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Grammar Checker For Your Blog

Does Grammar Matter On Your Blog?

grammar checkerShould you use a grammar checker when blogging?

As a former freelance proof-reader, I’m afraid I’m a bit of a stickler for correct grammar – whether it’s on blog posts or on the signs I see in offline shops.

So, I hope readers will forgive me displaying an excellent infographic, reproduced with permission of CopyBlogger.

You’ll probably guess that my answer to my own question is a firm YES, grammar does matter.

I am also very aware that I must read this article really, really carefully so that I don’t fall foul of my own rant!

Everyone makes the occasional mistake and typo, especially me. Here I am referring to errors that appear over and over again on a business blog or website.

Why Does Grammar Matter (To Me)?

This is probably a rather selfish point of view, but bad grammar matters to me because it “pulls me up short” and delays my understanding of the post. Sometimes I have to re-read the same section to check what was meant.

This is probably what Google refers to as having “a poor user experience”.

If it happens too often, I give up; because it makes me wonder if I have misunderstood something fundamental.

So in fact, bad grammar should matter to blog authors as well as readers.

Bad grammar, wherever it’s found, suggests to me that the business owner may be somewhat careless of their pre-sales presentation. So what else could they be careless of?

When English Is Not Your First Language

I really admire bloggers who write in a language that’s not their first language. That’s far beyond my skills. Blogging in English has enough pitfalls for me!

Bloggers whose first language is not English must put in so much hard work to learn blogging AND a different language. Many of these bloggers are more punctilious than bloggers whose first language IS English. For the others, I will always try to give them the “benefit of the doubt” by reading less critically.

Other readers may not.

Don’t Lose Your Blog Readers

What a shame – after all the effort of producing an article – to risk losing readers for the sake of a few extra minutes using the free grammar checking tools available.

Here’s an infographic presented, with my kind intentions, to anyone who will find it helpful.


15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
Like this infographic? Get more content marketing tips from Copyblogger.


Does Google Check The Grammar On Your Blog?

So WHAT if Joy Healey doesn’t like the grammar on your blog?

Does Google care about bad grammar on your blog? Click To Tweet

I “asked Google” and found what Matt Cutts had to say recently, with thanks to Get.uk.com where I found the video below.

Get.uk.com concluded that:

At the time Matt said that it wasn’t yet a factor in determining search engine rankings but also that it would be fair to use this information in the future.

I am inclined to agree that correct grammar could, and probably will, become an important factor in ranking sites.

Are YOU wondering how your site measures up?

Which Grammar Checker?

  • Although I tend to stick with the free checks that warn me when I create my articles, I know that there are several grammar checkers available.
  • The excellent Yoast SEO plugin also calculates a “Readability index”, and I aim for “Green”.
  • The simplest grammar checking tip, from the infographic above, is to read your post aloud – substituting as described above for any contractions. This will help you to check that it makes sense.
  • Many people speak highly of Grammarly.com.  It’s said to be the world’s most accurate grammar checker, so why not give it a try?

Over to you. What do you think about grammar on blog posts?

  • Does bad grammar / spelling spoil your enjoyment of a blog post?
  • Do you use Grammarly, or any other tool to check your grammar and spelling?
  • Please share any other grammar goofs that make you cringe
  • As a bit of an aside – I’d love everyone’s opinions on how a British blogger (me) should handle writing for an audience mostly from the USA. Should I write “colour” or “color”? What does everyone think, please?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Lea Bullen - November 14, 2016

Hi Joy,

I love the infographic. I think it would be really helpful to anyone. I still get affect and effect mixed up every now and then. But I feel like everyone should know the difference between your and you’re, just because it would be more common when it comes to use.

I could totally see grammar becoming part of the search engine rankings. It’s probably a good way to separate good websites from the junk people just throw together to get traffic.

I try not to let things like that get in the way of what I’m reading. As long as I can understand the concept I continue on. However it does become a little distracting because I know it’s wrong and obviously don’t want to pick up that bad habit. I think if it’s not prominent on the site grammar mistakes are okay but still should be improved upon.

~Lea

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    Joy - November 15, 2016

    Hi Lea,

    I agree – I’m not completely harsh with the occasional mistake.

    After all….. “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” No matter how many times I check a post, there’s always “one more” typo. However, if / when I spot that typo, I just cannot do anything other than fix it. It offends me to leave it there. Do other people check their posts? Or do they just hit “Publish” and run for the hills?

    If people are still throwing junk together to get traffic (and they probably are!) the sooner grammar becomes a ranking factor the better. However, I can’t imagine the traffic staying long on some of the junk sites I saw in the past.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Amar kumar - November 15, 2016

Hey Joy,

Writing a grammatical and spelling error-free article is crucial in many cases. But, even when your article is 100% correct in grammar and spelling scenario, if your punctuation strategies are poor, you are not a successful writer. As humans, we do lots of flaws. Even as a professional writer, poet, author or a freelance worker we could make lots of grammatical and spelling errors. We can fix those errors with the help of a very good proofreading tool.

Even though we can use a grammar check service, it will cost us a few hundreds of dollars for an article. As we need a quick solution for our grammar and punctuation mistakes, using an accurate and a robust grammar and punctuation checker tool is the best way to go. I use Grammarly’s premium version. It checks my grammar and punctuation. Analyze the text and fix my grammar mistakes quickly. Eventually, thanks for revealing a light on this topic.

With best wishes,

Amar kumar

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    Joy - November 15, 2016

    Hi Amar,

    I completely agree with you. No matter how good a writer you are, everyone makes the occasional mistake. In the simplest case this can distract the reader. At worst it can totally alienate a reader. Occasionally I have completely given up on articles because they were “uncomfortable” to read.

    With the time and potentially cost invested in each article, it seems such a shame to risk it being badly received for the sake of using a tool such as Grammarly.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Ravi Chahar - November 16, 2016

Hey Joy,

I have been using Grammarly for a long time and it’s one of the best tools to use. When you don’t have English as your first language then it needs some improvements.

I often check the spelling mistakes and Grammarly is the lifesaver.

Yoast SEO determines the readability index but it doesn’t let the user know about the mistakes.

Thanks for bringing this up.
Enjoy the day.
~Ravi

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    Joy - November 18, 2016

    Hi Ravi,

    I’m pleased that you are using Grammarly – it shows care and attention which is good.

    Now as to the Yoast readability index, on my posts I see that in the Yoast SEO section there are two tabs: one for Readability and one for the Keyword. If you click on the Readability tab you will see the mistakes in a lis, with a chance to highlight them in the post. There are a few improvements in the display that I wish for, but wonder if that has helped you find Yoast’s suggested readability improvements?

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Muhammad Mairaj - November 16, 2016

Hi Joy,

First of all thanks for sharing with us another quality piece of content, as Matt said in their video that the most reputable pages do tend to have better spelling and better grammar. So, the easiest solution for bloggers is to get benefitted through Grammarly.

I am using this spectacular tool called Grammarly and I am so happy to see its quality results that how easily it fix the critical grammar mistakes in my content.

Many thanks for informative share once again 🙂

Regards

Mairaj

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    Joy - November 18, 2016

    Hi Mairaj,

    I’ve long felt that good spelling and grammar should be a part of ranking features because it makes for a better user experience. Glad Matt is tending to agree.

    Of course, everyone makes the occasional mistake, but lack of care in preventing and detecting them seems worrying, when a good tool such as Grammarly is so easily available. I will confess that I don’t use it myself, but I have previously been a proofreader, so mistakes do tend to hit me in the face and I correct my own as soon as possible.

    Glad you enjoyed the article.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Donna Merrill - November 16, 2016

Hi Joy,

What a wonderful infographic! I use a grammar checker, but it doesn’t always pick up those things like lose vs loose. I make that mistake all the time.

There are several things here I do need to pay attention to because when it comes to that dangling participle lol…I am guilty as charged!

It is said that we should write like we speak. But try doing it with a Brooklyn accent…girl it gets me auto-corrected all the time. And God knows what it doesn’t pick up.

Thanks for this. Hopefully I lose will stick in my head from now on.

-Donna

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    Joy - November 18, 2016

    Oh Donna,

    Your blog is always such a pleasure to read I would probably still read it even if every other word was a mistake – but it’s not. I wish that all bloggers (including me) could manage to combine your excellent grammar AND content. I doubt your readers even notice any dangling participles.

    I’d much rather have a Brooklyn accent than my own Yorkshire accent. People tell me not to worry about it and that it’s almost gone (after 40 years) but it’s still a bugbear to me. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I prefer writing to videos 🙂

    Have a great weekend. Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Marquita Herald - November 16, 2016

What a great infographic! I use Grammarly and I think it’s terrific. I also use the Yoast SEO plugin, though I must admit that, for a variety of reasons, I’m not a fan of their readability index. The bottom line is I agree with you completely about doing our work to create an article that is as polished as possible.

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    Joy - November 18, 2016

    Hi Marquita,

    I must admit I sometimes look at the Yoast SEO readability index and think “Hmmmm?” Some of their recommendations I implement as I think they’re useful, but some I ignore 🙂

    Another happy Grammarly user! Great.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Bren Pace - November 16, 2016

Hi Joy,

Yes, I do believe Grammar matters and I love using Grammarly to help me along the way. Punctuation is a booger for me at times. However, I believe there is a “niche” where I wouldn’t say it matters as much as it does on a business site. There are a few blogs I follow that are written in a “slangy” way but that’s the how mood of the blogs itself.

I’m happy there are tools out there to help those of us who need a little extra help.

Great article!

Bren

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    Joy - November 18, 2016

    Hi Bren,

    Yes, that’s a good point…. not all blogs are business blogs, so may have different ways of writing.

    I will have to admit that I hardly follow any blogs other than business blogs, so perhaps it’s fine that in certain marketplaces their writing mood is different.

    Have a great weekend. Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Mark - November 16, 2016

Thanks for sharing a highly informative post Joy!

I probably should take the 5th, rather than admit all the
times I have violated several of the examples you’ve shared.LOL!

I bookmarked your post and your infographic is excellent.Thanks!

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    Joy - November 18, 2016

    Hi Mark,

    No worries – I don’t think I know a single blogger who is completely blame-free in this respect.

    So long as our visitors keep showing up, we must be doing something right 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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ikechi - November 18, 2016

Hi Joy

Indeed Grammar does matter and I know some bloggers who are so irritated by the wrong use of words or typos.

I love the Infograph that you shared on this post. It is a great reminder that we should not take our grammar so lightly

Thanks for sharing. Take Care

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    Joy - November 18, 2016

    Hi Ikechi,

    I’m glad you agree with me on the importance of good grammar and spelling on our blogs.

    I suppose my general level of irritation on these matters depends on what sort of a day I have had, if I’m honest. But, when tools like Grammarly are so easily available, why not just get it right in the first place? LOL

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Robin Khokhar - November 18, 2016

Hi Joy,
Writing a blog posts with perfect grammar these days is very important. So, I think that every blogger is using Grammarly to get rid of those mistakes and even I do the same.
So, thanks for sharing.
Have a great day.

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    Joy - November 18, 2016

    Hi Robin,

    I’m glad you agree and that you are doing everything you can to keep your blog to its current high standard. It would be a shame for readers to miss out on your information.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Francis Quarshie - November 19, 2016

Hey Joy,

This is one of the best blog posts I’ve read this month.

Anyway, I hope I don’t often pull you up short and delay you with my blog posts.

And kindly give me the benefit of the doubt by being less critical when you visit my pages. For I’m still learning.

As a matter of fact, grammar is already an “indirect ranking factor.” It’s already determining bounce rates.

I use grammarly and have realized it’s not the most accurate checker. Using a combination of checkers is ideal.

Some Ghanaian students fail English in their exams because of the confusion: they mix the British and “USA” English.

Page bookmarked, Joy. Thanks for sharing.

Francis

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    Joy - November 20, 2016

    Hi Francis,

    Thanks for your kind words, and be assured that your blog gives me NO problems. I have just read one of your posts and didn’t even hesitate 🙂

    Interesting that grammar is already in indirect linking factor – I’m not surprised at all.

    You make a very good point about the confusion about British vs USA English. In fact it’s a bit of a challenge for me to know what to do, because I am British, but most of my readers are from the USA. I tend to use the USA spelling, which probably irritates my British readers:-)

    Would love you to share which combination of checkers you prefer 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Edward Thorpe - November 27, 2016

Hi Joy,

Well, ‘Punctilious’, brought me to a stand-still. Didn’t know the word. Quick search for the meaning (showing great attention to detail or correct behavior) and then back to reading the remainder of your interesting post. (Punctilious: excellent word btw)

I also admire writers working in their 2nd, or even 3rd language and give them a certain amount of leeway – unless the mistakes are in sales copy. Sales copy is too important to do yourself using a language you’re not proficient in.

I don’t use a grammar checker because I deliberately skew the English to showcase my personality.

I do unintentionally make mistakes, grammatically. Sometimes I catch them. Mostly though, they serve as flagrant evidence that I just don’t know what I’m doing…

Great post for me. No doubt that the more precise the grammar, the better the communication. Thanks, Edward

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    Joy - December 2, 2016

    Hi Edward,

    Sorry about punctilious – but kudos for taking the time to look it up. I must confess I’m sometimes lazy and guess words I don’t know 🙂

    Good point about mistakes in sales copy being a different case to a blog. Proof-reading is available so easily it really doesn’t make sense to release unchecked sales copy.

    I don’t use a grammar checker either – I seem to get by OK (more or less) with just the squiggly lines that show mistakes as I type. Somehow I can’t ignore them! I have to fix them if I spot them.

    I enjoy the way you write, and yes – your personality comes through really well. Humph – you certainly DO know what you’re doing. Your blog is STILL one of my all time favorites 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Kathryn Maclean - November 27, 2016

Hi Joy,
Grammar counts!
“I am inclined to agree that correct grammar could, and probably will, become an important factor in ranking sites.”
It only makes sense. Who wants to read blogs with terrible spelling mistakes or bad grammar. I do use both, Grammarly and I think it’s terrific and the Yoast SEO plugin.
That was a great infographic by CopyBlogger. I was ok on all of them until I got to
the dangling participle. I didn’t know what that was. Now I do. lol
Great article!

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    Joy - November 30, 2016

    Hi Kathryn,

    I’m so glad you agree – I was beginning to think I was being a bit “picky”.

    Must confess I had to read the dangling participle twice!

    Thanks for your visit,

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Chery Schmidt - November 27, 2016

Hey Joy, I read a comment of yours over at Paula’s place earlier today and made a note to visit here to check this out. So here I am LOL

I do agree with you that it is important to use free tools such as grammar checker, but as Donna has stated above it doesn’t always pick up all of our mistakes.

I also agree though that you should get yourself out there no matter what! As Nike Says JUST DO IT! I have a few friends who are deathly afraid of Blogging because of this.. I am going to send them over, perhaps your Awesome infographic will give them the much needed kick to get started..

Awesome Share
Thank You
Chery :))

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    Joy - November 30, 2016

    Hi Chery,

    I certainly wouldn’t want to deter anyone from blogging, rather encourage them to JUST DO IT. With the free tools that are available there is no need to be afraid.

    Donna is certainly right, they’re not 100% accurate, but they will hopefully pick up a good proportion of the mistakes that people overlook in their haste.

    Thanks for visiting from Paula’s.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Lorraine Reguly - December 6, 2016

Hi Joy,

Grammar matters so much to me that I get nauseated when I see bloggers writing in broken English!

(Okay, I don’t get physically sick, but it bothers me.)

As an editor, I edit everything I read. I often point out mistakes others make, too. I’ve been accused of being the Grammar Police on more than one occasion! LOL

Yet it’s the bloggers whose first language is not English that I correct the most.

While I TOTALLY ADMIRE THEM for writing in another language, I, too, think they would be better off hiring an editor to make their writing perfect!

I like the infographic in this post, by the way. 🙂 I might have to use it sometime. 😉

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    Joy - December 6, 2016

    Hi Lorraine,

    I’m so glad you feel as strongly as I do about grammar on blogs etc.

    Must confess I haven’t actually corrected people. I admire your stamina. Perhaps I should put my time where my mouth is 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this post – sorry you had problems submitting your comment. I can’t imagine why. Anti-spam plugins are yet another “bane of my life”. I’ve tried so many and had to reject most for one reason or another, so no solution to that one I’m afraid.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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Paula - December 14, 2016

Great, concise information that is important. I love Yoast and often get the green when I look at my grammar and content look like they could use more help.
I still say Just Do It and fine tune as you learn, grow and go.
Keep moving and certainly you want google to see your posts, so use SEO plug ins to help

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    Joy - December 17, 2016

    Hi Paula,

    I agree with all you say. The Yoast plugin is great for helping with SEO and readability – perhaps less so with the grammar. But there are so many other free tools out there to check spelling and grammar that there’s no need for anyone to be stuck.

    If Google DOES start using grammar as a ranking factor, that may encourage people to pay more attention. It’s such a shame when otherwise good content is spoiled by poor grammar and spelling.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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