How Much Time Should It Take to Write a Blog?According to HubSpot’s State of Inbound Marketing 2015 Report, the time it takes to write a typical 500-word blog post is 1-2 hours.

HubSpot interviewed 4,000 marketers around the world for their 2015 report. In North America, a majority of the respondents (38%) spend 1-2 hours writing a post. Approximately 29% said they spend 2-3 hours per post, 29% spend over four hours and only 8% said they spend less than an hour per post.

This data doesn’t necessarily mean that any particular amount of time is the “right” amount to spend writing a blog post. It just points out what is typical for a 500-word post, which is generally the optimal length to achieve your goals of why you blog — to demonstrate thought leadership, drive traffic to your website and nurture relationships online that will hopefully become prospects for your legal services.

To get the most out of your law firm blog, you should be posting to it nearly every day.

There may be some attorneys who have 7-14 hours per week to dedicate to writing for their blogs. I just don’t know that many of them.

There are some who say that if you can’t write it yourself, you shouldn’t have a blog. I have and continue to disagree with that line of thought. In fact, there are several scenarios that should compel you to call in a pro:

  1. You’re not a good writer. Good writers love to write, but if you’re not in that group, there are plenty of people out there for you to hire or partner with in creating great content for your law firm.  Yes, we do this for our attorney clients.  There are also some great freelancers on Upwork.com (formerly Elance) and other online job boards, and some of these are even attorneys.  Or maybe someone at your firm has this hidden talent.  Find it, invest in it, and reap the benefits.
  2. You don’t have the time.  You went to law school to practice law, right?  Creating content for blogs, social media and websites takes consistent effort and the investment of someone’s time, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be your time.
  3. You need expertise you don’t have.  If you’re not up to speed on the latest SEO practices for online content, you need to either educate yourself or find a good writer with this expertise.  Maybe you can write blogs, but you need help with your e-newsletter or free reports – this calls for a specialist with a particular skill set for creating content that will entice prospects.
  4. You can’t see the forest for the trees. Most attorneys are great at writing…for other attorneys.  You’re too close to your subject and lose sight of the importance of writing for your target market.
  5. It’s too important.  If you’re convinced of the importance of having the best possible messaging going out to your prospects and clients, and building your online reputation, leaving the development of that content to chance is a sure way to screw up.  Bad copy can kill your credibility.

Whether you do it in-house or hire a professional writer, remember that you are always in charge of your messaging.  Your writer should be your marketing partner, understand your firm and your target market as well as the legal ethical standards you are held to, and maintain your high standards.  Even if you are not doing the actual work, the final responsibility for your legal marketing rests with you.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Free Webinar Nov. 4 for Mass Tort/PI Attorneys on Top 10 Ways to Dramatically Increase Lead ConversionFree Webinar Tomorrow for Mass Tort/PI Attorneys on Top 10 Ways to Dramatically Increase Lead Conversion

The Rainmaker Institute has helped over 15,000 attorneys grow their law firms, including many of the fastest growing (and most profitable) PI and Mass Tort firms in the nation! We have clients who are spending $10K, $50K, $250K, even upwards of $1M per month trying to get more leads for their law firm.

Join Stephen Fairley tomorrow —Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET — for this FREE live webinar: Top 10 Ways to Dramatically Increase Lead Conversion.

If you’re spending money on lead generation for Mass Tort or PI cases, you will love this webinar because Stephen is going to pull back the curtain and show you exactly how these firms are converting cases like crazy using these proven strategies!

You will discover:

  • The single biggest mistake attorneys make with their intake
  • How long it takes a lead to go from hot to cold
  • 3 goals for your first call with a new lead
  • 7 specific strategies to convert more leads into appointments
  • Top 3 ways to get more leads to sign up fast
  • Case study of a law firm that tripled their conversion rate in just 90 days
  • The who, when, and how of following up with your leads

Register online now for the FREE live webinar: Top 10 Ways to Dramatically Increase Lead Conversion on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.

Time doesn’t work for you? Register anyway, since all registrants will receive a free recording of the webinar to watch at their convenience!