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The tutorials below on writing are here for me as much as you.

I started writing a while ago and used to sit down at my computer and go blank. Then I found this great resource at Ezine Articles which gave me hope.

I lost the link a while ago and contacted my friends their to see where they had put it and decided to put them in here so I would not loos them again.

What is a post?

A post can be anything from a few lines to a full blown article on a topic.

Quite often if I find something I like I will write a post and then reference where I found it. This shows people you are willing to offer outside info. Just make sure the link opens in a new window so your page stays active.

Keys to a good post!

  • Choose a good keyword rich headline.
  • Keep to the point.
  • Format your post with bold, italics, paragraphs etc.
  • Add some eye candy
  • Write in conversational english
  • Tell a story
  • Have a call to action

Enjoy.

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Traps and How To Escape Them – Article Template

Here’s an article writing template idea for you to use: The “Traps & How To Escape Them” article template!

We’ve all been trapped from time to time on almost every plane of possibility ranging from physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, etc… and you get to save the day with your expertise by delivering the “escape plan” followed with a Resource Box where they can learn how to further escape from the trap.

Here’s how the “Traps & How To Escape Them” article template works:

  1. Make a list of every trap you know someone in your ideal target market has fallen into on purpose or by accident.
  2. Important: Only list (1) trap per article but you can list a single or multiple ways to escape it in each article.
  3. First paragraph clearly defines the “TRAP” along with why it’s bad to be in that type of trap.
    • Example: Over training for your next triathlon event might be the trap and it’s bad because over training can lead to burnout and decreased performance.
  4. Optional: Stir the pain up by selling them on the ideas as to why being caught in the trap won’t help them achieve their goals.
  5. Optional: Sympathize with the reader as to why they are not alone and that many before them have fallen into this trap for the following 2-7 reasons.
  6. Next, setup a sub-head to clearly show them you are now going to help them “ESCAPE” from the trap they have found themselves into.
    • Important: Make it extremely obvious where in your article the reader can quickly scan to grasp your escape route ideas. Don’t hide this from them deep inside your article body or mislead the reader to think they have to visit your website to find the escape plan.
  7. Give the reader a clear path from their current ‘locked p’ position of being in a trap to how to escape the trap via your unique ideas, strategies, tips, suggestions & secrets.
  8. Optional: After you’ve helped them to escape the trap, show them how to never get caught again in the trap.
  9. Conclude with a quick summary of the trap as you defined it; the most common ways to escape it and how the reader will benefit by following your advice.

So, get started with step #1, brainstorming all of the different traps your ideal target reader may find themselves in as it relates to your niche and expertise. You’ll be amazed how fast the rest of this article will seemingly almost write itself once you do the hard part of identifying the most common traps & your specific advice for how to escape.

Things To Do Article Template

Here’s a fun article writing template 2-pak called: “Things You Must Do” and“Things To Avoid.”

Your “things to do” articles will mostly be ‘pleasure seeking’ themes while your ‘things to avoid’ articles will cover ‘pain avoidance’ themes.

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Article Titles options:

  • Use different tenses:
    • BEFORE: “9 Things To Do Before You Buy A Hybrid Car”
    • DURING: “8 Things To Do To Get The Most Gas Mileage From Your Performance Car”
    • AFTER: “7 Things To Do Get The Highest Resale Value On Your Old Car”
  • Use adjectives for emphasis:
    • “6 Simple Things You Can Do Before You Go On Beach Visit”
    • “5 Romantic Things You Can Do While On Vacation”
    • “4 Easy Things To Do When You Return From A Trip To Lose The Weight You Gained”
    • “3 Things You Absolutely Must Do To Become Rich By Selling Real Estate”
    • “11 Things You Must Do To Prepare For Your Next Olympic Competition Event”

What To Put In The Article Body:

The article body should not repeat the article title (as it is with all articles). Be sure to include a simple 3-5 sentence paragraph that explains the benefit of the things to do you’re about to list rather than rolling immediately into the list of things.

It looks best on the eyes when you use a numbered list, bolding the thing to do followed by a sentence or two that explains why the thing to do should be done. Most people would say that using the OL & LI HTML tags do make numbered lists look best, but that comes at a price: Incompatibility with TEXT-based email newsletters that syndicate your content.

End your article body with a brief summary of what the reader can experience in their personal or business lives when they do the list of things you’ve just outlined… then, roll directly into your Resource Box call to action.

Things To Avoid Article Template

(polar opposite to the Things To Do template)


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EzineArticles Factoid: There are 705 articles that have the “Things To Do” article title in use vs. 143 articles with the “Things To Avoid” title… proving that we seek PLEASURE more than PAIN-AVOIDANCE in a 5:1 ratio.

It’s widely known that people will do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure, yet there are currently 5x more articles written already with the “Things To Do” template. My theory is that it’s because of the positive vs. negative tone… even when you mean well to help save your reader from future pain… they might not be seeking knowledge on pain avoidance.

One way you can flip the “Things To Avoid” article template so that it has a positive spin: Write articles that helps the reader to understand your credibility by outlining why from your experience they should avoid X number of things having to do with your niche expertise… ie: How can your reader gain pleasure, peace of mind, wealth, etc. by avoiding x number of things.

Lastly, be sure to deliver in the article body on the promises you made in your Things to Do/Avoid article title. If you say here are *21 Things To Do To Win Your Next Golf Game*…there better be 21 items numbered in the article body… 🙂 or you’ll be left on the golf course alone in the rain. Seriously, our readership tells us almost instantly whenever a newly accepted article doesn’t deliver on the promise made in the article title.

Have you ever used this article template, and if so, any additional insights to share?

Here’s an article writing template idea for you to use: The “Traps & How To Escape Them” article template!

We’ve all been trapped from time to time on almost every plane of possibility ranging from physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, etc… and you get to save the day with your expertise by delivering the “escape plan” followed with a Resource Box where they can learn how to further escape from the trap.

Here’s how the “Traps & How To Escape Them” article template works:

  1. Make a list of every trap you know someone in your ideal target market has fallen into on purpose or by accident.
  2. Important: Only list (1) trap per article but you can list a single or multiple ways to escape it in each article.
  3. First paragraph clearly defines the “TRAP” along with why it’s bad to be in that type of trap.
    • Example: Overtraining for your next triathlon event might be the trap and it’s bad because overtraining can lead to burnout and decreased performance.
  4. Optional: Stir the pain up by selling them on the ideas as to why being caught in the trap won’t help them achieve their goals.
  5. Optional: Sympathize with the reader as to why they are not alone and that many before them have fallen into this trap for the following 2-7 reasons.
  6. Next, setup a sub-head to clearly show them you are now going to help them “ESCAPE” from the trap they have found themselves into.
    • Important: Make it extremely obvious where in your article the reader can quickly scan to grasp your escape route ideas. Don’t hide this from them deep inside your article body or mislead the reader to think they have to visit your website to find the escape plan.
  7. Give the reader a clear path from their current ‘locked up’ position of being in a trap to how to escape the trap via your unique ideas, strategies, tips, suggestions & secrets.
  8. Optional: After you’ve helped them to escape the trap, show them how to never get caught again in the trap.
  9. Conclude with a quick summary of the trap as you defined it; the most common ways to escape it and how the reader will benefit by following your advice.

So, get started with step #1, brainstorming all of the different traps your ideal target reader may find themselves in as it relates to your niche and expertise. You’ll be amazed how fast the rest of this article will seemingly almost write itself once you do the hard part of identifying the most common traps & your specific advice for how to escape.

Top 7 Tips Creates 8 Articles


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Here’s a very simple article template that you can use to create (8) articles with less effort than you may think:

Two steps:

Step #1: Start with the Top 7 article template of writing an article with (7) tips, strategies or insights on any given topic centered around your core expertise. This is article #1 for you.

Step #2: Write an article expanding on each of the (7) tips you gave in the 1st article. This is article #2 through #8.

This strategy works because you’re addressing two very different audiences:

Your Top 7 Tips article gives just the strategies, tips and facts …FAST and with little more than a sentence or two as to why the tips are important. The other (7) articles you write that expand on each of the tips goes more in-depth on each strategy telling why, how, who else has done it, and gives more examples for those who want to better understand.

Notes about implementing this strategy:

  • The best articles with (7) tips are the ones that include an original (7) tips that others have not heard before. ie: Use your brain, experience and history in your niche to come up with the (7) tips instead of regurgitating the same (7) tips everyone else in your niche uses.
  • Do not mention the other tips or your primary article in any of the other articles. ie: Each of your (8) articles in this strategy MUST stand alone. Article marketing is not *article parts friendly* (2).
  • Use a simple Introduction-Tips-Conclusion paragraph approach to help your reader understand your context.
  • Aim for at least 400-500 words for each article. It’s rare when someone can deliver real value in 250-400 words… yet avoid the temptation to include filler/bloat words. Sometimes this means writing 100s of words and cutting your article down in size until you’ve found the best way to deliver the message in few words.

Golden Rules Article Template

The “Golden Rules of X” article template idea is ridiculously simple, yet can be powerfully perceived as valuable by your readership.

Here’s how the Golden Rules of X article template works:

  1. Create an article title of the: “Golden Rules of _____________” or “The 16 Golden Rules of _______________” or “____________ Golden Rules To Live by”
  2. Using a numbered list, include the rules that sum up the primary lessons you’ve discovered or learned through your experience & expertise.
  3. Expand to include “WHY” each golden rule you’ve outlined is important.
  4. Summarize at the end the theme behind why your set of golden rules are important and what it will mean to the reader when they implement them in their own life and/or business.

Broad vs. Narrow focus: You can include the golden rules of various aspects of your niche including narrow topics or sub-topics rather than only a broadly-focused set of golden rules.

Example: I might write an article on the “7 Golden Rules of Article Writing & Marketing” – I’d follow that up with an article on the “10 Article Title Golden Rules To Profit By,” “4 Golden Rules of Writing Resource Boxes That Sell,” or “19 Golden Rules of How To Pick Article Topic Choices.”

Makes sense?

The Pain Avoidance Article Template

Here’s an article template that you can use to help speed up the creation of your next set of quality original articles:

Human behavior 101: (Why this article template idea works)

  • Most people will do more to avoid pain than they will to seek pleasure. Because this is true, you can use this psychological trigger as the basis for a series of articles that show how to avoid pain associated with various issues within your niche.
  • Some say that pain avoidance is the #1 underlying force in most buying/purchase decisions.
  • The pleasure of the instant gratification is often offset by the pain of future risk of loss (lost opportunity, lost economic possibilities, etc.)
  • Everyone experiences PAIN in some form, whether it be physical, psychological, emotional, financial, etc… and articles that help people cope or eliminate pain deliver real value.
  • I’m certain there is a higher volume of searchers/users/readers looking to avoid pain vs. those who search/read/surf for pleasure-seeking alone.

The Pain Avoidance Template Simple Layout:

  1. Introduce the pain. No more than (1) paragraph.
  2. Give real-world solutions to the pain. (3-10) paragraphs max.
  3. Tell why the solutions offered solves the pain. (1-2) paragraphs max.
  4. Wrap up with a (1) paragraph conclusion that reinforces why your reader is in pain, how you recommended they solve that pain and why it’s in their best interest to follow your advice.

As the expert author, you are the pain problem solver.

The Checklist Article Template

Your target reader loves checklists because they distill the essence of what someone else (you, the expert) have painstakingly identified as being important for a particular problem.

Example of checklists you could make:

  • Wedding Checklist – 12 Things You Must Do Before Your Marriage Begins
  • Job Search Checklist Essentials
  • Traveling Success List – Your Checklist To Speed Pack Before Business Trips
  • 12 Point Checklist When Working With [Insert Your Industry]

Your “Checklist” article template should include:

  1. An article title that includes keywords relating to the type of checklist you’re creating plus the word “checklist”.
  2. (1) or (2) paragraph opening that explains what and why the checklist exists.
  3. The actual checklist of items.
  4. A conclusion that encourages the reader to pay close attention to the benefits of the checklist as you’ve just described.

Mistakes in this template to avoid: Failing to make your checklist into a checklist. Don’t ramble on and on and on without using brackets [ ], bullet points and/or a numbered list. Your checklist should be fast and easy to read including delivering on the promise you made in your article title about a checklist actually being included in your article.

Examples of EzineArticles experts with various forms of article checklists: (to help you with a little inspiration)

(2) Important Article Title Tips: Avoid starting your article title with a conjunction or junk words such as “An” or “A” or “The” and roll right into the keyword relating to your expertise and your checklist. In addition, don’t make a 2 or 3 word checklist title! Instead, make sure your checklist article title is at least 5-9 words that further explains the benefit of what’s included in your article checklist.

Can you see the possibilities? 🙂

Principles of X – Article Template

Searching for new article format ideas? Look no further than what I call the “Principles of X” article template.

Here’s how it works:

  • An article title that lets them know they will be learning principles of something.
  • Introductory paragraph that explains why your principles are important to the reader along with any social proof claims that can support your statements.
  • A sub-head that describes your top principles along with why each principle is important.
  • A closing paragraph that wraps up with either how to get started at applying the principles outlined or a helpful tip to help the reader overcome any objections they might have to understanding or applying one of your principles to their life or business.
  • Insert your benefits driven Resource Box

Examples of various ways I’ve seen the “Principles of X” template implemented:

There may be no ‘right’ way to do this template as you can see that some give a number to their principles, some call them “The Principles” (as if there were no other principles on the matter), some call the “Basic” or “Universal” principles, but they all usually give a numbered list with sub-heads that make it easy for the eye to see and read the principles outlined.

How can you apply this to your area of expertise?

The Pros and Cons Article Template

The “Pros and Cons” Article Template works like this: You introduce an argument with 1-2 paragraphs max and then you provide a minimum of 3-4 pro’s and 3-4 con’s, wrapped up by a conclusion paragraph that describes your position and why.

Too often articles are written that debate the merits of the author’s position (nothing wrong with that) but they fail to provide counter-arguments that can actually improve the authors credibility for being able to see the big picture or at least acknowledge the counter-arguments that exist (even if they don’t agree with them).

  • Tip: Use bullet points to present your list of Pro’s and Con’s as it’ll make your articles easier to read.
  • Revised Tip: It’s “Pros & Cons” and not “Pro’s & Con’s”.

Mini Example of this Pros & Cons Article Template:

(Actual example should meet our 250 word min. count and target 400 or more words)


Review of 30 Inch Flat Panel Computer Monitors

If you want to impress your friends and co-workers while being able to get more done while sitting at your computer, the new 30? flat panel monitors really rock.

Here are the Pros of why you should invest in a 30? flat panel monitor:

  • Takes multi-tasking to the next level without having to flip back and forth between applications (saves time)
  • Unclutters your desktop instead of having two 15? monitors (improves efficiency)
  • Can easily double as a movie screen to entertain yourself or others

Here are the Cons of why you might want to hold off on investing in a 30? flat panel monitor:

  • Quite a bit more expensive than (2) 15? monitors
  • May require dual-link DVI video card support that is not found in today’s average computer
  • You may lose where your mouse is on the screen as there is so much display real estate

Conclusion: If money is no object and you’re an early adopter, you really have no choice and must get your 30? flat panel monitor before everyone else. For everyone else, waiting another year means it’ll probably come down half in price and video cards in computers will improve their support for massive-sized flat panels.

[INSERT MY RESOURCE BOX HERE]
http://www.ezinearticles.com/?cat=Computers-and-Technology:Hardware


Have you ever used the “Pros & Cons” Article Template before and do you have any tips to add?

The I Love Article Template

Who can argue with love? :X

Here is a template you can use for your next set of articles…and I call it the “I Love Article Template” because it’s all about sharing something you love (or have a passion for) with others and telling them why you love it… and by doing so, you inspire the reader to connect with you or validate their own interests on the things or people they love.

This template can be done in many ways and today, I’m going to share 2 ways with you:

The “I Love” Article Template #1

Article Title: Should include the keyword and/or key phrase of the topic you love along with the 3, 5, 7, 9 etc… reasons why you love it.

Article Body:

Intro paragraph of why the reader should be as excited or as passionate as you are about the topic you’re writing about.

1) I love ____________ [insert the thing you love]

Reason: [insert the reason why you love it]

2) I love ____________ [insert the thing you love]

Reason: [insert the reason why you love it]

3) I love ____________ [insert the thing you love]

Reason: [insert the reason why you love it]

4) I love ____________ [insert the thing you love]

Reason: [insert the reason why you love it]

5) I love ____________ [insert the thing you love]

Reason: [insert the reason why you love it]

Conclusion/Summary wrap up

Example of use:

Tivo HD Series3 DVR rocks – 4 Things I Love About This Digital Video Recorder

The moment you have a high-resolution or high-definition (HD) monitor at home or work, you’ll immediately want to have an dual-tuner HD Tivo receiver. Here are the 4 things that I love about the Tivo Series3 HD Digital Video Recorder (DVR):

1) I love the Tivo Series3 HD DVR because it comes standard with dual-tuners.

Reason: I can record two shows at once while watching a 3rd show that has already been recorded for me.

2) I love the Tivo Series3 HD DVR because it’s the first Tivo to record in HD (High Definition).

Reason: Watching SD (Standard Definition, 480p) on a hi-resolution flat panel TV or monitor is really the pits when compared to 1080i resolution.

3) I love the Tivo Series3 HD DVR because of the new Series3 remote control that comes with the device.

Reason: It’s more intuitive, has less buttons so I don’t confuse them in the dark and is easier to use.

4) I love the Tivo Series3 HD DVR because it’s the quietest running Tivo I’ve ever owned.

Reason: It won’t keep you up at night listening to a hard drive whine.

Summary:

The Tivo Series3 HD DVR is the best in the industry because it gives you, the viewer, more choices, greater control and in a higher-resolution than you’ve ever had before with any previous generation Tivo device. Try the Series3 Tivo and I know you will love it!

[insert my resource box here, etc…]


The “I Love” Article Template #2

Another way to do this template is with an action/challenge included in it:

Intro paragraph of why the reader should be as excited or as passionate as you are about the topic you’re writing about.

I love [insert the thing you love] because [insert the reason why].

Challenge your reader to take one step of action to get closer to the thing you love or how to get more of it.

I love [insert the thing you love] because [insert the reason why].

Challenge your reader to take one step of action to get closer to the thing you love or how to get more of it.

I love [insert the thing you love] because [insert the reason why].

Challenge your reader to take one step of action to get closer to the thing you love or how to get more of it.

Conclusion/Summary wrap up

[insert my resource box here, etc…]

Example of use:

Tivo HD Series3 DVR rocks – 4 Things I Love About This Digital Video Recorder

The moment you have a high-resolution or high-definition (HD) monitor at home or work, you’ll immediately want to have your own dual-tuner HD Tivo receiver. Here are the 4 things that I love about the Tivo

Series3 HD Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and how you can get in on the HD action:

I love the Tivo Series3 HD DVR because it comes standard with dual-tuners and that allows me to record two shows at once while watching another show I already recorded.

You can also get dual-tuner option in non-HD in Tivo’s Series2 tuners. This is a great way to get the Series3 Tivo advantage without the HD price.

I love the Tivo Series3 HD DVR because it’s the first Tivo to record in HD (High Definition) and that higher resolution means a much more vivid/crisp viewing experience that even your friends will envy.

HD means you will get up to 1080 lines of resolution compared to 480 lines of resolution in non HD tuners. Life is short and you deserve HD tv, don’t you?

I love the Tivo Series3 HD DVR because of the new Series3 remote control that comes with the device that has fewer buttons and is easier to use in the dark.

How many times have you fumbled your old Tivo remote or pressed the wrong buttons at night in the dark? The newly designed Series3 Tivo remote will make you into an remote king or queen without any accidents.

I love the Tivo Series3 HD DVR because it’s the quietest running Tivo I’ve ever owned.

If you have ever found yourself waking up at 3am in the morning because you can’t sleep due to the loud hard drive in your current Tivo DVR, then this may be the best reason of all to upgrade now to the Series3 Tivo.

Summary:

The Tivo Series3 HD DVR is the best in the industry because it gives you, the viewer, more choices, greater control and in a higher-resolution than you’ve ever had before with any previous generation Tivo device. Try the Series3 Tivo and I know you will love it!

[insert my resource box here, etc…]


NOTES:-) The two sample articles are only a brief example to show you how the template might be used and obviously, I’d have to drive the word count up to meet our 250 word minimum.

-) There are plenty of ways you could twist this template to fit your needs, but I challenge you to give it a try for yourself.

-) You can change the voice around so it’s more about “YOU” the reader instead of me “I” the writer.

Any additional thoughts or comments on the “I LOVE” article template?

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