Whether you are a freelance writer or an SEO consultant, writing SEO content is part of the job. And, you can make a good income writing SEO content. The problem…. You have to write content fast to make any money.
If you’re writing every day, burning yourself out, and want to know how to write SEO content faster, this post will help you a lot.
When I first started writing SEO content, I was incredibly slow. It would take me a day or two to write one blog post. I scoured the Internet for tips on how to write SEO content faster.
I started reading every tip I could find. Unfortunately, most of the blog posts I found weren’t incredibly helpful. There are a lot of tips from bloggers on how to write blog posts faster — your own blog posts! But, not much on how to write SEO content faster.
It’s so much easier to write content for your own blog. You can research and write in batches or only write on topics you really want to write about. When you write SEO content for clients, you write on all kinds of topics. One day you might be writing about HVAC systems, and then the next day you’re writing about how to start a mom blog. It makes it hard to get in a groove.
After a lot of practice, I have gotten very fast at writing SEO content. I have a bunch of tactics I use that help me to write SEO content quickly without sacrificing quality.
So let’s get into it.
Do you want to know how to write SEO content faster?
Speed up Your Writing time with these 4 Tips
1. Write every day
This is the absolute best way to write SEO content faster or any type of content. The actual act of writing improves your writing. The more you write the better, and faster you get at it. I started with a goal to write one blog post a day. Then upped it to two. And now I can write three or more blog posts in a day.
2. Write during your peak time
Everyone has a certain time of day when they’re most creative. Schedule your SEO writing around your peak time. For me, I schedule my writing for the morning hours because that’s when I’m the most productive and creative. At around 2 or 3 pm my energy starts to wane. So I try to do all my writing before 3 pm. Figure out when you’re peak time is, and schedule your writing time around it.
3. Keep track of your words per minute
I learned this tip when I was doing sales. “What gets measured gets improved.” If you want to speed up your writing, start tracking it. Every time you sit down to write, record the time. Don’t stop writing till you’re finished. Then, record your finish time.
Do this every time you write. Keep track of how many words you write per minute. When I started tracking my time, this is when I saw the biggest difference in my writing speed. I went from 5-6 words per minute to 10-15 words per minute. Now I can finish most blog posts in 45 minutes.
4. Write your intro last
This is not a new tip at all. I’ve read it before and use it with my own writing. Always write your intro paragraph last. It’s the hardest part of the writing process. When you get your whole post written, then spend time perfecting your intro paragraph.
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5. Just start writing
Writing is a lot like exercise. You don’t always want to do it, but you feel great when you’re done with it. Sit down and start typing. Sometimes I don’t even care what I type when I get started. It’s like getting the writing pump primed. Once it starts flowing, it often becomes easier.
6. Write the whole post as fast as you can
Your first draft is supposed to be crappy. So stop trying to perfect your first draft. Write the entire post from beginning to end as fast as you can. Do not stop writing. Do not edit. Just write the whole damn post all at once. Then when you’re done with it, edit it.
7. Stop thinking about the client
Writing for other people can be stressful. Heck, even writing your own blog can cause anxiety. Will they like what I’ve written? When I start feeling anxious, I just write the damn post. I know, I know SEO writing is not like writing for Forbes or Newsweek, but when a client doesn’t like your work it screws with your head. It makes it harder to write the next blog post.
Just remember one person doesn’t decide your worth. You may have one nitpicky client that you just don’t mesh with. But, there will be plenty of opportunities to shine. Keep practicing. Every day, you’ll get a little better.
8. Use an AI writing tool.
I will be the first to say I hated the idea of AI writing when I first heard about it. I didn’t think anyone could write content as well as a human. But, one day when I was frustrated, I decided to try it out. I could think of what I wanted to say, but writing my thoughts out was taking way longer than it should. I started out by trying Jarvis AI. I thought it was horrible and sounded robotic. So, I put the whole thing out of my head for a while.
Then one night when I was way behind on writing deadlines, I decided to check out another AI writing tool. It was free so I figured why not. I discovered Go Copy. I used it and used it and used it. I was able to write three blog posts in the amount of time it normally takes me to write one.
Now, I use it on almost all of my content. I don’t use it to spin articles or rewrite other people’s content. I use it to make writing my own sentences faster and easier. I just type out my blog post. Then I go back through it using their rewriter tool to improve my wording.
9. Write something else
Sometimes when I have writer’s block, I will put the blog post I am writing to the side and write something else. If I find that I am getting nowhere with my writing, I take a break and come back to it. If you find that you’ve been writing a while but can’t seem to make any headway, take a break. Once you’ve cleared your head, you can come back to it with a fresh perspective.
Now for the SEO tips
How to Write SEO Content Faster
10. Do your keyword research first
One thing that’s different about SEO writing is well, the SEO. Before you start your blog post, decide what your keyword will be. This will help you when you write your post. It’s much easier to work your keywords in while you’re writing your post than having to add them in later.
11. Choose a Tentative Title
Coming up with a great title can be challenging. SEO writing used to be simple. You pretty much just used your keyword in your title and your content. But, now people and search engines are smarter. Your title has to stand out among a crowd of content. The best way to come up with an attention-grabbing title is to write your entire post first and then play with possible titles. I use Monster Insight to help me with creating the best titles for my blog posts.
12. Write a rough outline
Don’t start writing without an outline. It makes it so much easier to fill in the content because you already know how many sections you have and what they’re about. I find that when I skip the outline, my posts take twice as long. I have to go back and rearrange my paragraphs. And it’s just so much extra work.
13. Write your own ideas down first
Before you begin your research, brainstorm and write down everything that comes to mind. Then, do research to see what other people have written about the topic. If you brainstorm your ideas first, your blog post will be more unique and interesting because it won’t be just a regurgitation of someone else’s material.
14. Then find interesting facts, quotes, and stats
A blog post is more interesting and shareable if it includes quotes, stats, and research. Once you have your outline written do a search for quotes and stats you can include in your article.
15. Copy and paste stuff
Copy and paste anything you want to include in your article below your article. If I have a lot of research I will save it in its own document. Then you can just copy and paste quotes from your research right into your post.
16. Use Youtube for research
I am not really into YouTube. I had no idea how much great content there was on YouTube. It’s a great tool for researching any topic. If you are struggling to find information, go to YouTube. There are often more YouTube videos on a topic than there are written articles.
17 Write engaging headings
Once you have your entire blog post written, go through it and add engaging headings. If you’re an SEO writer or blogger you probably already know most people don’t read a blog post from beginning to end. They skim. This is why it’s so important to have attention-keeping headings in your article.
18. Add power words
If you want to get better at writing, start adding power words to your posts, headings, and titles. There are a ton of websites with power word lists so you don’t even have to think of them all. Either bookmark some sites or keep a list of your own power words.
19. Add your client’s guidelines later
Every client has different requirements. For example, some of my clients want me to use “keep reading” in their posts, and other clients don’t like that at all. Writing your content following other people’s writing styles or guidelines can create a mental roadblock. So, what I do is I write my post in a way that flows naturally for me, then I go back through and format it the way they want it.
20. SEO optimize it when you’re done
SEO writing doesn’t really come naturally. If you try to write your post with SEO at the top of your mind, it can make it really tough to write a blog post that flows. Even though I do SEO for a living, I don’t optimize my posts until I am completely done writing them. When I am satisfied with my work, I copy and paste it into WordPress and SEO optimize it with Rank Math.
How to Write SEO Content Faster Without Sacrificing Quality
21. Outsource your first draft
If you are stuck or time-strapped, outsource your first draft. This was hard for me to do at first. Finding a good backup writer will take some trial and error, but once you do, you can really speed up your writing. Let your backup writer write your first draft, and then you just have to edit and tweak.
22. Get joy from your writing
When you write SEO content all the time, especially when it’s on mundane topics, you start to lose your joy for writing. SEO writing is not like writing other types of content. Having to squeeze a keyword in or out of a paragraph to SEO optimize your blog post, can take all the pleasure writing.
I love writing and even when I am writing about boring stuff like car insurance or why you’re furnace won’t stop running, I try to get some joy from my writing. When I am done with my writing, I like to feel good about what I wrote. Like wow, I wrote the most interesting blog post about watching your grass grow. (; I even made it entertaining. Woot!
SEO writing can be as fun as you make it. If you practice regularly, you will get faster, get more clients, and make more money from your writing. Hopefully, now you know how to write SEO content faster! Let me know in the comments which tips you found helpful. And if you write SEO content, I’d love to add your tips to my list.
I am Patty Malowney, the creator of Badass Web Goddess. I am an Albuquerque SEO and digital marketing consultant. I started my first internet business in 2004 with a $40 garage sale computer and a whole lot of determination. I sold my first website, JustMommies.com to the dating company eHarmony.com in 2008. My website was acquired by another company where I worked as a consultant and editor until July, 2019.
After encouragement from friends and family, I decided to branch out on my own and start my own consulting business. I offer advice and services to local businesses on how they can rank better in Google.
In addition to running Badass Web Goddess, I am an avid blogger. I run several blogs including my internet marketing blog here at Badass Web Goddess. If you love my blog, Follow Me on Facebook or Twitter!