As someone who's written for content mills and low paying crappy clients at the whole "$5 per article rate" one of the frequent comments I've heard from them is:
"You should be able to bang two or three of these out per hour"
Invariably, I would take nearly an hour to research, write, and edit even *one*, even if I was trying to move quickly.
My best articles - the ones that I've done for popular sites like Make a Living Writing and Writers in Charge, have taken me up to three hours to write, but this includes killer introductions, great and informative content backed by serious research, and a great call to action.
Even when writing for my blog, I usually take 1.5 -2 hours to write a decent post.
So my question to you is:
1. How long does it take you write a "decent" article - nothing flashy, basic grammar with a couple of proper sources.
2. How long does it take you to write a GREAT article/post - one that leaves your readers begging for more?