Because I'm curious, how long, on average, do you spend on an article?
It usually takes me less than an hour to write a hub and maybe another hour max to add photos, etc. However, I was an English teacher so don't have many problem with sentence structure, grammar, etc and the main topic I write about requires almost no research since I'm well experienced with it.
It can take me 3 or 4 days depending on the project I make since I have to create every tutorial from scratch.
It really depends on the topic and how in depth I intend to go. Sometimes, I can spend more time on research or pictures than actually writing.
I wrote an article with around 2600 words and spent a good 20 hours on it, over 3 days, before I pushed publish. On the other hand, I wrote an article with about 500 words in an hour or two.
For me it depends on how long I spent thinking about what I wanted to write before I started writing. Generally I spend a few hours writing and editing but I spend much more time than that thinking about what content I want to include.
It varies on what type of article I am writing and how much I know about the subject. I would say 2 - 5 hours.
For a 1500 word article, around 5 hours (with the awkward upload included).
I agree with Kenna and dalady, 2 to 5 hours depending on the topic. What takes almost as much time as writing is finding unique images/free photos to enhance your content and intent. Unless I'm using my own, I can become obsessive about which image to choose. This ends up adding more time to the completion of the article.
This is interesting..
Generally, I'll spend anywhere from three to five days on an article. Usually two to three gathering research and material, then the rest of the time writing.
I got thinking about that earlier. I've met a lot of people who can put out amazing articles in a couple hours, while others spend weeks on something. It's fascinating to see how different people approach things.
I spend 2 to 5 days in publishing an article depending on the topic and the research work needed.
The search for images may consume more time if there are no relevant ones freely available. Using own images for all topics is not possible.
To be honest, I have never calculated how long it takes for me to write a particular hub. Since my articles tend to be long and detail-oriented, it’s obviously going to take longer for me to get from Point A to Point B. I do spend a lot time thinking about what I am going to write and how to express everything properly. Some of my hubs have required me to go out into the field and do diligent research. I’ve had to go to retailers like Aldi, Trader Joe’s, and Target to gather information. I’ve also had to go to the Pennsylvania Room at my local public library as well as to the main branch of the Erie (PA) Public Library to do research. Since most of my hubs contain time-sensitive data, I must constantly update my hubs with more up-to-date information. At any rate, when I am writing a particular hub, I am totally absorbed in my work.
For me, it depends. If I'm highly motivated and know a subject well, then I can bang an article out and do everything to post it within 1 to 2 hours. More often though, I need to do research and rewrites, so it takes me more like 3 to 5 hours to publish a final product.
At most a week is enough. You most patiently take time to review, revise and correct grammartical mistakes. In other words, you should take enough time to edit your article.
I think those people who report that they only spend about 5 hours or less writing a hub are doing themselves a disservice. An article published on this site is going to last for years, and may only garner great traffic after being posted on Google for a long time. It will certainly take more than 5 hours.
All I can recommend is that you spend more time by covering the subject even better than similar articles already on Google and by adding excellent photos, good videos, and interesting polls.
One of the first articles I ever wrote still gets good views and to date has earned over a quarter of a million views. While I can't argue with your advice, I cannot agree what you said is true for all writers.
I would like to see an honest survey of how many of those "less than 5 hours" articles ever reaches a quarter of a million views. (Not just from you.) Not many, I would imagine. How many articles from those early days have you deleted?
I'm not sure that many people period get that many views on any one hub, and certainly not for all of them. However, it doesn't take many of them to increase views and payouts.
Much depends on competition, topic and audience.
For example, people who write about gaming seem to do quite well because they have a vast audience of younger people who are really into gaming.
RVing, on the other hand, has a limited, seasonal audience but also has plenty of competition for their attention.
I don't think spending x amount of hours writing is necessarily what brings in views. There are always other factors at play.
You have tons of articles. Comparatively speaking, I have very few. Of course you're going to have more hubs with high views than I do. It's a matter of simple statistics. Throw enough mud at a wall and some of it is always going to stick!
I go in depth when necessary, but some topics simply do not lend themselves to doing this. I think that's true of many topics.
Also, your knowledge of language is important. Remember, I am a linguist by trade, which saves me plenty of time. I rarely have to look up a word to get spelling or proper usage, and I rarely have problems organizing my wordage so that it maintains focus but still flows. These are big stumbling blocks for many writers and are the things that take time.
I deleted about 10-12 articles from earlier days because I moved information from each of them into other hubs.
Writing a Hub takes me usually only a day. But editing it, formating it, and finding/making pictures can take me three to four days or more. This depends on my mood. Some Hubs I took over a week to write but I did only a little every day.
I can get first drafts out fast but these are almost never ready for HubPages and require lots of editing. I am getting better with time as I write more Hubs though.
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