Using AI to Write Articles – Step by Step
Is it possible for AI to write a one-thousand-word article?
Maybe you’re skeptical.
However, I’ve been using AI marketing tools to help me write articles and create web content for a few months now.
I research the topic, create an outline and all that fun stuff, and then the AI assists me in writing the content. So I’m still doing a lot of the work even though the AI is speeding up the content creation process significantly.
I want to reverse the roles.
So today, the AI will be in charge, and I will be the assistant.
The AI will be in charge of:
- Choosing the topic
- Creating the outline
- Writing all the content
I will assist the AI by:
- Choosing the niche
- Making very minor edits where necessary
Because I want to see if the AI can quickly create a 1000+ word article that’s coherent and doesn’t stray from the main topic. For this, I’ll be using my second best AI content writing tool.
I’m not intending for it to be a serious, SEO-optimized article. Instead, I want to see if the AI can create a unique, 1000+ word coherent article that doesn’t stray from the niche.
If you want to see me quickly create a longform article that ranks, download my step-by-step guide below.
How to Use AI to Write Articles
Step 1: Choose a niche
The niche: Cats
To be honest, the first niche that popped into my head was dogs. But dogs, keto, yoga, and beards seem to get used all the time in examples, so I thought I’d just be a bit different and choose cats.
With the niche chosen, it’s time for the AI to do its thing.
Step 2: Choose a topic for the article
I open the ‘Blog Ideas’ section in my AI software and pop in the niche ‘cats.’
The AI will now generate some topic ideas about cats.
Here are the topic ideas generated by the AI:
- What are the 3 types of cats?
- Top 10 tips to get a cat owner to think you’re cool
- How to create a cat scrapbook: 15 steps (with pictures)
- The ultimate guide to getting a cat: All the secrets you need to know to get the most out of your new feline friend
- How to get a pet cat
I’ve decided to go with “Top 10 Tips to Get a Cat Owner to Think You’re Cool” because I’m really interested to see what the AI will come up with.
The topic: Top 10 Tips to Get a Cat Owner to Think You’re Cool
With the topic chosen, I add it to my document as an H1.
Now it’s time for the AI to create an outline.
Step 3: Creating the Outline
I head on over to the Outline section in my AI tool and enter in the topic so that the AI can:
Write an outline about “Top 10 Tips to Get a Cat Owner to Think You’re Cool.”
The results are below.
From these results, I chose to go with the following outline for the article:
1. Don’t expect a cat owner to like you right away.
2. Cats are not as independent as many people think.
3. Don’t assume that you know how cats think.
4. When you first meet, be friendly and relaxed.
5. Don’t look for trouble.
6. Don’t argue with her cat.
7. Be honest.
8. Don’t hit her cat.
I made a very slight change to #6 and #8 and changed the article title to 8 tips instead of 10.
Time for the AI to write the article. Starting with a good article intro.
Step 4: Writing the Introduction
I open the ‘Introduction’ section in the AI tool and paste the topic again to let the AI create a quick introductory paragraph.
Here are some of the intro’s the AI came up with:
The intro results aren’t spectacular, but the one I chose is good enough to start.
I added the intro to the article, but I feel it’s a bit too short.
So I decide to let the AI expand on the intro. To do this, I’m using the Longform feature in the tool.
As the name implies, the Longform feature is all about creating longform content using AI. It does this by looking at all the text in the document above the point of your mouse cursor for context. It will then write endlessly if you let it.
I added the phrase “But before we begin” just after the intro to give the AI a bit of direction. Then hit the “Write for me” button.
The AI generated a pretty good output to expand the intro. It also provides a few additional outputs you can choose from, just in case you aren’t happy with the first one.
I decided to add a sentence from one of the additional outputs and delete some of the first output.
Step 5: Writing the Rest of the Content
Basically, I’ll use the Longform feature to write the rest of the article. Starting with the first subheading.
I place the mouse cursor under the first subheading and click on “write for me.”
The first output sucked, so I replaced it with one of the additional Longform outputs.
*convert the next subheading to an H2 and hit “Write for me.” Then choose the best output.
Every subheading will follow this procedure, so there’s no point in me listing out every one of them. I’ll stop when something interesting happens.
The AI generated the 4th subheading output and included a new “tip,” which I decided to include. So now the article is Top 9 tips to get a cat owner to think you’re cool.
Step 6: The Conclusion
The AI wrote out the body contact without any real issues. So I’ll fast forward to the end where I just need the AI to write a conclusion then the article will be complete.
I could use the “conclusion” feature. However, the Longform is working well, so I’ll just go with the flow.
I added the words “In conclusion” to guide the AI to write a conclusion paragraph.
I chose one of the additional outputs as the conclusion paragraph.
Now I just do very minor edits and formatting. If this was a serious article, I would edit it more (e.g., changing the word changeable, etc.)
All that’s left now is to make sure it’s not duplicate content.
Step 7: Plagiarism Check
I logged into Copyscape and pasted in the article.
I’ve posted the entire article here for you to read.
I don’t know about you, but I found it fairly entertaining to read.
It’s over 1300 words, sticks to the topic, it’s decently written, and it only took a few minutes to create.
If I had a cat blog, would I post this article?
Yes, I would, for a bit of lighthearted fun.
If you’re wondering, the AI tool I’m using is ClosersCopy.
It’s currently my second favorite AI writer, and the quality far exceeds the other ones I’ve tried. The only AI tool that beats it is Outranking – Check out the Outranking review here.
You can try it out below.
Also, check back again soon because I will be updating this post with a more serious AI content writing example.