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Write An Article With Me! (Guide To Write Quality Content Quickly)

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  1. wnateg

    wnateg Regular Member

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    I have a thread in the IM journey section, and I have gotten quite a few comments and questions regarding my ability to pump out up to 15-20 high quality articles per day. Therefore, I decided to create another thread dedicated to helping others learn this technique for writing articles. I did not create nor learn this technique because I do not really think of it as a "technique." It is just how I write, and I hope to provide you some insight into that process in an effort to assist the fellow BlackHatWorld community.

    Some facts about the usual articles I produce to give you an idea on quality:
    Minimum word count of 500, but it can increase to up to 1000 words depending on the subject.
    However, character count on the higher side because I attempt to use more advanced and lengthy words to show intelligence and authority in the field.
    Main keyword density of around 1%-2%, but I do not specifically focus on this point while writing.
    Intelligent use of bullets and <h2> headings to structure content. Green checkmarks for bullet points can increase engagement and conversion.
    Yoast SEO regularly ranks the articles I write in the 20-40 range on the Flesch Reading Ease test. What is the relevance of this? It is mostly insignificant; however, if you use the same WordPress plugin, this may give a general idea of the quality. While it does not necessarily indicate "quality," it does show reading difficulty. This can be considering in certain niches. For instance, if I am writing on engineering, I want to use "big words" and show intelligence. However, if I am covering basic coloring skills, I may not want to unnecessarily inflate the reading difficulty.
    They usually contain between one and three internal links and one to three external links. I only include links where they possess relevance.

    That should give you a general idea on whether or not you want to continue reading this long thread.

    Below, I will write an article based on a random niche and describe the process. I will also record the amount of time this process encompasses. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to comment, and I will answer quite quickly.

    The niche I will write about is... construction, specifically "construction jobs." I should paraphrase this by stating that I know almost nothing on construction. The extent of my knowledge on the subject is the ability to construct Ikea furniture.

    The first step in the process is doing a basic internet search on "construction jobs" to gather some information. We are not copying content or plagiarizing. We are simply learning about the topic to create an informative and user engaging article.

    Unfortunately, Google is overly helpful with certain searches by centering on a location. Therefore, I will skip the internet search step and just use prior knowledge to determine that bls.gov has a lot of information on careers. So I typed in "bls construction jobs" and this link came up:

    http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/home.htm

    So I scrolled through that and realized that I already have about the first two paragraphs and a title:

    Title: Types And Requirements Of Construction Jobs

    Okay, that is that. That article took approximately 40 minutes to write and I used just one external resource for reference. That is about 500 words or so without breaking a sweat. I didn't run it through the Flesch Reading Ease test or a keyword density analyzer because I'm not that concerned, as I am not posting it. If it was off on a certain test, I would just change a few words or sentences around.

    Hopefully, you can see some general structure within the article, but I will outline the strategy I went through either way.

    The general idea of the article came from the BLS page that popped up in the "bls construction jobs" search because it has a long list of construction jobs with a very brief description of what they do. I didn't have any other knowledge to decide on a topic, really. But, off the top of my head, here are some other options to show how versatile a word such as "construction jobs" really is.
    Construction Jobs Certifications
    Daily Duties Of Construction Jobs
    Getting Hired For Construction Jobs
    Construction Jobs For Women

    Lists are always really awesome. The reason for this is because it helps break up the wall of text, increase literal length of article, and provide a general outline of information. Word counts that I used up 168 words just listing four jobs with a small sentence or two of what they accomplish. The four bullet points told me what I need to write about. The first bullet point was electricians, so what should I write about? Electricians!

    The above point introduces a few other important topics: Introductions, Conclusions, and Questions.

    We all learned about introductions and conclusions in school. This is where that information can actually be useful.

    Introduction: open up with a sentence that is interesting and inviting to capture the reader. Think of this like a first impression; either you make a good one or they're gone. Let's look at my first sentence in the above article:
    "Construction jobs are located across the country, and they offer great career opportunities and benefits."

    Read this like you are looking for a construction job. You may think, "wow I can travel anywhere for a construction job?" or maybe even just "wow I don't have to travel anywhere for a construction job?" Either way, it can be interpreted very beneficially. The next point, which is after the comma, is "and they offer great career opportunities and benefits." I have absolutely no idea if this is true for the most part. I mean I did scroll through that BLS list and saw quite a few careers or "opportunities." The "great benefits" part is just for padding and more description.

    Oh, let me highlight a relevant point real quick. Always write positively. For one, you need fewer facts grounded in reality than a negatively charged article. Additionally, more people are looking for something positive rather than the negative. You can highlight negative topics to boost the word count, but the overall vibe of the article should be upbeat and positive. I mean think about it in a very, very general sense. Would you rather have readers feel happy and optimistic while reading your article, or would you rather them be sad and upset? The choice seems quite logical. You can also view it as a sale. You are selling your article just as much as selling a product.

    Back to the slightly bigger picture though... which is the introduction. In last sentences of the introduction, I very briefly but descriptively outline what I am going to talk about for the next 400 words or so. Simply take the main idea of the article and write it out. It should be concise and clear though. Read the sentence "...the specific type of job, work requirements, and..." Right there is the two main points that I will cover, and glance over the article, what do you see? A bunch of words, yes, but you should also see the two headings breaking those words up. Those headings are "Types Of Construction Jobs" and "Education And Experience Guidelines." Do those not perfectly align with the two topics I listed in the introduction? There is your first 50-100 words and article structure. By that I mean, I write the introduction around 50-100 words, and the basic structure of that paragraph formulates the whole article.

    Now, I will discuss the conclusion. I almost always start the conclusion when I reach 400 words because I know I can make it 100 words long, especially considering I am summarizing 400 other words with it. The word count is there, you just need to condense it and rewrite it. The easiest way to do this is by taking the introduction and rewording it. If your introduction was less than 100 words, simply type one or two sentences on the other content in your article or add some random filler, just like the first sentence of the introduction. It's just random filler that sounds good.

    Finally, we should talk about questions. What are questions? Sorry, I had to do that. Anyway, a better question is how can I use questions to my advantage? For one, they read the readers mind in a basic sense. That is beneficial in connecting with the reader. And so what if the reader wasn't actually thinking that; the question may still be relevant to the material. Additionally, it adds to the word count. While I am trying to create useful content, I am also trying to reach that 500 word count. For example, I'll give a comparison using the article, so I don't struggle to create even more original thoughts.

    "Does it seem more logical to teach how to hammer a nail in a classroom or on a piece of wood with an actual hammer? The actual process of physically hammering is much more logical and effective of a teaching method."

    In this approach, I am asking the reader a question to think about. This better engages the reader. In addition, it literally doubles the number of sentences.

    "The actual process of physically hammering is much more logical and effective of a teaching method than in a classroom setting."

    With the above approach, it is less engaging and thought provoking. It also holds less weight. In the first example, it is though I am making a logical argument. In the second example, it is more like I am stating a fact, or even just an opinion, which is not very significant.

    What else? I don't know. I just started typing and now we are here...

    Use sentence introductions, like "in addition, in conclusion, first, second, next, also, however, therefore."

    I advise combining related sentences by using and, however, and therefore with a semicolon ";". The general structure of two combined sentences is:

    You should add descriptive words. I'll provide an example using the article I wrote for you.

    "This is due to the fact that the daily duties of these workers are more focused on difficult and demanding movements, such as carrying heavy objects, and less on technical and intricate roles."

    On a side note, I would not use this sentence in an article I intend to use because it is on the verge of demeaning construction workers.
    In the sentence, I use "daily," "difficult and demanding," provide an example with "such as," and use "technical and intricate." If I did not use those, it would say:

    "This is due to the fact that the duties of these workers are more focused on difficult movements and less on technical roles."

    As you can see, I did not remove all of the description. If I remove even more, it would become the following.

    "This is because workers focus on movements and less on roles."

    For one, this doesn't make much sense, and it is super boring. Try to spice up the sentences. Questions do that, but description does it too. Break out a thesaurus, if you have to.

    Do I have to mention to use correct spelling and punctuation?

    Anyway, I think I'll cut it here. I'm approaching 2,500 words, and I need to work on my authority site. If you need more advice, description, or have a question, post it. I'll respond, usually pretty quickly.

    This is original content created by myself, so I would greatly appreciate not acting in any manner that would suggest otherwise. Thank you.
     
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  2. aka sam

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    You have written a good article here! Cheers.
     
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  3. moonlighsunligh

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    To add something:

    1) Use dragon naturally speaking to write articles

    2) One can use question word in addition to categorization of the keyword as well. This can be used to find out additional categorization of the main as well as categorized keyword.

    What Construction Jobs?
    Where Construction Jobs?
    When Construction Jobs?
    Which Construction Jobs?
    Why Construction Jobs?


    Then on a subcategory:

    What Construction Jobs Certifications?
    Where Construction Jobs Certifications?
    When Construction Jobs Certifications?
    Which Construction Jobs Certifications?
    Why Construction Jobs Certifications?



    Another way to increase the article is as in communication to explain in more details subject, object or anything that could be defined in a sentence in sentences following the other sentences. This goes only for word/phrases that are less known. Use 5w on these words as as well.
     
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  4. hey.rawj5

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    re read 3 times and bookmarked for future, :)
     
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  5. wnateg

    wnateg Regular Member

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    I'm glad you think so! Thanks!

    I've never used dragon naturally speaking, but thanks for contributing!

    Awesome! I'm glad it helped!
     
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    wnateg, i realise that you use question like sentence at introduction and answer it in <h2> paragraph,is it right?(well,realise after re again today,haha,so slow)
     
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    Yes, that is basically what I meant here:


    So I basically have some topic that is to be discussed in the introduction that can be phrased as a question. In this article, it's essentially "what are the considerations involved with construction jobs?"

    And then provide two answers to that question and structure them with the <h2> tags.

    So "types of construction jobs" and "education and experience guidelines" are the answers to the main overreaching question of the article, "what are considerations of construction jobs?"
     
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    Very nice guide, thank you for sharing!
    bookmarked :)
     
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  9. wnateg

    wnateg Regular Member

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    Thank you! Glad you enjoy it!
     
  10. moonlighsunligh

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    I saw you are writing 900 articles for your sites. In this case i thin you should try this software. It is a speech to text software and if your pronunciation of English word is decent the software could save you 70% of time.

    I am pretty bad writer and my pronunciation isn't very good but is understandable. When using the software I am able to complete a 500 word article in 15-20 minutes. An experienced writer should be able to do the same in 5-10 minutes. It is around 95% accurate but for most other people it is higher.
     
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    The breakdown near the bottom is great to read even if you already know it.

    I have been finding that breaking up each paragraph or two with an H tag of a couple of words helps along with a picture if possible. I was able to just talk about a picture per paragraph and next thing I know I am over 1000 words. And like some type of magic my H tags were LSI keywords about whatever I was writing.

    Another thing is that you can make a quick infographic to go along with the article using basic stats while doing some quick research for the writing. With 40 minutes to write that article, why not spend another hour making a simple infographic to share.
     
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  12. wnateg

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    Both of you guys are mind readers! Someone in my journey thread just recommended dragon naturally speaking.

    I have a few concerns, but I haven't done any research. Therefore, those concerns may be squashed once I research it. And I'm American, so my English pronunciation is pretty good :D

    And, travanx, you are a mind reader because I made my first infographic today for an article!

    Thanks for the info! Glad you like the guide!
     
  13. ill-repute

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    wnateg,

    It was thoughtful of you to provide this article writing guide. If you don't mind, I would like to add a few notes:

    Please don't be consumed by article length. With so much talk about 500-word articles, or the need for 1000+ word articles, it has led to some poor quality writing. You have people writing a lot, but not saying anything.

    Get to the point. Cut out the fluff.

    I have seen many internet marketers (or whoever they hired) writing these elaborate pieces, and it's obvious they don't know the subjects well enough. Either hire better writers, or look at the experts in those fields to see what their writing on similar topics consist of.

    For example, if you are writing a review for your Amazon Affiliate site, read what customers are saying. Look beyond whether they view the product favorably or unfavorably—look at their detailed purposes for buying the product. You can pick up quite a few longtail keywords with no backlinks by supplying this kind of information in your review.

    Also, construct your post/page to meet the needs of your topic.

    It doesn't need to be in multi-paragraph form. Consider integrating bullet/number list formatting, pictures, videos, etc., if warranted.
     
  14. wnateg

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    Well, I agree and disagree. Word count obviously matters, but the content must be useful to the reader too. You should be consumed both by article length AND quality.

    Pictures, videos, and other extra content beyond words are superb. I always include AT LEAST two images, one image and video, one image and google map, or one image and downloadable file content locked for every article. I didn't discuss that because it is not "writing."

    Thanks for providing your thoughts!
     
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    Well, I guess we'll agree to disagree :)

    But I don't think word count should be on an internet marketer's mind when writing their article. What's important is succinctly providing the visitor the information they are looking for, in a format that is suitable to that topic.

    A lengthy article works for a topic like a smart phone review, where your reader is likely interested in all the bells and whistles. They want to digest as much as possible.

    But an article on how to silence your neighbor's dog? Or how to spot clean a pair of jeans? You don't need a 500-word article for these topics.

    Internet marketers focusing on writing length appears to be based on appeasing Google. Google is not your audience. They are a means to reach your audience. Just write what is sufficient, don't worry about a self-imposed word quota.

    I hope my posts don't come across as putting a damper on your thread. It is a well-intentioned thread that provides some helpful tips.
     
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    No, no, I totally welcome your ideas and thoughts. I appreciate the contribution.

    My aim is to appease both Google and the readers :D
     
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    Great read. I also agree with http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/members/110966-moonlighsunligh.html you should get dragon, not only is it tons faster it's also far less fatiguing. Also get a decent microphone I have the WNC-1500 and it improved my accuracy a lot over the cheap headset i had before it. If you want to look at other potential headsets for dragon go to this site http://www.knowbrainer.com/core/pages/miccompare.cfm Good luck
     
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  18. moonlighsunligh

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    This stereo headset looks like it is not durable enough even I have no doubt it is accurate. I use usb microphone Samson q1u instead and it gives a great accuracy compared to other microphones maybe even this one.
     
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  19. GrayHatPro

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    very good guide! thanks for sharing :)
     
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    I actually attempt the opposite with my main money websites.

    George Orwell is my inspiration here.
    Code:
    [B]1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
    [B]2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
    [B]3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
    [B]4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
    [B]5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
    [B]6. Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous.
    [/B][/B][/B][/B][/B][/B]


    It is not usually perfect, but I try.
     
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