Do you want to do product reviews but are intimidated at the thought of your writing being seen by a larger number of people? Do you sometimes think to yourself, “I’m really not that great a writer, why would anyone other than my family want to read what I write?” Have you ever wanted to have more of a “professional” look to your blog posts?
If so, this post is for you! (And for others it might just be a refresher on best-blog-post-practices.)
How to make your blog posts shine:
- Watch for common mistakes: you’re, your, loose, lose, it’s, its, they’re, their, there, than and then. If you’re consistently unsure about word-usage, here’s a couple of resources you might want to have on hand: My Grammar and I…Or Should That Be Me? and The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation.
- The only time this is used: ‘ (single quotation mark) is inside a quote. Otherwise, use ” (regular quotation mark).
- The only time a ; (semi-colon) is used is to connect two related, complete sentences.
- Book titles (including ebooks) and titles of blogs should be italicized.
- Watch for subject/verb agreement
- Watch for where you use the word “that.” Most of the time you can (and should) eliminate it. Consider cutting out other extra words like “very” or “of” to streamline your writing.
- Personally check your spelling; don’t rely on spellcheck.
- Read your post out loud to check if it makes sense and flows–you’ll be amazed at what you catch when reading aloud.
- Vary your formatting: use heading tags, bolding, lists, very short paragraphs (even single sentences) that only express one main thought or idea.
- Make sure words in your pinnable graphic are right–they should match your post title and be spelled correctly.
All this does take time, but it’s worth it, especially if you are writing review posts, sponsored posts, or guest posts for other blogs. It creates a more professional image and makes companies and brands confident in you and your writing.
For a much more thorough discussion of this topic, I encourage you to read through ProBlogger’s 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use)!
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