This is How to Write a 2500 Word Blog Post in One Hour. In this post you’ll learn my exact system for writing long form blog posts in record time. This is the secret sauce. Enjoy.
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Writing a Long Form Blog Post in One Hour
It may only seem like a dream to be able to complete a long form blog post and lay down 2500 words or more in just one hour. However, this is how I’ve been doing it for several years, and I can teach you the exact process.
2500 is actually fairly low, but it’s considered the benchmark for long form content when it comes to search engines. In reality, once you get this system down, you will be able to write closer to 5000 words in an hour.
What you’re writing is in garbage either. It’s quality, well thought out writing. The secret is in the method, which allows you to do what might immediately seem impossible.
Stick around until the end of the post, because I’m about to change the way that you write forever.
Start With Your Keyword
Before you start writing, you have to do a tiny little bit of initial work. This starts with finding your keyword or your key phrase. If you don’t have a keyword program that you like, you can try SEMrush for free for seven days here.
You can also go to my resources page, and take a look at some of the other options for keyword research if you’re looking for a free tool. There are several of them out there, and it’s important that you’re finding keywords that your readers are searching for.
Once you have your keyword or key phrase that you’re going to build your article about, it’s time to go to the next step and craft an excellent title.
If you need to learn more about finding keywords, you can learn about finding good keywords here.
Write a Great Title
Take the keyword that you are targeting and come up with several different titles and optional post styles that you can make from that keyword. If you need a little practice, Blogging Assignment No. 2 is all about writing great post titles.
After you’ve written several titles, take a look through them and start narrowing them down to the few that are the absolute best. Your title is actually more important than your blog post, because if nobody likes your title, nobody will click through and read the post.
Once you have your title picked out, it’s time to write a brief outline. This is where you’ll enumerate the talking points, and give yourself a little bit of structure to follow.
Write a Post Outline
A good outline should take you no longer than about five minutes. Using your keywords, and the title that you created, it should be very easy to come up with all of your different subheadings and important points to cover.
Outlining your post is a huge part of my secret sauce, and I wrote an entire post about it called How to Outline the Perfect Blog Post that will show you the process from start to finish.
It’s actually very easy to follow along, and the outlining process is very quick. The time you spent here will pay itself back 10 times over, so don’t be afraid to write a nice outline.
After that, it’s time to go on to another one of my huge secrets for cranking out thousands of words per hour.
Dictate Your Post
Yes, you read that right. Dictate your post. Think about how fast you speak versus how fast you write. If you are like the average person, you speak between about 100 and 130 words per minute. That’s more than twice as fast is the average person can type.
Even on the low end, if you were to be able to maintain that momentum and speak at the average pace for 60 minutes, you should be able to lay down 6000 words. This means 2500 is actually quite a generous gift, and it allows you a little time to think as you’re dictating.
This is what makes the outline extraordinarily important. When you’re dictating, you’re essentially telling somebody how to do something. If you have to stop and think about what you want to tell them, it slows down the dictation process.
However, if you have a good outline, the outline tells you exactly what topics you need to talk about. All you need to do is read your heading, and start dictating right below it to fill in the information that you want to write about.
Best Dictation Programs
Before we get too far ahead, I want to briefly cover the two main dictation programs that I use for all of my posts. One of them is the Pages app for the iPad, which is free, and comes with every iPad.
The next is Dragon Speech Recognition Software, which is a paid program.
If you have an iPad, you have an application called Pages. As long as you’re on Wi-Fi, you can push the little microphone icon and dictate directly into your iPad.
It’s super easy, and your iPad is portable so it makes writing spontaneously more easily.
Dragon Dictation Software is a paid program that goes on your computer, and uses your computers microphone to gather your words and put them into a writing program. This can be any word processing program for the most part, it works with the majority of them.
For example, I use Open Office, which is essentially a free version of the paid word processing and spreadsheet programs that are available. It’s completely free, and it’s never let me down for any of my needs.
You can find the link to download Open Office and more on my resources for bloggers page.
Now, what do you do after you’re done dictating your blog post?
Upload to WordPress
After you finish dictating the words that will make up your post, and you lay down enough content to satisfy every one of your outline headings, it’s time to export your document and upload it to WordPress.
If you’re using Pages on the iPad, you’ll be able to export the document in Word format, and then open it on your computer in a word processing program. If you don’t have Microsoft Word, it will open in Apache Open Office.
From there you just copy and paste into WordPress.
If you’re using Dragon Dictation Software on your computer, you’re already dictating into some sort of word processing program. Once you’re done, just highlight the whole document, and copy paste it into WordPress.
Edit and Add Internal Links
Once you have your post in WordPress, format your headings, and read through the post from start to finish to do your editing. Even though dictation has come along quite a bit, they will still be a little bit of editing to do.
A trick to save time as you are editing is to also add your internal links at this point. There is no time like the present when it comes to interlinking, and since you just read the content, you’ll know exactly what you want to link to.
This means by the time you get to the end of your document, you’ll have completely edited for any mistakes, and you will have also placed all of your important internal links. The only thing left to do is add some images.
Add Post Images
Now, take some time and put together a couple of quality images for your post. Depending on what you’re talking about in the post, this can be several images, or it might just be a couple.
My posts tend to be very light on images because most of the content is better communicated through words, and an abundance of images will slow down your load speed compared to a page full of text.
If you prepare your images very well, and you keep an image library on hand, it’s a simple process of just selecting a couple images that make sense, adding some text overlays to make them pop, and then saving them in a smaller file format.
Again, take a look at my resources page and you’ll see several options for taking your images and turning them into awesome blog pictures that really pop.
Publish Your Post
Once your images are in place, it’s time to hit the publish button. Once you have the system practiced a little bit, you’ll be able to create a long form blog post in just one hour.
It’s really about doing the upfront work ahead of time, and coming in strong with a really good outline. If you take about 10 minutes and write an outline, you’ll be able to lay down 2500 words in about 30 minutes, and that leaves you with 20 minutes left to do a read through, add some links, and add an image.
Obviously if you have a much longer post, or a post that is loaded with images that will take time to create, you can go over this one hour mark.
However, for the majority of posts, you can stay very close by using the system, and produce a lot more writing in the same amount of time.
Your Blogging Assignment
Your blogging assignment is to give my writing process and try for yourself. Don’t sit back and just feel like it won’t work for you, and not actually give it a try.
You simply don’t know if it won’t work for you if you don’t try it. Just try it one time. Come up with a good keyword, write a nice title, and then write your headings below it following my outline process.
Then, take your outline and dictate your entire post from start to finish. If you’ve never dictated before, this is going to be a revelation. All of a sudden, you’ll have a couple thousand words or more on your screen, and it’ll feel like it happened in just a few minutes.
Then, export your document and paste it into WordPress. Do your edits, add your links, and add some images. At this point, you’ll have a very good looking, long form blog post that only took about an hour to create.
Following this system, it means that you can produce an entire week worth of content to just one honest days work. There you have it, my formula for writing tons of great content. Use it well.