How to Edit a WordPress Website Live
You have created your amazing blog which is getting a lot of comments and traffic. You are constantly thinking of new ways to improve the quality of your content and provide value to your readers. You are an ambitious person who is driven by big results.
All of a sudden, you get a message from a famous website, telling you that your content is no longer acceptable for publication on their platform and that you need to improve your website or risk being banned. You feel shocked and confused as you did not expect such constructive criticism. What happened?
The truth is that you are a talented writer and the content you produce is solid. You just need to learn the proper way to communicate with a digital publication to get the results you want. Before you go any further, take a moment to think about why that famous website is telling you to improve your work. It is probably for one of three reasons:
- Your posts are poorly structured and difficult to understand.
- Your posts are poorly researched and contain factual errors or gaps.
- Your posts are not relevant to the topic and are just filler.
If you are worried about reasons two or three, then you should be doing some research into what makes a healthy, newsworthy blog. Your goal should not be to anger or upset any of the websites you work with. Your goal should be to become the best possible version of yourself in the eyes of the people who matter most to you.
So, how do you become the best possible version of yourself?
Editing Your Blog For International Readers
You want your blog to be accessible to international readers so that they can discover your work and learn from it. To do this, you need to take the time to correctly contextualize your work for international audiences. You can do this by editing your posts for structure, flow, and content. When you are done editing, your posts will have the structural organization that makes sense to an international reader. Moreover, the text will have been written in a way that is easy to understand and won’t require any previous knowledge of the subject matter.
How to Use Language That International Readers Will Recognize
You want to ensure that your blog posts appeal to international readers. To do this, you need to make sure that the language you use is easily recognizable and understood by an international audience. For example, if you are writing about international politics, you should make sure that the terminology you use is understood by the people you are writing to. A big mistake many English speakers make when writing for an international audience is using colloquialisms and words that are not commonly used in formal English. For example, if you use words like ‘like’ or ‘you know’ then you are essentially throwing away any possibility of an international audience. You should also avoid using words that are too flowery or jargon-filled. If you have a limited vocabulary, you should make sure that the words you choose to describe your blog posts are as close to the target audience as possible. Do not use big words that your readers may not understand or words that are too hard to understand because of poor English.
Instead, you should use simple and easy words that everyone can understand. To give you an example, take a look at the following quote from a famous American website. Notice how the words ‘like’ and ‘you know’ are thrown away in the process of translating this quote to English.
“The U.S. airline industry witnessed a huge upset this week when Alaska Airlines announced it will stop flying to Europe because of the recent U.S. government restrictions on European travel. Here’s why this news comes as such a big deal, why it has caused such a reaction and how the industry is acting in response to the latest travel restrictions.” (Quote adapted from
If you want to write for an international audience, then take the time to learn how to properly write a news article in the English language. Moreover, you should learn how to properly edit a piece of English-language writing for an international audience. If you can do this, then you will be able to successfully write for an international audience and allow your blog to reach a global audience.