As a freelance writer, there are many facets of my career that involve legal and ethical issues. As a Content Producer for Associated Content, we all carry a responsibility to not only produce content that is of benefit to our readers but also content that is credible.
Examining the credibility of our resources is crucial to successful writing and for promoting page views. Because many writers rely upon the Internet for information, we have become a population of professionals that must scrutinize all information we gather to ensure the author is credible, the source is reputable and there is evidence to support our points of interest.
As you gather information to create content for the Web, it is important to keep notes as you gather information and formulate facts and data. Personally, I use a day planner to keep notes but many Content Producers use 4″ x 6″ card or even a spiral notebook. Keeping these notes will ensure that you are not only documenting your sources of information, to some extent, it is also providing a basis on which to build future pieces of content.
Once your notes are gathered, successful Internet writing usually begins with a main idea or sentence thesis that will define the topic of your written material. From this thesis, you can begin to develop an outline on which to build and insert your notes and resource information.
As you write for the Internet, especially for sites such as Associated Content, it is crucial to develop your outline and then to prepare the first draft, understanding this will not be your final piece of written work. As your write your first draft, be mindful of your audience demographic and work to cater your words to those commonly used by your audience selection.
Once the draft is complete, allow it to sit for at least 24 hours and then return to make your final revisions. Often, after sleeping on it for several hours, the draft can be easily revised, focused more tightly upon your subject and audience, and will net the greatest monetary return for your work. As part of your final draft review, read your written material aloud as this will allow for not only your visual proof of the written word but it will also allow you to hear the material as it would sound if it were read aloud to an audience.
And, finally, always use grammar and spell checking tools. Without paying attention to details such as grammar and spelling, your audience will lose interest in your written material rather quickly, resulting in lose of readership and decreased overall page views.
As with any technical or creative skill, being the best in your field will require must effort and dedication. Taking care in preparing your material, using these guidelines, may work to ensure you are offered top dollar for your written material and will promote your career as a freelance writer.