How Long Does It Take To Write 1,000 Words For SEO?Guess what’s the point of this article today, you’re right, to tell you how many hours it takes me to write a 1,000 article and you can magically rank your website to Google page 1.SEO does not work like that. Hiring an SEO copywriter to write search engine skyscraper content that’s 1,000 or more words, 2,000 would be awesome -but just one article won’t help your search engine rankings.Let’s ask the real question: How long would it take an inexperienced person to write 1,000 words versus a professional SEO content writer with over 2 decades of online experience?
How Long Does It Take To Rank In Google? How Much Does It Cost?
My 1,500-word article has been at the top of Google page 1 organically for SEO Rome since 2017. This article took me 3.5 hours to write based on notes I’d already taken over a 2.5 hours Rome walking tour.
Nowadays in the digital age of AI (this blog post was originally written pre-2000), writing 1,000 or 2,000+ words is easy. I offer prompt engineering for a multitude of LLM’s including Bard, Claude as well as ChatGPT.
Before we even get onto the Google and search engine page sculpting, the research this blog took was manual online pre-AI.
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How Long Does It Take To Rank In Google? How Much Does It Cost?
Here’s my 1,500-word article that’s at the top of Google page 1 for SEO Rome. This article took me 3.5 hours to write based on notes I’d already taken over a 2.5 hours Rome walking tour in 2017, so before we even get onto the Google and search engine page sculpting the research this blog took for accuracy (my notes were brief, I searched online for accuracy and to check spellings).
How Long Does It Take To Write An Article for SEO?
SEO article writing services for 1,000 words can take anything from 3 hours to 6 hours depending on the industry and the skills of the person instructed to write. Some people find it impossible to write more than a few sentences, other people are trained in journalism or work in an office with touch typing skills, so it’s not an easy question to answer.
Hiring an SEO content professional will be far more expensive than paying £10 online for 500 words, maybe you think that £20 would cover 1,000 word article and you’re right but what you will get is purely word salad without page sculping for search engines. Some people deliver content to me or provide website access so I can merge 3 short blogs into one long skyscraper blog that’s fully optimised and submitted to Google Search Console for faster crawling. On some occasions, this has taken me 6 hours – but instant Google ranking which sticks.
Contact Me for examples of old content from 2016 which still ranks in 2020 with zero changes. You don’t have to pay me every month to keep your content on Google page 1, this is a myth.
Higher word count SEO Blog posts and articles attract more traffic
My SEO Rome article took 6 hours to write, sculpt, create artwork and a video, but it hit the top of Google within 7 days and at the date of writing this article (December 2023) it’s still there years later with zero added work or backlinking. This article took most of one working day to appear in SERPs – and isn’t that worth paying an SEO for very quick Google results to remain at the top of Google years later?
Some people find it impossible to write more than a few sentences, other people are trained in journalism or work in an office with touch typing skills, so it’s not an easy question to answer. AI tools are a boon for business owners on a shoestring budget. But using copy and paste AI output should be avoided at all costs.
Write For The Reader Not For Your Ego or Search Engines
Sometimes I meet prospective clients who just won’t listen to logic or reason because their ego gets in the way. When I see obvious areas for improvement for ranking in Search Engines often it’s easier to get straight to the point to save time, especially if you’re giving advice for free. I don’t have time to write a long winded email when I’m not being paid, spotting a red flag client does come easy to me these days so buckle up and I’ll share a story that I find very funny – Let me give you a real-life example from 2020:
I connected with someone [Client] who wanted to be known in their city as a business mentor a few months back. When we initially swapped emails, I thought I’d be a lovely SEO lady chatting about local Google ranking for [City] but communications broke down rapidly within the first 24 hours to the point of mutual virulence.
Admittedly, I find it hilarious in these rare instances of cynicism when I’m able to factually prove my methods are correct with experience spanning 12 years, yet the other party chucks it back into your face as they are adamant they are right and you are wrong.
When you read my reviews they are written honestly and you have my 100% permission to contact anyone you see that’s left a review of my company to ask “What’s it REALLY like to work with Nina?”. All of my clients love my capacious knowledge and brutal evaluation of their websites, this reassures me every day that I have the correct business approach that reflects my personality. Back to this case in point.
In the name of anonymity for the sake of my explanation here’s the scenario. This instance was one whereby my no-nonsense approach totally offended the [Client] in [City].[Client] sold training services to the fitness industry, how to train trainers better, and how to improve diets and routines with new ideas. Also, the client wanted to connect with corporate clients so they would pay for in-house gym routines for their employees as a perk, plus helping with their fitness regime. [Client] in [City] was not happy at all with my upfront, overcritical approach when I dissected her website homepage as if my eyes were Google.
FULL DISCLOSURE: this is not a screenshot of the real website, I just mocked it up in Canva, I’ve changed the exact wording and Canva doesn’t have Comic Sans so let’s just imagine this was in Comic Sans too!
Looking at the website homepage where does it say anything to do with fitness or being a personal trainer in [City]? Nowhere. [Client] in [City] took instant dislike to me. Why? Because of my helpful email.
- From the top, “Welcome to my website” is a very common thing the business owners make with their websites, the problem is that Google ranks you for phrases that you type on your website. You don’t want Google to rank you for “Welcome to my website”, you want it to rank for [Services] [City] right?
- You are charging £75/hour and are working closely with affluent fitness fanatics and businesses, the use of Comic Sans in pink as an inspirational quote on the homepage is not a professional-looking call to action.
- In fact, it’s not a call to action at all. “You can be anyone you want to be” is wishy-washy and ineffective. Again, Google will be ranking you for the words you use on your home page, so you don’t want Google to rank you for “You can be anyone you want to be”, you want it to rank for [Services] [City]. You need to tell search engines and visitors exactly what you offer
- Let me help your business! using exclamation marks looks like a teenager has designed your home page, again, you’re missing telling me actually what you do: Offering companies your personal training services to their staff in [City]
- Your website is built on Weebly/Wix and you are not located in [City] but 10 miles away and have pound signs and aspirations in your head that is not going to be met with your choice of CMS system nor the wording on your homepage.
- Your website blog is full of inspirational blogs, by writing one blog a week, or one blog a day, with no SEO direction, is futile and a fool’s errand, invest in SEO training or employ an SEO Freelance professional for a paid Zoom consultation depending on your budget. SEO training is cheaper but longer to grasp over many months when compared to the experienced methods implemented by an expert. I feel that’s a logical and understandable statement.
In this case I politely declined to quote, I felt this client was a classic case of “Champagne Taste and Lemonade Wallet”
Social Media Posting Times and Twitter Marketing Tips
Looking to find more followers on Twitter? Be engaging and interact with people to increase your Twitter followers. The number one question I hear when it comes to Twitter is “But what do I talk about?” Given that most people do NOT know what to talk about, many wind up either boring their social community to death or they turn them off because they default to talking about themselves. Surprisingly, one trick to getting noticed on social media is knowing what times are best for posting in your country:
Let’s take you back to see what people were doing back in 2014:
Bruce Daisley on Twitter:
Running In Real Time: Bringing Campaigns to Life by Marketing in the Moment
- Superbowl 2013 – 25 million tweets yet Oreo managed to be timely, current and humorous and stand out with “you can still dunk in the dark”. Remember, this data is from a decade ago!
- 80% of Twitter usage was on mobile – 70% of which at home
- 25% audience purchased via twitter,
- 50% use twitter to give them the latest news, personalised news
- 15.2 million tweets on the #grammys hashtag
- #pharrellsHat was a talking point
- Mobile click stream analysis – 94% of twitter users shop on mobiles,
- 56% of twitter users are influenced in what they purchase by what they see on twitter
- •37% visit twitter before and or after shopping on their mobile
- 1 in 3 say that twitter has a direct influence on their purchase decision
Never fear. You do not need to default to tweeting like a self centered, babbling idiot. Except if you are wearing gloves and tweet at the Superbowl.
Check out these X ideas to inspire, connect, entertain and delight your audiences. No, not every one of them is going to work for every tweeter and every audience. However, many of them will work for most people and most businesses.
As I always say “there is only one way to do social media, and that is the way that works for you and your business.” Listen to the advice others have for you, but determine priorities for investment of time, resource, conversation content based upon your objectives and goals.
Remember your number one goal is to inspire and connect with your audience. Help them achieve their goals and by default you will achieve yours. Inspire – connect – achieve! Don’t over complicate it.
Topics To Talk About on X Twitter
1. Tips to help your customers solve their business problems.
2. Tips to help your audience solve life problems.
3. Tips to help your audience, clients and friends live a better life.
4. Anything that shows you are human. Be real, engaging and talk like a human being, not a robot.
5. Industry news.
6. News about your city, state, country or the world.
7. Content that will strike an emotion. Make them laugh, cry, and think. Made them feel something.
8. Links to videos, podcasts or other materials that inspire, connect and delight them.
9. Help people save money, time and resource. No, this does not just mean you X post coupons for your own business.
10. Share competitions with awesome prizes and follow the accounts that share your post.
What Do You Think? Is there anything else I left off? What do you like to tweet about? What types of tweets do you like to read and engage with?
Learn How To Understand X Twitter
When I first started to use Twitter in 2009 I was posting discount vouchers constantly, adding random people I didn’t know, and repeat postings from a Word document I had created, allowing me to copy and paste previous tweets. It wasn’t long before I realised no one was talking back to me. I was ‘Megaphoning’ – shouting out about myself and not listening to others, retweeting or engaging with my audience. I was being ignored and only followed by spam accounts.
Then I downloaded Tweetdeck (Owned by Elon) – I really recommend this free software (it will auto shorten URLs and you can add photos and pictures with a drag & drop). After then I realised, how uninteresting I must be, who wants to be bombarded with repetitious discount codes for a product you don’t specifically need at that time.
I quickly picked up the basics of Twitter:
* Names are preceded with ‘@’.
* Sending out a tweet to ExampleUser will not show up on their page, it needs to be @ExampleUser. * RT = Re-Tweet, repeating some else’s post and crediting them by mentioning their name.
* # the hash symbol represents a group, e.g. I am interested in any local tweets, so I have #bristol and #somerset saved on tweetdeck
* # groups that are being tweeted about (by mentioning this in your post) that are the most popular are called “Trending Topics”
A regular trending topic is #FF or #FollowFriday where tweeps looking to increase their followers will RT their follower’s names in their posts and the circle goes on – here’s an example: Here’s some great tweeps for #FF @ExampleUser1 @ExampleUser2 @ExampleUser3. This really helps increase your followers, because they join in with the #FollowFriday they WANT to follow and be followed.
I faded out the promo tweets and started to interact directly with local tweeters, and tweeters who have a similar business, by re-tweeting their promotional tweets, effectively helping out their reach, and with good success. In the first 2 weeks of me using Twitter, I had appeared on local radio and booked an advertisement in an eshot who I would have never come across before. You can also tweet to advertise #jobs or #vacancies online, real-time, for free.
I hope this you have found this useful as I should have researched Twitter before I went barging in full steam ahead. One twitterer said there are 3 golden rules on Twitter
* 30% Personal tweets and observations
* 30% links to interesting, pertinent articles and webpages
* 30% Shouting about your own business.
That leaves 10% to do what you like – for me it’s following celebrities and replying to their tweets, and tweeting about trending topics.
How Many Words Is This Skyscraper Article and How Long Did It Take To Write?
The takeaway here is that I used an old 2014 article with some content about Twitter that needed updating with the best times to post socially. Above this I began writing content, creating a YouTube video, an eBook and slides to demonstrate helpful techniques to use when writing Skyscraper content. This article took 5 days to compose including all the visual elements and it’s best to leave an article overnight and review it the next morning with fresh eyes. The word count here is 3,700 words.
These tricks are especially effective when combined with a custom URL featuring your target keywords/search terms at the beginning. Then there’s using Yoast to edit the snippet for the Page Title and Meta Description. Lastly, remember to go to town with WordPress Tags and Categories. My eBook is featured higher up in this article, for ease of viewing please refer to the individual slides below.
SEO Lady Contact Form – Free Google Audit – 5 questions
- What is the domain address and how old is it?
- Have you had any previous SEO work carried out?
- When people use Google what search phrases would you like clients to use to find your website?
- Do you rank in Google already for any of these search phrases?
- What top 3 geographical areas are you wanting to target?