Spending too much time writing blog posts or web content can seriously limit the time you have to grow your online business. Twenty minutes for writing each article is easy to do, but it may take some practice.
Content is king and always will be. People crave new information and ideas and actively hunt for it online. So why not write about your chosen subject and direct some traffic your way?
Writing a 300 to 500 word article can happen very quickly if you put some guidelines into place. These rules can help you make things happen when you sit down to write.
Follow These Rules
- Keep a topics list. A running list gives ideas time to incubate. Break the topics list down into smaller bites or details and organize your ideas in a file. Choose a topic and write.
- Do your research. Research is not writing. Research is learning about the topic, finding current angles to the topic, and gleaning vocabulary regarding that topic.
- Don’t write about something you don’t understand or know about. Taking time to gather more in depth knowledge about topics you are familiar with will support your writing and make for more interesting posts.
- Use bullet points and numbered lists to make your points. They’re easy to read and viewers have a take-away they can use.
- Don’t go into details. Really. Details are for people who want to become masters or experts. Typically the topics written for the web are not term papers, textbooks, or white papers. These types of writing take much more time to compose.
- Be specific. Don’t get caught up in too many ideas for a single topic. Edit yourself by focusing on one idea at a time. If you’re struggling, then you probably need to cut something out.
- Short is good. More than 500 words will take longer than 20 minutes, for a lot of reasons.
- Save. Sometimes you might get stuck. Just save and pickup later in the day. Unless, of course, you’ve got a deadline. that’s when you go for a brisk walk and come right back to the keyboard.
- Use the good ideas first. Some ideas take time to percolate and become better ideas at a different point in time.
- Practice. Practice. Practice. Writing takes practice. Just ask a writer and they will tell you…in so many words.
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