If you own a blog but still haven’t received the appreciation you thought you should, then there are certain things that need to be fixed. There are thousands of blogs updating every day, and in this ocean of write-ups, you will find yours nowhere. However, there are ways that may help your content to grow. The first step is to produce quality content that simply isn’t possible without editing and proofreading the articles. Most bloggers tend to skip the idea of proofreading and this is where you have got a chance to make your quality content visible to the users. Keep your posts such that the users are able to glide through your article easily. Proofread your content 2-3 times before the final submission.
Here are some more editing tips to help you achieve what you want.
1. Use Grammarly extension
If you use WordPress Editor or any other tools, Grammarly Chrome extension is the best one out there. It checks your write-up simultaneously as you continue writing. What’s more? Even if you get stuck at some point or you can’t figure out the synonym of a word, double-click on it and Grammarly will show you all the similar words that you can use.
2. Vary the length of sentences
Having the same length of sentences throughout your article is certainly not a wise thing to do. Users get bored reading these, the consequences of which can cause the user to bounce back from your website. You can use a tool called Hemingway Editor, that processes your content such that it highlights easy-to-read and hard-to-read sentences separately. You can then decide you want to optimize sentences that are quite long or short for that matter.
3. Avoid overusing a word or phrases
You know what’s more irritating than a pineapple pizza? It is the overuse of the same word or phrase throughout your post. Users don’t want to read repetitive words that are reused in every paragraph or after every 2-3 lines. You can use the synonyms of the words that you think are necessary to be included in every paragraph.
4. Don’t try to make weak words stronger
Avoid the use of very, much, to intensify the weak words. Instead, make use of more stronger words that explicitly explains the emotion behind. For example, I’m starving looks way better than I’m very hungry. Similes are a better way to express what you’re trying to say. Otherwise, you will keep struggling to explain the user.
5. Take time to proofread
Do not proofread your draft immediately after you are done the writing. It is because the topic is still fresh in your brain, and you don’t think from a user’s perspective which may lead you to ignore structural mistakes. Try to proofread after a day or a few hours after you’re done with your content. I bet, you will catch errors that you may have missed if you would’ve proofread the article immediately after writing.
6. Change the font
While you are all set to catch errors in your write-up, change the font of your text. It will help in tricking the brain to believe that the content is different from what you have written. And that way, you will possibly find more mistakes. You can give it a try.
7. Update your post more often
Do you think your work is done as soon as you publish the post? Of course not. You will need to update your content more often in order to drive more traffic to your blog. Google sees the updated content as fresh and ranks the website accordingly. By constantly updating the content with more new details, you are reviving your old content into something that seems new to the search engines. And it doesn’t matter if you have already proofread the older version of your post, doing it again will help you as it may reveal errors that you might have missed previously.