As you begin to write website content, do not worry about form, style or grammar. Do not worry if you don’t know all that you desire to know.
Look at why writing should not scare you. The information here will help you get started.
You could also take the Netwriting Master Course, discussed below.
For now, simply start writing content for your website by getting what you know on paper. Use a text editor or word processor if those tools are comfortable for you.
Do not worry about grammar, sentence structure, or the like. Simply get started. If you prefer to think of this as practice, that's fine.
Hey, don’t worry about what you should write/type first. In fact, you do not have to start by writing complete sentences. Simply write down your ideas about what you want to write.
Then, under each idea write a little something about what you know of the subject.
You can learn something about writing, while at the same time following the above suggestion of getting your ideas on paper. You will discover that learning to write website content is not that difficult.
In fact, forcing your mind to learn how to write is also a great way to start exercising your mind.
Now, do this short exercise to discover for yourself how easy it is to start writing content for a web page.
Look at the above information. Start at the top – the very first sentence.
All you see are a series of short sentences and paragraphs expressing a series of ideas. Isn’t that right?
Pretend each sentence is one under the other. Rewrite them if necessary, one under the other.
Each of the sentences expresses an idea. Then, the ideas are strung together into paragraph to express a concept.
Do you see it now?
Click here. The sentences are one under the other - rewritten for you.
the information. There are...
10 -- Paragraphs
18 -- Sentences
1.8 -- Average number of sentences per paragraph
12.6 -- Average number of words per sentence
4.4 -- Average number of characters per word
5.5 -- Flesh-Kincaid grade level
Anyone can do what you see. You probably speak more than 1.8 sentences each time you talk to a friend or relative.
Note that the words are not big or complicated words. There is only an average of 4.4 characters per word. Of course, probably everyone surfing the net can read at a fifth or sixth grade level.
Add a dictionary and thesaurus as writing aids. Add your personality, flair, and angle of approach and you are in business. You are starting to write website content.
And yes, this entire website was written based on the above concept. Almost all the pages on this site have a Flesh-Kincaid grade level of 9 or below.
By the way, do you "see" the personality or unique voice of this website? Do you see the flair, and angle of approach?
I would say that the unique voice in this instance is that of a knowledgeable instructor, coach or motivator. The flair and angle of approach is informal and a can-do, anyone can do it attitude.
What do you think about the above? You are the judge.
When I first started to write website content, I wrote at a grade level above 11. The recommended number is below nine. Some internet writers would say that you should write below a Flesh-Kincaid grade level of eight.
Newspapers, magazines and other written media also follow the above concept.
The idea here is not that the visitors to your website are poor readers. Rather, you want to write in such a way that the reader understands instinctively and intuitively the message you present. Your readers should not have to "think about" what it is you are trying to say.
Moreover, you do not have to write or sound like a five year old to accomplish the task.
This page (the one you are reading now) has over 1800 words with a Flesh-Kincaid grade level of around 6.5.
In the beginning it takes a little practice to get your ideas to flow one into the other. With practice, you learn to keep sentences short and to the point. You learn to write for the average web surfer.
Of course, if your market is the PhD type person, you should write website content accordingly.
You can also use various tools to help you write well-written pages; and of course, there are people that provide writing services. Until you develop confidence (or if you simply don't want to write), allow someone else to put your words to paper.
Do you want to write your own website content? If so, let's get started by reading a great free eBook -The Netwriting Masters Course.
Do not let the name scare you. This great small 50-page course will open your eyes, and benefit you immensely toward writing content for your website.
You have nothing to lose. The Netwriting Masters Course is free to download, study and print, if you want to print it.
Read the following excerpt taken from the book:
"Formal writing training is not necessary. You just need an easy-to-follow method and a few proven tools and strategies that work."
"Whether you have minimal or extensive Net experience, you will profit from the information provided in this course. Anyone can benefit from this course. Please feel free to share it with family, friends or colleagues -- anyone you know who wants to "do" business on the Net.
The Netwriting Masters Course is a "work-at-your-own-pace" course. Some of you will be able to devote large blocks of time to it. Others may only have 15-30 minutes per day to spend on it. Either way, it does not matter how long it takes you to complete the course. Set aside a certain amount of time per day to follow this course and to do your homework. You'll find it was time well, no best, spent as you refine your Netwriting skills and become a successful e-persuader."
Remember, as you write you also continue to study and learn your subject matter. You are developing a great mental habit.
Developing any habit (whether good or bad) takes time, and the good habit you are developing is worth the time and effort.
Do not forget to take your time. There's no rush.
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