Research: Simple Writing Pays Off (Literally)
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Financial writing is full of jargon and complexity. But a series of research suggests that investors are drawn to simple, clear writing with short sentences. The simple reason is that complex writing is off-putting — people tune out and find it dull, a fact confirmed by neuroscience research.

The Complete Guide To WEBSITE COPYWRITING (2022 Edition)
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In this guide, I’m going to teach you my step-by-step process for writing high-converting website copy.

Writing tips with examples from Star Wars/Trek
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Aaron Berman shared some useful writing tips for anyone writing on complex issues that he learned writing the (US) President's Daily Briefs. Check out the five tips below, illustrated with examples from Star Wars and Star Trek.

UX Writing: Study Guide
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Unsure where to start? Use this collection of links to our articles and videos to learn how to write and present information that aligns with users’ needs and online reading behaviors.

What makes writing more readable?
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...from news media to legal guidance to academic research, the way we write often creates barriers to who can read it. Plain language—a style of writing that uses simplified sentences, everyday vocabulary, and clear structure—aims to remove those barriers.

Reading Across Mediums: Effects of Reading Digital and Print Texts on Comprehension and Calibration
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"...when reading a book excerpt or newspaper article, students were better at recalling “other relevant information” when reading in the print versus the digital medium."

How A/B testing can (and can’t) improve your headline writing
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“We found, surprisingly, that no single feature of a headline’s writing style makes much of a difference in forecasting success.”

Avoid PDF for On-Screen Reading
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Forcing users to browse PDF files causes frustration and slow task completion, compared to standard webpages. Use PDF only for documents that users will print. In those cases, following 10 basic guidelines will minimize usability problems.

Are your news release headlines really paragraphs? Keep yours short, like The New York Times
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Take a tip from the Times. Write headlines that: Average 8 or 9 words Never grow longer than 14 words Sometimes have as few as four words

How to write inclusive, accessible digital products
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Clarity, not creativity, is the backbone of good UX writing. Choose simple words and craft shorter sentences. Explain acronyms users might not know. Use proper punctuation. Be extra careful about things like cleverness, wordplay, and idioms that might affect usability. Above all, write to be understood.

It Is All About the Content, Stupid!
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Probably my biggest frustrations ... is the utter contempt they seem to hold content in. ... they won’t hire a professional copywriter to work on the content ... never teach content creators how to create appropriate web content.

Use imperative voice to focus on readers
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Imperative voice gets shared. Imperative voice boosts email click, open and read rates.

How to Write for an Online Audience That Hates to Read
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"Users rarely read an entire webpage. That means you need to adopt a different style when writing for the web. A style that accommodates this lack of attention."

The text will be central to digital media of the future

"understand the digital reader’s brain, and to get a couple of concrete writing tips for your next digital text." "Nothing can surpass a text when it comes to transforming abstract thoughts into concrete expression."

Improving Flow with the Known-New Contract

The “known-new contract” is a linguistic concept used to describe how writers achieve cohesion between sentences by first presenting what readers already know (information previously presented) before introducing new information.

Questions to ask when writing for the web
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"If you can write a half decent document you may be mistaken for thinking writing for the web will be easy. However, the web requires a focus of writing rarely needed elsewhere."

Europa Web Guide

The Europa Web Guide is the official rulebook for the European Commission's web presence, covering editorial, legal, technical, visual and contractual aspects. All European Commission web sites must observe the rules and guidelines it contains. Web practitioners are invited to observe its contents and keep abreast of updates.

17 very simple tips to improve the content of your web page

Writing tips from "Writing for the European Commission web presence"

Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment
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From now, house style guide recommends terms such as ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’

What is a good readability score?
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"The Huffington Post is the third most popular online news site, after only Yahoo! News and Google News. They must be doing something right!"

"This is too easy to read" said nobody ever!
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"Plain Language For Everyone, Even Experts" (video)

How Chunking Helps Content Processing
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Chunking is a concept where text and multimedia content is broken up into smaller chunks to help users process, understand, and remember it better.

Clear (web) writing - How long should a sentence be?
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Reading long sentences (online), your readers not only don’t know what they’ve read, they also forget where they parked the car. Write short sentences like the Times.

World's Best Headlines: BBC News
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Precise communication in a handful of words? The editors at BBC News achieve it every day, offering remarkable headline usability.

A link is a promise - Creating clear menus and links

"A link is a promise. A menu is a selection of promises. Without the link there is no Web."

4 steps to communicate anything clearly
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4 Steps to communicate anything clearly, according to a scientist who teaches quantum physics to kids

‘Fluent’ words more trustworthy, believable
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Choose ‘fluent’ words - short, simple, easy-to-pronounce terms

6 tips for crafting list articles, blog post
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Online writing - use more lists, use them bullets, use this template. "People love listicles. Lists get attention, reach skimmers and scanners, get remembered and shared."

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