Assuming youve read my rants on articles, you may want a checklist of items to consider for future articles. I am at your service.
This checklist is going to be short and to the point. Remember, Im lazy. Go back and read the original article if you need more information.
1. Headlines Keyword phrases should ALWAYS be the first words. No exceptions.
2. First Paragraph No more than 38 words. Two to three short sentences with the keywords from your headline included near the beginning.
3. No one sentence paragraphs.
4. Cut up long sentences into shorter ones. If a sentence is over two lines, it can be cut down.
5. Linking In Article Dont. Just do it in the byline.
6. Body Headlines Break up the article with headlines in the body. Just keep them short and capitalize the first letter of each word.
7. Last Paragraph Sum up the point of your article. Dont include links or a plea to go to your site. Use the byline for your begging. I do.
8. Bylines Keep them under four lines. Try to include the keyword phrases you are using on your site. If you are linking to an internal page of the site, use the keywords on that page, not your home page.
Eight stinking guidelines. Is that too much to ask? I think not! Besides, Ive already had laser surgery and cant afford a second session of smelling my eyeballs smoke. Please follow them. If you do, I will publish your articles and so will others.
Despite the tone of these articles, I am trying to help you get more bang for your buck with your articles. Okay, I am also trying to make my life easier, but there isnt any reason why we cant both benefit. If you want to get published more often, follow these guidelines. Publishers, webmasters and editors will love you.
The again, I could be wrong.
Okay. Occasionally you can use one-sentence paragraphs.
Just not very often.
About The Author
Halstatt Pires is with the Internet marketing firm – http://www.marketingtitan.com – a San Diego Internet marketing and advertising company.
This article was posted on November 23, 2005