When I first started my website,my greatest challenge was content writing.
In today’s online business world,good content is what attracts people to your site.
In this blog post I will share my 7 CONTENT WRITING TIPS FOR THE ONLINE ENTREPRENEUR.
Writing is not really my talent.But over the years I have learnt and developed writing skills .At least skills that has helped me with content writing that brings my readers back for more.
I am not talking about how to write SEO optimised content.That is a full blog write up.!
I am talking about tips that will help you flow in content writing. That is the ability to just start writing such that you will not notice time.And before you know it,you have written over 1000 words.
Sounds wonderful ?Would you like to be able to do that?..If your answer is yes,then let’s go straight to the content writing tips.
I assume that before you sit ,you have an idea of what you want to write about.
Initially it will be difficult. But trust me ,and just start writing what comes to your mind.
Sometimes you will wonder where and how to start. My answer is just start anyhow.
Your first time must not be perfect.Including the second or third time.
Remember the saying “Practice makes perfect”.
As long as you do not throw in the towel ,but instead keep on trying.
I promise you ,your content writing will improve with time.
When I first started writing ,I had no idea of what I was doing.
I mean,I am a scientist, not a writer!
Today,after several blog post and many mistakes, I can write 1500 words of good content in 2 hours.If I could do it without any writing experience, I do not see why you cannot.
2.FIND THE MOST APPROPRIATE TIME FOR CONTENT WRITING
Everybody is different. I have my most productive time and so do you. Some people work better in the mornings others at night.
I am a morning person.But because I work, I can’t do much in the mornings.
When I come back from work, I spend two hours writing content. That’s because at this time the house is quite and there are no distractions.
That is how I work around my schedule to create content for my blogs.
How is your schedule like?Carve out the times you have less distractions during your day.It could be 30 minutes or one hour.That is enough time to write good content for your blog.
If your primary job is your blog,all the better.
You have the whole day to find out which time of the day is your most productive time.
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3.CREATE YOUR SPECIAL CONTENT WRITING PLACE
For a lot of people reading this,the very idea May be virtually impossible. Especially if you are a family person and you live in a 2 bedroom apartment. But hear me out.
A special writing place is that spot in your living room or dinning that is comfortable for you.It could also be your study or store.If you have them.I use a corner in my living room with a small computer table.Any time I sit there,my brain automatically gets to work.Ideas flow from my brain to my fingers.
Having a special writing place is like having a special prayer place in your home.Once you sit there,your brain knows psychologically that it is time for a particular activity. Don’t take my word for it.Try it for yourself and see.It will take some time for your brain to make that connection .That is not a problem. With time and consistency it will work for you.
Another thing I do in my writing place is to switch off my internet connection.
This stops distractions from emails and social media notifications.
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4.DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOUR CONTENT WRITING
This is one of the most important of the 7 content writing tips for the online Entrepreneur.
Nobody is a custodian of all knowledge.You need to research on whatever topic you want to write about.
Find out from Google,the questions people are asking about your topic.
Once I have the topics I want to write about ,I do a research on it in Google.This normally takes about 30 minutes. It also gives me an idea of the subtitles to write about.My subtitles are normally answers to questions people ask about the topic.
Researching a topic will give you wonderful ideas the will yield 1000 to 2000 words of good content.
Another thing I do when I am researching is to open my google document.Whenever I see anything related to my topic,I copy and paste on my google document. When I am done,I extrapolate my own subtopics from what I have written down.
Then I take each of my subtopics and search in Google.For each subtopic I write down questions people ask concerning that subtopic.
I repeat this with all my subtopics. By the time I am done,I have enough questions to answer with my content!.
Take a look at 2 or 3 related blog post online. .This will give you an idea of what they are NOT writing concerning your topic.With this in mind,you will know exactly what to concentrate on when writing your content.
It may initially sound combasom for you.But not to worry. Most things are difficult at first.
With time and practice however,you can get your research done in less than an hour.
It takes me approximately 40 minutes.Try it and see.Let me know how it went for you.
5.USE REDDIT,QUORA,OR HARO
Most times the best content is from people that have experience on the topic.Reddit and Quora are sites that you can ask questions and get answers.The answer to one question can come from several people.
Quora is an exceptionally sophisticated platform with everything being served to you on the plate. … If you are looking for direct and on point answers to your questions I think Quora is a better platform, whereas if you are ready to have a little fun and quick, quirky replies, Reddit is your place.
When I get answers say from 4 to 5 people,I use it to form content for that question.If you are new to reddit or quora ,all you have to do, is create an account with a functioning email.look for groups related to your niche and join them.After you have done these,you can then ask questions and get good answers.Use these answers and form unique content.
connects people seeking expertise to include in their content with sources who have that expertise.
Unlike reddit HARO has certain conditions you have to fulfill to use their site.
- .Your website must be more than one month old.
- It should rank between 1 and 1 million on ALEXA.
- When you use answers to your query
- in your content, it must be attributed to who gave the answer.
Those conditions are quite easy to fulfill.In comparison to the advantages of using the site. HARO is really help full when it comes to quality content.
6.MANAGE YOUR TIME
Everybody has 24 hours a day.Nobody has more or less time.The sad thing is that once time passes,you cannot get it back.
That is why it is important to plan your time and use every hour of your day productively.
Many people I know claim that they have no time to sit for content writing.I really do not believe that.If something is important for you and will generate money for you,you can find time for it.
For instance,I manage 5websites,take care of my family and do a part time job.How am I able to write content on 5 sites?.Answer- Time management.
The secret to time management is your ability to plan your time.It involves you scheduling a particular time for a project .I use google calendar to plan and schedule my content writing. Every morning, I take a look at one website, and what I have to write about.
I take a look at my schedule and see how to squeeze out 2 hours for content writing.
Have you tried scheduling your time?If you haven’t, why not give it a try. Channel that 2 hours you use just chatting on social media to writing content.
You will be amazed at how many blog post you can write in a month!.
7.MY LAST TIP FOR CONTENT WRITING IS – USE WORD TO TEXT PROGRAMS OR APPS.
MY typing speed is horrible.When I started writing,it was difficult for my hands to work at the same speed with my brain .Even though I have improved considerably in typing, I have a new problem.
I have pains in my fingers when I type for long.Can you relate?
Well if you do,the solution is “word to text “programs or apps.
I first tried” voice typing” by Google docs.I really was not too satisfied with it.That was because I spent more time correcting sentences than writing. I then tried a “Speech to Text” app .This was far better and easy to use .I did not have to do much corrections.
The best I have seen so far when it comes to direct translation of words to text is NUANCE DRAGON NATURALLY SPEAKING.
This is the best innovation that has happened in the life of a blogger.This is one of the world’s best selling speech recognition software.
It lets you use your voice to get more done accurately on your computer.
All you have to do ,is simply talk and the text will appear on you screen 3 times faster than typing.
NUANCE Dragon is not only useful for dictation.
It can be used to search the web and on social media with unparalleled speed.
The ultimate result is getting this done faster than you ever thought possible. My advice:Stop typing and start talking.!.
I normally use the app on my phone when I am going for a walk in the evenings.
By the time I am back home I will have close to 3 chapters of content.
In recent times,the voice to text programs I use has helped me tremendously in my content writing.
Other free voice to text programs you could try are :
I have not used these two before.If you decide to try them out,let me know how it goes.Did it improve your content writing speed ?.Let me know in the comments.
I hope you where able to learn one or two things from this post. Dont forget to share your own content writing tips in the comments