How to Write Popular Articles

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Every writer likes to know how to produce articles that become popular. This article explains the how of it.

Every writer likes to know how to produce articles that become popular. They note that whatever some writers produce becomes an instant hit with readers and wonder why they cannot reach the same success. Here are some clues using which you too can write popular articles.

Relation:  A pre-existing relation with your readers is the first essential ingredient for popularity of your article. Except for the rare and lucky articles that become popular without any background, most of them are written by writers who have been interacting and relating with people for some time. Thus the first thing you need to do is to interact with them. This will come in many way. Some will comment upon your articles. You must always reply them. Others will ask questions and you must respond promptly even if it is a trivial question. Also, when you read another writer, always give compliments, suggestions, and even tips to make his/her writing better. If you do good, it will return to you multiplied.

Core Readership: Once you start interacting with people, some of them will bookmark you. Some will bookmark because they like your articles. Others will do the same because they feel they can call upon you for help. Whatever the cause, if you are an outgoing person you will eventually attract a group of people who will in all probability read or scan through all what you write. This core-group will create a certain minimum guaranteed readership. Many of them will also vote for you and promote you. This "core readership" plus the "floating readership" that comes from search engines, external links, and via searching of the site of which your article is posted, will form the total readership. Thus your core readership will work like a ladder that will always push you higher than those who do not have a following.

Willingness To Give: Selfishness and popularity work against each other. You should learn to give and should give liberally to others what you want to receive from them. Thus make it a point to visit other writers and compliment them. Vote for them. Comment upon their articles. Suggest how they can improve their articles and how they can attract more readers. Mention good articles by others in your own articles.This will in turn bring you goodwill and friends beyond your imagination. This will also add people to your core readership.

Select Popular Subjects: Not all subjects attract equal number readers. Some subjects such as sports, music, and health will always be more popular than others. Each generation creates popularity for new subjects. Each generation also adds new subjects that become popular and that were not known before, more so in the Internet generation. For example, the subject of  Website SEO (search engine optimization) did not exist two decades ago, but is a very popular subject today. You need to search for the most popular topics of your generation and pick up those on which you can write with authority and conviction. This will add some more core readership to you.

Make Your Specialization Popular: You might be an expert in subjects that are not popular. However, you should occasionally write highly attractive subjects in your area of specialization to make them popular among your core readership. Eventually this will add to the range of subjects on which you gain popularity.

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