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Writing For The Web

A few things to consider when writing for the web.
Write relevant content…
 
It may be tempting to write about your brother's piles (after all, they are extraordinary), but if it doesn't relate to your site or page topic, leave it out. Web readers want information, and unless the page is information about said dog, they really won't care, even if it is a good metaphor for what you're trying to say.
 
Put conclusions at the beginning
 
Think of an ‘inverted pyramid’ when you write for the web. Get to the point in the first paragraph, then expand upon it.

Get to the point. People are busy - and another website is just a click away.
 
Write it tight
 
Web pages need to be concise and to-the-point.

People don't read web pages, they scan them, so having short, meaty paragraphs is better than long rambling ones.
 
Use action words
 
Tell your readers what to do. Avoid the passive voice. Keep the flow of your pages moving.
 
Write short sentences
 
Sentences should be as concise as you can make them. Use only the words you need to get the essential information across.
 
Include sub-headings
 
Sub-headings make the text more scannable. Your readers will move to the section of the document that is most useful for them, and internal cues make it easier for them to do this.
 
Make your links part of the copy
 
Links are another way web-readers scan pages. They stand out from normal text, and provide more cues as to what the page is about.
 
Proofread your work
 
Typos and spelling errors will send people away from your pages. Make sure you proofread everything you post to the web.
Posted by Edward Oliver Higgins on Aug 9, 2013 10:07 AM GMT

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