Writing for a website
Making the decision to create a website is easy. Creating engaging content for that site can be hard, though. You need to strike a balance between writing content that captures your readers’ interest and presenting all the information they need to know completely and accurately. Follow the guidelines and tips below as you begin writing to make sure your content shines.
Create original content
The content on your site should be original and should show how you (or your business) are unique. While there might be lots of websites out there covering your topic of interest or providing a similar service or product to what you provide, use your site to show how you are different from everyone else. If you’re running a personal site on which you share your ideas and thoughts, put your own spin on the topic and write from your perspective. If you’re selling a product or service, describe what you do and highlight any unique aspects of your business to help set you apart from your competitors.
Provide accurate information
Like any other type of writing, it’s important that the information you present on your site be accurate and complete. Do your research before you begin writing, and as you write, make sure you’re presenting the information correctly. Your online reputation suffers when readers find that you’re misrepresenting information, whether it’s accidentally or purposefully. If you’re not sure whether a piece of information you want to include is correct, either take the time to research it more or leave it out of your site.
Make sure your website and webpages are organized
As you create pages within your site and develop your site structure, make sure they’re all organized well. Readers won’t stick around your site if they have to hunt down information in hard-to-locate places, and they won’t continue reading a page on your site if the text jumps around from one topic to another. Remember that when people read online material, they tend to skim it instead of fully immersing themselves in the text. If a reader can’t keep up with what you’re saying as they skim the text, they’ll quickly click away to another site.
Write for your audience
If you’re creating content for your company’s site, you want that content to be professional so it enhances your business’s reputation and profile. On the other hand, if you’re writing a blog in which you present your thoughts and ideas on current events, you can write more informally and present your own personal opinions. Regardless of what kind of site you’re creating, it’s important to determine what kind audience you want to build and then make sure all your content is targeted towards that audience.
Keep lists of content ideas
When you’re writing for a site that regularly publishes news posts, blog posts, or other kinds of articles, it might be hard to think of interesting topics to write about, especially if you’ve been writing posts for a while. To help combat this, keep a running list of topics you find interesting or about which you have something to say. Keep the list in a notes app on your phone so you can add new topics no matter where you are (but not while you’re driving!). Then, whenever you have a hard time coming up with a topic, pull up your list and pick one!
Update your content regularly
Once you have your site content created, that doesn’t mean your work is over. Static pages don’t draw repeat readers. One great way to keep your content updated is to incorporate a blog or a series of articles; however, you should regularly review all the pages on your site to determine whether you need to edit any information on those pages and to see if you can add any information. For example, if your company’s site has a ‘History’ or ‘About Us’ page, update it to add company milestones and achievements.