Blogging is one of those fields of work, where you have all the freedom of work. You can select your time, your fav place and work from there with your convenience. This article is not about lazy and good side of Blogging but about how to proofread an article.
I have already shared how to write blog posts effectively and how to do onpage optimization for SEO. These, two factors are crucial but to make sure your content is very useful Proofreading article before publishing will polish the article and make it more likable by readers.
Picture the scene! An author (it may even be me!) has been burning the midnight oil to finish his article before the dreaded deadline tomorrow morning. He has been working on this piece for several days, has written and re-written it several times and know the content by heart. He submits it in the knowledge that he has given all he can and done his best. But has he? The proof is in the proofreading – here is how to do it properly.
6 Ways To Better Proofread An Article
Use a Proof-reading tool:
No matter how careful you are, there are chances that 1-2 grammatical errors or spelling errors might slip in. You can always use the free tool like Microsoft Word or any other to proof-read your article, but the one that I find the best and use myself is Grammarly.
It is one amazing tool that let you check your article for Grammatical errors, spelling suggestions and also suggest to change weak words with power words. I have been a big fan of this proofreading tool, and I recommend you to use it too.
Take your time and look at your writing with a fresh pair of eyes
If at all possible step away from your article and leave it overnight or at least for a couple of hours. Only then print a copy of it and go through your work line by line, marking any mistakes on the paper copy as you go. It is easier to find mistakes with rested eyes and mind but most particularly when away from the monitor.
Check for grammar and punctuation mistakes
Pay particular attention to spelling mistakes and misused words. Your computer spell check will have picked up the most glaring typos, but it may not be able to tell the correct use of “their” and “there” or whether it should be ”affection” or “affliction”. If in doubt about a word get out your trusted dictionary and look it up by hand. The latest WordPress version also has a proofreading tool which can correct more than just the common mistakes. So use it.
Don’t repeat yourself
Keep a particular eye on repeated sentence structures and words. Your reader will soon get bored if you consistently repeat part of the same sentence. Regardless of the topic of your writing your reader will be grateful for a flowing style and won’t thank you for endless repetition.
Credit where credit is due
Make sure you identify where your facts come from. Not only is plagiarism illegal, it is also unethical. How would you feel if someone claimed your words as their own? Especially when you quote facts and figures, be sure to give credit.
Does this make sense to you
If at all possible get someone else to read your work for you. A person unfamiliar with the topic you are writing about will easily pinpoint inconsistencies or let you know where more explanation is needed. Another tip is to read your article out loud. It is easier to see if it “flows”.
The benefits of proper proofreading are obvious. A properly written, edited and presented text projects a professional image, gets you taken seriously in the world of blogging and ensures you are listened to. Taking the time to proofread properly is a worthwhile investment on any blogger’s time.
Meanwhile will love to know your answer on: Do you proofread your articles ?