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.