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6 best writing tips for effective blogs

I have seen many people wondering on the standard writing rules for a blog. Well, let me state it categorically that you do not have to limit yourself to any of the acute rules you find online on the length and images or tone to use in your blog. When you give yourself and avoid such restrictions, you will end up having a very nice blog with engaging posts. It does not mean that if most blogs are 500 words, yours should be restricted to that too, no… you can write even 2000 as long as you ensure that your readers do not get bored. I know you are wondering how to do that, here are some of my tips for you. They are just tips, do not confuse them with rules (and even if they were, you are free to break them at your preference).

1. Keep your paragraphs short and sugary.

If you want your readers to keep reading your posts, ensure that you maintain the paragraphs as short as possible, otherwise, they will leave yours for shorter and easier ones to read. Chances of impressing the readers with extremely long paragraphs are very minimal. You are not writing a thesis or novel, it’s a blog and should be impressive.
Avoid switching from 1st to 2nd 3rd Perspective. It is not easy to spot this, but it is a common mistake among most writers. If you usually change from “I” to “one” to “we”. It is time you started checking your contents and paragraphs carefully to rectify such mistakes.

2. Avoid spelling mistakes.

It is important that take caution with your grammar and
mistakes. There are some petty mistakes that you might make which are very
costly and might turn off your readers when frequently done or even change the
meaning of your messages. Mistakes such as their and there, its and it’s should
be avoided by proofreading.

3. Avoid text talk.

The mobile language used in instant messaging or texting
should be avoided completely if you need to display or maintain your
professionalism in all your contents. You don’t want your readers to find a
hard time understanding what you meant or wrote in your post.

4. Proofread for contradictions.

It is common to for most people to contradict themselves. How many times do you include yourself in a story and some paragraphs later you find yourself using the third person? Did you claim to be pissed off by an incident and later on told us how you funny it was, and you laughed your ribs off?

5. Run a grammar and spelling check.

If you type your content with the help of Microsoft Word, make good use of the spell checker. There are several other free spell checkers online that you can take advantage of. You can also use a paid one such as Grammarly for better results.

6. Avoid Copy-pasting other people’s content.

Plagiarism is an “abomination” that all writers should avoid like a plague. If you cannot write a content using your words or paraphrasing it appropriately, it is imperative that you use some online plagiarism checkers. Here are some of the plagiarism checkers that I often use.

My Two Cents

Good content is the best trick to have your site be ranked highly on google. That era when some SEO tricks could be use to push you up the ladder are long gone. Ensure that you are writing high quality content that is original and engage your readers all the means possible. The rest will work itself out.
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Omari Alex is the founder of Freelance Nuggets. Learn more about him in the "About" page and connect with him on any of these social media platforms.