Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Rant: SEO Readability Indexing
All of them employ some BS, Mickey Mouse readability analysis that implies that I don't know how to write.
I have two frickin' degrees, one in English the other in computer science. I've been on the web since 1997, I target sites toward particular audiences, i.e. somewhat above elementary grade. I write very differently for different sites, for different media and with different author personas. I think I know how to write!
I don't need some PlaySchool reading algorithm to tell me my sentences are too long or 'too difficult'.
I construct sentences, I have sub-clauses, I build arguments by expansion.
I do not write choppy little Janet-and-John primers for five year olds.
I do not write everything in the active voice "BUY THIS NOW!!!" because not everything is about selling S***.
Also, I am not American. Grow up, red necks, I'm sure you can stretch to a sub-ordinate clause once in a while. RC
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