Things You May Not Know About Ghostwriters

For many Ghostwriters and writers in general, there are many methods of getting published in existence today. However, some writers feel they lack certain traits or components to consistently produce engaging, solid and fresh content.

So, what happens when writers struggle with publishing or content creation? They hire a Ghostwriter! It happens a lot more than you would ever imagine.

Generally, Ghostwriters handle a number of assignments and a heavy work-load. They are well-versed and experienced in handling many tasks such as single article writing, web content creation, proofing, editing, and blogging, just to mention a few, all the way up to helping with a full-length novel. The term “Ghostwriter” simply means they do not receive any credit for the writing they do for their clients, and their clients can publish the work as if it were their own, with no repercussions.

Ghostwriters specialize in many areas and can write a number of different things.

Due to the vast subjects across the web, Ghostwriters are very flexible and can fit in just about anywhere in a wide variety of genre’s and niches.  They may be summoned to create content for websites, online businesses, brick and mortar businesses and even other writers.  Some Ghostwriters may choose to specialize in certain areas, where others may be more versatile in their knowledge and experience and prefer to create content on any topic, genre or niche.

Generally they are hired to help create articles for article marketing, blog posts, newsletters, email campaigns, web pages, BIOs, press releases, white papers and eBooks, to name a few. Some Ghostwriters are experienced in helping authors get their books into print publication, proof reading and editing.  Some might even write speeches, eulogies, business plans, and other areas where technical or formatted writing is needed.

How can you find or get connected to a Ghostwriter?

Ghostwriters can be found all across the internet. Many Ghostwriters or Ghostwriting companies have websites with examples or portfolios, contact information and rates. They are also marketing savvy and create marketing campaigns through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the like.  Ghostwriters also network with other writers by joining different forums and writing communities, which may lead to referrals and recommendations.  If you’re in need of hiring a Ghostwriter, finding one that suits your business needs won’t be very difficult.  However, finding a great Ghostwriter will take in-depth research or possibly even a referral from a trusted source.

With the way technology is soaring and the marketing needed for online business owners, Ghostwriters are in high demand.

What Skills is Necessary for Great Ghostwriting?

If you are interested in writing for companies within the United States, you must have a solid understanding of the English language.  In addition, you’ll need to have detailed research skills, excellent typing, spelling, grammar, ability to meet all deadlines, work in a fast-paced and stressful environment, marketing, constant contact with your clients, and knowledge of the different writing styles.

How can you be a Ghostwriter?

Becoming a Ghostwriter takes persistence, dedication, discipline, motivation and organizational skills.  It certainly helps to have a true passion for writing. I can’t imagine anyone doing this that doesn’t truly LOVE it and feel it is their “calling.” If you write without passion, then others will certainly be able to recognize it, and that could damage your reputation.

You’ll need to learn how to market yourself, your services, set your rates, set up a website, create marketing plans, perform article marketing, set limits, figure out your niche, stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technology, and most important…practice, read and write a lot.

5 Elements Every Ghostwriter Should Possess and What You Need to Know When Hiring One

Ghostwriters can be your life saver for your online business.  They are there when you need them and never miss the recognition or the accolades of their work being blasted all over the internet.  We all know it takes a certain type of writer to give up those rights and continue to perform in the highest professional manner.

I believe that is one reason it is a highly sought after profession.  Tons of people use Ghostwriters on a daily basis and if you are in fact thinking of hiring one of these dazzling writers, I’ve got a few things to consider that will help you make a great decision.

Below are 5 elements that I believe that every Ghostwriter should live by consistently:

1. Fresh and Creative Content

A Ghostwriter who is a professional will come up with their own original and creative content. They will not plagiarize or copy other people’s information. This act is very unethical and illegal. A ghostwriter may use other people’s information to gain insight into what they are writing about, but that’s it.  Ultimately they should construct their own creative material.

2. Content Should Contain Information

By this I mean, when a Ghostwriter is responsible for writing articles published to your site, they need to know that a visitor is only coming there to gain insight on a product or feature you have. Thus, a professional ghostwriter should make the readable content interesting and informative. They will do this by researching and providing information that is fresh or new and relatable to your product. They should however, avoid just cramming an article full of keywords and repetitive information.

3. Speak to me Style

Most people hire Ghostwriters to promote or inform visitors of their products and need their information written as such. It should not be just a “who, what, when, where, and how article,” but rather it should engage the reader as if we were all sitting together sharing an idea. Journalists and fictions writers can give you the run down, but a Ghostwriter needs to have a sales approach, while at the same time not making it into an infomercial type content or too “salesy.”

4. SEO

A Ghostwriter should be well knowledgeable in the area of search engine optimization. Today, with the increase in technology and business on the web, SEO is important, and an article without it is pretty much senseless. The practice of SEO is to place keywords into an article in a strategic manner. If you add too much, your search engine visibility will not increase, and if you add too little, well, you get the point. A ghostwriter, who has experience, will know exactly how to help you in this area.

5. Efficiency with Deadlines

Any writer out there should know the obligation and significance of deadlines. If a Ghostwriter is a professional, they will meet all deadlines in a timely and respectable manner. Acknowledging and efficiently meeting a deadline from a client should be their top priority and they should always follow through and respect that.

Now that you know the five elements a Ghostwriter should possess, the next time you are in need of hiring a Ghostwriter you will know what to expect.  Make a list of questions such as, “How do you feel about copying other people’s work?” and “What is your turn around time on an article or blog post?” Or, “How do you go about performing research on a specific topic?”  Knowing what to ask and these key elements will make your search for a Ghostwriter less stressful and more efficient.

Have you hired a Ghostwriter before? What are some of your questions or key elements?

3 Critical Areas That Need Attention before You Submit Your Article to Article Directories

Most Granbury business owners, writers, ghostwriter’s and freelance writers know how important article marketing is and can be for your writing website, or any website for that matter.  Many online business owners use article marketing daily and if you’re not using it, you should be.

Article marketing plays a critical role in getting targeted traffic to your sites and converting that site traffic into buyers.  That’s why article writing and marketing, submitting to article directories and publications are extremely popular and very important.  There are tons of article marketing tools to use that make distributing your articles a lot easier, however, even though it is imperative in gaining exposure to your content, it is only half the story.

Here are some pretty common mistakes most people make when submitting content to article directories:

1.  Some people get confused over their reasons to promote articles with the reason of writing them.  There are three main advantages in article writing and why you promote them; promotion, lead generation and branding, which are part of your efforts in optimization.

However, there really should be only one reason why you write articles, and that is to keep your readers informed.  If your articles are not focused on this main reason and purpose, they will not achieve the three benefits of optimization because no one will want to read them.

It is critical to figure out how to get your audience to actually read what you’ve written, and the next step is for them to click on your resource box or BIO.  This can be accomplished by writing better content.

2.  Not taking advantage of the promotional benefits of your article marketing efforts.  Articles can help in generating links to your site, but did you know that you can also get better search engine results and more visitors from those same articles?

You’ll need to add your keywords appropriately to each article, and some anchor texts as well, but be sure you don’t misuse and overstuff your keywords.  Some article directories may not support this and it is important to know and understand each directories rules and guidelines.

One thing to remember is that it isn’t all about the links to your site; it is about getting your article picked up by others who have a huge audience.  This will give you tons of great exposure and the advantage of using other brands, all of which are a result of the quality of your article.

Of course gaining better search engine results are also a huge benefit, but it does not actually put money in your pocket.  That comes from generating enough traffic and then converting that traffic into buyers.  Put an article marketing plan together and make sure your articles serve the purpose you want it to have, and the traffic and sales will follow.

3.  Creating content that serves no purpose to your audience.  Most often people will write articles with thoughts of only generating traffic and links to their sites, as any audience is better than no audience at all, right?  Wrong!  There are some article directories that will not accept your articles automatically and there are rigid rules and editorial guidelines you must follow to get your articles accepted.

It is imperative that you write articles that the article directories are willing to share with others, as well as potential publishers.  You can increase your audience overnight by having just one publisher with thousands of readers pick up your article and publish it.  Therefore, you need to write the best articles you can possibly muster and be sure you have met the guidelines, do your spell check, and conduct outstanding research on an excellent topic.  You might even consider hiring a ghostwriter to write the article for you.

In conclusion, it really depends on you and your choices.  You might gain a few back links to your site on a basic level by submitting to tons of article directories, or you can gain massive exposure from just a bit of extra effort by making your article truly valuable.  To gain the best exposure, find niche-related article directories to submit your articles to.  Most of the time these are geared towards a smaller group, however, it is a highly targeted audience which could produce some amazing results.

By knowing the difference between the two, it will help you to know the types of articles you need to be writing, and the sort of article directories you need to submit that content to.  Put a strategy together, track your results, find the most appropriate article directories for your niche, and submit like crazy!  Most all article directories are free to use, and what an excellent marketing tool that is!

What are some of your article marketing tactics?

Funny Story

I’ve decided to start posting some funny or humorous jokes from time to time. Nothing makes me feel better than a good laugh and I hope all of you enjoy it as well.

Today our funny comes from Amusing Facts.com

Two avid fishermen go on a fishing trip. They rent all the equipment:the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. They spend a fortune.

The first day they go fishing, but they don’t catch anything. The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third day. It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of the men catches a fish.

As they’re driving home they’re really depressed. One guy turns to the other and says, “Do you realize that this lousy fish cost us fifteen hundred dollars?”

The other guy says, “Wow! It’s a good thing we only caught the one!”

I hope you enjoyed it and please come back for more.