How long does it take to write a 500 word article that you have to research?

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  1. mariexotoni profile image90
    mariexotoniposted 5 years ago

    How long does it take to write a 500 word article that you have to research?

    For a site that pays per article- approximately how long does it take you? I need to write 5 articles per day to pay my rent- I'm just wondering how long this might take me if I know next to nothing about the topic

  2. alancaster149 profile image85
    alancaster149posted 5 years ago

    You can't really put a time limit on quality. Depending on the complexity of the subject matter, your ability to absorb it enough to entertain or inform others is the deciding factor. You'd be expected to pass on the information convincingly, as if you'd studied the subject matter (for at least half an hour).
    I would say 500 words is pretty stingy, unless there's a word limit on each article, set by someone else. By the time you've got someone interested they've finished reading what you've put down. Best up it to 1,000 words if you've got a choice in the matter.
    Be generous, it's the season for giving, after all! What are you writing about, by the way?

    1. mariexotoni profile image90
      mariexotoniposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It only pays for a 450-500 word article!... and only get paid 4.50 for the whole thing. Not a matter of stingy- put I don't want to spend a couple of hours on an article I'll get paid $4.50 for!

    2. alancaster149 profile image85
      alancaster149posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Fair enough! No sense knocking yourself out for a pittance - just make sure it reads well (might lead to something better).

  3. spartucusjones profile image93
    spartucusjonesposted 5 years ago

    I quite often get paid to write 500 words articles. If I am not familiar with the subject and have to do research it might take an hour or more. But unless I am getting paid really well I try not to write articles that I have to do a lot of research for. If I know the subject well and have to do little to no research I can quite often write the articles in about half an hour. For those articles I would generally make between $20-$30. Personally I wouldn't want to take longer than a hour for that price.

  4. amandasozak profile image59
    amandasozakposted 5 years ago

    From my experience, it takes me an hour to write a 500-word article and this doesn't include the half an hour I spend thinking about what subject to write. And I can only write a max of three articles a day or I would have a major headache and repleted physical and mental energy. Good luck on the job and I hope you fare better than I!

  5. married2medicine profile image74
    married2medicineposted 5 years ago

    It depends on you, how determined you are to get it done, how conversant you are with the topic, how unique (or technical) you seem the topic is to you and how easily accessible your research materials are. With the internet, the final factor seems the easiest. I have published over 2,000 articles across 7 article directories and while some take me 3 weeks to research and publish, some will take me 10 minutes to just sit down in from of my keyboard and start typing!

    As a medical personal, I find writing medical articles quite easy. I just consult my notes and that's it.... Before you know it, I select a topic and I am writing 2, 3 or even 4 to 5 articles about it! So, it depends on these factors but over all, your quest and determination to make the article a reality will speed up the time you would need to publish it.


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