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How to Write High Quality Articles Fast When You're a Freelance Writer

Updated on July 28, 2016
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Koralee is a blogger and author who shares what she's learned with other writers. She's passionate about reaching your full potential.

I work hard, so why can't I make any money freelance writing?
I work hard, so why can't I make any money freelance writing? | Source

You’ve decided to make money online, working as a freelance content writer. But now you find yourself writing all the time and not making any money. You’re exhausted, have no social life, haven’t seen your family in what seems like months, and you feel like a failure. What you hoped would be the start of an exciting new career is now a nightmare.

There is a Solution

Don’t give up if the reason you’re not making money is because you can't write articles fast enough. I have been there before, and there is a solution.

Once I was in a situation where I had 24 hours to write a mixture of 10 articles, blog posts, and guest blog posts ranging from 500 - 700 words. I had plans, and I needed to sleep, so I had to streamline my writing into a process.

Part One of Two: How to Write Articles Fast

This article is longer than I thought, so I broke it up into two articles. This one covers what clients want, and the client-freelance writer relationship.

Client: When I use client, I am referring to website and blog owners who request content and pay a freelance writer to create it. This includes clients you deal with directly and third-parties.

A link to the next article, which covers how to write high-quality articles quickly, is at the end.

What Clients Want

Non-Promotional and Informative SEO Content

Types of Content: Different types of web content needs different writing styles to make it work. The content style I'm talking about in this article is the more common, non-promotional and informative SEO article.

For example, another type of content writing is copywriting, and I will briefly explain the difference between the two in the table below.

Web Content Writing
Copywriting
Involves angles, facts or statistics that are created to argue, inform, or persuade. With the goal of getting the reader to find out more about the business
Created to sell a product or service
Content is created from an idea
Copywriting involves more of a script by creating a systematic delivery of ideas
Referred to as content
Referred to as copy
Introduces a topic
Cultivates awareness and is attention-grabbing
Each paragraph flows into the next paragraph
Brief and concise to convey a marketing message
Goal is to teach the reader something about the topic
Each sentence is created to encourage the reader to take a specific action
Connect on a personal level with the reader
Get the reader to connect with the idea, product or service
Some articles need a bit of both styles of writing. But to keep things simple, I have separated them into two categories.

What Stops You From Writing Articles Fast?

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Cheap Clients

Avoid clients who pay freelance writers next to nothing, but want the world
Avoid clients who pay freelance writers next to nothing, but want the world | Source

Client - Freelance Writer Relationship

A lot of bloggers, and website owners don’t write their own content.

They hire someone else to write it. Then they buy the content, and publish it on the internet as if they wrote it.

How much you get paid depends on who you write for. If you’re writing for clients who are cheap, you have to write a lot of articles just to make enough money to eat.

I strongly suggest you only write for them until you get experience, then quit.

After you're experienced, start looking for professionals and businesses with the means to pay you what you're worth. Along with the better pay, they're usually a lot nicer to deal with because they're not as nitpicky, and give you more creative freedom after you've built up trust.

Cons of Writing Online Content For Clients

  • A large group of people who request content expect the best, but want to pay next to nothing.
  • Their guidelines can be a long, picky list that takes longer to remember than it does to write the content.

Pros of Writing Online Content For Clients

When you write for yourself you have to come up with the topic, do the research, choose keywords, decide the keywords density, write and edit the content and summary, find and add photos, all on your own.

When you write content for other people's websites or blogs, half the work is done for you. This cuts down a lot of research and thinking time for you, as you will see below:

  • Clients generally give you the keyword or keyword phrase.
  • They tell you how many times to use the keyword in the article and they tell you how to write the article according to their guidelines.
  • Clients provide you with a landing page that will be linked to the article. You can save a lot of time doing research, by just going to their landing page. Once you're there, you can scan their website and blog, to get a feel for their brand.

How and Why my Writing Process Was Created

I have always found it easy to write articles, but writing them fast didn't come easily to me. Until I had to.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, I had a lot of words to write and a short time to complete the content before the deadlines. Due to a networking issue I got the assignments at 5:00 pm, and some were due that evening, and the rest the next day.

I HATE missing deadlines, so there was no way that was going to happen. I had to get organized and create a template that I could use for each content type. I had to figure out the quickest way to gather all my research, and physically write faster.

Real Website/Fictitious Article Request

To explain how to write an article fast I'm using a fictitious request, from a random website (www.fansfollowersmart.com).

Random Website: I randomly chose this website. I don't know anything about this website except what I learned from their landing page. I’m not associated with it in any way, and I don't recommend this kind of service. Nevertheless, it is a simple example to use.

Guidelines: These are the special instructions given by the client. I'm using the following guideline for my example: Write a 500 word article that is educational and informative only. Do not mention the client in the article. Use the keyword in the title and every paragraph, at least once.

Fictitious Keyword phrase: Get more twitter followers

Landing Page: www.fansfollowersmart.com

How to Write Articles Fast – Getting Ready

What you need:

  • An outline/template: Provided below
  • Internet page opened to your favorite search engine
  • Word document, or whatever you'll use to type your article and save your research.

Article Template or Outline

Template or Outline: You should always have an outline as a guide. This cuts down on your thinking because it organizes your brain with what needs to be done. You can copy and paste it, if you want.

Title:

Keyword phrase:

Angle:

Introduction:

Body:

Topics:

Sub-Topics

Conclusion:

Writing for the Web

If you're plan is to make money writing articles for the web, you need a reference book. Why? Because writing for the web is different than traditional writing.

The Yahoo! Style Guide is a highly recommended style guide with a rarely seen rating of 4.9/5.

If you want to learn how to write for the web, who could be better to learn from than past and present editors from a leader in online content, that is also one of the most visited destinations in the world? Yahoo.com!

Click the Amazon link above, to see how important this book is to web writers.

Learn how to write articles fast.
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Write Articles Fast so you can Enjoy Your Free Time

Won’t you be happy when you start writing faster and get to the things you really love?

I know I was.

To help get you into the article writing zone, watch the video below by Mark, the Communications Manager at Ezine.com (I love his videos). He has 7 tips to share with you about getting into a writer's mindset.

How to Write Articles Fast - Part II

To continue, please go to step 2, How to Write Articles Fast to Sell More Articles 9 steps for Freelancers to learn how to write articles fast.

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      Koralee Phillips 18 months ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Me too, it drives me nuts...I actually sometimes wonder if I'm losing my mind. Maybe it's a Canadian thing :D

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      Mary Norton 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just keep writing. Sometimes, I think that I am not disciplined enough. I get my thoughts scattered to so many things.

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      Kamal Ziaul Islam 2 years ago

      If you're plan is to make money writing articles for the web, you need a reference book.

      PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTANDING THE SENTENCE YOU WROTE.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Koralee for the information. Making an outline and formulating an organized plan will certainly help me write on limited time.

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      Koralee Phillips 3 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Thanks BNadyn. I'm glad you found it helpful :).

      I found my system really helpful to write faster, so I hope it works for you.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Helpful article and enjoyed the video, lots of good tips to try out. Thank you for the article guide, also! I usually take a long time to write just one article. Can't wait to read the second part to this and sharing.

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      Koralee Phillips 3 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Thanks FlourishAnyway, for your comment and for reading both parts :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Very useful information, even if you're not writing for content mills. I imagine it could be helpful in getting and staying organized. Now I'm going to go read Part 2.

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      Koralee Phillips 3 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Thank you Marlene. That's a great idea to give yourself a deadline to trick yourself into not procrastinating...brilliant :).

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Another excellent article. I enjoyed the video, too. I find I do best when I psych myself into believing I have a deadline. I don't know why, but if I tell myself that I must have something done by a certain time, for some reason it gets done. My best articles are ones that were written with short deadlines.

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      Koralee Phillips 3 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Thank you passionate77 :) I find writing is a lot of trial and error. We just have to find what works for us as individuals.

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      very useful informative post really helpful tips and advices , would love to try them out though some of them i already keep trying out, anyway blessings for sharing koralee dear, keep smiling always!

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      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Your welcome and thanks Ebonny for stopping by my Hubpages.

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      Ebonny 4 years ago from UK

      We all want to be more productive so well worth bookmarking. Many thanks for sharing.

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      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Hi liesl5858, and welcome to Hubpages. I am happy that you found my Hub interesting and helpful. I hope you can use my suggestions to help you with your writing.

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you KoraleeP, for your very useful hub and interesting hub. This is very helpful as this is my first time to write articles on the Hubpages website. I am learning a lot from all hubbers. Voted up and shared.

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      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Thank you Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and so very useful.

      Eddy.

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Great information and suggestions!

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      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Thank you Vickiw. I hope it works for you.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Thank you Koralee, I have been wondering and waiting for this for a long time. It is great and I am going to try following your steps and your template. So pleased!

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      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Thank you so much tobusiness, and you're welcome. I hope it helps you write faster. We should never have to be chained to a computer :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This is brilliant!... I'll certainly give it a go, I'm currently spending much too long on my articles.

      Thank you for this, I'll be bookmarking for later. Voting up and useful.

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      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      It makes life a lot easier when we get them done fast, and get on with our day. I really hated the old days when it took me hours lol.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Useful information. I do about five articles per day for a content firm and I'm usually done by ten a.m....then the rest of the day is for writing what I enjoy writing. They are easy articles to write, as you suggested, and it pays the bills.