How do you write 10 articles in 5 hours?

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Say you are writing on a brand new topic that you have never written about. How do you go about writing 10 articles that are 500 words each within 5 hours.

What steps do you take, and how long do you take in each step is what I want to know.
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  • Profile picture of the author WritingMadwoman
    I would spend 30-60 minutes researching, depending on the topic - if it's not a really complex topic I could get it done in 20 minutes or so. While researching I'd be making notes for good article ideas.

    After researching, create the outlines for each article, then start writing! Since I've already familiarized myself with the topic and have a bunch of notes, it shouldn't take very long to write each article - then any remaining time would be spent proofreading and editing/rewriting.

    That's if all of the articles are all on the same topic (I assumed that's what you meant).

    If they were on different topics, I'd spend 10 minutes researching and 20 minutes writing for each.

    I think you'll get a bunch of different answers on this one, should be interesting to see!

    Wendy
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    • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
      Originally Posted by HypeFree View Post

      I think it's better to pay someone to do all that
      If people don't have the money to pay, they have to start somewhere....
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    • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
      Originally Posted by WritingMadwoman View Post

      I would spend 30-60 minutes researching, depending on the topic - if it's not a really complex topic I could get it done in 20 minutes or so. While researching I'd be making notes for good article ideas.

      After researching, create the outlines for each article, then start writing! Since I've already familiarized myself with the topic and have a bunch of notes, it shouldn't take very long to write each article - then any remaining time would be spent proofreading and editing/rewriting.

      That's if all of the articles are all on the same topic (I assumed that's what you meant).

      If they were on different topics, I'd spend 10 minutes researching and 20 minutes writing for each.

      I think you'll get a bunch of different answers on this one, should be interesting to see!

      Wendy
      I could never write articles that fast and probably would not want to if I wanted quality. However, Wendy gives the best way to be productive and make quick progress. I use virtually the same methods as she does. Everyone is probably a little different but the most important step she points out is "create outlines for each article." For me that alone makes a huge difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
    Originally Posted by Freelancing10 View Post

    Say you are writing on a brand new topic that you have never written about. How do you go about writing 10 articles that are 500 words each within 5 hours.

    What steps do you take, and how long do you take in each step is what I want to know.
    You write 2 articles every hour

    Seriously, though....just do some basic research via a Google search, and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)
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  • Profile picture of the author mlord10
    I would go to ezinearticles.com and see what people have already written on the subject. Of course you should not copy their material, but if you know little about the subject at hand then it gives you a reference point to start researching.

    Do some basic research, and figure out what the target market is looking for. Writing a good article is only half of the battle, because you also need to make sure that you answer/solve problems within your article.
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  • Profile picture of the author mnonline
    well, if you write a very short 10 articles then you can I heard that people use program or something to write it. It really doesn't take that long.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    Okay, here it is straight.

    Assuming you're typing, not a typing fiend, and can go at about 30 wpm, that
    means a 500 word article will take you about 17 minutes, provided that
    everything you need to write is already in your head.

    With a topic you know very well, this isn't a problem.

    The problem comes when you try to write about something you know
    nothing about. So let's for argument sake say that it takes you a good 3
    hours to thoroughly research a topic.

    Divide that 3 hours between 10 articles an it comes out to about 18 minutes
    per article. Add that 18 minutes to the 17 minutes it takes to actually type
    the article and now you're at 35 minutes per article.

    Want to reduce that?

    Either get faster at typing or get speech dictation software and train it
    really well.

    Can it be done, 10 articles in 5 hours on a topic you know nothing about?

    Sure, but it's not easy...not by a long shot.
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  • Profile picture of the author eaglechick
    If you don't want to hire someone to write your articles here is some guidelines I've used myself with great success.

    Preparation and Research

    Step 1 - Decide on the topics in your niche you want to cover with your articles
    Step 2 - Have the keywords ready you want to target
    Step 3 - Have the anchor text (html) ready for the resource box in a notepad file
    Step 4 - Do your research and gather information (wikipedia, gutenberg, dummies books - just look inside the cover of dummies books on Amazon and take notes of the index to see what they cover) do not plagiarize - It is just an indication on what to cover
    Step 5 - Look at EZA and size up your competition (TimG- WF has an excellent guide on this) I don't know if I'm allowed to put his link in here but just visit his profile or check his sig)
    Step 6 - Divide your research into the different topics you want to cover - keep it in one folder and sub-folders

    Writing Articles

    Article 1 - General information plus strong call to action
    Article 2 - Do and dont's of something specific in your niche
    Article 3 - Common mistakes or pitfalls to avoid in your niche
    Article 5 - Frequently asked questions and answers
    Article 6 - Tips and tricks to use
    Article 7 - Make a numbered list of anything worthwhile on your topic
    Article 8 - Focus on a specific problem in niche and provide solutions (not too much otherwise they're not going to click)
    Article 9 - The Top 10 best ways to do something or tips etc in your niche
    Article 10 - Use your imagination and come up with some xtra ordinary or imaginative topic to cover or do a combination of the above - dig deeper and come up with a new angle.

    Some more experienced marketers (like Steven W) would be able to elaborate more on the above and I know they've got fancy names like "panning for gold" etc.

    Depending on your niche chop and change the above. Take one topic do all 10, then rinse and repeat.

    Don't know how much experience you have with AM but here is some important tips to keep in mind

    Important Tips

    - Write a Compelling, longer article title
    - Keep the paragraphs no longer than 5 sentences
    - Break long articles up into smaller paragraphs and use paragraph headings
    - Use bold, italic or bullet points but don't overdo it
    - Don't give too little info but you should also not give too much info otherwise there is no reason for the visitor to click on your link
    - Don't cut off your article abruptly and then put up the resource box, try and make the resource box an extension of your article by using the following words,
    and, therefore, now, one more great tip is to, for more ways to etc.

    If you visit the EZA blog you'll get lots of tips on how to write articles fast and they have some of the above templates available. Some great info there - http://blog.ezinearticles.com/

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
      Originally Posted by eaglechick View Post

      If you don't want to hire someone to write your articles here is some guidelines I've used myself with great success.

      Preparation and Research

      Step 1 - Decide on the topics in your niche you want to cover with your articles
      Step 2 - Have the keywords ready you want to target
      Step 3 - Have the anchor text (html) ready for the resource box in a notepad file
      Step 4 - Do your research and gather information (wikipedia, gutenberg, dummies books - just look inside the cover of dummies books on Amazon and take notes of the index to see what they cover) do not plagiarize - It is just an indication on what to cover
      Step 5 - Look at EZA and size up your competition (TimG- WF has an excellent guide on this) I don't know if I'm allowed to put his link in here but just visit his profile or check his sig)
      Step 6 - Divide your research into the different topics you want to cover - keep it in one folder and sub-folders

      Writing Articles

      Article 1 - General information plus strong call to action
      Article 2 - Do and dont's of something specific in your niche
      Article 3 - Common mistakes or pitfalls to avoid in your niche
      Article 5 - Frequently asked questions and answers
      Article 6 - Tips and tricks to use
      Article 7 - Make a numbered list of anything worthwhile on your topic
      Article 8 - Focus on a specific problem in niche and provide solutions (not too much otherwise they're not going to click)
      Article 9 - The Top 10 best ways to do something or tips etc in your niche
      Article 10 - Use your imagination and come up with some xtra ordinary or imaginative topic to cover or do a combination of the above - dig deeper and come up with a new angle.

      Some more experienced marketers (like Steven W) would be able to elaborate more on the above and I know they've got fancy names like "panning for gold" etc.

      Depending on your niche chop and change the above. Take one topic do all 10, then rinse and repeat.

      Don't know how much experience you have with AM but here is some important tips to keep in mind

      Important Tips

      - Write a Compelling, longer article title
      - Keep the paragraphs no longer than 5 sentences
      - Break long articles up into smaller paragraph and use paragraph headings
      - Use bold, italic or bullet points but don't overdo it
      - Don't give too little info but you should also not give too much info otherwise there is no reason for the visitor to click on your link
      - Don't cut off your article abruptly and then put up the resource box, try and make the resource box an extension of your article by using the following words,
      and, therefore, now, one more great tip is to, for more ways to etc.

      If you visit the EZA blog you'll get a lot of tips on how to write articles fast and they have some of the above templates available. Some great info there - Article Writing & Marketing Insights – EzineArticles Blog

      Good luck!
      Awesome Post!

      I think one of the biggest things is don't stress over it and over-think it, just dive in and start working away at it
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  • Profile picture of the author yves
    A very quick guide would be:

    If it's a topic you know nothing about, then I would spend around 40 minutes reading other articles and other resources. Then I would get 10 keywords in the niche and make titles to guide the content of the articles.

    Then I would follow the structure of an opening paragraph introducing the topic with perhaps a question related to the title, the body which would contain 2-3 bits of choice info depending on the topic and of course answering the question/s and the conclusion which is just summing up the body. You may need to refer to your info resources every so often. If it's just 300-400 word articles, they should take you no more than around 30 minutes each or less.

    Yves
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  • Profile picture of the author rickdearr
    Originally Posted by HypeFree View Post

    I would pull a credit card and get it done in 10 minutes
    That's what I was going to say too, but looks like this person has a project and wants to only spend 5 hrs to complete it.

    Oh wait, still pull out CC and get someone else to do it for less and keep the difference, you now have a scaleable profitable business...
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Green
    Originally Posted by HypeFree View Post

    I would pull a credit card and get it done in 10 minutes
    Hilarious!
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  • Profile picture of the author reynoldscorb
    I always start by outlining my articles.

    If I'm writing 10 articles, I outline 10 broad topics I want to cover within my niche.

    I then make 3 points for each broad topic.

    Once I have 3 points under each topics, I begin to fill in sentences between points to connect them.

    Once the outline is done, writing the article won't take more than a few minutes. I highly recommend outlining before you write. You'll find your articles 100x easier to write, and much better organized for your readers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
      Originally Posted by reynoldscorb View Post

      I always start by outlining my articles.

      If I'm writing 10 articles, I outline 10 broad topics I want to cover within my niche.

      I then make 3 points for each broad topic.

      Once I have 3 points under each topics, I begin to fill in sentences between points to connect them.

      Once the outline is done, writing the article won't take more than a few minutes. I highly recommend outlining before you write. You'll find your articles 100x easier to write, and much better organized for your readers.
      This is a great way to describe outlining and why it works so well!
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      • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
        Originally Posted by HypeFree View Post

        I disagree to me it looks like it describes how to be an article writer not an internet marketer to me those 2 things are different, am I wrong?
        Wasn't that the OP's question?

        How do you write 10 articles....?
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        • Profile picture of the author Spot the Ball
          Use writing templates, you can research your topic and then apply 10 different templates/frameworks to write about the subject in different ways.

          Another trick would be to search for related articles and then open a new notepad document, highlight sentances or paragraphs in a systematic way from the original article and re-write every sentance or paragraph in your own slant into notepad - in other words, you are just breaking it down into bite sized chunks.

          After doing this you can then feed it into a spinner and search for better words or phrases to polish the article up a bit if you are as crap as I am with writing.

          I am currently going after a competetive keyword with 200,000 google exact searches per month, to outsource enough articles for this would cost too much, by using the highlight and re-write method I will become fairly proficient about the subject matter and THEN using templates will become much easier to write naturally about the niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author tylerdrun
    There's a book by a guy named Jason Flahedein. How To Write An Article In 7 Minutes Or Less

    writing 7 minute articles. I haven't tried it though but i'll be getting that one this week for sure. i write 400 word articles in 12 minutes but that ain't enough.

    Here's my plan to writing articles:

    - Do initial research on your niche using article directories/niche sites... Copy them down and have them noted in a text file.
    - If you want print it up and read it.
    - Create an article template that suits your style. Do you want to discuss 3 things in an article(tips) or 1 tip in an article.
    - Start writing

    But before you start, make sure you have keywords or topics in a seperate file. So it'll be ultra fast.

    Here's something you can do if you are used to writng 3 - 4 tips per article.

    Article 1 - Tip A,Tip B, Tip C
    Article 2 - Tip D,E,F
    Article 3 - Tip G,H,I
    Article 4 - Tip K,L,M
    Article 5 - Tip M,N,O

    Article 6 - Tip A,D,G
    Article 7 - E,M,I
    and so on.

    This will mean your article writing will be faster because your focus level is high. But make sure you reword all the tips in the right way...

    And another thing is write consistently(10 a day). Make a commitment.

    Those who say success doesn't require hard work are liars. They are the wannabe cool guys.

    SUCCESS REQUIRES A PRICE. AND IT's CONSISTENT HARD WORK, PERIOD.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by tylerdrun View Post

      There's a book by a guy named Jason Flahedein. How To Write An Article In 7 Minutes Or Less
      A big part of it is using dictation software. Without it, no way you write
      an article in 7 minutes unless it's either a very short article or you type
      100 wpm. At 100 wpm, a 500 word article (providing you need to do no
      research) can be written in 5 minutes.

      It takes me 17 minutes to type a 500 word article. With DNS, I can do it
      in 10, but I hate the feel of DNS so I don't use it anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDawson
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    I can write 10 articles in an hour or two after I have researched and written a little about the niche already.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      At 100 wpm, a 500 word article (providing you need to do no
      research) can be written in 5 minutes.
      I'm super fast on keyboard so 100 wpm is not unusual - but I still can't write a good 500 word article in 5 minutes because the brain also has to work on it to organize phrasing and layout.

      If I've done the research or know the topic - can do one every 15 minutes for 3 hours before I need a break if writing for my own sites. Writing for others I slow down to pay more attention to structure of the articles.

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  • Profile picture of the author burnfatnotmuscle
    wow that is quite tiresome.. but if i were to write that then i will budget the time.. two articles per hour...

    in an article break the main keyword/main topic into subtopic then explain each sub topic.. that could make it consume shorter time.
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  • Profile picture of the author nightxowl
    I find the best method for me is to find 2 or 3 good sized articles on the topic, copy and paste the main points from each article into a new document and then go through each point and write it in my own words and style. Once I'm that far, I connect each point together with intermediate sentences so that the whole thing flows together as a complete article. I always have a thesaurus to hand when doing this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Deegan
    For me it all comes down to good research or having a prior knowledge of the subject matter before I start writing. I combine that with some mind mapping, some topic structure templates, some headline templates and resource box templates. The key is having everything in place in advance.

    Regarding research I presonally disagree with this whole bit about reading a few articles on ezinearticles then tacking the bits into a new article. The quality of research used on many articles at ezinearticles is questionable at best. A lot of it composed of people doing the same thing. Just rewriting and rewording existing articles.

    The method in it self is not bad but it's the source research material (ezine articles) I don't like.

    Personally I rather pick up a few books and magazines and use them as the base for my research. It's more prep time...but as they say...garbage in garbage out...
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by Freelancing10 View Post

    Say you are writing on a brand new topic that you have never written about. How do you go about writing 10 articles that are 500 words each within 5 hours.
    If you aren't sure how people write quickly, try this simple exercise. Sit down and start typing out your train of thought on any subject at all. Just whatever you're thinking about. If you're thinking about articles, just start writing what you're planning to do with your articles and how you plan to do it. Don't worry about spelling or grammar or anything like that, just write. After five minutes, stop and use the word count feature in your word processor or text editor to see what you've written.

    Most people can write 60 to 80 words in five minutes, and with practice you can more than double that - making a 300 word article possible in ten minutes, and a 500 word in fifteen. Similarly, as you do more and more research for articles, you'll get better at it and be able to do the broad-overview research for an article in about five to ten minutes.

    Now, the problem comes in when you start asking how to write a good article in that time.

    Shameless plug: my .357 Article Method has helped a lot of brand-new article writers to go from "I can't write an article" to "I can write articles all day long" with great success. It's all about subdividing. You start with the fundamental question of what your article is about, and then you divide that into sections, divide each section into individual points, and turn each individual point into a paragraph.

    As far as how I personally write ten articles on a new subject in five hours, I don't. If it's a new subject, I expect to burn an entire day on research and then take an hour or more per article. So ten articles on a brand new subject that I don't know at all is roughly a 25-hour proposition for me, and my prices reflect that. But my work isn't really much good for search engine fodder, anyway - it's geared more toward authority blogs and repeat visitors. My articles are supposed to attract and retain a consistent readership on your site, not just get them over there to click on an ad.
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  • Profile picture of the author marica theuma
    Hi

    I think it's a good way of making money, but you have to put in some effort, needless to say. The speed will eventually improve. I'd concentrate more on giving out value, trying to be different, so my articles have a better chance.
    Thanks for the strategies shared in previous posts...they make sense.

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  • Profile picture of the author driven247
    I would spend about half the time researching then outlining each article. Then use dragon naturally speaking to compose all the articles. That would probably take even less than 5 hours. But make no mistake about it you have to be 100% focused and distraction free.
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