You have a business for which you have a website, but what can a website do single-handedly. Whether it is a dynamic or static or flash based website, content is required. Content is the backbone of any business, whether you want to provide crisp or detailed information or you wish to enter in Search Engine or Social Media Optimization. Writing a copy for web is extremely important and there are few steps that should be taken care of.
Opening and Conclusion: Always give a little brief about what your article is going to talk about in the beginning. A preface is always important. The way a preface is important similarly a conclusion is also very important, which can have gist of the article concluded in a single line.
Knowledge of the Topic: Before you start writing collect all the information of the products or services that you are going to write about, the jargons, the technicalities, the benefits and/or the disadvantages. In short, think how you can provide all the relevant information to the reader. Think from the point of view of the reader, consider the industry you are writing for, make a flowchart of the things you are going to cover and start with the best research done.
Scannable Content: Online audience have very less time and least interest in reading lengthy documents. This means that your copy should be very effective and scannable. You can,
- Provide bullets and sub-headings: This helps the reader scan through the document and take down the relevant points from the document.
- Highlights: These will attract the attention of the reader and you will be able to put across your point easily.
These factors also help you in search engine optimization.
Maintain the Flow and be Organized: While writing, maintain the flow of what you are writing. Never supersede or jump from one bullet to another without making any point. There should always be a flow in the copy that you are writing so that the reader is not lost in the web of words and information. Organize and structure the document before writing it.
Stylize your Content, but don’t overuse Exclamations: Italicize, bold or underline your content it will attract users and will make the copy interesting by highlighting the major things in the document. Do not overuse exclamations as that will make the content look more compulsive and less subtle.
Proofread: Your copy is never ready to be published without being proofread. This helps you omit most of the grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.
Once you are convinced with your copy for web, then your readers will also be satisfied.