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How to Revise Blogs and Articles

Abby Slutsky graduated University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and writing. She has written copy for more than 12 years.

Sitting at your keyboard may be one of the first steps toward revising an article.

Sitting at your keyboard may be one of the first steps toward revising an article.

The inspiration for this articles came to me when I was responding to a hubber who asked how to revise an article. These tips are relevant to your own blog or any content you want to revise.

Whether you are writing for HubPages or your own blog, revising articles helps keep them fresh and relevant. In addition, freshening up articles may help you get the attention of more readers and improve your article's traffic.

Take a Good Look at The Title

Titles are the first words to attract a reader. My article might not be getting the traffic it deserves because the title is not interesting to readers. Does the title make the reader think that reading the article will add value to them? If not, it may be necessary to change it. Would you read an article with that title?

Look at the First Paragraph

The first paragraph must hook the reader and keep him reading more. If your first paragraph does not deliver, your reader will abandon the article.

Make Sure the Content Relates to the Title

If it does not, this does not necessarily mean you need to change the whole article. What it might mean is that you need to come up with a new title. You need to decide whether you prefer the information you shared with a title that is relevant to it or whether you want to create new content that delivers what your existing title says it will.

Try to Give the Article Broader Appeal

Sometimes when I revise an article, I will try to give it broader appeal. For example, if I wrote an article about Christmas gifts for mothers, I can expand the title to encompass more holidays. Wouldn’t those gifts be equally suitable for mom’s birthday?

Review for Spelling and Grammar

Even though I am fairly religious about using spell check, it is not infallible. Properly spelled words that are used incorrectly will not be identified. I try to reread for spelling, typos and grammar issues. Although this is really more proofreading than revising, I usually do it when I revise.

Add Keywords

When I revise articles, I look for ways to insert additional keywords. Sometimes I will revise an article and notice there are no keywords in my sub-headings or initial paragraph. If that is the case, I try to correct it.

Sometimes I have sufficient keywords, but they are not placed well. Most people read from left to right, so it is better to place the keywords on the left side of the paragraph.

However, there is a fine line between adding keywords and keyword stuffing, so I have to be careful not to overdo it.

Tighten My Sentences and Improve Them

When I first write an article, there are times when I try to get to a specific article length. However, I may be wordy or redundant at times. If I catch that when I am revising, I will eliminate redundancies and try to add another relevant subheading or paragraph that adds new information to the article.

Do not just look for redundant content; look for redundant words too. Check to see if multiple sentences in a row start with the same words. Sentence vocabulary and variety make written work more interesting to read.

Let a frend look at your original and revised copies. They may offer suggestions. Photo by Ron Lach from Pexels

Let a frend look at your original and revised copies. They may offer suggestions. Photo by Ron Lach from Pexels

Other Tips

Search and Read Similar Articles

Searching similar articles and reading them may spark your creativity to add other topics or information to your article. An article that comes up quickly in a search on that topic is probably delivering something that your article is not. Pay attention to their keywords and placement, and note any additional information they offer that you may not have included in your article. Could you do a little research and provide the reader with more thorough information than what that article includes?

Read Your Article’s Comments and Respond With Improved Content, if Appropriate

If your article is already published, and you are revising to keep it fresh, review any comments about it. Did any readers ask you for new information or ask about anything that invites you to expand the article? Answering your readers’ questions will make your article more inviting to read.

Get a Second Opinion Before You Finish Revising

Ask someone else to read the revised article; show them the original version too. As a writer, you know what you want to say, so you may not identify any missing information. (Your mind will probably just fill in the gaps.) Another reader may be able to give you additional suggestions.

Hopefully, these tips will help you revise your article, so it provides better information and becomes more enticing to readers.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Abby Slutsky

Comments

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 09, 2021:

I appreciate you taking the time to read.

The nap time techie on April 09, 2021:

Quite an informative piece of writing. Thanks a lot, Abby :)

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 06, 2021:

Thanks for reading.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on April 06, 2021:

This is really good advice. Also refreshing them keeps the information as relevant as possible.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 06, 2021:

Thank you for your comments and time.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 06, 2021:

Thanks so much for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 06, 2021:

Yes, a fresh set of eyes is always good. Thanks for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 06, 2021:

Thanks for reading.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 06, 2021:

Valuable points made here and your advice is useful to all writers.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on April 05, 2021:

Abby, your article is valuable to me. I am a mentallr struggling person in the writing world.

I am going to use your advice.

Thank you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 05, 2021:

Abby,

I find it quite helpful to go back and revise my work.

I can see errors or words I want to change to make it read better.

I think it helps after it has been off my mind for awhile...I csn immediately see where it needs improvement.

I don't really have anyone to read my work, but I can see where that is helpful.

Great article.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 05, 2021:

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 05, 2021:

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on April 05, 2021:

Thanks so much for reading.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on April 05, 2021:

Hi Abby,

Your suggestions about revising the article are very good plus the pro tips in the end are superb. Thanks for sharing this informative article

Blessings and Peace

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 05, 2021:

There is a lot of good advice in this article, Abby. I have revised articles many times, and I appreciate all of your suggestions.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 05, 2021:

Nice article with good suggestions. If I have time I revise my articles once in a way

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