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Common mistakes everyone makes

Posted: September 23, 2010 in common mistakes, tips

“people get paid”

Paid is not a noun. You can only “get” a noun. You ARE paid. She IS paid.

“he got tired”

He BECAME tired. She WAS tired.

Generalizations and opinions are not allowed: EVERYONE does not necessarily like blue curtains. Most people might like blue curtains, but not everyone. Just like not ALL men are the same (sorry girls, had to be politically correct even if we don’t agree 😉 )

Power writing tips

Posted: September 23, 2010 in common mistakes, sentence structure, tips

Please proofread your work before sending it in and make sure that your writing makes sense. This week has seen many incomplete and run-on sentences which are NOT allowed. We had many articles rejected because of this. Below are a few mistakes I found and corrected. Please do not feel bad if I used your work – we use everyone’s experiences to enhance one another:

WRONG: Zinc is known to activate hundreds of genes it can also be used in the treatment of viral diseases and tumors.
RIGHT: Zinc is known to activate hundreds of genes. It can also be used in the treatment of viral diseases and tumors.

WRONG: These items could be kept in any of the closets that have space in them. Even if they have to be packed into boxes and stored in the garage.
RIGHT: These items could be kept in any of the closets that have space in them, even if they have to be packed into boxes and stored in the garage.

WRONG: To create a strong sense of community spirit.
RIGHT: This enables the creation of a strong community spirit.

Keywords and Keyphrases

Posted: September 23, 2010 in common mistakes, using keywords

Keyword usage

When you receive an order, it will have an order number, order type, word amount and keywords.

Those keywords have to be copied and pasted directly from the instructions into the title, the first and the last paragraph of each and every article. NEVER change the articles. Do not correct capitalization and spelling and do not fix spelling mistakes.

We write for SEO and the companies do much research on keywords that bring traffic to their sites. It is miss spelt for that reason: it is to cater for those who misspell.

Think about it – when you do a search online looking for info on a holiday adventure you want to try out. There are several ways to do it:

* Boat Cruises on the Missisippi
* missisippy boat cruises
* cruise missisipi
* Mississippi cruises

It is common for searchers to not know and understand the right keywords to use to get to a site, therefore SEOs cater for that by redirecting searches using incorrect spelling in keywords.

Over use of keywords is also not permitted. Any words that form part of the keyword or phrase, should not be used more than 5 times in a 500 article – less in a 300 or 400. So if the keyword is “Mississippi cruise”, rather use synonyms such as river, trip, adventure, etc. in addition to the keywords.

Common mistakes 2

Posted: September 23, 2010 in common mistakes, spelling and grammar

Common spellos

exercise
NOT excercise, exercize

independent
NOT independant

existence
NOT existance

publicly
NOT publically

bowl (that we eat out of)
NOT bowel (digestive system!)

Please check your work in a spell checker. Word has a nice one. Go to Options and set it to be in Formal American (US) English.

Do not use slang, saying things like “gonna”, don’t, isn’t. Write going to, do not, is not. (this also helps your word count!) 😉

Common mistakes

Posted: September 23, 2010 in common mistakes, guidelines, punctuation

Do not overuse commas. They make sentences too long.

Many writers do not use their commas correctly. They write “This is a cartridge, the ink is stored there.” That should be 2 sentences as it conveys 2 ideas. A single sentence contains only 1 idea.

Avoid special characters such as – (hyphen), ; (semi-colon), : (colon). “quotation marks”, ? (question marks) and ! (exclamation marks).

Use full stops, Capital Letters and paragraph breaks.