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Jun 04, 2019 09:00:26

Writing long-form content, consistently

by @basilesamel PATRON | 239 words | 363🔥 | 408💌

Basile Samel

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Long-form content is hard to define, but we can consider the ideal article length of 1600 words to establish a limit.

Long-form is what powers your content efforts in terms of SEO. It's what will establish your brand. Thus, writing 200 words a day is not the end-goal: I encourage every member to create his/her own blog for all business-oriented topics and to crosspost 200WaD content using the canonical link feature.

200WaD is not optimized to power your brand, it's meant to empower you as an individual by helping you get into a consistent writing habit to improve.

However, you can use this website to create long-form content consistently thanks to the "Keep on Writing" feature.

Each time you publish a post, a button appears at the bottom of your article: the "Keep on Writing" call to action. Once you hit it, it allows you to expand your initial article by at least 200 words and to publish the longer content as a separate entity. Repeat the process for a few days, and you obtain a long-form content!

This feature is simple in appearance, but it hides a powerful method: modular incremental writing. It encourages you to think of long-form content as a set of modular pieces put together over several iterations. It's no coincidence a paragraph has an ideal length of 100-200 words.

I don't see many members using it. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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    @basilesamel Here is my challenge with this feature: It has the same headline. When I see other people using this feature I see the same headline, so I'm not sure is that the same post I read already or is it one that was "added on." If it is one that's added on, now I have to scroll through and find the new content. I'm not sure what the solution is, but this is why I haven't used this feature more.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 05, 2019 13:09:22
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    @basilesamel - I am going to do this for the next two posts.
    Thank you Baz!!

    Keni avatar Keni | Jun 04, 2019 10:46:36
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    @basilesamel is there some form of onboarding for new sign-ups? You could introduce this feature to new users that way perhaps?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 04, 2019 21:07:45
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      @jasonleow no but I do need one asap, thanks for reminding me :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 04, 2019 15:51:33
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      @basilesamel thanks for all the hard work!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jun 04, 2019 22:28:02
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    @basilesamel Oh I had no idea that it does that. Thanks for pointing this out!

    Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jun 04, 2019 06:46:26
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      @juliasaxena you're welcome! :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 04, 2019 15:50:46
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    @basilesamel Oh, wow. I thought the "Keep on Writing" Link is just to get back to editing. Well, mind blown :)

    Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jun 04, 2019 09:25:19
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      @phaidenbauer crap, bad user experience! my mistake

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jun 04, 2019 15:51:14
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      @basilesamel No worries. At least now I know :)

      Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jun 04, 2019 16:11:34
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