We all know that content on the web is usually scanned, instead of really read. Your website visitors are hunting for a quick read; they want to get information fast! That being said, they make quick decisions without really thinking about it, like choosing not to read your blog post because of an unsatisfactory introduction paragraph. Continue reading below for writing tips that will improve your website!
Put Your Most Important Info First
Writing an essay and writing web or marketing content are two completely different things! Usually essays have an introduction, body and then a conclusion. The most important point usually made doesn’t happen until the conclusion section. For blog posts or any other web page writing, you need to do the opposite. Your most important points ALWAYS go first. Your customers want to know the details first. Basically they want to know what you do and what you can do for them instantly.
Keep It Simple
It’s extremely rare that a reader hangs on to every written word, especially on a website. Odds are the person doing the reading doesn’t have time and they are able to check several other websites instead of wasting time trying to figure out the main message. Clever phrases and complex words require people to think. People are not visiting your blog page or website to think. They are essentially on a hunt for quick information. A great rule-of-thumb is to write as if you’re talking to a 12 or 13-year-old. Use familiar words and don’t try to embellish or sound smarter than you actually are.
Write for The Scanners
When is the last time you read a full article on the Internet? If you’re like most people, probably never. Most website visitors glance at text and then click on the first promising link that catches their eye. Research actually shows that only 14% of people read web pages word for word, the rest scan. Make sure you have a great headline and featured image that communicates the message you’re trying to get across effectively. Also, ensure that your sub headlines summarize key points and include bullets for lists. Use short paragraphs and short sentences and skip all unnecessary words.
Plan Website Entry
With print writing, people usually follow the chronological order. For example, front to back or chapter one and then chapter two. However, this is not the case for writing that is published on the Internet. If you’re writing for your website, most of your web visitors will not start reading at your home page. Due to various links and advertisements, they could literally arrive anywhere on your website. You should make sure each page of your website is easy to scan and clarifies what your site is about. Each page should also have some type of call to action telling people where to go next. For instance, this could be “to read another blog post, click here” or “sign up for your email newsletter”. Do not rely on your navigation bar to tell people what to do next, instead include a button or link to guide people to take the next step.
In summary, don’t treat your web visitors like academic intellectuals. Keep your writing simple, don’t be wordy and don’t show off your extensive vocabulary. Know who you are and what you do, don’t try to be everything to everyone. In other words, be specific, be clear and be bold.