I just read a big thread about writers and the overall poor quality of writers. I tend to agree with what they were discussing so I'd love to share a few resources that I think will make you instantly better at writing. Here Goes...
1. Keyword Density Checker
There are tons of them but this one looks alright.
Free Keyword Density Analyzer Tool
The basic idea here is many new writers think that if they stuff keywords into an article in a willy nilly style that Google will rain down traffic.
Not true. While no SEO expert, I've seen ~2% keyword density for the main term and some LSI (related but different keywords) keywords in the same area as both good for human readers and Google.
The key is...make your keywords work in the article as if a human was reading it. After all a human does the clicking...
2. Basic Outline
I'm amazed at how people barf words onto a .doc file and call it an article. Before I write every article (for a client or myself) I lay out what I want to say (incidently, this makes the article write itself in half the time but I digress...) and what points I want to cover. Here's an example...
500 Word Article On Article Marketing
Title: 3 Ways to Find New Clients
Intro: 4 Sentences with last sentence being a "I'm going to cover tactics 1, 2, and 3 blah blah blah" type like we've all seen a million times.
Paragraph 1: Tactic 1
What tactic is in a nutshell
What makes this tactic work and why
How to make it easy
Paragraphs 2 and 3 are same style as paragraph 1
Build a relationship sentence (see how much this is better, etc)
Word of warning type sentence (don't overdo these tactics, etc)
Repeat the 3 tactics to emphasize and lead into resource box
That basic outline can turn into a 500 word article in about 10 minutes if I know my topic. I also know it's laid out well and is almost guaranteed to flow. Articles are more than words on a page after all...
3. Common English Error FAQ
This one is for all the professional writers. I don't know about the average person but most people make common grammar errors without even realizing it. You might not know the rule but your reader could know that rule and it's an instant turnoff.
We're talking "affect" versus "effect..." Affect is a verb as in "this affects me harshly" compared to "effect" which is "What's the effect of this drug?"
See the difference?
Here's a massive (Warning: It's Intense) guide on common errors and what they mean. I suggest looking it over and checking your writing. Practice makes perfect but slowly studying it will greatly improve your writing as well as not make you look like a jackass with the errors (I've been there...everyone makes mistakes though...just don't repeat them).
Common Errors in English Usage
Hopefully everyone likes this tutorial...if you do, click the thanks button and drop your thoughts. Writers...please chime in with other stuff so we can prevent all these sub-par writers from making our profession difficult.