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Today I was thinking back on all the years I’ve been writing articles for article marketing. It’s been about a decade, if you can believe that. Being the contemplative person that I am, I thought, “What have I learned from all this writing?”

I came up with a few things, some of which surprised me. I hope that they’re helpful to you…

1 – It’s stressful to race the clock.

If there’s one thing that can trip a writer up, it’s thinking that you should be able to write a completely polished article in a certain amount of time.

I have fallen into that trap before. I was reading things that other “successful” article marketers have said about writing their articles in 15 minutes or some really absurd (to me) amount of time.

I thought, “Am I taking too long to write my articles? What does it mean that they can write articles so quickly, and it takes me much longer?”

Then I set out trying to develop a method whereby I too could match their Herculean writing feats. I sort of became obsessed with the time factor and gauged my success with by how quickly I could write.

But after all these years, I have learned that there is no specific amount of time that it should take to write an article. Sometimes articles develop super fast and sometimes they take longer.

When I start an article, I don’t know how long it will take. I try to put a lot of thought into my articles, and thinking takes time. I believe that the time invested in an article is evident in the quality.

As you get more experienced, you will naturally start to write faster, but it’s hard to make being faster the goal. I’ve found increasing the speed is something that needs to happen naturally. When someone who is experienced writes, he can produce an excellent article in a shorter amount of time.

You don’t want to sacrifice quality though–the goal is always writing a good quality article, rather than writing for speed.

2 – Writing gets easier the more you do it.

When I first started, I was not used to writing articles, and I was a bit awkward at first. It would take me hours, days even, to write an article. I thought, “How can I keep this up? It’s awfully time consuming!”

But after a few articles, I started to get more comfortable with it.

You’ll find this is true as well. If you’re struggling now, just stick with it–it gets easier!

3 – Pace your learning.

There are all types of people in the world, and some are more driven than others. For example, I have a friend who decided it was time for his son to learn how to ride a bike. He didn’t want his son to start with a bike with training wheels though. He said, “We’re just going to start by learning to ride a bike on two wheels.”

He wanted to skip the beginner stage and just move on to the advanced stage, in other words.

The result was a frustrating, dangerous, withering afternoon where my friend tried to get his child to go from no knowledge to being proficient at doing something that he’d never been exposed to before.

The lesson is: There is a reason for training wheels. They’re meant to help you learn how to ride a bike in a gentle way.

It’s the same in article marketing–It’s okay to be a beginner. As a beginner you should not expect yourself to know as much as people who have been submitting articles for years. If you’re a beginner, I encourage you to always be learning, but to take your time at each stage of learning rather than trying to jump to the advanced stage from the get go.

4 – It’s all about teaching.

That’s the big key–if your article is not teaching your readers something, then it isn’t doing its job.

If you will consciously try to cultivate your teaching skills and be in tune to the types of things that your readers are wondering about, then your articles will be valuable to your readers.

I learned my lessons the hard way–through experience. I hope that they can in some way help you to avoid doing some of the silly things I’ve done.

I’m curious to hear about your own experiences:

What important lessons have you learned since you’ve started article marketing?


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