If you are reading this article, I’m pretty sure you own a blog and you are constantly looking forward to improving it. Building and maintaining a healthy blog is no easy job. It requires hard work and patience, and also good grammar. Yes, you read that right – you need to have a good command over grammar to take your blog to the next level. People like to read articles which follow the rules of grammar without themselves realizing it. It is grammar that holds together the English language and enables people to understand what you are trying to convey properly. Using poor grammar can affect your blog in many ways – you will lack the flow of content in your blog posts, people may find your instructions confusing, brands and businesses may not want to work with you, you will lose potential business opportunities, other bloggers may feel uncomfortable linking back to your content or associating with you, search engines like Google won’t give your content any preference and your articles may be pushed down in SERPs, etc.
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Why you must care about grammar
Grammatical errors can make you look less professional as a writer and make your blog appear unreliable. You must fix these grammar errors and start writing like a PRO to gain your readers’ trust. Every blogger wants to be heard, right? That’s precisely why they want everyone to read their content. Imagine writing something out of the world and not having many people to read your content.
Have you ever been in the same situation and wondered why?
That’s because people don’t trust your knowledge and they don’t trust your credibility as a writer.
What’s the reason?
It is mainly because your content is full of grammatical mistakes and it makes you appear DUMB in front of your readers.
And let me tell you something, grammatical errors make your articles hard to read and understand, thereby turning off your readers immediately.
So, next time when you start writing a blog post, do check for the following errors.
Common grammatical mistakes bloggers make
Your and You’re
“Your” is a possessive pronoun, used to mainly show ownership or relationship with something. For example, your car, your shop, your blog.
Whereas “You’re” is a contraction for” you are”.
Confuse between the above two and your readers will be even more confused than you actually are.
It’s and Its
Again a very silly mistake that can lose your credibility as a writer if you are not careful.
“It’s” is a contraction for “it is” or it has, depending on the tense.
Its is a possessive pronoun, for example, ‘this place has lost its charm.”
There and Their
There is used for giving reference to a particular place, for instance, “Let’s go there,” “there is no water,” ” there’s no electricity.”
Whereas ‘their’ is a plural possessive pronoun, used to show ownership for more than one person. For example, “their cars” or “their bags”.
Affect and Effect
The thing to remember here is, Affect is a verb, whereas “Effect” is a noun. Affect means to influence something, effect means the result and impact of something.
Let me give you an example from Google to make it easier for you,
“You can’t affect the creepy poem by reading it, but you can enjoy the effect of a talking bird.”
Didn’t do it versus Didn’t did it
This is the most common error I see people making every day.
You shouldn’t use two past simple verb forms in the same function of a verb string.
Following are some examples to make it easier for your understanding.
I didn’t eat it. (correct)
I didn’t ate it. (wrong)
I didn’t kill her. (Correct)
I didn’t killed her. (wrong)
I didn’t steal your money. (correct)
I didn’t stole your money. (wrong).
These are the five biggest grammar mistakes that blog writers make. Don’t forget that proper grammar does matter and as a fellow blogger please do share this post with your blogging friends. In this post, I’ve highlighted just these five grammar mistakes though there are many others mainly because these are the most common grammatical mistakes I’ve come across in the blogging community. Other writing mistakes include spelling, punctuation, capitalization, tenses, using the apostrophe in the right place, etc.
How to fix Grammar mistakes
Luckily there’s an easy solution available out there. It doesn’t matter whether you write on your PC, tablets or smartphones, Grammarly has got you covered. Grammarly is a smart AI-powered web-based tool that can easily be installed on any device you use and helps you find and fix your spelling, punctuation and grammatical mistakes easily. Ever since I started using Grammarly, my writing has improved a lot. You may also want to check out my review of Grammarly where I have covered everything about Grammarly in detail.
Thus I hope that you found this post useful. Also, don’t forget to bookmark this page just in case you wanted to have a look at it once more before you start writing your next blog post. If you liked this post, I’m sure you would also like my post on how to write great blog posts every time.