Though there are many elements that can be indicative to any form of writing excellence, There are certain factors that earmark good article writers in particular. Especially if you write articles online, these traits can have a very noticeable affect on your relative success at it.
Three obvious signs of an excellent article writer, online or in print, are :
1. Always using good sources
An excellent writer cites excellent sources. Where you get your ideas or information can be as important as what you write. Credible sources are always a must if you want to garner credibility in your own right. The better the sources you cite are, the more authoritative your writing will sound, and the more your own reputation as a valid source will grow.
2. Interesting and informative subject matter
Choosing interesting topics sparks readers interest in you. The information you bring forth with regard to these topics will hold their interest, and keep them reading your work, especially if it is well presented. People search online for information that is of value to them. In the online writing world in particular, if you make your articles interesting and informative, rather than worrying about keywords and such, they will generate search traffic on their own merits.
3. Evergreen value
There are many subjects that will always be of interest to readers. These articles are called “evergreen” because, like the trees of the same designation, they are forever in “bloom”. It pays to write about these kinds of topics instead of whatever happens to be popular at the moment. Popular may garner views today, but a good informative evergreen article is of lasting value. These articles will gain far more attention in the future than more trendy topics that may already be irrelevant by the time they are published.
These three elements are keys to writing good articles in any niche, at any time, and on pretty much any site that buys and/or showcases your work. Even if you only write on your own personal blog, the presence of these things are signs that your blog is a “go to” for valid, well written content that is timeless and informative.
Based on personal experience as a writer, editor, and administrator of various sites and online media platforms.