Learn about the Long-form Assistant

First things first, the Blog post workflow outlined here is only available on the  pro plan or boss mode plan. If you are on the starter plan, you will not have access to the blog post workflow.

What is the Blog Post Workflow (formerly long-form assistant)?

The Blog post workflow is our built-in boost to help you write incredible blog posts, emails, long-form social posts, and more. To get started go ahead and click Documents in the side navbar. You'll be given two options the blog post workflow and the start from scratch document. Both of these function similarly, but with one major difference.

Blog Post Workflow: A flow that helps create an outline for your document to refer back to as you continue to write. Also inside, you will see the blue COMPOSE button is available (seen above). Compose allows you to write directly on the document. You can use the shortcut COMMAND + J. 

Start from Scratch (formerly blank doc): This will function similarly to a google doc without the advanced styling and formatting. It's a good place to take template outputs and layer them together. Or in Boss Mode, it's a great place to just begin writing. The blank document will only have the compose button available in the Boss Mode plan.

The blog post workflow is built to do the major lifting in getting a piece of long-form copy completed. However, there are some tips to know to make the most out of it. You will see after you click the COMPOSE button, it will prompt you to make some edits (0%) (in the pro plan).  As you write 10 more words or edit the content that Jarvis just composed for you, you'll see the percentage increase until the blue button is available for you to use again. This ensures that you are working with Jarvis to guide him best in what you want him to produce.

How do I use the Blog post workflow well?

First, you'll want to remember how best to speak to Jarvis to generate the best outputs. Once you feel like you've got that down, go ahead and jump into creating your first long-form content with Jarvis.

Step 1: Complete the prompted blog post workflow outline

1. Describe: For example, if I want to write a blog post about the 5 different alternatives to coffee I will write something like this in the input. "Write a blog post about the 5 coffee alternatives that will help kick start your morning routine."

You are allotted 600 characters to input here, but remember to write clearly and simply about the content you're hoping to produce. So in many cases here, less is more.

2. Choose a title: write one in or you can click generate ideas if you don't like what Jarvis produced click generate more ideas. Don't overthink it, you can always go back in retroactively and change the title of your document.

3. Write an intro paragraph: You can write your own intro paragraph or you can just generate ideas and select one that Jarvis will produce for you. Once you've selected an intro paragraph you'll see the prompt to open the editor.

Step 2: Compose your next few sentences

Now you've given Jarvis the beginnings of your document. So you can continue to use him to write content for you about your topic. You will see that the compose button will be available and will prompt you to make edits as you go. A tip for you would be to lead Jarvis by writing out a few sentences. If you really can't think of anything, go ahead and make some edits by changing out words from your previously composed content. You'll want to get the make some edits percentage up to 100% before the blue button appears again.

Step 3: Write and write some more

Write more content. I would suggest opening your editor in  power mode and using some of the templates to prompt you along your long-form.

For specific guides and use cases, we'll detail those out in the next lesson.

Step 4: Don't forget these little tips and tricks as you go

  • Use the different modes: Focus, SEO, and Power
    • There are three modes you can use within the LFA and you can switch between them by just clicking on them.
      • Eye = Focus mode will be just a document
      • Graph = SEO mode must have Surfer SEO integration to use
      • 3 Lined Side Bar = Power mode, use the templates while also using the LFA.
  • Change up your document description
    • By clicking on your document's title you can easily change and adjust what you want Jarvis to write about.
  • Use templates and copy and paste in content
    • By switching to power mode, you are able to generate content in the templates you know and love and paste it directly into your document. Once you've pasted in the content you can even compose more content on top of that. 
  • Highlight and rewrite
  • Highlight and fix grammar
    • Fix all your grammatical errors with the green pencil. 
  • Highlight and explain it to a child
    • Rewrite a sentence to make it less complex. 
  • Use SEO keywords

Best templates to try for fresh new ideas

  1. Blog Post Outline
  2. Content Improver
  3. Creative Story
  4. Persuasive Bullet Points
  5. Marketing Angles
  6. Engaging Question
  7. Quora Answers
  8. Feature to Benefit
  9. Unique Value Propositions

FAQs about the blog post workflow and start from scratch docs

  • How many team members does my plan have access to?
    • PRO: Right now, the pro plan has access to 1 team member. Any additional team members will be $40 each additional to your $109 payment. If you need to add additional seats, you can do that by sending the unique link in your team tab.
    • BOSS: Right now, the boss mode plan has access to 1 team member. Any additional team members will be $50 each additional to your $119 payment. If you need to add additional seats, you can do that by sending the unique link in your team tab.
  • Is all this content original?
    • Yup! As previously stated, we train Jarvis to read 10% of the internet. We have not had plagiarism issues with any of our users or our AI partners. Jarvis doesn't scrape URLs, but rather generates content from pieces of words previously recognized on the internet. There is a chance that general language is shared on the internet across blogs, but with Jarvis, it wouldn't be because Jarvis has seen the blog. Jarvis is trained on a trillion data points that uses pattern recognition and not previously written sentences or phrases. We highly recommend running the outputs through Copyscape or some type of checker if you are worried about plagiarism and then emailing us if something comes up at [email protected]
  • Jarvis keeps writing the same thing, what's happening?
    • Similar to the templates, Jarvis is writing based on the input you've given him. An easy hack would be to change your document description as you continue writing by clicking on the title of your doc and changing up your description there. 
  • What are the shortcuts and shortcodes and how do I use them?
  • Can I integrate with Surfer SEO?
    • Yes, check out our full guide. 
  • How do I save changes?
    • All changes are automatically saved. You can find everything you have created in the content tab > AI outputs.
  • How do I change the language?
    • Turn on your language customization inside the workspace tab in your Account Settings. 
  • I'm getting a "sensitive content" flag, what do I do?
    • Yes, Jarvis does have a filter. You'll want to make sure you're up to date on it here. 
  • How do I undo changes or go back to previous document history?
    • Command + Z and you can also revert back to a previous doc history by clicking on the three dots on the top left-hand corner of your document.

Watch Dave walk through the blog post workflow (formerly long-form assistant) here