How to Write an Article to Increase Website Traffic

By: Tim Wright

If you write an article correctly, you will be able to increase the number of visitors to your site, the number of websites linking to your site, and will be able to ignite one of the web's most cost effective and potent viral marketing strategies currently available.

Those are some pretty good benefits of writing articles, aren't they?

And, as always, time is of the essence - so let's dive right in.

First of all, if you don't feel you're up to writing your own articles, you can hire a ghostwriter from a service provider such as elance.com. Most articles cost between $5-$10, and if you use a service like elance, you can set your own terms and budget.

Ok, so everyone who's still reading this article wants to know how to write a great article themselves in order to claim the benefits we listed above, right?

Perfect.

Let's look into what makes a good article.

People can't read as much or for as long on the internet as they can when they are reading regular print.

With that in mind, keep your article relatively short, between 500-700 words has been found to be the most effective.

If the article is too short, you may not cover your topic in enough depth and leave the readers a little disappointed. If the article is too long, you risk losing their attention halfway through the article, as they realize that they see the staggering pile of paragraphs left.

Be sure to break up your article to make it scannable (easy to read), varying your sentence and paragraph lengths to keep the article looking interesting. Nothing is more boring to internet users than big huge blocks of text.

Keep things on the short side, getting right to the point as quickly as you can.

Be sure to leave a blank space between each paragraph. You want your article to be as easy on the eyes as possible, and one of the ways to do that is by the amount of white space that you have.

A few other things to keep in mind that affect the readability of your article include: the font size, the font style (make sure it's simple), the html styles used such as bolding, italics, underlining, the use of bulleted lists and so on (if html article submission is possible).

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