The Latest Truth About Duplicate Content

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Quality content is the key to success in the SEO arena. Well-written, useful, unique content is what separates a dynamic web presence from a mediocre website. Unfortunately, duplicate content on your website will derail all your painstaking SEO efforts and earn you a Google penalty for plagiarism. Or will it? Lots of speculation has been swirling[…]

Punctuation Marks: The Stop Sign and the Park Bench

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Two of the most basic punctuation marks the period and the comma, provide structure to sentences while also controlling the flow of your words. When it comes to pacing, these two punctuation marks act as navigational devices that tell your readers when to come to a complete stop or when to take a short rest before[…]

Understanding the Semicolon

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Do you find the semicolon perplexing, or even scary? If so, this article will demystify this often misunderstood punctuation mark. Used correctly, semicolons can transform your writing from so-so to sophisticated. Examples of correct and incorrect usage are included. If you thought semicolons were just for winking, this article’s for you! […]

5 Basic Rules for Writing Effective Website Content

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You’re eager to start filling your website with witty and informative content that will impress your readers and beat your competitors but how should you approach the writing process? There are a lot of advanced tips that could help you craft exceptional content that readers want to share with their friends through social media, but[…]

English Grammar Guidelines: Understanding the Differences Between “It’s” and “Its” in Written English

its vs its

In spoken English, there is no difference at all between the pronunciation of “it’s” vs “its”. In written English, however, you are always faced with a decision between these two forms. Although the grammatical differences between the two forms are quite straightforward, learners of English and native speakers alike can sometimes make mistakes when using them.[…]

3 Simple Steps to Successful Proofreading

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Great proofreading is important for polished and professional writing. It can help you fix typos, spelling errors, word usage, and punctuation problems. Unfortunately, many people have a hard time finding and fixing all the errors in their work. Remember that proofreading is not the only form of editing that your text should undergo. Before doing some[…]

How to Expertly Summarize a Document

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Learning how to summarize a document or book can be a great skill to have. Whether you’re a writer, in business, studying or just want to be able to present written concepts quickly, summarizing can help you analyze, understand and share a document’s key points. The steps to summarizing a document are as follows: 1.[…]

Affect vs. Effect

affect vs effect

One of the most common errors in English is to confuse the words “affect” and “effect”. These words have two completely different meanings. One is a verb while the other is a noun. If you mix them up, you will only confuse whomever you’re writing to. The Difference Between Affect and Effect “Affect”, with an[…]

Then vs. Than

then vs than

It’s not uncommon for people who are new to speaking English to have problems with homonyms (words that sound the same but are spelled differently).  Even those who are native English speakers often have trouble choosing which word they want to be using in their writing.  Unfortunately, misusing these words will quickly lead to your[…]