Keep it short - most people tend to skim content when reading online. Use lots of headings and bulleted lists to make it easier for people to hit the high points. Keep it simple - remember that you're not writing for your high school English teacher! It's best to write at a sixth to eighth grade reading level so it's easy to understand. Here's a great tool you can use to check what grade level you're writing at: http://writingtester.com/ I tried it on this post, and found out I was writing at a sixth grade reading level, with a readabiity score of 61. The higher the readability score, the better. Give it a try!
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Kathy1952 Premium
Wow, this is an interesting tool! I put 2 separate posts in and got a 48 on one and a 61 on another. Hmmm, makes one think. :)
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DarleneN Premium
Yep, this is pretty handy. It was eye-opening to me to find out I was writing on an 11th grade level. I though it was lower. So I was able to make adjustments.

This tool is a good way to find out how to make your posts more readable. You have to keep it easy so people can skim through it quickly!.
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Sherion Premium
I went and took part of one of my blogs and this is what it checked as:

Readable Score: 53 (The higher the score the easier the article is to read!)
Grade Level: 7

That is copied out of the writing tester.
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DarleneN Premium
I checked some stuff I wrote I couple of years ago,, and it was at grade 11 level. That was a surprise, because I thought it was pretty simple. It took some practice before I got it down to a more readable level!
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Sherion Premium
I am going to try that. A lot of people have told me that I write too simple and not technical enough for some of my promotions. Funny thing is that I have 3 degrees. So, what?
You are right. People who don't understand what they are reading tend to leave that blog in my opinion.

Thanks for this post and the link.
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DarleneN Premium
Yeah, people won't spend time reading it if it takes too long. I know that I skim when I'm online, so if something is too hard to read, I hit the "back" key pretty fast!
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