You wear many hats as an affiliate marketer. One day you're engaging in an e-mail campaign, the next day you're commenting on social forums. In addition, you find you have to spend time maintaining your website, while still needing time to post to your blog. Of course, there's article marketing which you regularly employ as a marketing tool.
You realize that article writing and article distribution is vital to link building. If you perform your own article writing you know it's time-consuming to research and craft quality articles.
Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed with the pressure to build an inventory of articles. However, unless you pay an article writing service to write for you, you have to make time for writing.
You can perform article writing faster while still maintaining quality. You do not have to trade one for the other. The following are ways to get up to speed producing consistent content that your target market needs.
Know Your Specific Topic
By knowing your topic this means specifically, not generally. You no doubt will be writing on a topic related to your affiliate product. Is your affiliate product a health and wellness product? Then focus your article on one aspect of the products you market.
An article on why vitamins are beneficial for you is good. An article on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for cholesterol control is better. It's specific and highly focused.
This focus will help you concentrate on one message when it comes to article writing. You will not try to tackle too much in one article. You will not stray off topic either. You know your article must deal with omega-3 fatty acids.
Therefore, you will not start wandering into discussions on why vitamin C is beneficial for building the immune system. Your topic is omega-3 and cholesterol. You will focus your research efforts and writing on this topic and therefore make efficient use of your time.
Choose a Title
While some people like to come up with a title afterwards, choosing one beforehand further focuses your thinking. You know every word you write must relate to the title. If your title is "Keep Cholesterol under Control with Omega-3's" you will make sure every sentence is a natural extension of the title.
Again, you will not waste valuable time on sub-topics. You will also not wander into other health and wellness topics only vaguely associated with cholesterol control.
Once you have your specific topic, and title, and have performed the necessary research, you can outline. Your goal with an outline is to choose three to five major points concerning your topic. Article marketing as part of an article promotions campaign means writing content of 500 to 800 words.
You can only convey so much information in a short article. When you select your three to five points you have a road map for your article. You simply add an introduction and conclusion to your main points and there's your article.
With an outline you know each point can only have so many words or your article runs too long. Therefore, you focus on presenting the essence of each major point. You finish elaborating on one point and move to the next according to your road map.
It's like a road trip to a vacation destination. You have pre-determined stops along the way.
Each point you write about is one-step closer to your conclusion and a complete article. Without an outline you will take too many side trips, often off topic. You either never reach your destination (your conclusion) or take too long to get there.
You also dilute your main message and have to revise extensively to get it back on track. This is where article writing becomes time consuming.
Article writing for submission to article distribution services is something that doesn't have to take forever to accomplish. You can write faster and maintain quality by adhering to the above tips.
Choose a specific topic. Focus it further with a specific title before you begin writing. Outline so you have a map for your journey with a clear destination in mind. Then put your pedal to the metal and head out on that journey to build your affiliate business through article marketing.
Tiva Kelly is the Head of Article Coaching and offers advice to authors at
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