A Simple Way to Write Your 1,000 Word Posts

Last Update: September 18, 2018

I'm a writer by trade, so I am always pumping out words and getting articles, blog posts, and even books written on a deadline. Something that may seem tough for many is usually easy for me (unless I'm writing on an obscure topic I know nothing about . . . research slows me down!).

Since I do have a method of writing faster, I thought it might be helpful to some people here. If you're struggling to get your posts written, here's the method I use. It might be useful for you.

Step 1: Come Up with a Topic

Obviously, you need a good topic before you can write a post. I like to write down ideas as they come to me, so I always have a long list of potential blog topics. Pick a topic that isn't too narrow that you'll get stuck after writing five lines. For example, "What causes tooth darkening" would be a good topic, while "how to get rid of lines on your canine tooth" might be tough to write about for 1,000 words.

Step 2: Get Your Keyword List

You can either do your keyword research when you think of the topic, or right before you write. There's so much information on this here on Wealthy Affiliate that I'm not going to go into detail on it. However, you should have a list of any keywords you want to use in the post.

Step 3: Write Your Main Points

Now it's time to start outlining. What do you want peopel to know about your topic? What areas are most important? Write these down. I recommend having at least 5-8 main points for a 1,000 word article. Here's an example of what this might look like:

1. Symptoms of tooth darkening

2. Causes of tooth darkening

3. How to fix darkened teeth

See? It's pretty simple to do this. If you run into trouble coming up with ideas for your main ideas, you need to do a bit more research on your topic. Spend a few minutes looking on forums or FB groups to find out what people are asking about, related to your topic.

Step 4: Add Subtopics

Now, under each main point, you are going to add 2-3 subtopics. In some cases, you might need to add more. These will help explain your main point. Example:

1. Causes of tooth darkening

a. Age

b. Tobacco

c. Root damage

Just write the basics. You're not quite ready to start working on paragraphs yet. By the end of this step, you should have a nice, detailed outline to work with.

Step 5: Fill in Your Paragraphs

Now you're ready to really start writing. Everything is already laid out for you, so it's ready to go. You just need to write your heart out now. Start by writing up your main points. You can use the original point as a heading, if you like, or you can just incorporate it into a paragraph.

Each subpoint can be its own paragraph, so for each section, you'll have a simple introduction to the concept or main point, plus 2-3 paragraphs on the subpoints. Example:

"Tooth darkening can be caused by a number of factors, so it's best to see your dentist about the issue. However, certain causes are fairly obvious.

Aging is one of the main causes of gradual tooth darkening. As we get older, the enamel or hard coating on our teeth wears down. This means the dentin or softer tissue, is easier to see. Since dentin is darker in color than enamel, it can cause the tooth to look gray. "

Step 6: Write an Intro and Conclusion

Now that you have the main part of the post written, you're ready to create a really awesome introduction that will capture people's attention and make them want to read. There's an old saying . . . "tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you just told them." It's good advice, so follow it!

Your introduction should include a hook, or a line that will grab people and make them want to read the whole post. Something like "Have you noticed your teeth getting darker?" or "Sick of unsightly, grayed out teeth?"

Then make sure you let them know that in this post, they'll learn all about the causes of darkening teeth.

The conclusion should cover what was most important in the post and should also include a call to action. If you don't tell people what to do next, they won't know what to do and may end up just clicking away. A call to action can be anything like:

  • Click here
  • Buy now
  • Check out this ____
  • Sign up for ____
  • Go here to ____

See? Nice and simple.

Step 7: Create a Kickass Title

Wiith a completed article, you need a great title to get the reader to look at it anyway. Remember that you should be using your main keyword in the title, so add that. The best titles often include numbers, like "7 Reasons Your Teeth Are Going Dark" or "3 Ways to Reverse Teeth Darkening."

Again, there are tons of resources for creating titles, so spend some time researching this. I highly suggest reading anything on Copyblogger. They also offer some good, solid headline templates.

Step 8: Review and Edit

It won't do to send out flawed content, so take some time to review your work and edit it. Look for spelling or grammatical errors (WA has tools for this), awkward phrases, and sentences that ramble on. Polish it up and you're ready to move on to . . .

Step 9: Publish Your Work

It's time to make your work public! You've written, polished, and perfected your post and it is ready for the world to see it. Hit publish and enjoy the traffic.

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AStrickland1 Premium
Thanks for the refresher.
It's been a looong time since I've done any real writing and have recently gone back into my minds archives to dust off some of those things I learned in English classes.
Writing is a process and I'm just starting to find my style again.
This is one of those simple, yet critical ways to keep focused and concise.

All the best to you,

Alan
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ChadTrader Premium
Thanks for the post, it is clear and gets straight to the point.

That seems to help me stay focused on the topic and not let my thoughts stray from the point being made.

Good to hear from a professsional writer the basic formula for outlinng a post.

Best wishes,
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GDavies Premium
It's really great for keeping you on track, for sure!
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EricaCrystal Premium
Thank you for this. I love to write, but still find it hard to write content for my website.

Any chance you could do a follow up with how you write Review Posts?

I find the info-posts a lot easier, but really struggle with the reviews....and I know they're the key to an affiliate income, but I just can't seem to do it :(
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davehayes Premium
In the online course we are shown how to write good reviews Erica, you can also sign up for google alerts, news letters and such like for ideas, related to your niche

This might help
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EricaCrystal Premium
Thanks, Dave, yes I've read all I can on writing reviews. I just get so blocked when trying to write them. I think it's mainly the book reviews - since they're so personal. These are reviews of how-to books...

I've done a couple of other reviews for my Bootcamp site, which are heaps easier but am still looking for a better method :)
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GDavies Premium
So, for book reviews, I would do the same kind of thing. What are the main points you want to cover from the book? For example, you might have what the book teaches, your top take-aways, what you enjoyed about the book (writing style, for example), and what you disliked about the book. You can use the exact same method for this.
I would just make the intro a bit more personal, like "I didn't really enjoy this book as much as I'd expected, due to _____. Let's take a look at where it excelled and where it failed."
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EricaCrystal Premium
Awesome, thanks so much. I guess after more practice they should get easier. Thanks for taking the time to answer:)
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MikeMahaffey Premium
Thanks, this is a super blueprint for writing post that every website owner and blogger can put to use.
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GDavies Premium
Thanks, Mike!
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LeonardGo Premium
Causes of tooth darkening... the hm..the answer is ..mucus forming food..
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GDavies Premium
Heh, it was just an example. Feel free to run with it, though!
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CarmenAlfaro Premium
Thank you for the great tips on this post. I'm getting ready to write a new post, so I will use the advice given here. Have a great day! :-)
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GDavies Premium
Hope it helps you write faster, Carmen!
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mlda65 Premium
Thank you for this post, I have bookmarked this for future reference. This is how I like to write my posts.
Marcia
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GDavies Premium
Awesome, thanks Marcia.
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Showolf Premium
Great tips!! Thank You!
Shaunna
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Norman3J Premium
Thanks for sharing. A call to action at the end of every post...it's got me thinking. I need to go back and re-look at all my previous posts. Thanks for getting the gears moving.

Cheers,

Norman
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GDavies Premium
It's definitely something do think about, even if you just ask them to leave a comment.
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janetkirkpa Premium
Great example!
Janet
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smokeywins Premium
Great info! Thanks for sharing!
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GDavies Premium
Thanks for stopping by!
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DonnieNorton Premium
Really great post with great training. I will definitely be using your training here.Wishing you the best in all you do.
Live Long and Prosper
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GDavies Premium
Thanks, let me know how it goes!
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Kemdi12 Premium
Nice post I often struggle with writing posts but I think I will use some of the methods you suggested and see how that works
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GDavies Premium
Thanks, I hope it helps you write faster!
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