Writing 100 articles in 100 days can be a daunting task if you don’t have a clear plan how to accomplish it. I participated in this challenge at the end of 2009 and was one of the first 100 people to complete it. It wasn’t easy but I learned many lessons along the way. I want to share these lessons with you to achieve your writing goals quickly and easily.
Steps for writing 100 articles in 100 days
1. Create a list of 100 topics
This will help you avoid staring at a blank screen everyday with no ideas. Select your main topic then use the free wordtracker tool, or the Google keyword tool to create a list of of keyword phrases people are searching on.
For example if I enter “web site design” in wordtracker the top 10 results are:
web site design
north dakota web site design
fargo web site design
moorhead web site design
web site design bartlett
sacramento web site design
web site design company
dallas web site design
professional web site design
web site design software
Now I wouldn’t write articles on “north dakota web site design” unless my business is located there, but would definitely write articles on web site design company, professional web site design, web site design software.
If you run out of subtopics visit, forums, blogs, conduct polls in your niche, visit yahoo answers, ask your newsletter subscribers, etc.
2. Set aside a specific time to write each day.
Find your most creative time for writing. It’s the first thing I do in the morning before I check my email, attend to my websites or get distracted by other tasks. Determine how long it will take to finish writing a 400 word article. I usually set aside 30 minutes then write the start time on paper. Sometimes I go over 30 minutes because I need to do more research. Once you get started it’s easier to keep going.
When you get into the habit of writing at the same time each day for 30 minutes, you’ll find it gets easier. You’ll be able to write more articles in less time.
3. Write the article
- Create a captivating title that includes your main keyword at the beginning.
- Write an introductory paragraph that emphasizes the main problem people face with your topic.
- The article body should contain several paragraphs offering solutions to the problem
- Your concluding paragraph should summarize what you have said
- Create a resource box that includes a link to your web site, newsletter or free report.
- Make sure you include 2 links in the resource box. One should be your full web site address, the other your anchor text (linked text).
- Ezinearticles requires a minimum of 400 words for the article to be accepted by their editors.
4. Let the article sit
Submitting your content right away won’t allow you to find all the grammar and spelling mistakes because it’s hard to view it objectively. Let it sit for a few hours or review it the next day. With a fresh mind you’ll find errors and better ways to say things that will improve your content.
5. Proofread your content
Don’t just use a spell checker to find spelling mistakes. It won’t capture all of them. Print out the article, read it aloud to yourself or someone else. It sometimes sounds odd when read aloud so you can make adjustments to the sentence structure.
6. Submit to ezinearticles
This should be your the first or only article directory to submit to because it has the most readers. Only send it to the other article directories when your article has been published at ezinearticles.
7. Automatically repurpose your article
Ezinearticles automatically announces each article to your twitter account. Make sure you create a twitter account so you can take advantage of this service. It will help build your twitter followers. If you have time add the article to your blog, newsletter or combine several articles into an ecourse or short report.
If you follow these 7 steps you’ll find writing 100 articles in 100 days easier than having no plan at all, plus you’ll reap the benefits of receiving more traffic, subscribers and sales.