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Grammar’s not just for your grandma
Would your grandma be embarrassed about your lack of writing skills? Using proper grammar and spelling is just as important on your website as it is anywhere else. In fact, visitors to your website form their opinion of your business in a matter of seconds. So it may be even more important online than it is in your print material. Let’s look at three quick tips for improving your website’s grammar.
1. Spend extra time on your home page
For many website visitors, their initial impression of your website is based solely on your welcome page. So even though it may have less text than any other page on your site, double, triple and quadruple check it. Those first few seconds are critical.
2. Have other people check your work
If you don’t already have someone proof-reading what you write, you need to get someone. You can use a friend who writes frequently, a college student majoring in English, or an online proofreading services.
Even if you write frequently, someone else needs to look over your work before the general public can read it. Even the most experienced writer occasionally makes mistakes.
3. The spellchecker is your friend
Don’t ignore those little red squiggly underlines! Whenever you see one, make absolutely sure you’ve spelled the underlined word correctly.
Remember, it’s never too late to start using proper grammar and spelling.
July 5th, 2011
Tim Priebe is a public speaker, the author of the book Webifiable and the upcoming book Blogify Your Business and the owner of T&S Web Design. You can reach him on Twitter and Facebook with the username timjpriebe.