7 Hacks on how to create a readable blog

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7 Hacks on how to create a readable blog

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Let’s be sincere.

 

Isn’t blogging a hard task? Do you know how to create a readable blog?

 

How to create a readable blog

 

Is your blog worth your efforts and investment? What do readers think about your blog?

 

The answer to that lies on its readability. A perfect blog is the one that users desperately follow up and wouldn’t want to miss a single post.

 

But how?

 

Let’s have a look.

On the previous post, I talked about writing short readable sentences. We are going to learn more about that and how it improves readability.

Readability is how easy your blog posts are to read. Flesch-Kincaid is a popular tool that measures readability accurately. If your score is between 60.0-70.0, then your content is readable.

Google considers readability of the content in your blog before ranking it.

 

 

How can you improve readability on your blog?

 

  • Use short paragraphs

 

A short paragraph should have a minimum of 2-4 sentences. A short paragraph is easy to read and scan through.

A paragraph with one sentence is okay too.

 

Each paragraph should have one idea. A blog post with many white/blank spaces is very readable because at least a reader can skip a line without missing the point.

 

  • Shorten the length of your sentences

 

Did you know that the secret to avoiding common mistakes in writing is using short sentences? Cut off extra words that don’t add value to the content. Get rid of adverbs for example, and, generally, e.t.c.

 

  • Utilize formatting tags

 

What are formatting tags for if you don’t use them in your write-up? Make use of bold, underlines and italics to spice up your content and enchant your readers.

 

 

  • Use alternative to common words

 

Examples of an alternative to common words are fantastic, friendly, great, good, etc.

 

  • Avoid prepositional phrases

 

Don’t use common prepositions e.g., include of, among, around, about, into, without, through and many others.

 

  • Replace a phrase with one word

 

You can use words like suddenly in place of all of a sudden, instead of to replace at this point in time and much more. You can check on 50 plain language substitutions for more details.

 

  • Spice up your writing

 

How do you plan to catch the attention of your readers?  You can improve readability by writing in a conversational tone. You speak to the reader by including questions and even cooking up stories.

 

Just imagine if you were watching your favorite movie and you receive an email. On checking the email, you find the sender is narrating a personal story. Wouldn’t you be distracted a bit and read the story?

You might want to find out the message behind that story. To be precise, spicing up your writing has authority over your reader.

 

Finally, avoid using passive voice as much as you can.

  1. The book was written by her.
  2. She wrote the book.

 

Sentence two sounds better compared to sentence one. Active voice affects the readability of your content.

Do you know how to make your blog readable now? Before you start marketing that product or service in your blog, make sure that your readability score is more than 60.0.

 

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About Author

Dorine Otinga

Dorine Otinga

I am a passionate freelance writer, blogger, Swahili teacher and research assistant. It is my pleasure to bring hope to all upcoming freelancers and online entrepreneurs. My goal is to help you become the golden writer who can shake the world through words. Feel free to go through the content in this blog and unveil the great talent in you.

64 Comments

Rosanna Alicia Design

July 5, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Great tips! I’m working on trying to use a conversational tone, but it can be hard… I find myself slipping back into ‘autotone’ really easily. Too many years in academia & offices! R

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 5, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Rosanna,

    I am glad you found the tips helpful. I understand why you find it a bit hard to write in a conversational tone.However, it is not hard at all. In fact it very easy. Just write as if you are talking to your friend.Keep trying and let us know your progress.

    Cheers!

Rachel

July 5, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Some really good tips in this post 🙂 Definitely using short sentences and paragraphs is a great idea. A reader is going to click away right away if they say a big chunk of text with no white space, it’s just not readable

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 5, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Rachel,

    Thank you for the good compliment. I am glad you found it helpful.

Kevine

July 5, 2017 at 7:15 pm

I think “A paragraph with one sentence is okay too.” should be a paragraph on its own to drive the point home

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 6, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Hi Kevine,

    Thanks again for the compliment. You have a point and I appreciate that.

Ngulli’va

July 5, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Spot on Dorine. Some tips that we assume count a lot . Don’t they ?

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 6, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Hi Ngulli’va

    Yes the tips we assume do count a lot. Lets keep them in our mind always.

Maureen.

July 6, 2017 at 6:58 am

Great tips. Will surely implement all of them.

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 6, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Hi Maureen,

    I feel honored that you came across this and found the tips great. Yes, implement them and you will see a great change.

Jeremy Kireru

July 6, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Wow…Short blog post packed with lots of information. Thanks for sharing the golden tips!

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 7, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am glad you found it helpful.Implement the tips and never give up. Cheers!

Katie

July 7, 2017 at 9:07 pm

Definitely agree with writing short paragraphs. I don’t come to blogs to read huge novels!

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 8, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Wow, what a nice compliment Katie. Thank you!

Sylvie Hanes

July 7, 2017 at 11:02 pm

Great content. I appreciate reading any tips that help me be a better blogger. I especially agree with the number of sentences in paragraphs. I access blog posts, and as soon as I see long paragraphs, I find it challenging; the post becomes what I call, the “heavy read”.
Thanks for sharing your tips!

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 8, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Hi Sylve,

    I am glad you found the tips helpful. You can always check this blog for more tips about blogging.

Waller

July 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

Great tips. Short paragraphs are so much easier to read on a computer or phone and a story is an engaging way to interact with readers and encourage them to come back.

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 8, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Waller,

    Thank you for your compliment. Thanks for the additional tip. A story!! Wow!

Maria – Dapper House Designs

July 8, 2017 at 11:40 pm

As someone who is new to the blogging world, these tips are great! I am currently working on writing in a conversational tone as I tend to be very formal when I write – spent too many years in corporate America!

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 9, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Maria,

    Welcome to the blogging world! Writing in a conversational tone is easy only if you speak to your readers. You will make it.

Sabrina

July 9, 2017 at 8:54 pm

As a. It native English speaker I really love the tool Yoast which shows me the worst mistakes to prevent a poor readability- still there are very good tips I will try to use in addition. Thank you for sharing

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 10, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Hi Sabrina,

    Yoast is a great tool. You are welcomed to check more tips.

Jefferson Huynh

July 9, 2017 at 11:36 pm

This is a very interesting read, Dorine! I tend to struggle with writing my blog, usually with wordy sentences which can deter the reader from reading more. Overall, the tips were very helpful and I will be following them.

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 10, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Thank you Jefferson. I am happy to help.

Nina

July 10, 2017 at 7:29 am

Thanks for these tips, they’re very helpful! I will definitely use them for my next blog.

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 10, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Hi Nina,

    You are welcomed!

Jenny

July 10, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Great advice, I know some people find it hard to write a concise blog post, so these are some great tips to help those in need!

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you Jenny. That is very true.

Cynthia

July 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Excellent! English is not my native language so I try to pay attention to everything that is writing related. I have found myself using phrases that can be one word like you said 😀 (all of the sudden / suddenly) will make an effort to correct that.

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 10, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Cynthia,

    I am glad you found it helpful. Make an effort to implement it. Cheers!

Dieter

July 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

I like all your thoughts but some of them work contradiction to the goal we want to achieve. A blog shall have min 300 words best to have 2000. Replacing a phrase sentence with one word would not come so good. However, i understand it shall be reading easy. So I bookmarked your page, will for sure use some of your hacks, thank you

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Dieter,

    Thanks for the nice compliment. I understand that some thoughts won’t match with our goals. However, no matter the word count, we can still improve readability by making the content short and engaging.

Sam

July 10, 2017 at 5:37 pm

This is a really nice article on creating the blog post. The tips and strategies that have been shared in this post are really helpful for an excellent writing. These are the things which impact the reader’s mind effectively.

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Sam,

    Thank you for your positive feedback. I feel honored.

Tereza

July 11, 2017 at 4:35 am

Fab tips! I’m guilty of writing paragraphs that are too long and only now I have Grammarly and WordPress readability check I’m actually seeing how damn long my paragraphs are!

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 11, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Hi Tereza,

    Thank you for the compliment.
    It is never too late to make a change. I am happy that you are going to make a change in your paragraphs.
    Cheers!

rightstopmedia

July 11, 2017 at 7:24 am

Wow this is short and pack and well written

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Thank you rightstopmedia

Bryce Rae

July 11, 2017 at 7:37 am

Some good tips. Yes, it’s good to get away from common words, not continuously use them.

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Hi Bryce,

    Yea I agree.

Dinesh

July 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

Agree with passive voice. Always asked not to use it, but write in first person..

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Sure Dinesh.

HELENE VLACHO

July 11, 2017 at 8:43 am

Great tips and suggestions! I always try to find synonyms in order to replace the most common words as i am not a native English speaker and these tips are so helpful!
Helene // Beautiful Is My Attire

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Helene,
    Thank you for your compliment. I think for Literature one will need a different approach. Otherwise the tips can work for a normal blog.

Jackie | CareOnSkin.com

July 11, 2017 at 8:59 am

I always struggle with passive voice. Anyways, great tips and surely great for SEO too!

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Hi Jackie,

    Thanks. Sure, you need to avoid passive voice.

Daniela Miovska

July 11, 2017 at 9:42 am

Great tips! I will definitely try to apply them for my future posts. Thanks for sharing!

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Thank you Daniela

Cindy’s Travel Diaries

July 11, 2017 at 11:15 am

Great advice ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Welcome Cindy

Lily

July 11, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Nice tips, but I’m not sure if it helps when you want to promote your blog about literature, for example 😉 But this one is a solution to everyone who struggle with writing and do not how to make their posts more appealing)

Sylvester Vanessa

July 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Great tips! I have learnt so much. I believe that I make very long sentences, full of conjunctions and prepositions. Thank you for sharing this.

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Welcome Sylvester.

Sammy

July 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Great tips! I already do some of these, and I need to improve on the last ones u mentioned.

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Hi Sammy,

    Thanks for the compliment.

Joanna

July 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm

What an amazing set of useful tips! Thanks a lot.

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Thanks Joanna

Malalai

July 11, 2017 at 7:06 pm

Wow really great tips! Bookmarked your article to read again!

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Thank you Malalai.

Ficklemindblog

July 12, 2017 at 3:33 am

Nice tips

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    July 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Thank you Ficklemindblog

Mercy

August 13, 2017 at 7:19 am

Awesome tips there Dorine

    Dorine Otinga

    Dorine Otinga

    August 22, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Thank you Mercy

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