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Why Write an Article Summary?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 6 12

On Infobarrel or on your blog - an effective summary can help your article be successful and attract readers

What is a Summary?

On Infobarrel the summary is a short description of your article placed in a separate module from the article text.  The maximum length of an Infobarrel summary is 100 words.

On a WordPress blog the summary is called a Meta Description. Put another way, the Meta Description for an Infobarrel article is called the Summary in the Infobarrel article editor.

Basically the summary is a place that exists off page in the background to provide the reader and the search engine with additional information about your article or webpage.  It can be brought forward and visible in certain situations.

Where a Summary is Used

To the extent that a summary is included, the summary will show up in RSS feeds from Infobarrel.  

The summary may also show up in a Google search below the title of the article, but this is not always true.  If the summary contains the search term or good keyword it is more likely to show up in Google results than not, but if some other part of the article contains the search term or portions of the search term (including the comments, Author box etc) then Google will show that portion of the article instead in the search results.  

In a blog, some themes show the summary to readers on other parts of the blog rather than the first portion of the article.  This depends on how you set up the blog theme, so it is really optional.

Where it Does Not Appear

You will not see the text of the Summary anywhere on the actual article page.  Rather this information lives in the background of the page, but visible to the search engines and in specific places that pull the summary out and display it on other webpages (including search results).  

This summary text also does not appear on the Tag Pages (learn more about using Tags here).  Rather the Tag Pages display the first several lines of the article and a link to the article.

The summary for this page reads: "Understand what an article summary is, how to write one, and why to include effective summaries."  You can't see that on this page except that I just quoted it here.

What If I Don't Want to Write a Separate Summary?

It is ok to copy and paste in the first several sentences of the article.  This works well if the lead in includes your targeted keywords and tells the reader what to expect from reading the article.  

It is also permissible to not include anything in the summary box - it is an optional area on both Infobarrel and blogs.

What should the Summary Contain?

  • Inform the reader what the article is about.  People go to the web to get information to solve their problems, so the Summary should help the reader know if this article is going to help them or if it is off topic.
  • Since the reader can't see the article yet, make your Summary a teaser that will entice the reader to click-through to the article itself.
  •  Use it to introduce and/or reinforce keywords.  Remember that this text can be shown in Google search results so make sure to include the best search terms/keywords related to your article.
  • Less than 100 words, but more than a handful so that it comes up as substantial and included those all important keywords

Other Related Tips and Strategies

Adding Summaries/Meta Descriptions to your article is another opportunity to increase the SEO value of the articles and help readers find and click-through to your work.  They are both reader friendly and helpful to the search engines.  Given two similar articles on similar authority sites (or the same site), one article with, and one article without a meta description or article summary, the article or blog post with the extra text is going to perform better than the one without the extra text.

Combine the article summary tool with:

  1. Effective research into keywords that people are actually searching for and that you have a hope of ranking for. 
  2. An article that provides useful information that readers are looking for.  If you don't provide good  information readers will click away.  Google is getting better and better at identifying quality content too.
  3. Good Infobarrel Tags (or blog tags) because these help readers navigate to similar information and help search engines identify the key information in the article
  4. Quality writing that engages the readers.  An engaged reader is more likely to stick around and read more or check out your links
  5. An article free of grammar and spelling issues.  This goes to credibility
  6. Use of images to attract traffic - both those that see the images as interesting and those that search for images and find your work.
  7. Effective promotion and proper backlinking (including interlinking between articles on the same website) 

Together, these tools and approaches will yield articles that will serve you well in your quest for a living writing for passive income online. 

So go forth and summarize!  

Why I Like Infobarrel for Writing

By the way, if you are not already writing on Infobarrel, you can join Infobarrel for free and start writing on the best article directory going.  Infobarrel is great for creating backlinks and for earning Adsense revenue, Chitika revenue, and Amazon revenue.  You can also contextually use good affiliate programs on Infobarrel for extra earning capability.

Infobarrel is a well run website with owners that are involved and care about the writers.  They regularly interact with writers, answering questions in the Infobarrel forums and publishing helpful guides on how to better use the website and make more money.  Unlike some other sites I've tried where a big corporation is out to get the writers that helped build the business of the site, Infobarrel management understands that the writers are partners that make the whole revenue share site possible.



Nov 27, 2011 2:05pm
Great article, truly thought it answered my question completely, Thank You
Nov 27, 2011 2:41pm
What you have written makes so much sense. You have presented valuable information in a succinct manner. Thank you for your help.
Nov 27, 2011 2:46pm
Excellent JD!
Nov 27, 2011 6:13pm
Perfect! I always include a summary, and this article helps reinforce the importance of the summary.
Nov 27, 2011 9:36pm
I make use of the summary, but mine is usually written after my article is complete. It helps me to better organize information in the summary in that manner.
Nov 27, 2011 11:50pm
It works well either way. Write the summary first to focus your writing, or write the summary later to bring together what you wrote.
Nov 27, 2011 11:08pm
Great article, thanks! I've learned so much from you here at IB, in the forums, and on your blog....
Dec 2, 2011 12:53am
Glad I can help :) I learn a lot from others on IB too.
Dec 1, 2011 10:48pm
I always write a summary, but you provided some great tips about what to include. I will use these on my future summaries.
Dec 3, 2011 12:29am
Glad you found these ideas useful. I brought them together from comments made by other IBs. Cheers.
Dec 3, 2011 5:55am
I love to end my summaries with a couple of dots. For instance: 'Will the crisis have effect on you? There are many people who believe the financial crisis is not doing anything for them, but when you look at ...'

As some sort of teaser, I think people will click faster.
Dec 3, 2011 7:40am
Thanks for making more people aware of the importance of writing a summary
I have only just recently started writing summaries.
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