How is the Editor Rating chosen?

What is an editor rating and what factors do they look at to choose their score?

The editor rating is a score provided by the Tempesta Media team that summarizes feedback. Primary points that are taken into consideration: 

  • Grammar
  • Adherence to Voice Profile and assignment instructions
  • Is value provided to the reader that is a match for the audience

Below is a guide to the criteria used to determine the appropriate rating for each article. Additionally below you will find a list of frequently asked questions about the Editor Rating. 

For ease of navigation, you can also click on a bullet point below to jump to a section of the guide. 

Scoring Guide

Score the article a 10 if:

  • The article is perfect, no changes are needed.
Score the article a 9 if:  
  • The assignment follows assignment instructions and Voice Profile. 
  • It provides valuable information to the reader that makes sense for the audience level. Avoids unnecessary fluffy content and wording. 
  • No more than 1 grammar issue per 200 words. (per Grammarly, not including commas that go against AP instructions) 
Score the article an 8 if it: 
  • Has only minor misses from the Voice Profile (such as formatting requirements), provides valuable information to the audience aligned with Audience Level
  • The content was not correctly optimized for the designated SEO Keyword. 

    The instructions should be designating a primary keyword. The other keywords act as supporting keywords. 

    If one keyword is not designated as primary, the writer should choose one that best feets topic of the article, optimize for it and the 2nd keyword should be present 1-2 times as support keywords.  

  • The article is on the topic but is missing a key point or does not fully develop a key point. 
  • The article includes links to competitors that must be replaced. 
  • No more than 1 grammar issue per 100 words.  (per Grammarly, not including commas or other items that go against AP instructions) 
  • Meta title and description are well and correctly written. 
Score the article a 7 if:
  • Is on the topic but is missing several key points
  • OR the key points are included but the information provided does not match the audience outlined in the Voice Profile
    • Example information and insights provided are too low level or too high level for the audience. Such as writing for an engineer when the audience is CEOs.
  • OR The overall article structure needs to be adjusted by the editing team to be customer-ready. 
  • OR has major misses from the Voice Profile such as terms prohibited for legal reasons.
  • The article is missing links or links are not relevant to the topic. 
  • 2+ grammar issues per 100 words. (per Grammarly, not including commas or other items that go against AP instructions) 
  • Meta title and description are not well written or are copy-pasted text directly from the content. Meta title and description do not include the keyword phrase. 
Score the article a 6 if: 
  • It is on-topic but does not cover any of the key points provided by the customer and so requires major re-writing
  • OR Extensive grammatical or spelling errors to the extent that 1 - 2 parts of the article are illegible. 
Score the article a 5 if: 
  • The assignment is assumed to be on-topic however, there are extensive grammatical, structural, or spelling errors to the extent that the ENTIRE article is illegible. 

Score the article a 4 if:  

  • The article does not follow the assignment instructions and an entire article re-write is needed
Score the article a 3 if: 
  • The article does not follow the assignment instructions and an entire article re-write is needed
  • AND the article has extensive grammatical, structural, or spelling errors to the extent that the entire article is illegible. 
Score the Article a 2 if: 
  • The article is unprofessional (includes inappropriate phrases or words such as curse words etc)  
Score the article a 1 if: 
  • The article is plagiarized

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q: What is the difference between an Editor Score and a Customer Score?

A: The editor score is provided by the Tempesta Media Editors. The customer score is provided by the customer directly. 

 

Q: Why is my editor score lower than my customer score?

A: The editor score is provided based on the quality of the raw article as it was first submitted for editing. This means that the client will receive a more polished version that may even include revisions suggested by the Tempesta Media team. Through this process we ensure that the customer sees the best version of the article the first time around, often leading to a higher score from the customer than was given by the Editor. 

 

Q: What is a good way to ensure that my article has as few Grammar errors as possible?

A: We strongly recommend you download and use the free version of Grammarly Their program will catch the majority of the common errors. Proofreading your content before submitting it is also a good way to catch common errors. 

 

Q: Besides Grammarly what else should I do to ensure my article receives a high rating: 

A: Outside of grammar errors, the most common errors found in the article are based on adherence to Voice Profile and assignment instructions. Here are some quick tips to ensure you meet these:

  • Closely review and adhere to the Voice Profile to ensure you understand the guidelines the customer has provided. This will usually include things such as tone, point of view, keyword requirements, and other formatting guidelines. 
  • Remember that the key points provided by the client are required to be included in your final article unless it is explicitly stated that they are optional.  

It is also a good rule of thumb that if you are confused by an instruction included in the Voice Profile or the Assignment Instructions please reach out to writer support either via chat or via email at writersupport@tempestamedia.com.