70 % of bloggers all around the world do not have English as their primary language. So proofreading tools are crucial for them while writing online. It’s common that bloggers commit grammatical mistakes and typos.
Google understands that nobody is perfect. So it does not care about minor grammatical mistakes. Nevertheless, remember, readers care. Readers like to read error-free blog posts.
Top 7 Proofreading tools that help you to be a better blogger
Here are the top 7 free online proofreading tools, which help you write error-free blog posts when used effectively. Manual proofreading even after using these tools is recommended.
Here we go top 7…
ProWritingAid is the best proofreading tool that I have come across. This tool helps you edit as you write thus improving your writing style and vocabulary.
With its huge word explorer, it suggests you the right words by analyzing the surrounding context
The good thing with ProWritingAid is that it allows you to create your own style guides and dictionaries. It also comes with data visualization charts and graphs for easier analysis.
The insights and the reports given by ProWritingAid are more compared to its competitors.
These include repetitiveness, vague wording, sentence length variation, over-dependence on adverbs, passive voice, over-complicated sentence constructions, and so much more.
ProWritingAid integrates with:
- Chrome Extension (Firefox, Safari, Edge)
- Google Docs
- Microsoft Office
- Desktop (Scrivener)
- Essay Checker
- Grammar Checker API
- Grammar Checker Component
- Plagiarism Checking
ProWritingAid comes with three subscriptions. The monthly subscription costs $20, a yearly subscription costs $79. The lifetime deal costs $299.
ProWritingAid gives a 20% discount for the students and multiple licenses for the academic institutions.
Grammarly is the best online proofreading tool next to Ginger. It integrates with your Chrome browser and corrects any mistakes you do when typing in any text area inside the browser, including blog post-editors.
I use Grammarly for my blog editing and writing processes. I find it highly useful for improving my writing skills, as it identifies the most common mistakes I commit.
It is the most intelligent grammar checker tool as of now.
I strongly recommend this tool, if you are in need of a good feature-rich, intelligent grammar checker tool.
Refer the guide where I compared Grammarly with WhiteSmoke and Ginger if you are looking for a premium version of Grammarly.
Whitesmoke is one of the cheap punctuation checking tools best for bloggers, freelance writers, students, etc.
It comes with features like:
- Grammar Checker
- Spell Checker
- Style Checker
- Punctuation Checker
Whitesmoke’s translator supports over 50 languages.
Whitesmoke integrates with Microsoft Word & Outlook. It is compatible with Windows and all browsers. Whitesmoke has a mobile application available for both iOS and Android devices.
Whitesmoke Grammar corrector provides templates for cover letters, grant proposals, thank you messages, etc.
When it comes to pricing, Whitesmoke costs $5/mo. But this plan lacks some features like One-click instant proofreading, licenses, phone support, etc.
The premium plan costs $6.66/mo and the business plan costs $11.50/mo.
If you go with a 3-year plan you will get a 50% offer.
The downside with Whitesmoke is its desktop has limited checking. Also, its plagiarism checking is a little confusing with the desktop app.
Ginger is one of the best free proofreading tools available today. It has Sentence Rephraser, Grammar Checker, in the free version.
It takes care of all grammatical mistakes. It includes the most popular grammatical mistakes –‘s’ form mistake, usage of determiners (a, an, the), spelling mistakes, etc. Sentence Rephraser helps you write better.
It has also an add-on for Word, which floats on the top of the Word window. It checks for grammar. It asks you approve the corrections it suggests.
SlickWrite is one of the great online free proofreading tools. It comes with a dozen of options like Structure, Word Variety, Features, Stats, Flow.
The moment you proofread, you can check for Word Variety, Stats, Flow, etc.
In settings, you can set what sort of grammatical errors should be identified and what should be ignored. By default, several of them are disabled. So, make sure that you visit the settings page, before entering an article for proofreading.
It is also available as an add-on for LibreOffice and OpenOffice.
PolishMyWriting, popularly known as After the Deadline, is a free online proofreading tool by Automattic (WordPress developers).
It also has a separate module in the Jetpack WordPress Plugin. After activation, it proofreads the blog post within the WordPress post editor.
It checks for typos, grammatical mistakes and gives you style suggestions.
Spelling errors are identified in red color, grammar suggestions in green color, style suggestions in blue color. By this, you can easily differentiate between the errors.
PaperRater is one of the best proofreading tools, with an inbuilt plagiarism detector. It asks you to enter post title, post author, grade, and type of content before proofreading the article so that it will be helpful for it to deliver the best results.
It highlights spelling mistakes in red color and grammatical mistakes in green color.
It gives you scores like Bad Phrase Score, Education Requirement score, Vocabulary Score.
It also has several tips for writing a good article and a list of commonly confused words and their explanations.
GrammarBase only suggests you grammatical errors like Complex Expression, Redundant Expression, Passive voice, and spelling mistakes. You only have to correct the mistakes so.
You can also submit articles for proofreading, it costs you depending upon the time frame you give to them for proofreading.
#9. Hemingway App (Killer)
Many times you get lost in blogging and don’t include a single punctuation mark in your blog post. I bet it happens most of the times.
This is where Hemingway app comes into action. It helps you put a finger on long, complex and redundant phrases in your blog post and marks it. You can now simplify the long, complex phrases in your blog post by inserting proper punctuation marks and simplify the meaning.
This app is very useful for me. And it is killer, the results are damn spot on.
It is also available as the offline desktop application, which costs you some dimes.
Make sure that you proofread blog posts manually before publishing. As all tools, these proofreading tools also commit niche-specific dumb mistakes. Do not blindly approve all the grammatical errors suggested by these tools.
I hope you found this post on free proofreaders useful.