr 11
Hello, Ccdiane. I'd suggest you try Helium. There are lots of opportunities for writers of fiction and non-fiction, with no emphasis on search engine optimisation. As long as you can write well,you will earn well. It takes a while to work out how Helium works, but it's well worth the effort. I earn $200 - $300 every month by writing an average of 2 articles a day.
@ccdiane (151)
• Cheyenne, Wyoming
7 Apr 11
Hi Sandra1952, I really appreciate your response. I know it's been awhile since I've been to Helium. I may need to go back there again. Thanks for reminding me.
@onlydia (2808)
• United States
6 Apr 11
There is a newspaper calld TIDBITS They have all kinds of old fashioned writing and tidbits it is funny and free. You mite not get paid but it is a start. Readers Digest is one they pay if your picked. BUt yes all the mag. mite pick your story and they just mite pay you as well. Give it a shot. The only thing they can say is no. We all collect no's until we get a yes. Just keep trying and don't give up. You have a nice day
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@ccdiane (151)
• Cheyenne, Wyoming
6 Apr 11
Hi onlydia, Thank you. I will do my best not to give up. I truly appreciate your response. You too, have a wonderful day.