How To Increase Your Content Output By At Least 200% - No Joke!

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Good day y'all,

If you want to seriously increase your content output, you should grab a copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Everytime I see a thread about how great DNS is there's usually a handful of people that write "I need to grab a copy soon". Well I've seen some of these folks write that 3, 6 or even 12 months later in similar threads and I was wondering, what's stopping you now? It's a great piece of voice recognition software that one can use to talk into a microphone and crank out some serious content.

Look, I've been using DNS for over 5 years now. It started with version 5.0 that I picked up on eBay. Since then I've cranked out thousands of pages of content, creating ebooks, blog comments, reports, answering customer support e-mails, etc. using DNS. For some people it takes a little while to get it trained right.....trust me, it's worth it.

Here are some ideas if you're looking for a good deal.

1. TigerDirect usually has a good price on it, for most people you don't need the WAZZOOO version, the basic one will usually do the trick. The basic version normally costs $99.99 but you should never have to pay retail since plenty of places give discounts or rebates on it:

Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 Standard with Headset - Easy to Use, PC Software at TigerDirect.com

2. Use Shopzilla.com and type in Dragon Naturally Speaking so you can compare prices at any given time:

Shopzilla - Comparison shopping online

3. Check out both the Best Buy and Fry's Electronic websites since they sometimes run promotions on this bad boy (also check out your local electronic stores, but call them first for prices):

Best Buy

Fry's Home Electronics | Computer Parts & Accessories, Software, Games, TVs, Cameras - Frys.com

Lastly, you can also check out eBay, but make sure you find a seller with nothing but positive feedback and has been around for a while.

Awright, so whacha waitin' for?

RoD
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  • Profile picture of the author Lance K
    Honestly, DNS one of those things that flat out pays for itself.

    Think of it as an entrepreneurial kid in Canada who gave up his snow shovel in favor of a snow blower. He'll have that sucker paid off before the credit card statement arrives.
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    • Profile picture of the author btl1
      Originally Posted by Lance K View Post

      Honestly, DNS one of those things that flat out pays for itself.

      Think of it as an entrepreneurial kid in Canada who gave up his snow shovel in favor of a snow blower. He'll have that sucker paid off before the credit card statement arrives.
      Lol! That is very true. It is worth the small investment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Williams
    I'm a bit hard-headed, so I put off buying DNS for a long while. I'm a pretty fast and accurate typist, so I didn't really want the headache of learning a new piece of software and then "training" it to do what I want.

    I finally picked up a copy a few months ago. It was easily installed. Took about 15 minutes or so to "train". Nothing too difficult. The first article I wrote took about 10-12 minutes top to bottom. (Usually takes me 20-30 minutes)

    But here's the best part ... only one typo. I was stunned to say the least.

    I'm not easily impressed, but this is truly a good piece of software. I would recommend getting a better headset/microphone than what is included in the package if you want better accuracy. A simple Logitech USB headset did the trick for me.

    ~Jeff
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    • Profile picture of the author krharper
      Couldn't agree more. I have used DNS in my professional practice and to generate IM content for at least five years. Well worth the investment. By the way, their new iPhone App is incredible too.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
        Originally Posted by Lance K View Post

        ....Think of it as an entrepreneurial kid in Canada who gave up his snow shovel in favor of a snow blower. He'll have that sucker paid off before the credit card statement arrives.
        Lance, I totally dug the metaphor (and so true!).

        Originally Posted by Jeff Williams View Post

        I'm a bit hard-headed, so I put off buying DNS for a long while. I'm a pretty fast and accurate typist, so I didn't really want the headache of learning a new piece of software and then "training" it to do what I want.

        I finally picked up a copy a few months ago. It was easily installed. Took about 15 minutes or so to "train". Nothing too difficult. The first article I wrote took about 10-12 minutes top to bottom. (Usually takes me 20-30 minutes)

        But here's the best part ... only one typo. I was stunned to say the least.

        I'm not easily impressed, but this is truly a good piece of software. I would recommend getting a better headset/microphone than what is included in the package if you want better accuracy. A simple Logitech USB headset did the trick for me.

        ~Jeff
        Man, if that doesn't convince anyone to get it........I have to admit it, I'm in love with the software. When I first got it, it took me a few days to get used to writing with my voice instead of typing. I discovered that my brain worked a little differently when I was talking. Writing ten or twenty articles a day used to be really tough and hard on my wrist, but not anymore. I liked it so much, I bought a copy for anyone who does writing for me.

        Originally Posted by krharper View Post

        Couldn't agree more. I have used DNS in my professional practice and to generate IM content for at least five years. Well worth the investment. By the way, their new iPhone App is incredible too.
        Didn't know they had an iPhone app, thanx for the tip.

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        • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
          Man I tried this and it just wouldn't get above 70-80% success rate. I wish it had of at least got above 90 and I would have been happy. Maybe I should be their Northern Irish voice trainer.. We're left out you know. Not fair.
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  • Profile picture of the author mello
    I've always thought that it would be quicker for me to think and write than speak and write. Then I heard someone say that the neurons between the brain and the hand are slower than from the mouth to the hand (or something similar). Sounds like the converts agree.

    DNS has improved significantly over the years ... may just be time to look at buying. Thanks for the tip.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    How does it handle background noise? I have two little kids who are less than quiet.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lance K
      Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

      How does it handle background noise? I have two little kids who are less than quiet.
      Nothing a noise canceling microphone and a roll of duct tape shouldn't handle.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

      How does it handle background noise? I have two little kids who are less than quiet.
      What Lance said.

      In all seriousness, it handles background noise really well. As proof of this I can blast music while I'm talking and it only picks up my voice. As proof of this I'm typing the paragraph below with DNS and loud music in the background.......

      Jack and Jill went up the hill to hit me with your best shot fire away! Jack jumped over the quick brown master! master! master of puppets pulling your strings! What the? Lucky, get out of there! Get out of the freaking trash can you dumb mutt ah crap is this thing still on?

      See, works like charm! lol (Of course DNS owners know the above is impossible since you have say the punctuation if you want it to appear).

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      • Profile picture of the author Heuristic
        Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

        Jack and Jill went up the hill to hit me with your best shot fire away! Jack jumped over the quick brown master! master! master of puppets pulling your strings! What the? Lucky, get out of there! Get out of the freaking trash can you dumb mutt ah crap is this thing still on?
        RoD



        I have version 9.5 at the moment and it is probably 97% accurate. I still have to proof-read for words that it "thought" I said. Not too often though. Does anyone know if there is a significant improvement between 9.5 and version 10 as far as accuracy goes? Otherwise, I'll wait for the next update.
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        • Profile picture of the author adamv
          I've got version 10 preferred. It's fantastic. Of course you still have to proof read but that's should be standard operating procedure whether you talk to your computer or type the old fashioned way.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Williams
      Originally Posted by Lisa Gergets View Post

      How does it handle background noise? I have two little kids who are less than quiet.
      Lisa,

      Believe me, it does an excellent job with background noise. (If it's loud noise, DNS usually won't write anything it doesn't understand. It just displays a small "?" for a second and then awaits real words from you)

      I live with an angry and vocal German woman who likes to keep CNN blasting on the TV and I have 2 dogs that just will not stop barking no matter how many Liv-a-Snaps I feed them ... so yeah, noise is my life. DNS filters it all out very nicely. (Thank God.)

      ~Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
    I second that. DNS can really help increase output once you learn how to use it. The trick is not to get discouraged if it isn't perfect right from the start. It's like a marriage, you both have to get used to each other.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    I see that there is 3 versions. I have found one for $37 Dragon Naturally Speaking Essential 10

    What is the advantage of getting the more expensive models? I actually saw this first on the Sky Mall catalog and thought it would be sweet. I would like it for article and email writing.

    Thanks,
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by Raygun View Post

      I see that there is 3 versions. I have found one for $37 Dragon Naturally Speaking Essential 10

      What is the advantage of getting the more expensive models? I actually saw this first on the Sky Mall catalog and thought it would be sweet. I would like it for article and email writing.

      Thanks,
      Raygun
      The more expensive ones allow you to do more things such as actually open and close applications with your voice (the basic version can't do that). If you use a compatible digital voice recorder you can record while you are on the go and then plug it in and it will type out what you recorded. Pretty handy if you move around a lot. Just read up on their descriptions for more specifics.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tinkerbell
    Guess I'm the oddball here because I prefer to type my articles. When I try to "talk them out" things get garbled and confused, and my thoughts don't flow like they do when I'm fingers to the keyboard.

    Personally, I think it's a personality thing. I love to write, but the thought of "speaking" makes me cringe.

    DNS is likely a wonderful timesaver and content creation booster for anyone who enjoys talking more than typing, but for right now, it just isn't for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author willyboy104
    I am interested in purchasing this however I am wondering how long does it take to get used to?

    I am also very skeptical to think I could write articles faster through speaking than typing as I am pretty good at typing. However after reading the comments above it seems after a couple of tries most people find it much easier.

    Bah I am so split about this I just don't know...
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    • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
      Originally Posted by willyboy104 View Post

      I am interested in purchasing this however I am wondering how long does it take to get used to?

      I am also very skeptical to think I could write articles faster through speaking than typing as I am pretty good at typing. However after reading the comments above it seems after a couple of tries most people find it much easier.

      Bah I am so split about this I just don't know...
      With the tutorial it comes with and the cheat sheet, it shouldn't take longer an hour or so of use, if that. After a day of using it, I was really comfortable using it. DNS does seem to have trouble with certain accents so it might take a little longer to "train", but the newest version is better than the previous version and more accurate.

      Don't be skeptical. I've got my trained to write 175 wpm at a minimum. On a good day I can type 75-100 wpm with my hands, but DNS blows my speed away. I like typing, but I've developed carpel tunnel so I can't type as much as I used to, so DNS is a life saver.

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  • Profile picture of the author kay12345
    i tried DNS and it is just amazing how much faster compare to typing

    however i found that outsourcing is the key
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      I have DNS but I can't use it. Problem with me is, my mind races so fast when
      I am writing (how do you think I got almost 14,000 posts here) that when
      I try to speak my articles, I can't slow down enough for DNS to make any
      sense of what I'm saying PLUS I can't really express myself the way I want
      to.

      My 35 WPM typing forces me to slow down my thinking and thus, helps me
      churn out much better content than with DNS.

      Besides, I don't do nearly as much writing as I use to for it to make any
      real difference in how much I get out in a day.

      Having said all that, if you train it well and get used to it, and can force
      yourself to actually slow your brain down, it's a great tool.

      But yes, proofreading is a MUST. It is NOT perfect.
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      • Profile picture of the author peter_act
        I write a lot of articles and Dragon Naturally Speaking has ben a lifesaver.
        I can get out the bare bones of an article in under five minutes. Then I go through the Word document, quickly fixing up all the stuff highlighted in green and red, then do a complete re-read - as Steven says, Spellcheck is not foolproof.
        Normally the article is ready for submission in under a quarter of an hour, as compared to the over half an hour it used to take me.
        I highly recommend it.
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  • Profile picture of the author FiatMoney
    this is something that i might need to look into
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  • Profile picture of the author Tangycontent
    Having written millions upon millions of words for clients over the past few years, and now having a team of writers on my staff, I can assure you that using Dragon Naturally Speaking will only speed you up if you're already a capable writer. If your ability to write is poor, it will simply speed up the rate at which crap is produced.

    To offer another analogy: giving a crappy driver a Ferrari to replace their Hyundai isn't going to do a lot for them other than give them the ability to drive poorly at a faster speed.

    Those that need to write high volumes of content will likely get a lot more use out of a phrase expansion software, which will allow you to create short macros for longer phrases. For instance, when I need to type the words "auto insurance" I simply type "ai" and hit space in Word, and "auto insurance" fills in for me. Easy.

    Check http://www.phraseexpress.com for Windows (it's freeware!) or http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/ for Mac.

    Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author giuseph90
      Rod Cortez's way of producing such results seems to require a lot of time for you to be able to achieve the result that it promises. For all I know you can also just hire somebody to give you high quality content whenever you need it for a low price depending on your contract.
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    • Profile picture of the author peter_act
      Originally Posted by Tangycontent View Post

      Having written millions upon millions of words for clients over the past few years, and now having a team of writers on my staff, I can assure you that using Dragon Naturally Speaking will only speed you up if you're already a capable writer. If your ability to write is poor, it will simply speed up the rate at which crap is produced.

      Good luck.
      Couldn't agree more, it won't turn crap into a diamond, but it can help cut and polish the diamond more quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    It only works if you are an organized thinker and speaker. Otherwise, it's faster if you just type out your content.
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    • Profile picture of the author LarryC
      Originally Posted by icoachu View Post

      It only works if you are an organized thinker and speaker. Otherwise, it's faster if you just type out your content.
      I would think that too. However, it could be a good way to improve your speaking ability as well. I'd certainly like to try it.
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      • Profile picture of the author icoachu
        Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

        I would think that too. However, it could be a good way to improve your speaking ability as well. I'd certainly like to try it.
        I don't just THINK that. I KNOW it. I used to use Dragon Naturally Speaking for my articles. I write much faster and produce BETTER materials writing them out instead of dictating them.

        Remember, when you dictate, you still have to EDIT. You are WORKING TWICE.
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  • Profile picture of the author champion510
    Some really interesting advice here.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I've been considering buying this and now I just may do it. If it can increase my content output by that much it would be well worth it.
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