When I first got started in this industry, I was terrified of writing articles or blogging.

Here are some fears that ran through my mind:

  • My grammar and spelling are awful.
  • What will people, my family or friends will think?
  • Suppose no one likes what I write.
  • What if I offend someone?
  • I'm not a professional writer.
  • Why would anyone want to read what I have to write?
  • What can I really add that someone else hasn't covered?

Does any of this sound familiar?

If it does, you're in great company. I think a lot of bloggers and people you may read have felt the same thing. And yet you're reading their blogs and articles all the time.

How to get over the fear of writing?

Pick the right niche or topic.

If you're picking a niche that you're not really passionate about or have knowledge of, it's going to show in your writing. Your audience will probably see it too. This will lead you into even more insecurities and fear. So avoid that by writing what you know about or love. People will be able to sense this and react accordingly. You'll also be a lot more confident because it will be like a normal conversation which brings me to my point.

Write like you talk.

I came from Corporate America background where my writing was always scrutinized by my department head who must have been a freaking English major in a past life. Prior to working there I had a lot of confidence in my writing. My teachers always complimented me on it. Granted my grammar was never perfect but the spirit of my writing usually over shadowed that. But for years my confidence was shot because of this manager. Initially I tried to write very corporate. It was boring and I didn't really get the feedback I longed for. One day I decided to start writing in more of a conversation style. I injected my humor and my voice. Bingo! It resonated with people. I discovered that most people prefer conversational articles.

Write Reviews

A lot of times when you're starting a blog you may run into writers block because you've exhausted the number of ways you can talk about a given niche. Fortunately if you picked the right niche there are probably tons of products and services you can write reviews on. Reviews are by far one of the easiest style of writing because you're just following a format that consists of:

  • Intro on the product or service
  • What it does
  • The Things You Like
  • The Things You Don't like (or complaints)
  • Where to buy?
  • Do you recommend this or not?

There are a lot of variations to this. But you get the point. You can literally do this for years to come and I have. So if you can follow a format like that and picked a niche with a lot of products or services, you'll always have content to write.

Use WA Blogs

I've really come to love WA's blog system. Sure it's great for the whole community and help aspect. But did you realize it's the perfect tool to help you boost your confidence and improve your writing? When you blog here you get to see what type of blog post will get a reaction. You learn how to communicate with others via comments which you'll be doing with your own blog. You get to figure out what your voice is or should be. And best of all, it's in a friendly environment that is encouraging. This will help boost your confidence when it comes to writing in the wild.

It's ok to be scared....

At the end of the day, your fear is natural and normal. The reality is your first couple of articles and blog posts are going to suck unless you're a professional writer or english major. I look back at some of my early writing and I cringe. But that's how you get better. Fortunately you have WA blog system so you can literally practice here until you feel confident enough to get out in the real world.

Either way, you can't use your fear as an excuse. You have to just get out there and start writing. It's the only way to improve. But hopefully some of these tips will help you get up to speed faster.

And for you English majors out there, yes my article is probably riddled with grammar and spelling errors. Sorry about that. But I have discovered that most people don't really care and it's never really hindered the money I've made online. Most people tend to find my blog posts informational and/or entertaining. So there! LOL

Let me know what you guys think down below by leaving a comment. Did you find this useful? Are there other tips you want to share? Chime in.

Eddy with a y

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Hi, Eddy with a Y...jk!:)

Thank you for sharing this post, Eddy. It was really informative. I just started WA two days ago and during my training, I was prompted to write a blog post about receiving my 1st badge...woohoo! So, I did! The problem is I did not realize that everyone would see it..haha

So, then I started thinking what am I really suppose to do with this WA blog post; should I write my personal experience as I go, do research and write about topics, or just do anything and practice?

Then, today I find your blog post...thank goodness because you have done a great job in explaining what I should be doing before I am out there in the wild with the wolves...lol.

I love to write, love researching and reviewing but, I have never written a blog post before. So, yes I did find myself pondering over some of those fears, mainly of who would read my post, not wanting to offend anyone, and what can I add of value when it has been done already. Those are my main fears but, they do not paralysis me enough to keep me from moving forward so, that is a good thing.

With being said, I can now start acting like a pro blogger...and get the practice and improve my skills as time goes on.

Thanks for sharing this was a great blog...
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Lakisha. I'm glad you found this post informative.
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Louie-Gigi Premium
This was truly informative, Eddy! Thank you for sharing your experiences. They mirror many of mine, including the fear of being thought of as irrelevant.

I have so much stuff swirling round in my mind and I do have strong opinions about a lit of things, and so naturally, many people assume I can write easily about all those things. But having an opinion and actually being an authority on anything are two different things. Which makes reviewing other's works a truly pretentious thing for me to do, I think. At any rate, that's what research is for, I suppose.

Finding a true niche that I care about is the key, I know. But sometimes, the things I'm truly interested in might not have any obvious "products" or "merchandise" that I can attach to it to review or earn revenues from. Like politics and history.

Again, a truly inspiring piece. Thanks. I'm sure we'll break through and ultimately reach our goals, like many of you have.

Louie nd Gigi
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Louie,

I'm happy to hear this did resonate with you. Thanks for your kind words.
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SandieCamara Premium
Writing is something I love, for a time I worked as a technical writer but felt like all I really did was research and then parlay the information into laymans terms following company protocols of communication... after awhile it bored the shit out of me because I didnt feel I was speaking to the audience,I felt I was speaking at them do this then that blah blah blah. What I have found is you must come from a place of authenticity to really connect through the spoken word and using your own 'voice' is the best way to do that. Now when I write I try to imagine having an informative chat over a coffee with someone, imagine you are showing them a undiscovered treasure and the excitement you feel over getting the opportunity to share it with them. It takes the fear factor out of the equation when writing ... now you are just having a chat with your bestie and a cup of mocha latte.
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Louie-Gigi Premium
This was good! It really drives home the point that blogs are not works of literature, but conversations over time, space, between two or two thousand people! It’s a conversation. And as such, it must be free flowing and engaging!

Sadly, easier said than done. But we must persevere. They used to drill this into our heads in boot camp: no pain, no gain! So true.
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed.
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JLennon Premium
Thank you for a great article with good advice. The conversational tone is, I think, of great importance. English majors and grammar perfectionists may actually be at a disadvantage when beginning an online business. Their writing can sound like a lecture. People don't want to be lectured. They want gentle advice from someone who sounds like a friend. You do that. Bravo!
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Joe. That's how I feel. But I guess it all depends on the niche. But from my personal standpoint I don't like reading drying blogs.
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Chintha Premium
Hi Eddy, I love reading your posts. I learned a lot from them. They are very useful for a someone like me who is brand new to this site and to the field.
I have a question: I have a few passions in my life (art, fitness, health, and a few more...). I always liked interior designing too, and I recently became very interested in that. it comes naturally to me, so for the same reason I don't know how to really explain it in writing. I wanted to have a formal education on that, so recently I started an online diploma course on Interior Designing. I feel I should choose my niche on Interior designing because of the amount of study materials that I have to cover and all the research I need to do on that, but don't know how to narrow it down yet. So I was wondering whether to just discuss what I learn on this course on my writing for now. I don't know whether it's ok with the institute, but if I do it like a review, there shouldn't be a problem. I'd really appreciate your thoughts on this. Thank you!
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EddySalomon Premium
Hi Chintha,

Thanks for the kind words. I'm not sure if the interior design niche would meet what I laid out here: And that's probably why it's hard for you to come up with content ideas that people would actively be looking for in years to come. So I don't know if that would be my choice.

Your other passions like health and fitness, work perfectly for what i described in my cheat sheet. So I'd be more inclined to that.
But maybe there is a way to tackle the interior decoration niche that I'm not wrapping my brain around. So you may want to visit the lesson on niches and leave a comment there to see how others might approach that niche from the standpoint of this business.

Sometimes we become fixated with a niche idea because of our own interest, but fail to think about the content and business element. If you can't actively produce content on the topic for years to come around things people are actively searching for and looking for a solution, it's going to fizzle after a few posts. My cheat sheet explains this concept in great detail.
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Chintha Premium
Thank you so much for taking time to answer my question Eddy! It's very good to get your point of view on that.
I think I do see a lot of business opportunities, like may be with Hozz ( if they have affiliate program), or even with Amazon products that could improve interior decor in anyone's environment. For now I want to keep it as an educational thing explaining the principles & elements of ID, and how you get that mood that you need to create in an environment using these elements & principles. That way I can tight them to the products later on.. May be I need to narrow it down, like Lliving room Designing or Kitchen Designing ....
But thanks so much! It's very good to get your opinion!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome. I like your idea. It's definitely good to have a tightly focused niche as long as it's not too narrow where you'll run out of content ideas.
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Chintha Premium
Thank you! Good to hear that! I also think it should not be too narrow. You really gave more insight on my niche. Thank you!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome. That said be sure to read my cheat sheet completely if you havent already.
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Chintha Premium
The cheat sheet actually cleared some of my confusion of this process from selecting a niche, writing about it, getting the traffic and applying for affiliate programs. I need to read your keyword article too; I'm not quite understanding the keyword process yet either. Hopefully your article will make it clear to me. Thank you so much!
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Chintha Premium
....thought I saw something you wrote about keyword search, but cannot find it now ;-(
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EddySalomon Premium
Glad that's the reason I created it since it covers a lot of these major elements.
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Chintha Premium
Thanks so much! I'll read it! You are a great help!
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IrenaB Premium
Thank you so much. I am totally scared about the writing. In fact, I could not get enthused about this program because when I realized I have to write new material every few days i was about ready to give up.I have read this blog and made notes. So now I have made my goal that I am going to write as good as the best. It may take a lot of practice but thats ok.
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I'm so happy this helped Irena.
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Hey Eddie I have just read your post and it was great ,and makes lots of sense, to be able to talk about something all the time (my niche) then to write it like i talk it.That has cleared things up heaps.
Thank you so much that's awesome info :)
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You're welcome.

Eddy with a y
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kmakunga Premium
Hi Eddy, I finally got round to reading your article on writing, and lo and behold it was spot on about overcoming fear of writing. Having been through previous lessons, teaching that quality content is key, I had been wondering how I could get writing. And the answer is in your post: Use WA blogs to boost my confidence and improve my writing.
Thanks again Eddy for a great and informative post.
Ken.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Ken. And the other key is what I mentioned above. Write like you're talking to a friend and remember the goal is to help people solve problems.

Couple that advice and what I've listed in my cheat sheet: and you'll be golden in this business.
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Magieken Premium
I have never been afraid of writing just of other people reading what I write. It is like sending my child out into the world without anyone to protect him. Anyway I am over that and Grammarly gives me a hand when I need it and I ignore Yoast when I can't bully it into going green and ... guess what...nobody really cares.
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EddySalomon Premium
That's great Margaret. But don't ignore yoast when it comes to the SEO stuff. Their readability test you can ignore most of the time but the SEO advice I'd always follow.
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Magieken Premium
I do work with it pretty much but sometimes I look for a rock to hit it. It is things like active and passive sentences. I read them, they make sense, I ignore Yoast. I must admit is ti a great tool and deep down I love it but don't ever tell it. :-)
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EddySalomon Premium
Yeah, like I said, you can definitely ignore the readability aspect. It can drive you crazy. But the SEO part I always strive for a green light. Truth be told I get green lights on both readability and SEO nowadays. But if I don't with the readibility, I don't drive myself crazy.
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Magieken Premium
I have not been using Yoast for very long and have gone back over my latest posts to get the green SEO. You are right about readability too. If it sounds right when you read it aloud then it is OK and only a pedantic English teacher will criticize it.
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EddySalomon Premium
That's good.
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akollor123 Premium
Thank you for the great explanation and your sincerity on the subject matter. Well done. You have indeed clarified most of the question going through my mind as a new person here at WA. I am here for the long haul and I will be remembering this very article. As a newbie I am drinking milk now and soon will be able to eat real food
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome. I'm glad this helped.
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LindaF Premium
thanks, Eddy, I just joined up with you today and I am already thanking you, yes you are sooooooooo right and only by doing will get you over the hump.

Learn along they you sure do I was so scared about others that are excellent writers. At first telling me my spelling mistakes and grammar. Some people are teachers a good teacher will guide you so thanks EDDY your are a good teacher.

We learn by our mistakes
always a better way
Linda
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Linda! I'm glad you're enjoying my content and the lessons I'm trying to teach.
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Dexmt Premium
Thanks for sharing, I know my grammar needs a lot of work also. I will take your advice and try my hand at a blog here on WA until I am comfortable writing. You do make a lot of practical sense "practice does make perfect." I learned that from my parents as a child.
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You're welcome Dexter.
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IF-Jamie Premium
I only wish I had found this article sooner, for it gives such sound advice on writing and overcoming its related fear.

Actually, the part saying, "You can't use fear as an excuse." was quite inspiring for me. Although having won against the initial fear of writing, we can fear about a lot of things, fill ourselves with doubt and end up dropping like a stone (metaphorically) before we know it.

Therefore if you've been following the lessons in WA, don't doubt yourself, just follow through no matter the obstacles and you will progressively learn how to be successful.

Thanks again for the wonderful message Eddy!

Regards,
James
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome James. Hopefully this helps you going forward.
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GFoster1 Premium
Yes Eddy, I like that, thanks for some of those things in the article, I really think that my writings are not too good, and, it takes me a lot of time to write just a few lines. But, it is so funny because when I was younger around 15, I would write like crazy now, I cannot explain. Well, have a nice day.
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You're very welcome Glen
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Flint005 Premium
When it comes to writing, I get terrified, full on panic attacks. I remember way back in high school when I would have a writing assignment, I would just practically throw words on a page and hope to get at least a passing grade. Hopefully as time goes on and I write more posts and pages, that it will get easier. Thanks for this great post here, it does help.
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EddySalomon Premium
I hear ya Stan. You're not a lone. Many people have the same fear. But if you follow the advice in my article, it will come a lot easier.
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rroesel Premium
Very inspiring. Kyle referred me to your article and I'm glad he did. Thank you.

It's not really that I'm afraid of writing, I just don't like to write. I don't mind answering posts or questions, I just hate to initiate articles just to satisfy Google.

I know I need content but in the case of promoting the Wealthy Affiliate niche there is not much I can add to what's already been said a thousand times.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Rudy. Most of us don't like writing but it's part of this business and required if you want to succeed. And you have to get over the idea that you need to bring something totally new to the table you don't.

One person may read what I write and not like the way I relayed the information. Then they may read your article and like the way you presented it better just because of how your write. And thus take action with you. So all of us can be writing about the same things and it doesn't matter because not everyone will react the same 100% of the time.

If that were the case companies like pepsi and coke couldn't exist since they're essentially the same product. The same can be said for cars, books, etc. So don't make the assumption that because other people are writing about something they'll some how get everyone to convert. They won't. There are literally billions of people on the web and you only need to get a half of a percentage to make a good income. So change your mindset my friend.
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rroesel Premium
Thanks Eddy. I needed that. I guess in any endeavor you must do things you don't enjoy. Perhaps the more I write will lead to it being a positive experience.
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Rudy. And look eventually you can outsource the writing. That's what I do now. But I did the writing first so I knew how to do it and thus know what I want and expect from my writers. And I also didn't start to outsource it until I started making money with my site. So it's something you can eventually do as well.
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cmc10 Premium
Eddy!!! What a great article. I for one greatly appreciate your style of writing and have gain a bit more understanding about the content mastery and desired outcome of blog posting. Again, thank you and best wishes.

P,S, - I'm going to follow you throughout my journey here with WA as you have a lot of information and idea to offer! :)

Best regards - Connie
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Connie,
I'm glad you enjoyed this and liked my style.
You can read more of my blogs here: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/eddysalomon/blog
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Seier Premium
Hey Eddy,

I have to admit something about your grammar: AWESOME dude! lol, English is not my main language, so there was a little bit of fear of writing a lot but thanks to you, that fear is out! you are right, it is more important to people (majority) if what they read is an easy read and informative to them! Keep up the great work

Seier
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm happy to hear that this has built up your confidence.
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joy4life Premium
I'm not an english major but I appreciate writers who take the time to express themselves using caps and punctuation, and who write in complete sentences. You rate A+ with me. And thanks for the outline on how to write a review and leverage that to polish my writing skills. That is a most useful tidbit!
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it helped Joyannah. I agree I do like reading content that uses basic english principles.
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MilanK1 Premium
Eddy,
I find very useful what you said about reviews and how to write them. But I am confused about making blogs or blog post. Is this the way to do it, like right now I'm writing this reply to you in the "Join the Discussion" section under your message?
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EddySalomon Premium
Hi Milan,

I'm glad you found this helpful. Have you finished going through all the trianing here: It walks you through the whole process of creating a blog and blog posts. If you're talking about writing a blog here on WA for other members. Then watch this: I hope this helps.
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Manishva Premium
"Writing...." That got me "thinking...."
Can "writing" be a niche? Is it too broad?
Does one have to have the right to give their feedback (good and BAD) about a particular product without inviting or offending the owners of the product?
How can one "earn money" by writing about a particular genre of products (consumer electronics, clothes, automobiles etc etc)?

Hmm...
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EddySalomon Premium
You can't worry about offending anyone. It's going to happen regardless even if you're being objective. Some companies and their reps will just be upset if you're honest and point out valid flaws and concerns. But most people reading your reviews will love you for your honesty. Offending companies is only an issue if your trying to be an affiliate of said company. They may reject you but fortunately you can promote a competitor or another company you trust and like. So I wouldn't be worried about offending anyone. In terms of your niche idea the best way to find out is to follow the tips I laid out in this article:
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Manishva Premium
Well noted, Eddy.
I think I do have a long way to go as far as niche is concerned.
I think "writing" could be a good option because i think i can WRITE... reviews, feedback, consultation, extensive report etc etc... but then how would one "earn money" by writing?
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EddySalomon Premium
That's what you have to research like I described in my niche article and the steps I laid out. Otherwise it won't be a good niche.
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Manishva Premium
You are right. I am in total agreement with your article.
Keeping the long run in mind, your article is a fabulous heads up.
It has given me a better perspective and it will surely help me in narrowing down my niche.
Once again, thank you so very much. :)
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome.
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Tele777 Premium
Yes! The being scared part really resonated with me. I start my posts in Word to edit and tweak before I paste to my site thinking I'll do all my editing there and be done. Ha!

As soon as I hit the publish button and went to look at what I wrote from the outside perspective, I felt like it wasn't good enough or that something was missing and started tweaking away some more.

I'm going to have to remain aware that this is all par for the course and as time goes by I'll get better and to not stress it so much.

I especially like your second to last paragraph to the English majors. Lol.

Telesha
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it was helping you. Be sure to read the niche article as well. And don't write in word. Just write in the wordpress and save as a draft. You don't have to publish it and no one will see it until you do hit publish. Copying and pasting from word can add extra formatting and code that can make your text look weird.
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Tele777 Premium
Thank you! I didn't know that about Word. Learning something new everyday!

Thanks again!
Telesha
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed.
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lgobeille Premium
Excellent advice, even for someone who isn't afraid of writing! This is a whole different ballgame from what even writers on a professional level might be used to.

If I might add one more tip: read, read, read! It's like priming the pump. You'll come across cool words you forgot about, and next thing you know, you're putting them into your own work. (not plagiarism -- I'm talking about interesting verbs and adjectives, etc.) You become your own thesaurus!

Thanks for posting this, Eddy!
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EddySalomon Premium
Agreed Laura. Thanks for your additional insight.
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DorcasW Premium
Thanks Eddy, This article is so encouraging to me. Eddy; my fingers do not spell with me all the time. When it comes to grammar: not all the time I manage it. Sometime I wonder, what language I really speak but the truth is Eddy, while I am here beating up myself for my small errors, some people are using the same errors big time making big money.

I decide to live with it and gradually improve.
Dorcas
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Dorcas. I'm glad this resonated with you. You don't have to be perfect. You just need to be able to relay the information people want and help them. And they will be thankful.
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HisbelA Premium
A very useful and encouraging post. Comming from academia, I usually write in a very formal style, but I am worried that can be boring or even come across as intimidating on a blog.
Your advice of writing like I talk is the best advice I can take, thank you so much for publishing these experiences and good luck for the future.
All the best
Hisbel
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Hisbel. It may be struggle because you are trained to write in a certain way. But trust me people will appreciate being able to read something that sounds like a conversation with a friend. Unless your niche is a lot more formal.
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matelot Premium
Love to read your scribblings..... I find that I can relax into them very easily Now although I am no 'English Major' (although I AM English!!) I DO very much agree with the writings (below) of 'Shamayah' with regards to grammar/spelling and the 'professionalism'. Maybe your earnings have not been hindered, but could they have been 'even better' ??

AC (matelot)
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it Alan. Let's put it this way, there are literally thousands of people that visit my site every year. I could probably count on 2 hands how many times people have complained about imperfect spelling or grammar. Keep in mind I've been doing this since 2000.

If I was writing for the NY Times it would be more of a concern for me. At the end of the day, the content helps people and that's what they care about. If you keep running into scams or have been scammed you're probably more concerned about getting scammed again. And if you happen to land on my blog and I help you avoid another one, I doubt you're going to care if I misspelled some words.

That said I'm sure it does hurt me with a very tiny portion of the population that visit my blog. And I'm fine with that. lol
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matelot Premium
At the end of the day Eddy, you are what you are - and everyone should celebrate that. You certainly did not to where you are today because you let some minute section of the populace bother you in any way...... MORE POWER TO YOU!!!
May I congratulate you on your success, and say that I really do find myself very relaxed when immersed in your 'scribing'!

AC (matelot)
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EddySalomon Premium
Thanks Alan. And that's exactly what I try to achieve in my writing. I want people to feel comfortable.
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Shamayah Premium
Nice article. I'd say that being real and genuine is more important than being the best writer. At the same time, if a website or blog is filled with grammar and spelling mistakes, it's often hard to follow. It also isn't very professional. So I'd recommend to get someone to edit your work if you are a really bad writer. It doesn't cost much and in the process you'll learn to become a better writer.
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EddySalomon Premium
I agree Shamayah. If people can't really follow what you're writing then you should probably have the post edited. But if we're just talking about a few minor spelling or grammar errors, most people are forgiving.
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Qtipper Premium
I enjoyed reading this.

I'm in two communications classes in School and I get critiqued about my writing to not show certain expressions like an exclamation point!!!! I get excited and that's how I express it
I prefer a down to earth style of writing with a little humor like this article.
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ConstanceW1 Premium
I found this article very useful because I never looked at it in the form of conversational and that is where I believe I've had writers block all of these years :), but in this article is packed with lot's of good information that will help many people to come such as myself thanks.
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it gave you perspective now.
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dominic16 Premium
Thank you Eddy for your wonderful advice. The way I get through my fear of writing is by chanting mantras. The mantra I am using whenever I don't have the motivation to write is:
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey whatever works for you Dominic. As long as you're pushing forward.
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Mary1316 Premium
Hi Eddy.. I am glad Kyle sent me the link to your blog. I am really not confident when it comes to writing, I think am scared of being critisized especially when it comes to my grammar. After reading this, It makes me realize that it shouldn't stop me from believing in myself.

Thanks!
Mary
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Mary,

I'm glad this article helped. We all have various fears. But as long as you do your best to help people in your content, most people will focus on that. So push forward. You'll just get better as you do more of it.
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FranDL Premium
Great article, Eddy. Years ago working for a Government contractor I wrote studies/reports on various programs in the U.S. Military. I was pretty good but that was almost 20 years ago and a different animal from developing a website and/or blogging. I need to redevelop writing skills and practice makes perfect. I have recently discovered Grammarly which I have just added to my Chrome extensions. That may give me a little more confidence with my writing.

You have been an inspiration to me since I first read blogs you have on the web on ways to make money online. It was one of your blogs that brought me to WA.

Just getting started at WA but I intend to make the most of all the experience. Thank you for all you do.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Fran,

You'll do fine especially if you follow the advice I laid out here. Writing for the government sounds way more difficult than writing for a blog. So if you were able to do that, you'll be able to blog. It should actually be easier since you can write in your real voice. It doesn't have to be as formal and tight. And don't worry too much about having perfect grammar. As long as you're helping people solve their problem, they're happy. That's your main goal with a blog.
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Boothe Premium
You're 100% right, people prefer to read "real" and honest writing over professionally written material. That's what sells best most of the time.

I love writing and blogging and I like to think I'm pretty good. When I don't write, it's usually not out of fear. It's because I can't concentrate! Go figure. Well, I guess it's a discipline that just takes practice.
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed. I'm glad you don't have any problems writing.
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Boothe Premium
Other than like I said, being able to sit down and focus on just writing. Lol! Have you ever had that problem?
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EddySalomon Premium
Yes I have and I don't write when I have those issues. The writing will come out like crap. I only write when I feel inspired. That said writing reviews tends to make things very easy since I'm just following a format. And nowadays I just outsource my writing and spend my time editing it. So it's not as much of a problem anymore.
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Boothe Premium
Yeah, reviews definitely seem to help speed the process along, they are easier to write. Still, some of my posts require a lot of though and detail. When I'm not feeling it, it doesn't happen. LOL

But I have been told that practice and habit-forming will eventually make that easier. I think it will just take some time doing it consistently.

I don't think about outsourcing yet because I'm still just getting started, but I might hit you up for advice when I think I might be ready for that. ;)
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EddySalomon Premium
Sounds good.
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2ndincome411 Premium
Heck Yeah I found this useful. I need to get over my fear and just take the plunge. I find myself even in emails to my kids' teachers checking my grammar and making sure I sound "edu-ma-cated" enough....the fear is REAL! So now after reading your article, I will just be myself and not try to be like anyone else...though I still may check my spelling...I can't help it.:-)

Thanks again Eddy for a great article and encouragement to just go for it.

~Mandu
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Mandu,
I'm glad it resonated with you. And yes it's great that you still spell check. That's actually one thing I'm pretty consistent with for the most part. lol

But at the end of the day don't try to sound like anyone else but yourself. Your blog is your personal voice. And in real life our personal voice can be informal, broken, sarcastic, witty, funny or whatever your personality happens to be.

Let that shine in your content and it will be much easier to write. And your audience will enjoy it more.
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specialkay Premium
Yes Eddy, I get writer's block a lot, but I'm learning more about finding things to write about within my niche. Thanks for this post and making me feel like I'm not on an sland alone. I'm 3 months in and haven't converted to salles yet, but it's this wonderful WA community that keeps me hopeful! Thanks for all you do ~Kay
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EddySalomon Premium
I'm glad it helped you. 3 months is still early. Stay the course.
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Will1986 Premium
Hey Eddy, I have had a fear of writing for years and it has always stopped me from doing affiliate marketing. I have paid to outsource the writing many times. I know now though, to become successful in this business you have to write tons of articles to get ranking. Your post gives me hope that I can be successful if i try and write the way I would talk. I can't afford to outsource writing all the time it will get to expensive. I'm going to focus on improving my writing skills.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Will,

I'm glad this gave you some inspiration. It's okay to outsource your articles in time. I do but I still edit the articles so they sound like me. But initially I wrote my articles and once I got the hang of it, then I felt comfortable outsourcing it because I had the experience of writing on my own. It's much easier to give directions once you've done this for a while.

And yes outsourcing all the time is expensive so you definitely want to do it yourself as well. It's not that hard if you use a conversational style and write articles that have the same format.
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Kmarchbanks Premium
Iam still scared lol I have been outsourcing my writing and just had them proofread and edited by someone else. Iam in the process of updating all 25 posts 14793 words total and iam still getting readability needs improvement from yoast. ugh and reading the suggestions on what I need to improve like for Ex Alot was written in passive voice it seems ( And these writers said they were professionals lol) Get what i paid for i guess :) I think I need to go back to school . Thanks for this article. Well written. Hey you want to write for me :)
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Kenneth,

I hear ya. I outsource my writing as well. But I still need to edit and proofread it so it sounds like me. Fortunately that's easier since I use to do a lot of my writing myself. So I think that's why its important to get over that fear.

I wouldn't go to nuts regarding what yoast says from a readability. But most of my articles tend to go green after I've edited them and added my voice. So again it's important to learn to write yourself in my opinion. Either way, glad you enjoy my writing. I'm not for hire. lol

But private message me and I can share some of the resources I use for outsourcing my writing and my tips.
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Catwoman1459 Premium
Thanks for hitting on this topic. I have good days and bad days, guess that pretty normal. I feel this is why many give up, but being a member of WA has shown me that I can do this even tho I failed miserably in English. My grammar and spelling is also bad, thank God for spell check lol!
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EddySalomon Premium
When it comes to writing, you'll definitely have good and bad days. Although certain writing styles does make it easier to have good days most of the time. I'm glad you're figuring this all out and making it work for you. I'm a native English speaker and my grammar and spelling still suck. But as I've said many times, it hasn't stopped me from making money.
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lbcounts1 Premium
Hi Eddy with a y
I think you're in my head!! Kyle turned me on to your article because I felt stuck when it comes to writing content. Your article is pretty Awesome and makes me feel much more comfortable about what to say and how to say it. I can converse pretty good - so thanks for your wise advice.

LaBarbara
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EddySalomon Premium
Didn't he tell you I'm psychic. Lol. But seriously I've been there so that's why I wrote the article. I knew may people were feeling the same thing. So I'm glad it helped you.
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lbcounts1 Premium
And you're psychic too!! WOW!! Lol
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EddySalomon Premium
Lol
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AnatoliyB Premium
Hi Eddy!
Your article is exactly describing my feeling right now! Kyle has advised me to read it and I can surely say that it was a very timely and best advice for me right now.
I'm struggling to write my first articles these days :-)
Thanks a lot for encouraging!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're very welcome Anatoliy. That's definitely the reason I wrote this article. I'm glad it helped.
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sharlafaye Premium
I found this very useful and writing conversational style definitely makes a difference. Looking back at past articles I've read in different places, I enjoyed the conversational style as opposed to just professional writing (I found it boring until I got to the part I was looking for) but conversational writing keeps you in a sense of anticipation in an engaging way.....that's the only way I know how to put it. Thanks Eddy with a y for sharing your knowledge!!!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Sharon! And I think that's the point some people miss. They get caught up in the fact they're running an online business and mistakenly think that means you need to be dry and boring. But you don't. It's your business and you should put your personality in your writing. It's the only thing that is really going to make you stand out since the information we're all sharing in our niches has probably been covered in one way or another. But how we present that information with our own personality is what will help you win over the right people. Clearly you liked my style of writing because afterwards you joined WA. So sometimes its just a matter of taking a step back to think about what we liked in content.
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sharlafaye Premium
YES, exactly. Thanks again!!!!
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analida Premium
I like you writing style, pretty informative and entertaining. I can relate to the fear aspect of blogging. Writing itself is not my strength, and even more when I am not a native English speaker. Your advices motivate me to give it a try and improve my writing as I go. Thank you again for just being you. All the best!
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EddySalomon Premium
You're welcome Ana. I'm glad it inspired you.
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MarieOkay Premium
Really useful tips Eddy. I have been reluctant to write a post thinking it was a waste of my time while I am going through the training, but the fact that it could possibly help others and also improve my writing is a great incentive. Thank you for the reminder . Now, where did I put that pen.......
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EddySalomon Premium
Hi Marie,

I'm glad you liked it. Not writing posts for your website is like not putting gas in your car. It means your business will go no where. So it's absolutely necessary so that you can actually get traffic and make money by helping people that are searching for information on a topic your niche covers. That is the core of all this so its not optional. I'm glad this article was a reminder of that.
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