Proofreading Tips for Web Writers

One of the biggest benefits of writing for the Web is the ease of publishing - you can write and publish almost instantaneously. Unfortunately, this instant gratification can lead to publishing in haste, errors unchecked.

Therefore, when writing for the Web, it's essential that you pay a bit of extra attention to proofreading - especially with client projects. Here are a few tips that won't take terribly long, but will help you catch errors that you might otherwise miss:

  1. Read it aloud. - Whether writing an SEO article, a sales page, or a blog post, try reading it aloud before either delivering it to your client or publishing the piece to your site or blog. When you read it to yourself silently, you'll see what you expect to be there rather than what's actually been typed (because you know what you meant to say). This is especially true when the piece is fresh in your mind. Reading aloud can help you catch subtle errors or things that simply don't sound right (like a run-on sentence).
  2. Take a break. - Don't publish or deliver the writing until you've waited at least a few hours after its completion. This helps to counteract what I just mentioned - you won't have what you were trying to say fresh on your mind, so you may catch errors you would miss if proofing it directly after writing.
  3. Get a second opinion. - While this is extremely important if you're not writing in your native language, getting another opinion from an unbiased source can be beneficial to any Web writer. Another reader can be especially helpful by letting you know whether or not you're conveying your points (you may know what you're talking about, but does your writing really help the reader understand it?).

These tips may be simple, but they go a long way towards improving your writing for the Web.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, consultant, and indie author. She runs numerous websites & blogs including All Freelance Writing, Freelance Writing Pros, NakedPR, and Kiss My Biz.

Jenn has 25 years' experience as a professional writer and editor and over 20 years' experience in marketing and PR (working heavily in digital PR, online marketing, social media, SEO, new media, and thought leadership publication). She also has 19 years' professional blogging and web publishing experience (including web development) and around 18 years of experience as an indie author / publisher.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names and is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association.

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3 thoughts on “Proofreading Tips for Web Writers”

  1. Took me awhile to get used to the sound of my own voice, but reading out loud solves many writing problems. Good post.

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  2. Terrific post! Getting an outside set of eyes or a Professional grammar editor to proofread your work is the surest way to get all the misspelled words and awkward phrases corrected.

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  3. This is a wonderful post. My advise is not to count on MS Word spell checker or any software. Just get someone else to look at your work.

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