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How to Write High Quality Articles Fast When You're a Freelance Writer

Koralee is a retired legal assistant/paralegal turned online writer and author who works part-time as a virtual legal assistant.

I work hard, so why can't I make any money freelance writing?

I work hard, so why can't I make any money freelance writing?

You’ve decided to make money online, working as a freelance content writer. But now you find yourself writing all the time and not making any money. You’re exhausted, have no social life, haven’t seen your family in what seems like months, and you feel like a failure. What you hoped would be the start of an exciting new career is now a nightmare.

There Is a Solution

Don’t give up if the reason you’re not making money is because you can't write articles fast enough. I have been there before, and there is a solution.

Once I was in a situation where I had 24 hours to write a mixture of 10 articles, blog posts, and guest blog posts ranging from 500 - 700 words. I had plans, and I needed to sleep, so I had to streamline my writing into a process.

This Article and Its Companion

This article focuses on what clients want, and the client-freelance writer relationship. By "client," I mean website and blog owners who request content and pay a freelance writer to create it. This includes clients you deal with directly and third parties.

After you read this article, see my companion article on how to research and write high-quality articles quickly.

What Clients Want

Non-Promotional and Informative SEO Content

Types of Content: Different types of web content needs different writing styles to make it work. The content style I'm talking about in this article is the more common, non-promotional and informative SEO article.

For example, another type of content writing is copywriting, and I will briefly explain the difference between the two in the table below.

Some articles need a bit of both styles of writing. But to keep things simple, I have separated them into two categories.

Web Content WritingCopywriting

Involves angles, facts or statistics that are created to argue, inform, or persuade. With the goal of getting the reader to find out more about the business

Created to sell a product or service

Content is created from an idea

Copywriting involves more of a script by creating a systematic delivery of ideas

Referred to as content

Referred to as copy

Introduces a topic

Cultivates awareness and is attention-grabbing

Each paragraph flows into the next paragraph

Brief and concise to convey a marketing message

Goal is to teach the reader something about the topic

Each sentence is created to encourage the reader to take a specific action

Connect on a personal level with the reader

Get the reader to connect with the idea, product or service

Cheap Clients

Avoid clients who pay freelance writers next to nothing, but want the world

Avoid clients who pay freelance writers next to nothing, but want the world

Client/Freelance Writer Relationship

A lot of bloggers and website owners don’t write their own content.

They hire someone else to write it. Then they buy the content, and publish it on the internet as if they wrote it.

How much you get paid depends on who you write for. If you’re writing for clients who are cheap, you have to write a lot of articles just to make enough money to eat.

I strongly suggest you only write for them until you get experience, then quit.

After you're experienced, start looking for professionals and businesses with the means to pay you what you're worth. Along with the better pay, they're usually a lot nicer to deal with because they're not as nitpicky, and give you more creative freedom after you've built up trust.

Cons of Writing Online Content For Clients

  • A large group of people who request content expect the best, but want to pay next to nothing.
  • Their guidelines can be a long, picky list that takes longer to remember than it does to write the content.

Pros of Writing Online Content For Clients

When you write for yourself you have to come up with the topic, do the research, choose keywords, decide the keyword density, write and edit the content and summary, find and add photos, all on your own.

When you write content for other people's websites or blogs, half the work is done for you. This cuts down a lot of research and thinking time for you, as you will see below:

  • Clients generally give you the keyword or keyword phrase.
  • They tell you how many times to use the keyword in the article and they tell you how to write the article according to their guidelines.
  • Clients provide you with a landing page that will be linked to the article. You can save a lot of time doing research, by just going to their landing page. Once you're there, you can scan their website and blog, to get a feel for their brand.

How and Why my Writing Process Was Created

I have always found it easy to write articles, but writing them fast didn't come easily to me. Until I had to.

As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, I had a lot of words to write and a short time to complete the content before the deadlines. Due to a networking issue I got the assignments at 5:00 pm, and some were due that evening, and the rest the next day.

I HATE missing deadlines, so there was no way that was going to happen. I had to get organized and create a template that I could use for each content type. I had to figure out the quickest way to gather all my research, and physically write faster.

Real Website/Fictitious Article Request

To explain how to write an article fast I'm using a fictitious request, from a random website (www.fansfollowersmart.com).

Random Website: I randomly chose this website. I don't know anything about this website except what I learned from their landing page. I’m not associated with it in any way, and I don't recommend this kind of service. Nevertheless, it is a simple example to use.

Guidelines: These are the special instructions given by the client. I'm using the following guideline for my example: Write a 500 word article that is educational and informative only. Do not mention the client in the article. Use the keyword in the title and every paragraph, at least once.

Fictitious Keyword phrase: Get more twitter followers

Landing Page: www.fansfollowersmart.com

How to Write Articles Fast – Getting Ready

What you need:

  • An outline/template: Provided below
  • Internet page opened to your favorite search engine
  • Word document, or whatever you'll use to type your article and save your research.

Article Template or Outline

Template or Outline: You should always have an outline as a guide. This cuts down on your thinking because it organizes your brain with what needs to be done. You can copy and paste it, if you want.


Keyword phrase:







A Resource, If You're Serious About Writing Online for a Living

Learn how to write articles fast.

Learn how to write articles fast.

Write Articles Fast So You Can Enjoy Your Free Time

Won’t you be happy when you start writing faster and get to the things you really love?

I know I was.

To help get you into the article writing zone, watch the video below by Mark, the Communications Manager at Ezine.com (I love his videos). He has seven tips to share with you about getting into a writer's mindset.

More on How to Write Articles Fast

To continue learning about writing fast online, go to How to Research and Write High-Quality Articles Fast.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on November 29, 2017:

Hi Rashid :D I'm glad you enjoyed the article. It's great to hear that all your hard work paid off. Good luck in the future!!!!

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on April 18, 2016:

Me too, it drives me nuts...I actually sometimes wonder if I'm losing my mind. Maybe it's a Canadian thing :D

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 22, 2015:

Just keep writing. Sometimes, I think that I am not disciplined enough. I get my thoughts scattered to so many things.

Kamal Ziaul Islam on May 02, 2015:

If you're plan is to make money writing articles for the web, you need a reference book.


Michelle Scoggins from Fresno, CA on November 11, 2014:

Thank you Koralee for the information. Making an outline and formulating an organized plan will certainly help me write on limited time.

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on July 15, 2014:

Thanks BNadyn. I'm glad you found it helpful :).

I found my system really helpful to write faster, so I hope it works for you.

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on July 15, 2014:

Helpful article and enjoyed the video, lots of good tips to try out. Thank you for the article guide, also! I usually take a long time to write just one article. Can't wait to read the second part to this and sharing.

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on November 18, 2013:

Thanks FlourishAnyway, for your comment and for reading both parts :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 18, 2013:

Very useful information, even if you're not writing for content mills. I imagine it could be helpful in getting and staying organized. Now I'm going to go read Part 2.

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on October 27, 2013:

Thank you Marlene. That's a great idea to give yourself a deadline to trick yourself into not procrastinating...brilliant :).

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 27, 2013:

Another excellent article. I enjoyed the video, too. I find I do best when I psych myself into believing I have a deadline. I don't know why, but if I tell myself that I must have something done by a certain time, for some reason it gets done. My best articles are ones that were written with short deadlines.

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on October 25, 2013:

Thank you passionate77 :) I find writing is a lot of trial and error. We just have to find what works for us as individuals.

passionate77 on October 25, 2013:

very useful informative post really helpful tips and advices , would love to try them out though some of them i already keep trying out, anyway blessings for sharing koralee dear, keep smiling always!

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on September 17, 2013:

Your welcome and thanks Ebonny for stopping by my Hubpages.

Ebonny from UK on September 17, 2013:

We all want to be more productive so well worth bookmarking. Many thanks for sharing.

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on August 28, 2013:

Hi liesl5858, and welcome to Hubpages. I am happy that you found my Hub interesting and helpful. I hope you can use my suggestions to help you with your writing.

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on August 18, 2013:

Thank you KoraleeP, for your very useful hub and interesting hub. This is very helpful as this is my first time to write articles on the Hubpages website. I am learning a lot from all hubbers. Voted up and shared.

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on April 03, 2013:

Thank you Eddy.

Eiddwen from Wales on April 03, 2013:

Interesting and so very useful.


wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on April 02, 2013:

Great information and suggestions!

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on April 02, 2013:

Thank you Vickiw. I hope it works for you.

Vickiw on April 02, 2013:

Thank you Koralee, I have been wondering and waiting for this for a long time. It is great and I am going to try following your steps and your template. So pleased!

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on April 02, 2013:

Thank you so much tobusiness, and you're welcome. I hope it helps you write faster. We should never have to be chained to a computer :)

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on April 02, 2013:

This is brilliant!... I'll certainly give it a go, I'm currently spending much too long on my articles.

Thank you for this, I'll be bookmarking for later. Voting up and useful.

Koralee Phillips (author) from Vancouver British Columbia Canada on April 02, 2013:

It makes life a lot easier when we get them done fast, and get on with our day. I really hated the old days when it took me hours lol.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 02, 2013:

Useful information. I do about five articles per day for a content firm and I'm usually done by ten a.m....then the rest of the day is for writing what I enjoy writing. They are easy articles to write, as you suggested, and it pays the bills.