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Writing a Good Hub (or Online Content) Fast

Updated on May 21, 2012

People join HubPages (and write content online) for different reasons. If you're writing on HubPages to make money, you know you need a lot of high quality content to start seeing earnings. Writing content fast and efficiently will help you make money online sooner.

Spending many hours on each hub will ensure good quality (and hopefully good traffic), but it also means you won't be able to produce a large quantity of articles. If each is earning a few cents a day, it will take years before you get minimum wage for your efforts. On the other end of the spectrum, you can pump out a lot of hubs if you only spend a few minutes on each. However, no one will want to read them. Yes, you want to produce hubs quickly, but remember you won't get the traffic you want if your hub is really crappy. The goal is to write as efficiently as possible. Get a decent quality hub out in as little time as is reasonable for your capabilities.

I don't suggest using this technique for every hub you write. Well-researched hubs on well-chosen topics can earn quite a bit on their own. However, if you're looking to get a lot of decent hubs out quickly (say, to complete a 30 day challenge), it is possible to get them done without completely sacrificing quality.

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Set a Timer When You Write

Remember timed essays in college and high school? That's the mentality you need to tap into. You walk into the exam room with your mind crammed full of information, you get the prompt, and then in the next x minutes you get as much information on the page as you can. When time is up, that's it. Pencils down. You're finished.

It’s important to set reasonable goals that will get you to produce efficiently. You'll need to decide if that's an hour or fifteen minutes. It’s important that you stick to your deadline and push yourself to get as much accomplished as you can. Setting a timer forces you to focus on your writing. It prevents you from taking unnecessary breaks or find distractions. You'll also make decisions more quickly.

Hit that publish button when time is up! If you absolutely must, you can go back and edit at a later date.

Organize Your Thoughts For Your Article or Hub

Just because your approach is to get as much on the screen as quickly as possible doesn't mean you should skip organization. Set aside a few minutes at the beginning to brainstorm and make a quick outline. It doesn't need to be comprehensive--just think big ideas. You can fill in the details as you write.

Now is a good time to set up capsules with headings. These will help your readers navigate your hub as well as help you organize your writing. Formatting is important. Spend a couple minutes to make sure your hub looks good.

How long do you spend writing and researching a hub (on average)?

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Keep Your Writing Simple, But Pack in Value

Brevity and clarity are key in writing online content. Say what you need to say, but don't worry about flowery prose. Use a pragmatic writing style that is clear and to-the-point. Your readers are looking for information fast. Make it easy for them to skim.

Spend a little time on extras like links, videos, and photographs. These provide a lot of value to your readers. These can also eat up a lot of time, so don't worry about finding the absolute perfect picture or including every link you can think of. A couple good ones will be just fine.

Also, reserve a couple minutes at the end of your writing session to reread your hub or article. Correct any errors or typos you find.

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      Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks, viking305! It's so true that making writing a habit will make you more likely to succeed.

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      L M Reid 4 years ago from Ireland

      Very useful information. It is so true that when writing online with the goal of earning money the writer needs to approach it as a business.

      A certain amount of time should be put aside for writing each day or week. Then it becomes a habit and lots more quality hubs can be written.

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks TTombso8! I'm glad you found this helpful.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Excellent advice, Modernlady, and very helpful for both newbies and seasoned writers. Well done. :)

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      Thomas Mulrooney 5 years ago from Colne, Lancashire, UK

      Great advice! I suppose you've got to get through procrastination and just get on with it.

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      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      Great idea to use a timer. The pressure of a timed test worked well during school. And, unlike school, you can then decide if the hub is ready for prime time before proceeding to publish it.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is good advice. You can't just throw something in a few minutes and call it done, but you also can't overanalyze each little detail. That is an interesting analogy to try to write it all at once like a test or a classroom essay. I will have to try it your way and see how it goes. Voted up.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Such great tips here...I think the timing idea is great as a writing discipline...I need to apply this more and setting aside a few minutes to brainstorm and outline a hub are great suggestions...thanks so much for your help...cheers

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      Lisa Palmer 5 years ago from Attapulgus GA

      Great tips. I will keep these in mind. I spend so much time trying to decide what to write that I never get to the writing. Very useful hub.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I like that tip about timing, i think i spend a lot of time going up and down my articles and the timing aspect will really help. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ashish Joshi 5 years ago from India

      Thanks for this hub...

      Very useful.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is great advice thank you! Shared!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Very helpful reminders. I spend too much time on hubs before publishing. I want them to be quality hubs, of course. Maybe a timer would push me faster. I do spend too much time, I think, on finding the perfect pics. Thank for this hub. Very useful. Gotta share it.

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      T4an 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Very good advice. You gave us a lot to think about.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Practical tips to follow. We need more people answering the poll! Taking a little time to plan before writing the hub can go a loooong way.

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Haballa, I couldn't agree more. A good outline is the key to clear writing.

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      Andrew Aballa 5 years ago from Kisumu, Kenya

      Hi,

      You have valuable content on here. Writing using an outline is the easiest. I normally spend approximately 20 minutes planning my writing. I choose a topic, write topic sentences for each paragraph, and beef in the content. Its like creating and skeleton and filling in the meat.

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks MJ! I'm glad you found it useful.

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      mjkearn 5 years ago

      Hi Modern Lady,

      great hub and great advice. Thanks for writing and sharing. I will definitely try this,

      MJ.

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      Modern Lady 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      BeautyAndTheRest 5 years ago

      Wonderful ! I get lazy sometimes and I just don't get started on writing the article. These tips are useful here. And one more thing I do is - I just write whatever comes to my mind and then I edit it out later. That has helped me too :)

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      netraptor 5 years ago from California

      Good advice! I hadn't thought about making an outline first, but it makes sense. I'll try that for my next one.

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      philip lee hewitson 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan, USA

      I think the planning is a very good idea simply by jotting down 5 headers to talk about would make writing articles much quicker ...really good article why didn't I think of that before thanks

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Great advice on writing. However, looking back at my high school English class makes me shiver.