Wednesday, August 8, 2007

How to Write 50 articles per week.

Just think, what you could do to your blog, if you were able to write 70 high quality blog posts per week...
  • Guest posts on other blogs. - gaining links and exposure from other bloggers.
  • Ezine links. You could place some articles at ezines to get a new variety of inbound links.
  • More search engine traffic. If you target your long tail, 70 articles per week,will significantly boost your traffic from search engines.

(This advice is also relevant for writing essays. Students are always trying to convince me that it is simply impossible to write more than 1 essay per week. But, fortunately or unfortunately, I know they are very modestly underestimating their capacities.)

Here are some tips for writing a greater quantity of articles.

1. Have an Optimistic Target

If you want to be a prolific blogger you have to think in terms of high volume. The problem is that, when we have written one article, we feel pleased with ourselves and think we can relax for another 2 days. If you set yourself a target, it gives you something to aim for. Don't settle for a small number of articles. If you think 50 is unreasonable, start with a target of 20 per week. But, you should feel 50 articles per week is definitely possible.

2. Writing Speed Increases over Time

If you are a slow writer and find it difficult to write even 1 article - persevere and practice. Writing is a skill that develops with practice. The more you write, the more fluent you will become. When I first started blogging, I wrote maybe 1 or 2 articles per week, but felt the importance of writing more, so I kept practising.

3. Write Series of Articles

When you write series of articles you try to get 5-10 articles out of a single topic, rather than 1 long, complicated article. Series of articles are good for exploiting the long tail in your preferred keywords. For example, you can write about the benefits of different types of tax, getting traffic for each different article.

4. Ask for Questions.

A popular part of this blog, is that near exam time, students ask questions about economics. For each question, I will answer as a separate blog post. This is good for them, because they get some tips for exam revision. It is also good for a blogger, because I get alot of ideas for writing posts. All I have to do is answer the question, like I would in a lesson. It is very quick to write, and I have gained a good number of posts through answering these questions. Try to encourage questions on your blog. If you find people don't ask, just look for questions people would be likely to ask. Never underestimate the need for basic questions, you may think obvious. For example, it is interesting how many people google the question, what is a blog? What is Economics? see: Blogging for Beginners at Problogger

5. Set aside dedicated writing time.

If you have a 2 hours stretch to just write, you can be very focused. This will stop you getting sidetracked through checking stats and email. These are unproductive tasks, that not only lose time, but also mean that you lose your writing concentration. Avoid procrastination and wasting time at all cost - see increasing productivity

6. Have Titles Ready

Generate a list of titles so that you always know what you are going to be writing about. I have a file on my desktop of titles for blog posts, separated into different categories. Whenever I get an idea for a post I write the title down. During the day I can be thinking of ideas for the post, therefore, when I start writing I can just concentrate on writing.

7. Top 10 lists.

I love top 10 lists, they are so easy to write.

8. Write with a Target in Mind.

It is good to write articles, where you have a clear idea in mind, what you will be writing about. For example, write for a blog carnival, or blog contest.

9. Write for Multiple Blogs.

As fascinating as Economics is, I would get bored just writing Economics. By writing on a variety of topics you get the chance to have a change, which is as good as a rest.

I also blog at: Net Writing

10. Enjoy Writing.

This is the real trick for being a prolific writer. Learn to enjoy the art, this means you need to write on the topics you have a passion and interest in.


redwall_hp said...

Great post, I agree with your suggestion to write on different topics occasionally.
If you want to blog about some other topics now and then, some of you may be interested in

Emma said...

Economics and writing. Two of my favorite subjects. Keep up the good work.

Craig Childs said...

Good call on the series-of-posts idea. Definitely a smart way to go to generate more articles and get readers coming back.

Also just generating post titles works really well. I write down any idea i have for an article and which blog i think it'll suit. That way when i need to get down to writing i have some starts already.

I like the idea of creating regular 'round up' posts from related stuff you read during the week.

Anonymous said...

Can I add another tip? Learn to type. I don't mean pecking at the keyboard with two fingers - I mean touch-typing, so you can do it with your eyes closed or looking out the window.

If you type at 80 or 90 words per minute, knocking out 50 articles a week will be much, much easier.

(~85 wpm)

YC said...

All good tips - especially the one about writing for different blogs, something which I practise myself. It keeps me fresh and pulls me out of any rut I might have with any particular topic. :)

PeeKa said...

Nice post, thanks a lot!

ray-blue said...

Writing Quality and Quantity in the same time is the key, you are right. Thanks for the article.