No matter how talented you are, how experienced you are, or how much money you’re making, every entrepreneur and blogger has the same problem:
There are only 24 hours in a day.
Factor in your human needs and obligations and you’re left with a relatively limited time to work hard and get stuff done.
Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing that can be done to change the flow of time. Therefore, it’s important to make the most out of the time that you’ve got, and save as much of it as possible.
Here are 6 ways to write your blog posts more quickly and productively, allowing you to free up more time to market them and make more money!
1. Get Rid Of Your Distractions
Starting with the most obvious, you’ve got to get rid of any and all distractions that can disrupt your flow of writing.
It takes a few minutes to really get into a productive mindset where you can write freely without hesitation. The problem is, everytime you take a break from writing to check your phone or social media, you’re disrupting that flow and you’ve got to start all over again to get back into it.
Eliminate this problem. Silence your phone. Close your social media tabs. Even knowing that there is a message waiting for you will linger on your mind and slow down your blogging.
If you must check your phone or social media sites, it’s best to schedule periodic breaks and check everything then. Get up, walk around, check all of your stuff, and then get back to writing until you hit another break.
You’d be surprised how much writing you’re able to crank out when you focus.
2. Know Your Topic Inside And Out
You’ll write your blog posts a heck of a lot quicker if you don’t have to take the time to research your topic extensively. By having a thorough knowledge of the topic you write about, you’re able to write more freely and really put your own voice into the content.
This is why it’s usually a good idea to start a website on something you already have a thorough knowledge of. While you can certainly create websites about profitable topics you know very little about, the amount of time you spend researching and writing blog posts may not be worth the hassle.
3. Consider Writing Opinion Pieces
When you write from the heart, you’re able to throw out blog posts extremely quickly. One of the easiest ways to do this is to write an article covering an opinion you may have on a topic in your niche.
A few examples opinion posts of mine include:
- Bloggers: Nothing Wrong With Charging Money For Your Work!
- The Real “Secret” To Making Money Online (The Answer May Surprise You!)
- Do You ACTUALLY Need Passion To Make Money Online?
Opinion posts aren’t just great because you can write them very quickly, they accomplish a bunch of other tasks as well.
First of all, opinion posts allow your audience to get to know you on a more personal level, strengthening your relationship with them. As I’m sure you’re aware, people who know and trust you are more likely to purchase from you.
Opinion posts also allow you to brand yourself any way you like. They allow you to create an image of yourself in your audience’s mind, which helps determine how they remember you. Since blogging is more competitive than ever, it’s important to utilize your strengths to brand yourself whenever possible.
4. Write An Outline
For the longest time, I thought I could get away without using an outline for my writing.
I wasn’t wrong, either. I could write a good piece without an outline. Problem was, it took me way longer to remember my ideas while I was writing than it would’ve if I had just written them out in advance.
If you want to write blog posts quickly, you do not want to have to stop the flow of your writing to brainstorm more ideas. Dedicate some time before you begin actually writing your blog posts to brainstorm all of the ideas you’d like to cover in the article, and write them down.
Your outline does not need to be extremely complex, but it’s always a good idea to have one in place. You’d be surprised how much time even a simple outline can save you when it comes to writing long blog posts.
5. Don’t Obsess Over Keywords
Trying to fit keywords into your writing is a huge waste of time. I’m not a real big fan of squeezing in excessive keywords for the sake of SEO, but I’m REALLY not a fan of time wasting.
Here’s the truth. Writing for your readers instead of for search engines is going to save you a ton of headaches. You will never sound natural if you’re trying to please a search engine spider so you shouldn’t bother trying. Sure, you may get a few more visitors stuffing keywords into your content but that does not mean those visitors will convert. The quality of your visitors is far more important the quantity of your visitors. That is a fact.
When you write for your readers, and you’ll natually fit long-tail keywords into your content anyway so you really have nothing to worry about.
6. Write First, Edit Later
This was the killer for me early on. I’m a perfectionist, and want my content to be perfect before I publish it.
Here’s the problem. If you’re going to wait until your content is perfect, you’re going to be waiting forever and you’ll never get anything done. Nothing is EVER perfect, and you shouldn’t expect it to be.
First drafts are meant to be bad. That is why they are a first draft. Focus on getting all of your ideas down before you edit them, otherwise you’ll end up wasting a ton of time trying to get one tiny section to sound good.
However, make sure you do actually come back and edit things extensively. The difference between a good blog post and a great blog post is editing, tweaking, and revising. Subtle changes can make a relatively large difference.
Just because you’ve learned a ton of ways to blog more quickly does not mean that you should edit any quicker than usual. It’s extremely important and should not be neglected under any circumstances.
Writing Quickly Isn’t Always Your Best Option
Although we all want to save time in our work lives, perhaps the best option for you isn’t to reduce the amount of time you spend writing blog posts. Perhaps it’s to eliminate time wasters elsewhere.
I think it’s really important to analyze what activities you are spending the most time on, and eliminate or reduce the amount of time you spend on the least important ones.
For years, I spent an unnecessary amount of time on social media (several hours a day.) This was far more time than I spent writing new blog posts, which was actually only several hours a week.
Instead of cutting back on the amount of time I spent writing, it made much more sense to spend less time on my social media sites. However, social media was vital for attracting new leads and I couldn’t ignore it completely.
My answer was to purchase HootSuite Pro, which allowed me to automate a lot of the tasks I used to do manually, as well as allow me to manage all of my social media profiles in one place. I was a bit reluctant to spend $120 on the tool, but looking back I honestly would have paid 10x that because it’s saved me so much freaking time. With all of that extra time, I was able to double the amount I post on my blog without sacrificing quality, and that is really something special.
Take advantage of tools available to you to free up more of your time, which will allow you to make more money. The right tools really pay for themselves and may make the difference between getting a lot done, or getting nothing done at all.
Writing blog posts faster allows us to focus more time on other things such as marketing our content and generating leads. If you have any tips of your own that you’d like to share, please help us all out by leaving a comment sharing your secret!
Great tips that i can really relate to.
Family and friends think I am nuts that I work into the small hours of the morning, but it really is the only time I can get to completely focus on anything without being continually distracted by my offline clients and family – all of whom are obviously very important to me for many reasons.
Some of the posts I most enjoyed writing are the ones I refer to as my “rants” because they’re written from the heart and just flow. Not done one lately…. will have a think 🙂
When I tried doing SEO it felt like a waste of time because I didn’t see any real benefit, so that got dropped and nothing is worse, but time has been saved and better content too, I feel.
And yes, I too have automated a lot of my social networking – it’s just so easy to get on Facebook or Twitter and nothing productive has happened, but you’ve had a great time watching dog videos.
In fact the only point I disagree with you on is the “Write First, Edit Later”. I’ve heard others say it too – but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Every little typo nags and tugs at me to go back and fix it NOW – and that irritation completely throws my train of thought until I’ve fixed it, and then I can move on.
Have a great week, Joy
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I was the same way – for a few months I actually woke up around 8PM so I could work all night without family and friends bugging me. I suppose time restrictions are one reason I haven’t gotten involved with any offline businesses yet – I’d have a really hard time maintaining a normal sleep schedule haha.
Typos and the like used to bug me as well, all the way up to the point where I wrote my first book. As hard as it was, I had to stop caring if I wanted to get anything done. Editing sure is a bigger pain when you finish writing, but overall the time saved was very noticeable and I’m glad I made the switch.
Thanks Joy and talk soon!
James McAllister recently posted…How To Quit Your Job To Blog Full Time (It’s Easier Than You Think!)
Indeed, we have to write the article using time effectively. I agree to stay away from distractions that might disturb you. That’s important!
I also could not agree more with stop doing SEO too much. I’m also not a fan of SEO, I guess. It was really complicated. All I have to do is write an article to the readers. If the reader likes it, then they will shareit to their network. That’s the real SEO..hehe 🙂
Thanks for sharing this great post, James.
Keep up the good work!
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The way I see it, you’ve got to place a monetary value on your time and do what you can to get as much done in as little time as possible. Obviously you don’t want to skimp on quality but time is money!
Good to hear that we share similar views on SEO. I agree that quality is best and if your article is good than your readers will share it anyway. I see SEO as a good bonus, but nothing to focus a whole lot of time onto.
Appreciate your comment Nanda!
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Distractions can slow you down. When writing, one needs to create a quiet place. I like to open a document and just start writing with no internet connections. I also leave the phone in the other room. I need to focus on what I’m writing.
As for SEO, people go so crazy trying to figure that out. I was never a fan even during the days of those SEO packed articles which made no sense in reading. As long as that green light goes on in my back office that tells me the SEO is good, I press publish. Sometimes I publish even if I don’t get that green light.
Then people tell me they seen me on the first page of Google. So What! Is that making me money? No. That’s the point: People spend so much time on SEO and if it doesn’t monetize, then what’s the use?
My blog has a healthy community, but my ads are what makes the money.
Donna Merrill recently posted…The Blogging Entrepreneur
You and I are in a similar boat and it blows my mind how much people obsess over SEO as if it was the end-all-be-all for success. I don’t ignore it completely and search engines do bring a good portion of my traffic, but it doesn’t make any sense to try and spend time tweaking my content for it. The reason my blog is here is to get people onto my mailing list, as well as provide more value for those who arrive on my list via a squeeze page or something similar. Well, writing for search engines isn’t going to do either of those right?
As far as distractions go, I can’t bring myself to pull out the ethernet cord but I probably should. I have been pretty good at staying focused but there’s always room for improvement right?
Appreciate you stopping by Donna!
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Thanks for sharing, James. I go though Donna’s blog and I found that she wrote about you. I found you are an amazing bloggers thus I went your comment permalink and got here. I would admit that Donna wrote about the trust. You have a lot of great articles such as this one.
I would agree with you..! To quickly writing we have to distracted from some obstacle such as social media and phone call. I think that find some place for working online is great way to do that.
Absolutely, whenever we decided to blog, we have to start with what we knowledge and expertise and avoiding starting what we not able to write about it.
An other value you have mention in the article is that skipped keywords research. Surely, SEO is really important for getting traffic, but search engines is not who we are writing for.
You know..? Whenever I start my writing, I always focus on the topic that I going to write about. I did some few friendly SEO such as optimize my content and make it better. And the most attention is to make readers love my article.
Anyway, thanks for sharing…
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Glad to hear that you agree with my points. Blog posts can take a really long time to write, but really they don’t have to.
I agree search engines can be valuable for our businesses, but in the end they are out of our hands. We can control a lot, but we can’t control how many people they send us or what keywords we’re found for. And to be honest, it’s all about conversions. We could be getting 10,000 visitors a day from search engines but if those people aren’t turning into buyers or engaging with us, well they aren’t all that useful.
It sounds like you’ve got the idea down which is great. 🙂 I appreciate your addition to this article Kimsea!
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Yes, sure..! the people love quality article. You know..? the authority bloggers are always focus building stronger authorship and relationship. They never care about SEO such as Google animals, but what they are focus is to build authorship. Honestly, you have did the right with your blogging and business. You know.? I learnt a lot from here..!
Thanks for responding
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