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Faster Blog Posts: How to Write Them

Steven Feb 3, 2013 8 responses Blogging

I know in the very beginning it can seem like it takes forever to write one blog post. Eventually, you’ll probably get faster, most bloggers do. Unfortunately, being able to write a speedy post doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a valuable post, and some bloggers think it’s not a valuable post unless it takes two days to write. Here are my top five tips for cranking out high-quality blog posts faster.

Choose A Narrow Topic

When you’re brainstorming, narrow your topics. There have been entire ebooks written about How To Make Money With Pinterest so you’d never be able to effectively cover that topic in one blog post, in a short period of time, especially if you’re blog is directed at beginners. However, you could very easily crank out a quick blog post about “How To Organize Your Pinterest Pinboards.” And that’s exactly the type of specialized, focused content your readers would be looking for.

Define The Problem For Your Readers

It’s not enough to just define a problem or question. You need to define a problem that your specific readers might have. For example, if you’re blogging in the traffic generation niche, you’d want to get more specific with your article. Instead of just telling them how to organize their Pinboards, tell them how to do it so they can attract more traffic – “How To Organize Your Pinterest Pinboards And Get More Traffic.

Write Your Opening Paragraph

Now that you have your topic and the relevant issue you want to address it’s easy to write an attention-grabbing opening paragraph that’s relevant to your audience. Simply let your readers know that you understand their problem and you’re about to offer them a solution.

Outline Your Key Points

Before you start writing anything, jot down the key points you want to make, in their correct order. You may have to do some juggling and that’s OK. At this point, you’re just making sure you cover everything you want to cover. Reread these points when you’re done to make sure you’ve included everything you need to cover.

Once you’ve listed all of your keypoints in order, go back and flesh them out with a sentence or two that explains each point and highlights the benefit. And that’s essentially the complete body of your article. All you need to do now is wrap it up with a neat little closing paragraph and you’re ready to post.

My Secret Tip: You’re the expert, write what you know

Whenever I’m really pressed for time I choose a topic I’m most familiar with. After all, I’m and expert, and you should be, too. There should be something you can tell your readers that will require no research and you can just crank it out off the top of your head. This very article, for example, was written in about 10 minutes, with no research, because blogging is my area of expertise.

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  1. Shari

    Normally, I would raise an objection to the faster approach but these are good points. Unfortunately, fast for some will result in diminished quality. Regardless of speed, proofreading & editing are musts.

    1. Steven

      Shari, I do not promote low quality posts. I just encourage people to try to write faster so they can write more quality content in less time.

  2. Gary Hyman
    Gary Hyman

    Steven I’m am amazed at the speed you churn out content. Kudos to you! I definitely will be taking a couple pointers back to the drawing board for my own blog. “Opening paragraph, niche down & Expert” are the 3 points that resonate well with me. Thanks. Keep that QUALITY content production going!

    1. Steven

      Thanks for your support Gary! I’m trying my best to keep bringing value to my readers :)

  3. Andi the Minion
    Andi The Minion

    Another great post Steven, I need to start writing quicker blog posts, I started one on Saturday and it grew to 2500 word monster that took a few hours, still I am very happy with it.

    I agree with the expert bit, if I want to write something quicker than normal I go with something I know a lot about and here is another little trick I do, If I have written a guest post or newsletter that isn’t for my site, I will re do a newer better version for going on the site or saved ready for a day when I can publish it.

    That way the information is fresh in my mind and I have an idea of how I want it to flow and be structured. It is kind of writing 2 posts from 1.

    1. Steven

      That’s an interesting idea Andi. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Arlee Bird

    Good tips. I can churn out content relatively quick but I do find myself often saying “I could write a book about this topic”. I think I try to tackle some issues that have a much broader scope than I can address in a blog post. Taking that advice to heart.

    1. Steven

      Arlee, you can always write it piece by piece as blog posts and then regroup everything in a book.

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