As you may already know, we are non-native English speakers.

  • We have studied in England, we use English almost every day at work and here, in Europe, everybody speaks English.

However, English is not our native language.

 

Writing +2.000 words publications in a different language is, sometimes, exhausting.

That is why, today, we want to share some Tips that have been helpful to us while building this Site.

 

In case you don’t know, in this section we talk about How we are building this Website: our SEO strategy, Theme and Plugins we use, our Real Results (Pageviews and Users we have)…

 

As always, this Post will be divided into 2 different parts:

1. Blogging in English for Non-native speakers: Our experience and Tips.

2. Our Google Analytics results: Users and Pageviews we have.

 

Let’s begin:

1. Blogging in English for Non-native speakers: Our experience and Tips.

You finally decided to start your Site in English rather than using your native language.

We understand.

By using English you can reach much more people.

 

However… When you start writing your first “long” full-of-content Post you discover how difficult (or tring) it can be.

 

What do we usually do? Here are some Tips from our own experience:

 

1. Don’t worry about grammar too much.

It seems counter-intuitive, but it is not.

Being all the time checking the Google Translator can cut your inspiration.

  • Sometimes it is better to write everything down and check your grammar later.

 

2. Take advantage of the days your feel inspired.

Some days, you’ll be very inspired while others you won’t.

In these”inspiration” days, you have to write as much as you can.

  • Not worrying too much about your grammar.
    • You’ll worry about it later.

 

3. Use your “little-inspiration” days to correct your grammatical mistakes.

All your Posts must be spelled correctly.

But, as long as you are not illiterate in English, you can wait some days before improving your mistakes or expressions.

 

4. Check your first Posts few months after publishing them.

Your English will improve over the months.

You’ll realize how good your latest Posts look and how terrible your first Posts are.

Once you feel more comfortable with your English and writing-style… you should check your first Publications.

 

5. Be concise.

English s a concise language.

Don’t try to elaborate long phrases “per se“.

 

Long-form Content strategy and non-native English speakers

 

Many SEO experts encourage people to publish long-content form Posts.

  • And, if English is not your native language, this is a bit difficult.

 

This advice makes people go “crazy” about extension.

  • Endless sentences.
  • Unnecessary long publications.
  • etc, etc.

 

According to our experience, long-form Content doesn’t always Rank better than short publications.

  • In our “Long Posts vs Short Posts” publication, we analyzed our best and worst publications in order to find out if there is a “solid” correlation between length and Page Views.
    • Some of our best publications are 700 words long.
    • Some of our worst publications are 2.000 words long.

 

Our best publications are those that really help users, regardless of their extension.

  • Focus on helping your users and remember: the shorter the sentence, the easier it will be for you.

 

6. Don’t worry too much.

As we mentioned before: as long as you are not illiterate in English, people will understand what you say.

 

Most of your users will come from non-English speaking countries so, their English won’t be perfect either.

 

And remember what we said: Good publications are those that help and, when someone is helping you, it is very difficult not to understand what they say.

  • Take this Post as an example: you probably understood everything we said and we are pretty sure we did grammar mistakes.

 

2. Our Google Analytics results: Users and Pageviews we have.

Our upward trend in Users and Pageviews has frozen a little bit.

 

Users:

As you can appreciate in the Post’s top picture, we have suffered a small decrease in users these last 7 days.

 

Pageviews:

Despite our decrease in users, we are happy about how stable our Pageviews have been.

 

We hope to experience a positive trend again in the coming days.

  • We’ll keep you informed, here.

 

As always, thanks for being there.

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