In the past, all content was published on paper which always involved a rigorous editing process to make it flawless and error-free. However, with the development of modern technology, content has moved into the digital realm, which enables authors and content creators to self-publish their work. And that's great because you can reach a lot more people, without having to spend a ton of money. Nowadays, the audiences are used to having access to high-quality content which is provided to them consistently. However, as a consequence, the process of essay editing is often rushed through or neglected altogether.

It shouldn't be like that, since your content is your message to the people. Being able to stand behind every word is important. Publishing your content, before making sure that it's free of any errors can harm your business' reputation. Great content also helps you establish yourself as an authority with your audience.

In order to help you make your content brilliant, we have put together the ultimate editing checklist every content marketer should rely on before publishing. Keep on reading.

1. Pay Attention to the Structure of Your Content

The structure of the article needs to be consistent, which means that all of its sections need to be in sync with each other. This includes your headline, subheading, and all of the paragraphs. Remember that having the right headline is important, since that’s the first thing your readers will come across.

Most people skim the content, rather than read it, and as much as 80% of them never click on the headline to read the actual post. Your headline is like a window to your shop. People will look at it, and expect to read the about the topic described in the title.

The consistency also applies to the content itself, which means shouldn’t stray from the main idea of your article or post. You might be very proud of the research and conclusion you’ve drawn in one of the paragraphs, but if it strays from the main topic too much, you should remove it and find a better place for it in a different post.

2. Check for Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, and Stylistic Errors

One of the best things about using digital tools in the content editing process is the ease with which you can perform a spell check. Most editing tools, such as Microsoft Word, and even content management systems like WordPress have a built-in spell check feature.

But, you still can’t expect apps and tools to spot all of the errors for you. For example, typing “form” where “from” should be will not be caught by the spell check. While there is a variety of grammar tools online, such as Grammarly, which can help to some extent, you will still need to check your content manually.

The style should remain consistent, as well. By this, we mean using the same formatting for your headlines and headers, capitalizing them in the same manner, or being consistent when using the Oxford comma. It should remain the same, not just inside the article, but throughout all of your content.

3. Have a Unique Voice

Even though you should edit your content thoroughly, you shouldn’t eliminate everything that is original about it. Otherwise, your posts will come across as too impersonal and sterile. People want something they can relate to and which help them address a certain problem. Writing your content using a conversational style will enable you to make it more personable. It shouldn’t be just some generic filler.

Having a unique voice can help you stand apart from your competitors. Keeping your voice original, while still relatable, is a winning combination.

4. Write with Your Readers in Mind

Don’t forget the fact that your readers are also there to learn something from you, which means they don't have the same knowledge on a particular subject as you do. After all, that is why they are interested in your content. Some content creators fall into the trap of using fancy industry words, when they could explain everything using simple terms.

Once your readers come across an unfamiliar term, they will google it. Once they click on one of the links, they might never come back to your website. You don't want them to leave your website In order to look for an explanation. Explain everything clearly without trying to prove how smart you are.

On top of that, your content needs to address their problems and pain points, and provide useful and applicable advice.

5. Don't Neglect the Visual Aspect

Enhancing your content with eye-catching visuals, such as videos, images, and infographics will help your content seem less dry and monotonous. But, you should also treat your text as a visual element. People don’t like to read huge blocks of text. This means your content should be divided into easy to digest paragraphs. You can also make use of bullet points, numbered lists, as well as titles and subheadings which are clickable and interesting. Also, your content will look better on mobile devices, which are slowly taking over.

6. Get Someone Else to Double-Check

It's always a good idea to check your content after you have set it aside for a day or two. It’s even better if you can get someone else to double-check it. It can be anyone whose opinion and expertise you can benefits from. Set your ego aside and make use of their suggestions and ideas. Another option would be to hire a professional copy editor. They will check your content and make sure it’s perfect.

Conclusion

Your content is your business' bread and butter, and editing should be an integral part of your content creation process. Using tips and advice shared in this article, you will be able to improve the quality of your content, which won’t go unnoticed by your audience.

Author's Bio: 

Paula Hicks is an experienced journalist from Romania. Currently, works as a freelance editor for the number of educational resources. Her big dream is to finish the book she writes now.