Create Content Fast Tutorial 7 – Article Structuring 101

 

The second step involves identifying the structure and
associating it with the title you’ve chosen in step one.
This is a lot easier than it sounds, since we’ll give you
exactly the outline for seven different structures that are
very common to Internet marketing articles. The nice thing
about being aware of different types of articles is that
you can use one or all of them for the same topic! So, that
makes it easier to plan ahead and decide what you will
write in much less time.

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The seven types we will go over are:

1. Inspirational articles  These are articles that that
teach people, inspire them, are positive or engaging in a
human interest sort of way. They are typically true to life
stories, even if the identifying facts have been changed to
protect people’s reputations.

2. Experimental articles  This article serves up an
experiment of some sort that that is undertaken to find the
answer to some problem or mystery. This is a practical
implementation piece for some aspect of the topic that
readers love to read. They want to know: What happens when
you actually undertake the theories and put them into
practice?

3. How-to articles  These articles give step-by-step
directions to solve a very specific, and often narrowly
focused, problem. Like, “How To Create Curtains Without
Sewing A Stitch.”

4. Informative articles  These articles are similar to
how-to articles in that they seek to explain a specific
issue, they just don’t walk the reader through the steps to
resolve it specifically. Instead, they might focus on more
general terms, while providing facts to support that issue
being discussed and why it is of relevance.

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5. Reviews – A review is an honest opinion of some product
or service that is written to benefit the reader, not the
seller of that product or service. It should explain to the
readers why the product is important, what it does, and the
way it compares to other products on the market.

6. People Profiles  People love to read about other people,
but they don’t necessarily want to hear everything. The
profiles you write should include interesting information
to engage the reader, but lack a full-fledged interview
feel. So, the profile is more like a brief synopsis of a
personal interview, showing only the major highlights.

7. Resource articles  This category includes person,
places, or things that people want to investigate
themselves but don’t have the time. They are very popular
with travel sites that want the top 10 restaurants, things
to do, or even performances to see in a particular city or
travel venue.

Now, that you are familiar with each of the seven types,
you can start to brainstorm different articles for each
topic based on these types. We’ll discuss a little more
about how to use the types with word lists to generate
oodles of articles from just one topic in Chapter 5. For
now, we’ll briefly introduce using the technique called
“mind mapping” and the titles and structures you’ve
identified to start to get a good idea of a layout for any
number of articles you want to write quickly.

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Creative Mind Mapping Methods

If you’ve never mind mapped, you’re in for a treat. A mind
map is a way to visually map your thinking process to help
spur non-linear thinking and engage both the left and the
right brain in your planning. A mind map starts with a
central word or text placed in the center, where it is
allowed to branch off in multiple directions as the
thoughts come to you. It is basically a diagram of ideas or
words linked to the central word or concept. It radiates
out in a non-linear fashion and can help you to identify
different relationships that may not be so obvious in a
linear map.

Now, you can mind map with a pen and paper. All you would
do is start with your keyword or phrase in the middle of
the paper and start to brainstorm different ideas, tasks,
and concepts associated with your central word. The problem
is that a piece of paper is somewhat limited for mind
mapping. You only have an 8 Ω x 11 surface to work with,
and if you think of a website that is related to your
keyword for research, well, you can write the link, but
it’s not interactive with the web. Then, when you’re done,
you still have to write the article somewhere else and use
the paper as a different tool.

That’s why we recommend getting a mind mapping program.
There are several good programs you can get and they will
allow you to add electronic media like pdf files, website
links, and even images to your mind maps. A good mind
mapping program should let you do the following during the
planning stages:

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Use one mind map for even 100 pages  Say you want to write
an eBook, you want to get a program that will let you
brainstorm as much as you need to, to get all your ideas in
and be able to see all the inter-relationships. If it is
limited to an 8 Ω x 11 size than it’s really no better than
a sheet of paper. That’s why even though you could use a
program like Microsoft Word to set up mind map diagrams,
they aren’t as effective as a full mind mapping program
which will let you cover three pages in one mind map, if
you desire.

Branches with detailed note-taking  When you identify a
branch off idea, you may want to add significant notes
about the idea before you move on. This is really important
for writers who are using mind mapping software to create
articles within the program too.

Ability to add electronic media as branches and notes  We
mentioned adding a website link and pdf file as potential
research tools within the mind map or to add to your
article. You should be able to do this and more: add a
spreadsheet, maps, images, and more.

Export functionality to word processor  For writers using
mind mapping to create articles, you want to be able to
export the mind map to your word processor so that the
articles are written as you brainstorm. This cuts out a
large amount of time transferring your ideas to written
articles that you can use and speeds up the entire writing
process.

There are various programs being sold on the market for
mind mapping, some are less expensive than others. We will
discuss more about the tools you can get to do mind mapping
in Chapter 4, but probably the software of choice is
Mindjet’s MindManager. It does everything in the above list
and is easy to learn and use. This product runs about $349
for the full version. It comes with a free 30 day trial, if
you’re not sure whether you want to invest that much yet
without trying it out first. There is also a lite version
that sells for much less. Another program that does a good
job is called Inspiration. Check out the resource section
for where to find these products online.

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Write, Write, Write!

So, those are the basics of the system and it really is as
easy as 1-2-3! Now, that we’ve given you a good outline of
what you need to have and do to start getting organized,
we’ll start addressing some of these topics in better
detail. Keep in mind that writing is a technical art, and
to speed it up all you need to do is become better
organized. However, when it comes to actually writing the
pieces, its best that you let your own heart come out to
give your writing character. If you follow these steps, and
keep writing, eventually you can command up to $50 an
article from people wanting reviews, reports, and more.

Keep an Eye out for Tutorial 8

All the Best, Jules & Jan

Always remember “Life is to be Enjoyed Not Endured”
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