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  1. Andy
    April 17, 2018

    Thank you for a brilliant, humorous post!

    I am still trying to work on getting traffic to a site I have, I think I have got bogged down with keywords as you have eluded to. I think that has affected my writing frequency.

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    • Helen
      April 18, 2018

      Andy, I am the queen of bogged down. I like to be as perfect as possible so edit continually until I finally admit enough is enough!

      I tended to worry about keywords when I first started but don’t now. It’s fantastic when a keyword turns up that is just so right. But with so many people doing similar articles it’s hard to be unique. Just keep on trucking.

      If you have an article in mind, just write it out. I can almost guarantee by the time you have added, subtracted and organised your writing of it there will be a great change in it.

      Then go through and find phrases that look good and are relevant. Then Jaaxy them. Use the best as your target. That will tighten your title and article content together.

      Have fun and get that frequency up. (Mind you I need to do that at the moment too).

      Thanks for your comment.

      Ciao
      Helen

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  2. Kourtney
    April 17, 2018

    Hey theres some great tips here, even though they’re simple a lot of us forget to do it, I am a culprit of that aswell, always trying to shorten things down naturally or turning it into slang saying “gonna” instead of “going to” haha.

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    • Helen
      April 18, 2018

      Kourtney, yes why take the hard road when there is an easy one. I tend to shorten things. This has been going on for so long it seems natural now.

      I also use Australian terminology but do explain it in brackets. Aussie slang is so colourful at times. It’s fun to use.

      Sometimes, when traveling in a country, the speech and accent between two areas is so different it is impossible to fully understand. And that’s in English. Imagine where we will end up if this continues. A few kilometres apart, some villages won’t be able to understand each at all!

      I really appreciate your visit and comment.

      Thanks
      Ciao
      Helen

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  3. Jill
    April 17, 2018

    Hi Helen, Thank you for this very good article on Creating Great Content. It is shocking to see the type of content in some books and the one you are quoting from is an example of very poor writing. Can’t think that it went for editing before printing. Perhaps they forgot?

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    • Helen
      April 18, 2018

      Jill, it looks like your thoughts on this reflect mine. A lot of the mistakes could have been fixed with a simple spell check. Words were run together or split in odd places, among other things.

      Someone named on one page had a different name on the next. At least; in the context that appears what happened.

      Mind you I do love hanging/dangling participles. At times these are the best thing in a book as they add so much humour.

      Thanks for commenting.

      See you around.

      Cioa
      Helen

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  4. Max
    May 29, 2018

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I have recently started using Grammarly to check my content to ensure my spelling and grammar are accurate. My main problem is that my writing style starts off naturally but then ends up sounding as if I am a professor lecturing to an audience.

    I have a tough time balancing the line between being friendly/approachable and being an “authority” in my niche. I absolutely love the idea of having an Avatar to “talk” to when I am writing.

    Thanks again!

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    • Helen
      May 31, 2018

      Max, I tend to have the same issue. I wouldn’t worry too much about being an authority. What I do is write out my article, then go over it several times. Not to add so much as to make anything too lecturing into a natural flow. Sometimes it is as easy as looking up alternative words. Just take your lecture and make yourself the avatar for a while. Then rewrite as if you know nothing about the topic and how you would like it explained to you. Remember when you were young, getting frustrated when the explanations weren’t quite the basics.

      Just remember you are friendly and approachable!

      Thanks for your well thought out comment.

      Ciao
      Helen

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