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Goof – Proof Your Blog Content – Don’t Lose Income Because Of Grammar Mistakes

 

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

 

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
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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.

 
 

 

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5 Responses to Goof – Proof Your Blog Content – Don’t Lose Income Because Of Grammar Mistakes

  1. Michael Slater January 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Gosh, I was beginning to think that I was alone in being put off by sales copy with poor grammar! I totally agree that it portrays a poor professional image. Occasionally I have been asked to review and proof-read a sales page prior to publication and despite pointing out such errors as the “your” and “you’re” transposition this has not been corrected. It just makes you wonder why they bothered asking in the first place! Oh yes, that’s another common blunder – misuse of “wonder” and “wander”. Should that be “I wondered as I wandered” or “I wandered as I wondered”; just wandering/wondering!

    Great infographic by Brian and BlueGlass!

    • admin January 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      Hi Michael,

      Great comment. I don’t get making mistakes in sales copies. People spend so much time writing sales copies and they don’t understand that they are also going to be judged on their writing.

      Granted, there is a lot of non native English speakers and more power to them. English language is quite hard. But the common grammar mistakes are surprisingly often made by native English speakers.

      With respect to another common mistakes I sometimes come across “affect” and “effect”. People sometimes use them incorrectly.

      Have a great day!

      Dita

  2. Peter Vince January 12, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    Hi Dita,

    I can see where you are coming from with the points you are making.

    However, I can forgive people the odd spelling mistake or grammar error. Today more people are leaving school without these skills. I appreciate that this is no excuse, but I attempt to see through these errors, if the person is providing really valuable content.

    Blogging should be for everyone and not just those that have the aptitude for “proper” English.

    Peter
    PS. I hope that my grammar with acceptable in this comment. I am not the world’s best.

    • admin January 12, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Hi Peter,

      I wholeheartedly agree with your comment. Blogging is for everyone. Many incredible and successful bloggers are not native English speakers (myself included). This post was not meant to criticize anyone as I have respect for everyone’s hard work and effort.

      This post was meant to be just a reminder to all of us that we need to be careful when we are writing because goofy mistakes may cost us sales.

      Best regards,

      Dita

  3. Lee January 14, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    Hi
    I must admit I am guilty of not proof reading sometimes I often use ani pad when on the go. So I am often rushing and just press submit when done then when I look back some of the words are totally different to what I meant to put as the program has automatically changed them to what It thought I was writing.

    Thanks for the kick up the backside lee

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