Smart Editing Tips that Make your Blog Post Insanely Readable

Well, you publish a great idea. Yet no one gives a damn. You scream out, why?

With the countless blog posts published every day, your piece is nowhere!

In order to give a good identity for your sweat, you need to improve yourself in the areas where others are missing. Editing and proofreading are some of the most overlooked areas in blogging; that’s an opportunity for you.

Most of the bloggers skip out editing in their blogging process. If you properly edit every article of yours, then you’ll definitely stand out of the rest.

Your posts should be easier to read and glide through. I mean, I’m asking you to leverage the unique-smart-simple tips, that you may have never heard of. If you are editing your blog posts on any online editors like WordPress visual editor.

Make use of Grammarly extension

If you are editing your blog posts on any online editors like WordPress visual editor, Google Docs or any others; Grammarly Chrome extension comes handy. Along with the great spell and grammar checking features, it has one great feature.

While editing, you may find yourself stuck in finding that perfect word replacement for a weak or ineffective word. No worries. Just double click on the word. Grammarly pulls out the possible synonyms for the selected word. All you need to do is now just click on the ideal word that suits the context. With perfect word choices, you can easily resonate with your audience. By making the correct word choice, you ensure that you mean what you want to mean.

Also read: 5 Free Online Proofreader Tools for Error-Free Writing

Vary the lengths of the sentences.

By doing this, you are easing out your readers in gliding through your blog post. Sentences with the same length seem boring and irritating to read.

Hemingway Editor is the online tool that comes handy in the process. It marks the very long sentences, and possibly hard to read sentences. Then you can analyze how to shorten or simplify those sentences in your blog post.

Hemingway Editor
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As you can see the above screenshot, the tool highlights very hard to read complex sentences in red color. You should consider shortening it. If the sentence is highlighted in yellow color, you need to reconsider it.

Don’t overuse any single word or phrase.

Instead, use variants. For this, you need to know what are all the words that are overused in your content. This tool from WriteWords presents you the frequency of the words you have used in your content in descending order.

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It also has a phrase frequency checker that presents you frequency of phrases in your content. There’s an option to specify how many words a phrase should contain.

Using this tool, determine the phrases that are overused in your content. Try a unique way of presenting what you got. Use alternative words or phrases instead of repeating stuff.

Most of the newbies end up using same words and phrases over and over again. Through practice, you should get rid of this habit.

Don’t try to make weak words stronger.

Instead, use strong words or phrases.

  • I am very hungry – I am starving.
  • He was very frightened – He was like a rabbit caught in headlights.
  • He is a great fool – He is a blockhead.

Minimize the use of words like very, great, and others to intensify the meaning of weak words. Make use of strong words.

If you are trying to express any emotions, state, try to use similes. Compare it to any real world objects, animals, which are obvious.

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I often see people struggling hard to convey an emotion. I advise you to make use of beautiful similes. Similes make the process of expressing complex emotions, experiences way easier.

For finding similes, you could use Google search. Just search for “similes for frightened“. You will be presented with all the similes that represent the frightened situation, with a quick search.

Singers while writing lyrics for their songs, make good use similes to mean more in few words.

Don’t edit or proofread immediately after writing your draft.

When the topic is fresh in your mind, you tend to not proofread your content on the shoes of your readers, your brain automatically corrects your mistakes. You are likely to skip structural errors.

I advise you prepare your final draft ready a day before publishing. On the day of publishing, edit your content in the eyes of the readers, preferably in the backward direction.

This little hack helps you find out grammatical errors and clichés in your content more effectively.

Use the power of Google.

If you find yourself hard to find a word to complete the phrase or a sentence, make use of Google search. Place asterisk in the place of the unknown word, enclose it between “double quotes”, and hit search. In the search results, the completed sentences are marked in bold.

Notice the screenshot you’ll get an idea.

Smart Google search for simile
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Change the font.

The font should be different from that what you used while writing.

It tricks the mind to catch more errors. Subconsciously you think that the article is different than what you wrote and likely read more detailed

Some even suggest printing out the final draft to mark errors on paper. I’m not a big fan of it. Have not tried it either.

Update and edit your posts more often

Most of the bloggers publish articles one over the other and sit quite. By this, they are missing an opportunity to drive good traffic to their site.

Old content should be refurbished, updated with relevant content and proofread.

Harsh spend, 1-2 hours daily to work on old posts and make them better. He discussed this in his blog post on Panda update. Google sees fresh content as of high-quality.

After updating your old posts, make sure you proofread it.

I also recommend you to alter the “last updated date” on your post, to avail SEO benefit.

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Don’t ever publish blog post without editing

Always proofread in a quiet place; no music, no talks. This is essentially important. Because while proofreading you need to analyze your content in all aspects.

It may be difficult for you to remember all the techniques to use while editing your content. So prepare a checklist of editing points. Refer to it. It minimizes the work to your brain when editing next time.

Remember that editing while writing can be a great blunder. It kills your productivity as well as the quality of your post.

Next time, don’t ever publish a post without proper editing.

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If you readers have any smart editing tips in your arsenal, do share them in comments.

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29 thoughts on “Smart Editing Tips that Make your Blog Post Insanely Readable”

  1. Don’t try to make weak words
    stronger.- Like this point. Useless to make a simple sentence complex. Users love to read simply.

  2. Hi Akshay,
    All points are very good and cannot be ignored before hitting publish button. You said “prepare a checklist of editing points.” I couldn’t understood properly about this. So, I’m looking that handy checklist. Can I have?
    Thanks

  3. Very useful tips Akshay , Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Would definitely going to Keep all points in mind while writing my next post .

  4. Hi Akshay ,

    Really Nice tips and I’m agreed with you Like We should read or edit our post just after writing as words are fresh in mind that let us think that every thing whatever we have written is very good. Always go through it after one day. Grammerly is best tool any bloggers has for checking misspelled words.

  5. Good tips for beginners! I didn’t know about all those tools. Thanks! Those with a lot of experience under their belt won’t need a lot of these. For instance, part of the fun is coming up with one’s own similes.

    I do like to edit while listening to Hindustani or classical music, my ‘work’ music. Everyone is different though.

  6. I can relate to the third Tip, “Don’t overuse any single word or phrase”. I always tend to repeat the same words often even when I talk, anyway nice article, very resourceful.

  7. Hi Akshay,

    I do believe that the tips you have shared are worth using. And must be used and kept in mind before publishing any post.

    thanks for the great share.

  8. Hi Akshay, I also agree with you that editing immedately after writing is not a good idea.
    All editing tips are great.
    And special thanks for intrducing with another unique power of google.
    Cheers….

  9. Good points. The content should be readable. And I disagree with Avi, but I understand your point. Instead of saying strong word, you should write “correct word” that expresses well as per the situation. very hungry and starving – starving is more expressive of extreme case of hunger and suits well to the situation.

  10. Thanks Askhay to sharing editing tools . I checked all tools one by one , But the power of Google is too useful for make any blog and related keywords

  11. very helpfull artical you cover all the point of the blog editing very well. i,m also editing my blog post always but i can not know this type of the editing tips. thanks buddy for sharing this excellnet artical

  12. Hey Akshay,

    Great Post Indeed! Buddy

    It is important these days to write epic, which can attract huge audience as well as natural backlinks, but to write epic content, these points are vital, specially usage of words, crafting of article and proofreading, these three things can make or break an article.

    So, important points covered.

    Have a nice week ahead.

    Cheers.

  13. Thanks, Akshay I have a critical issue related to the grammar for my blog.Special thanks for sharing the Grammarly tool with us.

  14. An excellent and unique article you’ve written there Akshay!
    I installed Grammarly right after reading about it in this post, and as I am commenting now, Grammarly has corrected me multiple times already! 😀
    And your point suggesting to change the font before checking the article for errors is wonderful! I never thought about that. I am pretty sure it is going to work wonders for me!
    Looking forward to reading more articles from you.
    Thank you.

  15. Fabrizio Van Marciano

    Hey Akshay, you’ve shared some amazing tips here, great job.

    I have to say that I’ve read many blog articles where the editing appeared to have been missed out completely. Some of those being from more popular blogs as well.

    Now I’ve used the Hemmingway tool before on many occasions. I love to paste my posts inside the editor before publishing it on my blog, or on another blog if I’m guest blogging, just as a final step.

    I know editing blog posts can be a chore sometimes, but it’s such as important process of blog writing. It also shows that you care about what you’re putting out on your blog, and of course reader experience as well.

    What I’ve been doing myself for some time now, is to not edit posts the same time as I’m writing posts. I’ll get the writing done first, then I’ll come back to it much later, even the next day to start editing with a fresh mind.

    I must check out the Grammarly extension, it sounds like a great tool to have.

    Thanks again Akshay.

  16. Excellent post about how to edit a post. I want to add one word, we should use fashionable worlds in our blog’s posts that care all level readers.
    You tell use words as emotional way. It’s good way to connect your readers with content.
    Thanks

  17. Good Post!! Yup this will really help out blogger for editing their blog post for making different
    styles. I also use different types of Grammar checking tools for Grammar mistakes is my article

    Thanks for this nice Post. Keep it up.

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