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How can I write a 500 word article in under 15 minutes?

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by dietcoke55, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. dietcoke55

    dietcoke55 Newbie

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    This post contains a lot of rambling so I have put the only important parts in bold.

    I used to earn a lot of money writing 150 word BMR posts (I could write one in under 3 minutes), but after the demise of the BMR network, I have had to start writing 500 word articles. Due to the huge number of writers now looking for work, however, the only way to make any sort of living from freelance SEO article writing is to be able to write a 500 word article in under 15 minutes.

    While being paid $2.5 for a 500 word article is scandalous, I understand that, sadly, it is now considered a good wage in the industry -- just take a look at the number of applicants bidding on jobs on Odesk that pay $1 for a 500 word article. Anyway, I think if I could write 4 articles an hour that works out to be $10 per hour, which is an acceptable wage for me.

    Currently, I am frequently finding myself spending nearly two hours constructing one 500 word article. Yes, I produce a highly researched, succinct article, but for SEO backlinking purposes, this type of article is completely redundant. I am driving myself insane. I think, or rather I know, that my extensive research is hindering my ability to write quickly, as I seem to think that the aim is to summarize everything known to man about the keyword.

    So, how do you write a 500 word article in 15 minutes? Do you do no research at all and just try to write everything you already know about the keyword down? Is it best to just find one good article about the keyword and rewrite it? Do you limit your writing to a subtopic of the keyword? On average how long does it take you to write a 500 word article? (btw I am talking about a cheap 500 word SEO article or blog post for backlinking, not a 500 word article for quality website content.)

    My current 500 word article writing process (definitely not recommend lol):

    1. Receive keyword from client (usually with no accompanying instructions, pointers or criteria).
    2. Immediately get a migraine because the keyword is something ridiculous like “UPVC windows”, “forex” or “padded compression shorts”.
    3. Visit a multitude of different websites, including news sites, research paper databases, media gossip columns, article directories and discussions forums, and copy snippets of important facts and insightful opinions into a MS Word document.

    45 minutes later…

    4. Realize that my MS Word document contains about 60 bullet points of important information related to the keyword and is 2000 words long.
    5. Decide to stop my research.
    6. Read all of the information in my MS Word document and construct an article outline.
    7. Flesh out article outline by rewriting, rephrasing and reorganizing the snippets from my 2000 word MS Word document.

    45 minutes later…

    8. Proofread my 500 word article and make several alterations.

    20 minutes later…

    9. Send my article to the client. Receive no feedback or perhaps “it will do” or “my friend you working on next article now and I receive when?” and a message about how payment will be delayed.
    10. “It will do”? Are you serious? What did you expect for $2.50? Proceed to get angry and frustrated and start to wish I could find just find some normal employment.
    11. Visit various online forums and read about how people who have English as their second language are able to write 500 word prolific literary masterpieces in less than 10 minutes.
    12. Feelings of anger and frustration replaced with feelings of apathy and depression. Is there even any point at all?

    Somehow I managed to make $70 last week, but article writing took over my whole life. Also, $70 is like £40, which is less than what you would earn for one day’s work at minimum wage in the UK. Fortunately my family is able to support me at the moment, but their financial support it not forever. I need to start making at least $200 per week ASAP.

    8 hour working day writing four $2.50 articles per hour = $80 per day. It sounds so easy…

    Now that I have written this post I am not sure what purpose it serves, as I am aware that it is just a self-indulgent rant. Never mind, I think I have actually gone insane.

    This forum post is nearly 800 words and it only took me about 8 minutes to write. I don’t get it…

    Anyway, if anyone has any insights or thoughts I would like to read them.
     
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  2. baronthedivined

    baronthedivined Junior Member

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  3. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    My writers write 7 to 10 articles per day, it's a 8h job, where in the end they have around 45 minutes to create a proper 500 words article. To me, that's the best time one can get, 15 minutes is just random rambling without any meaning.

    Stop focusing on cheap articles which don't have value, start writing articles which carry value (link bait content, reviews etc) and which you can sell for more
     
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  4. deaftrip

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    Don't take this the wrong way or as a suggestion to NOT work hard but I think you're trying to over deliver for something that you are really getting underpaid for. I think that if you want to be thorough for a particular keyword it should be something that you have had some prior experience writing about, since your writing would be natural and fluid. However, for something like "UPVC windows" I wouldn't wreck my brain over it. Just try to create a routine or a set method for writing your articles, for example, once you find 4-6 important points on the topic you begin writing immediately.

    Just my two cents, hope you don't stress yourself out too much. I'm doing my Masters in linguistics and literature right now and honestly, being chill when you write is one of the most important things.
     
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  5. mrtwister_65

    mrtwister_65 Regular Member

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    I know this can sound as an insult for someone with the mastery of an English language you are displaying, but did you ever considered to try out article templates? Not for each and every of them, mind you, but for some few in between?
     
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  6. Neo240

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    First run them through google keyword tool and get the longtails from there. Then go to Instant article wizard and get some articles from it. Get the facts and make the article. Shouldn't take more than 20 mins IMO. I do it in 15 but they are mostly rewritten.
     
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  7. zzz92

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    I also used IAW to generate and rewrite articles.
     
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  8. danielgb123

    danielgb123 Regular Member

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    How about this?

    Fuck the guys that will pay you $2.50/500 words, market yourself for what you are worth.

    You can spend 15 minutes an article and provide average content, or acquire clients that pay for quality writing and get paid $10-$15 an article, and believe me they are out there.

    You might need to change your writing style from random crap to highly targeted, but don't sell yourself short; don't compete with mediocre quality, set your own quality and find clients willing to pay.
     
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  9. dietcoke55

    dietcoke55 Newbie

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone. I was stressing out yesterday.

    My typing speed it not really the problem so I don?t think that software would help. Also, don?t your family/friends/roommates get annoyed when you are dictating random articles?

    I tried IAW on the 7 day trial a few weeks ago, but it seemed to take ages to gather results and often returned nothing. I can?t justify the $77 dollar investment at the moment and there is no way to extend the trial. Is there any other software that is similar to IAW?
     
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    with your writing skill I'd suggest you start selling on IM forums, you can offer your service until you got enough regular customer to keep you working full time. Don't try to find a way to write 500 words article in 15 min, believe me most of the webmaster out there are now looking for high quality articles for there websites and are struggling to find someone with your writing abilities.

    With enough regular customers you will be able to cut down the research time, as they will be ordering for limited niches that you already researched and became familiar with.
     
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  11. MrBeastsOnToast

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    I do this (if you can type fast its great). and it not exactly breaking news or rocket science.

    Google whatever KW you have been given. find a good article. paste into word. read one paragraph, rewrite the information manually, delete paragraph.. done. let someone else do the research and just rewrite.
     
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  12. The_Clarkey

    The_Clarkey Junior Member

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    Definitely charge more money. You seem to produce good articles, due to the fact you're researching before hand and you're putting decent energy and time into your work. Easily charge $1 per 100 words.
     
  13. Ramsweb

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    Your approach to article writing is good if you are generating content that will fetch you a lot of money, or if you are writing for your own sites. However, for the rate you are currently getting, you are just overworking yourself.

    If someone paid me just $2.50 for a 500 word article, this is what I would do.

    Ask the client about what message they want the article to convey. That will usually give you a pretty good idea of how the article needs to be structured.

    Next, I would load up just two or three articles with that keyword, from sites like Ezine. If you are getting a good rate, you will obviously have to dig for better research sources. At $2.50 per 100 words, I wouldn't go beyond Ezine articles and other popular article directories.

    Give the article a once over and just spend a couple of minutes on thinking about how to rewrite it, in such a way that it will suit your client. Don't stress out if you think the quality is mediocre. If your client paid you more, you can feel guilty about that.

    Bang out your article without hitting the backspace key, even if you have a lot of typos. Not hitting the backspace key will allow you to put out an article much faster than when you try to go back and correct all the silly mistakes. Use the right click to fix those obvious errors as they will be underlined in red, for you to clearly see.

    Proof read the article once. Send it over.

    I think the real issue here is for you to understand the relation between quality of content and the amount of money you are getting paid for it. If you are the type that just can't write ordinary content, choose clients accordingly. Don't sign up for the ones that just want content for the sake of content.
     
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  14. imserious

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    There are two things you should do:

    1) For the $2.50 articles - Get keywords - open ezinearticles, articlebase, bukisa and one or two other article directories - Read two articles on the topic from each and just write the article in less than 30 minutes. This is what the clients deserve for $2.5 an article.

    2) Since you have a complete process of researching and writing good articles ( this is a really good habit, do not spoil it ) - Go to Warrior forum WSO section - check out the PLR packages which are selling. Research the common theme which is selling. Start banging out articles on the keywords. You can write articles on amazon products ( reviews - around 800 - 100 words ) , Health problems, dating and there are tons of niches on WSO part of the forum.

    3) Once you have 5 - 10 packs ready, start a WSO with a dime sale stating you would sell a 5 article pack for $5 but since its a WSO , its going only for $2.5. Once you get going, you won't be looking back. Best example of this is tiffany dow. Go read her blog. She has made more than 10k in one day selling PLR on dime sale.

    4) If you succeed with this strategy, give a few articles to me on discount :eek:
     
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  15. Nigel Farage

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    If you have the ability to write high-quality articles, write them for yourself. Make your own sites, fill them with your own content, and make the money yourself.
    The day I became self-employed was the day that I realized that if I did my job to the absolute highest level of perfection, the best I could hope to achieve was a sub-standard income.

    Unless someone can post links and supporting evidence that there is a significant demand for "high quality" articles, I'm going to disbelieve that. Google's AI can do many new things (such as knowing that you've paraphrased another article on a paragraph-by-paragraph basis), but it cannot differentiate between a $2.50 original article and a $8.00 original article.

    I think your situation is similar to someone trying to make a living picking tomatos. The quality of your tomato-picking really doesn't matter. There are minimum standards, and once you've met them, there is no economic reason for anyone to pay a premium. You can't pick faster than a machine, and you can't work cheaper than hoards of migrant workers willing to pick tomatos for less than what it costs for you to survive. I think it would be a good idea for you to focus in on the notion that the core of your career identity is that you are the best tomato-picker on the planet, the problem is that the standards for tomato picking are very low, and there are tens of thousands of people able to meet those standards and you will never be able to compete with them with the economy in it's current condition.

    So save your money, buy a farm, and grow special, exotic tomatos that people will be willing to pay you a premium for. At some point you will realize you are on a dead-end road. The sooner you do this, the better off you will be.
     
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    If it's a popular topic and you haven't been given precise instructions beyond "I want unique content," you could try the foreign translation method. Not the one where you take an English language article and run it through,say, Yahoo Babelfish 4-5 times (English to Spanish, then Spanish to German, then German to Swedish, then Swedish to French, then back to English). That takes too long, and the English you get back is too junky and choppy to be readily edited.

    Just take the root keyword niche term and translate it to a foreign language using the tool. Then take the foreign term you get and run it through Google. Voila, foreign language articles on that niche! Then translate a whole article to English using the tool. This should yield you a unique, decently-readable English article that only needs slight editing for flow. Should take 10 minutes max in order to do, start to finish.
     
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    Keep in mind that you are writing about something you know and are passionate about. It is a slightly different story when asked to write 5 ~500 word articles on air conditioning filters.
     
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  18. dcuthbert

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    Given your level of English, my advice would be - screw the $2.50 articles! Anyone who pays $2.50 for a 500 word article should expect nothing more than auto-spun garbage, or content written by someone whose native language is not English.

    At the very least you should be commanding $1 per 100 words, but try for $2-$3 per 100. Offer 300-400 word articles on Fiverr, at least then you'll be getting close to $1 per 100 words.
     
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    Hell, I'm messaging you right now because I'm struggling to find a decent writer and you sounds like the man for the job.
     
  20. ajithrocksca

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    If you are an expert then you need 30 minutes for a good article of 500 words, and if you are starter you need 1 hour for a good article, anything less than that will be just ramblings