As soon as you figure out exactly what it is that article directories (hubpages.com, squidoo.com, buzzle.com and numerous others) expect from your content, it is much simpler for you to structure your articles to meet those expectations. You will be able to get into a routine and follow a pattern for your articles, which will make it faster and easier for you to complete for submission.
For the most part, article directories have very similar requirements in their submission guidelines. Each will require you to use proper grammar and spelling. Your content has to be unique and informative. The article lengths must typically be at least 400 words minimum. This is a good length for an article, giving you enough time to draw in readers and forge a bond with them.
When structuring your articles for said article directories, there is a simple pattern that you want to follow:
- Introductory paragraph- let them know what you’ll be writing about.
- Body- give them the information.
- Conclusion- sum up what you covered in the article.
- Call to action- ask questions to encourage engagement with readers.
And there are several formats for articles that may draw more readers. You can use one of these types of articles as a quick method for getting content out there and submitted to directories:
How to_: How to articles give instructions on how to do anything. It can be used for any niche topic, from cooking to cleaning and all things in between. These need to be informative and give readers the steps needed to complete the task.
10 Ways to_: This is another informative article that gives the reader a number of ideas about a specific topic. For example, it could be an article about “10 Ways to Make Extra Money.”
Ask a Question: Your title asks a question and you answer it in your article. You can also do a question-and-answer article that covers any number of topics.
The aforementioned examples of article formatting are great for when you need to write up a quick article for distribution. You can find thousands of possible topics that will fit perfectly with these formats. Think of them as templates that you fill in with your own content.
You can use these formats as much as you want to create unique, informative articles. There are so many ways that you can use these to structure articles that will keep your readers looking for your content again and again.
I’ll also mention that nearly all article directories will also allow you to include a short author bio at the end of each article. This is a chance for you to give readers a little more information about you and link them to your website or blog. These should be short and to the point and get the attention of your reader.
The information you include in your bio box should go with the content in your article. If you are writing about fishing tips, then your bio should mention your love of the activity and experience you have in that area.
What article structures do you think are best? How do you find inspiration for your article writing? Let us know!