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Why Spelling is Important for Online Writing Success and Making Money

Updated on June 13, 2013
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Bad Spelling = Lazy Writer

It should be obvious to any writer that spelling is important, yet it's striking how many hubs, web articles, and other pieces of writing are riddled with spelling errors.

As we have increasingly come to rely on technology during the process of writing, we've also allowed ourselves to let basic skills diminish. Spelling is one of those skills.

What bad spelling says about a person is more significant than bad grammar or poor word choice. Bad spelling is laziness. Bad spelling means you don't care. Bad spelling is the personal hygiene equivalent of not showering for a week. Bad spelling in a hub demonstrates that you aren't concerned about the quality of your work. It also sends a clear signal that your writing is substandard. Nothing will turn off a potential reader faster than bad spelling. It's like a puddle of oil in the garage of your writing career. One has to wonder what's wrong with the rest of the car.

There is simply no reason for anyone to have incorrectly spelled words in an article. Everyone has access to a spellchecker.

A common writing idiom is: good writing is good editing. A good writer will read a piece several times before publishing it. Bad spelling indicates that a writer neglects this important step of writing. It also signals, particularly in a piece that requires research, that the research is probably shoddy. If a writer can't expend energy to correct small spelling mistakes, how could that writer have spent the time to do good research?

Bottom line: the worst writing usually contains spelling errors. Although it's not fair to say that it's always the case that spelling errors define bad writing, why risk giving a bad impression from the start? You may have just written the best article in the world, but a spelling error in the first paragraph will keep multitudes of people from reading it. It's like walking into a restaurant that smells like rotting food. Who would eat there?

Take the time to check spelling in your articles. If you know how to spell well, the process will help you catch other mistakes. If you don't know how to spell, then run a spellchecker to catch mistakes. Ultimately, you'll improve the quality of your writing and attract more readers.


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  • DDE profile image

    Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Writing requires patience and perseverance and one should really pay attention to how they put their work out there I have to recheck my Hubs too.

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    Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Let's see, how can I state this simply and clearly. You are my hero. Even before I knew you had a BA in history. :)

    May you always be surrounded by erudite speech, correct spelling and have a very Merry Christmas!

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    arusho 6 years ago from University Place, Wa.

    Bravo, I've read so many articles with bad spelling, it's annoying!

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    mljdgulley354 6 years ago

    Thank you for this hub. I find spelling errors in published books and it is annoying so try to keep spelling errors out of my hubs. If possible having someone else read your hub helps catch errors unless they are a speed reader.

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    Dan Harmon 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

    I agree 100% - there is no excuse in this day of spell checkers to allow mistakes. There isn't even much excuse for errors of the "there, their, they're" type. It is indeed an indication of laziness, particularly for those who use English as a first language.

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    Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

    I totlly agre. Who can respct a ppoor speler. Smile!

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    jamessteadman 6 years ago

    The impression bad spelling gives certainly isn't professionalism, that's for sure! I find bad grammar to be more annoying than misspelled words though. It screams uneducated to me, and I find that much worse as it automatically flags a 'only for money or traffic' alert.

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    FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

    I have to read mine out loud as I often type the wrong word by accident-typing with one hand is problematic. I always seem to type "w-a-h-t" isn't of "what." This is especially annoying in the forums as I cannot go back and change anything in the forums.

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    crankalicious 6 years ago from Colorado


    No, you're right. That's why words are underlined in red, which makes it all the more unbelievable that people publish hubs with spelling errors.

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    cooldad 6 years ago from Florida

    I thought that was why spelling errors were underlined in RED, so it was nearly impossible to miss it. Crap, I'm going to have to go back and check all my hubs now.

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    Erin 6 years ago from Near Sacramento, California

    I completely agree.