The Fastest Way To Produce Content
Posted on March 26, 2012
Filed Under Productivity Tips
I’ve recently been experimenting with different ways of producing content – and by that I mean written content like this article for example.
My view is that we have a limited amount of time in this world but there’s an unlimited amount of money out there – and in reality 99.999999% of us will not die in bankruptcy.
So that means we’ll have money in our accounts until the last day. So why not trade it for time?
Three Ways To Create Written Content
1. Write it – duh, that’s an obvious one. The text you’re reading now was written entirely by me.
It’s difficult to estimate exactly how long it took me to write 870 words, because I need to factor in the time I spent researching online how many words per minute we typically speak and type.
In total it took me 45 minutes to complete this article with probably 10 minutes of researching and reading stuff online.
This is quite close to the time it took me to write around 600 words (eventually 500 words edited) when I did an experiment with an article for my tennis Facebook page which I created in the other two ways outlined below …
2. Dictate it into a speech recognition software
I used a Windows 7 Speech Recognition software already installed on my PC and dictated an article into it. I did take the tutorial first which taught me how to correctly use the software so that it understood what I was saying.
The software performed quite well and I would say that it was 85% – 90% accurate. It took me around 12 minutes to dictate the text of around 600 words.
In order for the software to work well you need to speak very clearly and make breaks (silences). That of course takes more time and breaks your line of thought.
So I tested the third way…
3. Record yourself and have the audio transcribed
The third test involved just me recording myself with the Sound Recorder (again included in Windows 7) and the length of the audio was 5:47 minutes.
I then found someone on Fiverr.com to transcribe that for me for $5 of course. I got the article back in about 2 hours.
Most people who transcribe on fiverr.com are willing to transcribe up to 10 minutes of audio for $5.
Of course, for the first time it took me some time to find the right provider on fiverr.com so that adds to the total time needed for the article but in the future it would probably take me 2 minutes to log in, order the gig and upload my file.
Keep in mind that in all three cases the article needs to be edited so I am not adding this time to each method as it’s the same.
Even when I write the article I don’t edit it during writing. And you shouldn’t either.
It just stops your flow of thoughts. So it’s best just to “dump” all your thoughts into text and edit it later.
The Dictation method did take more time editing because the computer misunderstood some words and I had to correct these later.
We also make some typos when we type and we typically correct them immediately. So that extends the time for writing too – in fact the longer the article, the longer this extra time is – as there are potentially more words that can be typed incorrectly.
But when you simply record your audio and have it transcribed there won’t be any spelling errors or typos in the text. You’re really making the best of your time and your thoughts and language flow unobstructed.
Bearing in mind I didn’t perform this test in a scientific way with accurate measurements, however, to create an article of 600 words, it roughly took me:
1. 25 minutes to write it
2. 12 minutes to dictate it into a speech recognition software
3. Less than 6 minutes to speak and record it
You can see the end result on my TennisMindGame Facebook page – just expand the post from March 20th…
Based on this I will keep experimenting with recording myself and having that text transcribed and possibly even edited.
Typically we speak about 3 to 5 times faster than we type (test yourself).
I am more than willing to trade $5 for 15-30 minutes of my time (I could have a 10 minute audio transcribed for the same price) and when it comes to bigger projects it gets even cheaper.
I found projects on freelancer.com where you can have an hour of audio transcribed for $15.
With a normal speed of speaking which is around 120 words per minute, you’re looking at 120 x 60 = 7200 words. That could be the length of 7 to 10 articles.
Imagine creating 7 x 1000 word articles in one hour for the cost of $15!
How fast could your site’s content grow now?
Of course, not all topics are suited for dictation or recording yourself but I hope you’ll find at least some areas of your business where you can save time (and your fingers) by recording yourself and having that transcribed at a very low cost.
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