Copywriters, how long does it take to write an excellent article?
Content writing is not an easy task, this I know for sure. It takes time and a lot of practice to end up writing decent content worth reading. Also, depending on the subject, some niches may be more complicated than others.
But overall, I'm wondering, what is the average time it takes you to write a 1000 words piece of content on a medium complexity niche?
I don't consider myself a good writer, I'm not a native English speaker, and I'm far away from being talented. But I've written content in most niches out there, even NSFW type copywriting for adult websites.
The worst for me are technical subjects, and even though I have an Engineering degree, it takes me about 8 hours to write 1000 words of highly specialized content.
On everything else, I probably average around 2-3 hours per 1k words, from which half I spend on research. I consider myself pretty fast giving the fact that I'm really an SEO specialist at heart and that content writing comes second.
I think we've reached a stage on the Internet today where everything was already said hundreds of time if not thousands. Writing fast small articles is a thing of the past. To stand out from the crowd, you now need complete articles that are fundamentally at a whole different level compared to your competitors.
Here is a study made by Orbit Media’s:
As you can see people started to spend a lot more time writing content than they did in previous years. This tells me one thing: everyone makes an effort to better themselves, and you should do the same!
Even though SEO is my first digital love, I've decided to transition more and more in the following years and become a more concentrate on developing my copywriting skills.
I already started to improve myself by buying tools like Grammarly premium and started reading more about advance English grammar rules.
How fast do I need to become to turn a profit around? And what are the best ways to gain long-term copywriting clients?