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32 Web Writing Tips for Better Blogging and Social Media Posts – Bufferchat Recap

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Nicole Miller
Nicole Miller Team Engagement Manager @ Buffer
32 Web Writing Tips for Better Blogging and Social Media Posts – Bufferchat Recap

Content Crafter Kevan Lee joined us for #Bufferchat to talk about the unique nature of writing for the web.

Check out the full Storify recap here, and continue reading for 32 web writing tips from Kevan and the community about how to write successful blogposts, tweets, status updates, and more.

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What makes writing for the web different than print?

“We have less time to grab attention on the web. Web writing is quicker, more succinct, right to the point.” @Kevanlee
Writing for the web: Solve people’s problems, answer their questions, and entertain while doing so.” @KMullett
Web writing is less long form and more to the point for scanning.” @ErikJFisher
Writing for the web means really knowing your customers. Focus on their interests/needs. Less ‘corporate speak.'” @CathyWebSavvyPR

Other participants mentioned the unique nature of instant feedback, creating small, bite-sized content, and considering line spacing and fonts in web content.

Best Practices: Blogging

“Write on Day One, edit on Day Two, publish on Day Three. (Translation: Give your blogposts time to simmer.)” @KevanLee
Keep things scannable, publish when your post is amazing (and no earlier), have fun!” @KevanLee
I think it’s important to know your audience, but also write for yourself & be true to that as well.” @TheNameIsCasie
Consistently deliver high quality content and promote to a relevant audience.” @IanCleary
Always focus on how you can help people” @MeghanMHall“Used an Editorial Calendar – If you don’t have one you will struggle with consistency, variety etc” @IanCleary
Research both your audience’s interests and what has already been written about around a topic. Find your unique perspective” @ShannnonB
Back up your blog posts with data & facts. You can say a lot but in this

#digital

day in age credibility is important.” @SeeSawMe

Best Practices: Social Media Posts

Consistent formatting is a plus! – bold/italics on Google+, capitalization on Twitter, etc.” @KevanLee
Test different lengths and tones on each network to see what sticks.” @KevanLee
Think about how your audience interacts on each channel and adapt format accordingly. Audience needs 1st!” @webber_karen
Each social media has an interaction trait. Microblogging for Twitter, General or Personal touch on other platforms” @AshXyle

When is it okay to break the “rules”?

“Challenge the rules as often as possible. Understand why they exist and if they’re best for you!” @KevanLee“Challenging the rules makes for a great opportunity to write about your learnings!” @KevanLee
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ll the time. if it wasn’t for experimentation, we’d still be riding horses.” @aarongottlieb

Crafting an eye-catching headline

“Great headlines are all about the individual words. Make each word count. Use as many as necessary.” @KevanLee“I’ve been writing 20-25 headlines per post, sending them around to teammates, seeing which are best!” @KevanLee 
Here is a great tool for analyzing your headlines: http://ow.ly/Axmg4

@BKMediaGroup

Importance of Images

A blogpost isn’t complete without an original, shareable image.” @KevanLee
We use Canva to create original images for everything – ideal social network sizes, easy templates, etc.” @KevanLee
I’ve found that you don’t have to be Picasso! People love having images to share – and they don’t have to be works of art!” @KevanLee
Images help establish a tone, explain a topic, provide a break in content, and capture interest.” @Niclas_Marie
 53% more likes, 104% more comments, and 84% better click-through-rates…” @FlyingPTDigital

Final Advice

Final tips: Show up consistently, be as helpful as possible.” @KevanLee“Enjoy what you do! Your content shines brighter when you’re shining, too. :)” @KevanLee
Listen. Give. Be authentic.” @CallMeMissGrant


Thank you to everyone who joined in this great chat!

Tune in every week on Wednesday at 9 am Pacific, noon Eastern for #bufferchat!

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