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How Long Does It Take You To Write a Blog Post?

October 31, 2007 by  

Some bloggers may have the natural ability to write posts faster than their readers could read them. I guess I am somewhere in the middle, I might be able type a tad faster than the average person but when it comes to completing a post, I usually need a few hours to do so.

Short posts that require no research usually take me less than 15 minutes. But I prefer to take my time when writing long posts that require a good deal of research. My problem is I often know what to write but deciding how to write it can consume most of my time.

So I spend more time thinking then actually writing down my thoughts. English being my second language (well technically it’s the third) doesn’t help either.

If I have a great post idea, I usually jot down the points I plan to write in my to-do list. I would continue to add points, sometimes over the course of a few days, before I actually sit down and write the whole post for a couple of hours. The researching part takes most of the time.

That’s how I come up with some posts like this

However for a topic that I know a lot about, I take about 3 to 5 hours to come up with the content and actually write it.

The past few weeks have been a busy time for me, on and offline. I’m launching new blogs and websites one after another. So that has been taking most of my time. I am also gearing up my pay per click campaigns to take advantage of the coming holiday shopping season in the US .

If you are not yet involved in affiliate program or PPC marketing, you are leaving a lot of money on the table.

Sadly, I have to scrap my previous goal to make US500 from text link ads monthly after the recent PageRank shake up. While I’ll continue to sell text link ads on some blogs, they are no longer my priority. If I make money from them, then that’s a bonus. Those blogs will be turned into a resource center for some of my PPC campaigns promoting affiliate programs.

It’s time to stop allowing Google PageRank dictates how much money you could make from your sites. You need to explore other monetization options and diversify your revenue streams in addition to writing paid posts or text link ads.

My only ad revenue that depends on PageRank is my text link ads. However, since I’ve been involved with affiliate marketing since 1997 and actively using pay per click marketing since 2002, PageRank has little importance to me as far as making money from the Internet is concern.

If you depend on your blogs to make money, you can start looking into selling advertising inventory directly from your website. I am seeing this practice becoming more common these days where more popular blogs such as DoshDosh.com, JohnChow.com and even ProBlogger.net are jumping into the bandwagon.

Anyway, back to the earlier question, how long does it take you to write a blog post?

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Comment by superhero W
2007-10-31 14:11:37

For my blog, my girlfriend and I will write for the blog. But, she usually come out with a good writing.

I think she also take 15-20minutes to make a post. But plus 5 minutes for me to edit it and maybe put some photos.
( I am some kind of the technical director la :D )

 
Comment by Alb
2007-10-31 15:37:45

For proper English grammar post, it will take the longer a day for me to write. Looking on some correct words on thesaurus and dictionary, and proofread it by me, sometimes by somebody (:hehe:).

It is better if there are good sites for me on how to write good posts, articles etc. Any idea? Links? :D

 
Comment by pinolobu Subscribed to comments via email
2007-10-31 16:24:30

As you said, depends on some factors. Some topics take many hours to research and write. But once I start on something, I usually make sure it gets published on the same day.

 
Comment by vangardx
2007-10-31 16:49:35

i take around 15-30minutes per entry..and 5-10minutes for picture editing :D

 
Comment by Philip
2007-10-31 17:16:35

Well i take pretty long to complete an entry. usually 15 minutes for a pretty short entry. Guess i needa improve by blogging more often!

 
Comment by Let's Discuss Money
2007-10-31 17:39:30

I usually take up to 30 minutes for most posts, but more in depth articles, and those which I want to hopefully become very popular on social bookmarking sites can take upto 2 hours.

 
Comment by Wayne Liew
2007-10-31 18:56:52

Beginners Guide to Making Money On the Internet link failed to work for me.

I prewrite my posts 3 days before posting and I have lots of draft saved in my laptop. I used days to complete a post but if it was something instant like the Google PR update or review of a new blogging service, 30 minutes will do.

Comment by Gaman
2007-10-31 20:00:04

OK I’ve fixed it.

 
 
Comment by helen
2007-10-31 20:18:45

Rants are the easiest to write. It’s spontaneous. But then the final spelling check is inevitable. :-)

 
Comment by dott-com
2007-11-01 08:17:33

30-45 minute enough for some small post. Take hour for certain topic – mostly if talk about blogging post. like wayne say I also make some draft before any post goes online.

 
Comment by Tim
2007-11-01 08:39:29

Sometime takes me a day to write a quality post!

–blog for dream–

 
Comment by Wahlau.NET
2007-11-01 10:00:01

video post is short…but if detail…it takes more than 1 hour

 
Comment by Andrew Ooi
2007-11-01 21:45:59

It takes me about 10-15 minutes for a post but I have a bad habit of reading it after it is posted and re-editing it multiple times :D

 
Comment by shy guy
2007-11-01 21:59:10

Don’t have specific time…
Just write and try to find ending…
maybe 20-30 minutes

 
2007-11-01 23:32:35

20 min to write a short post is fast. Even native English speakers probably take more time.

Writing quality content like you do brings traffic and that all you need to make money from your blog.

Just get organized to accept direct advertizing and have some products to sell yours or affiliate products.

 
Comment by BlogsTheme.com
2007-11-02 03:09:34

It takes me less than 5-10 minutes to write a post on my blogs, I write very fast! You do need content for any website, and if you have many websites, if you dont write fast, you cant catch up with the competition.

 
Comment by Sabochii Subscribed to comments via email
2007-11-02 12:07:57

writing for blog seems quite easy for me…but editing n providing the accurate font type, size n allignment seems very tedious…..neways my frnds manage to help me out.

 
Comment by Kay Kastum Subscribed to comments via email
2007-11-03 10:25:37

As fast as 5 minutes as long as 2 hours for me.

 
Comment by TechMalaya
2007-11-03 18:06:41

that depends on a post. for howto post like Install WordPress on Local Apache Web Server it took me a few hours for testing and blogging it.

 
Comment by Ades
2007-11-04 01:00:27

Sometimes up to 3 hours…

 
Comment by Thomas Sinfield
2007-11-04 01:43:26

anywhere from 10min to 2 hours. My latest one was pretty in depth and took me close to two hours to write.

 
Comment by Paypal2u Bloggers
2007-11-04 15:11:25

For me, it takes only not more than 5 minutes to post a new blog posting. When I got the idea what to write, the posting will be much more faster.

Normally I jot down some idea on my PDA and only writes about in when there is a need to post it on my blogs.

 
2007-11-04 17:27:56

I’m a really slow blogger. My main posts usually take 2-3 huors each. Even a links post at the weekend takes around an hour because I take the time to write about the links.

 
Comment by Ed Kohler
2007-11-05 06:22:32

I usually write posts in around 10-15 minutes. However, it can take hours of reading to find an appropriate and timely topic to write about.

 
Comment by dicky
2007-11-05 13:35:56

I normally will take an hour to complete 1 post. Because i will do some research from internet. And this probably is because i am new to blogging too……

 
Comment by david
2007-11-05 16:35:18

Take hours for me because I will write a bit and then leave it at that until I think of the next paragraph! Then for proofreading, I would read it 5-10 times and then edit it to make it flow nice and easy! That takes a another hour or two!

 
Comment by titan
2007-11-07 02:44:05

Depend on the situation. SOmetimes 10 or 15 minutes. The long time i take its half an hour.

 
Comment by AhBoon
2007-11-07 14:23:47

It can be from 1 hour to 2 weeks :p
Some posts need lots of research and finding… and of course, it is depends on my Kerajinan.

 
Comment by eshark Subscribed to comments via email
2007-11-15 06:21:25

Depends very much on how you like people to read it and how well you understand the topic that you’re goin to write. I normally wrote supported with some few pics since I wrote bout designs + travelblog. Research also very important but it do takes some of your time.

The longest I’ve been was 2 hours and the fastest would be 10 minutes.

 
Comment by AhmadAmir
2007-12-18 14:26:35

errm..english is not first language..so..maybe it took me a long day to make research and make some spelling mistakes and looking to (kamus) for a certain word to translate..he2..by the way..i’m still learning that..what topic and how to make research on that topic..thanks for sharing gaman

 
Comment by abi
2007-12-23 08:34:19

I take about 10mins a long post would tak bout 15-20mins…Its the research that actually takes time…But ide say take your time and post,make sure your grammer and spelling are all right! its good to have quality posts out to the masses isnt it:)

 
Comment by Tech Bold
2008-01-03 05:44:12

Anywhere from 15-30 mins for a topic I know about. Add another 5 mins for spellings check. :)

 
Comment by shawne
2008-03-17 19:41:25

Normally if i want to post a new topic it takes me more than 15-20 minutes.. Because that was the only way for us to think on what more to write and spell..

“The IDEA for getting an IDEA it’s there with you..”

What You See Is What You Get.. Isn’t it?
Wanna start with a new article’s?
How bout a new story for a new day for all of us?
Let’s finish what we started..

I just can’t believe what just i saw this day!
Any Comment?

 
Comment by 4d2u
2011-02-15 13:13:18

What do you think a good blog writter must be fluent with english command?

 
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