I get it, you’ve been told CONTENT IS KING… and may have thought that translates to … ‘You need to spend hours to make good content’ …
But let’s be real… Unless you’re a professional writer… who has hours free to spend writing?
That’s why I’ve put together this quick article (yes, it took me less than 20 minutes to write) – because you don’t need to spend more than 20 minutes a day and start seeing incredible results.
Writing articles quickly doesn’t mean you need to compromise on GREAT quality. It doesn’t need to be 2,000+ words long. It just needs to have value – present some useful information and of course – have a call to action so people can like, share, comment, sign up and … buy!
So here are 7 great ideas you can use to get SOMETHING down and start getting more traffic, all done in 20 minutes – without sacrificing quality.
1. Know where to look
Most writers spend about 4 times as long finding an idea to write about – than actually writing.
So if you’re not sure where to start – you’re not alone! If you let yourself STAY stuck, sadly your not alone either… haha, but unfortunately letting yourself just sit there with that pitiful excuse of not knowing isn’t really much of an excuse.
There are tons of places you can go to get ideas, you can
- Start with a trip to your local supermarket – look at the magazine covers in a niche that interests you.
- Look on curation type sites like BuzzSumo (free for a couple of searches), Feedly (free) or Google Trends (free)
- Use a strategy we shared here about finding ideas from Reddit
- Read articles REALLY fast, intentionally – so your brain doesn’t have time to properly take it in … just grabbing random words. Sometimes you’ll create/mash together your own ideas that way!
2. Keep a list of great ideas
When you’re searching around on those sites, you might end up seeing a few ideas that could work. Write them down, so that next time you can just dive straight in to writing. About once a month, i’ll put aside around an hour to just jot down a ton of ideas. They don’t need to be perfect, just ideas to get the ball rolling the next time you’re ready to write.
To keep my list organised I use a software called Asana. Then I can tick it off when I’ve gotten the idea down and published.
3. Let them brew
Just like you might let your coffee percolate – your ideas might need a little bit of a time for it to turn from … meh…. to awesome! Don’t feel like you need to force it. Start your ideas list, work on the one that most jumps out at you at the time – so you can start taking action – and the other ideas might develop a few days later into something more inspirational.
4. Keep things tight
If you’ve gone through ideas 1 and 2 … you might have a LOT of ideas by now so it’s your chance to be brutal. Keep the content for your 20 minute post directly related to the topic of that post.
If you find you’re getting side tracked, copy/paste that idea into your ideas document – you can expand on it later for an entirely new article!
5. Bullet points and numbers lists
Using bullet points makes it EASY to write (i.e. Writing Profitable Content In Less Than 20 Mins … haha). Just come up with what it is you need to write about… then brainstorm a few things to cover and write a sentence or two for each.
Not only does it make it easy to write – it’s also super easy for your readers to skim read and follow without having an overwhelming chunk of text for them to decipher
6. Under 500 words
It can be easy to get carried away once you start typing, but it’s best to keep it under 500 words.
This lets you focus on keeping the quality good and sharable, without feeling like you’ve gotta fluff it out for Google. It’s good to have a few big/chunky/war and peace style articles on your blog – but for every day content, keep it short, tight and choc full of useful info.
7. Don’t save anything for later
You might have created a big list and thought… hm.. i’ll REALLY dive into that one later ’cause it’s just SO damn good… or you might be thinking – you’ll do that one later ’cause it will be really easy to write.
The fact is – the best article you can write – is the one you write, right now.
Write the article that you think will flow easiest.
The ‘Do It Now’ Structure For Profits
When you really break it down all you need is the following:
- Introduction (1 sentence, you can write this after you’ve made the content)
- Four or five solid points, where you expand on them for a paragraph. Or, if you’re trying to save even more time make it 8-10 and just make it one or two sentences in each. Each point can be as small as 50-100 words. That’s it.
- Conclusion. Short, wrap things up nice and tight.
- Call to action. Since you’ve kept the article short, it makes sense to offer them more… Calls to action can be telling them to comment, share or click a link below for more information.
Whatever you’re writing about ALWAYS finish with something they can do afterwards. Keep the flow happening! If they’ve read all the way to the end, you know you’re doing something good. (Thanks… if you’re still reading hahaha!)
So… what will you do with this info? Time to get writing, yeah? Let me know in the comments below if you’ve found this useful – and of course… I’d love it if you gave it a share with someone you want to help get ‘unstuck’.
When you’ve taken action and are ready to get some eyeballs on your content, share it on your social media sites – or… take it one step further and have it shared on a LOT of people’s sites using the Traffic Ivy platform.
You can use this strategy with Traffic Ivy, even if you don’t have a blog of your own.
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