English is not the native language for many of the bloggers. However, bloggers need to use English in daily life for writing articles. Therefore, it is essential to proofread your content for spelling and grammar mistakes before publishing. Unfortunately, most bloggers don’t know the correct grammar and publish content with lots of mistakes. When users read such articles, they will have very bad impression on your site and never come back even though the content is useful. In this article, we will explain some simple and free tools to check spelling and grammar errors on your article before publishing.
Why Proofreading is Important?
Whether you are a student, teacher or a blogger, writing is the most important skill to have attractive articles. There are good reasons for blogger to proofread the content:
- Content written in good English is sellable with advertisers. For example, you can easily get high cost per click with advertising programs like AdSense with English website compared to writing content on your local language.
- It is also possible to get vast readers across countries with English.
- If you are running an online store, it is necessary to have product details written in good English without mistakes.
- Most of the freelancing websites need you to pass the basic English exam in order to become a freelancer writer.
At any case, when you are in publishing industry, it is necessary to proofread your content before making it publicly available.
Spelling and Grammar Checker Tools
Though proofreading is important, it is not an easy job for everyone to do. For example, many of use “it’s” and “its” interchangeably while the meaning is completely different. The easy way to proofread your content for spelling and grammar is to use some tools. These tools use word processors to verify the style and mistakes. In our opinion, this is the most effective way to start improving your writing skill. Here are some of the free and popular spelling and grammar checker tools you can use.
- Microsoft Word
- Ginger Grammar Checker
- Paper Rater
- After the Deadline
- Spell Checker
- Slick Write
- Online Correction
1. Microsoft Word
The professional or business version of Microsoft Office 365 is more than sufficient to write a decent article. It will highlight spelling and grammar mistakes with red and green underlines when you type. You can also setup auto correct to automatically correct words like WordPress or SiteGround. Microsoft Word also will save you plenty of time since you can do writing, correcting and formatting all in one place. Also, you don’t need Internet connection to use Word.
The personal and lower versions of Microsoft Word may not be effective in finding grammar mistakes. You should go for a premium version of Office 365 or purchase Word separately and enable spelling/grammar check to get most out of the software.
Grammarly is one of the most popular online tools for bloggers and students for proofreading articles. However, the free version has limited features and you need premium version for using all the features. It also has extensions for browsers so that you can easily use online when you type content. You can get weekly statistics of your writing and fix the target for improvement.
If you are decided to move your English skill to next level then you can purchase Grammarly premium for $11.66 per month. Grammarly also allows you to correct your writing on social apps like Facebook.
3. Ginger Grammar Checker
Ginger is another tool available on the web to improve your English language skill. Like Grammarly, you can get the basic features for free and need to upgrade for getting premium features. The tool will help you to correct grammar and spelling errors. The special feature of this tool is the “Sentence Rephraser”. This helps you to refine the entire sentence you have written.
Using the “Text Reader” tool, you can learn how to pronounce English properly. This process enables various corrections, such as spelling correction, error correction in single and plural nouns, and misused words. In this way, it acts as our personal teacher. It is also available as a Google Extension program. Or you can edit your document online.
4. Paper Rater
Paper Rater, as the name indicates is for students to check their essays. However, anyone can use the tool for correcting spelling, grammar, words and sentence errors. Go to the Paper Rater website, copy paste your article in the text box. The tool allows you to choose the education level for the author and the type of the article. You can also check the plagiarism optionally to make sure the content is not copied from any other website. The tool will show you the analysis report which you can print if you need.
A unique feature is a “Vocabulary Builder” tool. This tool helps us to use the words correctly. Also, you can get the score with that you can realize the value of your article. The free version has limitations on length and number of submissions. You can upgrade to premium for $7.95 per month to get unlimited features with no advertisements.
5. After the Deadline
After the Deadline also known Polish My Writing is a free open source tool from Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. The tool is available online, downloadable application and browser extensions. It is very nice tool for checking spelling, grammar and writing style. Unfortunately, the WordPress plugin of this tool was permanently closed and not supported anymore.
6. Spell Checker
This is one of the simplest tools you can find online. It corrects spelling errors, analyzes grammatical errors and gives explanations. It also gives you other words that has the same meaning to the words that are in your article. You can simply paste the content and check online. Spell Checker tool is offered in 24 languages with more than 100K entries in English database to find the syntax errors.
7. Slick Write
This Slick Write processor checks grammatical errors along with many other options like vocabulary variety, statistics wit readability score and an associator that shows the word connections. Also, it gives you the advice to make the document well worth reading. You can check the demo and use tool online to get everything for free. The tool has good user interface shows an advertisement which should ok for a free tool.
8. Online Correction
This Online Correction tool shows you how many errors are in your document and shows you how to correct them. It also highlights whether the space between the words and the lines is correct. Spelling errors are shown in red line and other errors are indicated by a green line. In additional, you can edit documents in eight languages in Russian and European languages.
Grammark is a free and open source tool that you can use online or download and use offline. The tools analyze your document and accurately shows passive voices, grammar and spelling errors. You can paste your content to get the complete analysis showing each category of errors in details along with the overview.
All of the above tools help us to make our English language documents better and error free. The best part of this is that they function like good teachers. You can choose the good tool that fits for you to improve your writing skill.