6 Resources For Smarter Editing On Your Startup’s Website
There are a lot of aides online which can help you create high-quality texts at a fraction of the cost.
Are you struggling to give your website that final once-over? Do you not know what to look at and are you unsure if you managed to find all the mistakes? I hear you. It can be hard to edit your own work.
Fortunately, nowadays you don’t have to go at it alone. There are a lot of aides online which can help you create high-quality texts at a fraction of the costs that it used to cost back in the day. It’s only a matter of knowing where to look and what to get. To that end, here are a few of the best options out there.
Okay, it’s not exactly editing software (we’ll get to that later) but it is still a vital piece of software to have on any WordPress site. Yoast SEO allows you to make sure that whatever keyword you’ve selected for your page will actually be the keyword that Google finds when it looks at your page. And that matter if you want to actually rank well in those words somewhere down the line (no, it won’t happen immediately as SEO is a slow process, but you’ll want to have it set up nonetheless for when things go better).
As an extra bonus, Yoast will also give you some pointers on how to make your text more readable, but – the truth be told – I prefer other software for that. Let’s look at those next.
The Hemingway app is absolutely great as it will point out areas in your text where you’ve got sentences that are too hard to read, passive sentence constructions, adverbs, and cases where you can build simpler sentences. Even better, it’s free.
I’ll almost always throw my texts through this app before I’ll put them online as it very quickly allows you to see structures that aren’t easy to understand and then take steps to reduce the complexity of what you’ve written. That’s great both for your readers and for yourself because when you state complex ideas in simple ways people are far more likely to actually understand the finer points – and that includes you.
Another must-have piece of software is Grammarly as it spots far more mistakes than other software does, including what you’re going to be told by Microsoft word. There are a free version and a paid version that you can attach to Chrome as well as Microsoft Word. The paid version might be a bit of a luxury if you don’t work with text that much, but you can’t be forgiven for not having the free version installed.
Because why would you not have something that will point out common mistakes and won’t cost you a dime running on your computer?
What about if you’re trying to create a website in a different language from English? Then consider getting Language Tools. This one does cost a bit of money (though it has a free trial period) but that’s okay if you’re trying to run a multi-language site. Also, though it might not be as broad as the other software listed here in terms of mistake spotting, the mistakes it does spot are correctly flawlessly (which isn’t always the case with another offer I’ve listed).
For that reason, be sure to give it a try. After all, you can always stop using it if it doesn’t live up to your expectations.
Online editing offers
Editing software is nice. The only problem, though, is that it isn’t always perfect. There are certain mistakes they don’t seem to detect and in other cases, they might make the wrong suggestions. That’s because their algorithms and though they’re coming along at a rapid clip and getting better by the day, they’re still playing catchup with human editors.
For that reason, if you’re really serious you’ll want to find a human editor. There are lots of sites that offer them – and ever more people that are entering the market. That means that it’s quite easy to find cheap editing help. My advice is to go with sites aimed at students, as their offers are generally cheaper than those aimed at businesses. I’ve had a good experience with OkDissertations company, for example.
Finally, make sure you use readable.io. This site is great as it gives you an all in one package where you get your readability, keywords, and spelling all analyzed in one go and in great detail. In this way, it works as a fantastic final man, to just give your text that final once over so you can identify problem areas.
As an added bonus, you get several free tries per day so you won’t have to pay for it as long as you don’t process text all the time.
The greatest advantage of regularly using software like this is not just that it will make your writing better but that it will also make you a better writer. By pointing out the errors your making and the problems you have you become conscious of them. And in that way the next time you’re far less likely to make them.
And that will be a huge advantage, no matter what you’re trying to do – be it write that business letter or sit down and create blog articles for your startup. It all will become easier when you start using editing software.
And as most of it’s free, what’s really stopping you?
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