WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!

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WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!

By Dr Kem Thompson



I should just leave this tip at that, shouldn't I?:)



But seriously, writing is a cost- effective way of promoting

your business. It exposes you to potential customers in a way

that few other marketing vehicles do.



Writing and submitting your work to online sites gives you

fr*ee marketing opportunities. It also increases your credibility

in the eyes of potential customers.



Have you taken advantage of this very effective marketing

strategy?



If not, why not?



~*~'What If I Can't Write?'~*~

Common question, common excuse with a simple answer:

if you can talk, you can write.



You don't need to be a professional writer before

you can write as a way of marketing your business.



All you do need to do is

. Want to write

. Decide to write

. Write



~*~'What Should I Write~*~

A few ideas are:



. Articles

. Tips (eg top ten or top five ways to....)

. Letters to editors

. Reports (yes, reports!)



think of some more and add them to this list.



~*~What Topics Should I Write About?~*~

Here, your only limitation is in your imagination.

So be creative and let these questions serve as guidelines

in helping you decide what to write about:



. What information will potential customers find

useful?



. What are you interested in? Find a way to make it

relevant to your business and write about it.



. If you were in your potential customers' shoes, what

topics (related to your business) would interest you?



. In what ways have you solved problems for people in

the past? Write them down. Chances are, other people

would benefit from the solution you provided.



. What are your experiences as a business owner? Write

about them.



. Fill in the blanks :

a) How To .......

b) Top 5 Ways to......

c) What Many People Don't Know About......

d) My Favourite Pastime is....



What you've got now is a bunch of potential headings for your

articles, tips, reports or whatever.

If you think about it, there's a lot for you to write about.



All you have to do now is actually put pen to paper (hand to

computer).



~*~What Should I Do With What I've Written?~*~



Submit, submit, submit!



Newsletter editors and webmasters all over the 'net are looking

for fr*ee content for their subscribers and visitors.



Imagine the exposure you get by submitting an article to an

ezine with thousands of opt-in subscribers. Fr*ee of charge, too!

It'd be more expensive (and not always as effective in pulling

in prospects) to advertise in the same publication.



Here is a brief list of places that accept articles for

publication or announcement:



. PromoteYourArticle@yahoogroups (you need to subscribe fr*ee)

. article_announce@yahoogroups.com (subscribe first. Fr*ee)

. website

. website

. website



To receive a list of 50 groups and sites that accept

submissions send an email to submissionlist@daysofsuccess.com.



Here's how it works. The key is to have a system that you use.

An example is below:



. Write at least one article each month.

. Include a resource box at the end of it.

. Include permission to fr*eely distribute it at the top.

. Submit it to at least 5 sites each day.



~*~To make your writing easily acceptable and profitable~*~



. Provide useful information. No sales letters or pitches.



. Include some way to get readers to contact you:

you could offer a fre*ebie or a link to your website.

This info goes into your resource box.



. Make your resource box about 4 - 6 lines long. I've

included mine at the end of this article to give you

an idea.



. Write it using a text editor like Notepad - that's

how many editors prefer to receive submissions.



. Format it to be 65 characters long per line. Press

the 'enter' key each time you get to 65 characters

(unless your text editor has word-wrap in which case

you'd set it to wrap at 65 characters).



. Always obey submission guidelines to the letter.



. Follow the writing tips below.



~*~Writing Tips~*~



. Write like you talk. Be conversational in your

writing. If you can hold a conversation, you can write.



. After writing your first draft, leave it to 'fallow'

then start on your next article.



. Never submit your first draft. Rewrite it after a day

or two.



. Spell check thoroughly. Check for grammar errors too.

Get someone else to read through it if you can - they

may pick up something you've missed.



. Obey submission guidelines (it's so important, hence

my repeating it here)



. Write something everyday. Even if it's just a personal

journal entry, just write. It'll get you into the

habit, and keep you creative.



I didn't quite expect this 'tip' to turn into a full blown

article! But hey, I enjoyed writing it, and I hope you've

enjoyed reading it.



If you have then start writing today.



And start submitting.



~*~END~*~



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DR Kem Thompson is a Business Writer and Business Coach.

Visit website to find out

how she can help you promote your business through

writing articles, ezines and more, send an email to

bizwriter@daysofsuccess.com



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