I don’t think most beginners understand how much content they’ll need to write when they launch their first website. I know I didn’t have a clue what I was getting into with my own blog.
If you aren’t publishing enough content to keep you, your readers, and Google happy — these four writing mistakes could be the problem.
Here’s a post if you are having trouble coming up with ideas about what to write a blog post about.
Common Mistakes When Writing Content for a Website
1. Editing while you write
Writing a paragraph or a sentence and going over it multiple times to edit it to perfection is probably the biggest trap to fall into.
This is a common newbie mistake that is a difficult habit to break. But face it: it’s a waste of time and it’s counter productive.
Writing and editing should never be done at the same time. There is a saying that goes: “Write without fear and Edit without mercy.”
What that means is you should write without pausing to make corrections.
You can always edit your writing once you’ve completed the article. Writing and editing are two entirely different functions, and should be kept separate. Finish the writing. Once it’s done, then you edit your content until you think it’s great.
2. Not segmenting your activities
There may be different tasks that you need to do while writing.
For example, if you need to write five articles on weight loss, you may need to think of topics and titles for all 5 before you begin. The goal here is to get all of these tasks completed first, so segment task and do all your work in ‘bulk’ whenever possible.
That means, complete all the research required at one go. When you know you will write 5 articles for your niche site:
- Choose topics for all the 5 articles
- Decide on the main keywords you will be using
- Do the research for each keyword making notes and outlines for all 5 articles
- Create Titles for each
- Create Sub headings for each article
- Now go back and start writing each article
Do not make the mistake of researching the content for one article, then outlining it and writing it… only to go through the process again with the next article and so on.
Complete all the necessary tasks first before you sit down to write. Once you’re settled in to write… you only do one thing… you write. Period. If you do this, your writing will be much faster and less of a hassle.
3. Failing to create outlines
This is another mistake. You must have an outline. It could be a novel or an article or a listicle… or any piece of content. You absolutely must outline it. Writing down a brief list of points or an outline will help you stay on track and prevent you from digressing.
One great method of outlining content for a website is to simply decide on sub headings that you’ll use in your content. As you research your topic or keyword you can:
- Keep a WordPress editor open in a browser tab where your post will be written and write notes, and headings that you notice along the way
- Take notes on your computer notepad
- Hand write notes as you go
Because the best blog post will rarely have more than 300 words under a single sub heading and can be much shorter, sub headings make great bullet points for an outline.
You shouldn’t try to wing it as you go along. The outline will serve as a map with guideposts to make sure you cover whatever you need to while writing.
It’ll keep you focused and you’ll get through your writing in record time.
4. Not removing distractions
Generally, it’s best to write in a quiet place that’s free from distractions. Nowadays, many writers mention that they prefer to write in cafes and coffee shops. In fact, there is even a website that recreates the ambient sounds of a café so that people can listen to it and write better.
It may seem strange… but ultimately, you need to find out what works for you. Ideally, silence is golden and you should do your best to make sure that nothing interrupts your train of thought while writing.
How to remove distractions when writing content
- Tell your family members not to disturb you and close the door
- Place your mobile phone on silent or in another room if you have to
- Turn off all social media or temporarily disconnect your internet connection
When you write, you write. Starve your distractions and feed your focus. Keep writing until you’re done for the day and then you may pick up wherever you left off with other tasks and commitments.
Now that you’re aware of these four common mistakes, you should do whatever it takes to avoid them. You’ll get more writing done — producing more website content in less time.