A successful blogger learns to do certain things well. These blogging tips teach you how to edit a blog post This is one of the most valuable skills to master.
There are many voices on the internet today. Effectively editing your post’s content before you publish it holds many benefits, some of which are:
- Keep your reader engaged longer
- Hone your writing & communication skills
- Increase your authority in your market
- Produce quality content to generate interest in your brand
Here are 7 effective tips for taking your blog post from OK to Wow! Edit your next blog post in light of these tips to make it pop.
Blog Editing Tip #1: Stick to Your Goals
Successful bloggers have a purpose or mission for their blogs along with associated goals for carrying out that purpose. Check to see if your post fits the criteria you have established.
Have you clearly stated in the post what its purpose is? Sharing your topic up front to the reader is very important. Be clear.
Other goals may involve various SEO and content elements. These may include keyword choice and placement, title and subtitle guidelines, image choice and placement. Check to see that your post complies with your plan.
Blog Editing Tip #2: Check That Grammar & Punctuation
I don’t many writers who actually enjoy these technical details so much, but they are critical to successful content writing. Without paying attention to both, reading becomes difficult and annoying. If it’s bad enough, the reader will click away from your post without even finishing.
But with a thorough edit of both grammar and punctuation, your blog post becomes easy to read. The focus stays on your topic where it belongs. And it makes you look good!
Blog Editing Tip #3: Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
Plagiarism is a very bad thing! Don’t do it! If you quote someone, make sure to include the proper citation. Don’t just write it like it was your own.
In some cases, you may want to share someone else’s testimony or experience. Be sure you have their permission clearly before you do so. Respect their wishes as to whether or not to share their names. Depending on the topic of your post, this can sometimes be a very important issue.
Blogging Tip #4: Keep It Clear & Simple
Say what you mean! Keep it direct and on point with your topic. There should be flow to your thoughts from beginning to end. Make it easy for the reader to follow you.
Be yourself throughout the post. Find “your” voice and stay with it. Keep your word choices as simple as possible. Don’t make your reader keep a dictionary nearby. Hint: they won’t. They’ll just pass up your post!
Manage your details as well. Resist the temptation to give more information than is necessary. That is huge! Also, take the time and consideration to give enough detail for the reader to understand.
Blogging Tip #5: Fill Your Post With Useful Information
Fluff won’t cut it on the web today. Make certain your post is filled with information that your audience will find useful. Solve a problem. Answer a question. Entertain them.
Quality content that is useful to the reader will help to make you an authority in your market. People will learn quickly they can come to your blog to get what they are looking for because you provide it well.
Blogging Tip #6: Run The “Is It Interesting?” Test
Check out your post carefully when it’s finished. Reread it out loud. Be brutally honest with yourself in asking: Is this post really interesting? If not, what can be done?
Is your topic interesting? Or do you need to change it up some to bring it to life?
Rewrite where necessary to build up the elements that add interest. Sometimes all it takes is a simple change of word choice to make it pop.
For some, a little more detail helps. Others are wise to drop some details.
Get it right, make it interesting, and watch your post get devoured!
Blogging Tip #7: Is Your Blog Post User-Friendly?
Simply stated, make sure your post is fully functional.
- Make clear points on-topic.
- Maintain easy flow throughout.
- Verify that all links in the post are working properly.
- Be sure that attached video plays correctly.
- Look for a well-balanced overall look to your post.
In conclusion, I hope you gained some knowledge and insight here into how to edit your blog. Editing is somewhat like a circle—it has no end. It is possible to become obsessive with this process.
But “perfect” does not exist. This is an important truth for you to learn. Edit your post until it works for you, then go with it. No matter what your status as a writer, you will grow in your writing as you move forward.
Use these tips to take a fresh look at your blog posts. Start editing in a more powerful way. As you can see, it goes far beyond mere grammar and punctuation alone.
I will help you edit your blog posts. If the thought of doing it yourself scares you or overwhelms you, contact me to discuss how I can help you get where you’re trying to go with your blog. I’m waiting to hear from you!
Thank you & God Bless!