“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”
"FLESCH" it out, trim it or tear it up?
Writing can be frustrating. You know what you want to say but your pen [Keyboard] seems to have a mind of its own. Have you ever read back through your work and all you can make out is a jumble of letters? No matter how many ways you’ve tried to sum it up it still reads as “gobbledegook”?
Language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of abstruse technical terms; nonsense.
Proof Reading... That's just spell checking, right?!
Did you know there are scales to measure the readability of English sentences? Well, there are. We’re aware of at least 17 and all of them use mathematical equations to calculate readability. For copywriting purposes, it provides a reasonable guide that your work is easily understood by the widest audience.
How can you measure readibility?
In 1975 the US Navy developed a reading standard for military technical training manuals. The “Flesch Reading Ease Score” and the “Flesch-Kincaid Reading Grade” measures the readability of a sentence.
If you're a writer, then the Flesch guide will help you submit compelling and convincing content. The Flesch Reading Ease Score works on a 0–100 scale. The lower the score the more technical or difficult it is to read. The higher the score the more basic it is. The ideal range that 80% of readers respond to is 60–70. This level of writing is attractive to 13 – 15 year olds, upwards.
More of that Gobbledegook
There are many other scales too. For example:
Automated Readibility Index (ARI)
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Grade Level
The Coleman-Liau Index
The Gunning Fog index
The SMOG index (Simple Measure of Gobbledegook)
Generally, the ideal score for readability on all indexes is around 8. A higher score means the text is more technical and for a focussed audience. For example a score over 12 would be comparable to reading The Times newspaper. A high score may imply the text is too complicated, awkward and even nonsensical. An unusually low score would suggest either a lack of content or text written for children.
Proof Reading... more than a spell check!
TORUS DIGITAL MARKETING employs professional SEO copywriters that recognise the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to text. Every sentence is scrutinised. Our SEO Copywriting services use the measures above combined with SEO practices as required. We are therefore more than adequately equipped to provide a thorough Proof Reading Service.
- We check your text thoroughly and score every 300 words.
- We highlight obvious errors and indicate areas that require revising with suggested text.
- If the copy is for SEO purposes, we provide a structured report indicating the strength of your highlighted keywords, throughout.
- We process your copy, as many times as it takes until you are satisfied your work is complete – AT NO EXTRA CHARGE.
And if you prefer we also copy-edit!
If for any reason, you are unable to improve on your content, being SEO Copywriters we offer copy-editing as an alternative option.
Copy-editing is just a fancy word for rewriting, revising or updating your original content. We pass the new content backwards and forwards as a draft until you’re happy with it. Many customers who have enjoyed this service, have done so for existing websites that need fresh ideas or because they just haven’t got the time available to amend.
We do! It’s what we love doing.
Here is an illustration of the type of work you may require proof reading or copy-editing:
- Website Content
- Training Manuals
- Marketing Material
- Policy Documents
- Audit Documents
- Novels, novellas and publications
- Competition Literature
- Catalogue content
- Magazine and newspaper articles
- University essays and dissertations
- Terms and Conditions
- Legal disclaimers and legal documents
Proof reading isn't just about spelling, punctuation and grammar. It’s also about readability. Our professional Proof Reading service will help you nail it. We’ll provide analytics of your text, highlight areas that need revising and copy-edit the whole thing should you require it. Check out our Services.