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do any of you use a pen name for articles you write for content? wish you had? wish you hadn't?
right now i plan not to use a pen name.
Using a pen name for articles to make a one-person operation appear to be bigger than it is isn't all that uncommon. But can you make your writing style distinct enough to convince your readers? If not, being unmasked could be embarrassing.
Our prices are little higher than some of the competitors, but we have loyal customers who will only buy from "Pen name" because they trust HER so much.
I can't imagine doing it any other way. It has been very successful. This imaginary person now has a growing number of fans who tell their friends about her. It is all part of creating the ambience for the site and giving it a real feeling that there is a real person there, and not just another (industry name) site.
I have lots of other sites where I do not do this. But it has been effective (and fun) using a pen name in this particular type of website.
See? Pen names are sometimes your best friends.
However, if you are producing articles for a single web site under various guises, you may arouse suspicions of an intent to deceive, and that should not be constructive.
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