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23 Aug 09 Do you also Need Tips on Writing for Web?

How many times have you heard that writing for web is different from writing for print? I am sure, initially, you did not believe it. After all, writing is writing; how does it matter if it’s for print or for the Internet? Well, as a writer, I happen to agree with you, but as a reader, I strongly disagree with you. “Man, I do not have that much of time when I am on the Internet, so better give me something that I can read fast. I want an article that I can read while my Facebook page loads itself. I have to check my mail as well. Boss said the work he delegated in the morning should be finished in an hour. So, please give something that I can scan quickly,” shouts the busy professional inside me, despite my continual effort to shut the F#@@$#r.

Below, I am giving a handful of writing tips that will help people like me read more on the Internet, by the way, most of the people on the Internet are like me only.

  1. Use Headlines, headings and subheading that make sense. Keep clever lines safe for print.
  2. Use simple words. No one like using a dictionary when scanning through the Internet.
  3. Use short sentences to convey the idea.
  4. Use short paragraphs. Paragraphs that run into 10s of sentences are strict no-no for the web.
  5. Write a proper paragraph; one idea per paragraph.
  6. Break the articles into small chunks by using headings and subheads.
  7. Make your text more scannable by making important keywords bold, italic or by underlining it.
  8. Use lists like this one, wherever it is possible. It is easy to go through a list than a 10-sentence paragraph.
  9. Use objective language. Do not make your article sound like a promotion material.
  10. Link old articles or blog-posts on your domain to retain visitors for long.

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