In this article, I’m going to explain how to write an article fast with minimal effort. By the end, you should understand how to write faster and why writing faster is vital to your success.
If internet marketing is about content marketing, then you can imagine that a lot of time is dedicated to producing that content. Although there is more than one type of content, most websites are still dominated by written text.
Using a blogging platform as the base for your online business means writing content. You want to write high-quality content that inspires, entertains and informs in such a way that visitors stay on your site, come back to your site and, most importantly, spend money on or through your site.
The Need for Speed
Quality is more important than quantity, but that is not to say that quantity is unimportant. It’s very important. To rank for keywords in the search engines and drive large amounts of organic traffic to your site, the more content the better. Each article you write is a potential traffic magnet.
So, yes, focus on the quality of your content, but post as much high-quality content as you can manage. Admittedly, it can be time-consuming, but if you are a content marketer, that is the nature of the business that you chose.
Based on everything I’ve said so far, it should be obvious that being successful in internet marketing means becoming a writer. Please note, though, that becoming a writer and becoming a productive writer are two different things. You need to be both.
Here’s something that some marketing “experts” may not want to tell you. The writers’ online that are most likely to make money are those that are both fast and good. In other words, they manage to knock out it out of the park with both quality and quantity.
Now, let me be clear. You can be fast and create terrible content that no one wants to read. On the other hand, you can be slow and write great articles but you will have an uphill battle trying to make money.
If you’ve read any of my other articles, you may know that I’m not a fan of internet marketers promoting “magic formulas” for success. Well, there’s no “magic” formula for being a productive writer, either. There is formula, though, but it’s more common sense than magic. The formula is: Write Fast + Write Well = Make Money.
Ramp Up Your Production
Are you writing content every day? What are you writing today? A how-to article, a sales landing page? Whatever your answers, you need to make sure that what your writing supports the subject at hand. Great, you say, but where do I begin?
First, decide how long the article is going to be. In other articles, I talk a bit about article length and what, if anything, is the optimal length. Keeping in mind that I don’t subscribe to one-size-fits-all theories, I do have my own general guidelines. When I’m writing an article to post, I usually shoot for the 1,000-word range. Sometimes they are quite a bit longer and, occasionally, they may be as low as the 600-700-word range.
You don’t need to write a novel every time to post to your blog, but you want to discuss each topic thoroughly enough to provide real value to your readers. As a secondary benefit, longer articles can be good for gaining search engine traffic. More content also equals more opportunities to rank for naturally occurring keywords. The important point is to have a rough word count target in mind.
Let It Flow
Next up, you need to give some thought to your subject matter. If it’s a topic you are very familiar with, your job just got easier. Basically, you can just start typing. Yes, just start typing for and do it for a full 5 minutes. If you know a good deal about the subject, you should be fine. Get your thoughts down in a solid 5-minute block of time.
While you are engaged in this 5-minute typing session, try not to pay attention to the screen. You don’t need to worry about spelling, grammar and all the other mechanics of writing at this point. Just type whatever pops into your head.
If you follow my directions on this, I think you may be surprised at just how much information you have stored in your brain. If you can, set a timer at the beginning of this exercise. When it goes off at the end of the 5 minutes, stop typing.
Now this is when you want start putting your ideas into a more structured form. Organize the ideas you typed out. Divide it into paragraphs that make sense and, if necessary, shift their order around to make the narrative flow better. Add headings. Use bullet-point lists if it makes sense for your article. Whatever you need to make your article work is what you need to be doing in this fine-tuning process.
If you haven’t gotten near enough to your word count goal, you can add more content. If you went too far over, trim it down to the most relevant parts. You’ll be surprised at how much information you can put together if you just let things flow. Chances are you will have written enough to constitute a full article before you get to the fine-tuning stage.
That’s all well and good if you are writing about a subject you are familiar with. What about a topic you don’t know much about? In that situation, you’ll need to do some research. If you are serious about producing original content, to be sure, you will eventually have to write about something that don’t already know a lot about.
Having good research skills come in handy for any writer. The more efficiently you can conduct research, the less time you’ll spend learning about your subject. You don’t have to read a stack of books from cover to cover. You’re writing an article, not studying for a college exam.
If you have access to a relevant book, great. If not, the internet has more information than you are likely to need. Find some sites that are related to your subject and skim through them. Take some notes. The key is to get a good overview of the subject and to pick out what seem to be the most important details. Once you have collected what you need, start writing.
That’s really all there is to it. It sounds easy, right? The process isn’t that difficult and the more you write, the better you will get at it. Like any other skill, it improves with practice. Follow this system and I think you will see your productivity increase. Don’t sacrifice quality, though.
As you progress, you should notice that both the quality and the amount of writing you produce is on the rise. Give it a try and see.
If you have success with this writing method, leave a comment and share your experience. Have your own method for improving productivity? Feel free to share that too.