In an earlier post this week, I shared benefits to using article marketing for your blog and how it can be highly effective in driving traffic to your site, increasing sales, and giving you the status of “expert”. That said, article writing does not come naturally to everybody. And even writers can run out of ideas sometimes.
A great way to overcome article writer’s block is by using templates. You can take a template and use it to churn out articles on any topic or niche. Below are three of the most commonly used templates used in article writing. Try them next time you’re trying to write but you keep drawing blanks:
The Magic 7
There must be something magical about the number 7 because article writers like to use it and readers like to read articles with the number “7” in the title. There are many variations of this:
- 7 tips to…
- 7 ways to…
- 7 steps to…
- 7 biggest mistakes in …
- 7 reasons to…
Once you have your Magic 7 article, write one article about each of your 7 points. Voila! Now you’ve got 8 articles, baby!
Everyone has an opinion about something and people love hearing them. Nowadays an opinion, or a review, of a product in an article or on a blog is one of the most influential factors in purchasing decisions.
Do some keyword research to find out what specific things people are Googling reviews for. I would use keywords that relate to my niche, or tie in somehow, so it not only attracts new visitors but also benefits my loyal readers. If you’re submitting the article to a directory you would want to use related keywords so the reader has a reason to visit your blog after finishing the article.
The outline for this article is simple: Introduce the item. Write what you liked about it. Discuss what you didn’t like about it. Finish with your bottom line – do you recommend it or not? If so, who would benefit most from it? Before you know it, you’ve got another article all finished. You can write reviews for:
The most popular books are those with the words “how to” in the title. Same thing with articles. It seems we’re always looking for the easiest, the fastest, the best way to do something. So why not write a how-to article for your target audience? Some examples:
- How to… (a step-by-step instruction)
- How to avoid…
- How to find…
- How to choose the best…
- How to get…
These are just a few article templates you can use to save time and beat writer’s block. And remember, you can use these templates for your blog posts, Email marketing, article marketing and newsletter ideas too. In fact, there are tons of ways to repurpose and reuse articles.
You’ll get even more ideas from Nicole Dean and Kelly McCausey’s Easy Article Marketing Course. It costs less than hiring a ghost writer, and will pay for itself many times over. You’ll learn not only how to write great articles, but how to get the most profits from them. At the very least, sign up for Nicole and Kelly’s free article marketing E-course.
Do you have any time saving templates you use for your articles? What do you do to beat writer’s block or drum up new ideas for your articles? We’d love to hear your ideas, so feel free to leave a comment below!
To Your Success,