So, how do I do this? What is my process?
Many people have asked this exact question and today I’m going to explain to you exactly what I do, step-by-step, so that you can do it too.
Here are the steps I follow:
Step 1: Figure out what to write
Step 2: Mind Mapping
Step 3: Dictating your content
Step 4: Reviewing your content
For some people, this is the most difficult part about blogging.
In my email autoresponder (which many people have said has some awesome content….you can sign up here if you’re interested), one of the things that I do is send you a list of sources to use to find topics that you can write about. There is more detail in the email itself, but here is the summarized list.
1) Solve Problems
2) Answer Questions
3) Ask your followers
4) Amazon books table of contents
5) Niche forums
6) Reviewing other blogs in your niche (Don’t copy, just observe and look for ideas)
8) Google keyword planner tool
9) Twitter search
10) Facebook (Competitor pages or groups)
11) Linkedin groups
13) Google autofill search suggest
14) Searches related to in Google search (On the botton of the page in every search)
15) Youtube autofill search suggest
Alright, step two of this process is mind mapping your idea.
Mind mapping will save you a ton of time when it comes to blogging and I truly mean that. I understand that some of you probably have their eyes glaze over because mind mapping isn’t the most interesting subject in the world, but hear me out.
I’m here to tell you that it is of the utmost importance in this process because it allows you to organize your thoughts very effectively and move on to the process of content creation more quickly. You may not love the process at first, but try mind mapping for three consecutive blog posts and you’ll see just how great it really is.
If you need a visual, here is a link to show you what mind mapping looks like.
This is the step in the process where the magic comes in. If you’ve clicked around on my blog, you’ve probably seen that I often talk about transcription software.
In particular, I talk about Dragon Naturally speaking software which I am an affiliate of, but that isn’t why I am sharing it with you.
I am sharing this software with you because it will save you a ridiculous amount of time.
While I was in school studying for my doctorate, I usually had to create two 10 page papers per week. That’s right, I had to figure out a way to write 20 pages of content per week while still holding down a full-time job and teaching at various colleges.
I quickly figured out that typing was extremely slow and even though I pride myself on being a relatively fast typer, I had to find a better way. This is where the software (which was a gift from my mom) comes in.
Turns out, Mom really did know what was best for me.
The link above is a 4-minute video quicktip that I created showcasing how accurate and fast Dragon Naturally Speaking software is. It’s an actual screenshare of me speaking into a microphone and Dragon software completing all the typing for me.
There are no tricks to that video, it’s just me speaking and the software doing its job. This is my secret for creating content at such a rapid pace.
Personally, I type around 70 WPM and most professional typists top out at around 110 WPM. Flat out, Dragon Naturally Speaking software is amazing and without it, I would spend a lot more time hunched over my keyboard writing blog posts.
Now that you have a way to “type” faster, this is where the mind mapping comes in.
The thing that I do when creating a blog posts is open up a word processing document, stand up and face away from the computer. From there, I review my mind map and speak to each of the points that I wrote down.
I do this because if I face the computer, I tend to make edits of my writing as I go. This is a total time suck and is one of the things that slows down all writers when they begin. Focus on getting your ideas on the paper and go back to refine later.
After you’ve created your content, you’re going to want to save your work and step away from the computer for a little bit.
This step is the most crucial one and you need to make sure that everything published on your blog is well-written and grammatically correct. If you jump right into reviewing your content after writing it, odds are that you’ll have tunnel vision and miss your errors.
After you complete a short break, go back to your document and revise it accordingly.
Knowing this process will definitely help you create content more quickly and efficiently. If you follow this process, I’d be willing to bet that you’ll decrease the time it takes you to “write” a blog post by 50% or more.
The one thing I’ve learned while working on my online business is that time is the most important asset we have. So in my opinion, this software pays for itself the first few times you use it.
I hope you found this helpful and would love to hear if you have used Dragon Naturally Speaking in the comments below. If you haven’t what is holding you back?