Most of us, blog content writers, are at some point guilty of mistyping a word here and there. It is especially a problem when a spell-check editor does not catch it because the word we input represents a correct spelling of another word. This is embarrassing, especially if you don’t find the mistake while proof reading and go ahead and publish the article.
I am not making excuses for mistyping a word but a more bothersome issue is the improper use of the common English grammar. I have seen goofy mistakes that are unnecessary and make the writer look quite dumb. I certainly am not a perfect English writer, but I sure try to avoid those mistakes.
I have recently received a few promotional emails from a well known native English speaking marketer. The marketer was promoting a high end offer. Funny thing is that in the opening paragraph he confused “your” and “you are”. For some reason that was the first thing that caught my eye. Interestingly, it was not the first time this marketer made such a blunder. These mistakes just made him look sloppy and unprofessional. I don’t mean to sound uppity, because I am not, but this mistake detracted me from reading the email and I did not even bother to click the promotional link to see what he was offering. What a waste of an effort for that marketer, potentially he lost income from me and perhaps others.
The morale of the story is that we should all be careful when we write. After all we are portraying ourselves as an authority in our fields. We are trying to build trust with our visitors. Let’s not insult them with common grammar mistakes. If you are ever in doubt use the good old Google search. I know that it takes time, but using improper grammar in your blog content, emails, sales pages and so on may take away your credibility and it may cost you sales.
Recently I came across an infographic that all of us, blog content writers, should commit to memory. It was created by Copyblogger aka Brian Clark. I wish I had thought of it myself. Since I did not, I would like to share Brian’s fantastic infographic with you.
15 Grammar Mistakes That Make You Look Goofy
Content creation is such an important part of your online success. Don’t waste it by common grammar mistakes that make you look unprofessional. Proof read, proof read and more proof read your blog content before you hit that “Publish” button. Remember, our words should always leave a good impression on our visitors.
I hope you enjoyed the article and/or found some useful tips. If you did please click on the “Like” icon or leave a comment. If would be fun if you could share some of the language goofs you came across.