Normally, when you try to rush something, you lose focus of its quality. So you take all your time in getting the job right. However if you’re a blogger, you might want to speed things up especially in the most important aspect of your job: writing blog posts.
Does this sound like you? If so, then I can help you improve your speed in writing by sharing you some techniques that I found useful regardless of how fast you want to go.
Please do take note, if you’re still a total beginner in writing or not have accumulated enough experience to familiarize all stages of content writing, then you might not appreciate every technique in this blog post. But if you’re still interested, then read on.
Why Blog Fast?
The first thing you want to do is to be aware of the purpose for wanting to get fast at writing. This will be different for every person and it depends on his or her situation. As I’ve come to realize, there are 5 reasons why people demand speed in posting articles.
1. Obviously, to be more productive and efficient. The more articles you can get done in a day, the more frequent you can publish in your website. This build is normally for bloggers who write blog posts that are within 1,000 to 1,500 words long targeting long tail keywords. To them, speed is the real deal because it’s what will make them successful.
2. You have limited time in your hands. If you have a full-time job and only have two or three hours allotted for writing in your blog, then it makes sense to desire for speed. Actually, there are lots of people succeeding at writing even if they only work part-time because they understand how to work faster. If you belong to this group, then read on.
3. You’re a freelance writer always trying to meet the deadline. What if in just 24 hours, you need 7 blog posts written and edited properly for your client? How would you manage your time in getting your craft done? Such scenario demands your full attention and focus in order to be really fast at writing.
4. You want to “smash” the writer’s block. Often, people think of writing blog posts as if they’re writing an academic paper or a novel or a best-selling book. This eventually leads to procrastination and writer’s block. By quickly writing content, you turn your old, broken mental gears into a highly efficient writing machine, not really striving for perfection.
5. To stock up articles in your inventory. If you plan to travel for example, it would make sense to have some reserves of blog posts while you’re gone and have it scheduled in WordPress. In this way, you can take your mind off work and cherish the moments you have while on vacation. Storing articles also ensures that you have something to post regularly while you’re writing the next batch of content.
Use These Strategies to Ramp Up Your Speed
I will give you five techniques to try in order to get started. I might not cover everything you need, but I believe that it only takes one to proceed.
Batching is a productivity technique in which you do similar tasks first before switching to a different one. This is very useful as it makes sure that you are in the momentum of doing things and not be interrupted by frequent switching of tasks. That’s why you would see tire specialists who only specialize in fitting tires in car factories and they do nothing else.
Applying it to your blog, you can set a date for example for just gathering blog ideas and being in a creative state. You can try allotting time for gathering research materials and a separate time for consuming it. I don’t know for you, but if you can find activities that you can work on in batches, then please take the opportunity to do so. See if it will speed the process up.
2. Setting Deadlines
Deadlines work because they force your mind to think of achieving your time goals. It’s also supported by Parkinson’s Law, which states that “work expands or contracts to fill the time allotted for its completion”. Your blog posts work like gas, as Blogging Wizard says, because they expand to cover up the time you’ve set for that task.
Unless you’re a freelancer or an organized man, you’re not going to write your blog post until you think it’s necessary, right? I know because I’m still like that most of the time. Until I can find a strong reason or motivation to get working, I simply won’t work hard to get the job done. But because I finally found that nitro boost to get me going, I’m more determined than ever to succeed.
3. Outsource Your Articles
If you really need content for your blog and fast, then why not have someone help you out? Outsource all the parts of your content creation that take you a lot of time or better, have them write the articles themselves. The best sites for finding writers are Fiverr and Upwork, so you might want to give it a try.
Warning: if you’re just a beginner and still don’t have enough authority online, then please stay away from this option. It’s a requirement to first write the blog posts in order to have an idea of what to outsource once you’re credible enough in your niche. This option is only for bloggers who are already well-established and already making money. After all, you have to pay for the writers consistently, right?
4.Overseeing the Entire Content
It’s a great practice to plan the whole content from start to finish even before writing the first draft. For instance, you can begin estimating the amount of work you’re going to do because the reality is, not all blog posts are created equal. Some would take more effort and resources and some less. But in general, you want to overestimate the numbers just to be on the safe side.
So how will you apply this to improve your writing speed? I suggest that you try to get a feel of what the blog post will look like when it’s published. Go to Google and search for articles that are the same as your topic and see if it needs some images, videos, infographics, reference links, or citations. Basically, if you can get away with too much media to include in your blog posts, the faster you’ll get done.
5. Creating a “System” for Writing
Ultimately, you want a system that is established and one that will help you get the job done without having to rely on motivation all the time. I believe the two important words to take note are repetition and automation. You want an effective system for writing blog posts that you can repeat a lot of times which in turn makes your process automatic. This in turn creates speed.
You would want to have a system for generating ideas, finding great keywords, acquiring research and resources, taking notes, writing better and faster, editing and formatting your articles, outsourcing the work, scheduling your blog posts and so on. However, getting to this stage requires that you understand every stage of the blog post and you must be willing to put in lots of practice in order to be very familiar with the process.
Don’t Forget the Quality Check
While we are talking about speed, let’s not forget the most important thing here: quality. Make sure you edit your content well and revise some parts of the blog post that are not doing well. After which, top it off with a few rounds of proofreading and make sure you maintain the flow of the article. Other things to check include spelling, grammar, and vocabulary errors.
To know more about what makes great quality content, check out this guide I’ve created designed to teach just that.
A very important reminder, while it’s important to make your content awesome, you must set boundaries as to how long you’re going to check on that. Don’t let the idea of perfection stop you from publishing your blog posts. So if you have this mentality, I advise that you develop the confidence to get your work out there.
The great thing about writing articles in this manner is that the more you publish, the better you’ll get at writing. So stop worrying about the quality too much.
Write More in Order to Get Ranked Better
Yes, that’s right. Quantity of blog posts really affects your SEO because then, Google will often visit your site more and see that you are creating great content on a consistent basis. Sure, you can write pillar posts (those that are 2,000+ words long), but if you are not that knowledgeable yet, then you can’t afford to do this right away.
Long tail keywords are the way to go because they are more specific and that you will find it easy to write about, therefore increasing the number of articles fast.
Kyle from Wealthy Affiliate supports that claim by saying, “It’s much better to hit singles (long tail) than trying to get lucky at home run keywords (those that are popular).” Whichever niche you belong to, this advice is applicable and it will definitely get you ranked better in search engines.
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Now I want to know how you write quality blog posts fast and quick by sharing your techniques in the comments below. I’ll be glad to entertain your insights and answer your questions there.