Believe me, creating a high number of high quality content is hard.
In fact, a lot of content creators believe that creating consistent content is difficult.
Whether you’re creating content for a blog, YouTube, Social media etc. Many content creators like you are earnestly wishing to create highly relevant and successful content without spending too much time.
The reason for this is not far fetched. The growth and profitability of your platform depends largely on the quality and quantity of the content you create.
The more you churn out good content, the better your chances of getting seen on the search engine.
Unfortunately, the more we need to create content, the lesser the time we have to create them.
With such reality, it becomes almost impossible to keep the pace of creating a large number of content on one hand and maintaining a high quality on the other hand.
For this reason, a lot of content creators are looking for better ways to create high quality content in the fastest possible time.
In this post, I am sharing with you what I’ve gleaned from over 6 years as a content creator.
These tips have helped me over the years and i am hoping that after reading this, you’ll find better ways to create your content faster.
The following are the 7 ways to create quality content fast
Create a Calendar
A content calendar is one of the very first things you need to put in place, if you really want to to create content fast.
This is very useful for all kinds of content creators. Although you’ll find it even more useful, if you’re creating content mainly for the social media.
Having a content calendar gives you ideas on how to plan and organize up coming content at any given time.
This is how it works…
Instead of waiting to create content ideas when there is need for one, a lot of content creators create content calendars ahead of time.
Most of the times, these content calendars can be divided into days, weeks, etc. sometimes; spanning a period of 6 months to 2 years, depending on the specific goal they want to achieve with their platform, within that time frame.
Like most creators; from ideas, to strategy and design, building a content calendar has simplified my own content creation process. It can work for you too.
So, to create content faster, you can work on setting up a content calendar for your platform, based on your specific goals, at intervals.
If your goal is to drive more traffic to your website for instance, you can work on creating a content strategy around that goal and then channelling your content towards creating that result.
Your content strategy could extend for as long as months or a quarter or half a year, depending on your goal.
With a content calendar in place, you already have specific content ideas to work with whenever you need one.
Get your thoughts together
A content map is like a mind map or a collection of your ideas on a particular subject matter.
Supposing you already have a content calendar in place…
After picking up a topic from the calendar, think through and research the idea then work on dividing it into sub ideas, based on the main idea ( or topic).
Dividing up your topic like this will make it easier for you to create the content. It will also ease up assimilation of your content by the end user, after you’re done writing it.
To get started on this, all you need do is break up your topic into sub sections or sub topics and then begin to write them in bits.
Here’s an example below…
Instead of lumping together, a long detailed post on how to become a content marketer for instance without sub headings, you can come up with something like “7 steps to become a content marketer“.
With this, you can now break down the information down for the reader. Helping them to pick up the ideas bits by bits.
On your own part as content creator, doing this also allows you to create better content without feeling overwhelmed.
Get things structured
One of the easiest ways to create faster content is to have a structure for each content you create. Especially when it comes to written content.
Giving your content a structure allows your posts to flow through in a certain pattern.
For example, while writing a tutorial like this, you may decide to start with the simplest part of that tutorial and end with the hardest part or vice versa.
Creating your content this way streamlines your thought patterns, making it easier for you to have a flow of thoughts without much stress.
The ease of flow in turn will align your thought patterns and overall content creation process.
Write the way you talk
One of the biggest issues faced by most content creators is the inability to create content that sounds really natural.
A lot of the time you might be tempted to go overboard by sounding or presenting your content in a certain way, because you want to create a particular impression with your audience.
Normally, depending on your target audience; it is always advised that you sound as natural as possible, if you really want to connect with your audience.
So if this is the case; then for the fact that you do not usually struggle to have a chat with a friend you should not be struggling to create content that sounds natural and convincing. Especially when you’re an expert in that field.
To create content faster, rather than trying to sound extremely sophisticated, whenever you’re creating content, why not write the way you talk?
Doing this will not only ease the tension you’d feel while trying to sound differently, it will improve the flow and your ability to create your content faster.
It will also bring out your originality, allowing your audience to be able to connect with your own personality at a deeper level.
Planning ahead is a big deal for a lot of content writers. Especially the upcoming ones.
I can understand. A lot of things may come underway especially if you’re a freelance content creator but honestly, that’s not enough excuse to not plan your content ahead of time.
Planning your content ahead of time either based on your content calendar or posting schedule has a way of helping you fast track the content creation process.
Instead of going in to create content at the dying minutes where you’ll certainly be undergoing intense pressure, you’ll want to plan your content ahead of time.
Doing this gives you the chance to create better content. It allows your mind to steadily evolve creativity while also giving you ample time to pay more attention to creating and editing your content.
Hire Content Creators
If you can afford it, hiring other hands can get the whole bulk of the work off your shoulders.
There are a handful of good content writers who can help you write and create your content while you focus on other things.
Engaging experts like this can easily fast track your content creation process while giving you time to focus on other important things like promoting the content etc.
For this to work very well though, you need to be sure the writer follows your usual content style so the difference will not be spotted by your audience.
Although it can be a bit difficult for other kind of content like Video content for instance…
But if you’re producing video content, instead of entirely giving up your content creation to a third party, you can outsource a bulk of the research, strategy and design to these guys while you work on the real content creation.
Write everything, edit later
One of our issues as creatives is the need to be right while we write.
For this reason, we spend up a large volume of time, editing through our content while we’re still in the process of writing it.
While this may seem a very good thing to do, on the contrary, it is usually very counter intuitive.
Each time you stop over to erase, edit or correct your content, you definitely disrupt the flow of ideas at that time.
In order to avoid this, it is best you write down the whole idea exactly the way it is on your head then work on editing it later.
Same thing goes for the opening or introductory parts of your posts…
When it comes to content creation, your opening is supposed to be very catchy just so your audience can be captivated.
A lot of the times, we can spend time creating an opening before working on the body of the content and still edit out the opening after we’re done with the main body of the post.
Usually, it’s not advisable to spend too much time at the opening parts of your post as it can really affect the length of time you spend in creating the content entirely.
To create content faster, you can always start from the body of the content then go back and create the opening when you’re done with the other part.
In conclusion, creating a high quality and consistent content can be tasking but it is still very important to the success of your blog, website, social media or any other platform you’re building online.
As you just read, there are definitely ways you can use in reducing the time you spend in creating content.
I hope you’ll use these tips you just learned today, to make your content creation process faster.
Now over to you. Which of these tips do you think is the most important to you?