10 Tips on How to Proofread Your Blog Articles

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Have you ever hit publish on an article and promoted it all over social media, only to find a typo?

Do you proofread all of your work carefully, but still find grammatical errors later?

The idea of having your very own proofreader is a nice idea, isn’t it?

It would be great to have someone who is always available to you, checks through all your facts and brings your favorite latte while he or she is proofreading your work. When this amazing proofreader is done – a foot rub is offered to you as the two of you discuss your brilliance in your latest article.

The reality is that’s just not reality.

I spent some time gathering up tips on how to proofread your own work because proofreading is essential to every blog article. Typos, misspelled words, and simple grammatical errors have the power to make or break a reader’s and potential buyer’s trust in you.

While making sure those little mistakes don’t end up getting published is vital, let me throw another reality at you – we all make mistakes.

You could publish 10 articles without any errors, but when you make an error on the 11th, that’s when everyone will notice.

How do we become better at proofreading our own work?

10 Tips on How to Proofread Your Own Work – Making Your Articles Fool-Proof

  1. Editing vs. Proofreading: There is a difference between editing and proofreading. Editing is when you are making revisions. Proofreading is at the end when all the changes have been made. When proofreading, you are looking for actual grammatical mistakes.
  2. Walk Away: This one is obvious but helpful. After you have finished your article and have hit save, close your computer and walk away. Get some distance. Then come back with a fresh pair of eyes.
  3. Read Out loud: Reading out loud helps you to read each individual word. This, of course, should increase your chances of finding those little typos.
  4. Look Up Those Grammar Questions: Whether it is the right spelling of the word or making sure you have the right homophone, if in doubt look it up.
  5. Check the Homophones: Homophones are words that sound alike, but have different spellings. Here are some examples, be/bee, bear/bare, and pear/pair.
  6. Print Your Work Out: Hubpages offers a unique approach to proofreading your own work. They recommend printing it out. Having a printed document will require more of your attention and concentration. This is exactly what you need for proofreading.
  7. Check for Homonyms: Homonyms are words that share the same pronunciation but have different meanings. For example, accept/except and complement/compliment.
  8. Reading Backwards: This amazing tip comes from Grammar Girl. Our brains are wonderful. However, when it comes to proofreading, our brains can actually work against us. Sometimes when reading our own work our brains will go on autopilot and correct wrong words within our sentences. That is why this tip is so amazing. Start with the last sentence of your article and read each sentence backward.
  9. Proofread Slowly: I know when I write an article, I tend to type quickly because I like to get all of my ideas out on paper before I forget. However, proofreading is the time to stop and take things slowly.
  10. Set Up An Editorial Calendar: Do yourself a huge favor and set up an editorial calendar. This gives you a plan and can help you to carve out time for proofreading. Work to get weeks ahead on your blog articles, so that you have the time to walk away.

    Discover how to set up your very own editorial calendar by reading this post: Why We Shouldn’t Give Up on Article Editorial Calendars.

Bringing It Home

It’s always helpful to get a second pair of eyes when proofreading, but sometimes that just isn’t an option. Use these tips to fool-proof your proofreading skills.

Your Turn

Do you have a favorite tip to add or one from this list that you would like to try?

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

7 comments on “10 Tips on How to Proofread Your Blog Articles
  1. Chad Egeland says:

    Awesome tips Christine and many I need to implement into my own proofreading process.

    My 11th grade English teacher was hugely inspirational to me and she always said to read it all backwards and so I was happy to see that tip in your list.

    Read it out loud, slow down and walk away are three great tips that make so much sense to do but I have trouble doing them as I always seem to just want to hit publish as quickly as possible.

  2. Hi Chad,

    I can relate, when I finish an article I’m so excited to hit publish too. Sounds like your 11th grade English teacher was worth her salt because that has been my favorite tip. Reading it backwards forces me to slow down and find those little errors that I might normally miss. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Elizabeth Hall says:

    I never thought of or heard of reading backwards. I think that is an awesome tip. I’m going to definitely try that one. Great article.

    • Hi Elizabeth!
      Thank you so much! I know that particular tip has really revolutionized my personal proofreading skills. It’s quick, easy, and really helpful. I would love to hear how it works for you. 🙂

  4. You people give great suggestions. Brilliant article.

  5. Hi James,

    Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the article. 🙂