How I Wrote 30 Articles Today And Why You Can Get Done Even More

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Hey Warrios,

just some little thoughts - maybe there's something helpful for you in here:

Today's been a good day. I wrote about 30 Articles with 250-600 words (I don't care about best article length - it just depends on the subject) for my one authority site and my second project that should become an authority site too.

How I got that done:

- I visualized right in the morning how I that second project is a big ressource for the people I like to help with it. So I got the feeling of having a real vision.
- I have a weekly plan with a certain number of articles I have to write. Some of them I don't like to right at all, but it feels great to get those todos already done on monday. So the rest of the week becomes a lot easier. "Eat the frog" - yiiihaaa!
- I sticked to only a few ressources instead of reading a huge amount of redundant information.

Why and how you can get done even more:

-I didn't stick to the 50/10-50/10-principle with a ten-minute-pause after working 50 minutes. Guess you can be way more effective than I've been today when you're taking such energy management tips into account

Thanks for reading

Bye
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  • Profile picture of the author DNChamp
    You may want to rethink a 250 word article...that is more of a "post" then article...
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    • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
      Originally Posted by DNChamp View Post

      You may want to rethink a 250 word article...that is more of a "post" then article...
      Thank you for your feedback. I know, from a SEO-perspective 250 seems to be not that much ... but if have a mixed focus on short tail and long tail keywords, even those "posts" can get you some visitors on a constant basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    I think our strategies are incredibly similar, although for me its a 25 minute work followed by a 5 minute rest. Other than that you really have almost the exact same ideas as me.
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    • I could write thirty articles today.

      I doubt many of them would be any good, though.

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      • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
        Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

        I could write thirty articles today.

        I doubt many of them would be any good, though.

        fLufF
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        I know what you mean, but there are articles that just need to contain specific information in a well written style (I write in German), whereas others have way more emphasis on beeing creative (which is more time consuming for me too).
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  • Profile picture of the author fin
    I wish I had your motivation.
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    • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
      Originally Posted by fin View Post

      I wish I had your motivation.
      Motivation is not something to have but rather something to do.

      For me, the vision of having an authority website in a niche that I really enjoy ... is quite a big motivation. If you want to build authority sites, you have no other choice but writing a lot of articles (if you don't want to spend money for outsourcing hundreds of articles).

      What could you do to motivate yourself?
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      • Profile picture of the author fin
        Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

        Motivation is not something to have but rather something to do.

        For me, the vision of having an authority website in a niche that I really enjoy ... is quite a big motivation. If you want to build authority sites, you have no other choice but writing a lot of articles (if you don't want to spend money for outsourcing hundreds of articles).

        What could you do to motivate yourself?
        Haha, true.

        OK, I'm going to start an article before I go to sleep tonight.
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        • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
          Originally Posted by fin View Post

          Haha, true.

          OK, I'm going to start an article before I go to sleep tonight.
          If that's all that I've achieved with my little story - I'd be pretty proud!

          So I hope you're really going to do this
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          • Profile picture of the author fin
            Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

            If that's all that I've achieved with my little story - I'd be pretty proud!

            So I hope you're really going to do this
            Yeah, this thread is just what I needed for a reality check.

            I've been far too lazy this weekend.
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    • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
      Originally Posted by MikeTucker View Post

      Visualization is a good idea.
      Eating a live frog for breakfast is a good idea.
      Writing 30 articles in a day, or even in a week, not a good idea.

      Good luck... Let us know when you want a more profitable strategy.
      The thing is: this strategy works ... for ME. As I've written I already have a website with about 2000 articles that gets decent traffic in various ways. Since I'm making a living off of it, guess that's not completely unprofitable.

      I don't mind to argue on those things, everyone has to choose his own strategy ... but I'd like to read more about your ideas (honestly).

      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
    I didn't expect that my thread seems to annoy some of you.

    I don't have anything to sell, neither do I want to convince somebody of something ...

    If that's what WF veterans have say, well ...
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
      Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

      The thing is: this strategy works ... for ME. As I've written I already have a website with about 2000 articles that gets decent traffic in various ways. Since I'm making a living off of it, guess that's not completely unprofitable.

      I don't mind to argue on those things, everyone has to choose his own strategy ... but I'd like to read more about your ideas (honestly).

      Thanks!
      Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

      I didn't expect that my thread seems to annoy some of you.

      I don't have anything to sell, neither do I want to convince somebody of something ...

      If that's what WF veterans have say, well ...

      Hey, if it's working for you, more power to you.
      It's just that most of us who are using articles to drive traffic have done that sort of thing before, and we know how well it doesn't work compared to other methods.

      And, by comparison we know how well proper article syndication, using very well written articles that we produce only a few of per month, makes a lot more money-- and a lot easier.

      It sounds like you have a very strong drive-- If you were to invest that energy writing longer, higher quality articles and developing relationships with publishers, you would find that you get a lot more traffic, and it will convert into sales much more readily.

      This post by myob, who has been using it for 14 years, sums it up quite nicely.

      This one by Alexa gives you an excellent guideline for writing so that publishers syndicate your work quite happily.
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      • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
        Originally Posted by MikeTucker View Post

        Hey, if it's working for you, more power to you.
        It's just that most of us who are using articles to drive traffic have done that sort of thing before, and we know how well it doesn't work compared to other methods.

        And, by comparison we know how well proper article syndication, using very well written articles that we produce only a few of per month, makes a lot more money-- and a lot easier.

        It sounds like you have a very strong drive-- If you were to invest that energy writing longer, higher quality articles and developing relationships with publishers, you would find that you get a lot more traffic, and it will convert into sales much more readily.

        This post by myob, who has been using it for 14 years, sums it up quite nicely.

        This one by Alexa gives you an excellent guideline for writing so that publishers syndicate your work quite happily.
        Thanks . I'll print those articles out.

        There's one thing I don't like about my strategy too ... to be honest I'm google-dependend a lot this way.

        I already thought about Alexas posts on content syndication ... yet I hesitate to switch to another model (as long as short articles work for me).
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  • Profile picture of the author Marsala
    When I read your post I had an immediate question mark on the quality of those articles. 30 articles is a lot. If you can do that and maintain a good quality, I salute you.
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    • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
      Originally Posted by Marsala View Post

      When I read your post I had an immediate question mark on the quality of those articles. 30 articles is a lot. If you can do that and maintain a good quality, I salute you.
      Yes, I enjoy writing ... but it depends on the topic. Today I got quite a few articles done about topics I don't like that much.

      Again: I don't want to impress somebody. I don't have to sell anything. I don't even have a Link to one of my sites in my profile. All I want to share are some ideas that might be helpful to one or two readers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    Wow, that is a LOT of articles to be writing. Good for you for being focused though. If I tried to do that, mine would probably be the same as Fluff's i.e. RUBBISH I am too nitpicky and a perfectionist to produce that quantity
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    • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
      Originally Posted by Charlotte Jay View Post

      Wow, that is a LOT of articles to be writing. Good for you for being focused though. If I tried to do that, mine would probably be the same as Fluff's i.e. RUBBISH I am too nitpicky and a perfectionist to produce that quantity
      There are kinds of articles I would never get done either on one day - articles that involve a lot of creativity and personality.

      On the other hand there are articles that are just about information. And those can get done faster with the right focus.
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      • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
        30 is a lot of articles for anyone to write in one day and write them well. I could write maybe 10 in a day's time, if that much, but they would all be considered high quality. After 8 or so they would go downhill fast. I applaud you if you can write 30 high quality articles every day. Keep up the great work.
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        • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
          Originally Posted by cashp0wer View Post

          30 is a lot of articles for anyone to write in one day and write them well. I could write maybe 10 in a day's time, if that much, but they would all be considered high quality. After 8 or so they would go downhill fast. I applaud you if you can write 30 high quality articles every day. Keep up the great work.


          Unfortunately I don't manage to get this amount done every day of the week ... which is one of the reasons for creating this thread: today's been a very productive day and I thought about the reasons for that.
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          • Profile picture of the author Ian Varnava
            I was also about to reply to the OP with a "question mark" type of attitude. You know, tell him how he's doing a disservice to the internet by writing 30 articles in one day, how they must be all garbage, how it's not healthy for his head, etc.... just really let him have it.

            But then... I thought to myself; none of us know this person personally (or at least I don't), nor do we know what he is capable of doing. Einstein had the ability to go from "A" to "C" without having to touch "B", while most average human beings HAVE TO go through "B" before they can get from "A" to "C". Similarly, the OP may very well be able to write 30 articles of unrivaled quality on a daily basis. He may be able to produce the type of quality in those 30 articles which would take me a week or a month to produce in one single article.

            We just don't know.

            Hence, I have decided not to judge the OP. Miracles do happen.

            EDIT: Plus, 30 good & short articles in a day may not even be considered a "miracle" for a writer who is really good.
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            • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
              Originally Posted by Ian Varnava View Post

              I was also about to reply to the OP with a "question mark" type of attitude. You know, tell him how he's doing a disservice to the internet by writing 30 articles in one day, how they must be all garbage, how it's not healthy for his head, etc.... just really let him have it.

              But then... I thought to myself; none of us know this person personally (or at least I don't), nor do we know what he is capable of doing. Einstein had the ability to go from "A" to "C" without having to touch "B", while most average human beings HAVE TO go through "B" before they can get from "A" to "C". Similarly, the OP may very well be able to write 30 articles of unrivaled quality on a daily basis. He may be able to produce the type of quality in those 30 articles which would take me a week or a month to produce in one single article.

              We just don't know.

              Hence, I have decided not to judge the OP. Miracles do happen.

              EDIT: Plus, 30 good articles in a day may not even be considered a "miracle" for a writer who is really good.
              Thanks - as you say: that's not a miracle at all.

              When I was a student I made a living by writing for a company (again, in German ) ... it's like with anything else ... if you write a lot, it becomes easier and gets faster.

              After writing nearly 2000 articles for one site, I also have some things learned about the topic that makes it easier for me to avoid writing garbage.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          I can write only one article in a day (well, nearly: I can write 5 good ones in a week).

          That's enough for me to keep all 8 of my niches going with 3 new articles per month each.

          Fortunately, with article marketing, numbers of articles aren't very important, because even very small numbers are enough to attract floods of highly targeted traffic. For me, it's all about where you can get them published and (as you mention just above) how you can avoid being dependent on Google for your traffic.

          Nevertheless, you have a big workload, you're taking action and you're "getting through it". And as Rooze rightly comments above, that in itself probably puts you in the top few percent. At the very least for "taking action". And I wish you well with it and hope the results match the effort.

          I hope I need hardly add that I'm not criticising at all: I did something similar to what you're doing now, myself, when I first started out.

          Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

          I already thought about Alexas posts on content syndication ... yet I hesitate to switch to another model (as long as short articles work for me).
          Yes; I can understand that. I switched because short articles didn't work out well for me at all. (Only article directories would publish them, really, and I certainly didn't want to be getting my traffic from article directories for these reasons and because that felt a precarious business model: I felt I was only ever going to be one algorithm-change away from a major accident, that way, and wasn't really securely in control of my own business.)
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          • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            I can write only one article in a day (well, nearly: I can write 5 good ones in a week).

            That's enough for me to keep all 8 of my niches going with 3 new articles per month each.

            Fortunately, with article marketing, numbers of articles aren't very important, because even very small numbers are enough to attract floods of highly targeted traffic. For me, it's all about where you can get them published and (as you mention just above) how you can avoid being dependent on Google for your traffic.

            Nevertheless, you have a big workload, you're taking action and you're "getting through it". And as Rooze rightly comments above, that in itself probably puts you in the top few percent. At the very least for "taking action". And I wish you well with it and hope the results match the effort.

            I hope I need hardly add that I'm not criticising at all: I did something similar to what you're doing now, myself, when I first started out.
            Thanks a lot, Alexa!

            Have you switched from "my" strategy to your new one (very high quality instead of high quality + quantity) after a google slap? If not, do you know the feeling of rather doing what works instead of trying another thing (although that other things seems promising)?

            I know I'm leaving money on the table, but for now my first project is based only on advertising (premium campaigns). That is why conversion rates of different visitor sources aren't that important.

            The second one - the one I'm building up right now from scratch - will rely more on information products. That's where your model makes even more sense to me.
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            • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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              Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

              Have you switched from "my" strategy to your new one (very high quality instead of high quality + quantity) after a google slap?
              No ... I got lucky and just happened to switch a year or two before they let loose the Panda.

              People don't talk much about "the luck factor" in internet marketing (partly because of the attraction of the "making your own luck" theories, I suspect), but I was undeniably lucky with my timing, both in this and in other ways, when I got started.

              Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

              If not, do you know the feeling of rather doing what works instead of trying another thing (although that other things seems promising)?
              Yes ... I don't blame you at all.

              I just think that with your industriousness and action-taking you might do brilliantly in other ways and end up being much more secure in the long run.

              Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

              The second one - the one I'm building up right now from scratch - will rely more on information products. That's where your model makes even more sense to me.
              I hear you ...
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  • Profile picture of the author rooze
    You've worked hard today, you've accomplished what you set out to accomplish, you have a strategy that makes your website profitable and you seem proud of your achievements.

    Congratulations - you are probably in the top 5 percentile of people on this forum.

    Thanks for sharing, keep at it and good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimsyyap
    30 articles in one day! I can only do 3 articles per day, max.

    keep it up!
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  • Profile picture of the author payment proof
    Was it all original content?
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    • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
      Originally Posted by payment proof View Post

      Was it all original content?
      Yes.

      Since the topics I wrote about are clearly focused on facts (no motivating stuff or something), there's not a lot of originality involved.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
        Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

        Thanks . I'll print those articles out.

        There's one thing I don't like about my strategy too ... to be honest I'm google-dependend a lot this way.

        I already thought about Alexas posts on content syndication ... yet I hesitate to switch to another model (as long as short articles work for me).
        With your work ethic, do you think you could fail? I don't.
        Why don't you try syndication-- give it an honest try-- for 30 days.
        If it doesn't work, you can always go back to 30 articles per day.


        Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

        Yes.

        Since the topics I wrote about are clearly focused on facts (no motivating stuff or something), there's not a lot of originality involved.
        Plus, you can write more creatively, and maybe you will actually enjoy writing again, for a change, in addition to the feeling of accomplishment you get at the end.
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    • Profile picture of the author successproducts
      When you are in the zone anything possible. The mind is capable of many amazing things I've been told. 30 articles a day is great mate -- you can use spinner to make it into 1000 and use it all year round.
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  • Profile picture of the author James B
    Dang, thats some hardcore dedication. I applaud you for writing 30 articles. Its good that you have clear goals and gives the people into thinking that it can happen.
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    • Profile picture of the author kayebee
      That's pretty cool to write 30 article per day. I have a hard time writing one article per day. Once I'm done, I'm constantly rereading the article, trying to fix all the grammatical errors. I always find one, every single time I read the article, lol. If I had the time, I could maybe do three articles a day but I would have to put the whole day aside to do that. I usually go 4 hours straight and stop only to make cups of tea. I always have a cup of tea with me while I work, it soothes me. I take one big break and then keep going.

      You can still produce good content if you're writing a massive amount of articles per day. It's all about the material and the research you put into the articles beforehand. I'm big believer in research and outlines! Congrats to you... Hopefully I can get up to 5 a day without going completely insane on editing. Do you get someone to proofread your work or you do all the editing yourself?
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      • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
        Originally Posted by kayebee View Post

        That's pretty cool to write 30 article per day. I have a hard time writing one article per day.

        Hopefully I can get up to 5 a day without going completely insane on editing. Do you get someone to proofread your work or you do all the editing yourself?
        I also have a hard time writing one article per day . But once I get myself to start writing (in the way I've described at the top of this thread) ... it just feels great to finish one article, and then another one.

        Regarding the editing: in the past I've had someone that read all those articles ... but by now my error rate is so low after writing hundreds of those pieces of content in my mother language ...

        Beyond, when it comes to writing I got my perfectionism handled - doesn't mean that there are grammatical errors, but it's just fine for me to have well written content, not a godlike one.

        Also it's not about the number at all. It's about how you manage yourself to actually sit down and eat that frog. And to me it seems that you're doing it pretty well.
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        • Profile picture of the author Scrambler
          Wow, 30 articles in one day. That is quite an accomplishment. Knocking out an unpleasant or difficult project early in the week can really set the tone for a productive work week.

          I don't think I could do 30 articles in a week. You just provided me with some motivation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Exel
    I'd focus more on the valuable lessons that can be learned from the OP than on simple
    writing articles. I believe the real key here is not WHAT is done, but HOW it's done.

    Taking action and working on your tasks until you hit your goal is a great advice.

    "Eat that frog" - get your toughest and most unpleasant tasks finished first and know
    that the worst is over and everything that follows is going to be a breeze.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I write some pretty decent articles. All of them are 500+ articles. You can see examples of them in my signature. And yeah, they're ok, and lots of people get my articles from EZA.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I'm quite confident that I wouldn't want to write thirty articles in one day, personally. Let me explain why.

      I like to compare my articles to cuisine. Not the food found at fast food joints with a drive by window, but the cuisine that is found in fine dining establishments.

      If I toss out bland generic food like a fast food joint, my hungering readers and visitors will taste junk food and drive away after spitting out the poor quality stuff and will still be left with a nasty aftertaste in their mouth determined not to return.

      However, if I serve them quality cuisine to satiate their hunger and thirst for quality information, they'll linger and savor the flavor of the content, compliment the chef, share the name of the fine dining establishment with their friends and return often.

      I just think that it is vitally important to search for and put in the finest ingredients into my article which requires time rather than just throwing in random low quality ingredients just to have something to toss out in paper wrappers.

      Quality beats quantity every time.

      Of course, this is just my personal opinion.

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Lawrence
    This is something I'd rather outsource. But hey, whatever floats your boat..lol
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Tell you what...

    Lets cut to the chase here.

    Post them up, and let us have a read.
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    • Profile picture of the author mosthost
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      Tell you what...

      Lets cut to the chase here.

      Post them up, and let us have a read.
      Yepper. We'll be the judge of the quality.
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      • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
        Originally Posted by mosthost View Post

        Yepper. We'll be the judge of the quality.
        Now I know what you're doing with your time ...

        But:

        1) I write in German (since this is my mother language)
        2) This is not an I'm-better-than-you-thread (at least I didn't meant to start one) ...
        3) I have absolutely no interest in getting my skills "verified" by you
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        • Profile picture of the author catcat
          Hi Lifesofree,

          If I were in your shoes and wanted to see what effect article distribution would have on my business I'd keep on with the successful actions and in my spare time write a blockbusting article to syndicate. This way I'd be able to run a test without the fear of loss.

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        • Profile picture of the author mosthost
          Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

          Now I know what you're doing with your time ...

          But:

          1) I write in German (since this is my mother language)
          2) This is not an I'm-better-than-you-thread (at least I didn't meant to start one) ...
          3) I have absolutely no interest in getting my skills "verified" by you
          Excellent. I doubt it was going to happen
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post



    Today's been a good day. I wrote about 30 Articles with 250-600 words (I don't care about best article length - it just depends on the subject)
    This I think is so important. Too many people focus more on reaching the optimal length in their articles and end up ruining an otherwise excellent piece.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    By the way, when does 250 words equate to being an article?

    Ive seen more words in a bowl of alphabet soup.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      Ive seen more words in a bowl of alphabet soup.
      I can stir up 30 of them articles from a bowl of alphabet soup in just one sitting.
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  • Profile picture of the author lkpub
    30 articles a day? Best I've done is 5, but then I tend to write long posts/articles. I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I tend the edit, and re-edit and then re-edit again... You get the idea... Seems I always think of something I can add each time I re-read it.. LOL...
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    It is amazing how our past influences the perspective when looking at the same things...

    In my previous life when I was a journalist at a daily newspaper - an article was that THING they publish in papers. It went through several filters: first it was approved or rejected by the editor of the *** section (local, politics, sport, entertainment, columns - whatever); then read by a "proofreading" editor; then approved or rejected by the main editor of that day's issue... and finally, either the editor in chief or his deputy gave the final approval.

    Now, for those of you less familiar with the world of journalism: there are always way more articles available for editors than what they need, so they have the "luxury" of throwing back anything that is not good quality.

    I was happy when I was able to write ONE article per day and get it published. Just saying...
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  • Great Job! Boy you must be really focussed.
    I disagree with some of warriors above. 250 words can still be excellent content. In fact I don't think many people read a while whopping 1000 word article right to the end any more anyway. Peoples attention span has gone right down. I find the best converting content is 250-300 words in length anyway.

    Good Job keep up the good work
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    • Profile picture of the author Christopher Fox
      Originally Posted by ExpertSEOServices View Post

      In fact I don't think many people read a while whopping 1000 word article right to the end any more anyway.
      I will, if it is well written and captures my attention. I personally prefer them to shorter post length articles - those strike me as more an ad with nothing much to say than an article. I don't think I can argue too hard concerning the apparent drop in people's attention span though. A seemingly apparent correlation to the flood of information we now get in the 21st century.
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      Originally Posted by ExpertSEOServices View Post

      250 words can still be excellent content. In fact I don't think many people read a while whopping 1000 word article right to the end any more anyway.
      I'm gonna jump on the "you're wrong" bandwagon here. let's take a look at a few niches that I am a reader (but not a marketer) in:

      1. Comedy: The site I visit the most for this niche? Cracked. Why? Because they put out at least 3 2,000 word articles a day. I haven't seen another comedy website able to bring the same quality in shorter written pieces.

      2. Sports: I'm on ESPN throughout the day, every day. Are there short blog posts? Sure; but they are only to relay a piece of news. The best pieces are the in depth analysis columns. All of those are well over 1,000 words.

      3. Politics: Now you would think this niche would be dominated by small, digestible talking points. For those who are really into the mechanics of how government is being run though, this couldn't be further from the truth. Politics is a complex topic, with many articles going very high up into the thousands.

      Now, perhaps this can all be boiled down to just another "personal opinion" on what type of content works best. In my three niches that are mentioned though, I am just one of millions of readers. I'd say the longer content is being read, otherwise the audience would not remain that large.

      My .02 on the matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    Writing 30 articles in one day seems pretty rigorous to me. I'm a frequent writer and normally write between 1000-2000 words a day. I usually don't follow an exact work/break time frame but lately have been timing the amount of time I write for. I think this helps my productivity because I can see what takes me long and what doesn't.

    If writing is your #1 money making activity then 30 articles is an awesome day!!
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  • Hi LifeSoFree, I admire you for your efficiency and constancy.
    Working so much for writing articles is a great action for your business.

    I'm not able to do that with articles, being italian, but when I got to complete a project, I complete it without any pause to the end. This is my way of doing things, and my motto is "Do right now what you can do later".

    Anyway this is a good job. And I wish it can brings you a lot of traffic and money for all your two projects.

    See you soon!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    I gotta say, Im often dissapointed when Im just "getting into an article" only to find that after about 300 words, Im already at the comments box.

    Nothing worse!
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      I gotta say, Im often dissapointed when Im just "getting into an article" only to find that after about 300 words, Im already at the comments box.

      Nothing worse!
      Completely agree. I was just going to post this.
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    • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      I gotta say, Im often dissapointed when Im just "getting into an article" only to find that after about 300 words, Im already at the comments box.

      Nothing worse!
      This can be true. But it isn't when you're looking for some very specific information with a clear question in mind.

      By the way, I don't need a proof reader for grammatical things, but we have an expert who makes sure that the content itself is fine and who ensures publically that its correct.

      Many people are doing keyword research, pick a niche they have absolutely no knowledge about (even if correct information is critical, let's say for example in the health "niche") ... and I guess they'd get less resistence from some of you when they were going for writing long low-quality articles and still need a lot of time for this ... (I don't mean Alexa) ... but ... why?

      Because it messes up with people when they see someone doing something they think they are not capable of.

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      What I'v learned in this thread is:

      - article syndication needs a different kind of content than the one that works well for my purpose (right now)
      - article syndication will be more reliable in the long run than the google-dependend stuff I'm doing
      - I'm going to split the content for my second project into fast-written (but still, high quality - just to make sure some of you are getting mad again ) and content with the purpose of article-syndication and long-term benefits
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      Originally Posted by lifesofree View Post

      This can be true. But it isn't when you're looking for some very specific information with a clear question in mind.

      By the way, I don't need a proof reader for grammatical things, but we have an expert who makes sure that the content itself is fine and who ensures publically that its correct.

      Many people are doing keyword research, pick a niche they have absolutely no knowledge about (even if correct information is critical, let's say for example in the health "niche") ... and I guess they'd get less resistence from some of you when they were going for writing long low-quality articles and still need a lot of time for this ... (I don't mean Alexa) ... but ... why?

      Because it messes up with people when they see someone doing something they think they are not capable of.

      ---

      What I'v learned in this thread is:

      - article syndication needs a different kind of content than the one that works well for my purpose (right now)
      - article syndication will be more reliable in the long run than the google-dependend stuff I'm doing
      - I'm going to split the content for my second project into fast-written (but still, high quality - just to make sure some of you are getting mad again ) and content with the purpose of article-syndication and long-term benefits
      Yeah okay, well, let us know how all of that works out for you.




      Originally Posted by henkit1 View Post

      thanks for the info!
      Whoa, thanks for another great post henkit1 but my favorite one from you is still this one... Thank you for the great info!
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  • Profile picture of the author theemperor
    Good on you. I wrote 40 well written, entertaining, expert articles of 800 words the other day in just 1 hour.

    How?

    I hired on Elance.com

    Why?

    Leverage is the key to success. With people willing to write good articles for just $30/hr I don't think it is the best use of my time, especially when they are better writers than me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Faisal Karim
    For people who actually have a knack and desire for writing (yes, there are some of those), it usually comes down to setting up goals and actually getting around to doing it. If you set clear goals on any given day and go about executing your plan, you usually end up with a rewarding day.

    Then there are folks who do not enjoy writing as much. In that case, it's best to outsource your writing project.
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  • Profile picture of the author sundown16
    I like writing... but I tip my hat
    I could not do that, I'd be burned out after 5
    How did you get the ideas and keep them different and fresh?
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  • Profile picture of the author ijohnson
    lifesofree,

    Whatever works for you is alright with me! I would like to know how many sources you reference for each article? Do you start with a search on Google?

    Are all your articles written for the same niche or various niches? If they are for various niches, what is your research strategy, i.e., where do you start, what websites do you usually reference, do you create an outline, do you use a checklist, do you time yourself?

    My perfectionism tends to get in my way when I write. I have shaved some time off the length of time it used to take me to complete an article by only reading three or four books or sources before I begin to put my thoughts on paper and complete my first draft. I like to leave the article and revisit it later after a few hours or overnight.

    However, your ability to get 30 articles written in one day is truly commendable. I would love to know more details on how you're able to do it.

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    • Profile picture of the author lifesofree
      Originally Posted by ijohnson View Post

      lifesofree,

      Whatever works for you is alright with me! I would like to know how many sources you reference for each article? Do you start with a search on Google?

      Are all your articles written for the same niche or various niches? If they are for various niches, what is your research strategy, i.e., where do you start, what websites do you usually reference, do you create an outline, do you use a checklist, do you time yourself?

      My perfectionism tends to get in my way when I write. I have shaved some time off the length of time it used to take me to complete an article by only reading three or four books or sources before I begin to put my thoughts on paper and complete my first draft. I like to leave the article and revisit it later after a few hours or overnight.

      However, your ability to get 30 articles written in one day is truly commendable. I would love to know more details on how you're able to do it.

      ~ Iris
      Hi Iris,

      thanks for your post!

      I'm beginning to write for two niches, but in the past I just wrote for only one.

      That is what's helping me getting done a lot of articles - but let me tell you, there are good days (as the one that was the reason for creating this thread) and days, where I don't get handled that much. This is why I started to think about what makes the difference.

      1. Bring yourself in the right state

      For me it doesn't work to write for a niche I have no interest in dominating it in the long haul.

      I think about writing those articles as part of a mission. For me, it's less about the money rather than creating a high-value, authority-page, that really helps people.

      Every little article get's me one step closer to my goals. I imagine how my website is huge and full of impact.

      2. Research keywords / ideas

      Google Keyword Tool works fine, although I've switched to another tool (search for Fraser's keyword strategy tool) because it's more comfortable for managing big lists of keywords for me. Not definitely needed, but a little luxury to me and one of only very few tools that I use at all.

      Beyond, I'm a fan of real books. The quality of a content of a good book is far beyond many of those average or crappy things out there on the internet. Books can give you tons of topics to write about.

      No matter how you do it - build a long list of ideas.

      3. Research content

      I either work with 2-3 books at a time or with no book at all.

      When I only use online information, I'm going to google one of the topics I'd like to write about. I copy 2-5 of them together which I like most in a word document (including the place where I've found them to reference them at the end of the article, which is highly recommended if you're writing for a niche where information quality is really critical).

      I do this for a couple of topics one after another.

      4. Write that article

      My goal is simple:

      Writing an article that's better than those 2-5 articles.

      My article could be better because it either:

      - contains more information by combining the information of different articles
      - structure them in a better way
      - make them easier to understand for non-professionals
      - adding a ressource section at the end with the best articles I've found

      5. High quality, but not perfect

      To be honest, I don't even proof-read my articles anymore. I don't change anything when I've completed the last sentence.

      Misspellings are obvious when they are live-checked by MS Word. Grammatic errors are really rare now that I've written so much (in German ...).

      My goal is to make that article BETTER than the one I've found in step 3.

      My goal is NOT to make them PERFECT.

      6. Repeat step 4 and 5

      ... next article ... (already prepared in step 3)

      7. Quality-assurance

      Articles where I don't feel sure enough about the correctness (although I write down the references at the end) as well as the most important articles I send to a professional for feedback.


      Hope it helps,

      lifesofree
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        By the way: are these 7 steps enough to make a WSO out of it? (no, just kidding)
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  • Profile picture of the author darrenchow
    Well, I believe the core reason to write is to provide massive value.

    If you can give your readers what they want, or if your articles can help them to overcome/prevent their problem, then you are providing value.

    I did freelance writing in the past. English is not my mother language and my articles are many times filled with grammatical mistakes. Despite that, many of my clients still keep coming back for my writing service. I'm 100% sure this happened because they see the value lies inside my articles. Now I do not do freelance writing anymore, but I have learnt some very important lesson from providing such service. "Write to provide value; never write just for the sake of putting out an article" If you can help other people with just a 250 words articles, then do it. There is really no reason for you to make it 800 words long, if the message you want to deliver to your readers is still the same, isn't it.

    So, I really think that no one should doubt the quality of the articles written by lifesofree, unless you have already read the article itself. As long as it provides value, they are all quality articles (to me).

    My 0.02 on the matter.

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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    Some people have written almost that much content just on the WF today. I myself have done a rough on a sales page and a second clean up on a squeeze while doing almost 30 days of followups.

    Personally think the OP needs to kick it up a notch .. no room for the lazy here :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author tweettweet
    30 articles in a day? Whoa! Congratulations! I wish I could do the same feat.

    But then again, it still boils down to the principle of "quality vs. quantity". I hope the quality of your articles did not suffer simply because you wrote a lot of articles today.
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  • Profile picture of the author ijohnson
    lifesofree,

    Thanks for your response and outlining the steps you take to get the job done. Writing one article a day can be extremely difficult if your mind is not in the right place or the focus is not on the task at hand. Writing about topics we enjoy and have first-hand knowledge of are a little easier to work through when you have a lot on your plate.

    I guess the adage, "eat the elephant (or frog) one bite at a time" is very apropos when it comes to writing articles to create an authority site or just writing only one article if writing is not your forte.

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  • Profile picture of the author badboy703
    Didn't you get burned out from writing 30 articles? lol.

    also, do you consider them all high quality articles or just quick ones you put together?
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