Editing Your Digital Content
Keep It Simple! Nobody likes to admit it when they're wrong. It's why we all hate the editing and proofreading process when it comes to writing content for our websites. Unfortunately for you, proofreading and editing are necessary parts of creating and publishing digital content. In order to be taken seriously and to have a successful website, your content must be clear, concise, and, most importantly, accurate.
Whether you are drafting a short, informational blog post or developing a long marketing piece, you want to ensure that the quality of your content is up to par with your company's standards. Most writers think of editing as the process of examining your writing for grammatical errors and misspellings. And while this is an integral part, it's not the only thing that makes up the editing process. Editing your digital content is much more than fixing comma splices or correcting misspelled words. It's about ensuring that your content is accurate, engaging, and even moving. Here's everything you need to consider before editing your website's digital content.
Keep Your Goal In Mind
Every piece of published content is created with a specific goal in mind. Whether it's to fulfill a particular call to action or to promote a new product or service you have, every piece of content is created with a distinct purpose. When you re-read your content in the editing process, it's a smart idea to look for anything that can be cut or deleted that does not contribute to furthering the goal of your content. You have to think about what kind of payoff you want from your published content. If you find anything that doesn't contribute to your overall goal, it's a good idea to delete this extra fluff to make your point and execution more precise and to the point. Which brings us to...
Stay On Topic
One of the biggest problems most writers face is their willingness to write on and on until they lose their train of thought. This usually results in uneven content that strays far off from the topic being discussed. When it comes to editing successful content, you must make sure that your content stays on topic at all times. For example, you can't write a blog post about building a fence only to discuss the best ways to cut your yard. This will only confuse your audience and make them lose interest in what you have to say. When going over your content before publishing it, it's a good idea to keep an eye out for anything not relevant to your content's main topic. If there is anything unrelated to the main idea, you need to delete this from your post.
Keep It Simple
Odds are, your website's primary audience is not filled with rocket scientists. When it comes to creating and publishing content, it's usually recommended to keep the content short and simple for everyone to understand and fully comprehend. Unless you are dealing with extensive topics, a good rule of thumb is to create content that even a second grader could fully understand. When going back through your content in the editing process, try and put yourself in your reader's shoes to see if the material and content are understandable and easy to comprehend.
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