Tips for Bloggers: Don’t Ruin a Great Blog Post with Typos
Do you want to pour your heart and soul (or hours of research) into a blog post, only to have your readers bail out after seeing too many careless typos?
Let’s face it, no matter how hysterically funny the story about your toddler is, your image is damaged by even a single spelling error. Even if your ironically snarky political commentary skewers those in power, a few misplaced apostrophes could be enough to lower your credibility level.
If readers are distracted and put off by the errors in your writing, then that in turn keeps them from
- hanging around your blog
- getting to know you
- browsing through your previous posts
- leaving comments
- clicking on your links and ads
- forwarding the link via social media
- telling their friends and family about your post
7 Tips for Catching Typos in Your Blog PostsThe Yahoo! Style Guide recommends a number of proofreading techniques and suggests that writers use at least one of them, or combine a few:
- Print your page. Reading a printout is a great tactic for spotting errors.
- Wait. You’ll start to see what it actually says, not what it’s supposed to say.
- Ask someone else to read your copy. Having a second reader is one of the best ways to clarify and correct your copy.
- Read backward. Great for proofreading numbers and useful when you need to make sure that a piece of text is perfect.
- Read out loud. Reading out loud, or using screen-reading software, will make you take in the words differently. This is also a good way to check the “voice” of your piece and whether the text flows smoothly.
- Read line-by-line, word-by-word. Use a spell-checker.
- Change the look; e.g., font size, background color or text color.