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5 Writing Tips for the Web

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 1:16pm | by Helen Hoart

Here are five things you can do to make sure your words have impact when you write for the web

Tip #1

Use a conversational tone.  Use “we” and “you,” just as you would as if you were talking to someone. Avoid jargon and acronyms.  Of course, the tone will change depending on your audience.  On a fashion-forward blog will have a very different tone than a health-related website from a medical practitioner.  Your goal is to engage your reader.

Tip #2

Question and answer format can be a great way to engage your audience.  If your customers ask you questions already that’s a great place to start. Use those questions to create content that is relevant to your audience.  You can bet if one person asks a question, many others have wondered about the same issue. 

Tip #3

Don’t make users scroll more than three or four times.  If your readers have to scroll down more than three times break up your content with links to drop down to the additional content.

Tip #4

Keep paragraphs short.

A paragraph can be as short as one sentence (see above).  Each paragraph should convey one coherent thought. 

Tip #5

Use headings to help organize content on a page.  Leaving headings out is like asking your readers to navigate without a map or GPS.  Make it easy for them to find what they want. 

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