How many (Quality) Articles Can You Do?

by TimK06
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Hello all you wonder present/future marketers out there! Tomorrow I'm going to start a new mission of writing 5 quality, juicy content packed articles a day for the next two weeks.

What are your thoughts on it do you think it can be done? Oh yea, did I mention I only have 5 hours daily that I can spare for this goal excluding Fridays until dark and saturday I can't work until after dark.
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  • Profile picture of the author derfootmarcus
    Yea Im sure it will take a serious time commitment, but you seem motivated to do it... so Im sure you will be able to

    The key is just to stay motivated and stay committed to keep the articles of only high quality even when you feel like stopping to do other more enjoyable things
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    • Profile picture of the author TimK06
      Very true, and you're certainly correct in saying truly motivated and I know my articles will help someone as well.

      I like to b challenged but I love helping people
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    That's a pretty good and realistic target, you'll surely accomplish it with no hassles at all. Just remain focused and motivated!
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  • Profile picture of the author successpaving
    Of course, it would be helpful if you do it continuously.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    How many (Quality) Articles Can You Do?
    All of them.

    I've never tried for speed before. To me, quality is too important to try to cram like that. Authors of books sometimes sign contracts for x amount in xx amount of time, and you can tell when reading the books if they were contract work - and that's experienced authors.

    If you don't have an absolute need to write that fast, use more time in research and take your time on the copy.
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    • Profile picture of the author TimK06
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      All of them.

      I've never tried for speed before. To me, quality is too important to try to cram like that. Authors of books sometimes sign contracts for x amount in xx amount of time, and you can tell when reading the books if they were contract work - and that's experienced authors.

      If you don't have an absolute need to write that fast, use more time in research and take your time on the copy.
      I understand what you mean, however if I ever feel as though quality is being sacrificed then I'd just slow down the relationship I build with the people I encounter is very important to me
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  • Profile picture of the author Mac Wheeler
    2,500 words a day is a good, achievable goal for writing quality content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cali16
    Originally Posted by TimK06 View Post

    Hello all you wonder present/future marketers out there! Tomorrow I'm going to start a new mission of writing 5 quality, juicy content packed articles a day for the next two weeks.
    You didn't say how long the articles are going to be (e.g. 400 words, 500 words, 1000 words?), how well you know the topic(s), and most importantly, what you consider "quality". Every time the topic of "quality content" is discussed on this forum, it's abundantly clear that one person's idea of "quality" is another person's idea of garbage...
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt121
      Originally Posted by Cali16 View Post

      You didn't say how long the articles are going to be (e.g. 400 words, 500 words, 1000 words?), how well you know the topic(s), and most importantly, what you consider "quality". Every time the topic of "quality content" is discussed on this forum, it's abundantly clear that one person's idea of "quality" is another person's idea of garbage...
      That's true. The term "quality" can vary from whoever uses it.

      As for how many I can do, I can make around 5 articles a day, each with a length of 500+ words.

      I can do it during regular work hours, and sometimes even finish within just 4, leaving plenty of time to come up with more ideas for the next batch of articles that I need to work on for the next day.
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  • Profile picture of the author andyredsox
    5 articles for 500 words can be done but I have to admit, it would still rely on how well you know the topic/ subject. It will affect quality.

    But truth of the matter is, quality really depends on how you work on producing quality work for a short time. You can if you will.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin McNally
    Depends a lot on the article topic and how much knowledge you have in that niche.

    I can write an article on golf, football ( soccer ) and many travel destinations pretty quick as I know these subjects and have a passion for them.

    Other subjects will require research time and will probably at least double the amount of time I need to complete a quality article.
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  • Profile picture of the author asha91
    Focus on content that you know very well, so that you will spend less time researching and more time writing 5 articles is very doable.

    P.S Oops, just realized Kevin said the same thing. Sorry!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by TimK06 View Post

    Tomorrow I'm going to start a new mission of writing 5 quality, juicy content packed articles a day for the next two weeks.

    What are your thoughts on it do you think it can be done?
    Hi Tim,

    Good luck!

    It can't be done by me - this much I can tell you with certainty.

    One article per day is all I can manage. Very occasionally, in the past, I've managed two, but I don't intend to try that again. I could manage two per day if I didn't have an affiliate marketing business to run as well (but of course that's what I need the articles for!).

    However, that one article per day (actually I write 24/25 per month, so it isn't quite one per day) fills all my content needs for eight entirely separate, unrelated niches in which I'm a marketer. Three articles per month per niche is plenty for me.

    Article marketing isn't about how many articles you have: it's about who reads them.


    What matters is how widely you can get your articles published in front of the already targeted traffic you want to attract to your site. Producing that result is the time-consuming part of an article marketer's business. Having five times as many articles wouldn't actually help me at all, I must say.
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    • Profile picture of the author adamj2
      That is a cool goal to have and very achieveable. Keep at it!

      I aim to write at least 5 articles a day myself and normally have them typed up within an hour and a half.

      Sure, they are not a work of art and are not going to be syndicated across authority blogs or anything.

      But they get a steady stream of daily leads for not much expenditure of time and it really does add up if you keep it up on a consistent basis. There will be lots of longtail keyword traffic coming from all those articles you have out there.

      Spending more time on more syndication worthy content is something I might invest more time on in the future, but I like the writing in quantity approach and find it a good fit for beginners, because it is an easy way to get daily subscribers by just investing a bit of daily time and without having to get permission or build relationships with others for them to publish your work. Anyone can start writing daily articles for traffic without needing to be an SEO expert or anything, you just need to keep it up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Monolith
      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      You'd have to start by stating your definition of an article and also your definition of quality as well so that we're both on the same page.

      My definition of an article is a document that's at least 1000 words long and has been well-researched, contains at least 1 external link, and might even have citations for its sources.

      Quality-wise, it would have to have near-perfect grammar and spelling, the content would have to be 100% unique, and it would have to have as little filler as possible. If I was writing it with SEO in mind, I'd also aim for a certain # of keywords as well.

      Now, with those definitions in place, I'll tell you that 5 hours to write 5 articles is not even close to enough time. I could easily spit out 5-10 blog posts in that amount of time, but I'd never call them articles.

      What do you hope to accomplish by creating so much "hurried" (in my opinion) content?

      -- j
      Thank you. You made me realise the difference between an article and a blog post, Personally I try to write over 1000 words quality articles but I find it hard to write a lot of them for a single niche...
      Any advice?
      It just feels like I have nothing else to talk about after 6-7 in depth articles, maybe i should be doing more research?
      Plus it's harder to get a lot of links to your good articles on starting blogs or sites, because your content is stuffed in those 10 pages, and you update less wich google hates.
      Obviously the pros are more than the cons, and the enjoyment of writing a really well researched language is not matchable, was just stating some problems I encountered.
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    • Profile picture of the author TimK06
      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      You'd have to start by stating your definition of an article and also your definition of quality as well so that we're both on the same page.

      My definition of an article is a document that's at least 1000 words long and has been well-researched, contains at least 1 external link, and might even have citations for its sources.

      Quality-wise, it would have to have near-perfect grammar and spelling, the content would have to be 100% unique, and it would have to have as little filler as possible. If I was writing it with SEO in mind, I'd also aim for a certain # of keywords as well.

      Now, with those definitions in place, I'll tell you that 5 hours to write 5 articles is not even close to enough time. I could easily spit out 5-10 blog posts in that amount of time, but I'd never call them articles.

      What do you hope to accomplish by creating so much "hurried" (in my opinion) content?

      -- j
      I would never sacrifice quality for quantity but there is no particular reason I just want to give it a try and if I can't meet the criteria as far as quality and the articles having juicy content then I'm aborting the mission and going back to just 1 or maybe two a day
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Oh No!

      Another assembly line writer!

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      • Profile picture of the author fin
        Are all these articles for the same niche?

        If so, what do you hope your readers will get out of it?

        I teach my readers something, so most of my articles are written with the intention of having someone take action and come back to me because they know they will get results.

        I could write as much articles as you're planning to, but considering someone can't take action on too many things at once, they would be completely pointless and a waste of my time.
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        • Profile picture of the author TimK06
          Originally Posted by fin View Post

          Are all these articles for the same niche?

          If so, what do you hope your readers will get out of it?

          I teach my readers something, so most of my articles are written with the intention of having someone take action and come back to me because they know they will get results.

          I could write as much articles as you're planning to, but considering someone can't take action on too many things at once, they would be completely pointless and a waste of my time.
          Valid point, and all the articles will be in the same niche but will address different topics and questions I see floating out there surrounding the niche.
          I think it's going to be excellent
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          • Profile picture of the author fin
            Originally Posted by TimK06 View Post

            Valid point, and all the articles will be in the same niche but will address different topics and questions I see floating out there surrounding the niche.
            I think it's going to be excellent
            Just remember, you're kidding yourself if you think the majority of people will go raking through your archives. If someone doesn't come back to your site for a week, maybe they have a life, then an article that could be important to them is already 35 deep.

            Do you have any way of them finding it, either through excellent navigation or a link in an email?

            I hope it works out for you, I don't know anything about your sales funnel so anything I say means nothing.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

        I took 27 straws and put them together with edible duct tape and then set my coffeemaker to auto-refill. I put one end of the straw in my mouth and the other in the coffee pot and started typing.

        -- j
        Jason, although that shows great ingenuity, wouldn't it have been easier to just use an I.V. set up like I do? :p

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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    If I'm really familiar with the topic I can write three good ones. My all time record is six. These are 700+ words. If I have to do research I'm lucky to get one decent one. I prefer writing articles in the 1000 to 1400-word range though.

    My best day writing fiction was 7500+ words.
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    • Profile picture of the author itworked
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      If I'm really familiar with the topic I can write three good ones. My all time record is six. These are 700+ words. If I have to do research I'm lucky to get one decent one. I prefer writing articles in the 1000 to 1400-word range though.

      My best day writing fiction was 7500+ words.
      This is really the key point. When you start out writing and write about things you already know a lot about, it goes much faster. After you exhaust all that and have to start doing a lot of reading and research, things slow down fast. Because unless you are just re-writing something, it really takes time to absorb facts, analyse them and present them well.
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      • Profile picture of the author TimK06
        Originally Posted by itworked View Post

        This is really the key point. When you start out writing and write about things you already know a lot about, it goes much faster. After you exhaust all that and have to start doing a lot of reading and research, things slow down fast. Because unless you are just re-writing something, it really takes time to absorb facts, analyse them and present them well.
        Understood but where I benefit is in the niche I'm in I kind of have a lot of information to write about and a lot of ideas so I think I can realistically do this if not at least I know I tried
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    My articles are generally between 800-1200 words and I can
    write maximum 2 per day if I'm writing for a client but only
    one if I'm writing for myself.

    I think that my articles are generally too "concentrated"
    so that it's hard for me to write many articles on the
    same topic. I give it strong with no fluff so it's easy
    for me to exhaust a topic early.

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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    From a sales stance: What is the purpose of so much content in so small a time frame? Are you wanting to be an author or a salesperson?

    You can be both but the usual hybrid form of this type of marketer is so transparent nothing ever comes of it.

    I had a warrior pm me a couple of weeks ago and basically ask why their original content site was not making them any money. I figured the articles were what the average new marketer would consider quality but upon landing on their site, I was pleasantly surprised with the actual quality of writing as well as format and flow.

    This warrior was a writer. The problem; they were not a marketer.

    Their means of monetization was adsense only. When writing for adsense quality writing can be a downfall. People can actually read when they get to the site. The best adsense sites are those that the writing actually makes people click a link just to get away from it.

    By writing for people this writer was also attracting some very low pay out advertising.

    Away from the adsense table, article writers need to understand a few important things also. They need to remember their main end purpose. For me that end purpose is to make an eventual sale.

    It is hard to make a sale if you give away the farm in the original article.

    Most of my two stage opt in squeezes will give away the farm and offer a couple of cows for the email address. This can be done for the fact I have been in this long enough to know the potential farmer will also need some chickens and maybe a goat or two down the road.

    The average affiliate marketer does not have this leisure. Their content must focus on warming. Convincing the reader you understand their pain and pointing them to the aspirin ... just be sure you article isn't morphine.

    Writing 25 quality articles a week may be possible with your skill set. It is not possible with mine. At least it doesn't fit into what I consider article marketing to be. I would rather spend all day, or two days if needed, writing an article that accomplishes my main objective. I would rather write one article that produces 25 sales as opposed to 25 articles that produces none.

    The next question I have is .. if you are writing 5 articles a day where will you find the time to market those articles? Sure the search engines may eventually pick these articles up and Google may send you traffic if the qualifications of said articles are in line with this week's algorithm. That is not marketing your article it is banking on hope .. as in I sure hope Google doesn't change their mind any time soon.

    The marketing starts with the article its self but writing the article is not marketing.

    I can promise you ... you can not properly market 5 articles a day and, while I have been at it a while, I can not market 5 articles a week properly. Many see article writing as a traffic source and it can well be just that. The problem is .. if you only use your articles to drive traffic and not produce the other desired results .. when you going to find the time to make any money?
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Troy,

      That is the most brilliant post I've read in quite awhile!

      Will you marry me?

      I kid, I kid! :p

      Terra
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      • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
        Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

        Troy,

        That is the most brilliant post I've read in quite awhile!

        Will you marry me?

        I kid, I kid! :p

        Terra
        I get in those moods occasionally .. but it usually passes rather quickly.

        There you go .. toying with my emotions again.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

      Will you marry me?
      Ooh, it's all happening!

      Originally Posted by Troy_Phillips View Post

      I can promise you ... you can not properly market 5 articles a day
      This. Exactly.

      Even if I could write 5 articles in a day (which I can't) it wouldn't leave me any time at all for marketing, running and building my business.
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      • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


        This. Exactly.

        Even if I could write 5 articles in a day (which I can't) it wouldn't leave me any time at all for marketing, running and building my business.
        You would be surprised Alexa. I did a few articles for someone a couple years back. I sent them a draft copy just to make sure I was on the same page as them .. they were tickled to death and published them .. I was planning on at least a couple of hours more work on each one lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimK06
    I just want to thank everyone for being so receptive and providing excellent inputs none of this is set in stone or anything I generally just love to write and had a challenging idea and wanted to get that some feedback on the idea first
    You guys rock!
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      Staying motivated is the only problem you will have, but it sounds like you have that taken care of. I think this is very doable especially if you are interested in what you are writing about. Good luck and let us know how it works out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Inspired, Inc.
    as of today, I am averaging 1 500-word article per hour... sometimes it can only take me 30 mins, but there are also time that i consume an hour and a half.... it actually depends on my mood and topic..
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  • Profile picture of the author shipwrecked
    It depends on what I'm writing about. Sometimes it requires documentation...
    Otherwise, the length of the article is also a factor...
    And whether "doing the article" only refers to writing it or also to posting it. Because with a CMS it's easier, but I tend to write my own code and takes a lot longer.

    So in my case this varies a lot.
    Sometimes a rather complex article can take up to a week: stats, facts, description, perhaps some good images (all have to be well-thought-out and sometimes I have to search for stock imagery).
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    lost of valuable info in this thread.

    You are better off to have 1 decent high QUALITY article over 20 crappy spun, jibberish.

    Plus if you market that 1 high quality article it could go viral, and bring you massive traffic fast.
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