Creating a Professional Image when Writing on the Internet
The internet revolves around information. You can’t escape it; it’s everywhere! User generated content… blogs, articles, news, etc. People are always looking for information. It’s what makes the internet thrive. No wonder Google likes new, fresh content and rewards those who provide it.
There’s one problem I see constantly with content providers. It has nothing to do with the content itself. The content is sound, for the most part, and is valuable to the majority of people. The problem is that a lot of the content I read doesn’t look professional.
Here’s what I mean by this. You write a great article… one that would benefit others because of your useful knowledge. However, you lacked the effort to read over it before you decided to submit it to article directories. If your article is accepted, it is read by hundreds if not thousands of people.
That’s cool right? Yeah it is, except for the fact that your article has numerous spelling and grammar errors. The people reading your article are appalled by this and click off your article. Has that ever happened to you? Would you even know if it did? Are you aware that your articles have poor grammar and spelling, punctuation, or perhaps the lack of punctuation entirely?
I see it every single day. Not just articles. Website text on home pages, web pages, sales letters and the list goes on. That’s very unprofessional in my opinion, that you couldn’t take a little extra time to proofread what you wrote before you let every one on the net read it.
I understand it’s hard for people to catch their own mistakes. That’s usually the case, actually. It takes practice, practice and more practice to master. No joke! Then you have another scenario. Someone who doesn’t have English as their primary language. Their intentions are good with solid information that would be very useful to anyone who reads it. The problem here is the same.
Software that a lot use to translate what they write does a pretty decent job. But… not good enough. Sometimes ideas get crossed and a sentence ends up saying something different than what it’s suppose to mean. Grammar can be downright horrible. It’s not their fault, though. Or is it?
I feel it’s everyone’s responsibility to present a professional image. If you’re trying to make a name for yourself on the internet and earn others respect, then this should be your top priority. This means proofreading what you write or having someone proofread it for you.
You want others to understand what you’re trying to say. Write in a clear, concise manner without spelling and grammar errors. If this is impossible for you then get someone to proofread it… it’s that simple. You can easily hire someone to do this. There are many freelancers who would be more than happy to help you out. It’s up to you, though, to seek out their help.
Does your online reputation matter to you? It should! You want to make a name for yourself and have people respect you. So… do yourself a favor and make certain you’re presenting a professional image.
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