Crank out Articles FAST...Anyone Got Tips?

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Hey there!

I'm trying to cut my article composition time down significantly. I've gone from being able to produce a quality, 750-800 word, keyword optimized article in 45 minutes to about 30 minutes. However, my goal is to make it to 15 minutes per article(without losing quality of course)!!!

No I'm not looking for an article spinner or some push button shortcut...Instead, maybe you have an outlining or research method I have yet to consider!

I found this book on Amazon that had "Article Templates" in it which is basically a list of 100's of title ideas, 100's of jumping off points, etc...BUT anytime I want to refer to it I have to launch a kindle reader and skim through 100's of pages to find what I want which is a huge waste of time. If something like that were available that was searchable/editable I think it would be really helpful!

I appreciate any thoughts/comments you can provide!

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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    Just like with writing articles takes you back to those old days of English class. There are basic templates you can use just make yourself a blue print and follow it each time. The more you can short cut and make easier on yourself the faster your going to be able to produce articles. That blueprint should be created by you since you already have in place what works now you just need to find shortcuts for what your already doing write it all down first.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    I wrote a short report on this.

    The trick is to start with good research and an outline.

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  • Profile picture of the author Dominican
    Learning to trust where your hands land is one way, so that you can type extremely fast, without looking at the keyboard. This helps you to write and edit in real time, closer to the time it takes you to think...

    Another key, is to read, read, and read whatever it is that you are giving tips on, and memorize it, so that it becomes like clockwork, when you write, it will just be at the front of your mind what to say, and how to say it.

    If you don't know your own template by now, figure that out, or test to find one that works. Once you have memorized how your template is, you can just keep one lying around, where you replace the words, for each new article.

    I said it above, but I will say it again... read...learn. Speed and quality can go together. If you've ever heard a debate, or seen kids answer very complicated questions on the spot in school...etc... then you know that it can be done.

    But the only way it can be done, is to read. If you dont want to go off the crap online, buy real books completed by scholars, or go to a library and get tons of books in your niche.

    Get tons, to see the different styles of writing...notice which ones you emotionally connect with, or which ones you find to be easy reading, or clever etc...

    Begin to learn it, so it becomes like a habit. This sounds like a lot of work, but it's the same thing babies do....they mimic mom and dad, until suddenly they are walking..suddenly they are talking.

    They did this by watching and observing and repetition...and it didnt take them years to learn really either...

    You are a few steps ahead, and you can catch on quickly, because you can read, you are familiar with your niches, you just have to pump in more

    One final thing, is to get a timer. Set it to 15.....make your word/wordpad window smaller, so that you can see the timer...

    Start writing, and type fast. You can go in and fix ANYTHING after...but you just want to get it out now...say what you have to say....as if this were a dear friend and you were giving them the advice....genuinely...imagine someone came to you...just get it out.

    The buzzer should go off at 15...and you should type faster than ever, to ensure you are done by then.

    Do this every time, and you will get down to 15...not for every article... there may be some that you really invest in, but that is fine.

    Like I said you can edit and fix after, but just get the most important information and ideas out in those 15 minutes.

    I know some folks here spend hours on their articles, and they prefer it, but as I said, it is also possible to have speed and quality...there are many examples in the educated world, where it is required to complete something technical or advanced in a very short period.
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  • Profile picture of the author WaterSprings
    I agree on being so familiar with the subject that I can write non stop without any pause.
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    Sounds like you need some dictation software so you don't have to type. You can speak faster than you can type.

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  • Profile picture of the author richrowley
    Yeh I'd def go for some voice recognition software too. I use Dragon and it saves me so much time!
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    Originally Posted by J0hnnycl1ckz View Post

    Hey there!

    I'm trying to cut my article composition time down significantly. I've gone from being able to produce a quality, 750-800 word, keyword optimized article in 45 minutes to about 30 minutes. However, my goal is to make it to 15 minutes per article(without losing quality of course)!!!

    No I'm not looking for an article spinner or some push button shortcut...Instead, maybe you have an outlining or research method I have yet to consider!

    I found this book on Amazon that had "Article Templates" in it which is basically a list of 100's of title ideas, 100's of jumping off points, etc...BUT anytime I want to refer to it I have to launch a kindle reader and skim through 100's of pages to find what I want which is a huge waste of time. If something like that were available that was searchable/editable I think it would be really helpful!

    I appreciate any thoughts/comments you can provide!

    What greatly speeds up my writing now has it always has in the past was that I don't write just one article at a time.

    Once I have a topic in mind, I create several fast rough outlines, usually 8 - 10 and then I just open a word document and start writing each one. If while I'm writing one, I get an idea for one of the other ones, I open a new word document and post the paragraph or two over there.

    I don't proof it or try to make everything work out or anything, I just write what comes in my mind like I was explaining things to someone.

    Then, when I have 8 - 10 word documents open, I go back to one at a time, clean up each one, proof read it and check for grammar and spelling.

    When I'm done, I have 8 to 10 different but related articles in a niche ready to go. That usually takes me 2 to 2.5 hours.

    I never calculated it before now but that ends up being 6 - 18.5 minutes per article.

    And they must be pretty good quality because my articles generally get syndicated thousands of times.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      I'd love to be able to crank out some quality articles in that time.

      Unfortunately, my words don't sound great when I read them back. I can write a decent template in about an hour, but it takes me about another 5 hours to craft each individual sentence, lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author J0hnnycl1ckz
      Originally Posted by thebitbotdotcom View Post

      Sounds like you need some dictation software so you don't have to type. You can speak faster than you can type.

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      Yep, I already have Dragon 11.5 Premium and that is the main reason I sped up my writings in the first place. If anyone is on the fence about this software...I believe it is more than worth the investment.

      Originally Posted by TopKat22 View Post

      What greatly speeds up my writing now has it always has in the past was that I don't write just one article at a time.

      Once I have a topic in mind, I create several fast rough outlines, usually 8 - 10 and then I just open a word document and start writing each one. If while I'm writing one, I get an idea for one of the other ones, I open a new word document and post the paragraph or two over there.

      I don't proof it or try to make everything work out or anything, I just write what comes in my mind like I was explaining things to someone.

      Then, when I have 8 - 10 word documents open, I go back to one at a time, clean up each one, proof read it and check for grammar and spelling.

      When I'm done, I have 8 to 10 different but related articles in a niche ready to go. That usually takes me 2 to 2.5 hours.

      I never calculated it before now but that ends up being 6 - 18.5 minutes per article.

      And they must be pretty good quality because my articles generally get syndicated thousands of times.
      You know, I have never considered multitasking during article creation in this way. I'm usually writing on 10-12 very similar topics and ideas do come and go as I'm working on one article that I usually forget by the time I get to the next article. I really appreciate the advice and will definitely give this a shot...thank you very much for your input!

      Originally Posted by PaulyC View Post

      Hey there,

      I used to write articles for my business and I came up with a strategy that allowed me to really breeze through my writing... Here's how I do it:

      Step 1 - Determine the title based on keyword research
      Step 2 - Create 10 important ideas the article must discuss
      Step 3 - For each idea you have, try to break that into 3 smaller pieces of information

      It's a way of mind-mapping your articles before you write them, now all you have to do is fill in the information you've outlined.

      This assumes you are well-versed in your topic, and if you are, this strategy should cut your time down significantly because all of the ideas are already on paper, its just a matter of speaking about them.

      Hope that helps you a bit!

      Pauly C
      That sounds interesting! I think I'm going to try using your outlining process with TopKat22's multitasking idea. I have a feeling that thanks to you two guys I will be reaching my goal sooner than later!

      Thank you all for the helpful comments!

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    Hey there,

    I used to write articles for my business and I came up with a strategy that allowed me to really breeze through my writing... Here's how I do it:

    Step 1 - Determine the title based on keyword research
    Step 2 - Create 10 important ideas the article must discuss
    Step 3 - For each idea you have, try to break that into 3 smaller pieces of information

    It's a way of mind-mapping your articles before you write them, now all you have to do is fill in the information you've outlined.

    This assumes you are well-versed in your topic, and if you are, this strategy should cut your time down significantly because all of the ideas are already on paper, its just a matter of speaking about them.

    Hope that helps you a bit!

    Pauly C
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    My issue with voice recognition or even recording it and having someone transcribe it was that I talk so fast it didn't pick up most of what I said and found that if I just type with out correcting or looking at sentence structure or anything, I can get a lot done quickly.

    Plus, some advice I've gotten from several mentors in different business fields including internet marketing is when you are doing something, do whatever it is 10 at a time.

    Repetition at that moment increases speed the more you do.

    So I write 8 - 10 articles at a time.

    I do 10 videos at a time.

    Whatever you do, do 10 at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author steven sanderson
    Hi there

    Yes, outsource, we have a great lady in the Philippines who is very reasonable and writes loads of quality articles for us every week, no way could we do it as quick, even if we had the time.

    All the best
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  • Profile picture of the author canada94
    I would agree with other posts, some form of voice recognition or outsourcing would be the way to go.

    Hope this helps

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    Originally Posted by J0hnnycl1ckz View Post

    I'm trying to cut my article composition time down significantly.
    Not for the first time, I'm apparently out of step with everyone else posting in the thread: I'm trying to slow down my writing, not speed it up.

    I think that trying to write articles more quickly confers far more disadvantages than advantages. For my future bank-balance, anyway.

    I suspect that the majority of people interested in doing them more quickly are people with a fundamentally quantitative (rather than qualitative) approach to "online content" - and that's something I like to stay well away from, myself, because I have a mortgage to pay.

    I use articles to attract highly targeted traffic, and long experience has taught me that the people who have the highly targeted traffic I want to attract are going to share my content with their readers/subscribers/visitors only if it's pretty distinctive, entertaining, provocative, unusual and/or whatever other parameters about it make it really eye-catching and interesting enough for them. That's not something I can produce quickly, and it's not something I'd want to try to produce quickly.

    "Having more articles" doesn't really help me at all: I need a few, but what matters is how widely I can get them syndicated.

    Increasing article length can help, also. Every time that subject's discussed here, it consistently impresses me how all the well-established Warriors I know to be building big, successful businesses through article marketing, and making very good livings from it, are recommending at least 900+ word articles. My own income from articles certainly rose very noticeably when I started writing much longer articles. To compare like with like, just on a word-count basis, I typically earn far more from a 1,200-word article than I can from two 600-word ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Joseph
    Hi there,

    The first thing I'd to suggest it to SHORTEN your articles. To be open with you, 750-800 words is overkill.

    People want quick, valuable, snippets of information to process. Try 400-500 words max. This will cut down your time to make them and still provide valuble free content. People are responding to video's and audio's now more then ever.

    Remember who is reading your articles. Another individual just like you. We want to be able to understand something and get the point of it as efficiently as possible; while we're drinking our coffee, watching the kids, or taking a lunch break.

    You get the idea.

    "Less Is More". Especially in this case!
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