Is it Possible to Write the Perfect Wikinut Article?

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 25th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1p1f_f84/
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With every page written the author needs to think about many things, including spelling, grammar, and presentation, it all starts with the page title, but ultimately it is possible to write an article that Wikinut considers perfect and here are some clues as to how you might do that.

Perfect page?

Is there any such thing as a perfect article? Perhaps not, but that does not mean that we should not strive for perfection whenever we write, indeed such an article will probably have:.

  • Perfect spelling
  • Perfect grammar
  • Be exciting
  • Provide something of value to the reader
  • Be educational

Have you thought about each of these in relation to any article that you are writing?

Wikinut actually grades submissions on a scale of: 0) improvements needed (usually associated with a rejection); 1) OK or passable; 2) good; or 3) excellent in the following areas:

  • Page title
  • Page summary.
  • Originality
  • Use of English
  • Formatting
  • Links
  • Use of sections
  • Use of images
  • Preview image
  • Category
  • Keywords, and
  • Overall value

Be graded as "excellent" in each of these categories and you may have the perfect Wikinut article, yet there are many things to consider along the way.

Being Discovered

This relates to having an excellent page title, summary, powerful keywords and links.

The page title is tough because you should be looking for a unique combination of 5 to 10 words, that will excite a potential reader, that is phrased well and has good spelling and grammar. The challenge here is that a prospective reader will see your title on search engine results and from this will start to consider whether they wish to read on, if it excites them then they will either open the article or read the page summary (or at least the first 160 characters of it because that's what Google will display on its search results. A title like "The Development of Artificially founded colonies of Wood Ants in the Scottish Highlands and their impact on local Ecology" may be the right length and be unique but it sounds as if it will excite no one other than other experts in the field of wood ants, which may be acceptable if the intended audience is scientific, but not when intended for the lay person.

Ask yourself how exciting your title is, perhaps copy it into Google and see how many other articles have the same title if it is more than 10,000 hits with that word combination then change it, think of something more unique and see if the hit count goes down. I do this occasionally when I am moderating articles, to check whether your good title warrants the excellent grading.

Page summaries should augment the title, providing a nugget that will reel in the reader, this should be 160 characters or more and should be considered as a way to advertise your article, it should be the hook to reel in the reader and should never include the phrase "this article" or "this page". Commit spelling errors, use bad grammar or fail to be original and you will be downgraded from any possible "excellent" rating. Another error people frequently make is to repeat the opening sentence of their article as the page summary, it does not matter how brilliant your opening this will bore the reader and is marked as nothing more than OK.

Keywords are essential for indexing on search engines but it is important to get the balance right, too many or too few and Google won't like you and it is best to use word combinations that actually appear in your article as this makes for more powerful indexing.

These days the preview image may appear on search results so it is increasingly important to select this image wisely, leaving a default image will not earn much credit.

Your Story

Is it original? This is a major question, it does not have to be original thinking but it must be original because there are many writers that believe they can simply copy someone else's work, paste it into their new Wikinut article and hey presto it will be published, this is not the case, all the moderators are vigilant about items being copied, but it is important to know that if you copy enough things and you may have your Wikinut account terminated. Wikinut prefers new and original material, but writers are allowed to republish their own works and when doing so writers MUST let moderators know where it was previously published otherwise it may be rejected as plagiarised material. Be original and you are on route to being perfect. The quality of the story you have tell is vital and you should take a look at the following video:

It does not matter how powerful your content is when there are spelling or grammatical errors then your score will be diminished in the language use category, the more errors made the poorer the score.

Formatting is also vital. If you need to emphasise a particular phrase then you need to use the right combination of bold, italics or upper case and part of this includes access to hyperlinks which can both highlight and reference a quote by you or someone else.

Sections and Images

Use of sections and their associated images will also assist you in presenting your story through a series of logical steps. The best of writers know how to break down their contribution into distinct parts and will even do this for fictional stories or poems, this breakdown should feel natural to the reader and of course with each section there is an opportunity to provide a pictorial representation relating to the subject in question so an article teaching the reader how to do something can have instructional images in each section (quite apart from having a video embedded) and that will actually ease the descriptive text they have to use within that section. simply put adding a section will allow you to add another level of detail.

If you use an image for the first section in the article it must be a smaller one (that is automatically placed at the side), which may be a good reason to select that as your preview image. Should you need to have a large sized image associated with the section then you should place it at the top and would be where you would place a newsworthy picture.

Requires a Video

The final note on the perfect Wikinut article is that it MUST be accompanied by a video and in selecting a video you should consider its relevancy

How Perfect can you be?

The challenge for the Wikinut writer is always to improve the value of the contributions they make, powerful submissions from authors that have a good reputation for providing high quality material must enhance the standing of the site. Your challenge is to improve and strive for perfection.

Do you have something to say? To date the author (Peter B. Giblett) has published a wide variety articles on many subjects here on Wikinut plus others on a variety of other sites, these are the most recent articles published include:

Each person has a unique voice and Wikinut is great a place for you to share some of your wisdom, insight and knowledge, you could start by adding a comment, but perhaps you need something more in which case should join Wikinut, write then become connected to others who share a passion for writing, supporting one another, and learning on Wikinut.

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Social media consultant, with C-Level background.

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author avatar Mariah
26th Mar 2014 (#)

A master of the craft you are Peter, this is an excellent reference page, providing a professional writing tutorial, from the basics right through to a polished art.
The videos are very effective and thought provoking too, and have quite an impact on conveying the way people/ writers should approach and build up to their goals.
This is most certainly an article I'll be saving on my computer.
Thank you very much.


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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Mar 2014 (#)

I make mistakes, as does everyone else, it is true that there are some writers that, by a process of trial and error have hit on the right formula for writing the perfect page, but I penned this tutorial with the intent that all members of this site improve.

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author avatar spirited
27th Mar 2014 (#)

Good sensible advice, Peter

Perfection is to me also a judgement call after the basics as you outlined have been all followed.

My idea of perfection might not be yours, for example.

Perfection to me is not an ivory tower, we can all carry it with us in our own ways too.

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author avatar wonder
27th Mar 2014 (#)

A way up the hill in writing,a useful reference.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Mar 2014 (#)

This is all about each person taking small steps to improve themselves and their contribution.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Mar 2014 (#)

Striving for perfection as a way of life but not too obsessed with such an attitude can rest easily on us to wade through life but still enjoy the moments. Also experimenting to tap hidden potential that we might not be aware of. Thanks Peter for writing a perfect guide and driving home the point that nothing comes easy without putting the effort - siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Siva, you are right that improvement takes effort.

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author avatar Ptrikha
28th Mar 2014 (#)

Excellent tips- and I too try to improve upon my writing here.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Ptrikha, I enjoy reading your articles and have to say that we all have room to grow and some people, like yourself, have showed much growth, yet there are still others that lack the will to grow, because their daily contributions continue to show a need for growth.

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author avatar Ptrikha
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks Peter

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author avatar Helen Thomas
29th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks ~ Peter. I needed all of that ~ but especially ~ the part about the use of Videos.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
31st Mar 2014 (#)

You and Connie both wrote about videos -- perhaps you can answer -- how does one ensure that one has permission to use a video, for example, a YouTube video? Must one merely attribute credit for the video to establish fair use, or is there a better defined procedure that one should follow?
I personally have been avoiding the use of videos for this reason -- I did not want to be considered to be assuming ownership of anything that I did not create.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Phyl, I believe that YouTube encourage the embedding of video into any applicable page, I have attributed (although I did not here) but if readers go to the source of the video then it will be clear you are using someone else's material.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Ah. I did not know that. Thanks.

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