Can I drive a lot of trafic to my blog without being that good of a writer, I'd say I write as any average person?
Regardless of your writing skill, today, there is even less of an excuse to put out content with a poor presentation.
By poor presentation, I mean writing unclear content full of grammatical errors.
The reason why there is less of an excuse today as there was, say, twenty years ago, or even several years ago, is because you have apps that do a great job at checking your content for grammatical errors and quality of writing.
When I first delved into writing as my primary source of income, I was not impressed with a lot of apps.
I’m also speaking about apps like Grammarly.
Thank goodness they didn’t give up! Now, there are several different apps where you can check the quality of your writing.
They work extremely well and are worth using if you are going to put your content on the Internet.
Some you can use for free, but anything that is worth it, you will have to pay a fee to use.
This is why people tend to be so unforgiving when it comes to grammatical mistakes and other issues.
Much of the content you find on the Internet is grammatically sound, and it is because of these apps where you can check your grammar and quality of language.
If you just want to write a blog for yourself and hope someone else reads it, you do not need to invest time and money writing anything beyond an initial draft for your work.
However, if you want people to actually read and appreciate what you’re trying to say, it’s better if you clean up your written communication with the world and make an effort beyond a first, unpolished, uncorrected draft.
You see, the writing process is not about writing a draft and then sending it out.
It’s about writing and then revising.
When you do this for your writing, people will appreciate what you are trying to communicate.
It shows you care about your message and it conveys your professionalism because instead of doing half a job (writing without editing your work), you are taking the care and time to do the job fully.
When you communicate in writing, people might have trouble understanding what you mean if you have a bunch of grammatical errors.
It’s like causing static over the telephone so people can’t quite make out what you’re saying.
The nice thing about writing is that everyone begins with some skills, but when it comes to correct grammar and writing well, these are skills that we acquire as we write more.
If you’re not interested in improving your writing at all and improving your skill, the very least measures to take are to get a really good app that will help police your work for grammatical errors.
If you pay attention, you can learn how to improve your writing skills.
The more properly you express yourself in your drafts, the easier it gets to edit your own work.
Good luck with your blog.
I suppose that depends on what you mean by “average person.
If you truly are as good as writing as the average person, then your blogs will be a jumble of half-words and nonsense slang.
If that’s the case, then your situation is truly hopeless and I probably can’t help you.
However, if you say you write as well as the average amateur writer, or have a half-competent grasp of grammar and fairly respectable vocabulary, then I would say yes! Definitely, you can drive lots of traffic to your blog.
Here’s the thing, once you reach a point of sufficient clarity in your writing, it doesn’t matter how good you are (unless you’re competing with actual writers, and not some other market, i.
marketing, business, entrepreneurship, etc.
) as much as how good your ideas are.
Intelligent people will recognize good content, good ideas, and good thinking when they see it, whether that’s on a personal blog, a LinkedIn post, or a Medium article.
They won’t waste time nitpicking grammar or spelling mistakes because they understand that unless you’re trying to be a professional writer, it doesn’t matter.
If your blog is about engineering, engineers won’t care if you miss a comma.
If your blog is about business, CEOs won’t mind if you misspell Adirondack Mountains.
And so on.
Do you have beautiful prose, flowing paragraphs, a high-brow vocabulary, and a meticulous eye for syntax and grammar? Great.
If you have bad ideas it all means nothing.
In advertising and marketing, I have worked with many people who just were not good writers.
Plain and simple.
They used phrases and clichés that simply made me cringe whenever I read them.
I did not like their writing, and would often laugh at them in private.
But you know what? They’re successful.
It often blew my mind at first, that these people I called “hacks” are wining and dining with the Chicago elite, the wealthy influencers, restaurateurs, and actors.
They’re able to do it because they actually have great ideas, great lessons to give, and interesting methods of doing X or Y.
They spend more time working on themselves, their content, and what they actually offer, instead of sweating over the perfect blog post.
People know what they’re looking for, and they can find it regardless of how you write it (as long as the message is clear, obviously).
In fact, most of them appreciate the genuine feel of someone who is passionate about their work, and doesn’t come off as fake with perfect writing.
Don’t spend time so much on how you’re writing, focus more on what you’re writing about and the people will come.
That’s how the world works.
Being a good writer is a definition worth an entire book, so I’ll explain it to you the easiest way possible.
Let’s say you write what you know, okay? You can drive traffic to your blog if your writing is honest and clear and speaks the truth and you have information and sources to back up your statements.
If, in other words, you use your own voice in your content.
This means you are a good writer in terms that you aren’t trying to sound expert, but you really are; in the area in which you have expertise.
Readers know instantly when you’re not passionate about the topic you’re writing about and when this happens, they tend to get away from you, skip your article altogether and find another voice they can relate to.
You’re talking about writing as an average person: but you have to write as an average person, if average means being yourself, honest and straightforward.
Readers love to see your frailty and weaknesses as a writer, it makes them relate to you, to your content and your experience.
Readers love when they see their favorite author opens up and speaks the truth for what it is, when telling about his own experiences.
And by doing that, the authors puts himself on the same plan as their readers, offering solutions which helped him and that will surely help others.
So sound like yourself, be unique.
And if being unique means writing like an average human being, than be an average human being.
You will always be special to the eyes of others.
What can be average to you, may be amazing to your readers.
Sure you can.
As long as your content is interesting.
A lot of blogs have quite some visitors, despite them not being great writers.
The reason for that is that they have content that is either useful or interesting.
Just go look at tech-blogs from people who write in English while not being a native speaker.
Plenty of errors because they don’t master the language.
Grammar, spelling, phrases translated so literally that they don’t make sense.
So why do people visit that blog? Because the content is good.
If you can write content people want to read, then your blog will be visited.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re good writer, as long as your entries will make enough sense.
As soon as people have to think what you want to say, they will leave.
So you only have to be a good enough writer to write your articles structured enough for people to be able to follow your line of thinking.
I’ve mentioned technical blogs, as developers always seek articles to explain why they’re getting a particular error or problem.
If you can do a good job in explaining why something happens and then offer a clear solution, people will remember you.
Some of them will check your blog more often if they find you more often for issues they encounter.
If you can keep churning out good articles, people will stick around even if they don’t have a problem.
Because your articles are interesting.
Know your stuff
What’s important here is to know who your audience is.
Writing a technical blog means you’re targeting developers, system administrators and all kinds of IT-related people.
That means you need to know your technical stuff, otherwise you’re not going to be able to draw them in.
If you’re planning on blogging about celebrities, a different audience will read your articles.
But that requires you to know a lot about said celebrities and preferably things about them that other blogs and websites don’t.
Once people realize that you’re the source for a lot of gossip, you’ll become known and build a following.
But once again, you need to know your stuff.
People only read your articles if they have value.
If you’re a writer who writes stories, then this is completely different.
But that’s because you’re targeting a different audience.
Your audience now wants to be enticed by your stories, rather than hearing about newsworthy content.
In that case you’re going to need to be a better writer, as you’re supposed to write interesting (fictional) stories.
But that’s a whole different ballgame.
I’ve said it before and I keep saying it.
‘Know your stuff’.
The audience expects you to know more than they do.
If you can deliver, you can rake up your traffic.
Of course, being famous helps too.
As people already know you, they know what you deliver.
Driving traffic to your blog is a multi-pronged thing.
On one hand, you do need to provide content that is valuable to your readers.
On the other, you can be the best writer in the world and it won’t matter if you don’t promote yourself.
While it certainly helps to be an excellent writer, you don’t have to be to begin blogging successfully—so long as you focus on providing value to your readers.
You’ll also become a better writer by practicing writing, so, if you’re willing to put in the time, you may soon find that you have gotten significantly better as a writer.
Provide your unique perspective on topics.
Share information your readers are interested in.
Don’t be afraid to promote like crazy.
And look into a service like Grammarly, which can go a long way towards helping you improve your writing in real time.
If you want to drive traffic to your blog, you’ll also need to be prepared to do some research and discover what else—besides content—can help your blog stand out.
I wish you lots of luck!
That entirely depends.
Your abilities with spelling and grammar do not need to be extraordinary in many cases.
As long as you can write in a way which is informative or entertaining most of your audience will not care about simple mistakes.
I actually have a friend whose lack of emphasis on proper writing in his blog makes it even better, at least in my opinion.
The casual writing style works well for his blog, partially just because that is his personality, but also because his topics are pretty casual and do not require anything formal.
In such cases as these quality content will excuse spelling and grammar mistakes.
However, if your blog is not informative or entertaining, then you will not be likely to attract much trafic.
The one exception to what I have told you is a writing blog.
When writing about writing, you are expected to know what you are talking about, and lots of mistakes do not help at all giving such an impression.
If you do not plan on writing about writing, and can make up for spelling and grammatical shortcomings with informative and/or entertaining content, then yes, your blog could be successful.
That, however, ultimately depends on pretty much just luck that Google will allow your blog to show up in search results.
You could, depending on the source and subject you write about.
Practice and skill for it is inevitable.
Keep in mind, hooking an audience is your goal, so you’ll want to try and do just that with either charged themes of modern issues, fiction writing for creative purposes, or perhaps just debatable issues to get people to think more critically.
You’ll benefit from a broad vocabulary, but practicing writing and asking for some help in proof-reading will do the best job as well.
Ask for honest opinions, because that will get you where you need to go.
Look in the newspaper for easy ways to see how a writer or columnist conducts the story.
The wording, story depth, and flavour of their written ‘voice’ and how they tell the story is what grabs their audience the most.
Hi Julian – Thanks for asking!
I have read blogs that don’t have commendable English or even the language; however, these blogs seem to have drawn a lot of attention (traffic in the other sense).
If I understood your question well enough, I am hoping that SEO and other relative things can really help.
But you also need to consider the fact that traffic on a blog depends on the quality of content too! Great English or a workable one… doesn’t matter… but if you have information and if you can cater to what people want to read, you are absolutely good!
For example, if you want to write about how to improve digital marketing skills, I wouldn’t expect you do have an impeccable English to tell me that.
All I need is a proper format (which isn’t boring) and useful information/tips.
However, if you want to address readers who are looking for articles on how to improve writing skills or English, you need a lot of polish yourself.
If you know how to find keywords and how to promote your articles… your matter can be sold! :-D
Thanks for the a2a.
In a way, the writing doesn’t need to be world-class, if you’re doing unusual or exciting things.
Your subject matter needs to be episodic, however.
For example, taking a trip in an old van, write about fixing it up (with lots of photos) and then write about the trip.
Don’t miss a day.
In fact, write every few hours.
This keeps the reader coming back for more.
Write like you talk.
Read it out loud.
If you have problems reading it aloud, it’s awkward for reading.
Fix it before you publish.
Unless it’s a dramatic situation.
No one being chased by a bull has time for grammar niceties.
We're all in this together.
I’d say you don’t have to have perfect writing skills, but you’ll want to make sure words are spelled correctly and at least try with some proper punctuation.
I read an article (wish I could find it) that actually said that most people prefer it when they read articles and books that are more everyday conversational, or something along those lines.
Basically, they like to read how they speak.
People will forgive grammar and punctuation mistakes, as long as it’s not a habit and the information is good.
You should, however, always strive to write just a little bit better each time.
If you’d really like to learn to write well, there’s always this that offers a list of tools to help writers.
Before long, you’ll be a pro.
Yes you can.
The best thing about driving readers to your blog is publicity.
As they say.
”keep you friends close and enemy closer”.
In the age of fast technological growth I would say to share your blogs to others.
It is a good thing you can write no matter how good or bad writer you are.
The efforts you put it will give you fruits once you indulge yourself into it.
People would certainly appreciate.
Everybody has to begin at some point and so do you.
Knock yourself out, surprise yourself and others.
Enjoy and keep writing.
Let your audience decide if you’re a good writer, and even if you aren’t a good writer yet, the right audience will sense your heart and intentions behind your writing.
People are willing to forgive and overlook imperfections if they see you’re still striving to grow and you care about your audience first.
A no-BS blog is attractive to a wide variety of people, so create your blog content, share through social media, talk about it with people who show interest, and then, listen and make changes based on what you feel is good feedback.
You can drive traffic to your blog despite not being an excellent writer.
There are services out there that provide articles for your blog.
They charge money, but the quality is excellent, You can also take an existing blog and re-work it to say it in the style that you would deliver it.
The material is out there.
Use it and twist it to suit YOUR style.
Content is king.
If you know your topic and can explain things well, then having good writing skills may not matter.
Notice the “may.
” Nobody wants to read a confused, unorganized jumble of words where you’re a couple of IQ points dumber after reading it.
Which describes about two-thirds of the blogs out there and the majority of the self-published books on Amazon.
Clearly, the more time you spend writing and studying the craft of writing, the more you will improve your skills as a writer.
I have just discovered a wonderful place for writers of all skill levels and genres to share their work and to give and receive reviews and critiques.
Without straying out into all the other aspects of how to build a functional and successful blog, I offer just a few points on how an average writer can produce quality content.
Hucksters can shuck a lot of suckers, but in the end, they’re still hucksters peddling flimflam.
If you want to spend your time and put your effort into “driving” a lot a traffic to a poorly written blog, you may well succeed in the short run.
In the long run, all those folks driven to your mediocre blog will not return and word will get out that you’re a shame.
Better to spend your time and put the effort into becoming a writer who attracts readers with quality.
What is an average writer? You might be underestimating yourself.
If you’ve written a good article, cleaned it up via Grammarly and Hemingway and the content is good, you will find readers.
Content is king but nobody likes sloppy, longwinded writing.
Hope this helps? Good luck.
You can still draw attention to yourself, by either writing about something interesting and different, or writing fan fiction (this flocks people over but many people also hate writing it so it’s all about personal preference)
You and the average person are poor spellers, and that equates as ignorance.
Sorry, but people are judgmental, and there are countless blogs on the internet that are interesting and written by people using flawless grammar.
I used to be a poor speller.
But I wasn't lazy.
I looked up words.
I loved to read.
I still love reading.
But now I write.
And when I come to an unfamiliar word, I look it up.
I am not sure how well you write without seeing it.
However, if you only care about traffic and not the quality of your work, you will have to do a lot of marketing or hire a marketing professional.