As a blogger, content creator or writer, it’s important that you keep your blog alive with new content on a consistent basis.
This isn’t easy for some people, but in this post, I will share with you how I went from writing and publishing 2/3 articles a month to writing and publishing 3 articles a week and this will increase.
You will learn how to write great SEO blog posts quickly and efficiently.
Why Do You Need To Write Blog Posts Quickly
Writing more efficiently will leave you with more time to do research on other topics as well as carry out other tasks relevant to your blog such as:
- Learning new ways to drive traffic to your site
- Finding better ways to monetize your blog
- Spending time engaging on Social Media platforms marketing your business and even
- Finding time for friends and family
Th graphs below from a survey conducted by Orbit Media shows that the time spent writing the typical blog post has increased over the years.
The survey also revealed that the average word count was 1,000 words or less.
Ideally, you want to spend less time writing each blog post and increase the word count of your content to give your visitors in-depth, quality and credible information which cannot be easily achieved with posts of less than 1,000 words.
Publishing articles concerning current trends and news is a great way to drive traffic to your website.
Being able to write a post quickly on a current trending topic will not only drive traffic to your site but there is the potential of your site becoming a ‘Go to’ site for the latest news story as you are always a step ahead of everyone else.
You can find information about trends by using Google Trends or searching forums relevant to your niche.
Check out these platforms and start to think about ways of using the content you find for blog post ideas.
It is a missed opportunity if you have a great post idea, but you haven’t yet published it because of time.
So how do you write SEO blog posts quickly?
Here are the steps to my proven strategy.
How to Write Blog Posts Quickly
Use the batching method!
This is where you carry out similar tasks for all your posts, for the current posting cycle, and do them in one sitting.
By doing so, you avoid doing different tasks all at once – which can be psychologically draining and exhausting.
Can you imagine how your mind works when you have to research an idea, find keywords, create headings and find images to complete a post?
Do you do housework? Would you hoover one bedroom, wash the bed linen from that bedroom and repeat the process for all the other rooms? Or would you hoover all the rooms on the same day, and wash the bed linen from all the bedrooms at the same time?
Isn’t it more productive and efficient to carry out similar tasks together?
It is no different when it comes to writing your blog posts.
What if you did all your topic research in one sitting?
Or found your keywords in another?
This is what the batching method is all about and is the method I use to write posts efficiently and consistently.
The Batching Method Of Writing Blog Posts
Batching can be done in a couple of different ways.
Some bloggers prefer to do the keyword research before they have their post ideas.
I find that method doesn’t work quite so well as the method I am going to show you.
You can become quite overwhelmed with what you find in your keyword research tool if you start searching without any topic in mind.
It’s better to have a topic that you would like to research, as it’ll make the keyword research more targeted.
Step 1: Decide On The Number Of Posts You’ll Write For Your Current Posting Cycle (usually this is monthly)
Yes. This is important. You want to set a target and try and meet it by the end of the month.
If you are currently writing 15 articles a month, set your target to write 20 articles the next month. The more articles you can produce the better. The aim is to be able to write consistently and efficiently until you’re able to write one blog post a day.
Step 2: Set Your Posting Schedule For Each Week
To work out your average posts per week, divide the number of posts you want to do for the month by 4.
For example. I want to publish 12 posts each month so that’s 12 /4 = 3
That’s 3 posts a week.
I then set my posting schedule for a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. That gives me time in between to block out where I can just start to write and save the post as a draft as I already have the information (from the steps below) I need so it is easier to put down the words.
A 1,000+ blog posts shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to whittle down your thoughts into a first draft.
This schedule is something you can achieve even if you’re not already publishing more than 3 posts a week.
Step 3: Brainstorm Each Post Idea
This is where most of your time should be spent and it is often the hardest part of writing your blog.
Brainstorm some key points or ideas that will be of value to your readers. If you are doing product research for your blog, find products that are relevant to your niche.
You should spend at least 2-3 hours to prepare your ideas for the month ahead.
Keep your notes in an online repository such as Evernote. This will be accessible to you wherever you go as they have an app you can download onto your smartphone.
I do a lot of product reviews. However, I do throw in some ‘how to’ guides to break it up a bit and I also keep a lookout for post ideas from emails and forums.
Questions that people ask are also great blog post ideas.
To bring variety to your blog, you should have ‘How to guides’, ‘Top 10 ways to XYZ’, Informational resources and ‘Product Reviews’.
Make a list of these topic ideas for each of your posts.
Based on writing 12 posts per month, you can split your topics as follows:
- 3 ‘How to guides’
- 3 ‘Top 10 ways to XYZ’
- 3 Informational Resources
- 3 ‘Product Reviews’
Adjust this according to your posting schedule and your niche. You may only be interested in one type of post such as Product Reviews – that’s fine.
This method will still work.
Once you have all your ideas for the month, you can now focus on getting your keywords for the posts.
Check out the HubSpot Blog Ideas Generator here!
Step 4: Perform Your Keyword Research For Your Posts
Keyword research is important.
You will use your favourite keyword research tool to find keywords for all your articles for the month.
I use the Jaaxy platform for my keyword research tool as it allows me to save a list of my keywords for later use and it’s great for seeing how I will rank against my competitors.
You can access Jaaxy by using my link here – you will get 30 free searches which are enough for 15 posts.
You can also check out the training here on how to use Jaaxy.
Step 5: Create Catchy Titles For All Your Keywords
Titles are important for SEO.
Ensure your keywords are part of your titles. Your keywords should also be in your permalink.
Step 6: Create A Template With Subheadings
Have at least 5 subheadings in your post.
These you should create using your main topic idea.
Step 7: Find relevant images for your posts
Only use images that will enhance your content.
Don’t use images just for the sake of using them. They need to add value to what your content.
When adding images, don’t forget to add your keywords to the ALT tag of all images
Use graphs and charts to enhance your content.
Step 8: Write the post on each given day
By now you will have your:
- Title and Subheadings and
Everything you need to write your post!
Writing your post shouldn’t take you longer than a couple of hours if you have done your research properly and have everything in place using the above steps.
Try out the batching method and let me know how it goes.
It may take some time to get used to this method, however, persevere and you’ll see how you’ll become efficient in writing your posts.
As I mentioned above, I went from writing 2/3 articles a month to writing and publishing 3 articles a week and this will only increase.
Here are the steps again.
Step 1: Decide On The Number Of Posts For The Month
Step 2: Set Your Weekly Posting Schedule
Step 3: Brainstorm Each Post Idea
Step 4: Perform Your Keyword Research
Step 5: Create Catchy Titles For Each Post
Step 6: Create a template with Subheadings
Step 7: Find Relevant Images
Step 8: Write the post
With the right set of tools to achieve this, it makes it so much easier to achieve.
I use a platform called Wealthy Affiliate. Check out my review here.
It has the tools to set your publishing goals, carry out your keyword research, find images, create templates, spell and grammar check your posts, and find topic ideas all under one roof.
You will still use Google, Bing or whatever search engine you use to do your niche specific topic research, however, the platform has so much information, you can use some of the ideas for your OWN blog posts.
What are your thoughts on Batch Writing? Do you think you now know how to write blog post quickly using this method?
I’d love to hear from you. Please leave your comment below and I will get back to you.
Until next time. Take care.