Readers Chime In -- What Do You Want In An Article?

by tpw
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I know what readers want in their articles, and I could write a 100-page report on that subject alone, and still not cover everything.

I know that people who are reading article because they want to read them are looking to be educated, informed or entertained.

I know people want me to tell them exactly what they want to know, and to stimulate their brains.

I know people are willing to consider new ideas, if I were to make a good case for those ideas.

But most people here in the forum, have no clue what you and I want in the articles we read.

I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to inform and educate those who write "articles" how to give us what we want in an article.

Would you care to talk to that person writing an article now, and tell them exactly what you really want them to put in their articles?

Tell us what you want, and tell us why you hate us... LOL

Let the fun begin....
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
    I want to be both entertained and educated in a good article. The info must be good and useful, but it also needs to be fun to read. I get bored and distracted very easily. Oooooo, shiny ....
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

      I want to be both entertained and educated in a good article.
      The truth emerged, here ... and we only had to wait for the opening words of the very first response to get at it!

      People want to be both entertained and educated in a good article. And - lo and behold - writers who both entertain and educate are the ones who get their work syndicated.

      (Controversy also gets you published, of course, and iconoclasm ... but both of those go along with entertainment and education anyway).
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    More cowbell?

    Are you talking about forum posting or blog and article directory articles? Me = Confused.

    I will toss in writing articles to inform and articles to sell are not the same beast.

    I'm out of popcorn so I'll whip up a PB&J to enjoy while the riff raff chime in.
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by jasonmorgan View Post

      More cowbell?

      Are you talking about forum posting or blog and article directory articles? Me = Confused.

      I will toss in writing articles to inform and articles to sell are not the same beast.

      I'm out of popcorn so I'll whip up a PB&J to enjoy while the riff raff chime in.

      I am actually talking in general: Blogs, forums, article directories, newsletters, websites, magazines, newspapers, etc.

      I will agree that article to sell are much different than articles to inform.

      To bad on the popcorn. This one should be fun, but probably not as much fun as the chain-yankers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        When I saw the title on the main page - Readers Chime In - my first thought was: are there, actually, any readers in this forum? Or just article writers and article buyers?
        I can't really see our warriors "savouring" articles... :rolleyes:

        So, maybe we are not the "real readers" you want feedback from.

        Oh, and one more thing:

        Originally Posted by tpw View Post

        I am actually talking in general: Blogs, forums, article directories, newsletters, websites, magazines, newspapers, etc.
        This makes the answer even more difficult because depending on the type of medium my expectations are (could be) very different for an article. Even in the same publication, e.g. a weekly news magazine, I do expect a different approach from the author of a factual report and a columnist.

        Finally, if we are talking about "articles" as we generally refer to the pieces used for article marketing in IM... I am minimalistic: factual + human written correct sentences + logical.
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Kind of a circular answer, but I want a good article to provide the experience I'm looking for.

          If I'm looking for a quick how-to, I don't need a long back story on how you found the answer. On the other hand, if I'm bored, I want you to entertain me. If you can teach me something or make me think along the way, that's a welcome bonus.

          As for the sandwich, step outside the box...

          Mango jam and cashew butter on sweet Hawaiian bread for me, please...
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          • Profile picture of the author smwordsmith
            Though I write, I also read- a lot. So, I think I can chime in here. Great answers and comments so far.

            I want engaging content that is well-written, free of spelling and grammatical errors, well-researched, factual, free of profanity, and concise. It should match my "Google search".

            I read quickly and tend to skim so the article should be organized and formatted well with appropriate headers and use of white space.

            Oh, and keep your opinion restricted to your editorial pages.

            Thanks for the great thread!
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    Kevin Riley summed up my thoughts. But I'll rarely pass up a good soapbox opportunity. Vices and weakness, we all have them. Maybe it's time to jump in on the My Signature Is Not A Scam thread. Did somebody say Shiny?

    PS... Grape and chunky is the only way to go. Creamy is for the weak and who likes strawberry and peach, vomit. <--- thread hijacking in effect.

    PSS... as you may have guessed, controversy is what stirs this pot. So many great threads are left unread while something silly and ripe for debate takes off like a wildfire, but you already know this. Zeus dropped some good info earlier and it received about as much attention as a wet stray cat.
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by jasonmorgan View Post

      PSS... as you may have guessed, controversy is what stirs this pot. So many great threads are left unread while something silly and ripe for debate takes off like a wildfire, but you already know this. Zeus dropped some good info earlier and it received about as much attention as a wet stray cat.

      Yes absolutely.

      Controversy gets eyeballs.

      Good information leaves many flaccid.
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  • Profile picture of the author ce2gain
    As a reader, I want you to answer my question. I know, we all want the reader to click, so we leave them wanting more. But seriously, I want you just to answer my question. Remember those keywords I typed in to get to your article? Talk about them and answer the question, maybe even the one I didn't ask. Now I'm asking too much I'm sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Santos
    Great thread!

    In articles, particularly of a didactic nature, I thoroughly enjoy seeing some credible sources cited. Not that I'd be overly picky when it comes down to, say, the Oxford English Dictionary vs. Google Dictionary or Encyclopædia Britannica vs. Wikipedia. As such, a reference to another successful marketer's methods or materials isn't out of the question! I just love knowing that the author is someone with a passion for, or at least a working knowledge of, the subject at hand. I also like to be able to tell whence and from when the information derives and whether or not it is pertinent to my interests.

    If purely for leisure, as best expressed by Patti Lupone, anything goes! =D

    Oh, and let's not forget about the fluff with that peanut butter!
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  • Profile picture of the author mandark
    For articles, I want it to tell me exactly what I was looking for, without fluff.

    For blog entries and the like, I want to read something that:
    a. makes me think
    b. makes me chuckle
    or c. brings me a new perspective on something
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  • Profile picture of the author Kecia
    I don't care so much about humor, I just want a well written article that solves the problem I am having. If I search for a solution and find your article, it's because I am looking for a solution and do not want to be sold. I know you can't give away the farm, but at least give me enough to go on that I could take the information and decide whether or not I want to click your link.
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  • Profile picture of the author schttrj
    Originally Posted by tpw View Post

    I know what readers want in their articles, and I could write a 100-page report on that subject alone, and still not cover everything.

    I know that people who are reading article because they want to read them are looking to be educated, informed or entertained.

    I know people want me to tell them exactly what they want to know, and to stimulate their brains.

    I know people are willing to consider new ideas, if I were to make a good case for those ideas.

    But most people here in the forum, have no clue what you and I want in the articles we read.

    I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to inform and educate those who write "articles" how to give us what we want in an article.

    Would you care to talk to that person writing an article now, and tell them exactly what you really want them to put in their articles?

    Tell us what you want, and tell us why you hate us... LOL

    Let the fun begin....
    As a reader, I would want an article that GIVES VALUE to me FREE!
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    a little bit of information that is atleast going to help me, so to prove that You know what the hell you are on about.

    If you can do that, then I will visit your site read extensively and maybe even buy.

    Leave me help, but only enough to make me curious.

    Funny how all my really good articles do that. Hmmm.
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    • Profile picture of the author AnitaCross
      I expect I'm in the minority here, (and I've already donned my flame-proof bodysuit,) but bad grammar and misspelled words drive me away faster than a red Lamborghini.

      I'm not talking about the intentional abuse of the English language to make a point, or elicit a chuckle (or a belly laugh.)

      What I am talking about is the expert wanting me to take him seriously, trying to convince me that what he has to say is somehow important to me, yet he can't take the time to run his spell checker. Or take an extra day and have someone else proof his copy before publishing it.

      Articles like that hurt an author's credibility with me. It lacks professionalism, leaving me with the impression the author isn't really an expert, or a professional. And if I'm skeptical about his credentials, I'll be skeptical about his information as well.

      I am specifically talking about information articles, wherever they are published, not off-the-cuff comments to a blog entry or forum thread. (Although there are times when the same "rules" should apply.)

      So, yes, I want good solid information; I want resource(s) cited with links where appropriate; I want my question answered, or my problem solved; I want the promise kept that enticed me to read the article in the first place; I want the article long enough to do the job, and not one word longer.

      And I want to believe I can trust the author.

      Okay... spell-checker run... proof-read twice... I think I'm ready to hit the red button. And duck.

      -Anita
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by celente View Post

      a little bit of information that is atleast going to help me, so to prove that You know what the hell you are on about.

      If you can do that, then I will visit your site read extensively and maybe even buy.

      Leave me help, but only enough to make me curious.

      Funny how all my really good articles do that. Hmmm.

      I agree.

      I see the article as a tool to build trust. And that requires me to answer a question.

      But I close the article with the reader wanting to know more about me and what I offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    I want "hmmmmm, I never thought about it that way before."
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    I just want to see how many keywords a writer can stuff into his or her article. That's what is fascinating.

    Because you know, we all need writing tips, resume writing tips, creative writing tips, novel writing tips, fiction writing tips, essay writing tips, book writing tips, story writing tips, business writing tips, writing tips and techniques, travel writing tips, writing fiction tips, technical writing tips, speech writing tips, writing tips for young writers, writing tips for beginners, article writing tips, writing a novel tips, script writing tips, cover letter writing tips, grant writing tips, daily writing tips, lyric writing tips, letter writing tips, resume writing tips free, blog writing tips, writing tips for kids, thesis writing tips, email writing tips, fantasy writing tips, journal writing tips, resume writing tip,report writing tips, poetry writing tips, free resume writing tips, writing tips for authors, short story writing tips, press release writing tips, good writing tips, academic writing tips, dissertation writing tips, memoir writing tips, screenplay writing tips, English writing tips, website writing tips, college essay writing tips, proposal writing tips, creative writing, paper writing tips, persuasive writing tips, romance writing tips, narrative writing tips, freelance writing tips, newsletter writing tips, free writing tips, legal writing tips, ebook writing tips, mystery writing tips, and bio writing tips.

    Did anyone really read all those?
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    • Profile picture of the author AnitaCross
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      I just want to see how many keywords a writer can stuff into his or her article. That's what is fascinating.

      Because you know, we all need writing tips, resume writing tips, creative writing tips, novel writing tips, fiction writing tips, essay writing tips, book writing tips, story writing tips, business writing tips, writing tips and techniques, travel writing tips, writing fiction tips, technical writing tips, speech writing tips, writing tips for young writers, writing tips for beginners, article writing tips, writing a novel tips, script writing tips, cover letter writing tips, grant writing tips, daily writing tips, lyric writing tips, letter writing tips, resume writing tips free, blog writing tips, writing tips for kids, thesis writing tips, email writing tips, fantasy writing tips, journal writing tips, resume writing tip,report writing tips, poetry writing tips, free resume writing tips, writing tips for authors, short story writing tips, press release writing tips, good writing tips, academic writing tips, dissertation writing tips, memoir writing tips, screenplay writing tips, English writing tips, website writing tips, college essay writing tips, proposal writing tips, creative writing, paper writing tips, persuasive writing tips, romance writing tips, narrative writing tips, freelance writing tips, newsletter writing tips, free writing tips, legal writing tips, ebook writing tips, mystery writing tips, and bio writing tips.

      Did anyone really read all those?
      Not even close. LOL

      But thanks for the belly laugh.

      -Anita
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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by AnitaCross View Post

        Not even close. LOL

        But thanks for the belly laugh.

        -Anita

        I think he is trying to poop on my parade.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
          Originally Posted by tpw View Post

          I think he is trying to poop on my parade.
          Testing that "p" word to see if a deletion results?
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          • Profile picture of the author tpw
            Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

            Testing that "p" word to see if a deletion results?

            I am pretty darn sure that was not the trigger for deletion.

            After all, they let me say **** and asshole in the forum...

            They even let me call someone a Jack Wad.
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            • Profile picture of the author ewenmack
              Bill,

              Bob Serling did an article recently in the form of a case study.

              It was very engaging, as it asked the reader which email headline pulled the best.

              He then went on to say the lowest pulling headline resulted in the most sales by a huge factor.

              He listed the headlines and listed results for each one.

              Obviously a real eye opener for people running well established businesses [which was his readership].

              This whetted the readers appetite for more, which he provided.

              This was by way of a proposed training program, and asked the reader to sign up to a interest list.

              "Case studies" seem to be placed at a higher value than "articles" by more established biz owners.

              Best,
              Ewen
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    Something free always works..
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Rodman
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    This is kinda cliche but the content needs to be good. When I'm researching, I'm reading multiple articles at a time. And even after a few articles, you can kinda tell who is "phoning it in" with the content, even if it's correct and written in an entertaining way.

    I just think it shines through when you're dealing with a ghost writer, as opposed to someone who has a command of the subject.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    1. Address the issue.
    2. Solve the problem.
    3. Keep my attention. I am prone to drifting when it comes to extensive prose or keyword stuffed junk.

    That about sums it up
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