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It’s Apparent That It’s Obviously Clear, Of Course

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It irks me somewhat when I come across a writer whose vocabulary is frequented by words such as ‘obviously’, ‘clearly’, and the phrase ‘of course’. If it’s so flippin’ obvious, why say it?

If I am reading an informative article or blog post then it’s quite good to be treated with a modicum of respect. Including the word ‘obviously’ or one of its delinquent cohorts tends to be for one of three reasons.

Such words are frequently included simply because the writer ...

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Why You Should Never Dangle Your Modifier In Polite Company

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Why You Should Never Dangle Your Modifier In Polite Company“Dropping through the letterbox with a dull thud I picked up the morning post. Sighing deeply the bills dropped into the bin as usual. Having been burnt to a crisp I threw the toast in on top of them.”

As a gentleman I was always taught to avoid encounters which could result in ...

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Nauseating Anxiety – Two Grammatical Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes

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Before I became a full time writer I used to be a teacher. I taught English at a number of secondary schools and colleges across the UK, and have always had a love of words and language. I was brought up to respect language and grammar. I can still recall being around 10 years old and being severely reprimanded by my mother for using the noun ‘fun’ as an adjective – no tea until I corrected the grammar of my ...

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A Guide To Using The Active Voice Rather Than The Passive Voice

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A little boy kissing a little girlOne of the things which you should avoid when creating content for websites, writing blog posts or developing any other web content is the passive voice. It’s often been said that the passive voice is weak, and research suggests that some people find it harder to understand than the active voice.

But whilst the recommendation is to write in the ...

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Article Writing – Why Did The Article Marketer Cross The Road?

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Perhaps it was to sell something to the chicken. But that’s not as important as another question. Why are you reading this article? Based on the fact that you probably clicked the title, something made you decide that this article was worth looking at. That’s significant. Why? Because the title implied that this article would in some way be humorous. So far you may be disappointed but stay with me – I’m not done yet.

Are you starting to ...

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Article Writing – Are You A Shopping Channel Presenter Or A Teacher?

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What is the difference between a shopping channel and a schoolteacher? If you don’t know, then perhaps you don’t watch enough shopping channels, which is entirely understandable. Personally I find any more than five minutes of viewing and my brain starts trying to crawl out of my ears.

However, the difference between the way that presenters work on the shopping channels and your teachers attempted to impart essential knowledge about oxbow lakes and differential equations is of great relevance when thinking ...

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Article Writing – How to Keep Content Fresh

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They say that ‘content is king’, but it’s not true. Because often the content in question turns out to be more like the court jester – full of noise but rarely says anything useful.

If content is to be king then it needs fresh ideas as the queen in order to ensure your articles, blog posts or web content is fresh, interesting and above all, helps to draw in the traffic. So how can you help to ensure that your articles ...

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5 Tips to Speed Up Your Article Writing

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Writing articles for article marketing can sometimes feel as though it’s a time consuming business. Perhaps you have even reached the point where you don’t even think about it anymore – you simply accept that writing articles takes a fair chunk of time.

But does it have to? If you’re finding that writing articles seems to take you longer than it used to, or you’re writing fewer articles, or you simply have a feeling that you could probably increase your output ...

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Article Writing – Why Rehashed Content is a Bad Tactic

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Meet Cedric. He’s a lazy article marketer. It’s a Monday morning, he’s feeling a little groggy and has very little enthusiasm for creating great, original content. All Cedric wants to do is to make money, but creating original, highly engaging content just seems like too much effort. After all, as long as he gets enough backlinks, the traffic will come rolling in and the sales will increase. That’s what article marketing is all about isn’t it? High sales volumes.

So Cedric ...

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Writing Articles – Top 10 Reasons Your Articles May Be Declined

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For most people starting out in the world of article marketing it’s natural to expect some of your articles to be declined by the article directories at first. Reading the reason for your article being declined is important, and will help you understand where you’re going wrong. But just to help you on your way, here are the top 10 reasons why your articles may be declined.

1. Poorly formatted title. Clearly your title is the first thing your readers will come ...

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