Whether you accept it or not, your writing will decide the fate of your blog. If your content is not persuasive, your blog design or search engine optimization wouldn’t work. And worse, if you make spelling mistakes, you will turn off most visitors, who would never visit your site again. Here are few common spelling mistakes you must avoid.
1. All Right & Alright
Incorrect Usage: Sam wasn’t keep well until last night, but he is alright now.
Correct Usage: Sam wasn’t keep well until last night, but he is all right now.
Although ‘alright’ is being widely used in place of ‘all right’, it’s still a grammatical error.
2. Accept & Except
Incorrect Usage: Kindly except the gift.
Correct Usage: Kindly accept the gift.
Except means to exclude something, or with the exception of. On the other hand, accept means to receive something. The team visited every room except the King’s private room. In this sentence, the usage of ‘except’ is correct.
3. Advice & Advise
Incorrect Usage: He didn’t take my advise.
Correct Usage: He didn’t take my advice.
Advice is a noun, whereas, advise is a verb.
4. Its & It’s
Incorrect Usage: Keep the book back in it’s place.
Correct Usage: Keep the book back in its place.
It’s = It is. So, you cannot put ‘is’ after ‘it’s’. Besides, ‘its’ is a singular possessive adjective, used to show something that belongs to the noun.
5. Quiet & Quite
Incorrect Usage: It was a quite evening.
Correct Usage: It was a quiet evening.
Quiet, an adjective, means peaceful or without any activity. However, ‘quite’ means to a significant extent. For instance, the children are quite happy today, is a right sentence.
6. Then & Than
Incorrect Usage: Sam has more money then Andy.
Correct Usage: Sam has more money than Andy.
‘Then’ is used to indicate time. For instance, Sam opened the door, and then slammed. However, than is used to make comparisons.
7. Every Day & Everyday
Incorrect Usage: He goes for a walk everyday at seven in the morning
Correct Usage: He goes for a walk every day at seven in the morning
Everyday, as adjective, means daily. On the other hand, ‘every’ is a simply phrase that’s used before the noun ‘day’. For instance, He goes out every day. But people striding on the pathway, is an everyday occurrence.
There are some things in life that are guaranteed, especially if you are a writer and use ‘The law of 24 hours’.
It really doesn’t matter what your background is, who you write for, what you write, and how many times you try to prove this law wrong.
It’s as simple as this: If you apply the law of 24 hours to your writing, you will be better every time you write a post. Period. No exceptions.
This is because, most of the times, complex problems have simple solutions.
If you want to lose weight, simply reduce the amount of calorie you intake.
If you want to get more subscribers on your blog, simply write exceptional content, give them enough reasons to join, and be more effective.
If you want to become rich, simply word harder, work smarter, improve your negotiation skills, and generate several sources of passive income.
Solutions are simple. But being persistent is not easy. If you want a quick fix, these solutions wouldn’t work at all. You need to put real effort and stick to your plan unless you achieve your goals.
The law of 24 hours is comparatively easier than losing weight. You don’t have to give up your favorite dish, or slog every minute to become a better writer. Nor do you have to become a genius at what you do.
“Simply spend 24 hours with what you think is your final draft.”
Simple, isn’t it?
It doesn’t really matter what you are writing – A blog post, a novel, a newsletter, a screen play, or an autobiography. You can do better only be going through your final copy on the next day.
This is probably the best piece of advice you will ever get on writing. And, trust me, I could have made a killing out of it by selling this secret:
Pay $29.99 now, and become a better writer overnight. It really works. Guaranteed results, or 100% money back.
I admit it sounds really simple. And it is really simple to implement. Most of the writers, however, miss this point, and keep themselves from becoming a better writer.
What should you work on the other day?
It may be a simple grammatical mistake or a typo you didn’t notice, which you can correct now. You can select better and more effective words. Or you can change the entire outlook of the post.
But, for sure, you will change something in your post.
And the re-edited copy would be better than the earlier one.
What if you can’t come up with any better ideas, or there are no mistakes in your post?
Is it nothing that you can change in your post? Nothing can make your copy a bit more compelling, a bit punchier, or a bit better than before?
If this is the case, congratulate yourself because you are the best writer on this planet.
Unfortunately, you are not perfect. No one is. That’s, however, not the point.
Our real aim is to make our post better, and improve your writing every time you write some thing.
So, here it is. The secret is now available to every one, without any cost. Absolutely FREE.
You don’t believe me?
Do this. Write a comment criticizing this article. But don’t post it until you go through it the next day. I am sure you will come up with something better.
Most bloggers have their own viewpoint about any given topic, but not many are able to convince their readers to act on it.
Persuasion is an act of creating a win-win situation. You make a point that’s agreeable to most of your readers. You put forth your proposal which cannot be refused by them, but not in the compulsive Godfather way.
If you aren’t good at it, there are many techniques you can adopt to make your point more persuasive and compelling. Here are few of them that works well.
If you don’t know the importance and power of repetition on people’s mind, ask someone well-versed in human psychology. We don’t really know anything about a product, but when we watch the advertisement on TV over and over again, we believe it’s good, and purchase the product.
Repetition, however, can be both good and bad. But you can stay on the good side by making your point in many ways like providing examples, simply stating it directly, mentioning it in your summary, using similar stories, and so on.
Your word is certainly not the Word of God. People might not believe you if you simply state your point without providing any reason. Hence, give them many reasons to support your point, even if most of them don’t really have much value. Remember the power of ‘because’.
People will start believing in your thoughts only if you are consistent. Even if you have a weird point, your character will be associated with rationality and integrity. You can be consistent by stating your reasons upfront (most people find hard doing this), support it with enough reasons, and keep repeating your point.
Compare Your Words
Comparison in form of metaphors, analogies, and similes makes you point more persuasive and attractive. When you compare your point with something that reader has already experienced, they are more likely to believe you. However, make sure your comparisons are rational and real.
Agitate to Resolve Efficiently
This is a persuasive method that works well with most bloggers. You need to identify your target readers, identify their problem, and agitate them about it. Thus, they would desperately wait for the solution that solves their problem.
However, make sure you problem is not sadistic or abusive in nature. It should be empathetic, and soft. Explain your readers that you understand their situation as you have already dealt with similar problems. The creditability of your answer goes up significantly if you choose this method.
Provide your readers a glimpse into the future. However, if you have poor credibility, and inaccurate predictions, you might end up looking idiotic. Try to grab attention by predicting what may happen in near future, and provide proper reasons. Even if you go wrong later, you may not be doomed.
Ask people to participate in your discussion. You must not write only for people to read. You must write to discuss, and come to a common conclusion. Ask people about their experiences, their stories, their viewpoints, and they will certainly hop on the boat you are sailing.
Give Them Enough
You might have a strong point, but if the reader is left thinking ‘that’s right, but…’, you have failed. This is probably the only reason why most marketers (successful ones) present a long copy. They don’t want you to read it all, buy have enough reasons why you are buying it.
Besides, if there are any objections, address all of them. This is possible only if you are well-versed with the subject. Encourage people to raise objections, solve them, and share it with other people.
People love reading stories, especially interesting ones. You must use this technique with any of the above nine ones. However, make sure the story is in sync with the point you are trying to explain. If you use the right one, you post will be terribly persuasive.
I am sure there are many other ways to create persuasive content. What other things have worked for you or might work for every one of us?
We, bloggers, spend many hours, sometimes many days to write a great article, and it stays in the limelight only for few hours, before the piece of content is forgotten. Readers, usually, don’t remember what they read last week, let alone last month, or last year.
It’s tough to accept it, but even your best piece soon becomes junk, which is read by not many people.
There are, however, few blogs that are read often by most visitors. Their articles are never stale. Instead, number of visitors on the blog keep mounting every day. So, what is it that keeps you from developing such content? How do you write content that wouldn’t be thrown away like a piece of junk?
Here are few things that you need to keep in mind, while developing the content for your blog.
You don’t have to think yourself as a blogger, or someone who simply writes for a website. You need to think yourself as a writer, as an artist, as a person that can create a difference. Even if you have produced the best content ever written, do not think ‘Well, I have been writing good content since last many years. My readers would certainly cut me some slack this time’.Give your best every time you write.
2.Involve in Productive Work
Get into some habits that would improve your profession as a blogger. Start reading interesting articles, know more about your domain, read books on Search Engine Optimization, play creative games, and so on. Spend some time daily for activities that would eventually make you a better blogger.
3.Post Articles Strategically
Before you plan to write about something today, make sure the articles relates to your domain, and will take you one step closer toward your long term goals. Every article in your blog should fill-in the missing pieces.
This means you will have to spend some time deriving strategies for your blog, and make sure the articles you write are aligned with those strategies.
4.Write Enduring Articles
Trendy, topical articles attract temporary traffic. Once these posts serves the purpose, do you expect people to read it? New pieces are only temporary They wouldn’t make you great writers.
Instead, write articles that are valuable and searched often. Write timeless articles that will help people solve their problem today, and even after a decade. Writing such articles everyday will help your blog emerge as a valuable blog, and an enduring one.
5.Rework Your Old Articles
Not every reader has read all the articles that you ever written. Many of them would be really useful, but are simply dumped beneath the newer ones or below unattractive headlines. Take a look at your previous articles, and identify the ones that are really useful, and rework on them to create fresh content, with similar essence.
6.Get Themes From Other Blogs
You can simply pick up themes from other blogs, and this is certainly not considered as plagiarism. Cross-fertilization and cross-linking is the essence of blogging. When you are short of ideas or basic themes, you can simply explore other blogs in similar niche.
Understand Why Are You Doing This
Blogging cannot be your gaol. This is just a way to achieve your goal. State your real dream, whether it’s earning money, becoming popular, or simply writing to create a difference.
And if you simply love to write, blogging is probably the best way to get started.