6 great business reasons to edit your website

| November 11, 2009

Why bother to edit your website?

The business benefits of website editing are clear

  1. As your site evolves, it can get cluttered. Old stuff gets shoved into corners and archived all over the place. Its worth making a regular date to evaluate what you really need on site and what can go, and edit your website regularly.
  2. A clean, clear site means visitors can find their way around easily and don’t get blinded by too much content or irritated by outdated clutter.
  3. You might have several people providing the content, which soon starts to sound inconsistent… not good for your brand, no matter what size your business is. When you speak with a consistent voice, your message comes across with much more authority.
  4. You might have written the site yourself to test the concept of your business. To take things to the next stage, you’d want to get your site into professional shape. Editing’s a cost effective way to get you where you want to be and saves you the cost of having your website written from scratch.
  5. Stuff gets out of date. Before you know it your site’s full of broken links, old stock, events that have long passed. Which makes you look out of touch. When did you add your last new customer testimonial? If it isn’t recent, it’ll look like nobody loves you.
  6. Your existing copy might simply be a bit pants. Intelligent, creative editing will bring you in line with the competition. One of the biggest advantages a professional copy editor brings to your party is impartiality. You live and breathe your business so you probably (be honest!) can’t see straight where your site content’s concerned. A regular, intelligent, marketing-focused edit will help you grow your business from a solid, effective, inspirational base.

Talk’s cheap. Here’s a quick sample showing what editing your site can do to liven up the content.

First, a chunk of original text:

Last year the state’s sorghum production was 505 million bushels, 40% of total US production. Kansas growers value grain sorghum because it is well suited to perform well in many types of soils and weather. Kansas is a diverse state with soils ranging from sandy to clay to loam, and with summertime weather patterns ranging from hot and humid in the east to hot and dry in the west. With these varying weather and soil conditions throughout Kansas, grain sorghum is a crop that Kansas farmers can depend on.

And my edited version:

Kansas has some crazy weather conditions, everything from blizzard to heatwave to twister, humid hot to freezing cold. The state’s challenging soil conditions don’t help: from sandy to clay to loam and everything in between. Luckily, Kansas farmers can depend on grain sorghum. Despite everything, last year Kansas produced a massive 505 million bushels of this hardy, resilient, dependable crop. That’s 40% of the US’s total grain harvest.

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By Kate Goldstone - ()

Originally from Middlesbrough, I lived in Brighton for many years before moving to North Devon. I’ve had a passion for words all my life and this is my twelfth year as a freelance writer. In my spare time I draw, paint, sculpt, carve wood and rock, garden, read, write poetry and enjoy long distance hiking. I sing and play the recorder. I collect modernist paintings, vintage rugs and mid-century German art pottery. I’m a member of The Poetry Society. And I am an experienced volunteer shepherd, a ‘Lookerer’.

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