I got my start as a ghostwriter so I’ve paid close attention to how to write website articles. One thing I’ve noticed in my time online is that many people are intimidated to write. They get completely overwhelmed trying to figure out how to do their research and synthesize the information into good web content.
We’ll dig into how to write web content in a minute, but if you’ve been following the rest of the series on getting your website up and running make sure you’ve:
1. Gotten a web host for your site
2. Chosen your niche
3. Decided if you want an HTML, WordPress site, or otherwise
4. Planned your content
After you’ve gotten that all figured out, you need to do research for your web content. Now, there are many people out there who will tell you to just go to an article directory and re-write what you see there. Nothing could be more dangerous! Not only are you infringing on copyright, but you also run the risk of passing along someone else’s badly researched content.
It’s best to understand where the best places to do your research are in the first place. The more information has been passed along the more confused the information becomes. You should try to go straight to the source as much as possible. If you can’t go to the source (what is called a “primary resource”) you should make sure to use authority sources or at the very least make sure that their sources are cited so you know they are legitimate.
Whew! I realize that might sound confusing, so let’s back up a minute.
If I were researching diabetes here are the places I would go to find my sources:
1. American Diabetes Association (because they are a well-known authority)
2. Google Scholar (because I can find journal articles that are peer reviewed studies about diabetes)
3. Questia (because this is an online library with books, magazines, and journal articles that have been printed OFFLINE)
4. Wowio (to see if there are any books on the topic there)
Now, if I didn’t find everything I was looking for I might decide to do more research. But I would still make sure to use high quality sources that I know are accurate and unbiased. Yes, this will take longer than it would to just go to an article directory, but your articles will be stronger and stand out on the web as a result.
The next step is really to organize your research according to your articles. I do copy and paste/type notes into categories of articles. I use a software called Scrivener to organize everything. (It’s for Mac, a similar software for PC is Page Four)
So, after I’ve gathered my research I:
1. Do my keyword research to determine article topics/titles
2. Create a separate tab in my software for each keyword/title (you can just open up a new page in Word if you want to separate your notes)
3. As I come across relevant information from different sources I copy and paste (while citing) snippets that are relevant. I may also type up notes to remind myself of important things for when I write the article later.
4. At the end of going through my sources I should have my notes easily separated according to article topic. That way the information is there for me whenever I want to write my website articles.
Viola! It’s not that hard to learn how to write website articles after all. The hardest part is organizing your research and when you follow this method it will be easier than ever. 🙂