How to Determine the Quality of your Articles

How to Determine the Quality of your Articles

If you are anything like me, you have probably had thousands of ideas for articles, but lacked in discipline to bring them all to life. A lot of the time I find myself tempted to write a shorter article with recycled information. But then I have to take a second and think about my reason for creating this blog.

I don’t want to be just another average writer repeating the same old information in a different font. I want to start producing content in a way that nobody else has thought of. Yes, I know this is rather tricky since everything feels recycled these days. Take any one of the popular pop songs, they follow a recipe that work, something that has worked in past, and therefore will work in the future.

The other day my boyfriend showed me a super interesting video about popular songs using the same four chords…It’s unbelievable to think that we fall for the same thing over and over again. Have a look at this video to see what I mean:

So what has originality have to do with quality?

Defining the quality of an article can be rather relative. You can write a top-notch article with no errors and loads of colorful adjectives, but still this article will not teach anyone anything new. Shouldn’t we rather associate the quality of the article with the level of original information shared?

If someone stumbles upon one of your articles that contain information in a way they have never experienced before, they will feel refreshed and most probably intrigued. These readers will them be expecting similar content from your blog, and they will be impressed with what you have to offer.

This doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours in the library to try and say something that no-one else has ever said; it just means that you have to find a different way of saying it.

You have expertise on your side

Even though I have studied in the lines of language and literature, I have never felt like I am truly educated in my field. This has nothing to do with my formal education, but rather my lack of confidence. If you have spent more than 5 years active in a particular field of study or work, you most probably know loads more than the average Joe about that topic. Even if I didn’t end up being the smartest student in my class, I discovered ways of using my skills and expertise in practice.

If you are knowledgeable about the topic you want to write about, the body of your content will naturally be of high quality. An expert will be able to add additional information and personal experience, as well as tips and tricks to a topic that the average researcher won’t.

Practice Your Passion

T o be honest, I’m not sure that I have truly found my passion in life. I’m more of a phase person with loads of interests and I’m always seeking the next best thing. But I found a way of combining my passion for people and writing in the form of a blog about both. I have the need to help others find their way in the freelance world and to do this, I will have to provide original quality articles.

With any teaching or even music video I watch I have a yearning for sincerity. I need to feel that the person believes what he/she is saying or singing. The only way that you can transcribe this passion into your articles, is by really believing what you are saying. The only way to believe what you are saying is to really know what you are saying.

Write then Read

As freelance writers we tend to read and research content for an article before producing what we think we know. Before I research the content for an article, I try and write down what I think I already know. This way you develop your skills and build your confidence on the topic. You can then double check what you have stated in the article, or add extra facts and fiction regarding the topic. In your free time you can educate yourself by reading as many possible articles within your niche, but trust your subconscious to soak up the information.

Google is not the only way

The use of Google is very helpful in testing the originality of your content, but don’t always see it as your first and only options. I always enjoy speaking to people in the particular field that I am writing about. The other day I was writing an article in the art niche, and as I started researching the topic I realized ‘My sister is an artist’! Not only did I have all the information I needed in close proximity, but I had a chance to combine my work with play. This way I could give my sister the opportunity to share her expertise and knowledge and in effect help her realized her worth.

Contemplate the worth of your article by asking yourself these questions:

  • Am I bringing something new to the table with this article?
  • Do I really know what I am writing about?
  • Am I just copying what I have found on Google?
  • Did I take the time to edit and reread my article before submission?
  • Is there a need for the information I am about to give?
  • Will this article educate someone?
  • How many similar articles come up in your Google Search?
  • If this was a test, would I pass?
  • Would you include this article on your Resume/CV?
  • Would I be able to discuss the content in person?
  • Would I be able to answers questions about this topic and content?

These are just a few ways to ask yourself if your content is really post worthy. The quality of an article can be rather relative, but for me the above mentioned is something to keep in mind when you are a content creator. Trust your instinct, reveal the truth and be honest with your audience, and the rest will follow.

I would love to hear what you think about the quality of articles? Do you have certain criteria? Leave me a comment and we can have a chat.

3 Replies to “How to Determine the Quality of your Articles”

  1. Hi Coleman

    Thank you for the comment. What line of work are you in? I’d love to add more content that would be valuable to your industry as well. Do you have a website or blog that I can check out?

    Have a lovely day,

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