Apr 19, 2012

Quality or Quantity?

If you're writing to  make a buck, it makes sense to write a lot to get your content out there.  Bloggers don't make money unless they post regularly.  Article writers need to keep pumping them out in order to keep the cash flowing in.  Whatever you publish online, it will produce better returns in search engine ranking if it is fresh.

Nothing new there, so you keep slogging away, but don't sacrifice quality for quantity.  It does more harm than good to spit words out at a record pace if the result is garbage.  Typos, grammatical errors, sentences that just don't make sense --all will show up much more frequently if all you're concerned about is increasing production.

Some writers can churn them out and produce a quality piece every time.  Others need to spend a little more time and effort to fashion each article or post into something worth reading.  Most probably fall somewhere in the middle.

Your name and reputation will be tied in some way to every piece published.  Even if no byline attached, your client will know who wrote it.  Give your readers fresh produce, but make sure it's quality stuff and not rotten tomatoes.




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13 comments:

  1. Oopsie, I think we picked the same subject today. Only so many Q words, I guess. I like your point that some writers do need more time than others.

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  2. Great reminders! I suppose it depends on why the person is writing -- for pleasure or a paycheck! ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

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  3. You are right. I'Ve seen writers who churn out stories with a frightening speed, and the quality good. I'm always amazed by that. I am a slow writer, I think.

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  4. I'm still looking for my balance. I spend so much time worry about quality that I don't get much writing completed.

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  5. I like this one. As Amanda (above) stated however, fretting about quality or worthiness or (fill-in-the-blank) holds me down and thwarts my efforts and intention. I wonder if/when these demons will leave me alone. :-/

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  6. great points! i make sure to prioritize quality over quantity with my blog posts:)
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com
    Happy A-Zing!

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  7. This is a great posting I have read. I like your article. Thank you

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  8. Wait, you can make money by blogging? And here I was only doing it 'cuz my publisher said I had to build my platform. Heh heh!

    I'm not a prolific blogger. Once a week, except for this A to Z thingy. But I do concentrate on quality. Otherwise, why would anyone ever come back? And I pretty much only post about my writing journey towards publication.

    Great post. I’m a new follower via the A to Z. Nice to meet you, Marie Anne!

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  9. I just can't sustain the speed to pump out articles on topics that don't interest me day after day. Trying fiction. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs in April. My alphabet is at myqualityday.blogspot.com

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  10. New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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  11. Absolutely spot on. Some bloggers just run on at the keyboard with no structure, theme or direction. Sure, their blog will be out there, but those who accidentally stumble upon it may never return. Quality indeed is superior to quantity. It's not like we are on factory piece rate! lol

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