I’ve noticed that when I’m reading a web article, regardless of the site… if I run across a spelling or grammatical error, like “their” when it should be “they’re,” my perception of the site’s credibility immediately plummets. Basic language mistakes like that, to me, communicate “this site is a one-man operation that can’t even afford a proofreader, never mind a fact checker.”
I mentioned this prejudice to my husband, who pointed out to me that most web sites now are not publishing articles to be informative, but to churn out content in order to generate click-through revenue. And considering the low rates I’ve seen offered for “web writers,” it’s not too surprising that the authors of such articles aren’t exactly producing stellar work.
So I guess I’m a language snob. And I’m okay with that.