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January 19, 2011

Tips for Choosing a Ghostwriter for Your Articles and Web Content!

By: Missy Deskins Copyright January 2011 – All Star Content

Article writing doesn’t have to be as difficult as some people make it out to be. As long as you have something to write about, you can come up with good article ideas. Sure, you will experience writer’s block on occasion, which is why you should have a ghostwriter on hand who will write the content for you when you are unable to do so.

How do you hire a ghostwriter, though? How can you determine whether or not a particular writer will create quality content?

Here are a few tips for choosing a writer for any web content or article project:

1. Hire somebody who knows a lot about your niche. Ask to see samples of relevant articles he or she has written in the past. An individual who is knowledgeable about your niche will know exactly in which direction to take the articles, and will be able to complete the project within a short amount of time.

2. Hire a writer who is a native English speaker. If you are trying to promote products or services in the US, Canada, Australia, or UK, then you will need sales pages written by someone who knows how to “speak” to the audience.

3. Your ideal content provider should be someone who doesn’t try to hide anything. He or she should be willing to talk to you via Skype or instant messaging. Also, writers who are willing to upload their photos to their profile pages tend to be more trustworthy than those who do not.

4. Don’t go with the cheapest writer you come across. While some good writers do charge fair rates, you should be careful around the ones that are willing to work for extremely cheap prices. If they charge less than .01 a word, then they are probably having trouble acquiring work.

5. Hire someone who understands the importance of search engine optimization (SEO) and keyword usage. Filling an article with the same keyword(s) over and over again will get your site backlisted from Google. A good writer will know which keywords to use and the number of times to use each keyword.

Keep in mind that there are thousands of people around the world who claim to be “writers”, yet the vast majority of them are unable to produce unique, well-written content in English. Some even copy and paste bits and pieces of other articles and try to pass everything off as unique! As long as you follow the 5 aforementioned tips, you should be able to find an excellent ghostwriter.

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June 15, 2010

Freelance Writing – Where are the Best Jobs?

Freelance writing has come a long way over the years. Now, one can make money by writing copy for the web. It’s not just magazines and journals that need content these days – newsletters, websites, and ezines do as well. Webmasters and bloggers are fond of the phrase “content is king”. But what does this mean?

Words have power.

Sure, images are powerful too, but an internet business isn’t going to get very far with no content.

Internet content serves a variety of functions:

• To inform
• To send a message
• To sell
• To challenge (competitors)
• To convince
• To support
• To assist

A good writer will be able to do all of the above when writing articles and/or ebooks.

However, all web companies are different, and some prefer certain types of content, such as copy, news, product reviews, informational, and so forth. Thus, it’s important that they choose a competent freelance writer with relevant experience. There are many people on the internet who claim to be “writers” yet most of them can’t even put one original article together. They want to earn a quick buck and end up wasting clients’ time and money.

So, where are the GOOD writers? When they’re not working on their own blogs, they’re writing for Constant Content, TextBroker, Guru, and Elance. Yes, their prices are on the medium-to-high end, but they will produce quality content. In the internet marketing world, you get what you pay for, so if you want top-notch articles, press releases, ebooks, sales copy, etc, then you’ll have to pay for it.

If you consider yourself a good writer and want high-paying jobs, you can join these 3 sites for free:

Constant Content – you can make anywhere from $20-$100 per article! You can even set your own rate. I have sold over 20 articles through this site, and have been paid for every single one. As long as you can produce unique, high-quality articles, you can earn a lot of money.

Click here to learn more.

TextBroker – the rates aren’t the best, but they’re decent. However, if you prove yourself to be a great writer, you will have the opportunity to earn more money.

Elance – You have to bid on projects. Some of the projects pay well, while others are a waste of time. Fortunately, you can filter your results when searching for work.

Click here to learn more.

Overall, Constant Content is the best choice for writers and companies both. Writers can easily make $20+ per article, and companies can give their best offers for high-quality articles and guides!

Copyright 2010 – By: Melissa Deskins (email me at allstarcontent@gmail.com
for my rates if you are interested in my writing services).

March 20, 2010

Article Writing Tips—-5 Tips for Writing Articles Effectively!

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If you want to write internet marketing articles, you need to learn how to do so effectively. Everybody tries to write articles these days, and most people aren’t very good at it at all. Even people who are not fluent in English try to write articles for American, Australian, British, and Canadian readers. If you are a natural English speaker, then you will find that article marketing doesn’t have to be very challenging.

If you follow these steps, you will write wonderful, effective articles!

  • Just start. Sit down, open up a word document, and begin. You will find writing to be easier once you get started. As long as you are writing about a subject you know a lot about, you will notice that the words come out easily and naturally.
  • The article doesn’t have to be formal or perfect. You’re putting it out there for people of all ages to read, so there’s no need for you to write a professional report. Just write casually as if you are speaking to a friend. Writing too formally will only make the article appear boring, and you will be at risk of losing some readers.
  • Think about the length. Most articles are between 400-600 words. You don’t want to make it too short, or readers might not find it interesting enough to stay on the page for very long. If you make it too long, though, readers might find it tedious and boring. Think about what you are trying to convey and try to get the main point across. Keep the article length around 400-600 words.
  • Format is important as well. People find extra long paragraphs to be hard to read. Because of this, you need to make bullet points or a numbered list. People mostly look over articles rather than read them from beginning to end. They look over the page to see if anything interesting pops out at them. Keep this in mind and format the article in a way so that the most important parts are easy to find.
  • Do a bit of optimization for the search engines. Think about what keyword(s) people will use when searching for the topic about which you are writing. Include that keyword, along with a couple of variations, in the article. Most people consider 1.5% to be a good density rate, meaning you should use the keyword(s) an average of 1.5 times per 100 words. If you are writing a 400 word article, then use the keyword 6 times.

These are just a few tips to help you get started with article writing and marketing. At first, you will probably find it hard to sit down and write, but once you get used to it, you’ll find yourself writing 5 articles a day!

Copyright: 2010 Melissa Deskins all_star_content@inbox.com

March 15, 2010

Effective Article Marketing

The effectiveness of article marketing in today’s internet companies is immeasurable. Content plays a huge role in online marketing. Some would say that “Content is King”, as keywords and articles are key factors in search engine optimization techniques. A website owner or blogger must include unique, informative articles with a good amount of keywords on his or her website for several reasons, with the most important being:

1-      To increase the chances of receiving organic, targeted search engine traffic.

2-      To help the site’s search engine rankings increase.

3-      So that the webmaster or blogger will be seen as an “expert” on the niche.

Now, the keyword placement is extremely important. The keyword usage percentage should be no more than 2%. Furthermore, the keyword(s) need to be placed throughout the article professionally—even when the content is written in a casual tone. Keyword stuffing will only hinder the webmaster’s efforts to rank high in the search engines rather than help. The goal is to create content that is useful in order to provide the reader with the maximum benefits.

Even when the webmaster’s ultimate goal is to make money, he or she should still provide visitors and readers with useful information. People search for certain keywords for one thing: information. And this is exactly what they should receive. The websites that provide the most relevant content are the ones that will be the most successful in the long run. People want a reason to buy a product or to click on an ad, and sloppy, keyword-stuffed content isn’t the way to convince them.

In conclusion, article marketing is one of the most useful methods of bum marketing. A well written article will reach out to a targeted audience and further draw them in to the niche. It’s the best way for the webmaster or blogger to connect with the readers. Article marketing also serves as a way to feed Google and other search engines with fresh content for the purpose of increasing rankings.

Copyright: 2010 Melissa Deskins

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