Putting Your Writing to Work

Congratulations! If you’ve been working along with me this week, you’ve written an online article on a topic of interest to your audience, that is well organized, that didn’t take you too long to write, and that reads effortlessly.

You can use the process you’ve learned this week over and over again to create online articles for your own website or blog, for other industry blogs, or for your clients.

But, before you put your article to work, let me give you one final tip on making it the very best it can be.

Have someone else read it aloud to you.

Yesterday, I emphasized that reading your work out loud is the best editing tip you’ll ever learn. Having someone else read your work out loud to you is right up there.

If you and a friend are both able to read through your work out loud without stumbling, and it sounds like a real conversation … you know you have something special. An article that will keep even the pickiest online reader spellbound.

So, with that done, it’s time to put your hard work this week to work for you.

Four Things You Can and Should Do With Your Online Article

  1. Find a home for it.

    Your own website or blog is a great place to publish the article you’ve completed this week. If you don’t have a website or blog of your own, look to industry blogs. Review their submission guidelines and send it in to the one that’s the best fit.

  2. Add it to your LinkedIn samples.

    LinkedIn allows you to share samples of your work in your professional profile. The article you’ve written is a writing sample you can be proud of and that will demonstrate the quality of your writing. So, let your potential clients see it.

  3. Add it to your portfolio.

    If you keep a portfolio in a traditional book format or up online, your article should definitely be on display there, too.

  4. Share it.

    When you do publish your article — on your own site, or as a guest blog post — make sure you share it with your social media followers. Let the world see what you can do!

Thank you for spending this week with me. I hope you see now how easy it is to write an online article. And, with 86% of companies using content just like what you’ve been working on this week, you now have a proven, in-demand skill you can use to get your foot in the door with web-writing clients.

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Published: October 10, 2014

1 Response to “Putting Your Writing to Work”

  1. I especially liked the fast writing (with my internal editor turned off)suggestion. Some interesting "stuff" emerged.

    John KeyserOctober 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm

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