How to Proofread With ChatGPT: A Guide for Content Creators

By Matt Giaro


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Want to see different ways ChatGPT can help you proofread your content?

I’m using ChatGPT daily to proofread my blog articles and emails.

And I’m about to show you 7 specific ways to turn your shitty first draft into a polished diamond.

Why proofreading is bloody important

Content is king. But proofreading is its crown.

The first draft you’ll write won’t be pretty. That’s okay. That’s part of the process. What will make it shine is how much time you spend editing it.

Because, as a content writer, your words are your currency.

Typos, grammatical errors, and awkward phrasing can devalue this currency, diminishing the impact of your message.

Proofreading isn’t just about fixing typos. It’s about polishing your content to shine. It ensures your writing is clear, concise, and credible. Mistakes in your content can be like stains on a white shirt – they’re the first thing people notice, and they’re hard to ignore.

Poorly proofread content can lead to misunderstandings, diminish your professionalism, and even damage your brand’s reputation.

On the flip side, well-proofread content:
– boosts your credibility,
– engages your audience,
– and enhances the user experience.

It shows you care not just about what you say but also how you say it. In the online world where attention spans are short, this attention to detail can be the deciding factor in holding your reader’s interest.

Was a time when you had to find proofreaders on Fiverr. This is now gone with ChatGPT. (At least for smaller projects like blog posts.)

The best part? It just takes a few prompts…

ChatGPT proofreading tactic 1: Ironing out logical flaws

If you want your content to get noticed, clarity is key.

I see too much content that’s too confusing and isn’t well structured. As a result, I bounced off.

Consider these two examples for content around “the impact of social media on health.”

Let’s talk about social media and mental health. We kick off with its history, then chat about its marketing perks. After that, we look at how teenagers are using it. And finally, we get to the serious stuff—its impact on mental health, like anxiety and depression.

It kind of jumps around, doesn’t it?

“Here’s the deal on social media’s effect on mental health. We start with teenagers, who are major users, and explore how it’s affecting them, especially with issues like anxiety and depression. Once we’ve got that covered, we’ll briefly touch on its history and why marketers love it. But the main focus? It’s about understanding the mental health angle. This way, we’re keeping things clear and on track, making sure everything ties back to our main point.”

Reads much easier and makes way more sense.

So when proofreading, ensure your ideas flow logically. Think of it as a smooth road trip—no unexpected bumps or confusing detours. With ChatGPT, you can check if your ideas connect seamlessly, creating a clear path for your readers to follow.

For instance, if you’re explaining a complex concept, ChatGPT can help reorganize your thoughts. It’s like having a co-pilot who ensures you don’t stray off course. You might ask:

"Can you suggest a more coherent structure for my explanation of [topic]?"

ChatGPT will respond with a structure that enhances the logical flow, ensuring your readers stay engaged and follow your line of thinking.

Remember, clarity is king. If your arguments are as clear as mud, you’ll lose your audience. ChatGPT helps you polish your content until it shines with clarity. It’s like cleaning a window; once the smudges are gone, the view becomes crystal clear.

Use this ChatGPT proofreading prompt:

You're my proofreader.
How we'll proceed:
1. I'll provide you with an article.
2. You'll analyze and identify the main idea of the article, and how each subheader helps get the main idea across.
3. You'll give me SPECIFIC suggestions on:
3.1. the overall flow of ideas in the subheaders
3.2. the overall flow of the paragraphs

Pro tip: Assess your outline before writing your content; this will help flow it logically and keep the editing at a minimum.

Bottom line: ChatGPT can point out where your arguments might be taking a confusing turn or where a simple rephrasing could do wonders.

Clarity is king.

Make your content stick

“Is this even English?” Ever muttered that while reading something overly complex? You’re not alone.

Your content should be a beacon of clarity, especially when it comes to explanations and examples.

Why are examples so vital? They’re like a flashlight in a dark room, illuminating complex ideas with clarity.

Examples make your content:
– convincing
– memorable
– and easier to understand

They bridge the gap between theory and the real world. This helps your reader to not just grasp what you’re saying – but also remember and apply it.

It’s about showing, not just telling.

How This Looks Like in Real Life

Consider these two snippets about compound interest.

“Understanding the concept of compound interest is crucial in financial planning. Compound interest is the addition of interest to the principal sum of a loan or deposit, or, in other words, interest on interest. It’s the result of reinvesting interest rather than paying it out, so that interest in the next period is earned on the principal sum plus previously accumulated interest.”

Dry, right? Now let’s add an example to it:

“Let’s break down compound interest – a key player in your financial growth game. Imagine you invest $1,000 at a 10% annual interest rate. Instead of pocketing the $100 interest at year’s end, you reinvest it. So, in year two, you’re earning interest on $1,100, not just your initial grand. By year three, it’s interest on $1,210, and it keeps growing. That’s compound interest – it’s like your money making its own mini-money army.”

Worth mentioning: Both snippets have been generated with ChatGPT.

The first is boring and confusing. But the second, with examples, transforms an abstract financial concept into a vivid, relatable scenario, making it easier for the reader to grasp and remember the idea.

Adding examples is great…

But the problem is that coming up with great examples can be tough.

ChatGPT can be a lifesaver here.

It can help come up with examples, making sure they hit the mark. It’s like having a translator who turns ‘complicated’ into ‘comprehensible’.

Sample prompt:

"I'm explaining [concept] in my article. Can you suggest a simple, accurate example to illustrate this?"

You can then use examples from everyday life or historic ones. Your imagination is the limit here.

Examples are comprehension Vaseline.

Proofread to make your writing easy to understand

Jargon is a double-edged sword.

It can show expertise, but it can also alienate readers who aren’t familiar with the lingo. It’s like speaking French to someone who only understands English – confusing, right?

As a content creator, your mission is to communicate, not complicate.

Here’s where ChatGPT comes to the rescue: It can help rephrase jargon-heavy sentences into plain English. Think of it as a translator, turning your ‘expert speak’ into ‘everyday speak.’

You might prompt ChatGPT with this:

You're my proofreader.
How we'll proceed:
1. I'll provide you with an article.
2. You'll analyze and identify the main idea of the article, and how each subheader helps get the main idea across.
3. You'll give me SPECIFIC suggestions on how to remove jargon (or explain it in simple terms).

Ditch the jargon to drive your content home.

Proofreading aesthetics: Optimizing your content to get read

Creating content is not just what you say, but how you present it.

Your readers are busy and have an attention span of a goldfish (we all do.)

Long, unbroken blocks of text? A big no-no. They’re like a wall in a marathon – daunting and exhausting.

A simple trick you can use is to add line breaks. But doing this by yourself can be a huge time-sucker.

Let’s see how ChatGPT can help:

I'll provide you with an article. Please add line breaks after each idea. We only do this to increase readability. Keep the text as it is.

You’ll get content that’s easier on the eyes and more engaging.

Web readability isn’t just about shorter paragraphs. It’s about pacing, too. Like a drummer in a band, your words should have a rhythm that keeps the reader hooked. ChatGPT can suggest where to slow down for emphasis and where to speed up to maintain interest.

Use this prompt:

"Here’s my article. Where should I add subheadings or line breaks to enhance readability?"

Remember, a reader’s attention on the web is fleeting. Make your content scannable, inviting, and friendly.

Make your content easy to read.

ChatGPT Proofreading for SEO

“Stuffing keywords like a turkey?” That’s 1999 SEO.

Sure, keywords are essential if you want to rank on Google. But they need to blend seamlessly into your content. It’s like adding spices to a dish; too little and it’s bland; too much and it’s overwhelming.

ChatGPT can guide you in integrating keywords naturally.

Provide a list of your keywords and ask:

Here's an article I wrote:

I need to make sure that it contains these keywords:

- Keyword 1

- Keyword 2

- Keyword 3

- Keyword 4

- Keyword 5

Please suggest NATURAL WAYS ONLY to incorporate in the content – keeping changes to the text to a minimum.

ChatGPT will suggest ways to weave them in organically, enhancing your SEO without sacrificing readability and your original content.

This approach maintains the integrity of your content while optimizing it for search engines. It’s a balancing act between being discoverable and maintaining quality.

Fine-Tuning Your Tone

Every platform you create content for has a specific dress code, i.e., tone.

When you want your content to rank on Google, you’re going to format your article in a more formal way:
– using keywords,
– and answering specific questions.

People don’t know you yet and won’t necessarily want to know your backstories.

But when you’re crafting content for platforms like Medium, where the atmosphere is informal and personality-driven, your tone needs to reflect that. It’s like swapping your business suit for jeans and a tee to chat with friends at a café.

ChatGPT can assist in injecting personality and a conversational tone into your content. You can use prompts like:

How can I make this SEO article sound more personal and engaging for Medium readers?


Here’s my article on SEO trends. Can you help me add personal anecdotes and a conversational tone to appeal to Medium's audience?

Adapt your writing based on the platform you’re publishing on.

These are just a few ways on how ChatGPT can help you write better content faster.

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