Internet writing terms explained

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* Article Directory

An article directory is an service that allows writers to publish their writing online. In many ways, an article directory is akin to a library, made up of resources contributed by thousands of writers. Article directories provide content for readers to enjoy, learn from and, in some cases, republish in another format. Some article directories have revenue-sharing plans with their writers, in which the writer receives a portion of the advertising profits a given article makes. Other article directories don’t pay writers anything, but allow writers to link back to their own web sites. Examples of article directories would be Helium.com, Ezinarticles.com, and AssociatedContent.com.

* Blog

“Blog” is short for “weblog.” A blog is a web page whose content is published in chronological order. Blogs are known for being, on the average, more informal than regular web sites. Blogs have increased greatly in number in recent years, and have been used for personal journaling, sharing interests, and marketing.

* Freelance Writing

Freelancing comes from the term “free lance.” In the middle ages, some knights who were not aligned with a particular lord would hire out their services. In many ways, freelance writing is similar to those knights of old. The freelance writer does not work for a single company, but has multiple clients. In terms of Internet writing, freelancers might write for web sites, blogs, eBook publishers, or any number of other types of clients.

* Ghostwriting

Ghostwriting refers to writing that you do for someone else, to which your name is not attached in any way, shape, or form. Generally speaking, ghostwriting means that you can never brag about what you’ve written, and that you won’t receive a byline. On the other hand, ghostwriting tends to be more lucrative than other forms of Internet writing.

* Niche

Niche is the particular area of interest or expertise in which a writer writes. Niche is important to the Internet writer, because some interests areas will make more money than others. Focusing your efforts on a niche that you are interested in and has potential for profit is an important component to success in Internet writing.

* Monetization

This is the goal of most Internet writers. Monetization is the process by which you make money from your writing. In the case of article writers, monetization is the process of submitting articles to paying article directories. Forweb content writers and bloggers, monetization can include things like context ads, affiliate links, or selling your own products.

* Page Impressions

When a web page is loaded by a web browser it is called a “page impression.” Page impressions are the key for making money on many Article Directories. Some article directories pay a rate based on the number of page impressions that your articles receive, while other article directories pay based on the specific ad revenues your article generates.

* Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO refers to the process that an Internet writer goes through in his or her writing to make that writing friendly to search engines like Google and Yahoo. SEO can be tricky, because you don’t want to sacrifice readability so that the search engines can find you; if you do, web visitors will simply search, arrive at your site, and then leave without adding to your monetization.

* Web Content

Web content is nothing more than the words, pictures, sounds, and anything else that you see on any web page. Internet writers provide web content to many web sites. It is web content that webmasters use to draw traffic to their web sites through search engines. Web content can cover any topic at all, and may or may not have profit in mind. Writing web content for others is, very often, one of the most lucrative types of Internet writing that you can do.

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