If you read this entire article, it will take you 10 minutes and 13 seconds.
But guess what. It took me 21 times that long to write it.
When you stop and think about it, really good long form content takes a lot of time to produce.
There aren’t many people who can plop in their chair, bust out a 2,000-word article in an hour, and get on with their day.
For most of us, it takes a solid two or three hours to create a piece of good content that hits the 2,000-word mark.
So let me ask you a question. Is it worth it?
I’m being totally serious here because you might just be wasting your time. Have you thought about that?
Could it be that your 2,000-word articles aren’t even worth the time and effort that you put into them?
That’s kind of a depressing thought, I know. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to answer the question head on. No pulling back. No hesitation.
Is longer really better? Is it worth it? Are you wasting your time?
Then, I’m going to give you a surefire formula for not wasting your time when you write articles — a powerful method that will make your articles rank on top.
This article isn’t for the faint of heart. It wasn’t easy to write, and it might not be easy to read.
But if you’re ready to stop wasting time, start ranking high, and move your content marketing method to the next level, read on.
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How long does it take to write a long form article?
Let’s do some calculations.
Let’s say you write an article that is is 2,300 words long. That’s the average length of my articles.
The average typing speed is 40 words per minute.
If you type without stopping, you’ll be wrapping up the article in just under an hour — 57.5 minutes to be exact.
But obviously it doesn’t work like that.
You’re not writing a bunch of words! You’re writing a well-researched article!
According to Wordstopages.com, 2,300 words comes out to about 5 pages.
A well-researched, five-page article requires exponentially more time.
And since the average worker is only productive for three hours a day, producing an article like that could take all day Monday, Tuesday, and part of Wednesday!
In my experience, there are some great writers out there who can produce content in way less time.
Their “secret” is using a combination of raw skill, intense focus, and a familiarity with the subject matter.