Saturday, November 18, 2006

Writing On The Web - Part 1

This is the first post in a series of posts to this blog I will call "Writing On The Web." The series will include article writing tips from Bytepowered Articles and guest writers chosen by yours truly. If you have submitted articles to any of Bytepowered Articles writing categories, your article might show up here.

The intent of this series of posts, "Writing On The Web," is to emphasize the importance of good writing skills to all authors or authors to be.

Writing on the Web is booming because publishers understand that fresh and creative content is vital for Search Engine ranking. Webmasters, Ezine Authors and Bloggers are cranking out articles, blog posts and E-books by the thousands. The lure of page ranking and viral marketing has brought an onslaught of new authors and with new authors comes a boom in poor writing.

As the owner and webmaster of the free articles directory Bytepowered Articles, I see more writing mistakes than most Web surfers. Honestly, the writing skill of some supposed experts that submit articles to Bytepowered Articles is appalling.

When I am reviewing articles for acceptance into my directory, I have the following options .

  • Accept the article as it is. (Posted to the directory immediately.)
  • Edit the article. (Automatically accepted after edit.)
  • Reject the article. (Puts the article on hold for the author to edit.)
  • Delete (We all know what that means.)
How I use these options.
Bytepowered Articles is a niche articles directory which simply means that articles are accepted to a limited number of categories. All articles are read, edited and accepted manually to maintain excellence in quality. In this case, articles that are relevant to Computers, the Internet and Communications. You can view accepted categories at the bottom of the Bytepowered Articles index page.

Well written and relevant articles are always posted immediately.

If an article has very minor errors such as a common misspelling or is obviously missing a line break, I will manually make the correction and the article will be posted.


If an article is well written but has poor spelling, too many personal hyperlinks in the body or is not well formatted, I may choose to Reject the article. Rejecting the article puts the article on hold and sends an email to the author describing the reason for rejection and gives the author the opportunity to correct the mistakes. After the author makes corrections the article is automatically resubmitted for review.

What would you guess is the most common reason for deleting and article?
Too many hyperlinks?
Bad formatting?
Poor grammar?

My number one reason would fall under poor grammar. Articles are most often deleted because of bad sentence structure. The kind of sentence structure that leaves you wondering how the author could possibly fill out a job application or resume.

After reading the first paragraph of an article if I still have no idea what the article is about--I just delete it. The sad truth is that happens more often than you might think. At least two of every fifty articles reviewed read like the author just took some bad LSD. It begins with gibberish and ends with babbling. Words are in the wrong order or the author uses words that change intended meaning. This indicates that the author does not fully understand the meaning of the words being used. Sometimes using two or three redundant adverbs or prepositions where none is needed just causes further confusion.

I will stop ranting now and describe this in more detail later in this series of posts.

Next, "The Five C's of Quality Writing," By: Scott White

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Secret of Writing a Book Instantly

By: Steve Manning

This article will take you through every step of learning how to write a book. From start, to plot, to editing, to finished manuscript, to getting it ready for the agent.

Volumes have been written to show you how to write a book, so you know I won't be covering every step of writing a book in detail. For more information, look at the other articles in this series and for all the instruction you'll ever need make sure you sign up for the email lessons at the bottom of this page.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Do Optimized Press Releases Really Work?

By: Jeff Burdic

Optimized press releases combine the best of both new age and traditional modes of advertising. As the world becomes one singular global village, internet marketing is slowly making headway in being the medium of choice for companies to effectively publicize their brands and services.

What constituted as Public Relations between the company and the media has now become a more sophisticated tool to reach out to a larger audience worldwide. Publicity is no longer restricted to a geographical zone but transverses across countries in one single click of a mouse. The magic of internet is instant reach. And internet promotions have made brand awareness and PR easily achieved. You can give a better exposure and promotion to your online business by an optimized press release.

How To Get 100% Hot Targeted Traffic Directly To Your Website!

By: Martyn Brown

How many of us have had a well-built web site with everything working correctly, including links, search engine optimisation and Pay Per Click ads, only to find that you don't sell much, if anything at all?

If you have your own website with good quality, original, content on a niche subject that you enjoy writing about, there is one sure-fire way to get hot, wallet in hand, customers to rush to your home page.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Writing Articles That Get Read, Remembered And Recommended

"By: Mark Silver

You already know that writing articles will help your business. You know they establish you as an expert, as someone with authority. And they also create a depth of connection and trust with your customers.

But, maybe you still have a question.

How do you write a great article for your business?
(Meaning an article that someone actually reads, remembers, and recommends.)

Well, now, that's a mighty big subject. Obviously, there are many ways to do it, so I'll just give you one simple way, so you have something to jump in with. It involves three things: a Keyhole, a Drama, and a Stepladder."