Every writer strives to be better. After all, it is an art form but one that can be learnt and constantly improved.

But writing for an online audience isn’t just about grammar, spelling and finding your own style. A lot of it is actually about keeping people’s attention.

Why is this important? Because you want people to spend longer on your site. To read more of your content. Google also use these cues from your site in their ranking algorithm, so happy people = happy Google.

To keep people’s attention with your writing, follow these tips:

How to Improve Your Blog Writing Skills

1. Get to the point QUICK.

When somebody is reading online, they have such a low attention span. Think about it:

When you’re reading an article in a magazine or a book, the chances are you’ll take a punt on it if you’re not enjoying it immediately.

On a website? If you’re not finding what you’re looking for, or are getting bored then you’ll flick that little X faster than you can sa…

2. Use short sentences.

As a rough guide, don’t use more than 20 words. It’s much harder to read on a screen than it is in a book. Using shorter sentences also means that people can scan read a lot easier. As a quick hint, when writing in Word, that’s about one line.

3. Use headings.

I’m not just talking about using bold, make your section titles larger (H2/H3). This helps scan readers to know what your article is about to find the right section. It also helps to break up large sections of text.

4. Use short paragraphs.

Seeing a blog with a large block of text is very off putting visually. It makes the reader feel like it will be hard work to read.

5. Use lists and bullets.

Who doesn’t love a good list or bullet point? These help to summarise information and act as a good visual aid.

6. Always think KISS.

KISS means ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’.

If you’re trying to make your writing sound deep and meaningful? Please don’t. When people try to write to make themselves sound clever, it actually has the opposite effect. Write from the heart and use small words. Normal words.

As a starter, here are my top 3 words that I’d NEVER use, with those that I’d use instead.

  • Whilst – while
  • Utilise – use
  • Thus – so

Remember, you’re not writing an essay to a professor – if you don’t use the word in normal life? Don’t use it on your blog.

7. Use images.

Pictures speak louder than words. Your writing could be fantastic, but if the page doesn’t have an image on it? It will put some people off. If you don’t have your own, you can use free stock photos as long as it’s relevant.

Not sure on your writing?

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20 thoughts to “How to improve your blog writing

  • Heather Keet

    Great tips for writers and new bloggers! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Noleen Miller

    Great tips. I’m a newbie at blogging so still finding my way and trying to simplify my writing style. #for thelvoeofBLOG

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  • Briony

    Great tips! I tend to write and get everything out of my head and onto the page. Then go back for some major fixing! I’ll use these tips now as I go back through everything. #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • kerry

    I needed to read this post today! My blogging Mojo has gone and I cant find it anywhere! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Lydia C. Lee

    I use THUS. Infact I use all those words. I wonder if I speak oddly? I was told to butcher an article down to 600 words because their readers couldn’t read more than 600 words (apparently??). That’s stuck with me. It ruined my imagery and the cleverness of the article but they loved it and paid so I guess I have to zip it…#FortheloveofBLOG

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    • Kelly Edwards

      600 is a good length – I’d usually go for anything over 400. Some blogs are long, but as long as there’s reason to be long and it’s still entertaining/informative, then length isn’t as important.

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  • RACHEL BUSTIN

    Fantastic tips, I always struggle with my writing, I love keeping it simple, I wouldn’t know how to write smart! xx

    #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • The Squirmy Popple

    These are great tips – I write for the web for a living, and the most important thing is really just to keep it simple, get to the point quickly and make things easy for your reader. It’s so simple and yet so many sites get it wrong! #fortheloveofBLOF

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  • The Mummy Diaries

    This post was so handy as I am always trying to think of ways how too improve my writing #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Emma

    Much needed tips, thanks from a beginner xxx #fortheloveofblog

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  • fancy

    These are good, thank you! I like KISS

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  • The Mummy Bubble

    Brilliant tips! Good reminders for keeping the reader experience at the front of your mind #fortheloveofblog

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  • Ali Duke

    Some Brilliant tips here. I will definitely be keeping them in mind when I write.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Chloe

    Hi, some great tips to remind you hale to keep your readers engaged. I especially liked the KISS tip, Chloe #fortheloveofBlog

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  • Mrs Mummy Harris

    Short paragraphs are key to keeping the reader reading. If i see a big paragraph it really puts me off and mentally I just dont overtly care for what they have to say. Short and sweet is the way to keep me hooked! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Claire

    Some really good tips. I have a tendency to write long sentences. Bullet points are great.

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  • Helena

    Great tips you have here. #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    I need to focus on my writing a bit more, my main problem is finding time! Thanks for the tips #fortheloveofblog

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  • Sam - Stressy Mama

    These tips are great. I’ll have to keep them in mind when I am writing my future posts. #fortheloveofBLOG

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  • Susie at This is me now

    Great tips. I tend to write long sentences because I write like I talk, but I use the Yoast plugin and highlight them and go back to edit afterwards. #FortheloveofBLOG

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