Writing online content is quite different from drafting traditional print articles. Print articles rely on the inverted pyramid, which does not meet online readers’ needs. As a result, content writers have found the inverted pyramid to be ineffective, so they have developed other formats more suitable for online readers. These formats help content writers create an engaging experience for their reader because the reader can quickly scan for the most importance information-the follow common formats the content writers use:
1) Lists. These are the most commonly used article format. Choose your topic. Write out a few key points. Begin each item with a strong action verb and then write two or three sentences explaining your point.
2) Frequently ask questions. These are another widely used format. Simply jot down commonly asked questions about your subject and then answer them. You should fully answer each question, and consider what your reader needs to know.
3) Brain Dump. This is the quickest way to write several articles on a single subject. Free-write for ten or fifth teen minutes, write down everything that you know about the subject. Take a break and then summarize what you have written.
4) Reviews. Have you recently used a product or service that you found helpful? Then, write an article about it. Your review should answer the following questions: What did you like about the product or service, what were its strengths and weaknesses, why would you recommend it, and who would you recommend it too?
5) Solve a Problem. Think about common problems people might face in their everyday lives. Then, write a step-by-step article explaining your solution. Consider writing a how to article. You may also want to use illustrations or other visuals to clarify your points.
6) Create a Change. Look for something that people commonly want to change in their lives. Think about changes you have made in your life and how you achieved them. You could also interview other people, read several articles on your topic, and then write an article from a fresh perspective.
7) Pros and Cons. In these articles, writers explain the positive and negative aspects of a topic, product or service. Give your opinion; however, present a balanced analysis.
8) Latest Developments. Is there a specific field you follow? If not, simply do a Google News search on a field that interests you and look for articles that might state the latest research finds or the development in a field. Then, write an article about it.
9) Ask Questions. You may want to determine your readers’ opinion about a specific topic. You could write an article stating your opinion on the matter and then request that your readers leave their opinion in a comments section. This may also take the form of a survey.
10) Small Chunks. These articles commonly are product descriptions. Fragmented sentences are perfectly acceptable here because you want to get straight to the point. Use descriptive nouns and verbs. Avoid using colorful adjectives and adverbs; that do nothing for your reader.