The Importance of Editing Your Posts!
Last Update: Mar 9, 2015
Alright, WA people, it's about to get real in here!
Editing your posts before, or just after, you publish them is a MUST! You can't be seen as an authority in your niche if your site is covered with errors. Now, I am not tooting my own horn, I have my own editing errors too, I am NOT perfect, but taking the time to reread your posts is a must.
I don't know how many times I have gone to leave feedback and I point out all the errors that I found only to realize that the comment is a mile long. Then, I look at it thinking that I will hurt this person's feelings if I send this to them, though I am just trying to help. But because it may seem like I am being mean and judgmental, I delete the whole thing only to say that there are some errors and it might need a read-through, or I say nothing at all, instead of letting them know there are issues. I mean, isn't that what we are here for? To help each other out? Isn't that why we pay out money each month, so we have a community that will point out where we went wrong, to help us succeed?
If I go to a website and all I see is error after error, I will click right out of there and never return again because I would think this person is incompetent. Now, a typo here or there is fine, but when your post is one long run-on sentence, you need to get someone to edit it for you. You will NEVER rank high if you keep it up.
Now, I guess the question is, do most of you want that kind of help? If someone notices errors in your post, would you like them pointed out? Would you be offended by a personal message sent to you with a full list of typos and grammatical errors? Would you view it as being helpful, knit-picky, or rude?
In my own opinion, I would welcome the help. Sure, it might sting a little. Maybe make me feel like I don't know what I am doing. But, I would feel even worse if my errors were left unchanged and people refused to go to my site, that I have worked SO HARD on, just to go to another site because I am viewed as stupid. How can someone trust what I am saying and trust me if I can't even spell.
To tell you the truth, I am a horrible speller, but that is what spell-check is for. When you see those annoying little wavy red lines, that means you have an error, so take the time to fix it. You need to take editing seriously if you want to make it with your site.
Recruit someone to read your posts and edit it for you if you don't know how to do it yourself ( I've recruited my mother-in-law). Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is all you need. When you have been working tirelessly on a post, researching, writing, gathering photos, etc., you may not see what others do because you have been looking at it too long. So see if someone will read through it and preview it first, before you publish it, or right after you do.
If your "Revisions" number on the sidebar of the post platform is at only 1 or 2, you have not taken the time to properly edit and view your post and are just publishing it to have a faster turnover rate. I know getting content on your site is important, but not at the cost of losing any credibility due to not taking the time to edit.
What is your opinion on this matter? Do you feel editing is important for your site or not?
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