As a blogger, you need a lot of content, especially, when you’re still in the growing phase. This is why I wanted to share some tips that will teach you how to write a blog post in 20 minutes that are working for me.
This is the exact process that I use to write a blog from start to finish. The actual writing process only takes me 20 minutes.
All the steps from start to finish can take anywhere from 2-3 hours. As you know, content creation is hard, but if you want to succeed as a blogger, you’ll need to love the process.
Creating Content for Your Blog
One of the most important things that you’ll need to do as a blogger is sit down and write blog posts that will eventually bring you traffic via Google and attract visitors to your blog.
Yes, you need to promote your blog as well. Here’s a blog post checklist to help you with the promotion side of things.
Today, we are focusing on the writing part of your blog. After all, if you want to drive traffic to your site using SEO, you’re going to have to write a lot of content.
I’m going to show you the 6 things that I have done that have allowed me to write 5 articles per week in 5 months. I’ve since started another blog and have cut back down to writing 3x per week.
If I find that I have extra time throughout the day or just feel like writing more, then I may write more articles for this blog.
I don’t always stick to a schedule, especially, if I am working on writing a bunch of content.
At the time of this writing, I currently have over 300 published blog posts. That’s really not a lot when I look at some other successful bloggers.
How to Write A Blog Post In 20 Minutes 5 Steps That Work
I’m listing 8 things that I do everytime I write a blog post. Right now I have two blogs and with my second blog, it takes me a lot longer than 20 minutes to write the blog post.
With this blog, if I am writing an article for the blogging or affiliate marketing category, I have no problem writing a rough draft of the article in 20 minutes.
This doesn’t include creating social media images or proofreading the post.
I’m actually just talking about creating the actual blog post. However, I thought I’d share the entire process I use when I sit down to write an article for this blog.
Hopefully, this will give you an idea of how to write blog posts and what it actually takes from start to finish.
All in all, it takes me around 1 – 2 hours start an article and hit publish after creating the social media images for it.
It used to take me a lot longer, but since my content writing blitz I did for 5 months, I’ve learned how to write content fast for this blog.
#1 Know the Topic
I’ve said it plenty of times, but I’ll say it again. One of the best ways to love writing content for your blog is to be passionate about your blog niche and know something about it.
It will be a lot easier to sit down and write content if you don’t have to do a bunch of research. Let’s take this blog, for example, I’ve been blogging and working with WordPress for over 8 years.
This means that I have a lot of experience with the platform and what it takes to blog. It doesn’t take me long to write my blog posts because of most of the times, I am just sharing my own personal experience.
I’ll also share tips on how I do things to run and grow my blog. That’s the cool thing about blogging, you can share your own personal experiences and stories with your audience as long as you are helping them with their problems.
With my second blog, it’s still a new niche and I am still getting comfortable writing for it. I love the niche, but it does take me longer to write a 1,000-word article.
There’s a lot of times that I have to do research and find the information for my articles. I guess that’s one of the reasons that I prefer writing for this blog.
I love the niche and since I’ve been involved with it for several years, I have tons of personal experiences I can share with you.
#2 Brainstorm Keyword Ideas
I personally use KWFinder to help me uncover new blog topics and keywords for my upcoming blog posts. I’ve created several lists inside of the software that I plan on writing for my blogs.
When I sit down to write, I already know what I’ll be writing about. This cuts down on the amount of time that I waste trying to think of a topic that I can write about.
I recommend using a keyword tool that you love and finding keywords that you can use for upcoming blog posts. You can create a document in Google Drive, and put all your keywords inside of that document.
That’s what I used to do before I started using KWFinder. When you’re ready to sit down and write, you can open up that document and grab the keyword from the top of the list.
If you want to take it a step further, you can use CoSchedule Headline Analyzer to pre-write your blog titles, as I do.
This will save you even more time and the best part is that you’ll already know the type of content you’ll be writing about.
#3 Use LSI Graph to Find Related Keywords
I love using LSI Graph to help me come up with related keywords I can use in my articles. As soon as I know what keyword I will be targeting, I head on over to LSI Graph.
It will spit out several phrases and terms that Google expects to see in your content. I’ll take that list and past it in a text document on my Mac Book Pro.
As I am writing the article, I’ll have that text document open and if it makes sense to add one of the Latent Semantic Keywords, I will add it.
Don’t stress over it too much and don’t try to add every keyword. I usually use around 3-4 of the phrases from the list and that’s about it.
#4 Sit Down and Write The Post
Once you have the prep work of grabbing your LSI keywords and coming up with your blog title, turn on a timer and sit down and write.
You don’t need anything fancy, just use the timer on your smartphone.
Don’t worry about mistakes or editing your content. Your only goal is to write the first draft and get all your thoughts and ideas on your draft post.
I just want you to write. If you know the topic like the back of your hand, it won’t be hard to write 1600 words or more in 20 minutes.
If you’re not a fast typer like I am, I can type 70 words in one minute. Then I suggest that you start working on improving your typing speed with this online test.
I know that some bloggers will use blog post templates or some type of outline that will help them write faster. I’ve personally never used an outline or a template.
As you can see, a lot of my blog posts have the same layout. They have headings and bullets, and that’s about it.
I’ve pretty much created a system that works for me. You just need to find what actually works for you to learn how to write a blog post quickly.
#5 Proofread and Edit the Post
You want to make sure that you’re publishing a good blog post that doesn’t have a lot of grammar errors. I personally use Grammarly to help me with all my errors.
One thing that I’ve noticed since writing blog posts quickly, is that I make a lot of spelling errors. The cool thing is that Grammarly catches them before I hit publish.
Yes, sometimes I still have an error or two when the post is live. That’s okay, as long as you don’t have a post full of errors, you’ll be fine.
The truth is that I don’t even proofread my blog posts anymore. I’ve written so many articles for this blog now, that I don’t really need to proofread them anymore.
If you’re sharing your own experiences with your audience, you don’t have to worry about trying to sound like an expert or sharing a bunch of statistics and facts.
This means that you’re pretty much writing in a conversational tone, so you won’t have to worry too much about proofreading your content.
#6 Create the Social Media Images
Now that your content is written, it’s time to find images you can use on social media. It takes me longer to hunt down images on Deposit Photos than it does to actually create the images.
If you don’t use Deposit Photos, you may want to check out these free sites that have different licenses for their images.
I’ve created social media templates that I can use for my blog posts. Once I find the images, all I have to do is change out the old image and rewrite the text overlay.
Then I’ll save the image for web and run it through TinyPNG. After doing that I upload all my images and use ShortPixel to optimize my images even further, so they won’t slow down the speed of my site.
#7 Interlink Posts With Affiliates and Related Posts
Once I’ve added the social media images, I will add related posts at the end of my blog posts, interlink to other blog posts of mine, and make sure that I am linking out to 2-3 other sources.
This is not only important for keeping people on your website longer. But it will help improve your SEO and Google will love it.
So make sure that you are linking to your own blog posts from within the article and have some related articles at the end of your blog posts.
There are several plugins that you can use, but I prefer to do it manually. If you’re looking for a related posts plugin, then here’s a list of them.
Don’t forget to add affiliate links to monetize your posts. I recommend checking out this affiliate training program that will teach you what you need to know about using affiliate links in your content.
#8 Publish the Blog Post
Once you’ve done all the steps on this post, it’s time to hit publish. I don’t stress about the best day of the week to publish my articles.
As soon as I have an article that is ready to go live, I’ll hit publish. At one point I’ll get back into scheduling posts, but right now, I’ve been trying to come up with a blog post formula that helps me get more content out quickly.
If you’re trying to grow your blog, you need to be writing a lot of high-quality content as quickly as you can. This will give you an archive of articles that people will eventually be able to find via the search engines and social media.
The more content you have, the more open doorways you have to your blog. The more targetted traffic you have, the more chances you have of people clicking on your affiliate links and buying your products or services.
Final Take Away
If you’re just learning how to write blog posts, there’s a good chance that it will take you a lot longer to write your articles.
That’s okay when I first started, it took me forever to write 1,000 words. I struggled to write articles that were over 1,000 words long.
Now, I have no problem writing 4,000 words in one day. But it didn’t happen overnight, it has taken me a lot of practice to not only be able to come up with blog ideas for my blog(s). But I’ve also spent a lot of time sitting on my laptop typing away.
Most people make it sound so easy to grow a blog, but the truth is that it takes a lot of time and a lot of content to create a successful blog.
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This is the exact process I use when I sit down to write a blog post. Do you have a formula that works for you? If so, let me know how long it takes you to write the actual content for your blog posts.
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