|Written by Donna Thacker|
Freelance writers compose articles for many different reasons. Some people just enjoy writing and do it as a hobby. Some people do it as a way to make extra money, and still others spend hours at their computer to make a full time income. Whatever a writers reason is for typing away at a keyboard, we all want our articles to be read. The best article in the world isnâ€™t worth much if no one has read it. So, how does a freelance writer insure that people actually do read their articles?
Weâ€™ve all heard the term promote, promote, promote! Promoting your articles is a good idea, but there are some rules of etiquette to follow. Social Media is a great way to get your article and your name out there, but not if all you are doing is dropping links to your own articles and running. Share other articles and things of interest too.
People on Social Media sites want to get to know you. Spend some time on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and interact with other writers. Join or start a writing group and participate as much as you can. The writing group members are there to help, encourage and get to know other writers. Ask questions when you need to, but be willing to offer help to other writers as well.
Reading the works of other writers is a good way to get your name noticed, just donâ€™t use it as a bargaining tool and expect someone to read your articles just because you read theirs. Most online writers will go read your articles as a way of getting to know you. Those writers who do this for a living have schedules to keep and donâ€™t always have time to return read for read.
Donâ€™t be annoyed or discouraged if you donâ€™t get a lot of page views in the beginning. Remember that there is a ton of content floating around the web. The more you write, the more your name gets noticed. Youâ€™ll soon pick up fans that will regularly come back to see if you have written anything new.
Keep writing! The more articles that you have floating among the zillion other ones on the web, the better your odds are of hitting a search. One article is like a needle in a haystack, so make sure you have a full library and that you keep adding fresh content. Check the hits on the articles you already have published to see what is getting read. That will give you an idea of the topics that are doing well and add to that category.
Keep your writing quality at a high standard. Internet readers prefer to read quickly and gather as much information as possible in a short period of time. Donâ€™t stuff with a bunch of fluff words to get to a certain word count. When readers learn that you will give them a factual, well written article that they can quickly read, they will click on an article that has your name on it.
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