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Improve the quality of your blog posts with Grammarly

Improve the Quality of Your Blog Posts With @Grammarly

If you’re a writer or a blogger, one of the essential tasks you can’t ignore is editing your content. Proper grammar is important for several reasons (more on that in a bit). But, getting it right can be downright tricky.
English can be complicated. Two words can sound the same and have different meanings. Sometimes, two words are spelled exactly alike and yet have different pronunciations. And, the written word can sound like an alien language when compared to the conversations you have with your friends or co-workers.
Nobody said this grammar thing was easy. But, if you know the pitfalls to avoid — and you have the right tools — you’ll be a grammar rock star. Yes, I said rock star.

Why Grammar is Important

Unlike mathematics, there are real world reasons to use — and improve — your grammar (just kidding, math peeps!). Proper grammar is needed when you’re being interviewed for that big job, when you’re filling out a college application, or when you’re talking with your clients.
And, if you’re a blogger, poor grammar can affect your …


Did you know that using good grammar can be seen as “a sign of professional credibility?”
With that in mind, if you publish a post that is riddled with typos or other grammatical errors, your credibility might take a hit. Your readers may think that you didn’t care to pay attention to details and may get frustrated by multiple mistakes in your content. They may ultimately leave your website before they even finish reading your post.
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Site Quality

The quality of your site matters. A lot. Readers will likely come back to your site again, bookmark or download your content, or even share it with their friends and colleagues if they think highly of you and your content.
In fact, a few years ago, Matt Cutts, addressed the issue of website quality and proper grammar. As it turns out, higher ranked pages tend to have better grammar and fewer spelling mistakes.
So, if you want to be considered as a reputable site by readers, you may want to spend some time reviewing your content for grammatical errors (or have someone else do it). While you’re at it, be sure that any claims you make are accurate and that your outbound links redirect readers to reputable websites.

User Experience

Your web developer has probably drilled into your head that website visitors have to be able to navigate your site easily. If it’s confusing and they have a hard time finding what they want, they will leave quickly.
They will do the same thing if they can’t understand your writing. A single typo can throw off the entire meaning of a sentence and make readers stop in their tracks.
If they have to put a lot of mental energy into deciphering your content, they’re likely to bounce off to another site. And, they may never return. Two words: No bueno.

Grammarly Can Improve the Quality of Your Posts

You can hire a proof reader to help you edit your posts or you can ask a friend who has a way with words to edit your post for you.
I have asked my friend, Julie Bestry, Grammar Queen and superwoman behind the Paper Doll blog, to check my posts on several occasions, especially when my eyes start crossing (that’s usually around the 1500 word mark).
I also use the app Grammarly every time I write.
It’s super simple and easy to use. And, it’s free. Yes, there’s a paid version, but you can get along just fine with the free one. Add the Grammarly extension (Chrome | Safari Firefox) to your browser and let it run in the background each time you do some online writing (including when you’re using WordPress).

Grammarly works with WordPress
While writing in WordPress, Grammarly tells me I have four errors.
When Grammarly notices that you have a typo or grammatical error, it will notify you so you can make the appropriate changes. Don’t worry that it might miss something. The app is familiar with over 250 grammatical mistakes, so chances are it will recognize when you need to fix something grammatically wonky in your content.
Improve your blog posts with Grammarly
Grammarly also helps you find synonyms for words that perhaps you’ve already used several times in your post. This is nice time-saver since you won’t have to go to another website (or pull out your thesaurus) to find the exact word you’re looking for.
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Grammarly Can Proof Other Online Writing

There are also other ways Grammarly can help you to become a better writer:

  • Social Media. Grammarly proofs your social media status updates (e.g., Twitter and LinkedIn).
  • Gmail. Use Grammarly to check the quality of your e-mails before you hit the send button.
  • Plagiarism. Upload a file or copy and paste text in Grammarly to check for verbatim content against over eight billion web pages.
  • Citations. Grammarly will automatically create citations in several styles (MLA, APA, and Chicago).

There are additional features with the paid version, so it may be worth it to take a closer look. In the meantime, commit to writing well polished and grammatically correct content. Afterall, your credibility depends on it.

Do you proofread your own content or does someone else do that for you? Or, do you use a tech tool like Grammarly?

Hey there, I’m Deb. I’m a Digital Productivity Coach and Consultant, Certified Professional Organizer®, speaker, and lover of all things tech. I’m also addicted to apps and love helping small business owners leverage technology so they can be more productive.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. I love this idea Deb but I do not use any of the browsers it is on. I have tried Chrome but I can’t get it to give the settings I want. maybe when I update my computer this year I will try it again. Thank you for the information I will definitely keep that App in mind.

    1. What browser do you use, Jill? Also, have a look at the grammar checkers (besides Grammarly) on this list to see if they might work with your browser (note: Inbound Writer and Kibin are now defunct).

  2. This is great Deb! I use something similar but will try this one too. Whenever I am writing more technical, I have my husband read over it. I plan on trying Grammarly Chrome Browser app to see how that works as well. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Sabrina – It can really help to have fresh eyes look at your content before you publish it. Nice that your have an in-house editor! =)

  3. I love Grammarly. I use the paid version and feel it is worth every penny. One of my favorite features of Grammarly in Word is that you can choose the style of writing. Academic, Business, or Technical Grammarly covers it all!

  4. Definitely one of my pet peeves. Grammar seems to be disappearing in the written word. It is a definite turn-off when I come across an error, especially one that isn’t a simple typo, but is just improper use of the language. Such as “one less thing”… “one FEWER thing”!!!

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