How To Properly Structure Your Articles Every Time

Ezine Articles Featured AuthorOne of the most useful lessons you can learn to help develop your article writing skills is that of article structure – knowing the elements you must include in every article, and what the purpose of each element is.

Just like you were probably taught in school, every story has a beginning, middle, and an end.  Articles follow essentially the same format, with a couple of extras.

Let’s examine the basic structure and essential components each of your articles should include.

Every article needs the following:

  • A Headline/Title – Let the reader know what the topic of the article is, and the benefit to them for reading it.  This is typically your one chance to entice your reader to open the article.
  • An Introduction – Reaffirming the title, and setting the scene for the article, the introduction should outline the problem at hand that this particular article will solve for the reader.
  • The Body – The body of your article is going to provide the solution to the problem delivered in the introduction.  Try to ensure you justify any arguments you make with facts where available.
  • A Conclusion – The conclusion is a place for you to summarize the article and wrap up any loose ends.   Make sure you have captured the problem and delivered the solution that was promised in the headline and introduction.
  • A Resource Box – The resource box can be used in a number of ways, but essentially this is the area where you will essentially ‘end the article’ and attempt to entice your readers to follow one of your links with a strong call-to-action.

Remember to make good use of bullet lists, sub-headings, and other format tags such as bold, italics, and underline, where appropriate, to highlight the most important parts of your article, especially if you are publishing your articles online.

With information being so readily available on the Internet, you need to try and make your articles as easy to read as possible, and to highlight the important parts so your reader has an easy time finding the information they want.

One useful tip you can use to help your readers relate to the problem you are solving with your article is to relate the problem to your own personal experience – tell a story of how you used to suffer from this exact problem, and that you were able to solve it using the solution you are writing about.

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