Tips to Write More Engaging Articles

Tips to Write More Engaging Articles

 

Many people are looking to become writers. Whether it’s blogging, guest posting on other blogs, or even writing fiction novels. However, not everyone can write an engaging article that readers will want to read the whole way through. This blog post will share 10 ways to make your articles more engaging so you get more readers and gain a following! 

1. Use A Catchy Title To Catch People’s Attention 

You can’t expect someone to click on your article if you have a bland title. Instead, use something that will catch their attention and pique their interest. This could be funny, quotable, controversial or even something simple like “10 Ways”. Anything that makes people want to know more is good. Here’s some great examples of Wikipedia article titles:

  • “List of Grease cast members” (relatively normal title)
  • “Stephen Hawking sex drive” (cute article with catchy title)
  • “Lorem Ipsum” (the article is about the infamous dummy text used for design and copy so this works perfectly).

When choosing a title, make sure it’s short, descriptive and eye-catching. It should be clear what the article is about as well. This makes it so people can choose from a list of articles to read based on their interests.

2. Keep Your Article Focused 

When you write an article, make sure you stick to one topic and don’t ramble. People appreciate short concise information rather than long winded rants that they have to force themselves through reading. If you’re writing an article on a certain subject like “10 Ways”, then stick to 10 ways only! You’ve probably noticed already how some sites will use click bait in their article titles like “This one simple trick will change your life”. When you actually go into the article, there’s just a small paragraph about this trick. It would’ve been better if they had stuck to one topic and written an article with all the amazing benefits of this one simple trick instead of trying to squeeze in as many benefits as possible to get more views and ad revenue.

This also applies when you’re writing articles on your own blog too. Don’t give each article its own random topic, make sure it has something relevant to do with what the article is called (for example, my “10 Ways” article above). This makes it easier for people who are searching for information on a certain subject since they know that article will be relevant to what they want to read. If somebody types in “ten ways”, wouldn’t you want them to read your article instead of somebody else’s article?

3. Reinforce Your Article With Images 

Use lots of images in your article to break up the text and keep the reader engaged. The article won’t look as interesting if it’s just a big block of text with no anything to catch the eye or give people something to focus on. This is especially important if you’re not great at coming up with catchy article titles that will make people want to click on them! You can use an attention grabbing image in your article like a graph (with a caption), a diagram, an infographic, a meme, stock photos etc. Some articles are even entirely based on images with minimal words.

4. Provide Value By Sharing Your Personal Experiences And Opinions    

When you share your article with the world, it gets shared around on other sites and platforms. This is great for building up your personal brand online and getting more exposure to people who like reading what you write! Plus if people aren’t interested in what you’ve written about, they can just move onto the next article instead of wasting time reading a long article that doesn’t interest them.  This also applies when writing articles on your own blog too. Share your personal experiences or opinions about certain subjects so people will feel compelled to read the article because it’s relatable to them. If your article has a problem and solution format, then give step by step instructions on how to solve the problem yourself. Letting people know how you did it before and how easy it was is a great way to promote your article.

Don’t forget to use strong statements like “you should”, “try this”, “exciting news” etc in your article so people will be more excited to read what you’ve written. Also try adding emotions in your article with phrases like “This is how I felt when I first saw her” or “I feel truly blessed”. This makes the article more personal and engaging for readers.  If you’re stuck on how to write an article, consider doing some social experiments where you do something different for one week. Write about your experiences of that experiment! You could even post pictures of your journey online if you really want to go viral with it!

Another great way to make your article more interesting is by adding a twist or something unexpected at the end. You can even do this in the title by writing “You won’t believe what happened next!” and then revealing it later on in the article. Everyone loves a good surprise! If you’re struggling for article ideas, consider sharing an opinion about something that’s trending right now. For example, if you love cats then write an article sharing all the reasons why people should love cats as well (e.g. how they help humans). This article probably wouldn’t’ve been shared as much if I had just said “10 Ways to Write Better Articles” but since I added ‘which are surprisingly easy’ to the article title, people thought it was worth clicking on because it wasn’t what they were expecting to read.

When writing articles, try to add lots of personality to them and make them sound as natural as possible so readers can relate to you. Of course you’re going to write about the article subject in an informative way but don’t be afraid to also inject some of your personal opinion into it too!

People love reading articles from other people’s point of view instead of just facts or information (unless they are looking for facts). Don’t be shy! If you feel like your article is lacking something or not very good, ask a close friend if they could take a quick look over your article before publishing it. You can also post it on forums online and get some feedback/improvements from other people.

When writing article titles, try to use a number in them so they are easier for Google’s search engine to rank higher (e.g. 10 Ways to Write Better Articles). This way when people search article writing tips online, your article will be easier for Google to find and show in their article results. It’s also helpful when sharing articles on social networks like Facebook or Twitter if the article title was written as a question because it makes it more likely that people will click on it to answer that question (e.g. 7 Tips for Writing Better Articles?). There are lots of tools online where you can check how many words you’ve written in an article is great for checking if your article is too short or too long.

5. Keep It Short and Simple

In article writing, short and simple sentences make the article easier to read. So instead of “My article is about the tips for article writing that I’ve listed below,” try re-writing it to something like “I’ve written a list of article writing tips below:”. It’s also helpful if you write your article in points so readers can easily scan through what you’re saying without having to read every single sentence about each point (e.g. 10 Ways to Write Better Articles). Also, make sure they are clear and concise points! If there are too many points and sub points then you’re going lose your readers interest really quickly because who wants to scroll through pages of text? It also helps if you break up long paragraphs by adding in a few bullet points to make article writing easier for people to read.

 

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