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Proofreading your website - how important is it?

SenseiSteve

HD Moderator
Staff member
I was a proofreader for a local paper in Pensacola back in the day. Today, it's so much simpler with autocorrect, but bad stuff can still get through. I'm amazed at how often I'll review a site and find the grammar to be absolutely atrocious. How important do you believe it is to Google and visitors to your website?
 

lavoy.allison

New member
Proper Grammar is Professionalism

I know what you mean. I read books on learning to blog and create WordPress websites and the grammar is really bad. I am reading books from Kindle Unlimited and these authors are taking you back to their websites through links and their websites are no better than the book.
 

S4 Hosting

Member
I think that the level of proofreading and editorial checking on just about every publication is lower than it was a decade ago. Every media outlet, whether it's a global news organisation or just a blog is under so much pressure to constantly create and push out new content that simple errors just slip by.

I'm constantly surprised when I'm reading something on a major news site and see typos or similar mistakes, I shouldn't be surprised anymore because I see them all the time, but it makes me a bit angry and sad every time I do.

I don't know how much search engines care about good grammar, etc. but as a site visitor I'm much more likely to come back / subscribe / buy something / whatever if the copy is written and checked properly.
 

Artashes

Administrator
Staff member
I don't know how much search engines care about good grammar, etc. but as a site visitor I'm much more likely to come back / subscribe / buy something / whatever if the copy is written and checked properly.
In the same way, if I see a website, or a communication (solicitation email, direct message), with bad grammar and/or spelling, it's game over. I can't stand it.

One More Thing I Can't Stand Is Capitalization Of Every Word. Where The Hell Did This Trend Even Come From.

or people that are too lazy to capitalize anything. anything at all. go away.
 

lavoy.allison

New member
In the same way, if I see a website, or a communication (solicitation email, direct message), with bad grammar and/or spelling, it's game over. I can't stand it.

One More Thing I Can't Stand Is Capitalization Of Every Word. Where The Hell Did This Trend Even Come From.

or people that are too lazy to capitalize anything. anything at all. go away.
For some of us that capitalization of every word is from programming. If you have ever used Camel Case then you get it because after programming for hours you can't stop putting Capitalization everywhere!!
 

easyhostmedia

Well-known member
I was a proofreader for a local paper in Pensacola back in the day. Today, it's so much simpler with autocorrect, but bad stuff can still get through. I'm amazed at how often I'll review a site and find the grammar to be absolutely atrocious. How important do you believe it is to Google and visitors to your website?
Steve the fact is too many people have the facebook metality of ' Is freds butchers open' they would rather ask a daft question and get someone else do the work of searching/proofreading etc. that do the work themselves.
Just look at facebook selling groups and it amazing me how many people have no idea what 'sell something' means as they use the sell something option for everything.

I dont understand why people cannot do things for themselves
 
It's important and always needs to be checked on a website. English being my second language I had a few issues with grammar as this post will reveal. I bought myself Grammarly and still sometimes when I read through stuff I've put online and I find mistakes. Im going to say this, when you look for a product online especially the newer generation of users most people skim read. They miss all those errors and the numbers of those users will increase as time goes on. Writing, as with many things, is not as respected as it once was. In response I see more and more companies worrying less about grammar on websites and more about connecting with the youth, and they are growing.
 

easyhostmedia

Well-known member
It's important and always needs to be checked on a website. English being my second language I had a few issues with grammar as this post will reveal. I bought myself Grammarly and still sometimes when I read through stuff I've put online and I find mistakes. Im going to say this, when you look for a product online especially the newer generation of users most people skim read. They miss all those errors and the numbers of those users will increase as time goes on. Writing, as with many things, is not as respected as it once was. In response I see more and more companies worrying less about grammar on websites and more about connecting with the youth, and they are growing.
I sometimes wonder if they still teach English in English schools these days as the young generation have no clue about grammar. This is evident in facebook selling groups when they use the 'sell something ' option for things like 'has anyone seen my cat' or they start 'NOT SELLING - i want a washing machine' well if your are not selling dont use the selling option. and if you point this out to them, then they have a go at you.
 
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