For most writers this is a no-brainer, checking your work should be part of the process (as should research).
WordPress allows you to view your posts (as they will appear on your site) while you write and edit them.
This is a handy feature that should be used frequently as you write, format and edit your posts.
Spelling mistakes are an instant credibility killer. If your browser doesn’t check your spelling for you, (that means you internet explorer users) cut and paste your text into a word doc and check the spelling before you publish. Save that copy so you have a physical backup of your work too.
What you say can be sheer genius, but if you say it incorrectly no one will listen anyway. Proper grammar is on the decline and while it is important to absorb web trends, it is also important to keep your english simple and standardized enough that it can be read by a larger audience. People reading translated into other languages, handicapped and mobile readers everywhere will appreciate you.
We all make them, but when you are writing you have the opportunity to correct them before anyone sees them. Find a funny way to remember them and use it.
Created to emphasize points and separate ideas in writing, proper usage gets your point across most efficiently. Try to avoid excess punctuation, one question mark is just as effective and far less irritating than four of them.
We’ve all heard them our whole lives, do we need to read them too? Before you publish be sure to go on a cliche search and destroy mission.
No one speaks HTML as a first language, so expect mistakes. It’s a good idea to check your code as you go along (mistakes can be hard to find), but not everyone can be bothered. It doesn’t matter when you check it, as long as you do.
The Squint Test
Give your post the squint test, when you squint your eyes can you follow the important ideas by reading headers and bold text? Formatting should take into consideration all types of readers, the ones who want to read in-depth about a topic; and those who are looking through your post for the specific bit of information they searched for.
Link to yourself wherever possible (within reason), sometimes as you read back through a post you’ll find new opportunities to do so, take them.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to credit your information and image sources. Your proofreading process should automatically include checking for sources.
Consider Your Audience
Ask yourself a few questions: What do you want to accomplish with your post? Sell a product, provide a reference, become popular on social media? If your post is a call to action, does it get your reader there? Read your copy as objectively as you can to see if it accomplishes its intended goal.
This is the one editing step I recommend you do after posting. Check your code when you edit, but wait until you have published the article to check each link. As soon as you click that link (yes, even if you haven’t published) you alert whoever you are linking to. Better to have them come back to your site to find a polished and published piece in which you reference them rather than an error page.
Again, The Reminder
Once you hit save (or autosave kicks in) what you have written is no longer just on your computer, it’s on someone’s server. That’s right, you don’t even have to publish for your words to be out in cyberspace, under someone else’s control. Write accordingly.