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Grammarly makes me look like a grammatical genius. It also humbles me when I go through and correct mistakes I have no idea I am making.
I have been using Grammarly for at least a couple of years now. I have spoken about it multiple times most recently on my SEO Hackerz Podcast. I mentioned in one of my episodes that if you want to be humbled use Grammarly. It made perfect sense that I would become an affiliate of Grammarly. I have probably already lost a number of sales by not doing this sooner.
Rather than sing the praises of Grammarly, which I am sure most people reading this have already read or heard, I am going to give you a few real-life scenarios of Grammarly in practice. When I am done you will understand why you too should use Grammarly.
First, let me start by saying there are a lot of blogs and ebooks out there that could benefit from using Grammarly. Some blogs are REALLY difficult to read. Let me first tell you what Grammarly does.
Grammarly checks and alerts to:
- Spelling Mistakes
- Grammatical Errors
- Word Choice (like overusing words or using words unnecessarily)
- Plagiarism (premium account required)
Grammarly Scenario One:
When writing blog posts or any content I will usually start with Microsoft Word. I like to save the blog posts and content locally (technically in the cloud). Microsoft Word’s grammar correction works well but it has nothing on Grammarly.
I have been living under a rock because before I wrote this blog post I was not aware there was a Grammarly plug-in for Microsoft Word and Outlook. Before that, I would write the post and upload it to my website.
I use Google Chrome almost exclusively so it makes sense that I would have the Grammarly Chrome add-on. Even after I have made corrections using Word’s grammar checker Grammarly always finds more. A few of the suggestions are the result of me trying to write the blog post as a conversation. Most of the suggestions in my case are related to the usage of punctuation and incorrect usage of hyphens.
Not to toot my own horn but I am a pretty decent speller. I won a spelling bee in second grade! Do they even have spelling bees anymore?
Once I copy and paste the word document into WordPress Grammarly goes to work and adds a red underline to the issues it finds. There’s also the Grammarly icon at the lower right-hand corner of your screen. If it is green and not spinning then there are no errors identified. If it is red then there are errors. It will indicate the number of errors that it finds.
Grammarly offers the correction simply by hovering over the error. Within a few minutes, all of my poor grammar is corrected.
Now my wife won’t yell at me. She’s the grammar police in the house.
Grammarly Scenario Two:
Sometimes I get brave, as I am with this blog post, and write the whole blog in WordPress.
You would think that by now I would have learned my lesson.
One late night writing (there seems to be a lot of those lately) my internet went out and my browser window refreshed. A nearly 2000 word blog that I had not saved yet was gone. My Surface almost went on an unplanned flight that day.
I digress. As I am writing this blog post I am almost instantly alerted to errors. This saves me time from having to go back and edit the content. As I type the Grammarly chrome addon spins away doing its thing.
When it discovers an error I am almost instantly alerted to it. Grammarly identifies errors before I get to the next sentence usually. And I am a fast typer.
Now let me go save my work so far.
Grammarly Scenario Three:
This is where Grammarly humbled me. I was recording a podcast about repurposing content. I went to a blog post from 4 years ago to review how updating and content for timeliness could increase your traffic.
Of course, I have the Grammarly addon in Chrome. It immediately went to work on the blog post that I was using as an example. The number of red underlines was scary.
On the one note, it showed how much I have grown as a writer/blogger in 4 years. On another note, I was scared to look at other older blog posts. What will I uncover?
If you have content that you have not used Grammarly on I would strongly encourage you to do so, especially if there is a large gap between when you started blogging and now.
Make sure you’re sitting down before you do this. You might pass out if your blogging early on is anything like mine.ser
Grammarly Scenario Four
We all write emails Some of us pour over email to make sure it looks professional, has the right tone, and is grammatically correct.
I am not sure if Grammarly can help with the tone but it can help with looking professional and ensuring grammar is correct.
If you use a web-based email as I do, just use the Google Chrome plugin. Grammarly will do the work for you and alert you to mistakes the same way it does when editing a blog post.
If you use Outlook you just need to install the Microsoft Word app. It also works in Outlook.
We tend to be a little more careless when sending an email. A lot of the emails I send are professional email to clients or professional clients. Imagine sending an email to a potential client about handling their content and SEO with poor grammar and misspelling common words.
If that potential client is anything like me then I will most likely not win them over as a client.
Grammarly plays a huge part in my email correspondence.
Grammarly For Life
I love Grammarly. It saves me from looking like a dummy all the time. I can do that enough without grammatical errors. Grammarly has a free plan as well as subscription plans.
The subscription plans start at just under $12/month if paid annually. With a subscription, you get the plagiarism checker, twice as many corrections and customization based on document type.
Grammarly is a very powerful tool for business communications, blogging and content creation, and scholastic submissions.
I have been using it for several years now. It has helped me fix poor grammar, typos, and misspellings. It has improved my word choice and my tendency to sometimes over exaggerate a point.
Did I mention they have an app for iOS and Android?
Try Grammarly yourself and I am sure you will agree too! If you use Grammarly already share your experience in the comments!!