Affiliate Bootcamp - Level 3 - Lesson 6

Last Update: June 06, 2018

Today's lesson was Power Writing Gone Wild. Our tasks were to write for 30 minutes and to discuss our result on a discussion thread.

Here is what I wrote in my 30 minutes:

This is the question posed by Kyle in today's Affiliate Bootcamp exercise. He tasked us to write content for 30 minutes to see if we could produce more than we thought ourselves capable of. I decided that it would be a great way for me to write a longer than normal WA blog with the results of this 'test.'

I spend a lot of time in LiveChat doing support, but I have to admit that I don't spend a great deal of 'focused time' on my content creation. At least, not like I did in the 'old days.' I have a pretty good idea about how fast I can generate content from years of being a content provider. My rate of writing is about 750 words in 20 minutes, so in 30 minutes, I should be able to product approximately 1125 words (although, doing the math just there slowed me down a few seconds).

How did I get so fast at writing content? Well, it's a combination of many things. I learned to type on a manual typewriter in eighth grade. Even on a manual typewriter, I could type 60 wpm. When we made the switch to electric typewriters, my rate climbed to 90 wpm. Then, with the advent of computers, my max rate topped out around 110 wpm. If you don't type fast, you can't write fast. First skill to develop: Typing speed.

Typing anecdote: I used to be employed as a typsetter. One of the guys I worked for used to charge me for mistakes after 3 in a day. I had to pay 0.25/ft for galleys with typos in them. I was only making $4.00/hr. at the time, so you could see that having to re-run a long galley could wipe out my earnings for the day. As a result, I became extremely accurate with my typing. I only paid him $1.00 the entire time I worked for him.

The second thing that contributes to my writing speed is experience. I have written content of some kind or another every day of my life since I was 15 years old. Content isn't just about a website. Content could be books, letters, journals, Facebook entries, or even chatrooms. You write far more than you realize, and if you stop writing in a way that makes you think of English clas, and more like you talk, you will be able to create far more content than you have ever dreamed.

Another factor is the years I spent freelancing as a transcriptionist. I used to type insurance subrogation letters for a company. I had the use of a foot-pedal controlled cassette tape recorder that the insurance agents would speak into and I would transcribe their results, cleaning up all the ums, ahs, and stumbles along the way. The average person speaks approximately 85 words per minute, and I would make more money the less I had to back up the tape and listen to it a second or third time (although, at times, it could not be helped). Again, this would contribute to my writing speed years later because I can pretty much type out my thoughts as fast as i can think them.

As my friend, published author R. Mark Coleman once told me, "Writers write." Don't ever turn down an opportunity to write. In fact, seek out opportunities to write for things other than your website. It will help you create your content when the time comes. Volunteer to write an article for your kids' school newsletter, or pen a lengthy diatribe to your local newspaper. Any writing is good writing. It is how you hone your craft.

You will find that eventually, there is a 'tipping point' where you no longer dread having to sit down and write content. Your ideas will flow out through your fingertips onto the screen with a Zen-like mastery. That is when you will be able to ramp up production on a second site. Make sure you've found your groove before you add to your workload.

I'm lucky. When I retired, I was able to move to a location that fosters writing. I live on a ridge on a half an acre with only one neighbor, who happens to be a long-haul truck driver who is only home a couple of days a month. A state highway backs my property, and there are no houses on the other side of the highway, and no houses across the street in front of my house either. It is peaceful, and quiet except for the sounds of birds most days.

I did this deliberately because I have a few books I want to complete in my golden years. I'm in no hurry to finish, the journey of writing has s lot of benefits for me. So this exercise is enjoyable to me because my passion is writing. It always has been for as long as I can remember. I love writing here at WA, providing folks with glimpses into my past and tips for future success.

I really do mean and live the messages of my two tattoos "I exist to assist, How may I serve?" I'm getting ready to learn more about video production so that I can start creating more training material in earnest. Not just for WA, but for Udemy and an idea for a training site of my own that I have. I enjoy learning new stuff almost as much as I love writing, so that's good.

I still suffer from being a bit scattered at my age. I don't procrastinate like I used to, but my ADD is much worse these days. Even many of the coping strategies I learned over the years don't keep me as focused as they once did. I'm actually a little surprised that I have been able to keep this stream of consciousness writing going as long as I have. I have to be nearing the end of the timer though, because I just hit 1000 words, and I have done a lot of backspacing as I went along to correct typos.

This is a really good exercise, and I'd like to see more people employe it. You don't have to write content for your site. Write your kid a bedtime story. Write your spouse/signficant other a love letter. Write your future resignstion letter to your boss. (I really like that idea - you can post it on your wall to motivate you to work on your sites). Just write. Write about your fears - let them go. Once they're on a page, you can burn them and release them from your life. It doesn't evem have to be any good. Good comes with time and with practice.

I hope you've enjoyed my exercise. I've enjoyed creating it My timer says there is about a minute to go. I wil type three exclamation points and a word count when I get to the end, and then wrap up anything I was thinking about to finish the post itself. I mean, I wouldn't want to leave you guys hanging mid-sentence.

Stop thinking, just write. Your heart has many words fo you if you just let it!!! (1200 words) I think this is a good place to end after all.

Phase 3
Lesson 6 - Time invested* - 35 minutes
Phase 3 - 5 hours, 35 minutes
Phase 2 - 15 hours, 40 minutes
Phase 1 - 8 hours, 20 minutes
Total time to date: 29 hours, 35 minutes

*Does not include time spent creating this blog.

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Tzell Premium
Thanks for sharing friend. Keep it up!
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onmyownterms Premium
You're welcome.
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DebbieRose Premium
Great job...a lot of quality....felted like you planned it out in advance because it was well organized.
Debbie
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onmyownterms Premium
Thank you, Debbie.
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jesslynn77 Premium
Wow. Thank you so very much for this. Very encouraging/challenging.
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onmyownterms Premium
You're welcome.
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Dashnow Premium
My problem is I can't seem to get my thoughts organized up front. I will start to write my thoughts then go back and re-organize them. I have never been a writer per say. I am a nurse and my notes were often short, abbreviated and full of acronyms. I feel like I am back in school in English Lit again. Don't get me wrong I am enjoying learning just finding it challenging.
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onmyownterms Premium
I understand that. I'm sure if I was trying my hand at nursing I'd be a basket case - biology was never a good subject for me. Byt practice does make perfect, and at least with writing, the patient won't die1
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
Thanks for the update Mel.

Tried and True

Elaine
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onmyownterms Premium
You're welcome, Elaine.
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hugh9905 Premium
Mel, I really enjoy your "glimpses into the past and tips for future success" in your post. Your tips on writing are much appreciated.

Hugh
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onmyownterms Premium
You're welcome, Hugh.
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misschellie Premium
I am doing Affiliate Bootcamp by the way:-)
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onmyownterms Premium
OK, yes, just continue with the training, and go to the Help Center to ask your questions. Don't skip around and you'll get there.
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misschellie Premium
hello, i'm not sure where to ask questions to the community??? i have a question about adding affiliate links to my website. I am hella new. I am only on phase 2, lesson 2. I have written 2 reviews and 1 post. Now when I pick my affiliates (which I haven't done yet - another tough task) and put them on my website, should i do ads for them? use some of the vender info? but reword it? do reviews? should i make a page called products? i don't know where to start. i lied...that was more than 1 question...smiles the lesson just says do it...it doesn't give me any ideas...that's not to helpful:-(

where do i go to ask the community questions because i had to ask on this post?

Thank you for your support and patience and I hope I made sense.

Miss Chellie - Michele
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onmyownterms Premium
Breathe. Continue with the training and don't try to jump ahead. You'll get to these answers by just continuing along the path.
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misschellie Premium
but in the lesson, my task is to add the links i'm going to use. should i just skip that part for now and just keep my wealthy affiliate stuff on it for now and start researching who else i'm going to add because that takes time too? I'm really excited to learn about sqeeze and landing pages...email marketing...all that fun stuff, but i know i have to get through the training first.

your awesome to be so fast to reply:-)

Michele
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onmyownterms Premium
If you don't have any other affiliate partners yet, just skip that part and circle back to it later. There are built-in 'catch-up days throughout the training, as well as breaks between Levels.
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Robert-A Premium
Hi
Here is a training by Kyle that should help you out. As you have only been here a couple of weeks I suggest you keep taking the training until you have some idea what you must do and how to do it.

All will become clear as you progress and when you have doubts then ask questions and keep asking.

Live Chat is a great place to get a quick reply to any of those questions.
For a more indepth answer you could always PM members but stick to the people such as myself who have been here at least a year.

Please remember you will also get a lot of really bad advice from members who are only trying to game the WA system to help with their rank.

The fools don't seem to realize that a high rank isn't going to make them any money from their business and that is what they should be concentrating on.

Enjoy your Wednesday.
Robert
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misschellie Premium
Thank you Robert...smiles...I will stick with u if u stick with me....I will focus on training and quit trying to get so ahead of myself...

We will chat soon....

Michele
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Robert-A Premium
No probs Michele.
Always best to stick to tried and true methods and the training isn't called step by step for nothing.
Have a great Thursday.
Robert
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onmyownterms Premium
Thank you for helping out, Robert.
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Robert-A Premium
No probs, always happy to help when I can.
Have a great Thursday.
Robert
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Chrissies Premium
Great writing Mel, many thanks for sharing your brilliant ideas :)
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onmyownterms Premium
You're welcome.
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