How to get more traffic to your blog through intentional blogging

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To get more traffic to a blog, you just have to blog in an intentional way.

I know it sounds crazy because a lot of bloggers basically just blog by passion. Now, they’re getting sophisticated because they have target keywords but it’s still basically passion-based.

So, if they feel the urge to blog about a certain keyword then they would just get to it, write it out, post it, and be done with it. Then they’d head to the beach. Maybe hang out with friends. There’s nothing wrong with that.

But if you want to make money by generating more traffic to your blog, you have to be intentional. In other words, you have to treat it like a job. How?

First of all, you have to have a game plan for what you’re going to post. This has to be a list of keywords and then you have to turn them into topics.

The topics have to fit some common theme that makes sense. Then you compare that outline with the rest of the content that’s already out there.

Can you blow everybody awake and deliver value? If not, keep working on your outline. If you already have a solid outline, write it out.

Now, this can take several days if you type slowly. But if you can talk quickly and you already know your stuff, you can dictate a very meaty blog post. And I’m talking about 5,000 to even 9,000 words in an hour.

How? Dictation.

You can really take your blogging game to the next level by dictating your blog post instead of writing them out. But if you want more control, you can write them out.

Whatever you do, get it out of you. Just get it out of your system. Write that blog post.  Pretty soon, you might clock 20,000+ words per day

Now that you’ve done that, you then have to be intentional in terms of getting the word out.

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So, you can do the following. Split your blog post into subheadings and then Tweet out the subheadings through Tweets targeting certain niche-targeted hashtags on Twitter.

Next, you can share the photos that are in your blog post on Pinterest and also target Pinboards or Group boards that are related to your niche.

Next, you can find Facebook groups that talk about your niche and then share your content there.

Next, you go to a Reddit and there are many sub Reddits that may be related to your niche. Post your latest blog post there and start a conversation.

Next, you can post some of the pictures on Instagram and target hashtags that are already on Instagram that are related to your niche.

Next, you can record a short video. It doesn’t have to be a picture of your blog. It doesn’t have to be a video of you talking. Maybe you feel like you don’t look good on video.

That’s fine. It could be your voice. It could also be the dictation audio of your blog post, and you just turn it into a slideshow. Whatever the case may be, put up a video on YouTube and use it as a teaser to drive traffic to your blog post.

Check the extremely helpful video above from Trena Little to get great ideas on how to turn your blog posts into videos.

This is what I mean by intentional blogging. You have to not only be intentional in what you’re going to talk about in your blog post. But you also have to be intentional about where you’re going to distribute your stuff.

That’s the key. They go hand in hand. Because Google will find you faster if you’re already out there on social media.

Do you get how this works? Also, it’s very important for your new blog posts to reference or internally link to older blog posts. This way, whatever traffic you get will go back to your older blog posts and you can link your older blog posts to your newer blog posts.

This way, it could turn your blog into a traffic circulation machine and this can lead to a community forming around your blog.

How To Save Money on High Quality Human Transcription

If you haven’t tried automated transcription, you might not be missing much.

Generally speaking, fully automated transcriptions still suffer from accuracy compared to the works of human transcriptionists. You’ll find plenty of dictation apps and software out there but nothing will beat a human’s professional quality and accuracy.

For general blogging purposes, human transcription is the best option among the most common transcription methods out there.

By choosing a human transcriptionist or getting your transcriptions done by hand you bring up the accuracy rate and make sure that your files are free from errors. No need to spare some time to edit those text.

Finding a high-quality human transcription service is easy, but it often comes at a price. In contrast, automated dictation apps offer basic services at a much cheaper price. Some of them are even free apps.

When you don’t want to compromise quality, you go for the more expensive plan sparing yourself from reviewing the texts to check for errors.

Reasons To Get A Human Transcriptionist

One of the biggest advantages of getting an actual human being to transcribe your audio is the transcriber’s flexibility. Unlike machines, humans can handle noisy backgrounds and poor audio quality better.

When using automated transcription services, you will be asked to pay more when the speakers have accents or if there are multiple speakers. Humans can easily understand words despite the accent or dialect resulting in inaccurate words. By understanding or analyzing the context of the sentence, the right word makes it to the text.

A person can easily identify how many speakers there are. A dialogue may confuse dictation software, but humans can easily follow who is speaking and what is being said.

Homophones often present a problem for machines. Homophones are words with different spellings but the same pronunciation.

A human transcriptionist would easily know which spelling to use. This makes the sentences on the text free from eyebrow-raising mistakes and confusion.

Best Human Transcription Service Providers for Bloggers

1. GMR Transcription

A US-based company that ensures file security. Straight forward rates without hidden charges.

2. Cognoplus

Only $27 per 50 minute block. No hidden charges. This includes free proofreading, editing, and formatting!  They also offer VA services.

3. Words Wizards

With more than 20 years of presence in the industry, they have established a name for themselves.

4. Do it Now

Based in Australia, they offer a 4-day turnaround for a dollar per minute. You can also have your texts in just a day for 2 dollars per minute.

5. Go Transcript

Your audio files are in good hands with their experienced transcriptionists. They charge 72 US cents per audio minute.

How To Get Cheap Transcription Services

Of course, everyone wants a quality transcript, and it’ll be more amazing if you don’t have to spend a lot to get your hands on it. Beginners usually have a hard time actually finding excellent transcription service on a budget. This article will help you boost your luck in looking for one so you don’t have to resort to making a transcription yourself.

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Get A Dictation App

The cheapest option you have when you need to turn speech to text is to head to Play Store or App Store. There are some of them which are for free.

Or you can also take advantage of the free trials they offer. Even if you decide on a paid app, the standard rates are way cheaper than the services of human transcriptionists.

The issue with dictation apps is that you’re lucky if you find one that’s compatible with your recording. You shouldn’t get your hopes high and ask for 100% accuracy.

At best it’ll only be around 80%. Background noise, poor quality audio, multiple speakers, and accent cannot be overcome by automated speech-to-text software resulting in poor transcription.

Dictation app works best when the recording is clean from background noise and the pronunciation of the speakers is well-rounded. Or else, you’ll have to brace yourself on your seats and dedicate some time to edit. Very time consuming if you ask me.

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Compromise between features and security?

You’ve got to make your choice between paying fifty cents or a dollar for a minute of recording. They are set apart by how many features they offer and how much they value security.

You might think that a cheap option will do until you discover that it isn’t exactly cheap. Yes, you may be lured by the cheap price, but that might mean that you’ll be getting the most basic features unless you cough out more money for additional features which are charged separately.

If your recording has only one speaker, then you don’t have to pay more to set the app to identify multiple speakers. They also adjust the price depending on the quality of the audio, accents, and how many speakers there are.

Companies that offer better security charge higher, of course. They promise that your privacy is safe because they have in-house transcriptionists.

Schedule

You save money when you aren’t in a rush to get your hands on your transcripts. Longer turnaround time cuts off the price up to 20% compared to rushed transcriptions.

This is the most helpful tip on this list because you don’t have to compromise quality nor security. If you really want to spend less, you just have to make a schedule.

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Consider which verbatim is suited for your needs

Intelligent verbatim is a standard in the human transcription industry. This feature eliminates fillers like “uhms” and repetitions along with stutters. If your recording is clear and free from these distractions or you don’t find them necessary in your transcripts, you’ll be saving some money.

A strict verbatim will include every detail. But for those satisfied with basic transcription, you can look for transcription services where summary options are offered.

10 KEYS  TO PROFESSIONAL TRANSCRIPTION QUALITY CONTROL 

Keep the following in mind if you’re manually transcribing your audio files or if you’ve hired someone else to do it for you.

1. Make notes before you start the transcription. Organizing the content and giving a brief description beforehand will make sure the message or ideas get across to your audience.

2. Increase your focus and minimize distractions. It pays off to be well equipped. For instance, the proper type of headphones helps ensure that you are able to listen to what you are transcribing clearly all the time.

3. Steer clear from busy and noisy surroundings. Transcribing in a quiet room eliminates the chances of you getting distracted.

4. Pay attention to source guidelines. Clients do not always give the same set of instructions.

5. Stand from your seat from time to time. Regular breaks will help you be more productive. It can be taxing to sit for hours, and it won’t be long before you start making mistakes.

6. Download software that cleans up the audio. This way you’ll be spending less time analyzing and have a smooth time working.

7. Invest in a good quality keyboard. Keyboards are not made the same. Finding the best keyboard for you will help increase your typing speed.

8. Mind your punctuation. Be sure that you have them where they need to be.

9. Check your grammar all the time.

10. Don’t forget to proofread. You may want to download grammar checkers. Even the best writer needs someone to proofread his/her work. You are more prone to ignore your own grammatical slips, so getting a free app to check your grammar isn’t a bad thing.

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Conclusion

A professional transcription doesn’t happen overnight. After transcribing for a while, you’ll be able to discover your own style and have a smoother time transcribing. Even a professional was a beginner once.

When you don’t want to transcribe it yourself, you have two options: get an app or hire someone to do it for you. A human transcriptionist is still no match with dictation apps.

How to Manually Transcribe Dictated Blog Posts

There are many ways to transcribe dictation audio.

You can use software. You can dictate directly into Google Docs. You can even turn your audio file into an MP4 file, upload it to YouTube, and copy and paste the automated transcription.

Of course, you can always choose to do things the old school way and manually transcribe audio dictation files.

I prefer manual transcription because transcription software, as well as Google Docs and YouTube still have a long way to go.

While YouTube transcriptions can do a fairly good job, its lack of punctuation is a deal killer for me.

Plus, Youtube autranscriptions require many time-consuming steps.

Also, slowly dictating into Google Docs is a non-starter.

The main reason why I choose to dictate my blog posts, articles, and books, is because I want to crank out more words per day. This is why I’m able to write more than 20,000 words per day.

Slowly and carefully dictating into Google Docs defeats the purpose.

If you are dictating your content, here are the steps on how to manually transcribe dictated blog posts the right way.

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Step #1: Play the audio at 1.5 or 2x speed

Using VLC or some other audio playback software, listen to the source audio file at 1.5 to 2x speed.

Speed listening enables you to get an overview of what the whole file is about. It’s not much different from reading a book.

If you want to read a book quickly, it’s a good idea to skim through all the sections of the book to get a general idea. You will be able to figure out the different parts of the book, how it’s formatted, and the organization it uses.

You may also be able to pick out the main points that the book is trying to make.

Audio dictation files are no different.

Listen to the material quickly at least twice.

This also prevents you from stressing out when it comes time to manually transcribe the audio.

By the time you start transcribing, you won’t be dealing with completely new materials.

You familiarized yourself with the audio so it doesn’t come off as completely new, and some parts won’t come off as surprising.

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Step #2: Slow down the audio

Use software that can slow down the audio so you can listen to each word clearly enough to transcribe it.

Each word must be transcribed correctly because certain words have different spellings but sound alike or very similar to each other.

Slowing down the audio enables you to pick out the overall context of each sentence. This increases the chance that you will be able to transcribe every word correctly since you understand the context of that text.

Several software packages will help you do this. Some are better than others.

Personally, I prefer nch.com.au’s Scribe Software.

This software slows down the audio so you can make out each word. You can also change the speed setting so you can speed through the audio that you easily recognize.

Step #3: Read your transcription closely

Read the transcription with a critical eye.

Your job is to pick out sentences that may have been formatted wrong.

Believe it or not, sometimes if you put a comma in the wrong place, a sentence meaning changes.

Similarly, you need to read closely for mistranscribed words.

You can’t just read in one sitting, assuming that all the words are correct.

Instead, you’re looking to read and look for a rough spot. This is where the sentence doesn’t seem to make any sense.

This is your clue that a word may have been mistranscribed, or the sentence construction is off, or the clauses are not right.

Step #4: Read for logic

After hunting for grammar problems with your first reading, you should read your transcription a second time. This time, slow down and question the meaning of each paragraph.

Does it make sense?
Does it contradict itself?
Are there holes in its argumentation or its presentation?
Is it referring to stuff that isn’t there?
Is it making any promises that it fails to deliver on?
Are there any inconsistencies in the use of certain terms or jargon?

At this stage of editing, you’re looking at your transcription in terms of logic.

Does it make sense? Is it persuasive? Does it follow up on its claims?

Step #5: Format for maximum readability

If you read a lot of blog posts, you know that big blocks of text scare people.

People don’t have the time to hack through big blocks of text.

Format your transcription the same way. Use short sentences by chopping up long, heavy sentences.

Organize these short sentences into short paragraphs. As much as possible, use subheadings, lists, and bullet points.

By following the five steps above and constantly looking to fine-tune your transcription and editing skills, you will be able to transcribe even the most difficult audio files.

None of this comes easy.

You won’t pick up this skill overnight. But with enough practice and the right attention to detail, you will be able to transcribe your own dictated audio files or somebody else’s at a high-quality level.

5 Ways To Transcribe Your Blog Article or Book Dictations

So far, I’ve taught you how to dictate your book, blog posts, and articles so you can make more money, save time, and enjoy many other benefits.

As awesome as these benefits may be, you need to get one key step right to fully enjoy the increased productivity and other advantages dictation brings to the table: you need to pick the right audio transcription method.

Quick Recap: What is audio transcription?

It is simply the act of converting audio/speech into text through a transcriber. Podcasts, interviews, Zoom meetings, courtroom recording, medical recordings, and research recordings can all be transcribed into text for a larger audience.

Types of Transcription Service

In transcription, there are two main things to consider: the audio file and the transcriber.

To get accurate content, you need to create a high-quality audio recording.

The speech must be clear, have a good tone and be delivered fluently in your chosen language.

Once the audio recording is of good quality, the next is to consider the transcriber.

The transcriber is simply the medium that converts the audio into text.

There are five main ways to have your audio files transcribed:

1. Dragon naturally speaking
2. Google docs transcription
3. YouTube auto transcription
4. Freelance human transcription
5. Hiring a transcription agency

dragon naturally speaking for dictation blogging

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking is one of the best speech recognition software with millions of users across the world.

It was first developed by Dragon Systems of Newton, but currently owned and managed by Nuance Communications. It runs on Windows and Mac operating systems.

The simplicity, flexibility, and ease of use have enabled many content producers to use it for all their audio transcriptions.

Dragon has three main features: voice recognition, command recognition, and text-to-speech.

You create a user profile and then dictate the words or speak naturally while the software does the transcription.
Once you are done speaking, Dragon will deliver to you the text word document of the audio.

Pros:

Dragon has a friendly user-interface and easy to use.

Once fully trained, it is claimed that this software can reach a 99% accuracy rate. That means for every 1000 words, there will be 10 mistakes.

The accuracy rate, however, improves with time as the software gets to understand your proficiency and tonation.

It saves time and effort and can be used by authors who are sluggish in typing.

Cons:

It can take some time to fully train the software to transcribe your audio at a high accuracy rate.

If you have an accent or your voice varies, you may have to wait a long time for the training process.

There are minor mistakes such as punctuation, spelling and all others.

This will require a little editing to ensure that the document is accurate and presentable.

The software has no free or trial version.

The pro version is priced at a one-time price of $ 199.99. If you want other languages, you will be required to purchase other versions.

Voice blogging with Google Docs

Google Docs

Google Docs is one of Google’s Office Suite free applications. It is readily available as long as you have a Gmail address.

The audio transcription feature has been developed in Google Docs to help users who might prefer speaking to typing their text.

To get started, open the voice typing feature from the tools menu on Google Docs and then proceed with the recording.

As you speak, Google Docs will take off the hassle and automatically type the text for you.

After you are done speaking, you will have the word version of the audio.

Pros:

Google Docs is simple and easy to use.

It supports more than 50 languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Arabic and many others.

The voice typing feature is free for all users.

It has a relatively good accuracy rate for a lot of busy users.

A help section is provided with instructions to improve the accuracy of your audio transcription.

Cons:

You have to speak at a very low rate of speed for Google Docs to accurately transcribe.

You have to speak PUNCTUATION commands and this can slow you down further.

The voice typing and dictating feature can only be used on only Chrome browsers. That means you can’t use the voice typing feature on Firefox, Explorer and any other browser out there.

Might be too slow to produce any real productivity boost compared to other methods of transcription.

Use Youtube auto-translate to transcribe audio files

YouTube Automated Transcription Service

While YouTube is not an original audio transcriber, it has been an in-built automatic audio transcription technology.

To use this feature, you simply have to convert your mp3 into mp4 and upload your mp4 file to YouTube, click on the “More” button, select the preferred language and then transcribe.

Wait and then check the transcription. Copy and paste.

Edit the transcription and post on your site.

Pros:

YouTube provides free reliable automatic audio transcription service that is available to all users.

It can have a high accuracy rate.

Accuracy depends on the noise at the audio background and the clarity of pronunciation.

It also points out mistakes in grey color, making it easy to edit the transcript.

Cons:

You have to have the time to edit your transcript.

Very time intensive since you’re waiting at several stages: mp3 to mp4, upload, transcription, transcript editing.

You have to convert mp3 into mp4 first – this can take a long time with big files.

Sometimes auto-transcribes in the wrong language and you have to reupload the video.

You need to have a YouTube and a Gmail account to use the automatic audio transcription technology.

As compared to Google Docs and Dragon where you get to speak directly while the software does the typing, YouTube only provides the transcript of the uploaded audio file. Just like Google Docs, it works on only Chrome-based browsers.

How to hire a freelancer to transcribe dictation bloog posts

Freelance human transcription

If you have already done the audio recording, you can consider employing a freelance transcriber to convert the audio to text.

You have to ensure that the freelance transcriber is good with your language, tone, voice, vocabulary, and fluency.

This person not only transcribes but can also edit, format, add pictures, and even post to WordPress.

Pros:

You get a human experience with your transcription instead of using artificial intelligence.

Audio files can be transcribed very well with minimal mistakes, taking into consideration punctuation, grammar and all others.

The final document can be well-formatted to match your needs.

Cons:

Freelance transcription may come at a higher price. Pricing may vary based on the expertise, accuracy and professionalism of the transcriber.

Transcription services might start from as little as $ 15 to $ 40 per hour from freelance sites such as Fiverr, Upwork, Guru, etc. Reviews will be needed when there are errors in the transcript. This can increase the final turnaround time.

My experience: I’ve been lucky enough to get my transcriptions done by people with STRONG EDITING SKILLS for a consistent $20 per audio hour which is good for 6000 to 9000 words.

How to use an agency to transcribe audio blog posts

Freelance Transcription Agency

Instead of employing a freelancer, you can hire a professional audio transcription agency with a track record.

The agency will have either a freelance team or in-house transcribers to get the job done.

The final work is reviewed by an editor to ensure it meets the client’s quality standards.

Pros:

You get a high-quality transcript based on the agency you chose.

The transcription service is matched with a transcriber who understands your language, industry, tonation, and keywords. The final work is formatted and sent via your email.

If there is a need to manage the freelancer, it will be taken care of by the transcription agency.

Cons:

Agency pricing is higher than that of a solo freelancer, yet they promise high quality.

The price ranges from $ 90 to $ 180 per audio hour.

If you need a recommendation for a cheap high quality agency, contact me. I can direct you to one of the agencies I use, they only charge $50 per audio hour (good for 6000 to 9000 words).

The Final Word on How to Get your Audio Dictation Transcribed

When an audio file is converted into text, it can be used for multiple purposes: blog, website content, social media posts, email newsletter, press release, case study, research data, book creation, and many others.

Using an audio transcription service is extremely important. The key is to find the best medium that meets your cost, preference and quality standards.

How I Write 20,000 Words Per Day

I know it sounds crazy: 20,000 words per day or 80 to 100 Kindle book pages.

The typical person manually types at a rate of 40 words per minute. Twenty thousand words per day translates to 500 minutes. That’s over eight hours of nothing but straight typing.

I don’t mean to brag, but it’s actually quite easy.

My secret? I dictate.

That’s right-I read from an outline and I expand on those talking points to dictate 20,000 words per day.

How long does it take me to dictate 20,000 words per day?

Once I’ve written out my outline and read it quickly several times, it takes me 200 minutes or roughly 3 hours to produce 20,000 words per day.

Sometimes more, sometimes a little bit less.

Quick comparison: if I had to type out 20,000 words at the rate of 40 words per minute, it would take me 500 minutes or more than 8 hours!

If increased output and saving time aren’t awesome enough, here are 11 more benefits to dictating content instead of typing it out.

Here’s how I write 20,000 words per day

Step #1: Make sure you have a typed outline

Let me be clear: the quality of your outline is responsible for the quality of whatever book, blog post or article you’re dictating. It’s that simple.

Click here for tips on how to brainstorm outlines quickly for your dictations.

Click here to learn how to create powerful dictation outlines that produce high quality blog posts, articles, and books.

Step #2: Read your outline at least twice before dictating

You don’t have to read every single line of your outline.

You definitely don’t need to memorize it.

You just need to familiarize yourself enough with the topics and subtopics so you can have a Big Picture view of what you’re going to talk about.

WARNING: Over-reading your outline will kill your dictation.

If you stress out about your outline and obsess about making sure you dictate every single word on it, you’re going to choke up.

Your dictation isn’t going to flow. It will probably take you longer to dictate than to write out certain parts of your article, blog post or book.

Step #3: Get into a state of flow

The human mind is amazing: If you know a subject, you only need to be reminded of certain themes or topics, and you will remember enough to fill out those topics and subtopics and produce quality materials.

You don’t have to remember every minute detail because this is going to only slow you down.

You will end up dictating in a “loop” by repeating the same point over and over again.

Allow your mind to go through the outline points with confidence and authority. This, of course, means you have to trust how well you know what you’re talking about.

Trust yourself and keep at it until you achieve a state of flow.

Step #4: Practice makes perfect

I wish I could tell you that when I first decided to dictate my blog posts, articles, and books instead of writing them out manually, that I produced 20,000 words per day.

It didn’t work out that way. I was lucky to crank out maybe 4,000 or 5,000 words per day.

Still, I stuck to it.

Every time I dictated, I learned certain techniques.

Also, I figured out what went wrong with the previous dictation and learned to fix my errors.

After several years of doing this and constantly looking to fine-tune my dictations, I became more efficient.

Step #5: Pick the right transcriber

I am lucky enough to know several high-quality freelance transcribers who are also good editors.

They have a solid command of sentence construction, the overall flow and not to mention, and grammar.

Thanks to the help of these manual freelance transcribers, I can dictate with full confidence that my words will be transcribed correctly and it the right context.

Over our long working relationship, my transcribers learned how to format my dictations correctly.

Step #6: Constantly seek to learn from your mistakes

I know that there’s no such thing as perfect. It simply doesn’t exist. I know that every single dictation that I produce will be a work in progress. Still, I always make it a point to read every transcription and figure out how it can be improved on the dictation side.

This has enabled me to think clearly and express my thoughts in such a way that I’m not constantly repeating myself.

I’ve learned a few tricks along the way that help me keep my train of thought moving forward while clearly dictating the main points I need to make.

Step #7: Don’t stress

I can’t emphasize this enough: I thought I was going to be walking a tightrope with no net underneath the day I decided to dictate my content instead of manually typing them out.

I’d be lying to you if I told you that I wasn’t scared.

I had so many questions in my mind:

What if the transcriber missed a sentence?

What if they transcribed the wrong word or the right word in the wrong context?

What if I get confused and I dictate contradictory statements?

What if I lose my place and end up repeating the same point over and over again throughout the article, book, booklet or blog post?

But instead of obsessing about these questions, I allowed myself to trust the process.

I drew some confidence in my ability to learn and control what I could control. This is how I’ve been able to produce 20,000 words per day.

Most, I would say, ninety-eight percent of that material is ready for publication. No further editing needed.

FACT: If I can do it, you can do it too

I share this “secret technique” with you because I know how hard it is to earn a living online as a professional writer.

As you probably already know (in often the most painful way) clients pay by word.

You also know that the per word rate for writers continues to drop due to international competition.

Instead of stressing about these trends, I fought back in the best way I know how-I boosted my productivity.

Instead of whining about the consistently dropping rates for content creation, I decided to produce more words per day.

Instead of making a certain amount by sticking to 4,000 or 5,000 words per day, I produce 20,000 words per day. I’m currently working getting that up to 50,000 or even more, per day.

It’s not going to be easy, but it hasn’t been easy up to this point.

I don’t see things changing anytime soon.

What I am excited about is that I was able to identify shortcuts and streamline techniques that have enabled me to get to 20,000 words per day.

I am confident that I will be able to figure out the rest of the puzzle so I can hit 50,000 words per day, if not more.

I’m writing this so you can join me on my journey to producing more quality content per day without the matching stress of physical typing.