How to Write a Tutorial That Makes Your Readers Smarter
One of the most shared types of content online is the tutorial. Teaching your blog’s audience to complete a task not only establishes you as an expert, it also makes your readers smarter and more loyal.
How-to articles are only useful if they’re understandable, though, so let’s talk about how to write amazing tutorials.
Start With the Very Basics
Bloggers make the mistake of assuming their readers know where to start. The result is a tutorial that’s too complicated for beginners to understand, or that is unhelpful because it starts in the wrong place.
Pretend that your reader is an absolute beginner on your topic, and start with the very first step needed to achieve a goal. For example, if you’re writing a tutorial about using WordPress, start with logging into the WordPress admin dashboard and go from there
A good proofreading technique it is to pretend that you’re explaining the process to your mother.
Be as Thorough As Possible
Your tutorial will always make sense to you, but the key is for every step to be clear to your readers. Don’t skip around or breeze through parts that seem “easy.” Slow down and describe every key action in detail. Users who truly “get it” will just scroll past those. Beginners will be thankful for the extensive advice.
Use Screenshots Images to Guide the Reader
A lot of people are visual learners, so use screenshots to illustrate the process you’re trying to teach. These pictures don’t have to be can …How to Write a Tutorial That Makes Your Readers Smarter Read More